Events

Apr
4
Sat
[Cancelled] A Saturday Morning Stroll in Bluemont @ Bluemont Capital Bikeshare Station
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

March 17, 2020: Our team has been closely monitoring the public health recommendations about COVID-19  and has decided to cancel this event. Your wellbeing is important to us, and practicing social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus at this timeFollow us @WalkArlington on social media to stay updated on the rescheduled date for this event and for information about future events, walking tips, and more.

Join WalkArlington and Walk Virginia for a stroll through the neighborhood of Bluemont, featuring parks, trails, and a thriving retail core.

About this Event

National Walking Week is April 1-7, and what better way to celebrate than with a relaxing Saturday-morning stroll in Bluemont, recently named the best place to live in Arlington by Niche.com. WalkArlington and Walk Virginia are teaming up to lead this three-mile, guided ramble that will take us through Bluemont’s unrivaled network of trails and parks, not to mention its thriving retail core, which is home to small shops and several restaurants. We’ll finish at Lacey Woods Park, a favorite neighborhood spot that has places to sit, an open field, a basketball court, and a great playground. Bring your lunch or a snack if you want to enjoy an optional picnic in the park with us afterwards.

Registration

This event is free, but registration is required. Bring a lunch or snack if you want to picnic with us afterwards at Lacey Woods Park. Safeway Grocery is located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the park if you want to purchase something to eat.

This event will take place, rain or shine.

Getting to the Event

This event will take place in Bluemont, a neighborhood in Arlington that is served by Metrorail and Metrobus, ART bus, multi-use trails, car-sharing, and Capital Bikeshare. The walk will start at the Capital Bikeshare Station on the corner of Wilson Blvd. and North George Mason Drive. Use Car Free Near Me to check out your transportation options.

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

More

Walk Virginia (aka Virginia Volkssport Association) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3, inclusive recreation program and an advocate for fitness for all generations and abilities. Every October, it hosts the world-class US FreedomWalk Festival, which draws athletes of all ages and abilities from around the world and the United States for three days of non-competitive, social walks and a bike event throughout Arlington and Washington, D.C.

This event is cohosted by WalkArlington and Walk Virginia.

Jun
4
Thu
Virtual Book Club: Take “A Walk in the Woods” with us! @ Online
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

If the stay-at-home order has significantly upped your reading time, consider joining us for our new virtual book club. We’ll be reading Bill Bryson’s funny and endearing memoir of his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, “A Walk in the Woods.” Now more than ever, many of us would enjoy cozying up with a familiar good book that makes us laugh!

To participate, simply order a copy of the book online if you don’t already have one and register here on Eventbrite. Registration opens on Tuesday, April 21.

As the date of the online event gets closer, you’ll receive information on how to participate.

This is an informal opportunity to connect with other Arlington, Va., residents who like reading and walking/hiking.

If you’re feeling festive, make yourself a special appetizer and enjoy a favorite drink while we chat!

Oct
26
Tue
Spooky Arlington Halloween Walk @ Jackson Street
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a spooky Halloween walk! We’ll go out after dark to check out Jackson Street in Ashton Heights, Arlington’s most famous street for Halloween decorating, and a few other nearby gems. Let’s get in our steps and have fun! We’ll meet at Clarendon Metro and end at Northside Social coffee shop and wine bar for some optional social time.

Dec
9
Thu
Balaclavas and Baklava: Virtual Craft Workshop @ Zoom
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our annual Balaclavas and Baklava winter event where we get ready for cold-weather activities by making our own fleece ear warmers, neck gaiters, and balaclavas. NEW this year: A virtual craft night and a chance to show off your gear at a walk or a bike ride.

Virtual Craft Workshop

Thursday December 9, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom
This year we’ll be inviting folks to join us virtually on Thursday December 9 in creating winter headgear from the comfort of your own home via Zoom.
Wondering what you’ll need? List provided at the bottom of this section.

Bike Ride or Walk

Saturday December 11, 1 -2:00 p.m. at Crystal City Water Park
As a tandem to our virtual craft night we’ll be hosting a winter bike ride and winter walk where makers can come out and join us in-person to showcase and use their newly made balaclavas along with any winter gear used for biking and walking in colder weather.

Contact us at info@bikearlington.com with any questions.

Dec
11
Sat
Balaclavas and Baklava: Bike Ride or Walk @ Crystal City Water Park
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for our annual Balaclavas and Baklava winter event where we get ready for cold-weather activities by making our own fleece ear warmers, neck gaiters, and balaclavas. NEW this year: A virtual craft night and a chance to show off your gear at a walk or a bike ride.

Virtual Craft Workshop

Thursday December 9, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom
This year we’ll be inviting folks to join us virtually on Thursday December 9 in creating winter headgear from the comfort of your own home via Zoom.
Wondering what you’ll need? List provided at the bottom of this section.

Bike Ride or Walk

Saturday December 11, 1 -2:00 p.m. at Crystal City Water Park
As a tandem to our virtual craft night we’ll be hosting a winter bike ride and winter walk where makers can come out and join us in-person to showcase and use their newly made balaclavas along with any winter gear used for biking and walking in colder weather.

Contact us at info@bikearlington.com with any questions.

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.

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.

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

WalkArlington & BikeArlington partner to clean up a part of the W&OD Trail on Saturday, July 9. 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.