Clarendon, VA

Geographic Location

Only two metro stops from Washington, D.C., Clarendon, VA is located between the Rosslyn and Ballston neighborhoods of Arlington, VA.

Overall personality

Clarendon is a bustling, urbanized neighborhood in Arlington with high-end restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Extremely popular amongst young professionals, Clarendon has a vibrant night life while still maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere.

Defining Characteristics

Clarendon’s proximity to Washington, D.C. is evidenced by the fact that it actually was part of D.C. until 1846. Only 8 minutes from the Nation’s Capital and accessible by Metro, it is also close to the very popular areas of Old Town Alexandria, Ballston, and Crystal City.

Noteworthy attractions

Clarendon offers some of Arlington’s hottest restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and plenty of events and markets, even a fine art festival.


Clarendon Ballroom
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
Whitlow’s On Wilson
The Iota Club and Cafe
Northside Social Coffee & Wine
Ray’s The Steaks
The Cheesecake Factory


The Market Common
Whole Foods
Origins Thai Spa
Escape Room Live
Washington and Old Dominion Bike Trail


U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery/Tomb of the Unknowns
Arlington House – The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Transportation Options

Clarendon Metro Stations (Orange and Silver Lines)
Court House Metro Station (Orange and Silver Lines)
Virginia Square Metro Station (Orange and Silver Lines)
Major roads in the area include Interstate 66, Interstate 395, Route 29 (Lee Highway), Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard), and Route 120 (North Glebe Road).
In terms of air transportation, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is only 7 metro stops away and shuttle buses are available to Dulles International Airport via the Rossyln metro station, with direct metro access anticipated in 2018.

Types of homes in the Area

Due to its high population density, Clarendon is composed largely of apartment complexes and condominiums but townhouses and single family homes are also available.

Annual Events

Clarendon Day: September
The largest annual community festival with multiple stages of live music, food & drink vendors including plenty of local wine & beers (Sehkrafts signature beers are made right in Clarendon), children’s games and rides, an ice cream eating contest and other local traditions. Plus, there are over 50 arts and crafts vendors, dozens of local nonprofits, and area exhibitors with goods and services.
Clarendon Farmer’s Market:  Every Wednesday 3 pm-7 pm (April – November) at Clarendon’s Central Park
Here you’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, locally raised meats, eggs, and fairy tea, soap, coffee, baked goods­. Come out to support this local market.
Urban Village Market: Every Saturday 9 am-4 pm
If you are looking for something unique, antique, or distincts, be sure to visit the Urban Village Market on 15th Street near the Courthouse Metro Station on Saturdays.  You’ll find a wide range of things like jewelry, clothing, bicycles, vintage magazines and posters, furniture, hand-made crafts, and more.
Mardi Gras Parade and Ball: (Fat Tuesday) The largest Mardi Gras parade in the Mid-Atlantic,  thousands of people will gather along the route to watch the range of floats, bands, decorated vehicles and marchers. Dogs and horses, dancers, a fun run, great food, and music… it’s a Clarendon tradition!

Arlington Arts Festival: Late April
Free outdoors street art festival with over 100 artists showcasing their works including glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry, and pottery; providing all sorts of opportunities to appreciate and purchase art. The show is located on North Highland Street, it begins at the corner of N. Highland and Washington Blvd.
Arlington Neighborhood Day Parade: Second Saturday in May on Wilson Blvd
A beloved Arlington tradition, Neighborhood Day brings local communities together to enjoy the great outdoors (or indoors) and strengthens ties between neighbors. Residents come out to celebrate of Arlington’s pride in the vitality and diversity of their local neighborhoods and includes events ranging from children’s activities, block parties, picnics, neighborhood walkabouts, home and garden tours, campfires, park cleanups, to 5k races and other sporting events.
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Additionally, each spring Clarendon is host to the, one of the largest one-day professional and amateur bicycle races in the U.S.

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