Columbia Pike Blue Festival Becomes A Backyard Festival

Good news!! The annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival may still be coming to you this year. But not in the form you are used to.

In the age of social distancing and coronavirus pandemic, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization is rethinking the event while hoping to keep the spirit intact. While the popular summer event will officially be held in 2021, CPRO is planning an alternative Backyard Blues Festival on June 20 from 5-7 pm.

Bust-out your radio to Arlington community radio station WERA 96.7 FM and enjoy listening to a curated selection of blues. Various local restaurants will be offering special discounts on food and drinks, which you can also enjoy on your backyard or patio with the radio cranked up.

“The Blues Festival has always been such a wonderful celebration of our community and, as it was necessary to postpone it this year, we really wanted to find an alternative celebration that could still bring the community together,” CROP Executive Director Kim Klingler said. “All of us at CPRO have been eagerly anticipating the 25th Annual Blues Festival and were quite disappointed at the prospect of canceling the festival completely. But, through our partnership with Arlington Arts, we were able to connect with WERA and come up with a creative way to keep groovin’ and show that defiant, hopeful spirit that truly exemplifies Columbia Pike.”

Klingler said the festival will include giveaways and social media contests. CPRO is still working through the details of the specials on food.

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