Northern Virginia’s Arlington, known for the
Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, is an eclectic urban
hub of culture and history. Located along the Potomac River with
spectacular views of Washington,
DC, Arlington is home to dynamic, lively neighbourhoods that mix soaring
high-rises and turn-of-the-century homes, high-end shopping
and funky boutiques, upscale dining and neighbourhood pizza places.
Washington, DC is easily
accessible from these ‘Urban Villages’ via the region’s Metrorail system, taxi,
foot, bus, and Capital BikeShare, so visitors can experience the best of both
worlds, the power city of DC and the friendly, laid-back vibe of Arlington. There
are 45 hotels in Arlington offering a variety of accommodation options which,
on average, are 20% cheaper than downtown DC.
Autumn 2019 will see the grand reopening of Arlington
House: the Robert E. Lee Memorial on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. Currently
undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation project, when complete, visitors
will see Arlington House as it was in 1860, with rooms restored to their
historical appearance. Additionally, the quarters for the enslaved people of
Arlington House will be restored to better represent and tell their stories. As
visitors move between the mansion and the new museum and bookstore, they will
pass along accessible paths that stretch through the restored grounds,
including heirloom gardens.
Pike Blues Fest will return in June 2019 for its 24th year with
a star-studded lineup. The all-day, admission-free music festival is a day full
of music, food and good times, with a variety of artists, crafts, food and
more. Forged on urban blues, the Columbia Pike Blues Festival, set in one of
Arlington’s most diverse, vibrant neighborhoods, puts together a musical gumbo
that spans from Africa to the Caribbean and the United States with the sounds
of soul, jazz, blues and reggae.
Held in early September for the past 29 years, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest
has taken over all of the three-acre, urban Gateway Park, drawing more than
10,000 music fans to the park for a day of dynamic, free performances. Come to
hear live music performed by some of the biggest names in jazz and world music
today. Plus, enjoy several bar areas serving wine and beer, as well as a
variety of favorite local food trucks.
Posted by: Arlington Convention and Visitors Service
Posted on: 02/01/2019