Clarendon Day Approaches, Expands Offerings

by Katie Pyzyk September 6, 2012 at 10:10 am 5,296 24 Comments

The event dubbed “Arlington’s oldest street festival” is just a couple of weeks away. The 15th Annual Clarendon Day is approaching, and has added some new features this year.

Clarendon Day will run from 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on September 22, near the Clarendon Metro. Admission is free to attend the event, which will take place rain or shine.

The morning begins with the fourth annual 10K/5K/Kids Dash, which begins in front of Whitlow’s on Wilson (Kids Dash in front of Market Common) and takes runners on a course along the Orange Line corridor. Registration can be completed online.

This is the first year the event will include the “Clarendon Alliance Battle of the Bands.” The music lineup hasn’t yet been announced, but should be listed on the event website as the day grows near.

There will also be more activities for kids this year. From face painting to jugglers to climbing activities, the little ones should have plenty to keep them occupied.

More than a dozen local restaurants will serve up food and drinks, including Delhi Club, Lyon Hall, Northside Social, Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza and District Taco. Dozens of other exhibitors will be set up to satisfy attendees’ shopping cravings.

There will be a number of street closures for Clarendon Day. Clarendon Blvd and Wilson Blvd will be closed between Washington Blvd and Highland Street by 5:00 a.m. Wilson Blvd between Highland Street and Lynn Street will be closed from 8:00–9:30 a.m. to accommodate the race. Route 110 southbound will be closed from 8:00–10:30 a.m. Additional closures may be announced as the event approaches.

  • LP

    Sweet….love me some Clarendon Day!

  • GreaterClarendon

    Unlike Taste of Arlington, this is a family friendly event with plenty of open space for kids and strollers, at least for the first couple of hours, It’s a good time.

    • Clarendon

      Yes, the kid stuff is usually pretty good at CD. I was wondering of they were doing it this year with all the construction and because there is nothing at all about it on the Clarendon Alliance website (http://www.clarendon.org/).

      But I see now the event site which is different. Seems like they should have an announcement or a link on the regular website.

  • CW

    Question – did this race used to be called “Battle of the Boulevard”? Since I moved here in 2009 I have seen approximately 10,000 people wearing T-shirts with the name of said event on them, but I have never heard mention of that event once, which leads me to believe it was renamed at some point. It would make sense that this was it, given the course.

    • SomeGuy

      There was a similar race that was called the Battle of the Boulevard. Inaugural year for that race was 2007 (I think), and I think it only ran for a 2nd year in 2008 before being discontinued. That race was held in early May– not September. And the course was a little different because instead of ending in Rosslyn (for the weak), it required the athlete to return to his/her starting point in Clarendon. The last 2 miles were all uphill from Rosslyn to Clarendon, hence a “battle” against Wilson Blvd’s incline.

      • CW

        Thanks for the info! Have always been curious…

  • John Fontain

    I always enjoy Clarendon Day. A good time is had by all and it isn’t so crowded that you can’t walk around. Hope the weather is favorable.

  • Hattie McDaniel

    Will the construction in the park be finished by then?

    • Katie Pyzyk

      When we spoke to the project manager in May, he said the plaza should be finished by Clarendon Day. http://www.arlnow.com/2012/05/15/clarendon-metro-plaza-changes-coming-soon/

      • Clarendon

        There is no way that is finished by Sept 22. Based on the June 9 start in the article you linked, they started more than 2 months late.

    • karzai

      They have not even finished leveling out the ground in the whole space. They have not laid a single new tile down. There is not a snowball’s chance in h..l that they will be done in the next two weeks.

  • SteamboatWillie

    My only beef with last year’s Clarendon Day was the substandard beer selection.

    With so many nearby providers of quality craft beers on tap (Iota, Galaxy Hut, Pete’s, Liberty Tavern, Whole Foods, Tallula, etc.) it would have been really cool to allow those venues to offer alternatives to the limited choices that were available – Miller Lite, Blue Moon and Blue Moon Pumpkin.

    • Quoth the Raven

      I wish I liked Pumpkin Beer, b/c it seems to me to be a cool concept. But I just can’t bring myself to like it. Oh well.

      • SteamboatWillie

        There are some real stinkers out there, but if you want to give the style another shot and haven’t tried these, check out Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale (it comes in 4-packs), Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, or the Smuttynose. All should be available locally and they are subtle with the spices.

      • Id

        If you sleep with a pumpkin first, then your opinion will change.

        • Id

          That’s what mountain people do — pumpkin.

          • Tabs


        • Quoth the Raven

          If you get caught witha pumpkin, your argument is, “Hey, I didn’t know it was after midnight!”

          • Quoth the Raven

            “with a”


  • Ralph T.

    Thanks for the reminder! Signed up for the race, should be fun!

  • dogMannersMatter

    I wish Arlington County would either ban dogs from Clarendon Day or at least train clueless dog owners on dog etiquette in a crowd. Last year I had several encounters with dogs on fully extended leashes on very crowded streets and sidewalks. Some dog owners just assume that everyone loves their dog as much as they do (I don’t). No long leashes should be allowed. Don’t let your dog get their nose (or worse, their other end) near people’s food (sometimes people have to sit on the curb to enjoy the food). Dogs are not children. They will never grow up to be contributing members of society. Enjoy them all you want, but do not expect others to love them the way you do. My elderly father almost went face first on the curb due to an inconsiderate dog owner’s clueless misuse of a leash. Reel them in people. And remember…you are supposed to be in charge of them, not vice versa.

    • the original confused

      I totally agree with you. It is not only at the festival, it is everyday in Clarendon. People let their dogs go on a long leash. I have had dogs attack me on at least three occasions, so I am not a fan. I really wish that people would keep them on a short leash on the sidewalks and for that matter in buildings……getting on or off elevators, please keep your dogs on a short leash. Not everyone in the world is a dog lover

  • KidsMannersMatter

    Take the DogMannersMatter and replace every instance of “dog” with “kid.”. I would much rather have a curious dog in my grill vs some bratty Clarendon kid whose parents think is the next Steve Jobs. Little Timmy is simply a spoiled brat…and Clarendon is full of them now.

    • dogMannersMatter

      Agreed. Your point?


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