What to See in Arlington June 14 - 30th


June 14 - 30, 2019

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2019  Columbia Pike Blues Festival 

Sugaray Rayford, 2019 Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, headlines this year's Columbia Pike Blues Festival. The Columbia Pike Blues Festival presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and Arlington Arts features the best in contemporary blues and blues-inspired genres in the heart of Arlington, VA with Thornetta Davis, Hardway Connection, Lauren Calve Band, and Funky Miracle all hitting the stage this year. Fun for the whole family, the Blues Festival has an array of kid's activities, food trucks, curated craft vendors, the Arlington Art Truck, and beer provided by New District Brewing Company. More

Saturday, June 15th from 1 - 8:30PM | Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive



Lubber Run Amphitheater's 50th Anniversary Weekend Concerts

Two-time GRAMMY Award® nominated singer-songwriter RAUL MIDÓN opens the 50th Anniversary of the free Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concert Series. Come early (7pm) on Opening Night Friday, June 14th for a pre-show celebration with free ice cream (while supply lasts) from a vintage Good Humor Truck and kids activities! Return on Saturday at 8pm for Arlington's-own Justin Jones who The Washington Post describes as “electrified country and roots-rock that leaves plenty of space for Jones to hold court...like Dave Grohl when at full throttle and Townes Van Zandt when at ease.” 

Raul Midon - Fri. Jun 14, 50th Celebration at 7pm, Concert starts at 8pm

Justin Jones - Sat. Jun 15, 8pm

Full Power Blues Band - Fri Jun 21, 8pm

Sin Miedo - Sat Jun 22, 8pm

Grandsons Jr. - Sun Jun 23, 11am

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Lubber Run Amphitheater, N. Columbus & N. Columbus Sts.

Arlington Art Truck presents Futura Percussion 1860 by Neil Feather



Make your own music with Neil Feather's interactive sound sculpture that re-uses scientific and mechanical tools like switches, batteries, electromagnetic coils – all technology developed before the 1860’s. 

Upcoming Activations 

6/15 - Columbia Pike Blues Festival

6/22 - Shirlington Public Library 

6/27 -  Ballston Farmer's Market More




Signature Theatre presents Blackbeard

WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSIONED BY SIGNATURE THEATRE. Set sail with the most infamous pirate of all time in a riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix. After learning he’s a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea. Hilarious, wildly original, and immersive staged entirely on a pirate ship, Blackbeard is a fresh musical salute to the Seven Seas. More

thruJuly 7 | Signature Theatre, Shirlington


Arlington Arts Center: Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception & Community Day 

Arlington Arts Center’s summer exhibitions will open with a family-friendly event! Join us before 6pm for a community day to celebrate the opening of Amanda Browder’s monumental fabric installation, City of Threads, with snacks and art projects for children of all ages. The party continues after 6pm with the opening of our three new summer exhibitions, Transitional Objects, Jen Noone: Sort of, Kind of, Almost, and Jason Horowitz: Ashton Heights Re/Seen. Grab a drink with the exhibiting artists and stop by our resident artists’ studios to see what they have been working on this spring. More

Sat Jun 22, 3pm | Arlington Arts Center, Virginia Square


WSC Avant Bard presents A Misanthrope


A Misanthrope is a brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin—but the joke’s on him when he falls for an ingenue who’s more than his intellectual equal. Minnicino’s A Misanthrope is written in slang-filled rhyming couplets, one howler after another. Hypocrisy has never been more hilarious. More

thru June 30 | Gunston Arts Center, Gunston Middle School


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



Richard III presented by Synetic Theatre

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

thru June 16 | Synetic Theatre, Crystal City


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Improv for All! with Washington Improv Theater 

This class, taught by Washington Improv Theater, will show you how improvisers create the spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater known as "improv." Enthusiastic and friendly instructors will work to make sure that all participants can explore improv in a playful and trusting atmosphere. For Adults age 18+. More

Tues, Jun 18, 7 - 8:30pm | Shirlington Branch Library, Shirlington


Spellbinders Story Fest

The Arlington Spellbinders will unleash the power of oral storytelling with favorite tales from around the world. Since ancient times in all cultures, this tradition has passed on wisdom, connected elders to youth, and engaged the imagination. Registration required. More

Sun, Jun 16, 3-4pm | Long Branch Nature Center, Carlin Springs Rd.


Not So Far Away: Regional Landscapes Solo Show presented by Arlington Artists Alliance

Featured in the Overlook Gallery during June is Ingrid Mateszewski’s "Not So Far Away: Regional Landscapes," a solo show of oil and acrylic landscapes in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. “I paint in a very loose and carefree style and favor bold brushwork," says Mateszewski. "I'm fascinated by color, light and movement in nature. Solo show runs June 5-30; opening reception Sunday June 9th, 3-6pm


Also featured are new works for June by Gallery members in the main gallery including paintings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, ceramics, metalwork and woodworking. Member show runs June 10-July 7; Opening reception Friday, June 14th, 5-7pm More

Gallery Clarendon, Clarendon


Encore Learning Presents Former Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich in conversation with Katherine E. Young

Nobel Prize nominee Akram Aylisli is under de facto house arrest in Azerbaijan, persecuted for using his writings to speak out against state repression and ethnic cleansing. Katherine E. Young, award-winning translator of Russian-language novels and former Arlington Poet Laureate, will discuss the challenges and power of translating the works of Azerbaijani political prisoner, Akram Aylisli. Ms. Young will be joined by Richard Kauzlarich, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, for a brief conversation on the current political situation in that country. More

Mon Jun 17, 3-4:30pm | Central Library, Virginia Square