The Events & Public Space Activations team creates meaningful experiences in public spaces. We administer Special Event Permits, and produce public space activations and annual City Events, such as the Alexandria Jazz Festival and City Birthday Celebration.
The upcoming Cherry Blossom Celebration Public Space Activation will be in Potomac Yard Park Thursday, April 2 through Sunday, April 12. The lineup of concerts, poetry, and visual art activities include:
- Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m.
featuring Alex W. Young
- Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m.
featuring Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory
- Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m.
featuring Sing Books with Emily
- Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
featuring George Mason University Guitar Quartet
- Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
Eric Byrd Trio
- Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
featuring KaNikki Jakarta, Poet Laureate,
- Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m.
featuring Sing Books with Emily
Food will be available for purchase for evening concerts and activities in the park will begin two hours before each concert start time.
Special Event Permits
The City of Alexandria's Special Events Policy governs the special event permitting process and is managed by the Events & Public Space Activations team. For more information on how to obtain a permit for a special event, click here.
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– Alexandria’s Mobile Art Lab!
Launched in 2014 by the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts and equipped with traditional and innovative art supplies and equipment, the Mobile Art Lab employs artists to engage the community through the visual and performing arts, and gives artists a platform to expand their artistry. One of the Mobile Art Lab's guiding principles is equity and ensuring that all residents of Alexandria have equitable access to arts and culture. A second guiding principle is creating meaningful relationships with the community. Therefore, the primary focus is serving communities in Alexandria where there are less arts and culture programs as part of larger outdoor public space activations. Using these guiding principles, the Mobile Art Lab provides opportunities for artists to connect directly with community members. We are here to create meaningful experiences for you and your neighbors, and bring art experiences to neighborhoods of Alexandria where an association or organization is not producing arts and culture programs. Coming in 2020, Events & Public Space Activations and the Mobile Art Lab will bring free concerts, visual art, and dance programs to Potomac Yard Park, Ben Brenman Park, Montgomery Park, Simpson Park, and Four Mile Run Park. Follow the @alexartsoffice for up to date information on where to find us!
If you are an artist who would like to work with the Mobile Art Lab, please complete an Application to Participate in Events.
If you would like Mobile Art Lab to visit your neighborhood, please complete the Request Form. You will be contacted if the Mobile Art Lab is available to fulfill your request.
How to participate
Events & Public Space Activations welcomes inquiries from visual and performing artists and food and beverage vendors who would like to participate in our programming. Please complete the Application to Participate in Events to be considered. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.