Festival featuring fast and exotic cars returning to Old Town next month

Checking out a 1956 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 at the Old Town Festival of Speed and Style on May 22, 2022 (staff photo by James Cullum)

The Old Town Festival of Speed and Style is set to cruise back into Alexandria next month.

The annual festival is returning for the fifth year in a row on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The festival fills up lower King Street and surrounding side streets near the waterfront with rare and exotic cars. This year the event is focusing on “pre-war exotic cars.”

“The Festival has garnered tens of thousands of spectators to the lower King Street area, doubling foot traffic to local businesses, generating widespread media coverage, and raising money for Alexandria-based nonprofits,” a release said. “The event is a high-sensory spectacle for participants, spectators and car enthusiasts, allowing them to experience the ‘Speed & Style’ variety of exotic supercars and vintage motorcycles rarely seen sitting still for up-close viewing.”

This year the festival is raising funding for local nonprofits ALIVE! and Community Lodgings.

The event is sponsored by the Burke & Herbert Bank.

A formal, pre-festival High-Octane Ball is also scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 6-10 p.m. at the Belle Haven Country Club.

“This incredible event continues to grow in so many amazing ways — more cars, more people, more fun, more impact for Alexandria, and more funds for our local charities,” Rick Myllenbeck, founder and chairman of the Old Town Festival of Speed & Style, said in the release. “If you haven’t seen a fast, exotic, wicked-cool car like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, or Cobra up close and in-person, this is the event for you!”