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Your Guide to 2022 Spring Events in Arlington, Virginia

Spring is a magical time to visit Arlington and the United States capital region. Everything seems to come to life each spring; flowers bloom, locals run and bike outside, events and festivals abound. Take advantage of the temperate weather and join the outdoor festivities spanning from spring and art festivals to Memorial Day and LGBTQ Pride celebrations. We have gathered up some of the area’s top spring happenings for you to consider:

April Events

1. National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20 – April 17

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the region’s premier spring event, with parades, parties, concerts, and other events rolled into one four-week festival that paints the area pink. In addition to Cherry Blossom watching and events on the National Mall, the capital’s bars and restaurants create festive pink-hued and spring menu items to celebrate the season.

As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the National Landing BID will be hosting an Enchanted Rhapsody; starlit night dancing to live music performed by the Edgewood String Quartet to welcome in the bliss of springtime and the beauty of the cherry blossoms.

Santé, a new addition to Pentagon City's restaurant lineup, is offering Japanese Cherry Blossom-inspired tea sandwiches, pastries, warm scones, and a selection of luxury loose-leaf teas every weekend starting March 19 through April 16 from 12-3 p.m.

2. Earth Day Every Day

April 24

Earth Day Every Day is a day-long community event celebrating Earth Day hosted by the Langston Boulevard Alliance. There will be family fun and educational activities, Climate Change related art events, live music, great food, and a sustainable art market. Stop by for a day of fun!

3. Arlington Festival of the Arts

April 23 – 24

The 8th annual Arlington Festival of the Arts will feature fine artists showcasing glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry, and pottery on Washington Blvd. Grab lunch or dinner at one of Clarendon’s delicious restaurants and make a day of it.

May Events

4. 35th Annual Festival Argentino

May 21

Celebrate Argentine Day this spring with this lively event featuring live music and dance performances, authentic food, kids' activities and more.  

The one-day event is a colorful, fun, and food-filled celebration of Argentine and Interamerican Cultures. View art crafts and exhibits, listen to a variety of fabulous music and watch skilled dancers perform Tango and traditional Argentine dances. 

A man in a suit and woman in red dress dancing the tango together in Arlington VA
Tango Dancers - Marina Marcelo & Marina Bellani

5. Memorial Day & Rolling to Remember

May 27-30

Memorial Day Weekend is alive with activity in Arlington. Rolling to Remember roars into Arlington and D.C. with its ride for freedom honoring Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs). The largest U.S. parade of its kind, the National Memorial Day Parade honors veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Listen to the National Memorial Day Concert, observe the Flags In tradition at Arlington National Cemetery, run in a 5K race, and visit the numerous memorials that honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to the U.S.

Group of motorcyclists riding down the streets of Washington D.C. at the Rolling to Remember event
Rolling to Remember

June Events

6. Armed Forces Cycling Classic

June 4 - 5

Armed Forces Cycling Classic is the region’s premier cycling event and attracts top cyclists. Spanning the weekend, the multi-race classic is open to riders with all abilities and spectators.

Group of winners standing on podium holding medals at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic in Arlington, VA
Armed Forces Cycling Classic

7. Capital Pride Celebration

June 3-12

The Capital Pride Celebration in June, one of the largest events held in Washington, D.C., includes a parade, festival and concert. This year, the Capital Pride Alliance is excited to announce the highly anticipated return of the annual, large-scale outdoor Pride Celebration this year!

Large group watching performers at the Pride concert in Arlington VA credit Ted Eytan
2019 Pride Concert (Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan/

8. Columbia Pike Blues Festival

June 18

The 25th annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival brings some of the top Blues performers to Arlington. The outdoors festival is free of charge and features local food, and arts & crafts vendors.

To find out what else is happening in Arlington, check out our events page.

Author: Talia Salem