The Del Ray Business Association is proud to present the first-ever First Thursday: Porch Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.  In the spirit of Del Ray's summer street festivals, the event features a wide range of activities that promote community while maintaining social distancing standards. 

    Wear your mask, keep proper social distancing, and participate in these community activities:

  • Support our restaurants: Order dinner and drinks for carryout from one of Del Ray's local restaurants, and have dinner on your front porch, front steps, or front yard, and wave to neighbors from a distance!  For a list of the operating status and ordering information for our restaurants, visit

  • Give to those in need:  Participants are encouraged to donate canned food for the Grace Church Food Pantry, which provides food staples to needy families and individuals.  Our goal is to collect 1,000 non-perishable food items!   On Thursday, May 7 (by 4 p.m.), plastic tubs  or boxes will be placed on Mount Vernon Avenue at the intersection of all streets from Hume to Braddock; in front of the Mount Vernon Recreation Center; and at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and the following streets: Braddock, Monroe,  Alexandria Ave.,  Windsor, Del Ray, and Ashby.

  • Show community spirit:  Decorate your house, porch, door, or sidewalks -- get creative and decorate in any way you wish!  Enter to win $100 in Del Ray Dollars by registering your house as a participating house by emailing delraybingo@gmail.comRally cars will be going around taking pictures. The more houses on your street, the better!  Chalk is available at the Del Ray Farmers' Market during market hours (Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or under the covered entrance at  Del Ray Psych & Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Avenue).

  • Make some noise:  From 7 p.m. to 7:05 p.m., let us hear you!  Bang on pots & pans, get out your noise makers, blast music, or play an instrument in honor of our health care heroes!  

  • Share the love: During First Thursday, take a video or picture and post it on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay and #delraystrong. (This also completes square #1 on Del Ray Bingo!  For details on playing, visit 

    Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  For more information, visit 

      First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. Every first Thursday of the months of April, May, June, July, August and September the Del Ray Business Association features businesses along Mt. Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music.   Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music, and a festive atmosphere.  Pets welcome!

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