The performing arts is one of the best connectors for people and communities. In Arlington, signature festivals like the Rosslyn Jazz Festival draw over 10,000 people from all around the Metro DC area, while festivals like the Columbia Pike Blues Festival celebrates the vibrant culture of one of our most diverse neighborhoods.
Columbia Pike Blues Festival
The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization’s signature event for south Arlington’s main street brings a mixture of performers bringing funk, R&B and “traditional blues” to life. The free event spans three blocks at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive, is produced by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and supported by Arlington Arts and Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Music Festival Sponsorship Program. Musical programming includes local groups like Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory, D.C.’s Full Power Blues and headliners Betty LaVette. Arlington Arts have also developed an interactive Art Island where last year guests participated in a mural-painting project highlighting Columbia Pike landmarks, and festival-goers can also enjoy local eateries and a kid’s area. See past Columbia Pike Blues Festivals below!
A live broadcast on WERA 96.7 FM brings the soul of the Columbia Pike Backyard Blues Fest right into your home, car, or yard! Don’t miss this virtual alternative to the annual festival on Saturday, June 20 from 5-7pm! Learn more.
Groovin’ on the Pike
Arlington Arts has partnered with Columbia Pike Branch Library to present our new music program First Fridays: Groovin’ on the Pike. Featuring a diverse line up of musical groups from near and far, guests can dance in the stacks and drink beer provided by New District Brewing every first Friday of the month! See past shows here.
In partnership with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest has taken over all of the three-acre, urban Gateway Park for that past 27 years. This much-anticipated annual event draws upwards of 5,000 music fans to Gateway Park for a day of dynamic, free performances.
Jazz Supper Clubs
With these curated experiences at Rosslyn restaurants, we’re reinventing our usual Jazz Festival format to one that supports virtual streaming and limits in-person attendance. September 23 & 30, 2020. Read more.
The Lubber Run Summer Concert series features over thirty free performances from a variety of genres including big band, blues, soul and orchestral music as well as cabaret to the Lubber Run Amphitheater. Working in partnership with the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation which funds four family-friendly shows at the end of the season, we bring the very best of DC metro area arts to the heart of Arlington.
Lubber Run LIVE on WERA 96.7 FM – Live Bands Via Radio! Create your own Live Listening Experience when you fire up the car radio or pull the speakers onto the porch! LIVE performances and discussions that will be broadcast weekly with host Ken Avis (The Antidote), Saturdays at 5:00pm, July 11 through August 8, 2020 (live streaming on www.wera.fm). Learn more.
North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50)
Arlington, Virginia 22203
By Metro Bus – Take Bus # 4B or 4E to Park Dr. and N 2nd St
Click here for the 2019 Lubber Run Schedule