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May 31, 2024

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Joslyn & The Sweet Compression

2024 Lubber Run Summer Concert Series

June 8 - August 2 | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington Forest

“Magical… gives everybody the joy!” is how Billboard magazine describes JOSLYN & THE SWEET COMPRESSION the fast-rising funk-soul sensations who kick off the Free LUBBER RUN AMPHITHEATER Summer Concert Series, at 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2024. The Series runs June 8 through August 2, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 11:00 a.m., with special presentations as listed. Since the construction of the first permanent stage in 1969, generations of Arlingtonians have enjoyed free summer cultural events at the sylvan venue nestled two blocks off Route 50. Bring a picnic, some friends and enjoy the arts at Lubber Run Amphitheater! More


Columbia Pike Blues Fest

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Sat, June 15 | 1-8p | S. Walter Reed Dr. and Columbia Pike

Critically acclaimed soul artist and New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Brooklyn-native BETTE SMITH headlines The Columbia Pike Blues Festival on Saturday (1:00 – 8:30 pm) June 15th, 2024. This year the Festival celebrates women in blues with a lineup of all-women-fronted bands offering a full array of blues, R&B, and funk performers of national and regional note that includes: three-time Blues Foundation Awardee Eden Brent; Mama Moon & the Rump Shakers; The Stacy Brooks Band; and The Honey Larks (Carly Harvey, Jenny Langer and Holly Montgomery). Bring your whole family to this free event covering three blocks at the intersection of South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA. More


What Is Your Guidepost? by Molly McCracken

What Is Your Guidepost? by Molly McCracken

June 1-July 18 | various locations

Make a collage postcard illustrating a guidepost made of a stack of hand cut “paper rocks” (otherwise known as a “cairn”) thinking about what landmarks capture your attention in your neighborhood. Write a few words on the postcard about what you are mindful of in your community and place it in the box to be mailed back as a reminder at the end of the project. Meet with Arlington artist Molly McCracken, along with a member from your civic association or a representative from the County’s Arlington Neighborhoods Program to learn how you can be part of building our communities and noticing what makes them special. More

  • Sat, June 1, 8a-12p: Arlington Farmers Market
  • Sat, June 15, 3-7p: Columbia Pike Blues Festival
  • Sat, June 22, 8-11a: Capital Area Food Bank Community Marketplace at Arlington Mill Community Center plaza
  • Sun, June 23, 9a-1p: Westover Farmers Market

What to See in Arlington May 31-June 26


Dominion Stage: Rent

June 7-22 | Gunston Theatre Two | Long Branch Creek

Based loosely on Puccini's "La Boheme," Jonathan Larson's "Rent" follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. Recommended for ages 17+. More


Misa a Buenos Aires with QuinTango

Arlington Chorale:
Misa a Buenos Aires with QuinTango

Sun, June 2 | 5p | Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington | Barcroft

Come hear a captivating fusion of musical genres as the Arlington Chorale joins forces with local professional tango ensemble QuinTango! Together, these internationally renowned artists and the Chorale will present Martin Palmeri's mesmerizing masterpiece, Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango). Plus enjoy the premiere of new piece titled Dos Mujeres y un Tango composed by QuinTango artist Emmanuel Trifilio for the Chorale, Performers With Purpose, and QuinTango. Be transported to the world of Argentine tango, where the boundaries between classical and popular music blur, an exhilarating journey where spirit and passion reign supreme! More



Encore Stage & Studio:

May 31-June 9 | Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington Heights

When Rene Schwartzbuckle spots rapunzel, a turnip-like vegetable, in Witch Izwitch's garden, she sends her husband Walt out to 'borrow' some. Using her diabolical henchmen, the Glumpwarts, Witch Izwitch terrorizes Walt into promising her his first-born child in exchange for his freedom. Jumping ahead to Rapunzel Schwartzbuckle's 18th birthday, the witch and her henchmen show up and whisk poor innocent Rapunzel away to a tower deep in the forest. Can prince Llwellyn persevere over the power of evil? More


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Festival Argentino

Festival Argentino

Sat, June 1 | 3:30-10:30p | Kenmore Auditorium | Glencarlyn

Celebrate Argentina National Day with music/dance performances and authentic Argentine foods! The 37th Festival Argentino brings Argentine culture to DC, featuring musicians from the US and abroad. The vendor display will include artisan's traditional crafts and folkways, ranging from jewelry to weavers. Catering will include Argentine cuisine and authentic asado. More


George M. Johnson

Arlington Reads: George M. Johnson

Thurs, June 13 | 6:30-8p | Central Library | Virginia Square

Join Arlington Public Library for a conversation between author George M. Johnson and Librarian Juliane Weight about Johnson's memoir manifesto, "All Boys Aren't Blue." In this series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores their childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting their teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with their loving grandmother, to their first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys. The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. More


Alice Whealin artist talk

Artist Talk: Alice Whealin

Sun, June 2 | 4-6p | Fred Schnider Gallery | Virginia Square

Join Arlington artist Alice Whealin and curator David Carlson for a talk about Ebullience, Alice Whealin's solo exhibition featuring works on paper and paper panels, small to large in size. More


Stories at the Symphony

Stories at the Symphony

Weds, June 12 | 7p | Kenmore Middle School | Glencarlyn

Join the Arlington Concert Orchestra for stories in sound from modern Europe, ancient Greece, and a galaxy far away. More