25 Things to Do in September
Fall kicks off with jazz supper clubs, a hop harvest tasting and a virtual artist studio tour.
When: Sept. 1, 6 & 13, 20 & 27
Wolf Trap Opera (WTO) won’t be silenced by the pandemic. Through its UNTRAPPED Online program, guests can stream free recorded performances like The Emperor of Atlantis, featuring blues, Bach and German folk tunes (available Sept. 1); Into the Woods, with selections from Verdi, Bellini and Wagner (Part 1 becomes available on Sept.6, Part 2 on Sept. 13); and Studio Spotlight, a collection of favorite performances from the WTO studio (Part 1 becomes available on Sept. 20, and Part 2 on Sept. 27).
When: Multiple dates and times
Where: 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church City
State Theater is making the most of the warm weather by continuing to host free outdoor concerts. This month’s lineup includes The High & Wides (Sept. 12), Form of Expression (Sept. 13), 19th Street Band (Sept. 17), Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18 (Sept. 20), Juliana Macdowell and the Agreeables (Sept. 24), Higher Numbers (Sept. 25), Billy Price Charm City Rhythm Band (Sept. 26), and New Orleans-themed The Beat Hotel (Sept. 27). Donations to performers’ tip jars are encouraged.
When: Wednesdays in September, 7-9 p.m.
Where: At participating restaurants and online
Rosslyn’s annual JazzFest isn’t happening this year (thanks, Covid), but you can still enjoy several nights of jazz under the stars, or from the comfort of your couch (performances will also be livestreamed). Sept. 23 finds Irene Jalenti on the rooftop terrace at Sfoglina (1100 Wilson Blvd.) and Sept. 30 features Rene Ibanez & Cubano Groove at Amuse (1121 19th St. N.) Reservations for on-site dining required.
When: Sept. 11-13, 18-20 & 25-27, 4-7 p.m.
Where: The Alden, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean
Have you ever driven though a park to see various displays of winter lights? This creative pivot is kind of like that, but instead of light displays, the driving path is lined with performers—who stay six feet away from cars—acting out scenes. In From the Ash Baxter Files: The Search for the Stolen Spyglass, the second iteration of The Alden’s Drive-Thru Drama series, high-schooler Ash Baxter seeks to find out who stole his teacher’s spyglass. $15-$20. Suitable for all ages.
When: Through Sept. 13
Where: 952 Mackall Farms Lane, McLean (and online)
Looking for some home design inspiration? Built by Artisan Builders with architecture by Harrison Design, this upscale concept home in McLean (a contemporary homage to Monticello) showcases rooms and vignettes by 30 different interior designers, many from the D.C. area. Timed tours with occupancy limits take place Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $45-$50. Virtual tours also available.