25 Things to Do in September
Fall kicks off with jazz supper clubs, a hop harvest tasting and a virtual artist studio tour.
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.
When: Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
When: Sept. 27
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.