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Events in Alexandria

Imagine a setting where costumed characters stroll on cobblestoned streets lined with gracious 18th century and 19th century homes. For tour planners seeking a location to delight an charm their clients, Alexandria has much to offer. (See Pictorial Tour of the City)

Step back in time to relive Alexandria's rich history and discover why George Washington and Robert E. Lee called this beautiful place home. Operating much like the seaport and commercial centre that brought it to prominence more than 250 years ago, Alexandria is still filled with nautical atmosphere, exotic cuisine, and goods shipped from distant lands.

  • Conveniently located 5 miles south of Washington, DC.
  • Easily accessible by Amtrak and from 3 major airports; Washington National, Dulles International, and Baltimore-Washington International.
  • Washington's Metro; both the Blue and Yellow Lines come into Alexandria with 5 stops in the city.
  • 17 hotels with 3,346 rooms.
  • 13 hotels with meeting space (from board rooms to exhibit halls and a 10,000 sq. ft ballroom).
  • Almost 300 restaurants and more than 250 antiques and speciality shops.
  • Waterfront tours aboard the Admiral Tilp (capacity 80) & the Matthew Hayes (capacity 149). For charter, the Cherry Blossom paddlewheeler (capacity 400).
  • Walking tours with an 18th century guide.
  • Lunch and dinner cruises.
  • Historic sites and attractions in and near Alexandria include: Mount Vernon, Gadsby's Tavern, Torpedo Factory Art Centre, George Washington Masonic Memorial, Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee, Lee-Fendall House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop & Museum, the Lyceum, Fort Ward Civil War Site & Museum, the Carlyle House, Christ Church, Woodlawn Plantation, Gunston Hall.

February George Washington Birthday Parade (largest in the country)
March St Patrick's Day Parade
April Garden Tour (tour private homes and gardens throughout the Old Town)
May Cook's Tour (tour gourmet kitchens and herb gardens in private homes)
June Red Cross Waterfront Festival (attendance in excess of 120,000)
July Virginia Scottish Games
August Garrison Day - Fort Ward Historic Site (Civil War encampment)
October Historic Hauntings (Family Trick or Treat at historic sites and museums)
Ghost & Graveyards Walking Tours
December Scottish Christmas Walk (See pictures)
Christmas Candlelight Tour
First Night Alexandria (non-alcoholic celebration of the arts)



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