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City Council to consider waiver allowing big events on consecutive summer weekends

The Old Town Alexandria Art Festival on Sunday, September 18, 2022. (staff photo by James Cullum)

It’s going to be a busy summer in Alexandria.

On Tuesday, City Council will consider a waiver to Alexandria’s special event policy to allow for events with more than 500 people to occur on consecutive weekends throughout the summer.

The policy currently allows such events every other weekend.

“Currently, the City has received applications for community events on consecutive weekends in June that would occur at Waterfront Park, Oronoco Park, and Market Square,” City staff wrote in a memo to Council. “Old Town venues such as Waterfront Park and Market Square continue to be desirable locations for public events.”

City staff are also working on permanently removing restrictions for events scheduled on consecutive weekends, according to the memo. Regardless, special event applications still have to go through the city’s Special Events Committee for approval.

Incidentally, this weekend will be packed at Waterfront Park (1 Prince Street), starting Friday with the Alexandria Jazz Fest, and followed by the Portside In Old Town festival on Saturday.

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