Arlington Weekend Fun: Oct. 9-18

Arlington Weekend Fun: Oct. 9-18

“Light on the River” by Jill Cantrell is part of the October show at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive. Visit for more.

“Light on the River” by Jill Cantrell is part of the October show at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive. Visit for more.


“PLAY: Tinker, Tech & Toy” Art Exhibit. Through Oct. 11, Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center, 3500 Wilson Blvd. “PLAY” is an exhibition that examines games and play through the lens of contemporary art. Free. Visit for more.

“Yes, and.” Through Oct. 11, during gallery hours at Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery on the Upper Level at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. “Yes, and” is a group show featuring Arlington Art Center residents curated by Caitlin Tucker-Melvin. Free. Visit

“Friendship Betrayed.” Through Oct. 11 at various times, at Gunston Theatre Two, 2700 S. Lang St. Avant Bard presents “Friendship Betrayed,” a comedy by 17th-century Spanish writer María de Zayas y Sotomayor. The play is about women in love, and what happens to women's friendships in the pursuit of men. Tickets start at $10, or pay-what-you can on select evenings. Visit for more.

“Metropolis: Perspectives of Two Cities” Exhibition. Through Oct. 25, gallery hours at the Jenkins Community Gallery on the Lower Level at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. The exhibition displays the work of teenage photographers in partnership with CHAW (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) after learning the aspects of creativity and marketing. Free. Visit

Crystal Scream. Mondays, Oct. 5-26 at sunset in the courtyard on S. Bell Street between 18th and 20th streets. Watch “Pet Sematary,” “Scream,” “Poltergeist,” and “Exorcist.” Free. Visit for more.

Art Exhibit. Through Oct. 31 during gallery hours at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive. The Focus Gallery presents paintings by 14 professional painters who met 28 years ago as graduate students in the MFA painting program at American University. Their media includes oil, collage, acrylic, encaustic, watercolor and mixed media. Free. Visit for more.

October Members Show. Through Oct. 31 during gallery hours at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive. Find an exhibit of members’ work in the Main Gallery, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media. Featured artist this month will be iconographer and Gallery member, Laura Clerici. Free. Visit for more.

“Ice and Sky: Photographs of Antarctica by Robin Kent.” Through Nov. 2 Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday 1-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road. Local landscape and landmark photographer displays work from Antarctica. Admission is free. Call 703-228-6330 for more.

“Girlstar.” Oct. 13-Nov. 15 at various times at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. “Girlstar” is a musical combining witchcraft with pop music to detail the journey of a young woman who believes she is destined for fame. Tickets start at $25. Visit for more.

“Cake Off.” Through Nov. 22, various times at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch a satire dealing with stereotypical gender roles. Tickets start at $72. Visit

Through Nov. 8

“Alice in Wonderland.” Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St. Watch Synetic’s production of the Lewis Carroll classic. Tickets start at $15. Call 866-811-4111 or visit to buy tickets.

Wednesday/Oct. 7

Urban Agriculture Month: Author Event. 7-8:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. Author Jeff Lowenfels will discuss books one and two of the Teaming Trilogy, “Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web” and “Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardeners Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrients.” Free. Visit for more.

Thursday/Oct. 8

“Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden: The True Story of the Founding of Arlington.” 7 p.m. at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road. Carlo DeVito will discuss his book “Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden,” the story of Arlington National Cemetery’s earliest history as seen through the lives of three people during the outbreak of the Civil War: Mary Ann Randolph Custis Lee, Robert E. Lee, and Montgomery C. Meigs. Free. Call 703-942-9247.

“Fern Identification Simplified.” 7:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Retired biologist Dr. Paulette Royt will simplify the world of ferns by describing their structure explaining the basic criteria used to identify them. Free. Visit for more.

Darlingside Performance. 8:30 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Darlingside’s music is a blend of 1960s folk, classical and indie-rock influences. Tickets are $12 at the door. It is a 21+ show. Visit for more.

Thursday-Friday/Oct. 8-9

“Climate Exploratorium.” 6 p.m. at 900 N. Glebe Road. In partnership with Virginia Tech, this performance explores local and global challenges related to climate change in urban environments. There is a $20 suggested donation. Visit

Friday/Oct. 9

Not So Silent Cinema’s “VAMPYR.” 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St. Arlington Arts is kicking off the Halloween season with a screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 film “Vampyr” with Not So Silent Cinema performing their new live score. Not So Silent Cinema’s score is a mix of acoustic and electronic elements. Free/ Visit

Friday-Sunday/Oct. 9-24

“Little Shop of Horrors.” Various times at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 3501 Second St., South. The Arlington Players present the Broadway comedic musical. Tickets are $20-23. Visit for more.

Saturday/Oct. 10

Boundary Stone Bike Tour. 9:15 a.m. at the entrance to East Falls Church Metro Station. Travel along the Mount Vernon Bike Trail, Four Mile Run Bike Trail, Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Bike Trail and local street to see 12 historic D.C. boundary stones in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County. The event is free for members of the Center Hiking Club, $2 for non members. Visit for more.

Ball Sellers Antique Appraisal Roadshow. 10-11 a.m. at Ball-Sellers House, 5620 3rd St. S. The Second Annual Appraisal Roadshow is designed to raise funds for repair and maintenance of the the Ball-Sellers House. For a donation to Ball-Sellers, a gemologist from Paradigm Experts and a guest generalist appraiser, will assess the age and value of your antique and advise you on how/where to sell it or where to get it repaired or restored, if necessary. The house will also be open for tours starting at 12 p.m. Donations are $25. Visit for more.

Naturalist Guided Trail Sniff. 10-11 a.m. at Potomac Overlook Nature Center, 2845 N. Marcey Road. Join a naturalist for a look into the park from a dog’s perspective. Learn about other wildlife dog’s might encounter in the park, and many of the scents that attract and interest canines. Well socialized dogs only. Free. Visit for more.

Saint Ann Family Fall Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Saint Ann School & Church, 980 N. Frederick St. Find entertainment for children and adults including a white elephant sale and carnival rides. Free. VIsit for more.

Sunday/Oct. 11

16th Annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest. 12-7 p.m. at The Village at Shirlington, 4000 Campbell Ave. Breweries offer 4 oz. samples to accompany a day of authentic German food, music, and more. Tickets are $30. Visit

Wine Tasting. 4-6 p.m. at ScrewTop Wine Bar, 1025 N. Fillmore St. Attend the 3rd Annual KidSave Wine Tasting. Tickets are $50. Visit

Walking Dead Premiere Party. 8-11:30 p.m. at Twisted Vines Bistro and Bottleshop, 2803 Columbia Pike. The restaurant will serve themed drinks and appetizers. Tickets are $45.

Tuesday/Oct. 13

Spark Frenzy: Tropical Storm. 3 p.m. at Crystal City FreshFarm Farmers Market, Crystal Drive, between 18th and 20th streets. Tropical Storm allows community residents and workers to rescue tropical ferns and other plants that would otherwise be thrown into the compost pile. Once brought inside, these tropicals can thrive all-year long in a home or office. Free. Visit for more.

The Air Force Historical Foundation’s Doolittle, Spaatz, and Holley Awards. 4 p.m. at Air Force Memorial and Army Navy Country Club, Army Navy Drive. The 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO will receive the Doolittle Award; General (Ret.) Ronald Fogleman will receive the Spaatz Award; and Dr. Richard Hallion will be honored with the Holley Award. Dr. Dennis Okerstrom and Dr. John T. Farquhar will also be recognized. Tickets are $75 for members of the Air Force Historical Foundation and $90 for non-members. Military will be afforded membership rates. Visit for more.

Wednesday/Oct. 14

Author Talk. 7 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Author Kelly Williams Brown will discuss her book, “Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. Free. Visit for more.

Thursday/Oct. 15

Harvest for Hope Breakfast. 8-9 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 900 S. Orme St. Sponsored by Volunteers of America Chesapeake. Free; donations accepted. Visit

Author Talk. 7 p.m. at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Robert Dorr will discuss his book “365 Aircraft You Must Fly,” which describes the world’s largest and smallest aircraft. Free. Visit for more.

Friday/Oct. 16

Baroque Banquet. 8 p.m. at St. George's Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St. Listen to a concert of diverse sonatas by French and German Baroque masters performed by period instrument ensemble Les Bostonades. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. Visit for more.

Saturday/Oct. 16-18

U.S. FreedomWalk Festival. 3-6 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.on Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1900 N. Fort Myer Drive. The FreedomWalk Festival is a three-day long social walking challenge meant to bring together people of different backgrounds. Different trails are offered each day at a variety of distances from 3-27 miles starting at the Holiday Inn. Costs vary. Visit for more.

Saturday/Oct. 17

Columbia Pike Pop-Up Gallery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Arlington photographers Lloyd Wolf, Aleksandra Lagkueva, Mimi Xang Ho, Paul Endo and Duy Tran have been documenting the change in Arlington’s cultural landscape. View the one-day photo exhibit. Free, but reservations required. Visit for more.

Teens Read (and Write) Event. 12-4 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. 15 Young Adult authors will be on hand to celebrate Teen Read Week. Free. Visit for more.

Author Talk. 7 p.m. at One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Author Eric Lichota will discuss and sign his book “Five Uniforms: A WWII Story Like No Other.” Free. Visit for more.

Mozart and Friends. 7:30 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St. The National Chamber Ensemble will perform music composed by Mozart, Beethoven, Hoffmeister and more. Tickets are $33, $15 for students. Visit for more.

ACAtoberfest. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, 1835 N. Nash St. DC's Supreme Chord and Boston's Ball in the House present ACAtoberfest, an a cappella concert. Tickets are $17. Visit for more.

BalletNova’s Global Dance Showcase. 7:30 p.m. at Fredgren Studio Theatre, BalletNova Center for Dance, 3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church. Furia Flamence, a Spanish flamenco dance company; Nomad Dancers, a collective inspired by dance traditions of Iran, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, India and Turkey; Four Seasons Dance Group, presenting dances from Armenia and Russia; Jayantika Dance Company, specializing in Odissi dance from India perform. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors 60+. Visit

Live Music. 8-9:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Mouth of Babes will give a concert to benefit the efforts of Americans United for Separation of Church & State, which represents members and supporters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit to purchase tickets.

Sunday/Oct. 18

Kinhaven 5k. 9-11 a.m. at Bluemont Park, 601 Manchester St. A 5K, 1K fun run and toddler dash to benefit Kinhaven Preschool in Ballston. Registration is $30 online and $35 on day of the race. Visit

An Afternoon With Encore. 12-1:30 p.m. at Kinder Haus Toys, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Encore Stage & Studio's cast of “Hansel & Gretel” visits the store for an afternoon of theatre games, storytelling, and a sneak preview of the play. Free. Call 703-527-5933 for more.

“Dyshonesty” Screening. 2:30-4 p.m. at George Mason University, 3351 N. Fairfax Drive. This documentary attempts to reveal how and why people lie. Free. Visit

Arlington Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Season Launch. 3 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School, 1301 N. Stafford St. The Arlington Philharmonic launches its 10th Anniversary Season with works by Bach – “Prelude in G minor;” Beethoven - “Violin Concerto” featuring soloist Amy Beth Horman; and Brahms - “Symphony No. 1.” Free, $20 donations accepted. Visit for more.