What to See in Arlington April 4-17

arts news update

April 4, 2024

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"A Month After My Dad Died, I Dream of Him" By Courtney LeBlanc


Nine poets from around the Beltway have been selected for the 25th Annual MOVING  WORDS POETRY COMPETITION that takes their poetry on the go. The nine winning poems, plus one by Arlington’s Poet Laureate, are displayed aboard ARTbuses traversing Arlington County from March through September, 2024. Poets were invited to submit poems of ten lines or less, which were selected by juror Courtney LeBlanc, Arlington’s Poet Laureate. The winning poems are printed on colorful placards and displayed prominently, enlivening the ride for thousands of commuters. View the poems and learn more about the Moving Words poetry competition.


Climate Hope

Arlington Art Truck:
Climate Hope
by Monica Jahan Bose

Sun, Apr 7 | 9a-1p | Columbia Pike Farmers Market | Columbia Heights

Contribute to a community created art project by writing a poem, pledge, or an illustration focused on climate change directly onto a hand woven 18-foot-long cotton sari that is from Monica Jahan Bose’s ancestral village in Bangladesh and has been adorned with climate themed wood block prints. A representative from EcoAction Arlington or Climate4Change will be with us to help you write your poems and pledges. More


The Poet is IN

The Poet is IN

Sat, Apr 13 | 3-5p | Arlington Mill Community Center | Arlington Mill

The Poet Is IN returns for National Poetry Month! Keep an eye out for the pop-up booth featuring noted regional poets who will create a free, personalized poem just for you in real time. On Sat, April 13, join former Arlington Poet Laureate Katherine Young (3-4p) and local poet Gregory Luce (4-5p) at EarthFest 2024. You can enjoy a variety of crafts, demonstrations, and projects designed to inspire us to live a little greener. Learn from experts on how to grow your own tomato garden or take a hike and remove invasive species growing along Four Mile Run Trail. Registration recommended for EarthFest 2024. More


DC Area Music Census

DC Area Music Census

The DC Area Music Census is coming! This community-led initiative will help gain a better understanding of the current needs of the DC area music scene. The census delves into the unique challenges faced by music and live entertainment professionals, covering demographics, occupation details, and viewpoints on vital issues like diversity, equity, and belonging. It will be administered by Sound Music Cities in collaboration with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. The census goes live on April 10th, and you can sign up now for a reminder! All music industry professionals (musicians, sound engineers, presenters, and more) aged 18+ in the DC metro area are encouraged to participate. More


What to See in Arlington April 4-17

Johab Silva, still from Between the Cross and the Sword: The Intercourse, 2023-2024

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington:
Spring Exhibitions

thru May 26 | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is proud to announce its spring exhibitions! The four exhibitions include a solo presentation by MoCA Arlington resident artist Johab Silva (Tales of the New World) and solo exhibitions by Federico Cuatlacuatl (Tiaxcas Intergalácticxs, Topileastronáuticxs), Liz Ensz (NO GRIDS NO MASTERS: a Post-Cartesian Experiment), and Clarissa Pezone (The Woods of No Name). More

Art After Hours, an opening celebration of the spring exhibitions, will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 5pm-8pm.


Spring Artful Weekend 2024

Arlington Artists Alliance: Spring Artful Weekend

April 12-14 | Fort C. F. Smith Park | Woodmont

Spring is the perfect time to refresh and revitalize your home or office with art from local artists! 40 member of the Arlington Artists Alliance will present original artworks for every budget and occasion (great for Mother's Day!) Artworks on view include paintings, mixed media, glass, ceramics. jewelry, notecards and magnets. Join for the opening reception on Friday, April 12  from 6 to 8pm. More


Spring Market and Cherry Blossom Celebration

Spring Market and Cherry Blossom Celebration

Sun, Apr 14 | 12-3p | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Join for a vibrant and fun-filled afternoon and celebrate this year’s cherry blossom bloom. Outdoor activities include food and drink vendors, live music, art making fun, and a “Made in Arlington” Market with local handmade goods! Come indoors for the museum exhibitions and check out the Family Performance Stage to see Jane Franklin Dance present The Big Meow! More


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Zofie King: Metamorphic Reverie

Artist Talk for Zofie King: Metamorphic Reverie

Sat, Apr 6 | 5-7p | Fred Schnider Gallery of Art | Virginia Square

Come join at the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art for an intimate evening with renowned artist Zofie King. Get ready to dive deep into her creative process, inspirations, and latest works. This in-person event is a unique opportunity to connect with Zofie and gain insight into the world of contemporary art. Don't miss out on this exclusive chance to meet the artist behind the masterpieces! More

Pink Beats

Sat, Apr 13 | 4-9p | Water Park | National Landing

Celebrate the cherry blossom season with an unforgettable lineup of musical guests from the DMV. Enjoy specials from Water Park vendors, giveaways, and more. More

  • 4:00 P.M. – Gordan Daniels
  • 4:50 P.M. – The Experience Band & Show
  • 5:45 P.M. – Wrizzards
  • 6:45 P.M. – Broke Royals
  • 7:45 P.M. – Oh He Dead


Pink Beats
Diana Parsell: "Eliza Scidmore : the trailblazing journalist behind Washington's cherry trees"

Author Talk: "Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington's Cherry Trees"

Sat, Apr 6 | 11a-12p | Cherrydale Library | Cherrydale

Hear from local author Diana P. Parsell and learn about Eliza Scidmore, a journalist who helped shape the landscape of modern Washington, D.C., and her quest to have Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac. "Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington's Cherry Trees" is the first-ever biography of the women whose persistence over two decades led to the planting of the first cherry-blossom trees in Washington donated from Japan. The many new findings in the book describe Scidmore's little-known achievements as a pioneering female journalist and intrepid travel writer.

Registration Required. More