What to See in Arlington August 4-17

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August 4, 2022

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Aug 5-7 | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington Forest

Join Avant Bard Theatre, The Arlington Players and Encore Stage & Studio for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber). This fantastically fun and energetic musical will transport you to ancient times where dreamers and destiny collide. Featuring talented local performers, including a children's chorus, it's a theatrical experience for the entire family not to be missed! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Really Useful Group. This production is made possible by the support of Arlington Arts and The Lubber Run Foundation. More


Karen Jonas


Lubber Run Summer Concert Series

thru Aug 14 | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington Forest

Join us for the closing weekend of the concert series!

  • Thurs, Aug 11, 8pm: The 257th Army Band, The Band of the Nation's Capital (concert band)
  • Fri, Aug 12, 8pm: National Chamber Ensemble (chamber music)
  • Sat, Aug 13, 11am: Rainbow Rock Band (family)
  • Sat, Aug 13, 8pm: Karen Jonas (alt-country/ Americana)
  • Sun, Aug 14, 11am: Blue Sky Puppets: The Three Not So Little Pigs (family)


Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship

The American Academy of Poets has selected Arlington’s Poet Laureate, award-winning poet and Marymount University professor Holly Karapetkova, for a 2022 American Academy of Poets Laureate Fellowship. The majority of the $50,000 award monies will fund a project that Karapetkova had already put in motion: an Arlington Youth Poetry Anthology. With seed money from Arlington Arts, Karapetkova formed partnerships with DC’s hip hop-based educational non-profit Words Beats Life, and the local nonprofit and publisher Day Eight. Arlington County public school students and students who live in Arlington County are invited to submit poems for the anthology. More


Poet Laureate Holly Karapetkova
Kennedy Prints


Commemorating Arlington’s Lunch Counter Sit-ins

thru Dec | Shirlington Branch Library | Shirlington

Since 2019, Arlington Arts visiting artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. has worked to bring awareness to Arlington’s civil rights history. Mr. Kennedy made seven letter pressed cards to honor the 60th anniversary of the seven lunch counter sit-ins that took place in Arlington between June 9–22, 1960. Mr. Kennedy recreated the letter-pressed cards into a portfolio of larger prints on archival paper. One portfolio set is currently on view at the Shirlington Library, close to one of the original sit-in locations. More


What to See in Arlington August 4-17


Dominion Stage: Firebringer

Aug 5-20 | Gunston Theatre Two | Long Branch Creek

Firebringer is a fun, campy, and irreverent comedy by StarKid, the creators of A Very Potter Musical. This show features the popular meme "I don't really want to do the work today." The show follows the story of a tribe of characters in the prehistoric era where fire is first discovered. This show is full of political commentary from climate change, to the patriarchy, to religious control. More


Jane Franklin Dance


Jane Franklin Dance: Watch the River Flow

Sat, Aug 6 | 7pm | Athenaeum | Alexandria

Jane Franklin Dance returns to the Athenaeum with new works that respond to the current exhibit Potomac River Life. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, The Athenaeum Gallery features DC, Virginia, and Maryland artists whose works explore the Potomac River. More



Hālau O 'Aulani: 2022 Hula Lite Workshops with Kumu Hula Pōmaika'i Krueger

Join for a variety of workshops including Kahiko workshop, 
‘Auana workshop, Keiki workshop, and Intro to Hula. More

  • Sat, Aug 13, 9am-4:30pm: Fairlington Community Center
  • Sun, Aug 14, 2pm-6:30pm: Lubber Run Community Center
Hula Lite Workshops

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Washington Improv Theater: "Improv for All"

Tues, Aug 9 | 6-8pm | Central Library | Virginia Square

Is Improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! Washington Improv Theater (WIT) is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv. WIT’s introductory Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. No experience necessary. More


Washington Improv Theater
Viva Cultura


!Viva Cultura! Festival

Sat, Aug 13 | 10am-5pm | Gateway Park | Rosslyn

¡Viva Cultura! Festival celebrates the Latino Community's history and culture through live music, folk dance, art, and international street foods from Central and South America and the Caribbean. More



Forever Grateful Market

Sat, Aug 13 | 7am-3pm | Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center | National Landing

Forever Grateful Market is the Ultimate Curated Marketplace. ​Their mission is to empower entrepreneurs, local businesses and farmers in DC, Maryland and Virginia. No two weekends are alike; offering a variety of vendors specializing in antiques, collectibles and specialty foods. Inclusivity, diversity and culture make this marketplace a truly unique and fun experience. ​This weekend will feature Made in Arlington arts and crafts vendors among many others. More


Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center
NaLa Beach Club


NaLa Beach Club: Yacht Rock

Weds, Aug 10 | 5-8pm | Gateway Green | National Landing

Stop by the Beach Club for a dance party on August 10. With performances by local musical groups, food trucks, mocktails and more, the entire family can jam out and hang loose. More