May 17, 20175 months ago

2017 Tinner Hill Blues Festival

If you love music with soul, Northern Virginia is the place to be. This June 9 through 11, the Tinner Hill Blues Festival will take over the town of Falls Church. Over 10 different acts will be playing a variety of blues, folk, and rock tunes at different locations throughout the city. Here’s what you can expect at this family-friendly, three-day musical experience:

Tinner Hill Blues Festival Schedule

The festival kickoff begins Friday, June 9 at 5 PM at Mad Fox Brewing Company. Several bands will be performing at the brewery until 8 PM, when Blues on Broad begins. Live music is featured at several bars and restaurants on Broad Street in Falls Church. Venues will have free or low admission cost.

Saturday is the official welcoming ceremony from the City of Falls Church, including a performance of God Bless America. Blues acts will be playing all afternoon until 8 PM, when the festival turns into a Blues Crawl to the most popular spots in Falls Church. JV’s Restaurant will host the after party featuring saxophonist Kareem Walkes & blues guitarist Slam Allen.

On Sunday, the festivities move to the Tinner Hill Historic Site in Falls Church for a free gospel blues picnic. From 2 PM to 5 PM, rain or shine, come out and enjoy tunes from The Carter Singers and The Barbour Travelers, plus complimentary lemonade and sweet tea. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are welcome – food will be available for purchase if you get hungry.

Other Information About the Tinner Hill Blues Festival

There are three tiers of admission: General Admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, VIP tickets $30 advance and $35 at the gate, and Platinum VIP tickets are $250 for a pair. VIP comes with special reserved seating and free non-alcoholic beverages, while Platinum VIP includes complimentary meals, two festival T-shirts, reserved seating, and 4 drink tickets, as well as free non-alcoholic beverages.

Besides the blues festivities there will also be a Farmers’ Market, BBQ vendors, craft beer for sale, and kids’ programs including an Instrument Petting Zoo.

Picking the best Tinner Hill Blues Festival Accommodations

If you need a place to rest after an exciting day of blues, BBQ & beer, look no further than the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. We’re just a few miles down the road from Falls Church and offer great amenities like free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, and a shuttle to the metro to help you get around. When you stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express, you can focus on enjoying your experience at the festival – we’ll make sure your lodging doesn’t give you the blues!


May 11, 20175 months ago

3 Fun Ideas for Memorial Day 2017 in D.C. and Alexandria

Memorial Day is May 29 this year, and there are few better places to honor fallen U.S. military members than the nation’s capital. Not only are there dozens of memorials, galleries, and collections paying respect to our country’s bravest men and women, the events that take place here in D.C. are some of the most important in the U.S.

Here are three of our favorite ways to celebrate Memorial Day in the District and Alexandria:

2017 National Memorial Day Parade

Now in its 12th year, the Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C. is the country’s largest and most prominent. This year’s parade begins at 2:00 PM on Memorial Day and runs until 4:00 PM. The parade runs down Constitution Ave from 7th to 17th street; celebrity participants this year include filmmaker Ken Burns, Air Force General Richard Myers (ret), and chef Robert Irvine. Musical performances by acts like Daughtry, Tom Dixon, and the USO Show Troupe will take place throughout the parade. The event will be broadcast live across the nation, but if you want to see it in person, get there early – there are no reserved seats or tickets.

National Memorial Day Concert 2017

The evening before Memorial Day, the National Mall will be rocking as some of the most famous performers in the country put on a show honoring fallen soldiers. The concert, held on the West Lawn of the Capitol, will be on TV from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM and is free and open to the public. Hosted by award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne, performers this year include Vanessa Williams, Renee Fleming, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

40th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival

If you dig the smooth sounds of jazz music, head over to the Waterfront Park in Alexandria for an afternoon of great tunes. The Memorial Day Jazz Festival happens on May 29 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and is free for anyone to attend. Performers include the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Blue Crescent Syncopators, Al Williams, and the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Food and drinks will be served on-site; in the event of inclement weather, the show will take place at the Lee Center Richard Kauffman Auditorium on Jefferson Street.

Need a hotel in Alexandria VA for Memorial Day 2017?

If you want to stay somewhere accessible to D.C. with plenty of fun events for Memorial Day, Alexandria is an ideal choice. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir, guests enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the metro, daily hot breakfast bar, and free wireless internet. Whether it’s a return trip to the city or you’re a first-time visitor, there’s no place like D.C. for Memorial Day, and there’s no better place to hang your hat for the long weekend than the Holiday Inn Express.

May 4, 20175 months ago

2017 Alexandria Running Festival and 5K

It’s important for people everywhere to do what they can to stay happy and healthy. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is running, an easy exercise that improves heart health, relieves stress, and prevents disease. If you’re a runner or interested in learning about running, the Alexandria Running Festival and 5K sponsored by the Marathon Charity Cooperation (MCC) takes place May 28 at the USPTO in the city’s Eisenhower District.

Alexandria Half Marathon & 5K Course

Last year’s event featured over 1,200 runners participating in the half marathon, half marathon relay, and 5K races. This year’s scenic track is mostly flat and shaded, taking runners down Eisenhower Avenue and through three local parks including Cameron Run and Hensley Park.

The half-marathon begins at 7:30 AM, the 5K starts at 8 AM, and the kids’ fun run begins at 7:45 AM. Participants will receive a free shirt, goodie bag, and more. For more information about the course and an exact schedule of events, check out the festival’s official website.

College of Running Expo at the USPTO

There’s more than just a series of exciting races going on at this year’s festival. From 1:00 PM til 5:00 PM on the Saturday before the race, a series of educational events known as the College of Running will be held in the Lower Atrium of the USPTO building. Last year’s series included topics on hydration for runners, healthy running habits, and tips for designing a training program.

Alexandria Family Festival

While the races are happening, the MCC will also be hosting an Alexandria Family Festival to celebrate local families and honor those who serve in our nation’s military. The Family Festival takes place at the starting and ending point of the race, on Eisenhower Avenue between Elizabeth Lane and John Carlyle Street. Activities will include balloon artists and face painters.

Planning on visiting Alexandria for the Running Festival or any other Memorial Day events? You’ll need a comfortable hotel for the family. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir, you’ll find top-of-the-line amenities like a complimentary breakfast bar and free shuttle to the metro, a welcoming staff, and easy access to D.C. Whether you’re running, cheering on a loved one in the race, or just enjoying the festivities, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the Holiday Inn Express this spring.

April 20, 20176 months ago

Help the Environment: Celebrating Earth Day 2017 in Alexandria and D.C.

Earth Day is an important holiday when people take active steps to understand and reduce their impact on the planet. In Alexandria and the greater D.C. region, locals and visitors alike can celebrate the day with many different exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, and activities for all ages.

Earth Day 2017 at the United States Botanical Garden

On Friday, April 21 the National Garden will host a festival for Earth Day that includes exhibits about green habits, meet-and-greets with environmental organizations, and more. This free event takes place from 10 AM to 2 PM – the rain location is the Conservatory Garden Court.

March for Science

This year’s March for Science takes place on Earth Day itself, April 22. The annual event involves a massive gathering of scientists and those enthusiastic about science. The march is designed to show that scientific principles matter and must be incorporated into government policies. Marches will happen all around the country – D.C.’s march begins at 2:00 PM near the Washington Monument, but Earth Day festivities will take place on the Mall beginning at 9 AM (grounds open at 8). Additional information is available online.

Alexandria Earth Day 2017

The city of Alexandria will hold its celebration on April 29, the weekend after Earth Day. At Braddock Park, visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities, exhibits from local organizations, live music, and a fashion show. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Clean water starts with YOU!” The festival runs from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Want the best accommodations at a Hotel in Alexandria Virginia or D.C.?

Anyone planning on coming to the region for a local Earth Day celebration has to find a relaxing, peaceful place to stay. No matter what you’ll be doing for Earth Day this year, if you’re in the D.C. region consider the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a complimentary shuttle to the local metro stop, easy access to D.C., and great amenities, the Holiday Inn Express is an excellent hotel in Alexandria to stay while you’re celebrating the importance of our planet.

April 13, 20176 months ago

The Museum Capital: 2017 Exhibits in D.C.

Anyone who’s visited or is even familiar with the D.C. area knows it’s one of the best places in the country for museums and galleries. From the free Smithsonian museums to the immersive adventures of places like The International Spy Museum, the collections you’ll see in Washington-area museums are second-to-none.

This year, new exhibits are opening at several of the top museums in the region. Below are some of our favorites in D.C. and Alexandria.

Ella Fitzgerald at 100

The famous jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald would have been 100 years old this year. To celebrate her illustrious seven decades in music, the National Museum of American History tells Fitzgerald’s story through records, photographs, passports, contracts, and other actual items owned by the First Lady of Song and people in her personal and professional circle. The exhibit opened on April 1 in conjunction with several other jazz-related events at the Smithsonian.

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography

In post-WWII America, many population groups moved from urban cities to the suburbs. This cultural transition, plus the construction of new highways through major cities, created isolation, upheaval and demographic changes in America’s urban jungles. Beginning on May 12, a showcase of work by ten photographers will be on display at the American Art Museum Renwick Gallery in Chinatown near the Verizon Center. The artists, including Frank Espada, Oscar Castillo and Ruben Ochoa, attempt to capture the human side of their subjects in contrast with their changing urban environments.

Mercy Uncovered: Archaeology in Civil War Alexandria

The new PBS show Mercy Street tells the story of nurses, laborers, and Confederate loyalists living in Civil War-era Alexandria, which was controlled by the Union. For 2017, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, located at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town, unveiled a new set of exhibits and walking tours to help people understand what things were really like in Alexandria during the mid 19th century. Objects on display include a loaded musket, medical supplies, and military equipment. The exhibits opened on April 11 and run through December – check out the museum’s website for more information.

Choosing from the top hotels near Washington D.C.

If you’re visiting the District from out of town, you’ll need a quality place to hang your hat while here. With a free shuttle to the metro, complimentary hot breakfast bar, and helpful, attentive staff, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is one of the best hotels near D.C. for visiting the rich trove of galleries and exhibits on display here.

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