Arlington is a hub for local arts and culture. There are many opportunities to enjoy public art, live arts, and performance of all kinds.

Alive with Art & Culture

Arlington is home to two independent theaters. The Regent Theatre brings regional, national, and international live shows to town. This historic theatre, which was originally built as a vaudeville house in 1916, hosts a variety of performances from stand-up comedians to musical groups to circus acts.

The Capitol Theater is a classic-style independent movie house with six screens. The Capitol shows both new and classic films. Take note of the 1920s lobby and proscenium before you settle in with a box of fresh popcorn to enjoy the show. It’s also a great place to enjoy with kids as they regularly host family-friendly movie nights.

Throughout the year, Arlington comes alive with the arts in the form of special events that transform the entire town.


One of Arlington’s more unique events is Porchfest, a grassroots festival where bands take over porches around town all day long and fill the streets with music. More than 200 different acts perform, including home-grown to nationally-recognized performers playing all different types of music including jazz, folk, techno, rock and roll, and everything in between. Other well-established annual special events include Arlington Open Studios (Fall), Arlington Jazz Festival (Spring), Arlington Greek Festival (Spring), Town Day, and the Arlington International Film Festival.

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