Discover the best festivals hosted in and around historic Old-Town Alexandria this summer.

Join the Party – Alexandria’s Favorite Summer Festivals
Summertime in Alexandria is filled with an array of festivals, fairs, and celebrations. During your stay at Morrison House, discover the heart-beat of our historic city and explore the city’s best summer festivals. From beer to books, there’s always something to celebrate in Alexandria!

Check out some of our favorite summer festivals in and around Alexandria:

Emerging Writers Festival – August 16-18
The inaugural Emerging Writers Festival is a weekend-long celebration of writers and writing held in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Featuring author talks, writing workshops, public readings, and a book and art fair, this festival is perfect for lovers of writing and aspiring writers. After the festival, discover the diverse library of spirits at The Study, Morrison House’s restaurant and bar with a rich literary history of its own. 

Old Town Beer, Wine & Dog Festival – August 17
Enjoy local craft beer, wine, and live music alongside Alexandria’s favorite four-legged friends at the Old Town Beer, Wine & Dog Festival. Bring your own pup for a stay at our pet-friendly hotel, or make friends with a dog up for adoption. With proceeds going toward local animal welfare leagues and pet-fostering agencies, this is a fun-filled festival you can feel good about.

Library of Congress National Book Festival – August 31
Take a short metro or water taxi ride from Old-Town Alexandria to Washington D.C. for the 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. Hosting more than a hundred best-selling authors, novelists, historians, and poets, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, activist José Andrés, and graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier, this year’s festival will explore the theme of American changemakers.

Colonial Market & Fair – September 14-15
Visit the former home of President George Washington during the annual Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair. This family-friendly market features colonial-era crafts, performances, food, and more. Plus, book the Exactly Like Nothing Else package available at our Old-Town Alexandria hotel and enjoy 40% off admission to Mount Vernon!

17th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival – September 21
For over 15 years, the annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival has transformed the city’s historic King Street into a world-class, outdoor art gallery. Featuring more than 200 artists from around the world, discover paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, photography, and more. During the festival, take a break and cool off with a specialty cocktail at Jackson 20, located at our sister property, The Alexandrian, on King Street.