Thursday, September 10, 2020

Get Out! And Go to a Neighborhood Festival Or Stay In! And Go to a Virtual Festival

by Peggy Robin

Slowly, cautiously, the "Get Out!" events column is returning with some In-Real-Life events. Our two featured IRL events today are happening this weekend. The Old Towne Alexandria Arts Festival is on Saturday and Sunday. The Zoo's Scavenger Hunt is Sunday only.  Both are outdoor events with requirements for masks for all, gloves recommended, limited guest admission, and social distancing rules in place. 

Keep a close eye on the weather, though. If it's stormy all weekend long, you might want to opt for our third featured event, taking place in safe, dry cyberspace: It's Virtual Adams Morgan Day -- happening on Sunday from 11 AM to 7:30 PM.

Old Towne Alexandria Arts Festival
Saturday, September 12th, 2020 from 10am to 5pm
Sunday, September 13th, 2020 from 10am to 5pm
300 John Carlyle St. in Alexandria, VA
Free Admission

The 18th Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival (formerly the King Street Art Festival) is in a new location this year, at John Carlyle Square, just 2 blocks from King Street in the heart of the Old Town district, close to the King St. Metro station.

Safety measures in place for the socially-distanced, outdoor art event:
• All attendees are asked to wear a mask upon entering the Festival, with the exception of children aged 2 and under.
• Entrances and exits will be monitored for one-way traffic.
• Visitors should reserve free time slot on Eventbrite.
Social distancing is required between artists and patrons, and patron groups.
• Patrons are asked to stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, awaiting test results for COVID-19, or show any symptoms of the virus.
• Guests are also asked to utilize hand-washing and sanitizing stations on a regular basis and avoid casual touching.

More info:

Scavenger Hunt at the National Zoo
Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Meet Outside the Starbucks Across from the National Zoo, 3000 Connecticut Ave NW

Lions, tigers, Bears…
Apes, Lizards, Seals…
Birds, Birds, Birds…

The scavenger hunt takes place throughout the National Zoo. Look for items, answer trivia, get exciting pictures and win big prizes!

How does it work?

Upon arrival, we will break you into teams. Each team will be given a list of several items to retrieve, pictures to take or answers to get from the zoo. The items are all of little or no cost.

The winning team will be the one that collects the most points. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

Throughout the day, you’ll learn about and explore fascinating subjects of a wide range at the zoo. There are a large number of items listed and what you see depends upon your team’s resolve, speed, and ability to have fun!

Note: The race starts at 11:00 AM sharp!

1) All Attendees MUST Bring and Wear a Mask (Gloves Recommended as well).  If you forget a mask, you will not be allowed to participate, and refunds will not be granted.

2)  All Attendees MUST be in good health. If you have a fever or feel you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, you will not be allowed to participate.  While we will use our best efforts to prevent this, , its agents, affiliates or officers cannot be responsible for the health of the attendees or if you are exposed to the virus potentially among or between anyone else during this event.

3) We will create an environment where if we put you on a team with new friends, social distancing will still be required.   Yet, it will not affect your ability to work together and have fun.

Tickets: $20 Purchase here:  

Rather stay in and play it safe? You can still go to a festival! This year Adams Morgan Day has gone virtual. No need to fight your way through the throngs as you may have done for any of the the 40+ years of A-M festivals past. 

September 13, 2020, 11 AM to 7:30 PM

Bands ~ Dance Performances ~ Kids Activities ~ Art and Artists ~ Panel Discussions with Community Activists ~ Covid in the Community ~ Virtual Sports ~ And Much More!

View the complete schedule here: and click on any event to register.

Whether you Get Out! or Stay In! .... Stay Safe!

The "Get Out!/Stay In!" column is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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