Mark your calendars for the 6th annual Hyattsville Arts Festival Saturday, September 14th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Enjoy live entertainment, tasty food and arts and crafts by more than 70 exhibiting artists. Read More
On Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, Old Town’s acclaimed King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. The 11th Annual King Street Art Festival will showcase over 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad.
From Washington Street to the waterfront, artist booths will line the street offering festival patrons fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The weekend will also be full of activities such as artist demonstrations, paper mache activities and even an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. For a $15 donation, you will receive a hand-made ice cream bowl full of delicious ice cream from Artfully Chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the Art League’s ceramic department.
King Street in Old Town offers festivals year round. EYA is now selling townhomes and condominiums within walking distance of King Street and the Alexandria waterfront. Old Town Commons features one and two bedroom condominiums and townhomes with rooftop terraces. The Oronoco offers 60 expansive one-level luxury condominiums on the banks of the Potomac River with unparalleled amenities such as heated pool, outdoor kitchen, concierge services and dog washing station. If the Old Town lifestyle intrigues you, visit one of our sales centers today!
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“Houzz facilitates the entire home design process, from soup to nuts, and makes building and remodeling much more enjoyable” said Emily Hurley, Community Manager at Houzz. “And when you are finished with the process, you can give reviews of the professionals you worked with, which strengthens the platform for the next people coming along.”
“Houzz has transformed the world of interior design as people no longer need to carry magazines around,” Hurley said. “Houzz has made great designs and professionals more accessible to people than they ever have been before.”
Check out the new EYA Houzz account today (and if you’re an EYA homeowner, we love reviews!). Tell us what you think.
No matter what kind of day you’re having, the sight and sound of happy kids will make you smile.
Make a day of it at the Fourth Annual Alexandria Youth Arts Festival, an event that EYA has sponsored since its founding.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
12 PM – 4 PM
(Early/advance setup occurs Friday, June 7th and Saturday morning)
Bring your little ones for a day filled with arts activities, exhibition, dance performances and more. Or, volunteer to make the day possible, by participating in a variety of activities such as managing craft booths, providing setup support, or assisting with event traffic. To volunteer, contact Jason Ellis via email or by calling 703-535-3175.
Want an idea of how special this festival actually is? Check out their video from a recent festival.
Remembering your honey this Valentine’s Day is a breeze in your EYA neighborhood. Within a short walk, you’re moments from your pick of beautiful floral arrangements, delectable sweets or a gourmet dining experience. Read on for some local tips and specials.
Old Town Alexandria
Select a designer floral arrangement by Helen Olivia for your special someone. Add some bling to your Valentine’s bouquet for just $10 more. Valentine Day deliveries are still available, but don’t wait until the last minute!
Stop by Alexandria Cupcake and delight your loved one with an array of their acclaimed baked cakes. Choose from flavors such as Dark Chocolate, Red Velvet or their signature Rosewater.
Enjoy an evening of traditional Moroccan hospitality at Casablanca Restaurant. With tasty authentic Moroccan cuisine, romantic festive decor and belly dancing performances, it will be an evening your sweetheart won’t soon forget!
Chancellor’s Row in Brookland, DC
At 12th St and Evarts St NE, discover this hidden gem for an assortment of brownies, cupcakes and pies at Divinely Decadent Desserts. You won’t be disappointed with their scrumptious creations.
Or, indulge your sweetheart’s sweet tooth with pastries by Chez Hareg Bakery. For the chocolate lover, bring home a Chocolate Ganache Cake or a box of chocolate cupcakes. This shop offers diet-friendly, organic and vegan goods, too.
Add some spice to your Valentine’s dinner with tasty Cuban food and live music at local favorite Little Ricky’s. $45 cover per couple.
Surprise your special someone with a Valentine’s Day arrangement by local florist Pedals Ribbons & Beyond. Choose from one of their many arrangements including classic long stem red roses or a bouquet of roses, tulips and calcynia. Stop by their shop on 12th Street in Brookland across from Yes! Organic Market. Pick-up orders still available.
Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA
Love is in the air at Artisan Confections with their special heart design chocolates. Choose from delicious flavors such as peaches and cream, salted butter caramel and hazelnut Grand Marnier. Stop by their new Mosaic District shop to select your chocolate delight.
Our favorite local florist is Falls Church Florist on Broad Street. Stop by their shop to pick up a beautiful bouquet of roses, tulips or a mix of seasonal blooms. Pick-up orders still available.
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Date Night with dinner and a movie at Mosaic District. Enjoy dinner at local favorite Four Sisters Vietnamese Restaurant then take in a show at the Angelika Film Center.
Whatever your pleasure, we hope you enjoy these very sweet spots, just steps from your new home!
Boutique shops and acclaimed eateries anchor a family-friendly park and outdoor movie screen. All this, alongside the nation’s premier arts cinema and new townhomes by EYA – combined you have a “real experience” and not just transactions. It’s no wonder so many have already chosen to call Mosaic District “home”! The article offers a variety of perspectives and history on how the vision (and reality) of Mosaic District came to be.
There’s arguably no better place in Washington to experience all things dance than Brookland’s Dance Place. The acclaimed performing arts venue, studio, and education complex is located just steps from red line Metro and EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes.
This Saturday, September 29th, Dance Place presents Family Day – a full day of dance education events such as Zumba class, Hip-Hop class and a variety of children’s classes and activities. Family Day at Dance Place is free to attend.
As the venue launches its 2012-2013 season, patrons can discover national and international performers along with some of DC’s finest dancers and spoken word artists. There are performances every weekend and the full schedule is available at their website.
To experience Dance Place in true VIP style, be sure to check out their Fall Gala, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and more – coming Saturday, October 20th. Funds from the event will go in part to their Moving Forward Campaign which includes a major renovation to their performance venue.
Dance Place also occupies space in the all-new $15 million Artspace Lofts project on 8th St NE, a major anchor in the ongoing redevelopment of the Brookland Metro station.
Now in its tenth year, the acclaimed King Street Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria promises to transform Old Town into a “world-class outdoor art gallery” this weekend.
View the work of over 200 artisans, with everything from handmade jewelry to pottery, paintings, photography and more. There will be something to suit just about every taste and budget.
A variety of events, activities, contests and even a scavenger hunt are planned for the weekend, so visit the festival website for more details.
10th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival
Saturday, September 8, 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, September 9, 10 AM – 5 PM
On King Street between Union and Washington Streets
If your Labor Day plans don’t call for a commute to the beach, consider these last minute events for celebrating like a local:
- Tonight, Friday, sip sangria while listening to Zydeco and Louisiana Cajun Funk at the National Sculpture Garden’s Jazz in the Park. Starting at 5 PM.
- Grab a growler and a bite at Chocolate City’s Saturday Growler Sales Event and enjoy a visit with Something Stuffed food truck. Steps from Brookland-CUA metro and EYA’s Chancellor’s Row townhomes. Saturday from 12:30-4:30.
- Take in a baseball game with the Washington Nationals. They’re home all week and playing everyday for nine straight home games. While you’re there, take a stroll past the nearly complete Capitol Quarter townhome community and make a stop at the Half Street Fairgrounds which is an uber cool bar/foodtruck/party area right outside Nats Park.
Old Town Alexandria:
- Off the beaten path in Del Ray, discover the Alexandria Art Market Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Complete with art, music and food.
- Delight your senses with Pianist Carlos Ibay at Washington Philharmonic’s free concert series at the Lyceum in Old Town. Sunday from 3-4:30 PM. Steps from EYA’s Old Town Commons and Oronoco Condo communities.
- Stretch your legs on a bike or boat with Washington Sailing Marina. They offer rentals and lessons, alongside their popular Indigo Landing Restaurant (where the cocktails and small plates are highly recommended).
- Discover Dogfish Head Alehouse at their Fairfax or Falls Church locations and sip their tasty Punkin Ale, now available on tap. The Saturday night concerts and Sunday brunches make for the perfect outing.
- Pack a picnic and head to Wolftrap for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. There are showtimes all weekend and lawn tickets are only $25. Express bus service runs every 20 minutes from the West Falls Church Metro station on the Orange line.
- For a full listing of farmers markets, art events and festivals in the Falls Church area, check out the Patch guide to Labor Day. They’re all near EYA’s townhomes at Mosaic District.
You can always take in DC like a tourist and use the About.com guide to Labor Day, which is packed with festivals and parades all over town.
Whatever your plans, ditch the car and take advantage of some of the many stress-free transit options, like Capital Bikeshare, Zipcar or Metro. Just be sure to check Metro’s weekend schedule before heading out.
On Thursday evening, September 6th, the renowned shops, restaurants and boutiques of Old Town will open their doors for Alexandria’s inaugural Fashion’s Night Out.
This special event promises a lavish evening of “cocktails, restaurant specials, music, fashion shows, trunk shows and exclusive style events”. Over 80 businesses will participate.
Runway shows will be featured at Torpedo Factory and in Del Ray, alongside complimentary beauty treatments and wine tastings.
To get the evening started, stop by the event kiosk at the corner of King & Fayette for event maps and a chance to win a very valuable “swag bag”.
More information, including a full list of participating retailers, is available at the Fashion’s Night Out website.
The festivities of Alexandria’s Fashion’s Night Out are just steps from The Oronoco Waterfront Condominiums and Old Town Commons townhomes and condos. If “fashion within walking distance” is in your future, visit The Neighborhoods of EYA to choose your favorite new home community today.