So much going on in the Arlington area this weekend!  From truck petting to food tasting, there is sure to be something fun for your family to get into.

Saturday, May 21st

Neighborhood Day

All day Saturday @ Many Arlington neighborhoods

Many neighborhoods in Arlington will be celebrating Neighborhood Day.  From cleaning up their neighborhood to yard sales to family fun fairs, Neighborhood Day brings neighbors together and gives people a way to get to know each other.  For more info check out this post.

Truck Petting Zoo

9am – 11am @ Central Library, Arlington

There will be a fire engine from the Arlington Fire Department, a street sweeper, garbage truck and dump truck from the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, a concrete mixer from Vulcan Materials, a gas operations vehicle from Washington Gas, Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART Bus, and a motorcycle and police cruiser from the Arlington Police Department.  Vehicle operators will be on hand to explain how the various vehicles do their jobs.  They will be blocking off the back parking lot to make room for the trucks, so park in the garage or the small side parking lot. The closest metro stop is Virginia Square.

Turtle Trot 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

10am – 1pm @ Bluemont Park, Arlington

Come for the inaugural Turtle Trot 5K at Bluemont Park to support Long Branch Nature Center and local wildlife.  After the 5k kids can participate in a run of their own.  Be sure to also catch some “REAL” turtle races and visit a variety of educational booths, activities, and exhibits!  Funds raised will go to support local turtles by paying for the veterinary services for injured turtles, medications, animal care, and educational programming. For information: 703-228-6535. Come check it out the festivities (and new Bluemont Park) even if you aren’t running!

Turtle Walk

10am – 11:30pm @ Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, Alexandria

Bring the little ones to learn about a very special creature, the Eastern Box Turtle.  You will learn all about the life of these small, yet fascinating, reptiles and go on a hike to look for turtles.  This program features a cute turtle craft.  Register before class, and cost is $4.

Family Storytime and Craft–Shirlington

10:30am – 11:30am @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Come for family storytime, and a fun craft for children of all ages. Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

Lyon Park Annual Spring Fair and Big Wheel Grand Prix

11am – 3pm @ Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington

The event will feature many typical carnival/fair games like ring toss, duck pond,, guess the number, bean bag toss, and many more.  In addition to the game booths, the fair will also have pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, and live bluegrass music.  carnival games, pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, food and drink concession stands, and live bluegrass music.  After the fair, from 3pm – 4pm, the third annual Lyon Park Big Wheel Grand Prix will be held.  Children and adults will race plastic “big wheel” tricycles to raise money for the community center’s upcoming renovation.

Wild Side Wagon Ride
12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm @ Huntley Meadows, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot.  Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies, and waterfowl, and stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meets at the South King’s Highway entrance to the park. Register online. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.  Cost is $6, and is for families with children ages 4 and up.
Click here for more info.

Spies and Scouts of the Civil War: Family Festival

2pm – 5pm @ Carlyle House, Alexandria

Once the site of one of the city’s largest hospitals, Carlyle House, played an important role in the conflict.  Carlyle House will host the Civil War Spies and Scouts Family Festival as part of “Life in Civil War Alexandria: A 150th Commemorative Event” that will take place simultaneously at Alexandria’s Market Square, across the street from the Carlyle House.  Families and children of all ages are invited to join in on the action through a variety of free crafts and activities. Decode a secret message, try on a disguise, participate in a scavenger hunt and more!  Learn about Frank Stringfellow, who pretended to be a dentist to spy on Union soldiers in Alexandria, or Sarah Emma Edmonds, who dressed as a man, served as a soldier, and crossed enemy lines. For more information about this event please contact Carlyle House at 703-549-2997 or e-mail

Calvary School Wine Tasting

4pm – 6pm @ Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington

Come for a tasting of outstanding wines, guided by John Brooks, one of only 24 expert wine connoisseurs certified by Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, and Kevin Zraly, the world’s most famous wine educator.  It is a wine tasting event for the Calvary School Scholarship Fund. It will be held on Saturday, May 21st. from 4:00-6:00 pm. on the new third floor of the Crystal City Sports Pub. The tickets are $35 per person.  Individuals interested can contact Elizabeth Mailander at or call 703.920.3013.  As an added bonus, this event will be held in conjunction with the Parents Afternoon Out at Calvary Children’s School. Professional teaching staff will provide childcare from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm. Cost is $15 for one child; $25 for two. Please contact Beth Posey at to sign-up your child/children.

Cinema Del Ray- Despicable Me

7pm – 10pm @ Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria

Bring family, neighbors and friends to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center to view Despicable Me. Activities begin at 7 pm, movies begin at dusk.  This is a free event!  Contact Jen Walker at 703.675.1566 for more information.

Sunday, May 21st 

Taste of Arlington 

12pm – 5pm @ Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall, Arlington

A wide variety of Arlington’s favorite eateries will be participating including: Jaleo, Willow, Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream and Lebanese Taverna.  It will be a fun-filled day with singing and dancing performances by local artists, street performers, and children’s activities like a moonbounce, face painting, and a craft area.  Tickets are $20/online for eight tastes; $25/door. Tickets are on sale online or call 703-528-3527.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

You are invited to tea with Miss Spider, Miss Ladybug, and other wildlife friends celebrating spring in the forest. Come dressed as your favorite insect or spider and make your antennae here. Enjoy a sit-down tea party, stories and activities as they combine learning with fun. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  For children ages 4 and up.  Cost is $15 per child.

Click here to register.

Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd

Joint Service Open House and Air Show

8am – 5pm @ Andrews Air Force Base

Come see the amazing Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, and other exciting aerial and ground attractions.  Admission is free!