25 Things to Do in September

Fall kicks off with jazz supper clubs, a hop harvest tasting and a virtual artist studio tour.
Lynda Andrews Barry Passage Courtesytheartistandaac

Lynda Andrews-Barry, Passage, 2020, courtesy of the artist and Arlington Arts Center. Photo by Dawn Whitmore

Lynda Andrews-Barry: Passage

When: Through Dec. 13 (artist talk on Sept. 26)

Where: Arlington Arts Center lawn, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

There’s a story behind the 26 nautical sculptures now occupying Maury Park, the grounds surrounding the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia Square. That story includes the transport of more than 12 million enslaved Africans—among them, artist Lynda Andrews-Barry’s ancestors—across the ocean to the shores of the Mid-Atlantic.  Join Andrews-Barry for a free artist talk about the exhibit’s themes of themes of conflict, marginalization and the power dynamics of race, on the lawn on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks and maintain at least six feet of physical distance.


Columbia Pike At Night

Columbia Pike

Columbia Pike Progress Luncheon

When: Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m.

Where: Online

If you call Columbia Pike home, consider taking a moment to celebrate all that the corridor has recently accomplished—even during these challenging times. In addition to highlights, a Q&A session, and an opportunity to network, awards will be presented to organizations that have gone above and beyond during the area’s fight against Covid-19. A ticket purchase is required to attend, but each ticket is donation-based.


Ean Sausele Knodt A Day At The Beach , Sarah Bentley In Her Studio, Sharon Malley Mudpies

Clockwise from top left: “Concrete Possibilities,” Jean Sausele-Knodt; artist Sarah Bentley in her studio; “Mudpies,” Sharon Malley

Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

When: Sept. 23, 26 & 27
Where: Youtube & Facebook Live

Talk about getting creative. Studio site visits are out this year, so the annual Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour is taking place live on Youtube and Facebook. On Sept. 23, 20 local artists will post short video tours of their spaces on YouTube. Then, on Sept. 26 and 27, a dozen more will do the same but on Facebook. Tune in to ask the artists questions while touring their space, learning about their work, and observing painting, printmaking, papercutting and much more. Participation is free, but donations are appreciated.


Clarendon Comes Together BlueClarendon Day 2020

When: Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Clarendon (locations vary by event)

In lieu of a centrally located street gathering, the 2020 festival will feature a bevy of outdoor activities—a chalk art contest, scavenger hunt—scattered throughout the community, plus a virtual market, raffle, concerts and other online events to support local businesses. Free.


Photo By Adam Griffith On Unsplash

Adam Griffith on Unsplash

McLean Pet Fest

When: Sept. 27

Where: Online

This year’s pet fest will unfold a little differently (it’s virtual) but promises to be no less entertaining. Online attendees will find videos of area pets doing tricks and being goofy, and can get their questions answered by groomers, veterinarians and other local professionals. Free.


Categories: Arts & Entertainment