Alexandria's Signature Events
Annual Alexandria Festivals and Events
Planning ahead? Alexandria’s signature festivals, parades and seasonal events are a reason to visit all year round. Find some of our annual favorites below and be sure to browse the event calendar for more things to do.
Cherry Blossom Season
Connect to D.C.’s famous blossoms by boat or Metrorail while enjoying blossoms, events and specials in Alexandria.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Ballyshaners St. Patrick’s Day parade features dozens of groups including pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups and a host of other performers and entertainment such as a car show and dog show prior to the parade kick-off.
Historic Homes & Garden Tour
Tour gorgeous Old Town homes and gardens as part of the annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
Alexandria Old Town Springtime Art Festival
The festival in John Carlyle Square features creative and diverse artists from all over the country and is rated as one of the top 100 art shows in Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Old Town Festival of Speed & Style
Check out more than 100 rare and exotic supercars and motorcycles, plus dazzling fashion and other free experiences.
Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
Kick off summer with live music, local food and beer and hands-on arts and history activities.
Learn about Juneteenth and Alexandria’s Black history and culture with walking tours, musical performances and more.
USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Enjoy a patriotic performance with dazzling fireworks and live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
Alexandria Old Town Fall Art Festival
The festival showcases artists from all over the country and is rated as one of the top 100 art shows in Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Historic Homes Tour
Embark on an autumnal walking tour of beautiful homes, gardens and backyard entertaining spaces in Old Town.
Art on the Avenue
Head to Del Ray to view and buy artwork from more than 300 artists while enjoying live music, kids’ activities and more.
Enjoy ghostly tours at historic sites, family-friendly trick-or-treat events and dozens of haunting events.
Scottish Christmas Walk Parade
Celebrate the holidays and Alexandria’s Scottish heritage during the Campagna Center’s iconic Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.
Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Alexandria’s historic waterfront shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River.
New Year’s Eve and First Night Alexandria
Ring in the New Year in style with special menus at restaurants across the city, live music acts and a grand fireworks finale as part of First Night Alexandria.
George Washington Birthday Parade
Celebrate Washington’s birthday in his adopted hometown with the biggest parade held in his honor.