Alexandria is hosting a visual and performing arts festival throughout September and October, with a stellar lineup of kids activities on Sept. 29 and 30.
“Our goal is to grow this into something like Spoleto,” said Kaleidoscope coordinator Helenmarie Corcoran, referring to the 17-day internationally renowned performing arts extravaganza that brings in $55 million to its host city, Charleston, S.C.
This year, Alexandria’s Kaleidoscope offers 17 events including theater, music, dance and art exhibits through a partnership with the Alexandria Marketing Fund, Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association as well as city departments such as Parks and Recreation and the Commission for the Arts.
The children’s portion of the event, which takes place at the Durant Center will showcase more than 30 performances and workshops in two days. A two-day pass is $50 which includes admission for a child two years and older and a caregiver. Patrons can also purchase to attend a single event for $10. Go to artskaleidoscope.org to purchase tickets.
Events range from the extraordinary – like painting a BMW car and a puppet parade to the merely fantastic like book making, kaleidoscope making and origami workshops. There are also a variety of dance performances by Urban Artistry and Jane Franklin Dance, among others.
Colonial Parking is offering $4 flat-rate parking at 1727 King St. during the children’s portion of the festival, but planners are also encouraging visitors to take the metro and King Street trolley.
This weekend, some of the adult events on tap include productions of Medea at the Port City Playhouse, Funny Money at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, "Jacque Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" at Metro Stage, or the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with pianist Yuliya Gorenman.
“We want to grow this into a shared cultural experience that everyone in Alexandria and beyond will enjoy,” Corcoran said.