Alexandria, VA Cultural Things to Do

The arts are alive throughout the city.

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Memorial Hall at George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA
Photo by Arthur W. Pierson

It's okay to stare at some of the many cultural attractions that highlight Alexandria, and here are some attractive choices:

Arts and Entertainment

A top art destination, Alexandria is home to attractions like the world-renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town that features six eclectic galleries and more than 40 amazing works of art. Also, The Art League is America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization service for artists, serving the Alexandria arts-based scene for more than 60 years.

Old Town's nightlife and entertainment contributes as well. After eating at one of the bars or restaurants, take in a show at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. The venue has hosted more than 350 musicals and plays throughout its impressive history, and today the theater stages about seven productions a year.

Other live music is scattered throughout the city. The legendary Birchmere Concert Hall in Alexandria is where you can check out big musical acts, while in Seminary West, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs at Northern Virginia Community College’s Schlesinger Center Concert Hall.

History & Museums

Alexandria’s preservation of its colonial past is an undeniable draw for all age groups. With major sites like the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, people can experience some of the most eventful monuments in our nation's history. The Carlyle House, which once belonged to one of the most prestigious Virginian families, allows you to interact in colonial life, as does the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and the Gadsbys Tavern Museum, which was frequented by George Washington. For Civil War buffs, The Berg is a neighborhood in Old Town that is rich with mid-1800s history.

Festivals and Events

Alexandria and nearby Washington D.C. are home to several festivals and events. Art on the Avenue in Del Ray welcomes tons of visitors each year for local art, music and trinkets. Other festivals include: King Street Festival of Arts, Mt. Vernon July 4th Celebration, and holiday and specialty events such as the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, which has been an Alexandria tradition for more than 40 years.

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