Performing Arts

Jazz Fest 2019, Photo by Josh Brick

Overview

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

Columbia Pike Blues FestivalThe 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, 2021 from 5-7pm! Learn more.

2019 Columbia Pike Blues Festival
2018 Columbia Pike Blues Festival
2017 Columbia Pike Blues Festival

Groovin’ on the Pike

Cissa Paz portrait

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.

  

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.

2021 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
2020 Jazz Supper Clubs
2019 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
2018 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
2017 Rosslyn Jazz Festival

Lubber Run Summer Concert Series

The Lubber Run Summer Concert series features over thirty free performances from a variety of genres including big band,Audience watching concert 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.

Getting There

Address:
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

2021 Lubber Run Schedule
2020 Lubber Run Schedule
2019 Lubber Run Schedule
2017 Lubber Run Schedule