Fall 2016 Festivals in D.C. and Alexandria

Summer might be over, but there’s still plenty of fun in store for the rest of the year as temperatures begin to cool down. Fall is a popular season for all-day celebrations in the District – if you’re looking for something fun to do in the coming weeks, here are a few of our favorite festivals:

16th Library of Congress National Book Festival

Reading fans don’t want to miss this free event: on September 24 from 8:30 AM to 10 PM the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. will host some of the world’s top authors including Stephen King, Lois Lowry and Raina Telgemeier. These celebrity authors will present about a variety of topics including books to movies, graphic novels, teen literature, and more. The festival will also include panels about poetry, contemporary racial issues, and politics

DC Beer Week 2016

From September 24 to October 1, some of the District’s most popular breweries and restaurants are sponsoring a series of events celebrating the capital’s love of beer. Marquee events of the week include Port City’s Commonwealth Classics on September 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Heurich House Museum and the 3 Stars Hopfunk Fest on Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 3 Stars Brewing Company in D.C.

Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour 2016

This October 7 through 9, George Washington’s famous estate will play host to an exciting event for lovers of wine and good music. Guests can take a tour of Washington’s home and enjoy a wine tasting, live music at sunset, and a meet and greet with historical characters of the estate. Festival hours are from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on all three days.

Heading into D.C. for a festival and looking for a hotel? The Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is the top choice for travelers in D.C. and Alexandria. With free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and comfortable accommodations, the Holiday Inn Express is the perfect home base for you to enjoy the fall festivities here in the District.

August 31, 201628 days ago

Labor Day 2016 in Alexandria

August comes to a close this week, and with its end comes the last few days of summer. But this time of year also means Labor Day, one of the most fun-filled holidays of the year in D.C., is on the horizon.

Below, we’re going over a few of our favorite local events for the long weekend:

Lincoln Theater 2016 Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

From Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, you can enjoy a series of free shows at the Lincoln Theater on U Street. Concerts take place at 6 PM each evening and feature artists in a variety of styles including soul, funk, blues and rock. All shows are free, but RSVPs are encouraged by the venue.

Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival

Are you a fan of theater? This weekend from Saturday through Monday, the Kennedy Center is offering a great chance to see upcoming performances. More than 50 regional theater companies will perform readings, plays and songs they are still working on, covering a range of topics from Peter Pan to the presidential election. All shows are free, but guests are advised to get there as early as possible to secure a good seat.


Bring some Caribbean flavor to your Labor Day celebration! The Carifesta Music & Arts Festival will be held on Labor Day itself from 12 PM to 8 PM at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center near the Federal Triangle metro. The free event celebrates Caribbean-American heritage and includes a food court, beer garden, crafts for sale, and international DJs and musical performances.

If you’re visiting D.C. from out of town for Labor Day and need a comfortable place to stay, look no further than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Alexandria Fort Belvoir. With a free shuttle to the metro to help you get around, plus great amenities like free high-speed internet and a complimentary breakfast bar, the Holiday Inn is your ideal home base for celebrating Labor Day in the District.

August 16, 20161 month ago

Highlights of DC & Alexandria's Summer 2016 Restaurant Week

The D.C. area is well known for its wide selection of excellent dining options, and the next two weeks will be particularly exciting for fans of eating out. D.C.’s Restaurant Week runs from August 15 through August 21, while Alexandria’s Restaurant Week runs August 19 through August 28.

If you’re looking for a great deal on a meal or an opportunity to try a new place, Restaurant Week is the perfect time. Below are three of our favorite options in D.C. and Alexandria:


The popular French restaurant in Old Town is offering up two great specials for Restaurant Week: a $35 three-course dinner as well as a $22 three-course lunch. Dinner options include soup, escargot, fried oysters, flatbreads, and macchiato, while lunch choices include tomatoes, charcuterie, mussels, roasted salmon with corn and garlic, and braised lamb shoulder with vegetable stew.

China Chilcano

This innovative restaurant fuses Peruvian, Chinese, and Japanese cuisines into a delectable mixture. For Restaurant Week diners can choose a $22 lunch that includes options like grilled noodles, chicken stew, spicy tuna with cucumber and avocado, and shrimp-pork dumplings. The $35 dinner options include red snapper, grilled chicken skewers with potatoes, and sweetened condensed milk custard topped with fruit.


Located on King Street near the waterfront, Carluccio’s is an Italian restaurant and market with a variety of options for Restaurant Week. For $35 diners can choose from delights like sauteed mushrooms over Italian bread, seafood risotto with mussels, calamari and prawn, pan-seared salmon, and zuccotto, a chocolate sponge cake dessert. Carluccio’s also has a variety of great cocktail options and unique wine blends.

Finding a DC Hotel For Restaurant Week 2016

To really enjoy restaurant week, you need a place that is convenient and comfortable. With free wi-fi, a complimentary shuttle to the metro and easy access to both Alexandria and D.C., the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Belvoir – Alexandria will serve as the perfect home base for your summer dining adventures in the District and beyond.

August 9, 20161 month ago

Summer 2016 Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor

Film fans who love the outdoors are in for a treat in the DC region this summer: Movies on the Potomac is back! Through September you can enjoy a variety of action, romance and comedy movies displayed on a massive projector on the lawn at the National Harbor.

Movies are shown free of charge on Sundays and Thursdays at 6 PM and 7 PM, respectively. You can bring a blanket and lawn chair; outside food and beverages are not allowed, but Peeps & Company will be on-site selling Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Peanut Chews candy.

Selected Movies Playing on the Potomac for Summer 2016

Here are just a few great movies showing at the National Harbor this summer:

  • Hook – Sunday, August 21 at 6:00 PM
  • Zoolander – Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 PM
  • Casino Royale – Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM
  • Men in Black – Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM
  • Zootopia – Sunday, September 18 at 6:00 PM


On August 25 and September 25, the movies showing will be selected by an online poll. Keep an eye on the National Harbor’s social media accounts to vote, and for any updates about cancellations or changes.

Finding a Hotel Near National Harbor

Whether you’re in town for business or personal reasons, you need a hotel that’s comfortable, conveniently located, and provides plenty of value. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir hits all three of those requirements. With a free shuttle to the Huntington Metro, complimentary hot breakfast buffet and easy access to the National Harbor, there’s no better place to lay your head in the D.C. region this summer than the Holiday Inn Express.

July 27, 20162 months ago

Alexandria Neighborhood Spotlight: Port City Brewing Company

One of the most exciting things about Alexandria is the many local shops and businesses in the community. Fans of delicious beers in the DMV probably already know about Port City, one of the region’s most popular breweries.

About Port City Brewing Company

Port City was founded in January 2011 to provide the Mid-Atlantic market with innovative, top-quality beers made from the best possible ingredients. Some of their most popular varieties include:

  • Optimal Wit: a Belgian-style white ale with a crisp and citrusy finish, brewed with Spanish orange peels and coriander.
  • Monumental IPA: an India Pale Ale that strikes a perfect balance between bitter and sweet, designed to represent the East Coast IPA brewing style.
  • Downright Pilsner: One of Port City’s flagship beers, this medium-bodied pilsner has a spicy, hoppy finish.


Events at Port City Brewing

Besides excellent beer, Port City also contributes to the community by hosting unique events. Here’s a few on the horizon:

  • Joggers & Lagers: On Monday, August 1st at 7:00 PM, the brewery will host a 1, 3, or 5-mile run along the Holmes Run stream, starting and ending at the tasting room. Local eatery Old Blue BBQ will be there providing food.
  • Oktoberfest Release: On August 5, Port City celebrates the launch of their seasonal Marzen lager, Oktoberfest. The event kicks off at 3:00 PM – food trucks will begin serving at 5:30 PM. Local acoustic artist Taylor Carson will be performing from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
  • Beer Yoga: Every Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, join Port City for a $15 yoga class with a complimentary pint afterwards. The class is suitable for beginners and experts alike and will help you eliminate stress and tension.


Whether you’re a local or will be staying in the area, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir encourages you to support awesome local businesses like Port City. And if you need a place to stay as you sip on suds and partake in fun events around town, the Holiday Inn Express offers great amenities, complimentary high-speed Internet and a free shuttle to the metro.

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