Does your family have a few little ones? Are you a jazz lover? Or do you just want to let your hair down after a long week at work? Whichever it is, Arlington has a fair, festival, or annual event that you’ll love!
The Arlington County Fair
The Arlington County Fair has become a family tradition for most Arlington locals. Around 84,000 people enjoy the fair every year. From spinning teacups to a classic Ferris wheel, your kids will love all of the rides provided by Cole Shows Amusement Company. If you’re looking for a more thrilling, stomach-dropping kind of ride, hop on one of the fair’s roller coasters!
But a fair is really only as good as its… well, fare! And Arlington has no shortage of great fair foods! Food vendors often sell corndogs, deep-fried Oreos, ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy. So come hungry and leave your diet at home!
The Arlington County Fair is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Their goal is to educate and entertain locals while showcasing the best of what Arlington has to offer: the best food, the best crafts, and even some great local performances. You can even volunteer to help out at fair or apply to be a food vendor there.
The challenges brought on by the pandemic didn’t stop the fair from happening in 2020! They found creative ways to bring the magic of the fair to you virtually. Arlington County Fair at Home included a scavenger hunt, a trivia game, a fried ice cream cooking demo, and even a family dance party!
The Arlington County Fair is the perfect addition to your family’s annual celebrations!
The Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Can’t get enough of that jazz? Then you won’t want to miss the Rosslyn Jazz Fest. This event takes place every year at Gateway Park. The park provides a peaceful setting to enjoy live jazz. You’ll be surrounded by fountains, paved trails, an amphitheater, and an ornamental garden as you take in some soulful songs.
Food trucks provide a variety of local foods and the festival serves wine and beer. Each year, the festival features popular jazz artists. Below are some of the songs performed at the 2019 Rosslyn Jazz Festival.
- Peanuts – The Suffers
- Make Some Room – The Suffers
- Do Whatever – The Suffers
- Giver – The Suffers
- Everything Here – The Suffers
- Jock-A-Mo – Cha Wa
- Ooh Na Nay – Cha Wa
- Get on Out of the Way – Cha Wa
- Hey Baby – Cha Wa
- The Capitalist Blues – Leyla McCalla
- Little Sparrows – Leyla McCalla
- A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey – Leyla McCalla
- Manman – Leyla McCalla
- Money is King – Leyla McCalla
- Dear Draylen – The Jogo Project
- Poinciana – The Jogo Project
- DC’s Been Good to Me – The Jogo Project
- One for Pops – The Jogo Project
Jazz lovers come from far and wide to enjoy this festival. So if you want to sink into the sounds of those blues notes and get swept away by creative jazzy improvisors, the Roselyn Jazz Fest will feel like home.
Quarter Fest in Arlington
Arlington’s Quarter Fest has all the features of a great nightlife! The concert starts at 8 pm with a wide variety of local performers. What bands might you see at Quarter Fest? Here are just a few:
- Go Go Gadget
- The Sidleys
- Justin Jones
- Popstar Drive
- Aztec Sun
So get your dancing shoes on and get ready to groove to some new sounds! Right next door to the concert is the pop-up Street Pub. Craft beer, wine, cocktails? Pick your poison and enjoy some local-made drinks.
Are you a foodie? Then don’t skip the Quarterfest Crawl. If you’re feeling food-adventurous, you can sample foods from a wide variety of restaurants and cultures.
Arlington Brings the Fun!
So if you have little ones, they’ll love the Arlington County Fair. Jazz lovers will enjoy the great soulful music they’ll discover at the Rosslyn Jazz Fest. And if you just need to kick back and relax, Quarter Fest is where it’s at. And these are just a few of the fun and exciting events Arlington has to offer.
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