First Thursday: Petal Porch Party

  • April 01, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Along Mount Vernon Avenue

    The Del Ray Business Association presents First Thursday: Petal Porch Party from 6 p.m. to dusk on Thursday, April 1. 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 social distance, and participate in these community activities:

-- Join the Cherry Blossom Challenge!  Starting April 1, there will be  Cherry Blossoms hidden in storefronts along Mount Vernon Avenue -- find them all by April 15 for a chance to win $50 to your favorite Del Ray restaurant or retailer, and other fun prizes!  Click here for the scavenger hunt form, or pick one up at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square.

-- Decorate your porch for spring!: 
Del Ray will be part of the National Cherry Blossom's Petal Porch Parade. Decorate your yard, sidewalk, window, or any space visible from the street or sidewalk in a Cherry Blossom theme.The best decorated porch in Del Ray will receive a $50 gift card to their favorite Del Ray restaurant, retailer, or wellness provider. Click here to learn more and to register!  Please note: If you do not see your house on the National Cherry Blossom map, please email to have your house included in Del Ray's First Thursday Petal Porch contest. We look forward to seeing your creativity!

-- Be a hero to kids in need: Participants are encouraged to donate colored pencils (12-pack), crayons (24-pack), and reusable water bottles (new, kid-friendly, BPA-free sport/water bottles) for Mount Vernon Community School & Maury  Elementary School's Blessings in a Backpack program. On Thursday, April 1, plastic bins will be placed along Mount Vernon Avenue by 4 p.m.   Blessings in a Backpack works to provides food staples to Mount Vernon Community School and Maury Elementary School children in need. 

-- 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!

-- Share the love: During First Thursday, take a video or post it on your social media accounts with the hashtags #VisitDelRay

     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

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