Morning Poll: Post-Labor Day Events

by ARLnow.com September 1, 2011 at 9:34 am 2,691 29 Comments

Now that the first day of September has arrived, it’s time to start looking forward to some of the later summer and fall events that Arlington has to offer.

The first major event after Labor Day is the Rosslyn Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10. Jazz luminaries Dee Dee Bridgewater, Henry Butler and Grace Kelly will perform at the annual event, which is held in Rossslyn’s Gateway Park.

The annual Vintage Crystal wine and jazz festival is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18. The event, held in a Crystal City parking lot, features wine tastings and food samples, as well as jazz and dance performances, all with a “Latin twist.”

Clarendon Day, another local favorite, will happen on Saturday, Sept. 24 this year. Food vendors, live music, a 10K/5K race and family activities round out the day’s excitement.

The Capital City Brewing Shirlington Oktoberfest is back this year for more Teutonic debauchery in Shirlington Village. Sample enough Märzen-style beers and you’ll forget all about the boisterous crowds and long lines. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8.

Finally, for the political wonks, Election Day will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8 this year. Will Barbara Favola successfully fend off a challenge from Republican Caren Merrick? Will Democrats hang on to the Virginia state Senate? Local political types will be watching closely.

Which event are you most looking forward to?


  • JamesE

    Something is screwy with the login today, but my answer is none of the above. The only correct response is the Fall event known as college football.

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      • JamesE

        Seems fixed now, was it an issue with the names having the same first and last characters?

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          • Lou

            I’m missing the “back to the top” doohickey at the bottom of the page. I’m addicted to that thing, and keep looking for it on other websites.

          • SomeGuy

            Ctrl+Home on your keyboard.

          • Lou

            Not as convenient.

    • Chouse

      The page format is also different. Much more column based, makes the site much longer and a more disorganized look IMO, not sure if this was intentional or not?

    • BlueLoom

      Agree on “none of the above,” but not a football fan, either. Not college, not pro. A bunch of over-padded, beefed-up hulks smashing into one another. I’ll take baseball any day over football. Unfortunately, hell will surely freeze over before the Nats find themselves in any kind of contention as the leaves change color.

  • CrystalMikey

    In for Clarendon Day, if only for the 5/10K.

  • PikerShorts

    Shirlington Scotchtoberfest is a pain in the butt.

    • JamesE

      Rustico oktoberfest is pretty good, but of course that is Alexandria. Maybe they could blocked off Wilson and have it in Ballston.

    • CrystalMikey

      Ya used me Skinner…ya used me!

  • steve85

    JamesE said the right thing. Its college football. But I can’t wat for the NBA to come back. Let’s go Knicks!!!

  • CW

    Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers! But I can enjoy them much more in settings other than Shirlington’s tribute to agoraphobia.

    • JamesE
      • CW

        Have you tried their Creme Brulee Stout? When I was in school, Southern Tier Beer was available everywhere. It’s made it into a lot of places down here in D.C., but mostly just their IPAs and year-round stuff. Know anywhere in the R-B corridor that sells Pumking?

        Also try Schlafly Pumpkin if you haven’t.

        • JamesE

          Total Wine has it, they did last year at least. I usually drive drive to the one in McLean after work. I have yet to try the Creme Brulee Stout.

        • South Arlington

          Westover Market usually has it also. Lost Dog Columbia Pike also usually has the full line (I’d guess the Westover location probably does too).

  • Lou

    Ahem…asking if Barbara Favola can fend off a challenge from another candidate kind of implies she already holds the position. Lets not coronate her just yet.

  • Harry Rogers

    Need to rethink this rethink of the web page.

  • Observation

    Election Day is beating both jazz events – what is wrong with you people ? Clarendon Day is the best party. I suggest it would be better with more than 2 kinds of beer. Have they announced the music for that yet ?

  • 1. The Premiership (started already)
    2. College Football
    3. The demise of brown flip-flops for the winter.

  • NOVApologist

    Instead of receiving the customary T-shirt for running the Clarendon day 5/10K this year, the sponsors are giving all the runners…..flip-flops.

    • CrystalMikey

      No problem with that…we runners enjoy a little good-natured humor. 😀

    • SomeGuy

      Yes, flip-flops. Which most podiatrists would recommend against wearing, particularly for runners who are prone to plantar fasciitis and other foot-related running injuries.

      Nonetheless, I have enough poorly fitting cotton T-shirts from running local races that I welcome the change to footwear in the race packet.

    • Clarendon

      Will there be flip-flop races ? That would be fun.

      Followed by some contest involving cupcakes.

    • KARLington

      I thought it was dumb – Pacers usually has good race tech tees.

      • SomeGuy

        I’ve never seen a good tech tee in a 5K/10K race packet without purchase of the upgrade. Races around here are getting expensive too ($50 for the Clarendon Day 10K, $60’ish for the Army Ten Miler), so I wouldn’t want to see them increase the prices just to offer a tech tee by default. Probably shouldn’t even give them the idea…


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