Summer's winding down, and while that makes us a little sad, we also know that it's not over yet. Here are some great ways to enjoy these final weeks of sunshine, warm weather and fresh air while being out and about in the neighborhood.
Now in its 28th year, the FREE annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest is a fantastic party in the streets that brings big-name musical acts to Gateway Park for a day of dynamic live performances. This year, we're excited to have Cory Henry (of Snarky Puppy fame) headlining with his new band, The Funk Apostles. Also notable: The Cuban musical sensation Orquesta Akokán will offer their blend of retro '40s and '50s dance hall melodies blended with modern influences for a sound all their own. Get to know this year's performers by downloading our Spotify playlist here. With beer and wine gardens and lots of great food, this is the perfect place to spend your first Saturday after Labor Day! And if you're looking for more of a sit-down meal, make note that select Rosslyn restaurants are offering a 15% discount for Jazz Fest Saturday. They are listed in the event description.
The beautiful Netherlands Carillon, which is adjacent to the better-known U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, hosts free Saturday evening bell concerts throughout the summer. Performed by some of the best carillonneurs in the world, these performances offer a wonderful opportunity to pack a picnic, relax and enjoy ethereal music and breathtaking views. Kids and pets are welcome, too! Don't miss the last two concerts of the summer August 25 and September 3 (Labor Day).
Rosslyn Cinema is a favorite neighborhood tradition. If you've never been—or if you haven't been yet this summer—this Friday marks your last chance to catch a movie under the stars. August 24, we're showing "Four Weddings and a Funeral," the funny and poignant 1994 classic with Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. Come early for Pub in the Park, games and tasty food truck fare. And if you miss this week's film, be sure to check out a special screening of "Space Jam" hosted in Gateway Park by the Washington Wizards September 24.
The Roosevelt Island Parkrun is a free, timed weekly run held every Saturday morning on nearby Theodore Roosevelt Island. Led by volunteers, it's great for runners of all abilities, whether you're serious about improving your time or a more casual participant who simply wants to stay in shape and meet new people. A wonderful group of regulars make up the parkrun community and they'd love to have you join them.
With the opening of the Rosslyn Parklet at the corner of Oak St. and Wilson Blvd. in late May, Rosslyn has one more comfortable public space where residents and workers can brown bag it and enjoy eating outside. If you haven't tried it yet, be sure to get in a quick lunch or meeting there before the weather turns cold. And, of course, Central Place Plaza has lots of great outdoor seating, whether you're grabbing a quick bite from a nearby restaurant or bringing food from home. You can take in Cliff Garten's "Gravity and Grace" while you're at it. The new public artwork on the plaza will dazzle you with its LED display of vivid color in motion.
Over the past couple of years, Rosslyn's options for eating and drinking outside have increased exponentially. Be sure to grab a drink and some snacks with your colleagues and friends at one of the neighborhood's great al fresco spaces before summer's over. We love Continental Beer Garden, pictured above, but other neighborhood venues offer great options, too. Try Barley Mac, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Kona Grill, Quinn's on the Corner and The Yard—a new outdoor space at Le Méridien Arlington that opened quietly in July.
The Alcove, Rosslyn's experiential retail pop-up that opened earlier this month, has been a big hit among neighborhood residents and workers alike. It's only going to be here until the end of September, so don't miss the chance to experience this great new neighborhood asset firsthand. One great way to enjoy it? Just bring your lunch, your laptop or some reading—for business or pleasure—sit down and enjoy the space. This isn't just a spot for events or shopping, it's a great place to be. So bring food and drinks and just chill out here and get stuff done. Some tall tables and chairs along the window offer plenty of natural light and great views.
If you haven't yet experienced the 360 degree views of our nation's capital and the surrounding area from atop The Observation Deck at CEB Tower at Central Place, you've been missing out! Before summer ends, take a trip to the top of this new neighborhood amenity (if you're an Arlington resident, you get in for free!). It's a great place to spend a few hours with friends and out-of-town guests. Plus, now through August 31, you'll enjoy discounts at select neighborhood restaurants if you dine there on the same day you visited The Observation Deck.
Today (August 22) is the last day of an awesome Fashion Pop-up at The Alcove. Shop the latest trends from Mission Edit, a local online retailer for women's clothing. This is a great opportunity to see and try on their styles in person in a pleasant shopping environment. Nothing like indulging in a little retail therapy to console yourself that summer's ending! Details here.