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Here in the nation’s capital, it’s usually political races that take center stage. But for one week in mid-August, a stone’s throw from America’s political epicenter, a different sort of competition elicits squeals. And oinks. Piglet races!
Small but mighty, the Arlington County Fair attracts 70,000 people annually for competitive exhibits showcasing local talent, midway rides and games, live outdoor music and vendors. Did we mention the racing piglets?
One of the largest free events on the East Coast, the fair has been providing quality entertainment for over 40 years. Each year, Arlington’s Thomas Jefferson Community Center is transformed into a special place with something for people of all ages to experience. Favorite fair traditions range from pony rides and carnival games to giant lemonades, funnel cakes and deep-fried pickles.
Find a spot up close on the racing track when the Hollywood Hogs All-Star Racing Team performs! Awkward, cuddly and cute piglets scramble down the track during multiple races each day the fair is open.
There are also plenty of new happenings in 2018:
For more 2018 Arlington County Fair highlights, check out the full schedule of events.
Shuttle services, public transit, walking and biking are your best bets for getting to the fair. There is no public parking on site. For detailed information on shuttles, public transit, free valet bike parking and other transportation options, check out the Getting Here page on the Arlington County Fair website.
Find more great events to enjoy during your capital area stay on the StayArlington event calendar.