Artists Take to the Street This Weekend in Alexandria

Torpedo Factory Arts Center

Art attack: Be sure to try your hand at the smartphone scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes at Alexandria’s famed Torpedo Factory Arts Center. (pattista via Flickr)

You D.C.-area apartment renters are lucky souls.

Don’t believe me? Check out the archives of this blog. This place just keeps giving you things to do, like the 10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival.

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On September 8 and 9, King Street – Old Town Alexandria’s historic main street – turns into an outdoor art gallery with festival booths lining it between Washington and Union Streets. This equals more than “six blocks of artwork by more than 200 artists from the US and abroad!”

The festival is free to the public and takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday the 8th, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 9th. Festivalgoers will be able to gaze at and buy anything from “$25 hand-designed earrings to $30,000 metal sculptures.” There of course will be paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and works of art in glass, wood and collage. In fact, there’ll be more than $15 million in art on display.

According to the city’s site, Alexandria is a top 10 arts destination among midsize cities in the U.S. Among arts organizations participating will be the Torpedo Factory on North Union Street, which will feature artist demonstrations, hands-on activities and the Q-Art Code Scavenger Hunt.

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You can Metrorail there by taking the Blue/Yellow Line and getting off at the King St-Old Town stop. You’ll have to walk about a half-mile to get to the beginning of the festival, though.

The Alexandria King Street Art Festival is being produced by Howard Alan Events.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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