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 Feb 15, 2019 at 9:12 AM

Holiday HappeningsCarlyle Holiday Happenings 2018

Join us on Thursday, December 6th and Friday, December 7th for festive holiday cheer. Sip ‘n Shop in John Carlyle Square Park while taking in the dazzling holiday decor of Carlyle. From handmade shoes to the ultimate travel accessory, stop by and enjoy tasty winter treats and live music while perusing local pop-up vendors.

A fine collection of local breweries will be on hand December 7th to help welcome the spirit of season. Mark your calendars.

Carlyle Clean OutCarlyle Clean Out 2018

Free reduce, reuse and re-home event on Saturday, November 3, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm at John Carlyle Square Park. Bring electronics, appliances and glassware. Reusable items will be donated to a local thrift organization. No hazardous materials accepted.

HumpDay Happy HourCVI HumpDay Happy Hour 2018

Join us for Happy Hours on Wednesdays through October in Courthouse Square Park from 5-8 p.m. Featuring Port City Brewery, trivia and live music by Alan MacEwen.

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Bring a blanket and picnic basket or buy delicious eats from Carlyle restaurants and join your neighbors for Carlyle's outdoor movies! Sweet Fire Donna’s Movie Brown Bag Takeout Special: Sweet Fire Donna’s will be offering a picnic dinner takeout for both movie nights. Call or come in! It will be ready in less than 5 minutes. Just ask for the Movie Brown Bag Special. Choice of Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken or Sausage Sandwich with a choice of one side, fountain soda or bottled water for $8.95.

  • Friday, October 5 - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (With outdoor bounce house for the kids!)
    • Saturday, October 6 - Grease (2018 marks the 40th anniversary!)

      Wake Up Wednesdays with the Pop Up CafeCarlyle Wake Up Wednesdays Sept 2018

      Wake Up Wednesdays are back in the Carlyle pedestrian tunnel beginning September 12! Enjoy free coffee with the purchase of a sweet treat from Sugar Shack each week from 7-9 a.m. #SugarShackinCarlyle.

      Movies Under the StarsCVIRBGMovie082918

      Carlyle community members enjoyed a free showing of RBG last month in John Carlyle Square Park. Moviegoers were able to grab dinner and a treat from a Rocklands Food Truck and Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats who were also on hand. 


      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 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 2018.

      • Zerozero Collective proposes to transform the Duke Street Pedestrian Tunnel with a durable, sustainable, colorful, installation. 
      • 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.

      Carlyle Canvas: Painting in the ParkCarlyle Canvas Event 09 12 17

      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.


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      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.


      Chalk 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

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