Arlington Festival of the Arts returns to Clarendon this weekend, prompting road closures

The Arlington Festival of the Arts returns to Clarendon this weekend to celebrate a decade of art showcases, which will prompt road closures.

Held annually at the corner of N. Highland Street and Washington Blvd, the festival is set to take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 125 local, national, and international artists will converge at this free, two-day event to exhibit a variety of artworks, ranging from original paintings and custom jewelry to mixed media and life-sized sculptures.

Elizabeth Dashiell, a spokesperson for the art fair promotion company Howard Alan Events, told ARLnow the festival will feature artwork from artists across 27 different states, including pieces from three international artists.

“This event caters to a wide range of artistic preferences, ensuring that each attendee finds a piece of art that speaks to them,” according to the event’s website.

Artists will be available throughout the entire weekend to discuss their artistic process and the inspiration behind their pieces, per a press release. Attendees interested in specific pieces will have the opportunity to speak directly with the artists who created them.

Guests planning to drive to the event should be aware of scheduled road closures. More details below about the closures from the Arlington County Police Department.

Set-up for the event will begin at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the event will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The following roads will be closed from approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 through 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

  • Westbound Washington Boulevard, from 10th Street N. to Clarendon Boulevard
  • The left lane of eastbound Washington Boulevard, from Clarendon Boulevard to N. Garfield Street (The right lane will be open to motor vehicle traffic)
  • N. Highland Street, from Clarendon Boulevard to Washington Boulevard (local traffic will be able to access the parking garage for 3100 Clarendon Boulevard from 11th Street N.)

Additional closures not mentioned above may be implemented at police discretion in the interest of public safety.

Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No parking” signs, as street parking in the area will be restricted. Illegally parked vehicles may be tickets or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.

The police department encourages attendees to use the Metro near the Clarendon station to reduce vehicular traffic in the area. Community members should expect to see an increase in police presence and the department encourages motorists to follow law enforcement direction and be aware of pedestrian traffic.