Your Guide to Spring Events in Arlington, Virginia

Spring is a magical time to visit Arlington and the United States capital region, when everything seems to come to life. 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

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20 – April 12: The Cherry Blossom Festival is the region’s premier spring event, with parades, parties, concerts and other events rolled into one three-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.*

*Due to the concerns surrounding coronavirus, some of the larger events of this year's festival have had to postpone or cancel; however, the cherry blossoms will be at their spectacular best. Please check the official National Cherry Blossom Festival page for the most up to date information on event postponements and cancellations.

Rosslyn Reads Books Festival - CANCELLED

April 23: Book lovers and avid readers take over Central Place Plaza for the Rosslyn Reads Book Festival. Browse thousands of used books, CDs, and DVDs (prices range from $1 to $8 plus taxes), proceeds support a youth education nonprofit.

Arlington Festival of the Arts - POSTPONED

April 25 – 26: The 7th annual Arlington Festival of the Arts will feature 150 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.

Rosslyn Reads Book Festival
Rosslyn Reads Book Festival

May Events

Festival Argentino - POSTPONED (until Fall 2020)

May 16: Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of Argentina at the Festival Argentino. This long-running cultural festival has a packed line up of singers and dancers, as well as Argentine food and regional artisans.

Memorial Day and Rolling to Remember

May 22 – 25: Memorial Day and the weekend preceding it are 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 USA.

Capital Pride Celebration

June 5 – 14: A weeklong tribute to LGBTQ equality and human rights, the Capital Pride Celebration is one of the largest events of its kind in the USA. The festivities include a parade, festival, block party, and brunch, as well as Capital Trans Pride and other pride events earlier in the month.

Armed Forces Cycling Classic

May 30 - 31: 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.

Rolling to Remember
Rolling Thunder

June Events

Capital Pride Celebration

June 5 – 14: A weeklong tribute to LGBTQ equality and human rights, the Capital Pride Celebration is one of the largest events of its kind in the USA. The festivities include a parade, festival, block party, and brunch, as well as Capital Trans Pride and other pride events earlier in the month.

Columbia Pike Blues Festival

The 24th 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.

Armed Forces Cycling Classic
Armed Forces Cycling Classic

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

Author: Talia Salem