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Watch Del Ray's Mount Vernon Avenue Come to Life!

La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival


Thanks to all the artists, sponsors, volunteers and visitors
who participated in La Bella Strada 2017!

About La Bella Strada


NOTE: We have changed the date due to forecast for rain on Saturday. 

On May 13, 2017 May 14, 2017, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Del Ray’s main street, Mount Vernon Avenue, will come alive with vibrant chalk art. The second annual La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival, modeled after an ancient Italian art form, will bring artists from around the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. region to create masterpieces up and down the sidewalk.

Participants in the 2016 event raved at how much they enjoyed painting the murals on the sidewalks and seeing Mount Vernon Avenue come to life in such a colorful, creative way. The festival drew sizable crowds of spectators, significantly increased foot-traffic along the Del Ray commercial main street.

All proceeds from the event will help fund the creation of an outdoor garden, play space, and education programs for The Del Ray Montessori School.

We hope you will join us for this unique event!

It is events like this [La Bella Strada] that bring new people to Alexandria and showcase our wonderful neighborhoods, who in turn make repeat visits. As a business owner, I see the long term value that events like La Bella have to our small business community.

– Bill Blackburn, owner, Pork Barrel BBQ

Latest News

UPDATE: New Date for La Bella Strada

Due to the forecast of rain, we are moving La Bella Strada to Sunday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We hope you will still be able to stop by on Sunday to see some incredible works of art along Mt Vernon Ave. The Tot Rock Festival ( is still...

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Artist Guidelines and Logistics

If you are an artist participating in La Bella Strada, please read our Artist Guidelines and Logistics for details about the event including where to check-in, what to expect and a few helpful tips for street...

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What’s Happening at the Casa dei Bambini?

On May 13, 2017, the Casa dei Bambini (“Children’s House”) area will provide artist-grade chalk and space for young artists to create a collective masterpiece. The facilitators of Casa dei Bambini are artists and members the Potomac Art Therapy Association (PATA), a...

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We’re excited to announce our new and returning early sponsors of the 2017 La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival! To learn more about sponsor levels and benefits, download our Sponsor Packet or contact us with any questions.

Grande Sponsors — $1,000
Medio Sponsors — $500


Convergence | ROAM | Affordable Signs and Banners | Salon de Zen | Bean Creative | The Del Ray Kinderchoir | Yates Automotive | 7-11 | Alexandria Police Foundation | VeloCity | Mindful Junkie | Friends of Duncan Library | Trader Joe’s | Bombay Curry Company | Purple Goose | La Brocante | Top It Off | Kiskadee | Bellies & Babies | Del Ray Pizzeria | Staples | Language Stars | Bon Vivant Fine Foods | Alexandria International Film Festival | Islamic Relief USA

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Got a question about the festival? Interested in being a sponsor or featured artist? Let us know!

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