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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:
March 20 – April 14: 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.
April 13 – 14: 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.
April 25: 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.
May 11: 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.
May 18 – 19: Arlington’s culinary scene comes to life in Ballston at Quarterfest. Enjoy local bites from food trucks, join in on the restaurant crawl to sample local dishes, belly up to the pop-up street bar for beer and wine. This food festival also serves up a free, outdoor concert all weekend long.
May 24 – 27: Memorial Day and the weekend preceding it are alive with activity in Arlington. Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally 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 Flasg 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.
May 31 – June 9: 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.
June 1 – 2: 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.
June 15: 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.
To find out what else is happening in Arlington, check out our events page.
Author: Talia Salem