21 Things to Do in September

Expect outdoor festivals, '90s rock and dynamic theater this month.

Photo by Johnny Shryock

The Tempest

Where: Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington

When: Sept. 25-Oct. 20

The latter-day Shakespeare comedy that starts with a shipwreck returns to Synetic, told on a rather soggy set. Prepare to meet monsters, spirits and lovers. $10-$60.

Photo courtesy of Crystal City BID.

Crystal City Oktoberfest

Where: The Grounds, 1102 S. Eads St., Arlington

When: Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m.

New District Brewing has been tapped for this second annual fall event that promises traditional German eats among its slew of food trucks. Custom brews will also be available from a handful of other breweries. And let’s not forget oompah band Alte Kumpel. Ages 21+. $30-$60.

Photo courtesy of Washington Sinfonietta

A New Voice for Our Time

Where: Falls Church Episcopal, 166 E. Broad St., Falls Church

When: Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Cellist and George Mason University student Eddie Adams, whose struggles with poverty were detailed in The Washington Post  earlier this year, is the guest artist in a program from Washington Sinfonietta that includes Elgar’s poignant “Elegy.” $15-$20; free for 18 and under.

Image courtesy of Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

Where: Locations vary

When: Sept. 28-29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

See local artists at work in this self-guided tour of Arlington art spaces, including the studios of painters, photographers and sculptors. A pre-event launch party offers the chance to schmooze with some of the artists on Sept. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery. Free.

Ben Tufts & Friends Presents: As Heard on TV

Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

When: Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

In the 2019 installment of this annual concert and fundraiser, ubiquitous area drummer Ben Tufts invites fellow musicians to play their take on roughly 100 TV show theme songs, including The Simpsons and Law and Order: SVU. Proceeds benefit the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund. $20-$35.

Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash

Valley Fest

Where: New District Brewing Company, 2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington

When: Sept. 29, Noon-5 p.m.

The third annual Valley Fest features music and dance performances, local art (including a “featured pop-up artist”), a Kidz Zone, bites (barbecue, Acme Pie Co.) and, of course, beer. Free admission.


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