#6 – See a show at Signature Theatre

One of the Nation’s best regional theatres, the Award-winning Signature Theatre in ShirlingtonVillage has a mission “to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, develop new work, and reach its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.”  The theatre moved to a new building in 2007 which more than doubled its size from the previous location.

#3 – Take a guided tour of the Pentagon

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.  But plan this one in advance – you must get reservations ahead of time.  The free one  hour tour covers approximately  a mile and a half in length and is offered Monday through Friday during normal working hours.  To make a reservation, click this link.


Rosslyn Jazz Festival will be held on 9/11

The 20th annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival will be held at Gateway Park on September 11th. 2010.  This years lineup includes  Afro Bop Alliance performing Latin Jazz at 1:00, Jason Moran & the Bandwagon performing at 2:30,  Indie-rock and jazz fusion band The Bad Plus at 4:05 and Teirney Sutton Band at 5:45.

#2 – Visit Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington is  best known for Arlington National Cemetery which is also the site of Arlington House – the “Custis Lee Mansion”.  The mansion is undergoing restoration and is open to the public. Try to time your visit to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiiers which occurs every half hour from April 1-Sept 30 and every hour the rest of the year.  Other highlights include the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s Grave, and the Memorial Amphitheatre where special events are held on certain holidays.

Memorial Day weekend is an especially good time to go. More than 250,000 flags  placed on the gravesites just prior to Memorial Day by every available soldier in the 3rd infantry in a tradition known as “Flags In”, and a Memorial Day Observance is held at the amphitheatre.  Check the website for specific times and details.

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The Arlington County Fair

The fair may be over but this video will give you something to look forward to next year.