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.
- Annual 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 744 N Emerson Street, Arlington. Registration required. Teens ages 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. Details and registration information here.
- Summer Fiesta Families Unplugged in the Kitchen: Come Cook With Us! Join us from 10 a.m.-noon at 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
For more information about how to get involved in Neighborhood Day, email Laura Barragan at email@example.com.