Harbor in Old Town Festival
Spanning two days and returning to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront for the first time since 2019, the Harbor in Old Town Summer Festival kicks off summer Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18, 2022. This free festival features an array of live music, local craft beers from the Port City Brewing Company and fun for the whole family at Waterfront Park.
Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.the Portside Festival merges with the 44th Annual Alexandria Jazz Festival to highlight jazz performances and readings of Alexandrian poets. Festival-goers will be treated to jazz from Cubano Groove, VERONNEAU and the Eric Byrd Trio as well as poetry interludes from Zeina Azzam, the new Poet Laureate of the City of Alexandria; KaNikki Jakarta, the city’s poet laureate from 2019 to 2022; and a promising young poet from Alexandria.
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.the Portside Festival continues with a eclectic musical programming, with Eli Lev (folk rock), La Unica (Irish Latin rock); ilyAIMY (folk rock), Forró for All by Rob Curto (Brazilian forró); Ras Band (Ethiopian reggae, jazz and funk) and Pablo Antonio y La Firma (salsa, merengue and bachata). Alexandria-based musicians and founders of the Yellow Door concert series, Vaughn and Robyn Ambrose, are guest music curators and hosts for Saturday’s performances.
Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., family offers include hands-on art and history activities and more. The Office of the Arts of the City of Alexandria presents a screen printing activity by Patrick Sargent inspired by I like you, the 2022 Website See temporary public art installation by R & R STUDIOS. Guests can deepen their creativity with art activities at The Art League, Torpedo Factory Art Center, and UpCycle Creative Reuse Center. Intertribal Creatives has a pop-up version of its Old Town gallery selling Indigenous art and other merchandise. Safe Space NOVA brings friendship bracelets, games and more to riverside revelry.
Archaeologists from the Office of Historic Alexandria will reveal new information about four recently excavated historic ships while presenting an exhibit of artifacts and STEM-based activities for all ages. Families can try out musical instruments from around the world and trigger a jam session with Bill Jenkins’ World of Music.
Both days of the festival feature local craft beer depressed Port City Brewing Company as well as a selection of food and beverages from small businesses based in Alexandria Borinquen Lunch Box, Chalkboard Wings & BBQ, Dolci Gelati and The Italian Place.
For the full festival schedule and more information, visit PortsideFestival.com.