What to See in Arlington August 18-31

arts news update

August 18, 2022

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Save the Date!

Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2022 is Saturday, September 10

Jazz is back in Rosslyn this milestone 30th year! Beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, we're bringing a diverse lineup of four fantastic acts to the stage: Cimafunk (Billboard's "Top 10 Latin Artist to Watch"), Mwenso & The Shakes, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, and Samuel Prather & Groove Orchestra! Join us at Gateway Park for an afternoon of food, music, and fun. Check out the Jazz Fest Spotify playlist for a preview of a fun-filled festival day. More


Arlington County Fair


Arlington County Fair

Aug 18-22 | Thomas Jefferson Community Center | Arlington Heights

The Arlington County Fair is one of the largest free events on the East Coast and will feature rides, family-friendly entertainment, axe throwing, goat yoga, pizza and pie eating contests and much, much more! Don't miss the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) on the Road ArtMobile featuring the exhibit Revealing and Obscuring Identify: Portraits from the Permanent Collection. Plus, check out live music all weekend from over 15 bands including Lubber Run Summer Concert Series' musical comedic duo Griefcat! More



Arlington County Fair Night Market

Thurs, Aug 18 | 5-10pm | Thomas Jefferson Community Center | Arlington Heights

What's more enticing than glittering jewels under the night sky? Handmade jewelry and beautiful bespoke crafts while eating a funnel cake and listening to live music at the 2022 Arlington County Fair sounds like our version of heaven. New to the Fair this year, the Night Market will showcase local vendors and their handmade goods, including Arlington Arts favorite David Amoroso (Words to Art Spring 2020). More



Night Market

What to See in Arlington August 18-31

No Place to Go

No Place to Go

DC Premiere

Aug 30-Oct 16 | Signature Theatre | Shirlington

Bobby Smith stars in this musical ode to the unemployed with an enterprising twist. A dedicated corporate “information refiner” has learned that his company is moving to a cheaper, but very (very) remote, location and taking the jobs with it. Backed by a jazz band, this permanent part-timer must decide whether to go and uproot his family’s life or embark on an unknown venture.

Sardonic wit merges with clever jazz, blues and bluegrass music for an irreverent capitalist critique of the personal cost of doing business. “Immensely appealing… music, jokes and personal narrative [are] tightly knitted together into one consistent human package.” ― The New York Times  More




Dominion Stage: Firebringer

thru 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



Arlington Artists Alliance: Courage in Color

thru Aug 26 | Gallery Underground | National Landing

This national juried show features art by 45 artists from across the United States. Many of the most influential modern art movements relied on the daring, innovative, and often shocking use of color. Whether it was the bold and non-naturalist colors of Fauvism to the unmixed primary colors of the Impressionists to depict reflected light, these movements used color in new and courageous ways defying the accepted concepts of what constituted art. Artists were asked to submit work which depict their individual courageous use of color. More


Overwhelm and Consume by Turner Hilliker

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Washington Improv Theater: Improv for All

Tues, Aug 23 | 6-8pm | Aurora Hills Branch Library | Aurora Hills

Washington Improv Theater’s introductory Improv For All workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure all participants can explore improv in a playful and trusting atmosphere. No experience necessary. No need to be a "funny person." More


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NaLa Beach Club


NaLa Beach Club: Latin Beach Party

Weds, Aug 24 | 5-8pm | Gateway Green | National Landing

Learn to salsa to live music on August 24. There will also be food trucks, mocktails and more! More


Salsa on the Block

Sat, Aug 27 | 9am-1pm | 607 S Ball St | National Landing

Join the National Landing BID for a morning of FREE Salsa and Bachata classes led by Dancing with Silvia! They're blocking off a portion of S. Ball Street to bring you music, dancing and fun. After your class, purchase a bite to eat from the Peruvian Brothers food truck! More


Salsa on the Block