Carlyle Vitality Initiative

The Carlyle Vitality Initiative contributes to the vitality and quality of life for those working, living and visiting Carlyle by making physical and experiential improvements to the neighborhood. For information about the Carlyle Vitality Initiative or to comment or make a suggestion, contact Katherine Carraway at 703.746.3855,

Page updated on May 15, 2018 at 1:21 PM

Alexandria's Holiday MarketAlexandria's Holiday Market Carlyle 2017

Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the  John Carlyle Square Park into a lively open-air festival, perfect for children young and old. This past December, shoppers found unique art and craft items, enjoyed sweets and mulled wine and were treated to live entertainment from local musicians. The Holiday Market catered to the whole family and featured a special children’s corner with activities and the opportunity to learn about European traditions and culture through a passport booklet.

Questions? Visit  Alexandria’s Holiday Market or email

It's Gonna Get Ugly!Carlyle's Ugly Sweater Christmas Holiday Happy Hour 2017

Carlyle had an Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Happy Hour this past December. Community members were invited to post a photo of their ugliest holiday knits while celebrating the holiday season, and had a chance to win a prize pack from Carlyle businesses! 

Wake Up Wednesdays with the Pop Up CafeCarlyle Wake Up Wednesdays December 2017

Wednesdays got sweeter with Sugar Shack   treats and java in the Carlyle tunnel, and sweet-sounding music from a variety of local performers. Free coffee was provided with the purchase of a donut .

Carlyle Purge: Dump Your Junk Event IICarlyle Purge November 2017

Residents were invited to dump their junk for free on Saturday, November 11 in John Carlyle Square Park.  Purge partners College Hunks Hauling Junk and Shred It  were on site to securely shred and destroy old documents, collect household goods, electronics and more.  

New Public Art Coming to the Duke Street TunnelCarlyle Vitality Artist Meet and Greet Tunnel July 2017

New public art is coming this fall to the Duke Street tunnel that connects Carlyle to the King Street Metro. Two separate public art projects have been commissioned and will be installed by the end of 2017.

  • Zerozero Collective proposes to transform the Duke Street Pedestrian Tunnel with a durable, sustainable, colorful, motion-activated installation - click here for details.
  • Mike McConnell will design pieces to replace the current murals displayed throughout the tunnel.

For more information, visit

Carlyle CanteenCarlyle Canteen 09 2017

This outdoor happy hour series took place in Courthouse Square Park, located across from the Westin Alexandria in Carlyle. Each week the Carlyle Canteen featured a local brewery, local food trucks and acoustical music by the group The Free Flowing Musical Experience.

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Community members were able to join regional art studio ArtJamz for this free outdoor painting event. The event also feature a live DJ, wine/beer garden, food trucks, adult games and other activities. 

So Long Summer: Ice Cream SocialCVI Carlyle Ice Cream Social 2017

The community was treated to free ice cream on the last day of the summer season in Courthouse Square Park.

Free Outdoor Fitness SeriesCarlyle Fitness Series Fall 2017

Folks were able to get their sweat on during Carlyle's free Fast Fridays & Slowdown Sundays fitness series. Workouts were led by local studio fitness instructors from Pilates Pro Works and Mind the Mat. Classes were open to all and took place in John Carlyle Square Park.  

Saturday Cinema at CarlyleCarlyle Movie Nights

Families and friends enjoyed some great flicks under the stars this summer. The outdoor film festival took place at sundown on the first Saturday of each month between July and October 2017 in John Carlyle Square Park.

Wake Up Wednesdays are Back!CarlyleCafeWakeUpWednesday2017

Your Wednesday morning hustle just got sweeter with Sugar Shack! Free coffee with a purchase of a donut! Enjoy your treats while listening to some sweet sounds from local performers.


The Pop-Up Cafe is being sponsored by  the City of Alexandria.

Park Yourself with Free WiFi!CarlyleConnectedWiFiFlyer2016

Carlyle residents, employees and visitors can take advantage of free WiFi service in John Carlyle Square Park. The service, CarlyleConnected, launched mid-March 2016. Surf the net while enjoying the great outdoors in Carlyle. CarlyleConnected is sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management, the City of Alexandria, and the Carlyle Council.

Carlyle Purge: Dump Your Junk EventCarlylePurgeFinal071517

Residents were invited to dump their junk for free on Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle Street. Purge partners College Hunks Hauling Junk and Shred It were on site to securely shred and destroy old documents, collect household goods, electronics and more.    

Wake Up Wednesdays at the Pop Up Cafe PopUpCafeCarlyleFlyer2016

Wednesday mornings in December got a lot sweeter with Sugar Shack  treats and java in the Carlyle tunnel, and sweet-sounding music from a variety of local performers.

The Pop-Up Cafe was sponsored by  the City of Alexandria.

Alexandria's Holiday MarketHolidayMarketCarlyle2016

Alexandria’s Holiday Market is an annual signature event that transforms the John Carlyle Square Park into a lively open-air festival, perfect for children young and old.  While shopping for unique art and craft items, visitors enjoyed live entertainment, traditional food and sweets, hot wine and cocoa. The market also included a children’s corner on weekends for kid’s activities and to learn more about European traditions and culture.

The Holiday Market also featured the Holiday Sharing – Toy Drive program to support families in need through Volunteer Alexandria in partnership with the City of Alexandria's Department of Community and Human Services.

S and B Event Management LLC is the host and owner of the event and organizes the market in partnership with the City of Alexandria and Carlyle Community Council. 

Barley and Music FestivalBarleyMusicFest2016

A new hops, beats and bites themed music event was held in John Carlyle Square Park in September 2016. The event included craft brews from artisanal breweries, live entertainment, and food vendors. 

Part of the proceeds were donated to SB Productions, a Virginia non-profit corporation that makes grants available for local non-profit organizations.

CarlyleVitalitySidewalkChalk2016Chalk Art with the City's Mobile Art Lab and CarlyleConnected

Sidewalk chalk artists of all kinds joined Alexandria's Mobile Art Lab and artist Lisa Shumaier on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in John Carlyle Square Park. Participants chalked it up while listening to music streamed through CarlyleConnected, the City’s free wifi service in the park. 

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From December 15-17, 2015 Sugar Shack and Zeke's Coffee served up a buzz at a Pop-Up Cafe outside the Carlyle entrance to the King Street Metro Tunnel. Customers were able to enjoy their coffee and donuts under heat lamps while listening to live music. The event was sponsored by the City of Alexandria and ZipCar.  

Get Moving in Carlyle!Local Motion, September 9, 2015

Workouts in the Square! Free outdoor fitness classes were offered in John Carlyle Square Park from September - November, 2015. Classes were sponsored by Carlyle area fitness studios  Local Motion, Onelife Fitness and Pure Barre, and included Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, VCore, and strength training.

Lunch Break Power HourLunch Break Power Hour June 2015

The first ever "Lunch Break Power Hour" was held in John Carlyle Square Park during the summer in 2015. This high energy event featured a live DJ, express fitness classes, healthy food cooking demonstrations, chair massages, yoga and more. Fun relay events were held for teams of Carlyle businesses including tug of war, competitive game stations and prizes for the winning teams. Whole Foods and Trademark Drink and Eat offered free lunch tastings. The City's Local Motion, Mobile Art Lab and the Alexandria Fire Department participated as well. Sponsors included The Motley Fool, Grant Thornton, Catholic Charities USA, Bright Horizons, Whole Foods Old Town, Trademark Drink and Eat, One Life Fitness, Carlyle Council and the City of Alexandria. 


Carlyle Community Information 

  • July 1 - Top Gun (sundown at 8:37 p.m.)
  • August 5 - Caddyshack (sundown at 8:14 p.m.)
  • September 2 - When Harry Met Sally POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, SEPT 16
  • October 7 - The Birds (sundown at 6:41 p.m.)
  • What?  Coffee, donuts and tunes
  • Where?  King Street Metro Tunnel, Carlyle Entrance
  • When? Every Wednesday: 7 - 9:30 a.m.
    • June 21 - Steel Drum
    • July 5 - Steel Drum
    • July 19 - Vaughn Ambrose, saxophonist
  • Performers included:
    • Mykle Lyons (Base Player/Mykle Lyons Trio)
    • Ronald Emrit (Steel Drum)
    • Vaughn Ambrose (Alexandria resident and Saxophonist )
    • Vaughn Ambrose (Alexandria resident and Saxophonist)
  • Find more information on City planning and development in Carlyle here.
  • Find more information about the Carlyle community and events,