What to See in Arlington May 15 - 31


May 15 - 31, 2019

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Arlington Art Truck presents What's Your Sign by Paul Shortt

In What’s Your Sign?, the Truck will set up at various locations displaying and distributing signs by Florida-based artist Paul Shortt. Participants can select free, pre-made signs about daily life, consumption and the environment or make their own. These signs provide useful, funny and odd reminders, questioning how we engage in the public spaces that we encounter every day. There will also be a sign making station to create your own signs to take home. More

Announcing the Rosslyn Jazz Festival 2019


The 29th-annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest Saturday, September 7th, will feature a unique synthesis of sounds from the Gulf Coast that evoke jazz, blues, soul, funk and Caribbean genres. This year's event will be headlined by the Houston-based band The Suffers, Grammy-nominated New Orleans brass band Cha Wa, singer/cellist Leyla McCalla (formerly of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops), and D.C.’s go-go/jazz ensemble JoGo Project. More



Make Your Mark 2019 

Experience hands-on making and innovation that's fun for the whole family (including those with 4 legs!). Learn new skills: papercutting, calligraphy, mask making, weaving, pottery, and more. Not an arts and crafts fair, Make Your Mark! lets you immerse yourself in a multicultural coming together of artists and makers ready to ignite your creativity! Featured Makers include: Ebony Day Dance, Mary Briggs, Melanie Kehoss, Tracy Wilkerson and more. More details

Sat, May 18, 11am – 3pm | 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Four Mile Run Valley



Richard III presented by Synetic Theatre

As our physical and cyber worlds become more entwined – our lives as a whole more automated and impersonal – do we lose connection and empathy? What happens when technology obscures our own humanity and the humanity of those around us?

Highlighting the terrifying extremes made possible through the abuse of modern technology, the 14th installment in Paata Tsikurishvili’s Wordless Shakespeare Series explores King Richard III’s Machiavellian rise to power in a movement-driven and action-packed display of stunning physicality and powerful visuals. More

May 15 - June 16 | Synetic Theatre, Crystal City


Signtaure Theatre presents Spunk

Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly’s Last Jam writer George C. Wolfe, Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable. An unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love. Glowing with wit, humor and energy, resonating with evocative staging and soulful music, three tales of survival are told in the key of the blues. More

thru June 23 | Signature Theatre, Shirlington

                                The Arts Meet!

Join us for a special The Arts Meet in partnership with Arlington Arts Center (AAC.) Starting at 5:30PM, join us to view AAC’s galleries and enjoy some light refreshments. At 6:00pm we will start a tour of AAC’s current show, 2019 Spring SOLOS, as well as a glimpse into the studio space. Afterwards please take a moment to view the AAC’s galleries and visit with other TAM members until 7:30pm. The Arts Meet will be taking a hiatus following this event. More


Wed. May 22, 5:30pm | Arlington Arts Center, Virginia Square

Opera Improv with Urban Aria and Jive Turkey 

This first-of-its-kind show will mash up the sung improv skills of UrbanArias and spoken improv prowess of Jive Turkey in one unforgettable performance! Our shows incorporate audience suggestions and interaction - come prepared to have great time and laugh your socks off. Starring Melissa Wimbish, Britt Olsen-Ecker, Ian McEuen, Jeffrey Gates, Joe Randazzo and Chris Ulrich. More

Sun, May 19, 6:30pm | Busboys & Poets, Shirlington


Jane Franklin Dance Eye Soar

EyeSoar highlights the landscapes near 3700 S Four Mile Run Drive. This heavily utilized, under recognized public site features bike trails, auto repair shops, the Shirlington Dog Park, AFAC, New District, Shirlington Education and Employment Center and other businesses. Participation will range from one-on-one audio and video interviews, to observers and audience, to the community members who take part in a multi-camera production.  More

Thurs, May 16, 6:45pm | 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Four Mile Run


Signtaure Theatre presents Grand Hotel, The Musical

It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars. At the bustling Grand Hotel a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist, and an ailing bookkeeper collide in a non-stop musical toast to the high life. Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer conjures a scintillating musical destination where captivating characters played by Bobby Smith (Titanic, A Little Night Music), Natascia Diaz (Crazy for You), Kevin McAllister (Titanic), Nicki Elledge (A Little Night Music) and more converge with a lavish and lively score to embody the joy, style and decadence of the 1920s. More

thru June 23 | Signature Theatre, Shirlington


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Quarterfest presented by the Ballston BID

Enjoy a food+beer+wine festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington’s food scene as Taste of Arlington becomes Quarterfest! This exciting and highly-anticipated festival transforms Wilson Boulevard into a vibrant dining, shopping and family-fun festival for all ages. Quarterfest is all about the music, featuring a free, outdoor concert all weekend long. We'll have local performers from every genre to keep you dancing in the streets and a restaurant crawl showcasing eateries of the neighborhood. More

Sat, May 18 - Sun, May 19 @ 12-6pm | Ballston Quarter, Ballston


                                       2019 Arlington Reads: Tracy K. Smith

The 2019 Arlington Reads signature author series features four women writers – the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a New York Times-bestselling memoirist, an acclaimed journalist and New Yorker staffer, and the two-term poet laureate of the United States – whose diverse voices and experiences remind us that everyone has a story. More


Thurs. May 16, 7-8:30pm | Arlington Central Library, Virginia Square


Bridges & Keys Exhibit @ New District Brewing

There is new artwork on display at New District Brewing this spring. The theme for this display is "Bridges & Keys", a play off of New District's logo showing a span of the Key Bridge. Check out the new artwork and talk with the artists (especially on how they interpreted the theme) on Wed, May 22, from 6 - 8 pm. Participating artists: Alanna Graboyes, Jeremy Hinskton (SIK Imagery), Linda Goetz Mierke, Eileen O'Brien, Nancy Ramsey, Taly Walsh, Tamara Wilkerson (WiRealm), and Tracy Wilkerson (Recycled Works). More

Wed. May 22, 6-8pm  | New District Brewing, Four Mile Run Valley


ART Bus Canstruction Sculpture on Display 

As part of ART – Arlington Transit’s 20 Year Anniversary celebration, a sculpture of an ART bus will be built entirely out of food cans at Ballston Quarter on May 15. Known as a Canstruction sculpture, the ART bus will be on display during Quarter Fest taking place May 18 - 19 and continue to be on display through June 8. When the sculpture is dismantled, all of the food will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to help Arlington families.During Quarter Fest, visitors can enter a drawing to guess how many cans were used to build the sculpture and also bring canned food to donate to AFAC. More

thru June 8 | Ballston Quarter, Ballston