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Please see below for a list of items you will need to know when you visit the Arlington County Fair.

Schedule

The Arlington County Fair provides something for everyone including but not limited to carnival rides, live performances, shopping, and fair food. The 2021 schedule is being developed. Take a look at our 2019 Program for an idea of what’s to come!

Click the link to view The Arlington County Fair Schedule of Events.

Getting Here / Transportation

Parking

There is limited public parking at the Fair in the garage located on S Old Glebe Road. Once that garage is full, off-site parking is available at the Faith Lutheran Church (3313 Arlington Blvd – take the pedestrian bridge over Route 50 to get to the Fair) and the Arlington Career Center parking lot (816 S Walter Reed Dr). Parking on nearby streets is restricted to neighborhood residents with temporary permits. Please see information below on other ways to get to the Fair.

HOW TO GET TO THE FAIR

Shuttle

Shuttles will operate continuously throughout the Fair between the Arlington Career Center parking lot (816 S Walter Reed Dr.) and the Washington-Liberty High School parking garage (1301 N Stafford St – shuttle pick up on 15th St N) and the fairgrounds (3501 2nd St S). Shuttles will be operated by Arlington Public Schools and will be school buses. The round-trip cost to ride the shuttle is $2 – ages 12 and under and 65 and older ride free.

Rideshare / Drop-Off and Pick-Up Area

There is a designated area along 2nd Street South in front of Thomas Jefferson Community Center for drop-off/pick-up only. Vehicles who idle in this location for more than two minutes will be asked to move.

Handicapped Accessibility

The grounds are accessible. ADA parking spaces are available with an ADA tag in the main parking lot off 2nd St (in front of the community center).

Public Transit

Below is information on just a few of the options for public transit to the Fair via ART and Metrobus. For more information on options available, please visit Car Free Diet.

ART 41

Columbia Pike – Ballston – Courthouse (Map & Timetable)

ART 41 makes several stops along Columbia Pike, at Ballston Common Mall, and the Court House and Clarendon Metro stations. Get off at the following stops near Thomas Jefferson Community Center to get to the fair:

  • Southbound: S. Glebe Rd. @ 2nd Street S.
  • Northbound: S. Glebe Rd @ 1st Rd. S.

Metrobus 10B

Hunting Point – Ballots (Map & Timetable)

Metrobus 10B serves Braddock Road station and Shirlington Bus Station and takes Walter Reed & Fillmore to the Ballston Metro station. To get to the fair:

  • Get off at the 2nd St. S. & Old Glebe Rd stop

Metrobus 23A/23C

McLean – Crystal City Line (Map & Timetable)

Metrobus 23A/C travels to Crystal City, the Shirlington Bus Station and the Ballston Metro station with stops on Glebe Road and Old Dominion. Get off at the following stops to get to the fair:

  • Southbound: S. Glebe Rd. @ 2nd Street S.
  • Northbound: S. Glebe Rd @ 1st Rd. S.

 

Biking Directions

Riding your bike is one of the easiest and fun ways to get to the Arlington County Fair. Bike Arlington and partner Two Wheel Valet have teamed up to provide free valet bike parking on our tennis courts. We also have a limited number of bike racks (see map below). For questions on bicycle parking and biking in general, visit the BikeArlington tent.

Bike valet hours are as follows:

  • Friday, August 20: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 21: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 22: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

For customized bicycle routing directions, enter your starting point here.

Arlington County Fair Bike Parking

* Please note, if you enter the fairgrounds from Arlington Boulevard or the Arlington Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge, please use caution when operating a bicycle in crowds. Dismounting and walking your bicycle is recommended!

Bike Arlington

Walking Directions

We know that you’ll be enjoying lots of Fair food on your visit, so walking is a great way to get to and from the Fair and feel good! Information on walking to the Fair from nearby walkabouts and walking to the shuttle stops that service the Fair can be found below.

Walking Directions to the Fair

(From walkabout routes that are close to the fairgrounds)

Lyon Park Walkabout
Walking Directions to Fair: Walkabout ends at Lyon Park Community Center at 4th St North; Head west on 4th St N toward N Garfield St; Turn left onto N Irving St; Turn right onto Arlington Blvd. Trail; Slight right to Arlington County Fair. Distance is 0.8 mile.

Barcroft Walkabout
Walking Directions to Fair: Walkabout ends at Barcroft Community House at 800 S. Buchanan; Head north on S Buchanan St toward 8th St S; Turn right onto 8th St S; Slight right to stay on 8th St S; Turn left onto 7th St S; Turn left onto S Monroe St; Turn right onto 6th St S; Turn left onto S Glebe Rd; Turn right onto S Old Glebe Rd; Turn left to stay on S Old Glebe Rd; Turn right onto 2nd St S; Turn left to Arlington County Fair. Distance is 1.4 miles.

Ashton Heights Walkabout
Walking Directions to Fair: Walkabout ends at Arlington Arts Center at 3550 Wilson Blvd.; Walk south/turn right on North Monroe Street to 5th Street North. Turn left on 5th Street North to North Jackson Street. Follow North Jackson Street to Arlington Boulevard / Route 50 and the Jackson Street pedestrian bridge. Cross the bridge to the north side of the Fairgrounds. Distance is .75 mile.

NEARBY LODGING

Stay near the fair! Check out StayArlington’s webpage for a comprehensive list of Arlington hotels and an interactive map. Listings closest to the fairgrounds include:

  • Days Inn Arlington Pentagon
  • Days Inn Arlington/Washington DC
  • Residence Inn Arlington Ballston
  • The Westin Arlington Gateway
  • Hilton Arlington

Plan Your Trip with Car Free Diet

Car Free Diet

Dates / Hours

Join Us August 18 - 22, 2021

Indoor Hours Outdoor Hours
Wednesday, August 18 N/A 5 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, August 19 N/A 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday, August 20 4 pm – 10 pm 2 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, August 21 10 am – 9 pm 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday, August 22 11 am – 7 pm 11 am – 10 pm

Hours of Operation are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to visit our Facebook | Twitter | Instagram for up-to-the-minute updates on programming and potential weather-related issues.

WHEN IS THE FAIR?

The 2021 Arlington County Fair will be held on August 18th – 22th at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center located at 3501 Second Street South.

ADMISSION & COST

Admission to the Fair is FREE. Ride Ticket prices are listed on our website and can be purchased at the Fair. All activities on our Outdoor Stage and Kids’ Court are free of charge as well.

COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

We are closely monitoring state and local guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic and are working directly with the Arlington County Public Health Department.  Since guidance is ever-changing, we are monitoring the situation closely and plan to adjust accordingly.  Any mask requirements or other safety precaution information will be posted on our website prior to the start of the 2021 Fair.

GETTING HERE / TRANSPORTATION

You can get to the fairground many different ways including taking rideshare, public transit, biking and even walking. Please see our Transportation page for more information on how to get to the Fair.

COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS

2021 Competitive Exhibit info is located on the Competitive Exhibits webpage.

DOGS PERMITTED?

Yes, they are permitted on the outdoor fairgrounds with a leash. Only service animals are permitted on shuttles and indoors.

ENTERTAINMENT

Check out all of the amazing acts on the Entertainment Stage and the exciting programs at Kids Court.

HOURS

Hours vary each day, as well as for our indoor and outdoor activities. You can find more information here.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The printed program can be picked up at the Fair information desk and will be posted on the website.

PARKING

There is limited public parking at the Fair. More information can be found here.

SHUTTLES

Shuttles will operate continuously throughout the Fair between the Arlington Career Center parking lot (816 S Walter Reed Dr.) and the Washington-Liberty High School parking garage (1301 N Stafford St – shuttle pick up on 15th St N) and the fairgrounds (3501 2nd St S). Shuttles will be operated by Arlington Public Schools and will be school buses. The round-trip cost to ride the shuttle is $2 – ages 12 and under and 65 and older ride free.

VENDORS

Apply to be a food or indoor vendor for the 2021 Fair!

VOLUNTEERS

Information on Volunteer registration is available here. No walk-up volunteers will be accepted.

GOING GREEN: ZERO WASTE AT THE ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR

The Arlington County Fair is working toward the goal of becoming a zero waste event!

What we are doing:

  • Banning all single-use plastic straws and replacing them with compostable options or strawless cups.
  • Banning Styrofoam© food service items such as cups and clamshell containers distributed at the fair.
  • Banning small condiment packets for mustard, ketchup and soy sauce, as well as small plastic Solo© cups for sauces. Vendors must use bulk distribution in paper cups for these items.
  • Recycling all recyclable materials in a single-stream recycling system, including paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and plastic materials.
  • Expanding our composting efforts to be available throughout the fair. This removes food waste, paper products and other biodegradable items out of the event waste stream, reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from waste generated at the fair.
  • Collecting food vendor grease that is taken to a plant for rendering. 40% of the processed grease is use to create bio fuel.
  • Collecting and distributing manure generated by livestock at the fair for use in neighborhood gardens.
  • Working with Arlington’s Car-Free Diet to promote transportation options to the fair, including biking and walking routes, nearby bike-share locations, bus and Metro options.
  • Providing valet parking for bicycles free of charge for guests who bike to the event.
  • Using reusable signage throughout the fair to minimize printed signage waste.
  • Providing a water fill up station to encourage guests to use reusable water bottles.

Buy Ride Tickets

Rides

Cole Shows Amusement Company will return to the Arlington County Fair to provide amusement rides, midway games and delicious food for Fair-goers of all ages. For more information, visit Cole Amusements online at www.colerides.com.

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