What to See in Arlington August 15 - 31

art news update

August 15 - 31, 2018

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For the past 28 years, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest has taken over all of the three-acre, urban Gateway Park. Last year, this much-anticipated annual event drew more than 10,000 music fans to the park for a day of dynamic, free performances. Come to hear live music performed by some of the biggest names in jazz and world music today including headliner Cory Henry and The Funk ApostlesOrquesta AkokanTrue Loves, and Aztec Sun! 



Blues Revolution featuring Akua Allrich 

Jazz vocalist and DC native Akua Allrich explores music and poetry as tools for revolution in a sizzling cabaret highlighting Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Louis Armstrong, Nation, Harry Belafonte and others. More

August 21 - 25  | Signature Theatre, Shirlington


Set in 1860s Italy, this gorgeous musical ignites a fiery love triangle when a handsome army captain is transferred to a remote military outpost and into the blinding infatuation of Fosca, the ailing cousin of his superior. Fosca’s fervent longing draws him in as it threatens to upend his career in an exhilarating tangle of obsession, desire, madness, and above all, passion. Starring Natascia Diaz (West Side Story), Stephen Sondheim’s lush and romantic Tony Award®-winning Best Musical will thrill audiences in a radiant new staging by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, Crazy for You). More

August 14 - September 23 | Signature Theatre, Shirlington




 Catch these family-friendly shows at Lubber Run Amphitheater: 

8/26 - Reptiles Alive

9/9 - Zig Zag The Magic Man

9/16 - Mystic Drumz 


Full Schedule 



The Arlington Art Truck is heading the County Fair. Grab a friend and create magic with Alicia Eggert's interactive "You Are Magic" sculpture! More

August 17 - 18 @ 4:00PM | Thomas Jefferson Community Center - between turf field and the baseball diamond, across from tennis courts. 

See the full Arlington Art Truck schedule

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Apply for Artists Studios at ARC 3409 Art Studios at 3409 Wilson Blvd.

Five studio spaces of approximately 1,510 SF in total are now available in Virginia Square!  Each studio features a high ceiling (12’ to 14’), lighting, floor-to-ceiling glass windows with street visibility, stainless steel sink with hot and cold water, 3Phase power, HVAC system, and stained concrete floor.  Apply now and learn more at www.ARC3409arts.org!

Return on Creativity: Creators Behind the Scenes

Learn about branding for your creative endeavor and business during this keynote from author of "The Agile Brand" Greg Kihlström. His new book follows the evolution of branding from its beginnings to the authentic relationship with brands that modern consumers want, and gives practical examples of what you can do to create a more modern, agile brand while staying true to your core values. There will be a panel discussion after with Scott Williams, President & COO, Newseum; Artist, Photographer, Special Projects Curator for Arlington County, Cynthia Connolly; Geoff Livingston, Principal, Livingston Campaigns;  and Lisa Nirell, Chief Energy Officer, EnergizeGrowth;  More

August 16 @ 7-8:30pm | The Alcove (1800 N. Lynn St.), Rosslyn


PARK(ing) Day 2018 is just around the corner – with the Aug. 31 application deadline fast approaching!

At this annual worldwide event, which will be held this year on Sept. 21, people transform metered parking spots into temporary public spaces. Get creative and change a space! Go to Arlington’s PARK(ing) Day page to plan your design and fill out the event application. For inspiration, view previous Arlington participants and their designs on Flickr.