The Del Ray Docket

By Maureen Schweers

April 4
First Thursday in Del Ray: Hats Along The Avenue
Along Mount Vernon Avenue
6 p.m. to dusk

Grab your Easter bonnet, baseball cap, or crazy hat day-inspired creation and join this free, outdoor street festival featuring live entertainment, children’s activities, and more.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

Hats Along The Ave

April 5-28

(No) Comfort Zone Art Exhibit

Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue

The (No) Comfort Zone exhibit reflects people, places and things that are in and out of the artists’ comfort zone. The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring the curators, Del Ray Artisans members, and local area high school students who have work in the exhibit.

April 6, 13, 20, 27

Del Ray Farmers’ Market

The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This year-round market — named one of the best in the state — features fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheeses, bread, fresh pasta, baked goods, cut flowers, and more.

April 6

Poetry Walk of Avenue Poems

Meet at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Renée Adams of Del Ray’s poetry fence invites everyone to walk Mt. Vernon Ave. to read the poems outside 57 businesses that Renée “poem-bombed” for April, poetry month.

April 6

Peace, Love, & Disco Spring Bar Crawl

Along Mount Vernon Avenue

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Del Ray Spring Bar Crawl to benefit Rebuilding Together Alexandria and the beautification of Mount Vernon Avenue.  For more details and registration information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

April 25-28

Friends of Duncan Library Book Sale

2501 Commonwealth Avenue

The Friends of Duncan Library will host their spring book sale from April 25 to 28 during library hours, featuring thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs.  A Friends-only preview night kicks off the sale on Wed., April 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. All proceeds support Duncan Library’s mission and community programming.  For more information, visit www.friendsofduncanlibrary.com.

April 27

The MV Big Flea

Mt Vernon Rec Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.

7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The MV Big Flea is Del Ray’s biggest flea market of the year, featuring furniture, household items, baby gear, toys, and more.  All proceeds Mt. Vernon Community School. For more information, visit mvbigflea.wordpress.com.

May 2

First Thursday in Del Ray: Dog Days in Del Ray

Along Mount Vernon Avenue

6 p.m. to dusk

Bring your four-legged friends along for this free, outdoor street festival featuring live music, themed activities, and more. Donations will be collected for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.  

May 5

Del Ray Spring Pop-Up Market

The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at a spring pop-up retail market featuring local artisans and home-based businesses.