Photos from Clarendon Day

by ARLnow.com September 26, 2011 at 9:00 am 5,683 21 Comments

Live music. Dancing. Food. Exhibitors. Kid’s activities. Arts and Crafts. A skateboarding demonstration.

Clarendon Day has a little something for everyone. The annual street fair, held on several streets in the heart of Clarendon, went off without a hitch on Saturday.

Though cloudy, the afternoon was mercifully rain-free, which helped to boost attendance. See the rest of our photos from the event, after the jump.

  • JamesE

    Car Free Diet Stage? Sweet merciful Jesus.

    • R.Griffon

      I’m moving my office from Fairfax to Rosslyn in November, and will get my own crack at the Car Free Diet. Can’t wait!

      • beavis

        heh heh he said crack.

        • butthead

          uh huh-huh. yeah.

    • UnlimitedCustoms

      and yet the stage was surrounded by…cars

      • And everything was probably brought to it by trucks.

        • drax

          Hah! You nailed them! The car-free diet means not a single motorized vehicle should enter county borders!

    • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

      Citizens of Arlington paid for that Car Free Stage.
      real estate tax, car tax, sales tax
      or federal income tax (oh, it is federal money)
      or proffers from developers that are passed on to consumers.

  • Josh S

    Hey, it’s not as bad as the Mieneke Car Care Bowl.

  • Charles

    …and then there are people who drove to the Car-Free Diet event…

  • Charles

    And to lot of people in the photos – a car probably shouldn’t be the only diet you go on…

    • Banksy

      Were you looking at the same pictures as me? Because, with just a few exceptions, most of the people in these photos did not look fat! It was hardly a trip to the Wal-Mart.

      • R.Griffon

        Exactly. Try taking a trip out to “middle America” sometime. *shudders*

        Arlingtonians (and DC people in general) are the epitome of healthy living by comparison.

      • Michael H.


        Most of the people there were not obese. But I guess it’s hard to tell that by sitting at home and griping about “car free diet stages” and outdoor street festivals.

        But I agree that the timing is a problem, on the same day as the National Book Festival. At least the book festival was two days this year.

  • GreaterClarendon

    It’s a great event – went with the family (including double stroller) and easy to get around, lots of events for young kids, food was easy to get without a line, and friendly people. I’m very critical of the Taste of Arlington, since it is a nightmare, but this is a family friendly event and well put together this year (We were there from 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m – might have been more crowded later). Thanks Clarendon Alliance or whomever organized it.

    • ClarendonProper

      I agree, I was there all day. The Alliance does the organizing and they even got a late start this year due to the new director they hired.

      The $1 per item food at the Dehli Club was the deal of the day, but the short-rib sliders fom Lyon Hall were very tasty. I couldn’t eat much more, but the rest of the food looked great. Need to get a better beer selection. After my third pumpkin beer I was feeling a little orange. Music arranged by IOTA was excellent as usual.

      It was a little disconcerting to get asked about getting a flu shot around the hospital stuff. Wasn’t exactly my top priority.

      I saw so many people I hadn’t seen in a while which is what makes Clarendon Day really great – it brings out the locals.

  • BB

    Why do they always seem to hold it on the same weekend as the National Book Festival? Annoying.

  • Harkin

    Yep, that’s almost as stupid as “Jiffy Lube Live”.

  • Not a fan

    GOD, HOW I HATE CLARENDON DAY! And given the number of empty spaces in my parking garage, it looks like I’m not the only one – the people who actually live here leave in droves to avoid the day-long sufferfest of loud, crappy music.

    This festival would be a lot more popular with the people who actually live here if the organizers would position the music stages nearer the commercial buildings (such as on Highland by Clarendon Grill and on western edge of the event on Clarendon Blvd) rather than on the periphery nearest residential dwellings, as they were this year.

    • charlie

      agreed. whoever decided that closing off streets and drinking in the streets, listening to music in the street and having food served from under a tent on a street … were fun? yuck.


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