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Torpedo Factory Art Center

Alexandria, VA View map Visit website
4.7 out of 5 rating
47 reviews
Up to 220 guests


Up to 220 guests

One of the thirty venues to be recognized on Washingtonian Magazine's list of "Very Best Wedding Vendors: Reception Spaces & Venues" in the DC Metro Area.

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center is one of the few Potomac River waterfront special events venues that boasts a rich, illustrious history with breathtaking views of the Potomac River and our Nation’s Capital. True to its name, the Torpedo Factory Art Center once was an actual torpedo factory! The Mark XIV green torpedo currently displayed in the main hall was produced here in 1945 and has since been photographed with thousands of Brides and Grooms. In 1974, the Torpedo Factory Art Center opened to the public. For forty years, artists have worked by day to create one of a kind pieces in their studios and by night we transform our three-tiered, industrial facility to create one of a kind special events and weddings that reflect our clients’ unique vision.

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This Old Town landmark is a perennial special event favorite because the building hosts the works of the most talented national and international artisans from all mediums. Every aspect of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is as remarkable as the artists and their creations. With cylindrical columns, canary yellow hanging lights, electric blue weaved steel railings and a dramatic two-story atrium that can be overlooked by a balcony and two catwalks… this art studio is also a bonified piece of art. The spacious main hall is an ideal location for events and can comfortably host up to 220 seated guests, 700 standing, and 400 for lecture seating (without tables). The striking three-story building retains its identity in daylight as a former factory with exposed pipes, ductwork, and a smokestack, but by night the building becomes the guest’s canvas and transforms into their artistic vision.

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Nationally recognized as one of America's Top Art Places, with a "backbone of creative culture... [that is] exceptionally successful at combining art, artists, and venues for creativity and expression” has made the Torpedo Factory Arts Center one of the most sought-after special event venues. In addition to the lore and celebrated art for special events guests to enjoy, it easily partners with outside vendors (décor, lighting, catering sound, DJ, bands) wireless Internet, restrooms on each floor, and parking that is wheelchair accessible and can accommodate a shuttle van. Event set up is between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. and the facility must be restored to the original state and vacated by 1:00 a.m.


Only minutes from Washington D.C. and Reagan National Airport, your visit to Old Town Alexandria promises to be an unforgettable experience. Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money magazine and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 that George Washington called home, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it, all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America.

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    Stephanie N. Married on 08/06/2022
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    Fun space your guests will love exploring, great location!

    TFAC is a very cool venue. It's in a great location that your out of town guests will love but still convenient to DC for DC-based couples. It's also a reasonable price compared to other venues, particularly when you consider how much space you get.

    Their events person Deri really goes the extra mile, including helping us figure out how to hang a curtain to cover some art we didn't love the day of. She has a lot of equipment and odds and ends that she is happy to share with you (lanterns, napkin holders for the bathroom, votives, etc.) and will help you avoid wasting money on things that you soon realize you can do without. She was actually the person who encouraged us to DIY our centerpieces out of beach-y objects as opposed to paying thousands of dollars for flowers that get thrown away. She was there for our whole event (and before), tidying and keeping everything moving. She will absolutely ensure you event goes smoothly!!

    The only flag about the space is that certain parts are hard to light. They turn off the big overhead lights but then there are parts of the entrance and back that are a bit dark. You might want to think about some free standing lighting for certain areas.
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    Marice N. Married on 05/21/2022
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    The Perfect Location

    I honestly could not be more happy with the TFAC. It was the perfect place to hold our wedding. Being in Old Town it was in the center of everything our family and any activity that we could have possibly wanted to do. Deri was AMAZING and was constantly going above and beyond to help us out (peep the curtain behind our sweetheart table that was also used at our ceremony.) She was 100% supportive and always offered really good input every step of the way. Deri was one definitely a big factor when we picked the location.The TFAC allowed us to hold our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in one space.
    There is no doubt in our minds that we would choose the TFAC over and over again if we wanted to redo our wedding.
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MyDeejay MyDeejay Wedding DJs

The Torpedo Factory is a fantastic place for a wedding, it's VERY cool and VERY modern-looking. They have their own in-house lighting crew, and I'm always impressed with the way they are able to turn the space into a very striking setting!

Blue Canary Events Blue Canary Events Wedding Planners

Looking for a unique venue? The Torpedo Factory is where it's at! I love this venue because it's in the heart of Old Town Alexandria (convenient to hotels, parking garages, the waterfront, restaurants, etc), is affordable, is HUGE for being a relatively historic property, and best of all is one-of-a-kind. Where else in the DC area will you find an industrial-looking art center? With the lighting package from John Farr, this spot really turns into a beautiful and completely unique space. I guarantee your guests will be talking about for years to come. It beats any hotel ballroom, hands down. Give Tara a call and go check it out! Be sure to look at the photos of the space with's a completely different feel than during the day when it's open to the public.

RSVP Catering RSVP Catering Wedding Caterers

Wonderful venue, some of the best views around!


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