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Art Walk - Old Town Parks and Waterfront

At our next Art Walk event, when the holiday celebrations are over and new year resolutions include a more active outdoor lifestyle and exploration, we will do a leisurely paced walk along the waterfront in Alexandria, a city known for its charming neighborhoods with walking trails and scenic views of the Potomac river.

Art Walk event
Art Walk event
Art Walk is our regular event series, where we walk through the different parts of DC, Maryland and Virginia, taking photos, as we explore art, architecture, culture and history while having a fun time outdoors.

Old Town Parks and Waterfront Walk

We will do a leisurely paced walk along the waterfront starting at Founders Park towards Oronoco Bay Park. This trail covered with trees has a great view of the Potomac river and the waterfront and is a favorite among many local residents.

Founders Park Alexandria, Virginia
Founders Park Alexandria, Virginia
Founders Park is near the shops and restaurants of King Street, the Alexandria Marina and the Torpedo Factory. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the fresh air and the natural beauty of the river.


Oronoco Bay Park is a 4.5 acre park located along the waterfront, next to Founders Park. The park was once known as Texaco Bay and owned by John D. Rockefeller founder of the Standard Oil Company. In the 1980s, the City of Alexandria acquired the land and developed it into a park changing the name to Oronoco Bay Park.

Historically, this area was inhabited by Indians when Captain John Smith an English explorer sailed up the Potomac during the summer of 1608, on his important exploration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

As we walk around the waterfront and the parks, we will also compete for the best photo around the historic waterfront.

Light Snacks and Drinks

You can bring some light snacks and drinks for yourself to have during the walk.

After the event, we can break into smaller groups and get drinks or food depending on individual preferences. Nearby pubs include Virtue Feed and Grain and Union Street Public House.

Competition Rules

Take as many pictures as you would like but only upload two of your best photos for the Art Walk contest. Both the photos must be uploaded by December 3rd.

  • Our judges, some who will be nominated from among our members will then judge the best photos and the overall winner. We will feature the best photos on our website and the winner will receive our award.
  • The criteria for judging will be based on the artistic creativity and uniqueness of the photo composition and picture framing besides having a stimulating effect. The photo must also capture the theme specified in the contest.
  • A winner for the best photo will be announced three days after the Art Walk by our judges. The winner can pick the prize at any of our future Art Walk events.
  • The winner as well as any participant whose photo is featured, will be invited as our guest, for our next Art Walk event.

During the event we will allocate a time frame for stopping at different locations before we continue with our walk.

Photography is more importantly an art of composing the story of an interesting moment and sharing your artistic creation with others.

The most important thing is to have fun enjoying the outdoors and the interesting company of our diverse group of participants.

Getting There

We will meet at the Starbucks at the intersection of King and Union St. 11:00am.

Alexandria is accessible via Metrorail, bus, Uber, Lyft, taxi and Capital Bikeshare. To get to our meeting point, via Metrorail, take the yellow or blue line to the King St-Old Town station and ride the free King Street Trolley to the waterfront or you may walk.

Event Details

Event:

Description: Explore the Old Town parks and waterfront as we compete for the best photo for our Art walk contest.

Date/Time: Saturday January 13th, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Admission: $2 for covering the cost

Meeting Place

Starbucks(At the intersection of King and Union St)
100 S Union St Alexandria, VA 22314

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