21 Things to Do in September
Expect outdoor festivals, '90s rock and dynamic theater this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.