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

La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival May 13, 2017

La Bella Strada, May 13, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A modern street painting festival benefiting The Del Ray Montessori School

About La Bella Strada


On May 13, 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

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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Chalk Painting Workshop April 29, 2017

Whether you are new to chalk as a paint medium or just want to fine-tune your skills, we invite you to participate in our Street Chalk Painting Workshop with Patrick Kirwin on April 29, 2017 from 4-5:30 p.m. In this 1.5-hour hands-on workshop, you will learn...

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Special Offer for Community Groups and Organizations

In addition to our standard sponsorship options, we are pleased to offer a limited number of 5x5 sponsored squares for 501c3 organizations at our Medio level. Selected organizations will receive the same benefits as other Medio level sponsors at a reduced cost of $150...

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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

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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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