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Del Ray Docket: First Thursday Returns!


First Thursday Season!

By Maureen Schweers

First Thursday returns to Del Ray on Thursday, April 4, with the theme “Hats Along the Avenue.” The monthly street festival takes place from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue, and is free and open to all.

In April, pull out your favorite hat, Easter Bonnet, or Crazy Hat Day-inspired creation and stroll Mount Vernon Avenue and enjoy live music from the Janna Audey Band and the Alexandria Country Day School band, plus themed activities. Pets are welcome. Pets with hats are welcome, too!

Participants are encouraged to bring donations for Friends of Guest House, which helps women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. Visit their Amazon wish list at Items that are especially needed are twin bed sets including comforters, and women’s underwear of all sizes.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

 The Del Ray Business Association also announced the complete line-up of First Thursdays:

  • APRIL 4: Hats Along the Avenue

  • MAY 2: Dog Days in Del Ray

  • JUNE 6: Unmask Your Superhero

  • JULY 11: Red, White, and Blue

  • AUGUST 1: Aloha Thursday

  • SEPTEMBER 5: Show Your Spirit

   Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  The April First Thursday is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Alexandria Country Day School. For more information, visit

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