On Saturday, May 12, neighborhoods across Arlington will organize events ranging from picnics to sporting events. A beloved Arlington tradition, Neighborhood Day brings communities together to enjoy the great outdoors (or indoors) and strengthens ties between neighbors.
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Hall’s Hill/High View Park
- High View Park Neighborhood Day Event: From 1-5 p.m. at High View Park, join the community for a day of family, fitness and fun! Activities will include Zumba, games, music, food trucks and lots more! Dogs are invited too! View the event flyer for details.
- Hidden History Tour of Maywood: At noon, celebrate Arlington’s Neighborhood Day by taking a walk through Maywood. We will learn about the neighborhood’s roots as a trolley suburb, visit the homes and stores that helped the community thrive, and listen to tales of what it was like to live here over the years based on oral histories from the neighbors themselves. Click here to learn more and RSVP.
- Tuckahoe Elementary Home & Garden Tour: From noon-5 p.m., enjoy this self-guided tour that begins at Tuckahoe Elementary School and continues through the Arlington community, showcases up to eight newly-renovated homes and as many as three beautiful gardens. This event is the primary fundraiser for the Tuckahoe Elementary School Discovery Schoolyard. Tickets are $25 in advance (purchase online); $30 at Tuckahoe Elementary School the day of the event. Details here.
- BIPEDAL SOUNDSCAPES by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden, an Arlington Art Truck project: From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Courthouse Road at the corner of 15th Street N, ride a stationary bicycle and activate a sound sculpture by DC area artists Emily Francisco and Alex Braden. The pedaling powers a five-tiered turntable that houses custom vinyl records with distinct Arlington sounds. Visitors will control the speed of the turntables by operating — or riding — the bicycle, allowing riders to dictate the way the piece is experienced. Community partners Phoenix Bikes and/or Bike Arlington will be riding along with us. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about Phoenix Bikes’ nonprofit youth bike education program and their upcoming new space on Columbia Pike at the Arlington Mill Community Center. This activation date with the Arlington Art Truck is in collaboration with Courthouse 2.0.
- Champion Trees Bike Ride: From 10 a.m.-noon, marvel at some of Arlington’s most spectacular trees on this leisurely ride over mostly level, paved pathways, while stopping at points of natural and environmental interest along the way. The route will pass by Arlington County and Virginia state champion trees. Bring your own bike, water, snacks, and repair kit. Meet at Caboose at Bluemont Junction Park. Free; registration required. Teens ages 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Details and registration information here.
- Civil War Camp Day: From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Walter Reed Community Center grounds, enjoy this free event to learn more about the Civil War in Northern Virginia. Union Civil War reenactors will be on site demonstrating how soldiers camped and trained in Arlington during the war. Visitors can learn authentic military drill and also have their photographs taken in period military uniforms. The event recognizes the 157th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln ordering Union troops into Arlington on May 24th, 1861 to defend Washington, D.C. During the Civil War tens of thousands of northern soldiers manned the “Arlington Line” a series of fortifications and camps that stretched from Rosslyn to the Pentagon.
- Family Strategy Gaming: From 1-3 p.m. at Central Library, join Arlington Public Library and NOVA Boardgame Group for an afternoon of fun board games. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to participate. No registration required. Details here.
- Festival Argentino: Starting at 2 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, sample the best of Argentina at the 31st Annual Argentine Festival. All are invited to taste and experience this popular community festival, featuring the work of international and local artists, performers, soccer family and craftspeople, food and activities. Tickets are $20 in advance; $30 at the event. Purchase tickets and view event details here.
- Intro to Bike Repair: From 10:30 a.m.-noon, learn the “A-B-C” bike check and stop by for basic repairs, such as fixing flat tires with Phoenix Bikes. Event will be set up in front of the Shirlington Branch Library on the plaza. If there is inclement weather the event will be held in the Campbell Room. No registration required. All ages. Details here.
- Music and Dance of Halau O’Aulani: From 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Columbia Pike Branch Library, join Halau O’Aulani for an interactive performance of traditional Hawaiian dance, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Details here.
- R.I.P. – Remove Invasive Plants: Want to restore habitat and increase species diversity right here in Arlington? This monthly work party for May lands on Neighborhood Day will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center. This program is making a real difference, with the return of ferns and wildflowers, and the animals that depend on them, in areas once covered in destructive invasive plants. Help make it happen! Details here.
- Second Saturday Crafternoon Workshop: Love crafting (for free)? We need your stamp of approval before we can learn about printmaking. Join a Second Saturday Crafternoon Workshop Fairlington Community Center Art Studio. Drop-in anytime 1:30-3:30 p.m. Come Create With Us and take home your masterpiece the same day. All ages are welcome but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Details here.
- Streetlight Field Demonstration – Walking Tour: From 8-9:30 p.m. starting at Arlington Career Center, join us for a streetlight field demonstration to learn more about the streetlight technology and different products under consideration as part of Arlington County’s Streetlight Management Plan. New LED streetlights were temporarily installed for testing and evaluation. Come learn more about the lights and management plan on our guided walking tour (approximately 1 mile). Tour highlights include:
- Overview of streetlight basics
- Examples of residential streetlights
- Demonstration of the streetlight dimming schedule
- Information on the Streetlight Management Plan and next steps
County staff will also be available to answer any questions. A comment form will be available to share your input and thoughts. The tour will leave promptly at 8 p.m. so please arrive 10-15 minutes early. The tour will end by 9:30 p.m. RSVP required. RSVP here. Event details here.
- Summer Fiesta Families Unplugged in the Kitchen: Come Cook With Us! Join us from 10 a.m.-noon, Walter Reed Community Center for a Families Unplugged in the Kitchen cooking fiesta celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the upcoming summer season. Our expert Nutritionist will guide you and your family through healthy recipes that you will get to create and taste including baked black bean taquitos, Mexican street corn and homemade guacamole. $8 per person. Ages 5+. Details and registration information here.
- Turtle Trot 5K Race: Annual chip-timed race on a certified course. Check in at 9 a.m.; Race starts at 10 a.m. Meet at the lower Bluemont Park Picnic Shelter, North 4th Street Entrance. Adults $30; Kids 12 and under $15. Registration required. Details and registration information here.
- Trail Mapping: From 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, kids can make their own map of the trails in Glencarlyn Park using compasses, landmarks and pacing skills while we traverse our way across the different habitats of the park. We’ll also use our printed trail maps to cheat a little. Ages 8-12. Free. Registration required. Details and registration information here.
- Walk for the Animals: Lace up your shoes, leash up your pup, and get ready to Walk for the Animals! From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Animal Welfare League of Arlington, join more than 600 local animal lovers and their canine companions for the annual Walk for the Animals. The event benefits AWLA’s shelter animals and supports the services and programs they provide to the Arlington community. Since the first Walk more than 20 years ago, this event has become AWLA’s biggest fundraiser. Tickets are $35 per person. Registration and event details here.
- World Migratory Bird Day Festival: Tiny hummingbirds and fierce osprey are all migrating back from South America. From 9-11 a.m. at Lacey Woods Park, come learn about these and other fabulous flyers with hands-on activities, games, crafts, bird-friendly coffee for sale and more! Free pair of pocket binoculars for the first 50 families who arrive at the event! Details here.
For more information about how to get involved in Neighborhood Day, email Laura Barragan at email@example.com.