Artists find free expression by showing their work at the Cody Gallery at Marymount University, Fred Snider Gallery of Art, Gallery Underground and the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the Washington metropolitan area.
Make a night at the theater part of your vacation. Arlington is well-known for showcasing top talent in award-winning shows. Whether you prefer classical theater, musical comedy, modern dance or a comedy routine, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. For a taste of Arlington’s performing arts companies, here are your options.
Classic and contemporary plays take center stage at a host of small theaters including Avant Bard Theatre, focused on classic works at the Gunston Arts Center; Tony-award winning Signature Theatre, known for Broadway-caliber contemporary musicals; Synetic Theater, which incorporates dance, drama and acrobatics; and Theatre on the Run, an intimate 90-seat black box theater. Catch the Arlington Players or Dominion Stage, both nonprofit volunteer theater companies, or the Encore Stage & Studio children’s shows, which all perform at the Gunston Arts Center.
Dance and opera are on stage, too. The Jane Franklin Dance company performs a lively mix of dance, theater and humor at festivals and theaters throughout the area. Opera NOVA and Urban Arias bring the joy of opera to different venues around Arlington.
For laugh-out-loud comedy acts, along with live entertainment and great movies, head to the lively Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.