Alexandria, VA – Art on the Avenue, the region’s top multicultural arts festival, will return to an in-person festival for its 26th year. The event takes place Saturday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.
The decision to return to an in-person festival was made in consultation with the Alexandria Health Department and regional health care professionals.
“This year’s Art on the Avenue is the most important in our festival’s history,” said Art on the Avenue founder Pat Miller. “The cancellation of art shows throughout the pandemic has drastically affected all artists. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again connect the incredible Del Ray community with the region’s top creators.” The juried festival includes paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass art, fiber, mixed media, and more.
Held each fall on Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Bellefonte Avenues, Art on the Avenue strives to reflect the diversity of the Del Ray community through the artists and their work. The event, voted by Virginia Living readers as one of the top arts events in Northern Virginia, is volunteer-run, with support from the local business community.
This year’s festival will feature over 300 local and regional artists, including the 200 artists that participated in Art on the Avenue’s virtual show in 2020. Live music, international food, children’s activities, and a pie baking contest to benefit a local non-profit round out the day’s events.
The safety of the artists and the community is Art on the Avenue’s highest priority; the committee will contact health officials throughout the planning process and make event modifications as needed. The event is free and open to all. For more information, visit artontheavenue.org.