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Arlington Arts/Arlington County Cultural Affairs
Art events, classes, gallery exhibitions, arts and crafts shows, special festivals and cultural events are always taking place throughout Arlington County. Find out more here!

Arlington Farmers Market
(Saturdays, 8am - noon)
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA
For more information, visit the Arlington Farmer's Market Web site.

Antiques and Collectibles Market at Courthouse
(Saturdays, 8am - 5pm)
North 15th Street, next to Courthouse parking lot.
For more information, call (877) 570-4570.

Ballston Arts and Crafts Market
(Every Second Saturday of the month starting April 9, 10am - 4pm)
9th and N. Stuart Streets
Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro station.
Art festival with bands and other entertainment.
(703) 528-3527

Ballston Farmers Market
(Every Thursday, May 26 - October 13, 2011, 3 pm - 7 pm)
9th and N. Stuart Streets
Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro station.
(703) 528-3527

Clarendon Farmers’ Market
(Wednesdays, 3pm - 7pm)
Clarendon's Metro Station Central Park
For more information, call (703) 812-8881 or visit the Clarendon Farmers Market Web site.

Columbia Pike Farmers Market
(Sundays, 10am - 1pm)
Pike Park at the corner of South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike, in front of the Rite Aid Pharmacy
For more information, call (703) 892-2776.

Georgetown Flea Market
(Sundays, 8am - 4pm)
1819 35th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Fresh Produce, hand-crafted items, jewelry, antiques and collectibles market.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
On the bank of the Potomac River from the Rosslyn section of Arlington.
This living presidential memorial is host to the finest dance, theater, and music performers in the world, and is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra, the American Film Institute, and the Washington Opera.
(800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600

U.S. Army Band Concerts
Variety of Venues. FREE.
(703) 696-3399

Wolf Trap Performances
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
This is a national park for the performing arts. It presents a variety of performances, including plays and concerts.
(703) 255-1900


Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance
(January 17, 2011)
Lincoln Memorial
Wreath laying ceremony accompanied by a recorded presentation of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, local choirs, speakers and military color guard. FREE.
(202) 727-6306

Robert E. Lee's Birthday Observance
(January 17, 2011)
Old Town Alexandria, VA
Celebrations for Gen. Robert E. Lee and his father, Gen. "Light Horse Harry" Lee held at Lee's Boyhood Home and at the Lee Fendall House.
(703) 548-1789


Dance in Film at the Artisphere, February 9, 2012 @ 6:00 p.m.
1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA  22209
Bowen McCauley Dance presents Dance on Film at the Artisphere. NPR's Bob Mondello will serve as the emcee for the evening as we present six short dance films. The evening features a live performance by BMD with NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers in the Dome Theater. Representatives from the production companies, as well as Lucy Bowen McCauley and the BMD dancers will be in attendance to discuss the projects and the process. Films by: Last Name Left Productions, Bloom & Fade, Ear of the Eye Productions, and Thom Wolf Webvideos.
Artisphere tickets:
February 9, 2012 • 6 p.m.
$15 Admission

Workshop for Children:  Gifts from the heART, February 11, 2012 @ 11:00 a.m.
Arlington Art Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA  22201

Students will pour their heART into creating colorful works of art.  These special handmade Valentine's Day gifts are made for a family member or friend (if you're lucky, maybe you!).  We are keeping each project a BIG secret, and gifts will be wrapped before leaving the classroom, so everything stays a surprise.  If your child loved Giftmania in December they are  sure to enjoy this event.  One section geared towards children form grades K - 1 will make gifts for a friend or relative who loves to shop.  Children in grades 2 - 5 will make gifts for the host with the most

Cupid Sucks Treasure Hunt, February 11, 2012 @ 3:00 p.m.
Dupont Circle, Washington DC  20036

Love is in the air... or maybe not if Cupid's arrow missed you this Valentine's Day. Love or no love, it's time to ditch the tacky cards, wilted roses, and boxed candy this Valentine's Day and give yourself (and girl, guy, single-for-a-reason friends, shouldn't-be-a-couple-friends, love-sick friends, and everyone in between) an adventure to remember.

Symphony of the Potomac, February 12, 2012 @ 3:00 p.m.
7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland  20910
Symphony of the Potomac, Joel Lazar, music director.  Sunday, February 12, 2012, 3:00 p.m. Cultural Arts Center at  Montgomery  College/Silver Spring, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.   Haydn:  Symphony No. 101 “The Clock”, Beethoven:  Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”.   $20 at the door, $15 online at  Ages 18 and under $5. For additional information, call 301-984-6390.

Art Gallery Exhibit Opening: "EQUALIZERS", February 13, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.
George Mason University, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA  22201

Enjoy the opening of the Founders Hall Art Gallery's newest exhibition, "Equalizers" at a special reception from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. The exhibition includes three print makers who explore natural equalizers inducing equality, equilibrium, and balance in society. The exhibit runs through April 13.   For more information contact the Arts Management office at 703-993-8926

7th ANNUAL WINE Showcase, February 18, 2019
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA  22202

DC's culinary event of the year is moving up to the gorgeous Crystal Gateway Marriott, just west of Washington DC in Arlington!!! The Virginia Wine & Food Showcase is the premier artisan wine event on the East Coast, featuring unlimited tastings of over 300 world class wines from the farm wineries of Virginia. You'll love the artisan wine, fancy foods & fine arts and wildly popular line-up of culinary seminars President's Day Weekend 2012 at Crystal Gateway Marriott.

Blood Drive - 'Blood for Blackie', February 19, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.
901 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314
Please join us at our second annual blood drive, 'Blood for Blackie' in memory of James Blackwell Davis, Jr. The event is being held at the Crowne Plaza in Old Town, Alexandria on Sunday, February 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Last year's event was a HUGE success! The pints of blood collected from last year’s event were distributed that same week to different hospital trauma units throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and helped save 222 patients who relied on our efforts for life saving blood.

Our goal for this year’s event is to secure over 200 pints of blood (that’s double the amount from last year!)

Your blood donation could potentially help save a LIFE & we need YOUR support!

If you would like to donate blood at the event, please schedule an appointment here:

If you would like to donate blood at the event, please schedule an appointment here:


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 21, 2012 @ 4:00 p.m.

3299 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA  22201

Pancakes, Sausage, and great family fun!

   Large Plate: $7
   Small Plate:$5

Located in the heart of Arlington - wonderfully located between Clarendon and Virginia Square metro stops. (Find us between Red Top Cab and Northside Social).


Low-Income Family Tax Assistance, February 26, 2012 @10:00 a.m.

6245 Leesburg Pike, Suite 315, Falls Church, CA  22044

Deloitte will sponsor its fifth Community Tax Assistance Day. This program offers free assistance with 2010 Federal tax returns for households with a total income of $49,000 or less.  Free onsite childcare is available to families as well.  For more information, please visit
People seeking tax preparation assistance should bring the following:
   •  Photo ID
   •  Social Security cards and birthdates for the taxpayer,
   spouse and dependents.
   •  If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must be
   •  Wage and earnings statements: W-2, W-2G, and all Form 1099's
   •  Unemployment compensation, Form 1099G.
   •  Interest and dividend statements.
   •  Day care expenses paid in 2010 and the day care provider’s
   name, address and federal ID number.
   •  Student loan interest payments.
   •  Record tuition or student loan payments, 1098-E.
   •  A copy of last year’s federal and state returns.
   •  Record of any Sales Tax paid on new vehicles purchased in
   •  Record of any Real Estate Taxes paid in 2010.
   •  Record of any Economic Recovery Payment received from SSA,
   RRB or Veterans Administration.
   •  A check or deposit slip if you want direct deposit.



SOME (So Others Might Eat) Empty Bowls Soup Supper (March 6, 2012 @ 6 p.m.)

3630 Quesada Street, NW, Washington DC, 20015

Please join SOME (So Others Might Eat) for our annual Empty Bowls soup supper on Tuesday, March 6th at Blessed Sacrament Church in NW, DC from 6pm- 8pm. Each year SOME hosts Empty Bowls soup suppers to promote awareness of the growing issue of hunger in our area and to help provide meals for hungry and homeless.  Guests are served a simple soup supper and may select and take home a beautiful handcrafted bowl that will serve as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty. We are pleased to announce that we will once again partner with the Corcoran College of Art and Design and many other local potters who have graciously donated bowls for the event this year.
The cost is $20 per person and tickets may be purchased at the door on online by visiting  All proceeds will help SOME continue to provide more than 1,000 meals each day to hungry and homeless men, women and children.
For more information, please contact Megan Gannon at (202) 797-8806 ext. 1010 or


St. Patrick's Day Events (visit our St Patricks Day section)
March 11, 2012, Noon to 3 p.m. Along Constitution Avenue - 7th to 17th Streets NW, Washington, DC. See a map of the parade route
Washington, DC celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade along Constitution Avenue. This two-and-a-half hour special event, known as the Nation's St. Patrick's Day Parade, includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments. St. Patrick's Day is a family day in Washington, DC bringing people together to share the culture of the Irish.

Grandstand Tickets $5 each. Call (301)384-6533


SOME (So Others Might Eat) Empty Bowls Soup Supper (March 14, 2012 @ 6 p.m.)

3299 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA  22201

Guests are served a simple soup supper and may take home a handcrafted bowl that will serve as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty.  The cost is $20 per person and tickets may be purchased at the door or on online.  All proceeds will help SOME continue to provide more than 1,000 meals each day.


Environmental Film Festival in the Nationa's Capital, March 15, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.

Artisphere, Dome Theatre

1101 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA  22209

Complete descriptions, photos & programs of 2 films may be found online at: Red-End & the Seemingly Symbiotic Society ( and Garden in the Sea  (


Ravenchase Adventures St Patricks Race,March 17, 2012 @12:00p.m.

1525 20th Street, Washington DC  20036

This year the cunning and spry wee leprechauns have taken great measures to hide their pot of gold (who can blame them in this economy?) The miniature mischief makers have added the extra security of coded clues and riddles to keep the mystery of the treasure's location safe. Luckily for you, Ravenchase is here to help you outwit the felons of the four-leaf clover.



Arlington Kids Stuff Sale
(March 24, 2012 - 8 am to noon)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcam Lane, Arlington, VA
The Arlington Kids Stuff Sale features used, seasonally appropriate kids clothes, toys and gear, plus maternity clothes, books, videos, kids furniture and more. From birth on up, we have the fun clothes kids will need this summer...and the books and toys to keep everyone busy!

The consignment sale is held at St Andrew's Episcopal Church at 4000 Lorcom Lane, at the corner of Military Road and Lorcom Lane. Plenty of parking; free admission. For more information, go to


Spring Gala 2012, March 24, 2012 @ 7:00-10:30 p.m.

3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church, VA  22041

This spring BalletNova Center for Dance will be holding our Spring Gala/Silent Auction and Grand Finale of the Young Choreographers Competition.
We are Shining a Light on Dance as we raise money for BalletNova's scholarship and financial aid program, as well as "spotlighting" future choreographers with the finalists from BalletNova's Young Choreographers Competition. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to win fantastic items donated through our Silent Auction, and munch on hors d'ouevres and sweet treats.  The     finalists from the Young Choreographers Competition perform live, and Gala guests are the first to find out who wins the competition!

Tickets are $60/person or $100/couple
RSVP by March 19 - Call: 703-778-3008 or visit for further information.


National Cherry Blossom Festival
(March 20, 2012 - April 27, 2012)
Tidal Basin, 1500 Maine Ave SW
Cherry trees blooming at the Tidal Basin. Festival features music, events and the annual National Cherry Blossom Parade on the final Saturday. FREE.

Private Shopping Event with Kate Julian & Madewell, March 25, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.

7979 Tyson's Corner Center, McLean, VA  22102

On Sunday, March 25, enjoy an evening of sweets, treats and spring shopping with Madewell at Tyson’s Corner in McLean, VA. At this exclusive event filled with friends, laughter and goodies, patrons can enjoy cupcakes from BatterSweet DC, while viewing and trying on the latest and     greatest spring and summer garments from Madewell and receiving an exclusive one-night-only discount. Attendees will also enjoy sweets from the vintage candy bar and sip on classic lemonade.  RSVP is preferred but not required. Madewell and Kate Julian are both highly respected brands in the Washington and Northern Virginia fashion community.



The Blossom Kite Festival
(March 31, 2012 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Grounds of the Washington Monument.
Kite enthusiasts show off their stunt skills and compete for awards in over 36 categories including aerodynamics, beauty, box, and funniest. Top prizes are given for the Theme Award, People’s Choice, Family Trophy, and Highest Overall Score.

Cost:  FREE.


5th Annual Walk for Lupus Now
(April 21, 2012 - 8:15 am)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington D.C.
The Walk will be held rain or shine. The walk starts at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (next to Freedom Plaza), then to 3rd Street (the Capitol), and returns to 13th Street. The route is about 2 miles. Free.

Info/to register:
Phone: 1-888-349-1167.



SpringGreen at Market Common Clarendon
(April 20, 2012 - 11 am)
2700 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA
Recycle free of charge! Market Common Clarendon is partnering with local companies that will be on site to collect used items for recycling and re-use, including:

  • Bicycles ($10 donation requested for repairing bikes for reuse)
  • Bicycle parts, accessories, and tools
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers and related equipment
  • Documents for shredding
  • Electronics* (full list follows)
  • Portable Sewing Machines

*Electronics, collected by Turtle Wings, include:

Answering machines, cables, camcorders, CDs, CD players, cell phones, computers, cords, DVDs, DVD Players, electric typewriters, electronic games, fax machines, keyboards/mice, hard drives, ink/toner, laptops, laptop batteries, mainframe equipment, microwave ovens, modems, monitors, networking equipment, pagers, PDAs, printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, scanners, stereos/components, tapes, tape players, telephones, telecom equipment, televisions, two-way radios, UPS-power supplies, VCRs, word processors.


Spring Solos 2012
(Exhibition: April 15 - June 5, 2012)
(Opening: April 15, 2011 - 7 pm to 9 pm)
For AAC SOLOS 2011, DC collector and curator Michael Pollack and independent international curator Melissa Keys, formerly of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Australia, selected this year’s crop of promising emerging contemporary artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Our Spring installment of SOLOS includes Mindy Hirt, Mariah Anne Johnson, Ailsa Staub, Leigh Davis, Joshua Wade Smith, and Jennifer Coster.


Arlington Philharmonic FREE Classical Concert
April 22, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

In tough economic times, the Arlington Philharmonic’s Spring Concert is still free of charge.

As area residents “tighten their belts,” it is especially critical that the Arlington Philharmonic fulfill its unique mission -- to bring FREE classical music to Arlington and Northern Virginia.  And so, on April 22, 2012 at 3:00pm, the Arlington Philharmonic will offer a free performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 6 (Le Matin), Debussy’s Prélude à “L'après-midi d'un faune,” and Berlioz's Les nuits d'été at the Washington-Lee Auditorium in Arlington.

Cat Adoption Event at PetMAC
822 N. Kenmore St.
April 28, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Arlington, Virginia  22201
   Event Description: VIP Rescue will bring adoptable cats to PetMAC from noon to 4pm. The event is held every Saturday EXCEPT the second Saturday of the month. VIP stands for Very Important Pet... which of course, they are!
FREE Animal Rescue Workshop with Caryn Ginsberg at PetMAC
April 29, 2012 - 5:30pm
822 N. Kenmore St., Arlington Virginia  22201

Caryn Ginsberg presents a FREE seminar on how to be effective doing animal rescue. Get ideas to enhance your outreach & increase the impact of your time, energy & funding.
Signed copies of "Animal Impact" $25 (cash only). $5 from each sale to Metro Ferals. RSVP by 4/27:


Spring Dance Depertory Performance, May 4-6, 2012 7:30pm

BalletNova presents Classical to Contemporary

125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia  22204May 4-6.  Program includes Peter and the Wolf, Les Sylphides, City Thoughts and Simply Bach.  Tickets $5-20. For more information, visit


Critique the Critics Art Bash 2012 - Arlington Arts Center, May 5, 2012 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Date: May 5, 2012
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Street Address: 3550 Wilson Blvd.
    City: Arlington
    State: Virginia
    Zip: 22201
    The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work by regional artists in the Mid-Atlantic states. On May 5, 2012, AAC and DC Magazine will once again present the Critique the Critics Art Bash, AAC’s annual fundraiser. Washington-area trend setters and opinion makers will battle it out in a live art competition using art supplies from childhood – event guests will critique the artwork by voting for the champion while enjoying refreshments provided by Spilled Milk Catering. The night will feature contemporary art, a silent auction, designer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar.  

"Critics" scheduled to compete in this year’s festivities

    include ABC7/WJLA-TV's Maureen Bunyan, DC Magazine Publisher
    Peter Abrahams, the Newseum's Sonya Gavankar McKay, and DC
    Rollergirl Cheryl Hanke, aka: Hanky Spanky. Philippa Hughes,
    founder of the Pink Line Project, will act as the dynamic and
    energetic master of ceremonies for the third year in a row.


Golden Gala: Celebrating 50 Years of the Cuppet Performing Arts Center with the Ballet Department of Fairfax on May 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Kenmore Middle School / 200 S. Carlin Springs Dr.
Arlington, Virginia 22204

Come join the Ballet Department of Fairfax County's Cuppett Performing Arts Center as we celebrate Mrs. Cuppett’s 50th year of teaching with a compilation of breath-taking excerpts from her favorite productions! Featuring Ballet Master Brian Walker and Guest Artist Kathryn Carlson.
Tickets: $16 at the door. Discounts for Seniors/Children.



The Arlington Civitan Open Air Market
May 5, 2012 7:00 am to 1:30 pm

Location: 15th & N Quincy Street, Arlington Virginia 22201
The Arlington Flea Market, now called "The Arlington Civitan Open Air Market." is one of the largest garage sales in Arlington County, that brings professional vendors specializing in selling collectibles and treasures, to help assist local non-profits and organizations.

The Arlington Civitan Open Air Market is open every year, from April – November; located inside the I-66 parking garage behind Washington-Lee High School.

Dates of Flea Market for 2012:

Saturday, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3

See more about the Flea Market at:


Downtown Silver Spring Fine Art Festival, May 5, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.

908 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20910

Join us May 5-6 as Silver Spring welcomes the #86 ranked fine art festival to Ellsworth St. in downtown Silver Spring. Over 100 award-winning artists: painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, wood, glass and ceramic artisans - more!
Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5. Free admission and parking.


Bethany House of Northern Virginia Garden of Light, May 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

625 1st Street, Alexandria, VA  22314


Help Bethany House shine the light on domestic violence! Join us for our first annual “Garden of Light” Reception at the Holiday Inn and Suites of Old Town, Alexandria on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of pampering, live entertainment and refreshments. A silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind packages will help raise funds for the families we serve. Join us as we celebrate our achievements in eliminating domestic violence one family at a time and uplift families and communities affected. Ticket cost is $55.00 per person. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Other ways you can help:

Donate an Auction Item: We are seeking donations of items, gift certificates and services for the auction.

Become a Sponsor:  Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. This is a great opportunity to promote your business while meeting your philanthropic commitment.

Contact 703-658-9500 or email Jasmin Witcher for more information.

Front Page - TONIGHT! Fundrasier May 15 @ 4:30 to 9:00 PM

Come to the Front Page in Arlington Tonight, May 15th for a fundraiser for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. See you there from 4:30 until 9 pm. There will be raffles and silent auction items!


AAC (Arlington Arts Center) ONE on ONE Artists in Conversation May 19, 2012 3-5 pm
3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Metro : Virginia Square : Orange  Line
Hours : Wednesday - Friday,  1 PM to 7 PM and Saturday-Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 3 - 5 pm


LYON Park Spring Fair, Saturday May 19th 11-3pm

The 88th Annual Lyon Park Spring Fair will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 11-3 PM. Take some time out from your errands and stop by to enjoy the festivities! Lyon Park is located at 414 N. Fillmore Street, and is the only privately owned park in Arlington. The fair, to be held rain or shine, will include pony rides, moon bounces, plant and book sales, carnival games with prizes, cake walks, vendor tables, music and more!
Have fun, and support the upkeep and renovation of the 88 year old community center and park!



The 25th Annual Taste of Arlington® is brought to you by the Ballston Business Improvement District. Taste of Arlington® is an annual event that transforms Ballston into a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, dynamic sponsors, children's activities, and lots of noteworthy restaurants. Over 35 restaurants participate in this spectacular community event, which draws an average of 15,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area



LIVE IT UP - Market Common Clarendon, May 20, 2012 starts @ 10:00 am

2700 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, Virginia  22201

Come “Live It Up” at Market Common Clarendon with a fun, family event that encourages healthy lifestyles offering plenty of free activities and entertainment for all ages, including a performance by Rocknoceros at noon! For kids, there’s a rock climbing wall, moon bounce, glitter tattoos, a Mr. Knick Knack show at 10 am, and much more. The full “Live It Up” schedule is posted online at or call 703-785-5634.
    Directions – By Metro: Orange Line to the Clarendon stop, walk
    2 blocks west.  By car: From I-66, west of the Capital Beltway,
    take exit 71, Fairfax Drive, then turn left onto Wilson
    Boulevard. From areas south of Arlington, take 395 north to exit
    8a, Washington Blvd., to North Highland Street, turn right, then
    turn right onto Clarendon Blvd. Parking is available on the
    street, or turn right to the convenient parking garage


The 8th Annual Great Virginia Race - Quest for the Golden Gnome & Pittman Cup May 26, 2012

The 8th Annual Great Virginia Race - Quest for the Golden Gnome & Pittman Cup,May 26, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

1001 East Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601
Event Description: Game on! It's the Golden Gnome's 8th birthday and we're puttin' on one helluva hootnanny! Ravenchase is once again proud to present its most time-honored, brilliant, crazy and fun adventure race. This challenging, two-day event begins in Winchester, Virginia and will move teams through Virginia and areas unknown and eventually end at a secret location in Old Town Alexandria. If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, we have what you have been looking for!If you're a fan of The Game, National Treasure, Amazing Race, Da Vinci Code or Goonies, this
is the race for you.


Arlington Concert Band Summer Kick-Off Concert, May 31, 2012 @ 7:30pm

1301 N Stafford St, Arlington Virginia  22203

Kick start your summer with a FREE evening of music by the Arlington Concert Band! The group, made up of more than 40 local Arlington, VA musicians both young and old is performing an     evening of music, featuring everything from several rousing marches to selections from musicals and more! Come out for an evening of free family fun starting at 7:30 at Washington-Lee High School. Find out more at



The Commandant's Own
(May - August)
U.S. Marine Corps Barrack and Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington
Performances by the United States military and the Drum and Bugle Corps.
(202) 433-2927


Crystal City Fresh Farms Farmers Market
(Tuesdays, May 1st– November 20, 3pm - 7pm)
Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets
For more information, visit the Crystal City Farmers Market Web site.


Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk June 2 and 3rd, 2012
Washington, DC
Visit this neighborhood's six museums and enjoy demonstrations, interactive tours, hands-on workshops and concerts.
(202) 387-4062


Netherlands Carillon Concerts May 30 - August 20, 2012 @ 6 pm (2 hour concerts)
Carillon, Rt. 50 and George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, Va.
Guest artists play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II. FREE.  Bring a picnic, relax on the grass, and enjoy sweeping views of Washington, D.C., while guest artists play music from a variety of genres on the carillon's bells. The Netherlands Carillon is a 2 minute walk from the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

(703) 289-2553


Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
(Thursdays, June 7 – October 25, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Wilson Boulevard and N. Oak Street
For more information, call (703) 522-6628 or visit the Rosslyn Market Web site.


2012 Creative Dance Center Competition Team Showcase, June 2, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

25450 Riding Center Drive, South Riding, Virginia 20152
Creative Dance Center’s Award Winning Competition Team cordially invites you to our only 2012 Team Showcase featuring our Competition Team performing the works of 7 local choreographers and includes over 120 dancers aged 5 to 18 years representing Fairfax, Dulles, Ashburn, Leesburg, Brambleton, Chantilly, South Riding, Sterling, and Centerville among others.
With over 220 dances in their competitive repertoire, the team will present 2+ hours of the dances that represent the wide breadth and depth of our team’s multi-disciplined talent across the jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, modern, tap,and open dance genres.  Don’t miss this artistic, energetic,youthful, athletic, and often moving evening spotlighting our area’s best.
In addition to the host of dances on the show list for this event, the show will include “Celebration”, a jazz line dance featuring 88 dancers representing cities across Northern Virginia performing simultaneously as choreographed by Chantilly’s talented Staci Frye and Jamie Frye.  Preview this season’s     crowning jewel and team highlight of the CDC*CT competitive repertoire now!


Empowering Arlington Youth: A panel discussion with non-profits building the next generation of leaders

June 27, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA  22201

GiveArlington is co-sponsoring this panel discussion with Leadership Arlington and the Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. The event will provide Giverlington members and the public an opportunity to learn more about youth empowerment and leadership programs within Arlington. Organizations invited to serve on the panel include the Arlington YMCA, BU-GATA’s Buckingham Youth Brigade, Phoenix Bikes, and Reading Connection. Leadership Arlington, which runs its own two-week leadership program for youth, and the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, which oversees the Teen Network Board as well as numerous youth empowerment initiatives, will also speak to the importance of empowering youth to ensure they develop the assets needed to become healthy, productive adults. All are welcome to attend!



Smithsonian Folklife Festival  June 27–July 1 and July 4–8, 2012

The Festival is held outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between the Smithsonian museums. Admission is free.

This year's Festival features programs on Campus and Community, Citified, and Creativity and Crisis

Open daily 11 am to 5:30 pm. Evening events 6 pm
National Mall, Washington, DC.
Annual festival highlighting various cultures. Includes food, art, and entertainment. FREE.
(202) 275-1150


Twilight Tattoo Pageant 2012
(May - August, Wednesday Evenings)

Twilight Tattoo performances begin at 7 PM. Pre-ceremony pageantry begins at 6:45 PM. Performances from April 25 through June 20, except May 23, will be located on Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va. Performances on May 23 and from June 27 through August 29 will be located on Whipple Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va.

  • Wednesday – June 6
  • Tuesday – June 12 *** New Date Open to Public - An Army Birthday Celebration***
  • Wednesday – June 20
  • Wednesday – June 27 *** On Whipple Field ***
  • Wednesday – July 11
  • Wednesday – July 18
  • Wednesday – July 25
  • Wednesday – August 1
  • Wednesday – August 8
  • Wednesday – August 15
  • Wednesday – August 22
  • Wednesday – August 29

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." Experience a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army Band Downrange, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and The U.S. Army Drill Team.

This performance is free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 mail us at

Unplugged at Market Common Clarendon   June 7, 2012 - 6-8 pm
2700 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Market Common Clarendon presents the free "Unplugged" Concert Series. Popular local bands perform acoustic remixes of their work Thursday nights from June through August, 6 - 8pm.

For event information, call 703-785-5634, or log on to


LIVE WEBINAR SERIES - Master of Science in International Relations Program, June 13, 2012 ! 1:00 pm

Webinar so be sure to make a note!

Presentations by: Les Wright, Troy University, Area Coordinator, National Capital Military District.
sessions Dates:

    Wednesday:  June 13, 2012 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
    Saturday:  June 30, 2012 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

    -Find out how the program can help your career
    -Understand the key aspects of the curriculum (core courses and
    -Learn about admissions process with tips and suggestions
    -Q & A
    -Learn more about Troy University

    Why Choose Troy University for a MSIR Degree?

    -Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    -Popular employers of international relations graduates include:
    State Department, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence
    Agency, Federal  Bureau of Investigation, and National Security
    -Quality faculty comprised of Ph.D.s with real-world experience
    in their field.
    -Support infrastructure that can provide student services across
    multiple domestic and international locations
    -Learn more about how an accelerated program can fit into your
    busy schedule and move your career forward.

    To register:
    For information, contact: Les Wright at (703)781-7044 or email at


Lunch and Learn Sessions, June 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia  22043
Troy University offers several undergraduate and graduate programs in an accelerated format. Find out more by attending a FREE information session about TROY University’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Come learn about the world of opportunities Troy University can offer you. Refreshments will be provided.
    -Find out how TROY’s degree programs can help your career
    -Learn about admissions process with tips and suggestions
    -Q & A
    -Learn more about Troy University
    Why TROY?
    -Accelerated Courses - Five terms per year / Nine week terms
    -Convenient Structure - Courses offered online or in-class
    -Supportive Infrastructure - Student services provided across
    multiple domestic and international locations including sites in
    Arlington, Bethesda/NNMC, Ft. Belvoir, Ft. Myer & Ft. Meade
    *Session is 45 minutes with a 15 minute Q & A
    CONTACT: Glynis Pierre-Louis at (888) 331-3326


Arlington Arts Al Fresco
Throughout Arlington, VA
Free performances at locations around Arlington feature all types of music, dance and theater for all ages.
(703) 228-1850

Ballston Farmers Market
(Thursdays, May - October, 11am - 3pm )
9th and N. Stuart Streets
Welburn Square across from the Ballston Metro station.
Produce, cheeses, breads, gourmet sauces and maple syrup. Free lunchtime concerts and chefs' demonstrations.
(703) 528-3527

The Commandant's Own
(May - August)
U.S. Marine Corps Barrack and Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington
Performances by the United States military and the Drum and Bugle Corps.
(202) 433-2927

Crystal City Farmers Market
(Tuesdays, May – October, 3pm - 7pm)
Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets
For more information, visit the Crystal City Farmers Market Web site.

Independence Day Celebration and Parade
(July 4)
Fairfax, VA
Parade through historic downtown area beginning at 10 a.m. Also, musical entertainment and fireworks display. FREE.
(703) 385-7949

Independence Day Parade
(July 4, 11:45 am)
Parade featuring floats and entertainment, going down Constitution Ave. at 7th St.


ICES High School Economics Workshops

July 9, 2012 - 9:00am

George Mason University

3330 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA  22201

High School Economics Workshops successfully inform high school students about economic principles prior to their enrollment in AP or college courses, facilitating the process of establishing a learning habit and strengthening their aspiration for continuous learning. Drawing from the pioneering studies of Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith, ICES’ proven teaching strategy uses interactive economic games to effectively convey sophisticated economic concepts while at the same time providing students resources to enable further discovery of economic ideas.
Combining experimental games with engaging discussions, these workshops stimulate a classroom market where students experience firsthand how incentives matter, and develop an appreciation for how and why markets and social institutions work the way they do.


FREE Army Band Concert, July 10, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

Army Navy Dr. and S. Joyce Streets, Arlington, VA  22202

The 257th Army Band presents an evening of "All American Rhythm". We're bringing an "all ages" musical line-up to Arlington featuring marches, patriotic, swing, country-western, funk, jazz, pop/rock and more.
Pack the family, bring along a picnic snack and join us on July 10th at Pentagon Row at 7:00 P.M.
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Arlington Historical Society - Mount Olivet:  A Place of Comfort at a Time of Suffering 

July 15 @ 10:00 am

1500 North Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia  22202

Re-enactors from the 49th Virginia Regiment will set up an encampment on the Mount Olivet Green at the corner of Glebe Road & 16th Street. Visitors will meet & talk with soldiers about daily life in the camp, hardships & burdens they face, & combat.

Guitar & banjo music will help to carry the visitor back to an earlier day.


Inside the church, visitors can explore the state of Civil War medicine at a detailed display of medical tools & practices.

Guests will gain an understanding of the primitive treatments & conditions the sick & wounded experienced then.

Other special events during the morning will include:

Commemorative Sermon. “A Christian Response to Suffering” by Rev. Tim Craig. 8:30 & 11:00 AM

Living History Program. Wounded soldiers carried across 16th St. on stretchers into the church for treatment.  10:30–11 AM

Remembrance of Civil War Dead. Laying of wreath on new monument honoring Civil War dead buried in our cemetery.

“Sleeping Sentinel of Chain Bridge.” Living history presentation, George Dodge (Arlington Historical Society). On the stage throughout the day.

Georgia Meadows in authentic Civil War era widow’s mourning garb available through out the day to discuss 19th century mourning traditions.

     Mount Olivet United Methodist Church
     1500 North Glebe Road (corner of 16th Street and Glebe Road)
     on-­site parking available
     Hosted by Mount Olivet UMC, Co-hosted by The Arlington Historical
     Society & the Arlington Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee


NOVAM Summer Fundraiser, The Normal Heart tickets and Reception July 12,2012 @ 6:00 p.m.

1101 6th St, SW, Washington DC  20024

Special Fundraising Event for Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry! Private reception followed by theatre performance of The Normal Heart at the Arena Stage, 7/12, 6pm. As an Independent Affiliated Event of the 2012 International AIDS Conference, Arena Stage is staging a revival of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, which chronicles the rise of AIDS in NYC in the 1980s and the struggle to raise awareness about the epidemic. Visit for details and ticket information.


On Tap’s Arlington Scavenger Hunt!Date: July 21, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

It’s time again to take to the streets of Arlington for On Tap’s Arlington Scavenger Hunt! As you roam the city solving clues and taking part in activities, you’ll be hunting down a serious prize – a trip for two to the Bud Light Port Paradise Music Festival! Four days, three nights and one legendary party!  There will be plenty of great runner-up prizes too and a party at the end for all who participate.

Your $20 registration fee is for a team of two. Since our grand prize is for two, no larger groups please. Shirts will be provided for the first 60 teams!  Saturday, July 21st, rain or shine.  Check-in will begin at 12 noon in Ballston. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER (deadline to register is July 18th). All check-in details will be sent to you prior to the hunt. The name of the person that pays the $20 fee will be on our registration list, no hard tickets are sent.
Hunt begins at 1pm and all teams must be finished by 4pm, then join us for the after party!  

You must use public transportation or walk to complete the hunt, no driving.
Both team members must be 21+.
 Have fun and happy hunting!


Marine Corps Sunset Parade and Concerts
(July - August) Tuesday Evenings only. Exact Dates TBD.
Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA
The US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Team are featured. FREE. (Free shuttle bus services available from the Arlington Cemetery visitors' center parking lot starting at 6 p.m.)
(202) 433-6060, (202) 433-4011

Marine Evening Parade
(May - August) Fridays only, 8:45 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Exact Dates TBD.
Marine Yards, Washington, DC. FREE.
Full ceremony featuring the United States Marine Band.
Reservations generally required.
(202) 433-6060

Military Band Performances
(May - September)
U.S. Capital (West, Front) and National Mall
For information Army Band (703) 696-3399, Marine Band (202) 433-4011, Navy Band (202) 433-2525, Air Force Band (202) 767-5658

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
(Thursdays, May – October, 11:45 am to 3 pm)
Wilson Boulevard and N. Oak Street
For more information, call (703) 522-6628 or visit the Rosslyn Market Web site.

Screen on the Green
(July-August) Exact Dates to be announced.
The Mall, between 4th and 7th Sts., Washington, DC
Annual event featuring a very large movie screen playing classic films.
(877) 262-5866

U.S. Botanic Garden Shows
(mid May - mid October)
US Botanic Gardens
Shows and events throughout the summer.


Crystal City Farmers Market
(Tuesdays, May – November 30, 2012, 3pm - 7pm)
Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets
For more information, visit the Crystal City Farmers Market Web site.

The Commandant's Own
(May - August)
U.S. Marine Corps Barrack and Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington
Performances by the United States military and the Drum and Bugle Corps.
(202) 433-2927

Georgia Avenue Day
(Late August)
Washington, DC
Parade, rides and ethnic cuisines highlight this neighborhood festival. FREE.
(202) 723-5166

Marine Corps Sunset Parade and Concerts
(July - August) Tuesday Evenings only. Exact Dates TBD.
Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington, VA
The US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Team are featured. FREE. (Free shuttle bus services available from the Arlington Cemetery visitors' center parking lot starting at 6 p.m.)
(202) 433-6060, (202) 433-4011


Unplugged Market Common Clarendon

(August 2, 2012) @ 6:00 pm

2700 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22201

Popular local bands perform acoustic remixes of their work at Market Common Clarendon every Thursday 6-8 pm beginning June 7, through August 30:
Thursday, August 02, 2012 Brian Franke
Thursday, August 09, 2012 Gary Smallwood
Thursday, August 16, 2012 LLoyd Dobler Effect
Thursday, August 23, 2012 Josh Burgess
Thursday, August 30, 2012 Men with Two Glasses
For further information, please call 703.785.5634 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 703.785.5634 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit


2012 “Nutcracker in a Shell – All Jazzed Up” Auditions!

August 18, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.

44710 Cape Court, Suite 126, Ashburn, VA  20147

The 14th Annual Nutcracker in a Shell – All Jazzed Up! Staff proudly announces our 2012 Cast Auditions! Directed by local gem, Geralyn Ward, this jazzy, shortened version of the "Nutcracker" performed by children for children from our Creative Dance Center studios in Chantilly, Ashburn and South Riding introduces younger audiences to the tradition of Nutcracker. Our Nutcracker has become a Loudoun County winter holiday must-see community event, and, in 2011, was selected as one of the ten "Best Family Friendly Activities in the Washington, DC, Region" performance weekend by the esteemed National Children's Museum. We are looking for dancers from all areas of dance - ballet, jazz, tap & gymnastics for this upbeat version of the classic Nutcracker. You may and are encouraged to audition for more than one part, and all dancers who audition will be included in the production. Dancers who attend should arrive in appropriate dance attire with hair in a bun and bring all styles of current dance shoes - jazz, ballet, tap, pointe, and hip hop. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at Creative Dance Center in Ashburn, 44710 Cape Court, #126. Interested audition participants must call (703) 724-4900 to reserve a space.


Military Band Performances
(May - September)
U.S. Capital (West, Front) and National Mall
For information Army Band (703) 696-3399, Marine Band (202) 433-4011, Navy Band (202) 433-2525, Air Force Band (202) 767-5658

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
(Thursdays, May – October, 11:45 am to 3 pm)
Wilson Boulevard and N. Oak Street
For more information, call (703) 522-6628 or visit the Rosslyn Market Web site.

Screen on the Green
(July - August) Exact Dates to be announced.
The Mall, between 4th and 7th Sts., Washington, DC
Annual event featuring a very large movie screen playing classic films.
(877) 262-5866

U.S. Botanic Garden Shows
(May - October)
US Botanic Gardens
Shows and events throughout the summer.


Arlington's Commemorative Observance
(Every Sept. 11, 9:15 am)
Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., at the Courthouse Metro station

Come to (Orange Line) Arlington County remembers the lives lost at the Pentagon and honors those who responded to the attack and honors those who responded to the attack with a ceremonial tolling of a bell 184 times, once for each victim. The program includes a combined honor guard, the singing of the National Anthem, a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m., and the tolling of a bell.

Arlington County will hang U.S. flags from overpasses and buildings and asks that building managers and residents hang flags in a display of "Flags Across Arlington."

Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K
(September 17, 2011 - 10 am)
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA
The race will take place at Bluemont Park in Arlington. The race has both adult and children's divisions. All levels of runners are welcome. The race will benefit the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund.

Labor Day Concert With The National Symphony
(Labor Day)
West Lawn of the Capital Building
Concert includes the National Symphony Orchestra and various bands.
(202) 619-7222

Memorial 5K
(September 11)
Crystal City, VA @ 6 PM
Annual Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Race : Held in honor of the victims of 9/11, and as a tribute to public safety personnel who responded that day. The race course begins and ends in Crystal City, taking runners past the Pentagon.

Military Band Performances
(May - September)
U.S. Capital (West, Front) and National Mall
For information Army Band (703) 696-3399, Marine Band (202) 433-4011, Navy Band (202) 433-2525, Air Force Band (202) 767-5658

Prayer Vigil for Peace at the Washington National Cathedral
(September 11)
Intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in northwest Washington, D.C.
The Cathedral will be remembering 9/11 victims and families during our daily noon service at noon on September 11. On Sunday, September 9, the Cathedral will be participating in the Unity Walk, and one stop along the route is Washington National Cathedral.

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
(Thursdays, May - October, 11:45 am to 3 pm)
Wilson Boulevard and N. Oak Street
For more information, call (703) 522-6628 or visit the Rosslyn Market Web site.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Gateway Park, Rosslyn, VA
Annual jazz festival featuring various artists.
(703) 696-3399 and (703) 522-6628.

U.S. Botanic Garden Shows
(May - October)
US Botanic Gardens
Shows and events throughout the summer.


Oktoberfest for Kids October 20, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
3299 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia  22201
Food & Live Entertainment - Moonbounces, Face Painting, Carnival Games, Arts & Crafts, Haunted House, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Cake Walk, and Sister B's famous Spaghetti Dinner


Opening Season for Symphony Orchestra of Arlington
(November 5, 2011)
James Lee Community Theatre
2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA
6:00p.m. Opening reception 7:30 concert, Dvorak Symphony #9 ("New World")
9:00 Dessert reception


Kiwanis Club of Arlington – 40th Annual Oyster Feast and Pig Roast, Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 5-8pm

The Kiwanis Club of Arlington is holding its 40th annual Oyster Feast and Pig Roast on Saturday November  5, 2011  from 5 pm-8 pm. This is an Arlington event you shouldn't miss. This year they are expanding the menu to include some vegetarian items. Meet local candidates for office, be served by local officials, and see your friends and neighbors. This is our largest fundraiser, and all the net proceeds go back to the community.

Funds go towards the club's sponsored youth program that includes: CKI Club at Marymount Univ., and Key Clubs at Yorktown H.S., Washington-Lee H.S. and Bishop O'Connell H.S. Money will also be contributed to a variety of other community organizations that help children in the community.

Visit  to learn more about supporting this event.

Please consider participating this year. Bring your friends and families. You can reserve advance tickets online or by phone, or contact: 

Ted Kramer, Chase Realty


Dominion Hills Craft Show November 5, 2011 @ 10a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dominion Hills Community House 6000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

The Eight Annual Dominion Hills Fall Craft Show will present 12 local and regional artisans featuring: paintings, jewelry, fine woodturning, papercutting, stationery, handbags, pottery, bath and body products, piggy banks, sweets, homewares, and baskets. Admission is free and all are welcome. Come and browse these original, handcrafted works for unique and reasonably priced gifts for the holidays -- or for yourself! Light refreshments will be served.


The Arlington Philharmonic's free Fall 2011 concert will be held on November 6 at 3:00pm

Washington-Lee Auditorium.  Music Director A. Scott Wood will lead the Philharmonic in selections from Gustav Holst's Brook Green Suite, Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and other American and British gems.  The Philharmonic's strings are joined by woodwinds and piano, and several solo turns round out this unforgettable performance for both long-time music lovers and those beginning to appreciate the art of music.  Admission is free (donations are appreciated).  Seating for this concert is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Washington-Lee Auditorium is located at 1301 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201.  METRO riders: Washington-Lee Auditorium is equidistant between the Virginia Square and Ballston stations on the Orange Line.
More information about the Arlington Philharmonic is available at


Veterans Day at the Women's Memorial
(November 11, 2011)
Women's Memorial Ceremonial Entrance, Arlington National Cemetery
Annual Wreath Laying and Veterans' Day Ceremony
(800) 222-2294


20th Annual Lyon Park Not-Just-a-Craft Fair, Lyon Park Community Center, November 19, 2011 @ 9:00 a.m.

414 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington, Virginia  22201

Lyon Park Community Center.  Handmade crafts, baked goods, lunch 11a.m.-2p.m., farmers market and Alaskan Malamute adoption and petting 9a.m.-3p.m.  FREE.


Washington Sinfonietta to Perform, with Principal Conductor Joel Lazar and Pianist Alex Peh, November 19, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m.

5 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC  20005

The Washington Sinfonietta is pleased to present internationally acclaimed Pianist Alex Peh in concert on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00pm at National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20005. Under the direction of Principal Conductor Joel Lazar, The Sinfonietta will perform Schubert Overture to Rosamunde, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, and Schumann Symphony No. 2. Tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors & Students, and free for attendees age 19 and under. Call (202) 580-6535 or email for more information


Senior and Special Needs Dog Adoptions Nov. 20, 2011 @12:00pm

PetMac 822 N. Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA

All-breed dog rescue group K-9 Lifesavers ( is celebrating their “I Need Love Too” campaign to encourage people to adopt dogs who are viewed as“less adoptable” than other dogs. Rescue groups such as K-9 Lifesavers have a harder time finding homes for certain dogs due to breed prejudice, advanced age, and the physical or behavioral issues some dogs who have been living in a kennel or running around on the streets may have. Partnering with pet retail shop PetMAC ( in Virginia Square, K-9 Lifesavers is holding special adoption events to showcase their senior dogs and dogs with special needs.


Music Festival at St. Johns Georgetown, November 20, 2011 @ 11:00 a.m.
3240 O St NW, Washington, DC  20007
Features beloved hymns and anthems, along with a selection of poetry and writings of different authors: Christina Rossetti, John Milton, T. S. Eliot, Edna St. Vincent Millay, George Herbert and Madeleine L’Engle. Early seating is advised. Childcare available. No tickets are required. For Further Information 202-338-1796


4th Annual Taste of Virginia's Own:  Charity Wine Tasting, November 30, 2011 @ 6:30 p.m.

1121 N. 19th Street, Arlington, Virginia  22209

Raise your glass to raise funds for a worthy organization at “A Taste of Virginia’s Own,” a unique wine tasting event. Hosted by Kimpton’s Palomar Arlington, the wine tasting will benefit the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM), an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive HIV prevention education for local youth and direct services to meet the needs of those who are living with HIV/AIDS in the Northern Virginia community


Community Sing! November 30, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m.

1125 North Patrick Henry Drive, Arlington, Virginia  22205

Community Sing in Arlington!
For singers and non-singers of all ages and abilities. Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell of the Grammy-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock will have everyone singing five-part harmonies within minutes. Hosted by the nonprofit Levine School of Music at 1125 N Patrick Henry Drive, near Westover Village. $5 at the door.


The Nutcracker Ballet, December 2, 3, and 4th 2011

BalletNova Center for Dance

Bishop Ireton Whalley Theater, 201 Cambriget R, Alexandria, VCA  22314

BalletNova presents The Nutcracker on December 2 - 4, 2011 for four performances at Bishop Ireton High School Whaley Auditorium (201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22314).

BalletNova’s full-length Nutcracker leads you through the magical story of Clara and her mysterious Uncle Drosselmayer (a magician who can stop time) and her adventures with giant mice, life-size dolls, faeries, beautiful Snowflakes and a lush Kingdom of the Sweets. A sophisticated 1940s Party Scene sets the tone for the family-friendly 1 hour and 45 minute performance (with one 15 minute intermission).

BalletNova is proud to welcome back alumnae Mary-Beth Hansohn with her partner Justin Peck as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 PM
3:30 PM – Girl Scout Behind the Scenes Education Program
Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 PM
* Sunday, December 4 at 11:00 AM - * Special Petite Performance* of Act II – only 45 minutes long
Sunday, December 4 at 1:00 PM

* NEW! Petite Performances, New this year are a series of “Petite Performances” at both Bishop Ireton High School and the BalletNova Center for Dance Studios. These shorter 45-minute mini-performances include a narrative of the story, and highlights from Act II – The Kingdom of the Sweets and are especially appropriate for the 3 – 5 year old crowd:

• Sunday, December 4 at 11:00 AM: Bishop Ireton High School
• Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM: BalletNova Center for Dance Studios, 3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church, VA 22031

Advance sale full-length performance tickets range from $13 - $35 with special discounts for Students under 18 and Seniors – Petite Performances range from $5 - $25. All tickets are an additional $3 if purchased at the door; groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available online at, or call 703-778-3008


Breakfast with Santa, December 4, 2011 @ 8:00a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
3299 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia  22201
St. Charles School’s Breakfast with Santa on Sunday December 4th, 2011. Its a great way to start the holiday and have your picture taken with Santa! Families and friends will enjoy a hearty pancakes & sausage breakfast, Christmas music, and the opportunity to meet Santa! Come by between 8:00am – 12:30pm to celebrate! All proceeds will go towards the St. Charles    School’s teacher and staff Christmas bonus, so come by and Feel the Spirit!


Cat and Kitten Adoptions at PetMAC! December 3 and 4, 2011 @ 12 noon
 822 N. Kenmore Street, Arlington, Virginia 22201 (Saturday 12-4 and Sunday 12-3)
 We will have wonderful cats of all ages and sizes available for adoption this Sunday from 12-3.  Please share this with anyone you know who may be looking for a furry friend!  To learn more about Tails High Rescue and see some of the kitties who may be at the event on Sunday, please check out their website at
PETMAC is located just off Wilson Blvd, behind Hurt Cleaners
BE SURE NOT to park at Hurt Cleaners as they will tow! Plenty of street parking available or you can park across the street at the Hotel!


Toys for Tots - Market Common Clarendon
Saturday, December 10, 10am-3pm
Join MIX 107.3 for a live broadcast with John Martin! The US Marines will be onsite collecting unwrapped toys and cash donations for Toys for Tots. See you there!


Winter Wonderland - Market Common Clarendon
Saturday, December 10, 4-7pm
Mark your calendar to come see Santa arrive by firetruck and enjoyvisits and photos with Santa, live entertainment, children's activities and much more!


Candlelight in Alexandria, December 10, 2011 6-9 p.m.

See historic Alexandria in a whole new light this holiday season! Four of Old Town Alexandria’s finest historic sites will welcome guests and open their doors for the festive Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tour program. This traditional holiday event features period music, seasonal decorations and special costumed tours. This year’s tour will include Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Lee-Fendall House and Old Presbyterian Meeting House.

Tour highlights include Carlyle House’s display of seasonal greens and musicians who will perform period music as the house is prepared for an 18th-century holiday celebration. At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, sip hot cider while you listen to the caroling of Singers West (West Potomac High School) and learn 18th century dancing from the Living History Foundation - a unique historical experience you can only have at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. For the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas, the Lee-Fendall House will feature elegant 19th century decorations such as the kissing ball and wreathing, costumed tours, and live piano and choral performances. The Old Presbyterian Meeting House will welcome guests to its elegant and historic candle-lit sanctuary, decorated with holiday greenery.

The tour is self-guided, and the sites may be visited in any order. A free shuttle service will link the sites.


Quest for Christmas Presence, December 17, 2011 @ 1:00 p.m.
Madison Dr, NW & 15th St, NW, Washington, DC  20001
Event Description: In this brief respite between turkey and Yuletide, come out and twist your brain with poetry, codes and maps as you race around DC chasing the presence of Christmas.    With a hand-made map, poetic clues and gadgets, you will solve clues to find the secret end location. Fabulously tacky prizes for the winning teams


"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" STAGED READING, December 18, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m.  St. Johns in Georgetown
3240 O St NW, Washington, DC, 20007
Celebrate Christmas with a staged and costumed reading of "A Christmas Carol", adapted from a script written and used by Charles Dickens for his own performances. There will be a reception following the performance, child care available. Reservations a must: Call the Office at 202-338-1796. Suggested donations: $10/adult or $20/family.


Nutcracker Afternoon Tea by Ballet Nova Center for Dance- December 18, 2011 @ 2:30 p.m.

Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 N Glebe Road, Arlington VA  22207

View more information online at the website. BalletNova Center for Dance is holding the Fifth Annual Nutcracker Tea fundraising event on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the elegant Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This year there will be two teas – one at 10:30 AM and the second at 2:30 PM.

Tea guests will enjoy a full afternoon tea service, receive a complimentary photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy, view a mini-performance of vignettes from The Nutcracker, and meet the dance characters from the ballet. A raffle is being held with gift baskets from the Land of the Sweets; and themed items from "Nutcracker Treasures" are perfect for last-minute holiday gifts.

Tea tickets are $58 for adults, $38 for children ages 4-12, and $18 for children under 4. Tickets are available online at the website, or can be purchased at the BalletNova Studio at 3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church, VA 22041. For more information, call 703-778-3008 or email Valet parking is available, or guests may park at the Ballston Mall parking garage.

Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the BalletNova Scholarship and Financial Aid programs, providing tuition for deserving students from families who are economically challenged. BalletNova is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.


First Night Alexandria
(December 31, 2011)
Alexandria, VA
First Night Alexandria is a family oriented, non-alcohol New Year's Eve celebration throughout Old Town Alexandria featuring live performances, children’s entertainment and ends with spectacular midnight finale with lasers, video, music and fireworks at the George Washington Masonic Memorial (link Masonic Memorial to its Featured Tourist Attraction page). Free DASH shuttles and the King Street Trolley will transport participants to activities along King Street.

Light up the Village at the Village at Shirlington
Village at Shirlington
Free carriage rides, live entertainment, balloons, photos with Santa, refreshments and more!

National Christmas Tree Lighting Display
The Ellipse, Washington, DC
Annual holiday celebration, opening with the National Christmas tree being lit by the President and his wife. Seasonal entertainment and music are featured throughout the month. FREE.

Seasons Greenings and Christmas Poinsettia Display
US Botanic Gardens
(202) 226-7674

Scottish Christmas Walk 2011
Alexandria, VA
A festival of Scottish music and dance highlighted by a parade.
(703) 549-0111

ZooLights 2011
(Every night except December 24, 25, and 31)
National Zoo, Washington DC
Holiday Lights at the National Zoo

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