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  • July 08, 2019 8:31 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
      A cold beer, food from top Alexandria restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music -- the formula for a perfect summer night.

        Top local bands will perform on two stages at the 12th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 13 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray.  Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and nine of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens.

        The full line-up:

    Pat Miller Neighborhood Square Stage:

    3:00 – 3:40pm – Most Savage Gentlemen 

    3:50 – 4:30pm - Lacklustre 

    4:40 – 5:20pm - BETAMAX

    5:30 – 6:40pm – Feel Free 

    7pm – 8:30pm – RDGLDGRN

    Mt. Vernon Avenue Stage:

    3:00pm – 3:30pm – Smile and Nod 

    3:40pm – 4:20pm – Rok Tati 

    4:30pm – 5:30pm – Hanoi Ragmen 

    5:40pm – 7:00pm – Jack Kilby and The Front Line

         Held each summer, the Del Ray Music Festival celebrates the diverse, local talent in the Washington, DC area music scene. The event is free and open to all.  For more information, visit  To volunteer at the Del Ray Music Festival, click here.

  • June 18, 2019 12:38 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association presents the sixth annual Well Ray Festival on Saturday, June 22 from 9am to 1pm. Join us along Mt. Vernon Avenue (between Hume and Uhler Avenues) for a celebration of health and wellness featuring over 80 of the region's top wellness providers, free fitness classes, free health screenings, fun outdoor activities (including a rock climbing wall, big wheel races, and obstacle courses), and more! Bring your mat and be prepared to move during free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes and more led by Del Ray studio instructors. There's something for everyone, including classes for kids -- get the whole family involved in health!

    Click here to register for free classes:

    Click here to volunteer:

    Click here to donate blood:

    For complete details:

  • June 04, 2019 10:12 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 11th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 2, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants. The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between 18 participating neighborhood restaurants.

        Del Ray Pizzeria Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli won the Judges' Choice Award.  “All the dishes were better and better, making the judging more and more difficult,” said Vikram Sunderam, the James Beard Award-winning chef at Rasika Restaurant in Washington, DC., who served as a judge. “This one stood out-- it was an ingenious dish.”

        Pork Barrel BBQ's Smoked White Chicken Chili won the People's Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees.  

    The complete list of winners:


    1st place: Del Ray Pizzeria Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli

    2nd place: Stomping Ground's Jerk Pulled Pork with cilantro aioli and red onion on a mini buttermilk biscuit

    3rd place: Swings Coffee Roasters' Hopped Cascara Soda


    1st place: Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant - Del Ray's Smoked White Chicken Chili

    2nd place: Del Ray Pizzeria/DRP Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli

    3rd place: Northside10's Risotto Fritters with tomato gravy

        Held every June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Taste of Del Ray showcases the neighborhood's top restaurants in a spirited competition sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.   Proceeds from ticket sales help fund neighborhood events throughout the year.

  • May 21, 2019 2:58 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The 11th Annual Taste of Del Ray takes place on Sunday, June 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.   Eighteen top neighborhood restaurants will participate in this fun (and delicious!) outdoor competition.

         Ticket holders will enjoy unlimited tastes from top Del Ray restaurants and can cast their votes for the People's Choice award. The event will take place at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and the parking lot behind United Bank (located at Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue).   New this year: a VIP ticket option will be offered, giving foodies the first bites with early admission at 12:15 p.m. and a wine tasting until 1 p.m.

        Participating restaurants to date: Al's Steak House, Catch On The Ave., Cheesetique, Del Ray Cafe, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, Hops N Shine, Junction Bakery & Bistro, KAiZEN Tavern, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak Restaurant/Charlie's On The Avenue/The Garden in Del Ray, Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro, Northside10, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub/Market 2 Market Del Ray, Stomping Ground/Bagel Uprising, Swing's Coffee Roasters, and Taqueria Poblano.

         Advance tickets online are $20 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age, and are available here. Day-of ticket sales will begin at 12 p.m. if available; please note that only 500 tickets will be sold. Taste of Del Ray has sold out during pre-sales in the past.

          Click here for tickets!

  • March 28, 2019 3:05 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       First Thursday returns to Del Ray on Thursday, April 4, with the theme "Hats Along the Avenue." The monthly street festival takes place from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue, and is free and open to all.

        In April, pull out your favorite hat, Easter Bonnet, or Crazy Hat Day-inspired creation and stroll Mount Vernon Avenue and enjoy live music from the Janna Audey Band and the Alexandria Country Day School band, plus themed activities. Pets are welcome. Pets with hats are welcome, too!

        Participants are encouraged to bring donations for Friends of Guest House, which helps women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. Visit their Amazon wish list at  Items that are especially needed are twin bed sets including comforters, and women's underwear of all sizes.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

       The Del Ray Business Association also announced the complete line-up of First Thursdays:

    • APRIL 4: Hats Along the Avenue

    • MAY 2: Dog Days in Del Ray

    • JUNE 6: Unmask Your Superhero

    • JULY 11: Red, White, and Blue

    • AUGUST 1: Aloha Thursday

    • SEPTEMBER 5: Show Your Spirit

       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.  The April First Thursday is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Alexandria Country Day School. For more information, visit

  • February 08, 2019 11:47 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Business Association presented Taqueria Poblano with the 2019 "Heart of Del Award" on Feb. 8.  The annual award, given to the business that represents the heart and soul of Del Ray, is determined by a public vote of neighbors and customers. 

        "We couldn't do it without our staff, business community, and customers," said Taqueria Poblano  owner Jeff Wallingford.  "A wise man once said, the love you take is equal to the love you make -- and that is what Del Ray is all about."

         Patrons cited the restaurant's welcoming atmosphere in their nominations. "A neighborhood favorite -- like Cheers where you walk in and they know your name," read one nomination. "We love the food and love to take friends from out of town because it always feels so welcoming," said another customer.  “Besides the best margaritas ever, the staff is always friendly and happy to see you. Taqueria Poblano is the heart and soul of Del Ray.”  Many nominations also cited Taqueria Poblano's commitment to giving back to the community, particularly through their donations to nonprofits and community events.

           Since opening in 1999, the restaurant known for its award-winning margaritas and Mexican & L.A.-style cuisine has expanded to include two additional locations in the region.  Taqueria Poblano's original Del Ray location will celebrate 20 years this year.

          Nearly 1,000 neighbors, friends and customers participated in online voting. Past winners of the award include A Show of Hands, Jen Walker McEnearney Associates, Bobi Bomar Homes of Alexandria, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, Greener Cleaner of Del Ray, Del Ray Pizzeria, Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga, Caboose Cafe, Del Ray Cafe, and Pork Barrel BBQ/Holy Cow/the sushi bar.  A business cannot win the award multiple years.

          The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria; DRBA also hosts community events, including First Thursdays, Taste of Del Ray, The Del Ray Halloween Parade, The Alexandria Turkey Trot, and more.  For more information, visit

  • February 04, 2019 4:37 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray community is hosting a fundraiser at Pork Barrel BBQ on Mon., Feb. 4 from 7pm to 11pm for our local Velocity Bicycle guru Christian Myers, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment. All funds raised will go directly to Christian to support him and his family through treatment and recovery.

    *Food and drink specials available all night (thanks to Pork Barrel BBQ)

    *AMAZING raffle prizes (thanks to all our generous donors!)

    *Gold Sprints ($10/race - $40/team) starting at 8pm (thanks to District Sprints)

    ***Costumes and vigorous cheerleading encouraged

    For those interested in racing:

    - GOLD SPRINTS are head to head stationary fixed gear bike races that will be held inside Pork Barrel

    - The OBJECTIVE is to ride as fast as you can for 500m (around 30 seconds of your life), beat your opponent, move on to the next round, and win prizes


    If you can't make it tonight, a GoFundMe account to help is here:

    Christian has given so much to the Del Ray community, let's help him win this fight! We hope to see you there!

  • February 01, 2019 1:54 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

           Every February, the Del Ray Business Association presents the Heart of Del Ray Award to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray, as determined by a public vote of neighbors and customers. Selection is based on which business best demonstrates their warm and welcoming attitude, their commitment and generosity to the community, and to their overall contribution to the Del Ray community.

        The nominees for the 2019 Heart of Del Ray -- plus comments from the neighbors who nominated them -- are :

    Evening Star Cafe
         Over 20 years ago, Evening Star Cafe put Del Ray on the culinary map -- and its star continues to rise, as the restaurant continues to be a favorite in the region, recently making the Washington Post food critic's list of favorite restaurants.  "Between the menu of the Star, the cozy back bar, and the awesome kid-friendly summer patio, it's always the place to go," said one regular customer. Others nominating Evening Star Cafe touted the numerous ways they are involved in the vibrant Del Ray community that they helped build.  One non-profit leader wrote, “One night, the Evening Star kitchen was too busy to cook a promised donation for an event, and [owner] Stephanie [Babin] went home and cooked it herself!” The restaurant often sponsors community events, supports local schools and non-profits, and offers their space for community events, such as free monthly film screenings with Del Ray Films.  Check out for a list of film screenings.

    Four Direction Wellness
         Four Directions Wellness has emerged as a leader in Del Ray's health and wellness community, known as Well Ray. "Mara brings health, wholeness and balance to her clients and students," said one client. "The services that she offers are more important than ever in these stressful times. Her holistic, loving approach was exactly what I needed to guide me through of one of the most difficult times in my life, especially when the only answer offered by the medical community was medication."  Another individual wrote, "She is a treasure in Del Ray and I am so grateful to have found her. She is a passionate health and wellness coach, and really understands the need for aligning your body, mind, emotions and spirit." In addition to working with local non-profits, Four Directions Wellness offers "Mindfulness Mondays," a free community meditation every other Monday that is open to all; check for dates.

    Nature's Nibbles
    After his dog saw great health improvements after transitioning to an all-natural diet, Chris Gabriel became an expert in the area -- and shares that knowledge with every pet owner that walks through the door of Nature's Nibbles.  "Chris is so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does," said one customer. "Every pet is like family at Nature's Nibbles. And Chris takes care of the humans too -- they offer free delivery, especially to seniors" In addition to hosting adoption events for local rescue centers, the recent government shutdown was a reminder of how interconnected the Nature's Nibbles community is; not only did the retailer provide discounts to furloughed pet parents, but a network of customers also provided a wall of gift cards for those impacted.

    ROAM -- Rock of Ages Music 
         Founded by Alexandria native John Patrick, ROAM was created "to be an all-inclusive music center to provide the area with all of its musical needs."  It's a mission that Patrick brings to everything he does -- not only does he teach up-and-coming musicians, but he volunteers countless hours chairing the volunteer-run Del Ray Music Festival each July, which brings top local talent to the neighborhood. "John Patrick and his incredibly talented group of instructors are creating an incredibly positive community of musicians and music lovers in our neighborhood," read one nomination. "His work will have lasting impacts, not only on the lives of the students, but also on the cultural opportunities and lives of all of us."  Another wrote, "They truly do embody the heart of Del Ray as they are building a safe community for our kids, all while embracing the arts! This place continues to grow a love of music for many kids in the area. Challenging them while having fun and performing around the city. The end results are amazing and fill the kids with such a sense of accomplishment and self esteem."

    Stomping Ground 
    Whether it's an impromptu meeting of Mount Vernon Community School  PTA parents or a top-secret reception to woo Amazon executives, great things happen over the legendary biscuits at Stomping Ground. "Stomping Ground  is everything a great neighborhood restaurant should be -- amazing food, friendly staff, and you're almost guaranteed to run into one of your neighbors there, " said one regular. Others touted the restaurant's special events, like post-Halloween Parade porch parties and pig roasts, that bring the community together.  And the restaurant is committed to buying local -- the chef regularly shops and plans menu items around produce available at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, and provides coffee and biscuits for the farmers on Saturday mornings.

    Taqueria Poblano 
     While Taqueria Poblano is known in the region as home to the DC area's best margaritas, inside Del Ray, the restaurant is known for its welcoming atmosphere and dedication to the community.  "A neighborhood favorite -- like Cheers where you walk in and they know your name," said one customer. "We love the food and love to take friends from out of town because it always feels so welcoming." Others nominating Taqueria noted the restaurant's support community of events.  “When you send an email out asking for gift cards or a donation of some sort, [owner] Jeff [Wallingford] is the always the first to respond -- and always helps our nonprofits,” read one nomination.

        Visit to vote; voting closes at noon on Th., Feb. 7.  A large heart-shaped award will be displayed on the winning business on Fri., Feb 8 to greet them for the Valentine’s Day weekend.

         Last year, nearly 1,000 neighbors, friends and customers participated in online voting.  Past winners of the award include A Show of Hands, Jen Walker McEnearney Associates, Bobi Bomar Homes of Alexandria, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, Greener Cleaner of Del Ray, Del Ray Pizzeria, Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga, Caboose Cafe, Del Ray Cafe, and Pork Barrel BBQ/Holy Cow/the sushi bar.

  • November 30, 2018 5:45 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Due to weather, the Del Ray Holiday Season Kick-Off will take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, beginning a month-long holiday celebration on Main Street. The holiday activities reflect the Del Ray neighborhood's reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round. 

         All events are open to all.  Among the activities planned: 

    • Holiday Season Kick-Off: The Del Ray community will come together on Sun. Dec 2 at 6 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.  The event features an appearance by Santa, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring toiletries, diapers, gift cards for Target or Wal-Mart or Metro SmartTrip cards for Carpenter’s Shelter.  Continue the celebration (and start your holiday shopping!) with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning.  

    • Holidays On Main Street:  Local artists have been commissioned to complete a series of hand-painted holiday windows at businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue.  Businesses and local non-profits are also teaming up to decorate Christmas trees along the Avenue; the winning tree, selected by online voters, will earn $500 for that non-profit.

    • Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market: Find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and at-home entrepreneurs on Sun., Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. 

    • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out:  Join the Shops of Del Ray on Th., Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine.  Find the perfect gift on The Avenue or at an outdoor pop-up market featuring local artisans at the Del Ray Psych & Wellness parking lot, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue.

    • 3rd Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specials at top Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood beer crawl on Sat., Dec. 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting MVCS Blessings in Backpack and Cora Kelly ALIVE Weekend Food Packs.

    • Twelve Days of Wellness in Del Ray:  From Dec. 9-20, the Del Ray wellness community will offer twelve days of self-care during the holidays, featuring special promotions, classes, workshops, and more. 

    • First Night Alexandria: On New Years' Eve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring the entire family out for an old-fashioned carnival featuring games, face-painting, and more at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. 
        All events are presented by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.   For complete information, visit 

  • November 26, 2018 12:46 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The 43rd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot raised $5,000 for ALIVE!;  runners also donated 2,008 pounds of food, plus an additional $485 in cash donations.   Despite the coldest Thanksgiving morning in over 20 years, over 4,000 runners finished the five-mile run, and a new women's course record was set, with Birtukan Alemu of Washington, D.C. finishing the race in 26 minutes, 21 seconds. The Alexandria Turkey Trot is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and DC Road Runners.  Complete results are available at

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