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Saturday, June 18
June 18 1:00pm - 8:30pm

Columbia Pike Blues Festival 25th Anniversary

Blocks between S. Walter Reed Dr. from Columbia Pike to 9th St. S

Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr.

Arlington, Virginia 22204 Map

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Mark Your Calendar for “Arlington’s Best Block Party”

Every summer since 1995, Columbia Pike has hosted the largest Blues Festival in the D.C. metropolitan area. This free outdoor music event sees thousands of residents and visitors come together each year in South Arlington. From live blues, jazz, and bluegrass music, family-friendly activities, and craft beer and wine to local vendors, you’ll find something for everyone!

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary with its first fully in-person event since the pandemic, vocalist Shemekia Copeland (2021 Blues Foundation “Entertainer of the Year”) headlines The Columbia Pike Blues Festival on Saturday, June 18th from 1 to 8:30 p.m. The special anniversary lineup will showcase a full lineup of blues, R&B, and funk performers of national and regional notes, including Eric Scott, Robbin Kapsalis & Vintage #18, Shakin’ Woods, and Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark.

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Saturday, June 25
June 25 11:00am - 6:00pm

One Journey Festival

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20016 Map

Event Info

Held on the spectacular grounds of the National Cathedral, the annual One Journey Festival celebrates the talents and stories of refugees and other displaced people.

Emceed by popular TV personality Tommy McFLY, this free, family-friendly event features a dynamic lineup of performers and storytellers that includes:

  • Kabul Dreams — Afghanistan’s first rock band
  • Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus — acclaimed all-girl chorus of former refugees
    from around the globe
  • Jay Abdo — Syrian actor, activist and recent Syrian TV star
  • Jorge Glem & Cesar Orozco — unique fusion of traditional Latin music &
    modern jazz
  • Cheick Hamala Diabate – soul-stirring “king of the n’goni” and his band in
    the griot tradition
  • Hussein Smko — Iraqi dancer, choreographer, and founder of the Project Tag
    dance company

Plus: celebrity speakers, multicultural dance lessons, sports activities, live conversations with refugees around the world via Shared Studios video portal, Unity Parade, Tech Tent and VR presentations, Global Marketplace, International Food Lane, Take Action Tent, and the Kid’s Corner with world-of-welcome kite-making.

This year’s One Journey Festival takes on an added tone of welcome, support, and unity in light of recent and unfolding events in Ukraine and Afghanistan. These countries will be represented in Festival programming, which includes refugee performers and speakers from countries around the world. It’s a day of hope, inspiration, and fun at one of the summer’s most eagerly anticipated events.

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