PROGRAMMING

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 ExhibitsKids’ CourtSenior AdultsIndoor EntertainmentOutdoor EntertainmentRides, 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 42nd Arlington County Fair! Please join us on Wednesday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Local Performers

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.

Outdoor Stage
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.

Indoor Stage
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!

LOVE at the Fair!

We’re excited to bring the LOVE artwork back 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.

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 2018 Fair t-shirt and four ride tickets. One grand prize winner will also be chosen to win a prize pack for the 2019 Fair, which includes two 2019 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 marketing@arlingtoncountyfair.us 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!

Pony Rides

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!!!

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!

NEW in 2018 — Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour

Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour

The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour brings an interactive exhibit to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia.

Modeled on the highly successful Civil War 150 History Mobile tour, Profiles of Honor brings to life the state’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. This partnership with the Library of Virginia will help preserve the documents and stories of of our veterans for generations.

Friday, August 17: 2pm-9pm
Saturday, August 18: 10am – 9pm
Sunday, August 19: 11am – 3pm

NEW in 2018 — You Are Magic Inflatable Sculpture

you are magic inflation

Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18: 4-8 p.m.

You Are Magic is a large-scale, interactive inflatable sculpture designed to inspire wonder and evoke the power of collaboration. When two people hold hands with each person touching one of the handprints kiosks, the deflated sculpture comes to life expanding into the words, You Are Magic. The sculpture fills with air, growing larger and brighter the longer participants hold hands. But, as soon as they release their hands the circuit is broken, and the sculpture deflates into a crumpled piled of fabric on the ground.

Volunteer Arlington connects individuals, groups, nonprofits and businesses in an effort to promote volunteerism. It is the connection hub that links volunteers both as individuals and groups to organizations in need of support. Volunteer Arlington is one of the four main offerings of Leadership Center for Excellence, whose mission is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders through community building and leadership development.


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.