The Arlington County Fair is one of the largest free events on the East Coast and has been providing quality entertainment for over 40 years. In recent years, attendance has reached over 84,000 as people come from Arlington, Northern Virginia, and the DC Metro region to enjoy competitive exhibits, midway rides and games, entertainment, vendors, and more. Each year Thomas Jefferson Community Center is transformed into a special place with something for everyone to see. Admission is free, there is a cost for some activities.
The Arlington County Fair is a non-profit volunteer-driven organization that embraces a diverse community by educating, entertaining, and showcasing the best of Arlington.
The Arlington County Fair is the premier community-wide event that effectively provides a range of educational and entertaining activities for people of all ages.
History of the Fair
Just minutes from the nation’s Capitol and the White House, the Arlington County Fair is an “urban fair” focused on educating, entertaining, and showcasing the best of Arlington.
The first Arlington County Fair took place in the summer of 1977 and came about from the Arlington Community Garden Program and 4-H, whose members wanted a way to show what they were growing and making. That first Fair had no midway and no rides, but was focused on exhibits, competitions, educational displays and games for kids.
Arlington County Fair is the premier community-wide event that provides a range of educational and entertaining activities for people of all ages. Admission is free; specific programming including rides, games and other activities are fee-based.
Who We Are
The Arlington County Fair Board is a working board made up of individuals dedicated to planning and executing the Arlington County Fair every year. The Arlington County Fair Board is made up of members who live across Arlington and in surrounding areas who are committed to showcasing the best of Arlington.
Meet our Executive Team
Barbi is the Chair of the Arlington County Fair Board of Directors and loves everything about the Fair from goat yoga to the Competitive Exhibits and the carnival rides to the candied apples!
A board member since 2018, Jane is the Board Secretary and Chair of the Indoor Vendors committee. She lives and works in Arlington and has been taking her kids to the Fair since 2004.