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Clarendon Day, Family Fun Day converge for massive festival

September 20, 2010 - 09:25 AM
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Clarendon Day
Clarendon Day is Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Logo courtesy of Clarendon Alliance.)

As you may have guessed from the posters now dotting windows throughout Arlington, this Saturday is Clarendon Day. The 13th annual event featuring a live music stage, food, vendors, and kids activities has grown this year to encompass Virginia Hospital Center's Family Fun Day.

The Family Fun Day event would often coincide with Clarendon Day and target a lot of the same demographic, according to Clarendon Day's organizers. And so this year, Virginia Hospital Center decided to combine its event with the annual street festival and move it from the hospital grounds on George Mason Drive to Clarendon.

Booths from various health related agencies and nonprofits will line Clarendon Boulevard during the festival, and the hospital will host a day's worth of live fitness classes, including body sculpting, belly dancing, yoga for babies (this we've got to see) and zumba. Arlington's rabid fitness fans can also run in a 5K or 10K race in the morning to start off the day.

All this is in addition to the usual Clarendon Day events. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be live music on the IOTA stage, featuring Jumpin' Jupiter, King Teddy, and The Constituents, among others ; food at stands from neighborhood restaurants including Rockland's Barbecue, Hard Times, Whitlow's, Lyon Hall and many others; a burrito-eating contest at 3 p.m. sponsored by Mexicali Blues; and vendors selling crafts and other items of all kinds. Arlington's favorite comedic son, Remy of Arlington Rap fame will also make an appearance.

For kids, Kinder Haus Toys owner Sue Pyatt has organized several shows on a kids stage, including story teller Jim Weiss, magician Bob Tobias and puppeteer Bob Brown. The kids shows start at 1 p.m.

The festival takes over a couple of blocks around Clarendon Metro, so look our for road closures for most of the day. Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards between North Garfield Street and Washington Boulevard will be closed, as will North Highland Street between North 11th and 13th Streets. North Herndon and North Hudson Streets will also be closed.

The Clarendon Alliance is encouraging other modes of transportation to the festival, but for drivers, street parking will likely fill up pretty quickly around the neighborhood. You may be forced to fork over that $2 for the no-longer-free parking garage or pay for parking at one of Clarendon's other garages, which are listed here.

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