6 Things to Do This Week

The county fair and Tinner Hill Music Festival are back! Plus, a pop-up book sale, a new climbing course and a yacht rock revue.

Arl Co Fair

Arlington County Fair

When: Aug. 18-22

Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. S., Arlington

The 2020 fair went virtual, but now the live version is back! Get ready for carnival rides and games, stage performances, competitive exhibits, face painting, arts and crafts activities, goat yoga, dance parties, mobile axe throwing and a beer garden with New District Brewing. Food vendors will be serving goodies like arepas, ribs, sausages, fried Oreos, fruit slushies and bubble tea. Admission is free but rides are ticketed.


Rosslyn Reads

Rosslyn Reads: Pop-Up Book Sale  

When: August 18, 3-7 p.m.

Where: Rosslyn Farmers Market, Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington

Looking to restock your nightstand or pick up a breezy read for one last beach trip? Perhaps the kids have blown through that summer reading list and are hungry for more? Find roughly 2,000 titles priced between $2 and $6 at this outdoor pop-up sale at the Rosslyn Farmers Market. Proceeds will benefit Turning the Page, a D.C.-based nonprofit that ensures underserved students have access to educational resources and a high-quality public education.


Junior Marvins Wailers 1 High Res 2 2015

Bob Marley’s former lead guitarist Junior Marvin plays the Tinner Hill Music Festival

Tinner Hill Music Festival

When: Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church City

The daylong music festival returns to The Little City with a full lineup that includes NOLA brass band Bonerama (featuring multiple trombones); The B.B. King Blues Band Experience with Michael Lee of “The Voice”; The Legendary Wailers featuring Junior Marvin; East of the River Steel Band; Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18; Richmond’s Twin Brothers Band; singer-songwriter Eric Scott; and local kid-favorite Rocknoceros. Plus food and art vendors, fun family activities, a vaccine tent and more.  Tickets $35-$45 for adults; $5 for children.


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Climb UPton (NOVA Parks photo)

Climb UPton

When: Now through Nov. 5

Where: Upton Hill Regional Park, 6060 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Make the most of those waning days of summer while releasing your inner ninja warrior. Take the kids and test your skills at Climb UPton, a new, 90-element climbing course featuring ladders, balance bridges, cargo nets, zip lines and other contraptions. Mandatory harnesses and helmets are provided for each 2-hour session, and the apparatus offers three levels of difficulty for participants 5 and older. The climbing course is located in Upton Hill Regional Park, next to the Ocean Dunes Waterpark (which is open through Labor Day). Upton Hill is also home to an 18-hole mini golf course, batting cages, a concessions stand, a playground and walking trails. Climbing tickets $19.95 – $49.95.


We Cant Predict Tomorrow

Guarina Lopez, Ancestral Land of the Piscataway and Nacotchtank (Anacostan), 2009

We Can’t Predict Tomorrow

When: Through August 28

Where: Arlington Arts Center, 2550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Nine artists respond to the relentless tumult of the Covid-19 pandemic in this exhibition organized by guest curator Amanda Jirón-Murphy. Themes such as quarantine and isolation are intertwined with issues of social justice, climate change, and the intense longing for sanctuary, community and shared experiences. But the takeaways aren’t desolate. Collectively, the works by artists James Balo, Nakeya Brown, Tommy Bobo, Leigh Davis, Guarina Lopez, Lex Marie, Jackie Milad, Jared Nielsen and Bahar Yürükoğlu also offer paths to healing and rediscovering joy.


Yacht Rock Revue Desktop

Yacht Rock Revue

Yacht Rock Revue: The Hot Dads in Tight Jeans Tour

When: August 22, 8 p.m.

Where: Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

Need an escape? Like maybe a trip back in time to 1979? Throw on some bell bottoms, head to Wolf Trap and sing along to your favorite soft rock hits by Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, George Benson, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and Lionel Ritchie. Plus a few obligatory one-hit-wonders (we’re looking at you, Pina Colada Song.) Tickets start at $27.


Categories: Arts & Entertainment