Fun at the Fair!
The Arlington County Fair is proud to offer entertainment options for all ages! Enjoy everything from pony rides to pig races to activities for kids and the whole family, including a Parade, Competitive Exhibits, Kids’ Court, Senior Adults, Indoor Entertainment, Outdoor Entertainment, Rides, and much, much more!
You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting
Join the Arlington County Fair Board, members of the Arlington County Board and the community as we cut the ribbon to officially open the 41st Arlington County Fair! Please join us on Wednesday, August 16 at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Light refreshments will be served.
The Arlington County Fair Board of Directors is proud to bring you the Annual Arlington County Fair, which will celebrate 41 years of community fun with a Parade on Saturday, August 19th, at 10:00 a.m. All fair-goers are invited to participate in this event.
The Arlington County Fair is proud to showcase the best of Arlington and our neighboring communities! Come join the adventure by supporting local artists at two stages on the fairgrounds.
A variety of local music groups and solo performers are hosted on our outdoor stage throughout the Fair. The stage is located on the baseball field. Seating is provided under a tent and fair-goers are encouraged to grab some food for a picnic and cheer on the performers.
All fair-goers are invited to visit our indoor stage to watch some of the area’s most talented groups perform. From singers to dancers to Bingo, a variety of entertainment will be showcased!
NEW for 2017 – LOVE at the Fair!
In partnership with Arlington Economic Development, we’re excited to bring the LOVE artwork to the Fair this year. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and designed to promote family-friendly vacation experiences in Virginia. Visitors are encouraged to take a picture in front of the artwork and share it on social media, using #LOVEVA and #arlingtoncofair.
NEW for 2017 – Chainsaw Art!
Come watch talented artist Andrew Mallon of AM Sculptures turn any idea into reality using logs and chainsaws! Andrew is a full time Chainsaw Carver working out of Northern Virginia. He began chainsaw carving in 2012. Throughout the year Andrew can be found all over the eastern United States attending different chainsaw carving events, festivals and fairs, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the 2017 Arlington County Fair!
Terrance Miller Photo Booth
Just weeks after our 2015 Arlington County Fair we lost a dear member of our Fair family, Terrance Miller, 28, a dedicated volunteer and two-term board member who passed away on August 18, 2015. Terrance’s was one of the first faces people encountered as they arrived at the Fair. We dedicated the 2016 Arlington County Fair in Terrance’s memory. Wherever he went, Terrance brought so much joy to people’s lives and loved to share the fun of the Fair through his social media. We hope you will honor his legacy by joining us at our photo booth to make your own memories of the Fair, just as Terrance often did.
Photo of the Day Contest
Get your camera out and have fun at the Fair! The Arlington County Fair invites you to submit your favorite photographs from this year’s Fair for our Photo of the Day contest. Each day, we will select one winner who will receive an official 2017 Fair t-shirt and four ride tickets. One grand prize winner will also be chosen to win a prize pack for the 2018 Fair, which includes two 2018 t-shirts and eight ride tickets. You may also have your photograph featured on our website, Fair program and/or competitive exhibits guide.
Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00 am the following day, along with your name and your neighborhood. There is a limit of 5 photograph submissions per day. Photos will be judged on subject, creativity, composition and how well they capture the spirit of the Arlington County Fair. Winners will be contacted directly by e-mail with instructions on prize pick-up. Official rules listed below.
To view photographs that have been submitted and see a list of winners, visit our photo album on Facebook. Good luck!
Look for the ponies on our upper field, right next to the racing piglets! Due to the size of the ponies, we request that riders weigh 85 pounds or less. There is a fee associated with the rides. Hours are listed in our program, but please remember the ponies must eat and rest every once in a while. Therefore, short breaks will be scheduled throughout the day. If you arrive during a break, you will see a sign with the time the pony rides will resume.
Racing Piglets & Racing Goats
Come have lots of laugher and lots of fun as the Hollywood Hogs All-Star Racing Team performs! These awkward, but cute and cuddly racing animals fascinate spectators. You’ll want to get to each of the multiple races each day the Fair is open to get a spot up close on the racing track. Don’t miss this event!!!
The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. This world class organization brings theatrics, exciting tricks, humor, fitness and dazzling showmanship — just a few reasons to check out the Harlem Wizards! All shows are free and run for 30 minutes, with time for autographs and pictures with the performers afterward.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Community Garden
The TJ Garden, an organic garden, is a demonstration and education project for Thomas Jefferson Middle School with a portion of the produce going to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to support the broader Arlington community through its “Plot Against Hunger” program. Take a relaxing stroll through the Community Garden, located behind the Racing Pigs!
Photo of the Day Contest Official Rules
By submitting a photograph, you agree to the following:
- Materials that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate any laws are strictly prohibited. If such photographs are received, proper action will be taken and you will be disqualified from the contest.
- No copyrighted images will be accepted. Each photograph must be your own and taken during the 2017 Arlington County Fair.
- You give the Arlington County Fair permission to use your photograph in future promotional materials and to have your first name and neighborhood shared along with your picture in our online photo album.
- Photographs must be attached in .jpg format.
- There is a limit of 5 photograph submissions per day; please send all submissions for a particular day in one email by 10:00am the following day.
- Do not submit the same photograph on multiple days.
- No alternative prizes will be offered if the winner is not available to accept the prize offered. Prizes are not transferable.