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Dark Star Park Day 2024

Date and Time

  • Thursday, Aug 1, 2024  9:15am - 9:45am

  Rosslyn Events


Don't miss the Rosslyn favorite tradition that only comes around once a year! Every August 1 (the day that William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn in 1860) at precisely 9:32 a.m., shadows created by the poles at Dark Star Park align with shadow patterns on the ground.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the art piece, so celebrate by starting your Thursday morning on-site at Dark Star Park to see the shadow alignment, or check out our livestream of the event on Facebook beginning at 9:15 a.m. Cross your fingers for a sunny day and make sure to "like" our Facebook Page to get a notification when we go live!


Arlington’s history of commissioning public art grounded in County planning objectives began in 1984 with the dedication of Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park in Rosslyn. Dark Star Park is emblematic of Nancy Holt’s commitment to temporal and site-responsive sculpture. Located within a busy traffic intersection on a once-overlooked pocket of land, it features large, gunite spheres resembling fallen, extinguished stars alongside tunnels and vertical poles. Learn more about Nancy Holt and Dark Star Park with this article from Angela Anderson Adams for the Holt/Smithson Foundation.

 Other Events

Rosslyn FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Wednesday, May 1 - Wednesday, October 30
at Central Place Plaza

Trail Tuesdays with Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail
Tuesday, May 14 - Tuesday, September 10

Rosslyn Cinema
Friday, June 7 - Friday, June 21
at Gateway Park