What to See in Arlington May 12-25

arts news update

May 12, 2022

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Jennie Dean Park Opening Celebration

Jennie Dean Park Opening Celebration

Sat, May 21 | 12-3pm | Jennie Dean Park | Green Valley

Come celebrate the reopening of newly renovated Jennie Dean Park on Sat., May 21, noon-3 p.m. The event will include a mini parade, live music from Arlington Arts' favorite JoGo Project, food trucks, free giveaways, and a ceremony with past members of the baseball league that played at the park. More


Wheelhouse by Mark Riegelman

The new park features a site-specific public art work, Wheelhouse by Mark Reigelman. Wheelhouse explores the industrial history of the Jennie Dean Park site through the lens of the great American pastime—baseball. Inspired by the mill that stood in this location in the early 1700’s and the park’s rich recreational history, the artwork references the structural anatomy of the region’s historical mills, while playing on classic baseball terminology. More



2700 S Nelson Placemaking Plan

We’re looking for YOUR inspiration and input for an open, flexible space planned for 2700 South Nelson Street, which will be designed following the planned demolition of the existing buildings this fall. Arlington Cultural Affairs is working with public art and placemaking firm Graham Projects to design this future arts space.
Share YOUR thoughts and ideas online for a new creative, open space at 2700 South Nelson Street.


Plus, come and share your thoughts and ideas in-person with the design team on:

  • Thurs, May 19, 3-5pm at the Pedestrian Bridge at Arlington Mill Drive
  • Thurs, May 26, 6-8pm at New District Brewing Company
2700 S Nelson St Placemaking Project Online Engagement
Arlington Art Truck


Arlington Art Truck: From Our Waist to Waste: Is Fashion Sustainable(?) by Laure Drogoul

thru May 22 | various locations

Visit the Arlington Art Truck and see a fanciful sculptural canopy made from hundreds of colorful garments spanning various decades and styles that let you experience the history of clothing, fashion, and textiles. Make sure you pick up a free, Risograph-printed zine created by the artist that includes fun facts about the clothing we wear and the history of the Mid-Atlantic textile industry. Learn about “close the loop” recycling and other sustainable solutions for discarded garments and textiles. More

  • Fri, May 20, 6:30-9am: Bike to Work Day, Gateway Park at 1300 Langston Blvd, Rosslyn Metro
  • Sun, May 22, 9am-1pm: Fairlington Farmers Market, 3308 S Stafford St


Music by the Metro

Weds, May 18 | 5:30 pm | Clarendon Metro Park | Clarendon

Join us for the last performance of the Music by the Metro spring series, Phil Kominski & The Breakaways. More


Music by the Metro

What to See in Arlington May 12-25

Festival Argentino

Festival Argentino

Sat, May 21 | 3:30pm | Kenmore Auditorium | Glencarlyn

Experience Argentinian culture, performances and cuisine at the 35th annual Festival Argentino. Music, exhibitors and authentic food are highlights of the popular event. This year over 30 artists headline the festival’s performance schedule. The audience will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the participating artists, who come from different parts of Argentina and the United States, through their artistic performances and booth chats. The mix of live music, great food, and fun activities for kids make the festival a perfect family-friendly experience. More


Marvelous Mozart and Mendelssohn

National Chamber Ensemble

Marvelous Mozart and Mendelssohn

Sat, May 21 | 7:30pm | Gunston Theatre 1 | Long Branch Creek

The Season concludes with Mozart and Mendelssohn - both child prodigies, pianists, musical conductors, and teachers and two of the most-celebrated musical figures of all time. Mendelssohn was the only musical prodigy of the 19th century whose stature could rival that of Mozart. Enjoy the Piano Trio in C major K.548, Piano Quartet in E Flat Major K.493 by Mozart and the exciting Piano Quartet No. 2 F Minor by Mendelssohn with Leo Sushansky (violin), Carlos Cesar Rodriguez (piano), Uri Wassertzug (viola) and Steven Honigberg (cello). More


Avant Bard: Suddenly Last Summer

May 25- June 18 | Gunston Theatre 2 | Long Branch Creek

Set in the hothouse of New Orleans’ Garden District, Suddenly Last Summer has all the hallmarks of a Tennessee Williams masterpiece: exotic locales, tortured psyches, glorious, lyrical language, and Williams’ gift for creating vivid, unforgettable characters. An elderly socialite mourns the death of her poet son, who died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing at an island resort. Eager to protect her son’s image, she hires a doctor to silence the only witness to the tragic event–but the shattering truth fights its way to the surface, as it always does in Williams’ world. More


Suddenly Last Summer
SOLOS 2022 Artist Talk


Arlington Arts Center: SOLOS 2022 Artist Talk

Sat, May 21 | 1pm | Arlington Arts Center | Virginia Square

Join AAC for the second of two artist talk programs taking place as part of SOLOS 2022, on view at Arlington Arts Center through June 18. The program on May 21 will take place in the galleries and feature artist talks by Alexander D’Agostino, Sharon Shapiro, and Marisa Stratton. Each talk will be followed by a Q & A, giving visitors an opportunity to talk directly with the artists. More


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Hula Program with Hālau O ‘Aulani

Hula Program with Hālau O ‘Aulani

Sat, May 21 | 10-11am | Shirlington Branch Library | Shirlington
Join Arlington Public Library for a hula performance hosted by Hālau O ‘Aulani. The haumana (students) of ‘Aulani will demonstrate basic hula steps, hand motions, and meanings, and perform traditional and modern hula. Learn about Hawaiian culture and enjoy typical music and dance. Good for all ages! More


John M. Langston Citizens Association 85th Anniversary


John M. Langston Citizens Association 85th Anniversary

May 13-15 | various locations

Start the celebration with an opening program honoring "The 28 Plaintiffs Left Behind" and the opening of the Ernest E. Johnson "Select" Photo Exhibit of the Negro Recreation Section. Join Saturday morning for the Hall's Hill Walking Tour at any of seven locations to learn about this historic neighborhood! Saturday's Family Fun Day will have fun for kids, authors selling and signing books about Black Arlington, lots of music, dance, cheering, and - A LIVE band 'R&B mixed with Jazz'. Sunday the Citizens Association will honor the founder and leader of the Annual Hall's Hill Gospel In the Park, Pastor Barbara Vaughan, and enjoy choirs, singers and celebration!. More



Arlington Reads: Kiese Laymon

Thurs, May 19 | 7-9pm | virtual

Join for a conversation between author Kiese Laymon and Library Director Diane Kresh about Laymon's memoir "Heavy" and the introduction he's writing for the Freedom Reads edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." More


Arlington Reads: Kiese Laymon
Quarterfest Crawl


2022 Quarterfest Crawl

Sat, May 21 | 12-8pm | Ballston Quarter | Ballston

The 2022 Quarterfest Crawl is your chance to experience the best bites across Ballston! Join for a day of performances, pop-up concerts, and samples & specials from dozens of restaurants from Ballston Quarter and across the entire neighborhood! More