How to Get to the Arlington County Fair – 2014

July 31, 2014

The Arlington County Fair, one of the largest free events on the East Coast has been a tradition for more than 35 years. Over 50,000 people will come to the Fair this year, which runs from August 6 through August 10th, to enjoy competitive exhibits, midway rides and games, entertainment, vendors, racing piglets, and more.

Each year, Thomas Jefferson Community Center is transformed into a special place with something for everyone to see. Admission is free, and shuttle service is provided from locations throughout Arlington. A $2 round-trip shuttle fee is collected upon arrival at the fairgrounds. Children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over ride for free.

Parking is prohibited, making shuttle buses, bicycling and ART the most convenient ways to travel to the Fair at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, on 2nd Street South between South Irving Street and South Old Glebe Road.

Starting 3 minutes before the Fair opens, shuttles will run every 30 minutes from the Ballston Metro (Orange Line), the Arlington Career Center, Pentagon City Metro, and the I-66 parking garage. The last shuttle will leave the fairgrounds approximately 30 minutes after the Fair’s outdoor closing time each night.

ART 41 makes several stops along Columbia Pike and goes to Ballston Common Mall and the Court House and Clarendon Metro stations. Southbound: Get off at S. Glebe Road & 2nd Street South; northbound riders should get off at S. Glebe Road at 1st Road South.

And Metrobus 10B operates between Ballston Metro and Hunting Point via Shirlington, with a convenient stop at the Fair at South Glebe Road and South 2nd Street

Bicycling to the Fair is another good option. Use google maps to find your best route. Check out the County Fair website to learn more about bicycle rack and bike valet locations.

For everything you need to know about this year’s Arlington County Fair, and complete walk, bike, shuttle and public transportation information, visit

And during the Fair, be sure to stop by the Car-Free Diet tent and Mobile Commuter Store. Spin the Transit Trivia Wheel for a chance to win some fun prizes and find out more information on how to get around Arlington by walking, biking and using transit.

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Local Arlington County Bus Service – ART
Virginia Railway Express
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