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Fall Brings Art Fest

Outdoor arts festival brings artists to Old Town.

Called Virginia’s “Miracle Mile of Art and Antiques” by Art & Antiques magazine, this year’s Alexandria Festival of the arts will run the weekend of Sept. 13-14, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, rain or shine.

For the first time ever, the Alexandria will transform several blocks of King Street into an outdoor, canopy-covered gallery, featuring artwork from more than 150 of the national artists. Sculptures, paintings, photography, fuse-glass, jewelry, and more will be on display and for sale. Live performances and demonstrations will round out the two-day festival weekend.

An original graphic design depicting the bronze sculpture “Brio,” a Market Square landmark, will be used on posters, T-shirts, and souvenir magnets sold during the festival. Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN of Northern Virginia), a local non-profit dedicated to promoting the well-being of children, improving parent-child relations, and preventing child abuse and neglect.

SCAN of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of children and works to improve parent-child relations through educating the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect, and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting. More than 100 volunteers work with SCAN each year to carry out its mission. SCAN offices are located at 2212 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association will host the festival, which is produced by Howard Alan Events, Ltd. Festival sponsors include the City of Alexandria, BIG 100 FM-WBIG, and the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority.