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Spring Events in Alexandria, Includes Blossoms, Boats, Bikes and Historic Tours

Dolci Gelati coffee and ice cream, Alexandria, VA. (PHOTO CREDIT: K Summerer for Visit Alexandria)

Alexandria, VA—As the cherry blossoms bloom, seasonal activities abound in Alexandria, Virginia, located minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River and named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. With a vibrant evolving waterfront and walkable nationally designated historic district, Alexandria is the perfect setting for a springtime getaway.

Celebrate cherry blossom season by embarking on a boat cruise, water taxi or new electric bike tour from Old Town Alexandria into D.C., and take part in new cherry blossom experiences in Alexandria. Attend AIA Northern Virginia Architecture Week events and peek inside historic homes on the Alexandria Historic Homes & Gardens Tour. Raise a glass at spring art events, including Art on the Rocks, and get in the spirit of competition with Malt Madness at Port City Brewing Company. Enjoy a riverside run down the picturesque George Washington Memorial Parkway during the 35th Annual Parkway Classic. Sports fans can embark into D.C. on the Baseball Boat & Soccer Boat to enjoy a Washington Nationals or D.C. United game. Whether you’re looking for a unique family-friendly spring break or a rejuvenating weekend escape, Alexandria’s colorful palette of springtime activities combined with seasonal hotel packages are sure to create the ideal getaway.

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Water Taxi to The Wharf in Washington, D.C.: Cherry Blossom Festival Service
Monday through Sunday beginning March 1, 2019
Departures beginning at 9:40 a.m. weekdays and 11:45 a.m. weekends; check website for details
Admission: starting at $18 round-trip for adults
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, D.C. to stroll among the famous cherry blossoms and take part in events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, including the Blossom Kite Festival. Potomac Riverboat Company offers a 25-minute direct water taxi from Old Town to The Wharf development in D.C. From the dock at The Wharf, it’s a 10-minute walk to the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. The water taxi docks at the Transit Pier, 950 Wharf St. SW, near the Tidal Basin, the National Mall, Hains Point and a Capital Bikeshare station.

Cherry Blossom Rides with Pedego Electric Bikes, departing from Alexandria, VA (PHOTO CREDIT: Pedego Electric Bikes)

Cherry Blossom Rides with Pedego
March 20-April 12, 2019 (or as long as the cherry blossoms are in bloom)
Departures at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure time.)
Admission: $59 per person
Pedego Alexandria, 210 North Lee St., Alexandria, VA

Pedego Electric Bikes will offer 2-3 hour guided tours from Old Town to the cherry blossoms, including riding through Hains Point Park. Pedego bikes offer an up-close-and-personal view of the blossoms, without the exertion of regular bikes or the stress of traffic and parking. All tours are subject to weather, safe riding conditions and bike availability. Individual riders must be at least 16 years old. Child seats, passenger bikes and a tandem are available to accommodate younger participants. Helmets and bike locks are included. Credit card and ID are required for rentals. Contact Pedego Alexandria to reserve a private group tour.

Washington’s Monuments Cruise to the Cherry Blossoms
Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 23, 2019
Departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Admission: starting at $34 round-trip for adults
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Traverse the Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria and cruise past the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. on the Washington’s Monuments Cruise by Potomac Riverboat Company. View and listen to the history of the iconic monuments, memorials and bridges as the D.C. region awakens to spring. See beautiful cherry blossom trees as you glide past Hains Point and head onward to Georgetown. The cruise is 45 minutes one-way and approximately 90 minutes round-trip and is offered Saturdays and Sundays beginning March 23, 2019, and throughout peak cherry blossom season.

Alexandria Tastes of Spring Cherry Blossom Food Crawl
April 7, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $80 for six tasting tickets; $96 for eight tasting tickets
Starting location provided at time of ticket purchase

Enjoy the warming air and the season’s first blooms as you walk with friends and build your own culinary adventure on the first annual Alexandria Tastes of Spring Cherry Blossom Food Crawl. Eat your way through Old Town on a self-guided food tour sampling diverse cuisine at some of Alexandria’s most popular restaurants. Buy your tasting tickets online and enjoy one tasting at any of Carpe DC Food Tours’ 10 participating Alexandria restaurants. Guests can buy tickets in packages of 6 or 8, and vegetarian options are available. At check-in, grab your tickets along with a wristband and passport and head out on a culinary crawl of Old Town. At each participating location, show your wristband, and give them your ticket to enjoy delicious tastings. Passport includes map and descriptions for all participating 10 restaurants.

Spring in Alexandria, VA at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Chenet for Visit Alexandria)

Cherry Blossom Pop-Up History Tour with Discover Alexandria
To be announced one week in advance; two pop-up tours to occur during peak bloom weekend
Admission: $12 per adults; $5 per child
Tour departs from the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Discover Alexandria will be offering a Cherry Blossom Pop-Up History Tour in April. The tour will occur twice over peak bloom weekend. The tour offers the best of both worlds, combining local history with great cherry blossom sightseeing. The tour dates and times will be announced approximately one week in advance via Discover Alexandria’s website and social media platforms. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing [email protected].

86th Annual Old Town Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $45 in advance; $55 day-of at The Athenaeum or Old Presbyterian Meeting House

Five of Old Town Alexandria’s finest private homes and gardens will open to the public as part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the nation’s oldest and largest collection of house and garden tours. The homes will feature beautiful floral arrangements created by the members of the Garden Club of Alexandria and the Hunting Creek Garden Club, the tour’s sponsors. This walking tour features private townhomes and secluded gardens located along the tree-lined streets of Alexandria’s historic district, plus refreshments and a marketplace at The Athenaeum. Tour tickets also provide access to two Garden Club of Virginia restoration projects, located at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Green Spring Gardens. Tour attendees also are encouraged to stop by the Alexandria Visitor Center at historic Ramsay House, where the garden is undergoing a major renovation that will create a more accessible and sustainable design to welcome visitors to Old Town Alexandria.

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 17-19, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission: $48 for May 17; $52 for May 18; $42 for May 19
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Join Mount Vernon for its most popular event of the year. Sample wines from Virginia’s finest wineries while enjoying spectacular views at the estate. Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the mansion and cellar and appearances by George and Martha Washington. Bring a blanket, relax on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River and sample wines made in Virginia. During tours of the mansion, visit the cellar where Washington stored his wine and learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s endeavors with wine. All proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation and restoration of Mount Vernon and its educational programs. The event takes place rain or shine and all sales are final.

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Baseball Boat & Soccer Boat to Diamond Teague  
Beginning March 3, 2019; check website for schedule
Admission: starting at $25 round-trip
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Skip the traffic, avoid the crowds and worry of Metro, and take the scenic route to your next event at Diamond Teague. Potomac River Company offers services to Washington Nationals baseball games and concerts at Nationals Park, and D.C. United soccer games at Audi field. The water taxi service takes approximately 40 minutes. The Baseball Boat departs from the dock 20 minutes after the last pitch, and the Soccer Boat departs from the dock 30 minutes after the game ends.

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on the Immigration Experience 
March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11 and May 18, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission: free; pre-registration is required
Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Carefully curated, this selection of six documentaries represents a selection of diverse immigration experiences from both the past and present. Each session is moderated by a scholar who will also facilitate discussion after the viewing.  Guests are encouraged to attend as many as they can.

Art on the Vine
March 22, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $45
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Art League’s acclaimed local sommelier curates an artistic wine-tasting experience inspired by the art in The Art League’s gallery. Enjoy the party and discounts on wine and artwork that night.

9th Annual March150 Art Party
March 29, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns! The March150 Art Party, presented by the Factory Society, is the closing reception for Target Gallery’s March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale, where all remaining artwork is discounted to just $100. All proceeds from artwork sales support artist stipends for future special exhibitions and programs at the Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Join us for a lively evening featuring a special menu of appetizers provided by Chadwicks, a wine bar provided by Sonoma Cellar, beer by Port City Brewing Co.,  a photo booth by Mr. Shuttersworth, fun hands-on art activities with the Mobile Art Labprintmaking by Patrick Sargent of Printmakers Inc., live painting demos by post-grad resident Michaela Japec, an interactive performance by George Mason University MFA candidate Andi Benge, and more.

Geek Tour: Behind the Scenes
April 1, April 7, May 5 and May 26, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Admission: $15
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Spend more time touring the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum with an expert guide. You’ll enjoy special access to the rarely-open basement and third floor of the historic pharmacy. Wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for stairs and bring your camera.

Barks, Brews and Bites
Every Tuesday beginning April 2, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Bring your beloved four-legged best friend along for Barks, Brews and Bites, featuring pup-tinis and delicious doggie treats. While pooches mix and mingle to meet new furry friends in the outdoor courtyard, happy hour cocktail specials and dinner options are available for owners as well.

Factory Flow: A Healthy Arts Series
April 6 and May 4, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Admission: $20
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series focused on art, health and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors and more. Visit for tickets and to pre-register.

Spring Oysterfest
April 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $80
Vola’s Dockside Grill, 101 North Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Join Vola’s at their Spring Oysterfest on April 6, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets include unlimited fresh shucked oysters, fried and broiled oysters, oyster stew and more, plus beer and wine. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

Cherry Blossom Celebration
April 6, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Enjoy an indoor hanami (flower viewing) in the Torpedo Factory Art Center and revel in all things cherry blossom. Artists show and make work inspired by the popular pink and white blooms. Find a bevy of activities and performances to enjoy this regional celebration in Alexandria.

Malt Madness at Port City Brewing Co.
April 6, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $20 for teams of two ($10 for each additional team member up to teams of 6)
Port City Brewing Co., 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304

For fans of basketball, malty brews and competitive spiritedness, Port City has created the perfect event for you. Port City proudly presents Malt Madness. For the second year they are bringing the NCAA Tournament to the brewery, featuring a starting lineup of outdoor games that includes a Cornhole Tournament and a Giant Yard Pong Tournament. Teams start at 2 people for $20, which includes two beers and two limited edition team headbands. Port City is also welcoming back their Spring MVP Ideaal Tripel as well as adding some of their favorite malty brews such as Metro Red, COLOSSAL 8, their Doppelbock, and the return of COLOSSAL 5 and COLOSSAL 6. Team sign-up will open March 6, 2019, at noon.

3rd Annual Del Ray Bar Crawl
April 6, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
Various locations around Del Ray, Alexandria, VA 22301

Don’t miss this community bar crawl featuring food and drink specials at top neighborhood restaurants, raffles and more. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Alexandria and the beautification of Mount Vernon Avenue. For ticket information, visit

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff
April 6, 2019, at 8 p.m. and April 7, 2019, at 3 p.m.
Admission: $5 for youth 18 and under; $10 for students with valid ID; $20 to $80 for adults
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 E. Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season concludes in April, featuring Rachmaninoff’s famed Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Marianna Prjevalskaya. The concerto is heralded as one of the most technically difficult in the modern repertoire; its notoriety expanded in pop culture with the release of the 1996 film, Shine, loosely based on the life of pianist David Helfgott. By contrast, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring” was an early work in the composer’s repertoire, inspired by German poetry and expanding on the composer’s early songs for voice and piano.

Late Shift at the Torpedo Factory: Art on the Horizon
April 12, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking and three floors of open artists’ studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s monthly Late Shift event. Look toward the future with a night of new and innovative art and ideas. Meet up-and-coming talent during Target Gallery’s opening for the 2019 Emerging Artists exhibition. Explore Mirror Mirror, a new temporary public art installation at Waterfront Park by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos.

Easter Egg Hunt with the Old Town Boutique District
April 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Join the Old Town Boutique District for a morning of Easter fun. While little ones are busy searching for a big Easter egg hidden within each of boutique, moms and dads can shop the beautiful selection of spring clothing, shoes, jewelry, home decor, doggie toys and more. Receive a raffle ticket with your purchase(s) to be entered in a drawing to win fabulous items from local businesses.

Cherry Blossom Shop & Sip with the Old Town Boutique District
April 14, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: $25
Boutiques throughout Old Town

Join the Old Town Boutique District and its restaurant partners for a full day of cherry blossom frenzy. Kick off the morning with brunch and pink cocktails, then spend the day shopping the spring collections at all Old Town Boutique District shops while collecting blossom flare and fabulous swag along the way. For tickets, visit

20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lee-Fendall House
April 19-21, 2019; 3 p.m. on April 19; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on April 20; and 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on April 21
Admission: $15 for children ages 1-12; $5 for adults; free for infants under 1 years old; discounted tickets available for Friends of the Lee-Fendall House
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt returns to Alexandria on Easter weekend. Once again, the museum’s garden will be filled with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs. Other activities include games, crafts, refreshments and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are available online.

AIA Northern Virginia Architecture Week
April 20-28, 2019
Admission: Prices vary depending on the event; Old Town Walking Tour is $10
Throughout Old Town Alexandria

For architecture buffs, Architecture Week presents a week of activities, including tours, lectures, exhibits, and family activities planned by local architects. Architecture Week is held every April as part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) nationwide celebration of our built environment. AIA Northern Virginia will offer a wide variety of architecture-themed events from April 20-28, 2019, including the always popular walking tour of Old Town Alexandria, focusing on historic churches this year, an exhibit of award-winning buildings at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and family activities including a Scrap City and scavenger hunt through Old Town. To learn more, visit

Old Town Spring Carnival: Everyone’s a Winner
April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Boutiques throughout Old Town Alexandria

Step right up, folks, for the chance to win tons of prizes this spring during Old Town’s first ever Spring Carnival on April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Fifteen of Old Town’s finest boutiques are celebrating spring with carnival fun and games. Pick up your carnival ticket in any of the participating stores, then bring it into each store and take your chance to win prizes on good old-fashioned carnival games. Get your ticket punched from all 13 stores and be entered to win the grand prize of a $100 gift card from each store. This is fun for young and old alike! Participating stores include Bellacara, Bishop Boutique, Hooray for Books, Monday’s Child, Old Town Books, Penny Post, Pink and Brown, Red Barn Mercantile, Stitch Sew Shop, The Dog Park, The Hive, The Shoe Hive and Threadleaf.

“The Savannah Disputation”
April 27-May 18, 2019; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.
Admission: tickets from $21
The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The subject is damnation, but “The Savannah Disputation” is as light and sweet as the iced tea served by the odd-couple sisters in their proper southern home. But the sisters quickly lose their southern charm when a young door-to-door evangelist comes knocking to save their souls. This theological comedy with a twist blends the sharpness of wit with the depth of character while telling a story of a crisis of faith.

Canine Cruise
April 27 & May 18, 2019, at 11 a.m.
Admission: $24.99 adults (ages 12+); $15.75 children ages 2 to 11; free for children under 2 and dogs
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Calling all dog owners or dog lovers! With or without a four-legged friend, you are invited to join us for this special 45-minute cruise of Alexandria’s seaport—a favorite spring activity for locals. Dogs are free, but must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash.

35th Annual Parkway Classic 10 Mile, 5K and Kid’s Dash
April 28, 2019, at 8:00 a.m.
Admission: $10-$80
Old Town Alexandria; starting places vary

The Parkway Classic is Alexandria’s hometown race, and so much more, with the Parkway route connecting two of the area’s most historic spots. The starting gun (sadly, there is no musket) fires steps from the picturesque George Washington’s Mount Vernon. From there, participants travel down the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway to another area associated with Washington, charming Old Town Alexandria. In addition to the 10-mile distance, a 5K and kid’s dash are available. The Parkway Classic supports the Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria and has been voted a favorite spring race by RunWashington Magazine. Join Pacers Running for the 35th Annual Parkway Classic.

Peeling Back the Layers: Architecture and Preservation
Saturdays in May 2019, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Admission: $15
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Explore the 18th century buildings of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, including spaces rarely opened to the public, and understand how the buildings have changed over time. Wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for stairs and bring your camera.

Art on the Rocks
May 3, 3019, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $45 for the early-bird price; must be 21+
The Art League Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Art on the Rocks ticket holders will get to sample all of the delicious pairings and vote for their favorite drink during the event. A panel of experts will crown the winners of the most creative cocktail, appetizer and artwork pairing.

Spring Pop-Up Market
May 5, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Various locations throughout Del Ray, Alexandria, VA 22301

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Spring Pop-Up Market provides the chance to discover unique gifts made by local entrepreneurs and artisans. The market will occupy Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, the site of the weekly farmers’ market. For more information, visit

Late Shift at the Torpedo Factory: Alexandria Creates
May 10, 2019, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking and three floors of open artists’ studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s monthly Late Shift event. Alexandria is a vibrant and creative collection of neighborhoods and cultures. It’s one of the top 25 most diverse cities in the country and is located in the nation’s most vibrant arts region. Celebrate our home town and take part in its next renaissance.

Mothers’ Day Tea
May 12, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $45 for adults; $25 for children ages 6-12; children under 5 are free
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Treat your mother, grandmother or special woman in your life to an elegant afternoon tea. Relax in the beautiful setting of our Magnolia Terrace and enjoy personalized tableside service and scrumptious food catered by Calling Card Events for an unforgettable day. Registration required; no refunds. All participants, including children under 5, must be registered. Ticket sales end May 5, 2019.

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Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine, a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2018 by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape next to our nation’s capital. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. New restaurants tucked in to 18th– and 19th-century architecture still intact from the city’s days as George Washington’s hometown ignite historic and off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods as the waterfront district evolves with new energy. Learn more at

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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