Events

Feb
16
Wed
Full Moon Walk with Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium @ Bluemont Park
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Full Moon Walk with Friends of Arlington's David M. Brown Planetarium @ Bluemont Park

Join WalkArlington and Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium

for a full-moon walk led by Jennifer Bartlett, a professional astronomer with the U.S. Naval Academy and an Arlington resident.

Departing from the ranger station in Bluemont Park, Dr. Bartlett will lead us on an out-and-back walk along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail as we observe the sun setting and the full moon rising. She will explain the diminishing light as we pass through twilight and tell us a bit about how the moon waxes and wanes through its different phases. By the end of the walk, the moon will have fully risen and we will be able to look at craters and other features with binoculars under Dr. Bartlett’s guidance.

Dr. Bartlett will happily target portions of this walk and her explanations to children, so kids are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Note: There are TWO sessions of this walk, one that starts at 5:30 p.m. and one that starts at 7:30 p.m. When you register, please choose which instance you would like to attend.

What to bring: WalkArlington will provide lanterns and flashlights since we will be walking in the dark. If you have your own flashlights, feel free to bring them. Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium can loan some binoculars, but you are also encouraged to bring your own. WalkArlington will also provide free hot beverages (tea, hot chocolate) you can take with you as we embark on this winter walk.

Getting there: The exact meetup point is at the Bluemont Park Ranger Station near the tennis courts. Bluemont Park is located at 601 N. Manchester St., about 1 ½ miles from the Ballston Metro. You can take Metro, bus, or use active transportation (walking, biking, bikeshare) to get to this walk. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to the park from the Ballston Metro. Alternatively, you can take several buses from Ballston to reach the park, including the 25B, the 1A, and the 75. Visit Car-Free Near Me (carfreenearme.com) to figure out the best route.

Feb
22
Tue
Swedish Coffee Break & Walk @ Ballston
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Experience this Swedish tradition right here in Arlington with WalkArlington. Join us for a Fika! In Sweden, Fika is a beloved workday ritual. It’s all about slowing down, relaxing with your colleagues, and enjoying some good food, coffee, and conversation.

You have two options, one at 11 a.m. and one at 3 p.m.—which will be preceded by an invigorating, 30-minute walk around Ballston. We love Ballston because it’s a great neighborhood that is easy to get around on foot, whether you’re running errands or commuting. After our walk, we’ll return to the park to have hot drinks and classic doughnuts courtesy of Good Company Doughnuts & Café before heading back to the office.

Getting here: Ballston is easily accessible by Metro, bus, or active transportation (walking, biking, bikeshare). The walk will start at Welburn Square, which is located between N Taylor St and N Stuart Street, south of the Ballston Metro exit. Visit Car-Free Near Me (carfreenearme.com) to figure out the best route.

What to bring: We recommend dressing in comfortable walking shoes and warm layers.

Mar
11
Fri
Photo Walk with Visual Artist Angela B. Pan @ Rosslyn
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Photo Walk with Visual Artist Angela B. Pan @ Rosslyn

Join WalkArlington for a photowalk in Rosslyn with Photographer Angela B. Pan. We’ll explore this vibrant urban neighborhood and some interesting spots nearby while Angela guides us on taking better photos with our cell phones.
Voted “Best Visual Artist in Washington, D.C.” by the Washington City Paper two years in a row, Angela B. Pan has had her images of Washington, D.C., published in the Washington Post, The White House Historical Association, and more. Her work has been featured in local galleries and publications of Apple, Lionsgate, and several luxury hotels. Her book, “Snap DC, Your Guide to Taking Extraordinary Photos of the National Mall and Beyond…” is the essential guide to photographing the nation’s capital. Her work may also been seen on postcards and 8″x10” prints sold at the National Mall’s book stores.

Getting here: Rosslyn is easily accessible by Metro, bus, or active transportation (walking, biking, bikeshare). The walk will start at Central Place Plaza, which is located at the Rosslyn Metro exits. Visit Car-Free Near Me (carfreenearme.com) to figure out the best route.

What to bring: A fully charged cell phone (or camera, if you’ve got one). We recommend dressing in comfortable walking shoes and warm layers.

Apr
23
Sat
Celebrate Trails Day: Cleanup on the W&OD Trail @ Washington & Old Dominion Trail Trailhead (Mile 1.5) at Columbia Pike
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join WalkArlington and BikeArlington on Celebrate Trails Day Saturday, April 13 to clean up on one of our favorite trails in Arlington—the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail).

We’ll focus on picking up the litter and trash that gathers in the vegetation near the side of the trail. Refreshments, water, and some fun giveaways will be provided as a thank-you to all who come out for the cleanup.

Spread the word and invite your friends to celebrate trails using #CelebrateTrails on social media.

WHAT TO KNOW

This event is free, but registration is required. This event will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, we will reschedule for a future date.

Bring your own tools:
• Gloves
• Trash Pickers or Grabbers
• Sun protection

Trash bags will be available onsite. A limited supply of gloves, trash pickers, and grabbers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. The area has a lot of vegetation, so pants are recommended.

GETTING THERE

The cleanup will begin and end on the W&OD Trail at Mile 1.5, which is the trailhead just at Columbia Pike. We’ll work our way half a mile up the trail toward S. George Mason Drive. This location is served by transit, multi-use trails, and Capital Bikeshare. Use Car Free Near Me to check out your transportation options.

Contact WalkArlington at info@walkarlington.com with any questions.

May
25
Wed
Walk & Learn: Street Design with a Transportation Engineer @ Rosslyn
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

WalkArlington presents a summer series of walk and learn opportunities to engage with some of Arlington’s experts and cool people.

On this walk, Dan Nabors, transportation engineer, will demonstrate how planning and engineering influence your everyday experience and enjoyment of sidewalks, land use, and street connectivity.

Dan Nabors is the Assistant Bureau Chief for Arlington County’s Transportation Engineering and Operations Bureau and a dynamic speaker who explains complex topics simply and clearly (we’ve seen him in action before!) so come ready to have fun and learn. He’ll be joined by staff from the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID), who have collaborated with him on several recent projects.

NEED TO KNOW

Free cold drinks will be provided at the start of the walk courtesy of WalkArlington.

MEET US THERE

Look for our group near the Rosslyn Metro exit on Central Place Plaza. We’ll be near the McDonald’s and the Rosslyn Farmers Market.

Jun
19
Sun
Juneteenth Black Heritage Walk
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am



WalkArlington in partnership with Columbia Pike Partnership and the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington presents Juneteenth Black Heritage Walk.

Discover Black history in Arlington on a walk to honor Juneteenth led by Craig Syphax, a board member and former president of the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington and a member of the well-known Syphax family.
This 1 hour and 30-minute walk will take place along the Pike and will include a guided walk with stops at St. John’s Baptist Church, Freedman’s Village Bridge, and more. Along the route, Craig will discuss the history of some of these significant sites, in addition to his family’s deep-rooted history in and around Arlington. The walk will end at Pike Park to enjoy musician Rick Franklin performing roots music at the farmers market.

NEED TO KNOW

We’ll meet outside near the back of the church to avoid blocking the sidewalk. So, when you arrive, please head to the corner near the chuch’s front entrance, Columbia Pike & S. Scott St., and look for us there.

Jul
23
Sat
WalkArlington and BikeArlington Present Bring a Friend W&OD Trail Cleanup @ Washington & Old Dominion Trail, Across from Barcroft Community Center
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

DUE TO A HIGH CHANCE OF RAIN, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY, JULY 23, 9 A.M.-NOON.

WalkArlington & BikeArlington partner to clean up a part of the W&OD Trail on Saturday, July 23. We will make our way down the W&OD, starting near the Barcroft Community Center, setting up our tent on the W&OD Trail at the intersection of a small road named “Barcroft Center” and Four Mile Run Drive. We will pick up trash that accumulates alongside the trail. We will provide trash bags, gloves, trash pickers, drinks and some snacks. We will also have Bike and Walk giveaways.

We will build on the work we did on Celebrate Trails Day, when we cleaned up another section of the W&OD trail.

Aug
19
Fri
The Electric Ride at the Arlington County Fair @ Thomas Jefferson Community Center
Aug 19 – Aug 21 all-day

WalkArlington and BikeArlington Presents The Electric Ride Experience

Test ride an innovative personal vehicle, including e-bikes, cargo bikes, e-scooters, and more at the Arlington County Fair. Enter into our raffle just for giving the devices a try.

We will be on-site at the basketball courts to provide a comfortable, guided experience for your test ride, and to answer any questions you have.

Aug
23
Tue
2-Mile Walk with WalkArlington in partnership with NOVA Running Club
Aug 23 all-day

WalkArlington partners with NOVA Running Club for their annual 5K race and 2-mile walk in Bluemont Park. The running club welcomes participants of all abilities, so you do not have to consider yourself “fast” if you register as a runner.

Come out to enjoy a low-key run or walk, grab some giveaways and connect with us!