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.
Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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. Past performances have included The Soul Rebels, Lee Fields and the Expressions, and Groupo Fantasma. See past Rosslyn Jazz Festivals below!
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 Rosslyn Jazz Festivals below!
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 the full 2018 schedule and past shows here.
March 2 – Two Ton Twig
Honoring a time and spirit when music was more raw and honest, Two Ton Twig references the past while charging headfirst into the future. Built on a foundation of classic bluegrass instrumentation, this string quintet combines emotion and depth with their raucous and carefree attitude, to form a wholly original sound. The result is both captivating and foot-stompin‘ fun. RSVP Here.
Lubber Run Summer Concert Series
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.
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
Check back in March 2018 for the 2018 Lubber Run Schedule