Your Guide to Arlington Summer Events

From concerts and county fairs to outdoor cinema to farmers markets, nothing says it's summer like taking the fun outdoors! Check out these upcoming outdoor events during your stay in Arlington.

Farmers Markets

When: All summer

Where: Various neighborhoods

Fresh produce and artisan goods pop up all over Arlington county in the summer with Farmers Markets nearly every day of the week.

U.S. Air Force Band Concerts

When: May 29 - August 28

Where: Air Force Memorial

Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., the U.S. Air Force Band gives free concerts at the Air Force Memorial. This Summer Concert Series takes place around the D.C. area and are subject to weather cancellation.

Concerts at the Air Force Memorial

Movie Nights on Columbia Pike

When: June 14 - August 24

Where: Fridays at Arlington Mill & Saturdays at Penrose Square

This summer enjoy al fresco movies Friday and Saturday nights on Columbia Pike. The theme this year is Movies with a Mission: Heroes and Sheroes.

Decades of Summer: Shirlington Summer Concert Series

When: June 19 - August 14

Where: Shirlington

Rock out to your favorite tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s during Decades of Summer: Shirlington Summer Concert Series. Enjoy wine tastings and dinner on the patio with live music Wednesdays evenings all summer long.


Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

When: June 21- July 12

Where: Gateway Park

Every Friday this summer, the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival shows your favorite movies. Grab popcorn and food from local food trucks, and watch flicks with your friends and family on a big screen in Gateway Park. Movies start at dusk.

Netherlands Carillon Concert Series

When: June 22 - August 31

Where: Netherlands Carillon

Enjoy sweeping views of Washington, D.C., while guest artists play patriotic music, jazz and pop on the Carillon's 50 bells. Meet on the lawn at the foot of the Carillon. Bring blankets to this family friendly event.


When: July 12 - 14

Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport

BlerDCon says it is a convention for all to embrace their inner nerd. Whether you’re into anime, comic books, sci-fi, gaming or cosplay, BlerDCon convenes the expansive nerd audience and fans of all backgrounds and cultures. BlerDCon will host panels, celebrity guests, workshops, gaming tournaments, and cosplay contests.

Farmers Market in Arlington

Rock at the Row

When: July 13 - August 1

Where: Pentagon Row

Pentagon Row’s outdoor summer concert series returns with live music every Thursday from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, food, and drink to ring in the weekend.

Crystal City Twilighter 5K

When: July 20

Where: Crystal City Courtyard Green

Beat the summer heat with a midsummer evening race in Crystal City. The race starts at 8:30 p.m. and ends with bar and restaurant specials exclusively for runners and a cool down at the post-race beer garden.

Arlington County Fair

When: August 14-18

Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center

For over 40 years, the Arlington County Fair has offered free fun for the whole family. Spend the day riding carnival rides, enjoying the ponies and pig races, watching the parade and exploring indoor marketplace with vendors.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2019

When: September 7

Where: Gateway Park

The 29th-annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest will feature a unique synthesis of sounds from the Gulf Coast that evoke jazz, blues, soul, funk and Caribbean genres. Attendees can take in the sounds alongside local food trucks, a pop-up beer and wine garden, and the latest interactive installation aboard the Arlington Art Truck.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2018 crowd shot
Rosslyn Jazz Fest

Find more events on our events page. For more cool summer fun, check out our things to do page. Plus, you can find the perfect place to stay during your visit.

Author: Courtney Cacatian