Overview & Program Partners
The Arlington County Fair Board of Directors is proud to partner with Dominion for the 39th Annual Arlington County Fair, which will kick off with an Opening Day Parade on Wednesday, August 5th, at 6:00 p.m. All fair-goers are invited to participate in this event.
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 2015 fair t-shirt and four ride tickets. All entrants will also be entered to win a prize pack for the 2016 fair, which includes two t-shirts and 10 ride tickets. You may also have your photograph featured on our website, fair program, or competitive exhibits guide. Please send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00am the following day, along with your name and your neighborhood. 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.
By submitting a photograph, you agree to the following:
- Materials that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violate of 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 2015 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.
To view photographs that have been submitted and see a list of winners, visit our photo album on Facebook. Good luck!
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!
Arlington County Fair 5K Run/Walk
The Arlington County Fair is excited to once again offer a 5K Run/Walk event as part of the Fair festivities on Saturday August 8th, starting at 8:00 am. This event is open to all; individuals & families, dedicated runners and those interested in community involvement. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.
All participants will receive a goodie bag with gift, refreshments before and after the race, and opportunity to participate in a cool down event at the fairgrounds. Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall male and female finishers and top 3 youth (ages 14 & under regardless of gender).
Packet pickup will be held at the Fair, 3501 Second Street South, Arlington, VA 22204 on Friday, August 9th from 1:00-9:00 p.m. and again the at the starting line from 6:45-7:50 a.m.
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. Real crowd pleasers, these natural comedians bolt from the starting gate and race around the track snorting and squealing, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind! You’ll want to get to each of the multiple races each day the Fair to get a spot up close on the racing track. Don’t miss this event!!!
Back this year by popular demand, we will have pony rides for kids! Look for the ponies just past the food vendors and right next to the racing piglets. Due to the size of the ponies, Pony Rides, Ltd. requests that riders weigh 85 pounds or less. There is a fee of $7 per ride. You can also purchase a photograph to commemorate the ride for $10 or a straw cowboy hat for $5. If you’d like the whole package, $20 will cover the pony ride, picture, and cowboy hat!
Though the pony rides will be open the entire fair, 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.
Welcome to your adventure in agriculture! Learn firsthand about cow life from baby calves to the adult dairy cows that are producing “nature’s most nearly perfect” food. Cows-N-Corn is proud to show you a sample of their herd of 100 Holstein cows from Fauquier County, VA.
The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. Whereas a NBA team’s success is measured in wins and losses, the Wizards victory lies in the millions of smiles they are responsible for across the world. Since 1962, the Wizards have been making history with the happiness, fun, goodwill and excitement they bring. The Wizards are sure to continue their successful legacy both on and off the court this season.
This world class organization brings theatrics, exciting tricks, humor, fitness and dazzling showmanship — just a few reasons we’re bringing the Harlem Wizards back again this year!
Step Right Up, Count Your Steps - Sponsored by
Ever wonder how many steps it takes to experience the Arlington County Fair? Now’s your chance to find out.
All you need is a ticket from WalkArlington – available indoors at the Fair Information Desk and the T-shirt Sales Table and outdoors at the Fair Shuttle Stop and the Car-Free Diet booth. Once you get your ticket, just fill it out, turn it in at the Car-Free Diet booth, and claim your prize – a WalkArlington pedometer! Then start counting your steps – you’ll be surprised how much walking you do as you explore the Fairgrounds, inside and out, from the ground up!
Outdoor Movie Nights
Come watch a movie at the Fair the way they were originally intended: outside on a big screen! The movies will be shown on the tennis courts next to the midway and will start as soon as the sun goes down. Some chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. You may also bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the show!
A visit to the turf field is a must for sports fanatics of all ages. Each day, the Fair will feature activities and demos from local youth and adult athletic leagues. You’re invited to join the fun! Whether an organized social sport club or a informal lawn game, the activities are meant for audience participation. So, jump in! Check the outdoor entertainment schedule for details.
Dance studio Perfect Pointe is partnering with the Arlington County Fair to provide activities for fair-goers of all ages. The locally based studio will host creative movement sessions on the Kids’ Court, Hip Hop classes on the turf field, and provide a VIP cool down session for 5K participants.
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.