Spring 2017 Events in Old Town Alexandria

Everyone knows Old Town as the place in Alexandria where American history and modern culture collide. It’s easy to find a chic new outfit or dine at an exciting restaurant off the banks of the Potomac River. As the weather gets warmer, the community and its local organizations will be holding some great tours, markets, and exhibits for the whole family.

Old Town Farmers Market

The Farmers Market at Market Square in Alexandria is one of the oldest continually-operating markets in the country. You can buy fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, snacks, and other goods from local farmers, growers, and artists. The market runs every Saturday from 7:00 AM until 12 noon at 301 King Street.

Civil War Sundays

Beginning on March 30, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum is sponsoring an ongoing showcase of events centered on a New York Tribune issue from 1861 reporting the death of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth. This series taking place every Sunday from 1 to 5 PM includes a diorama of a Civil War-era heating system, a loaded musket, and a diorama illustrating the circumstances of the colonel’s death.

Firefighting History Walking Tour

On April 22 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM you can trace the history of Alexandria and fires starting with a visit to the Friendship Firehouse Museum. The tour will cover how volunteer firefighters worked in early Alexandria, the city’s first five firefighting companies, and the devastating fires here, including one in 1827 that destroyed 53 buildings.

Choosing a hotel near Old Town Alexandria

Besides the attractions in Old Town itself, there are lots of things to do in neighboring Washington, D.C. Whether you plan on visiting the District or Alexandria, you should book a high-quality hotel near Old Town for your stay. With its free metro shuttle, affordable pricing, and guest amenities like a free hot breakfast, the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is an outstanding choice for travel to the D.C. region this spring.

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