FAQs

When is Taste of Arlington®?

Sunday, May 15, 2016 from Noon to 6:00PM, rain or shine.

Where is Taste of Arlington®?

Wilson Boulevard from Glebe Road to N Pollard Street, a portion of N. Randolph Street and along N. Stuart Street to 9th Street. Parking is available all day at the Ballston Public Parking Garage adjacent to the Ballston Common Mall, and the event is located off the Ballston-MU Metro station (Orange line).

How do I get there and where do I park?

Take the orange line to Ballston-MU Station and walk one block. If you drive you may park on area streets, inside Ballston Common Mall garage, or at a garage listed here. For more real time car free options visit our partner, Car-Free Diet's webpage.

Do I need tickets for the Taste of Arlington®?

There is no admission fee for the event. Tickets are needed to sample food, beverages and play certain games in the KidZone.

How can I purchase tickets for the Taste of Arlington®?

         General admission is free and ticket books prices are as follows:

         Before May 1:

  • Food & Drink Booklet (10 tastes per book): $30
  • KidZone Booklet (10 tickets per book)*: $15
  • Dog Park: $5
  • VIP Lounge: $60

         May 1-14:

  • Food & Drink Booklet (10 tastes per book): $35
  • KidZone Booklet (10 tickets per book)*: $20
  • Dog Park: $5
  • VIP Lounge: $65

         May 15:

  • Food & Drink Booklet (10 tastes per book): $40
  • KidZone Booklet (10 tickets per book)*: $25
  • Dog Park: $5
  • VIP Lounge: $75

       To receive a $5 discount on Taste booklets download BallstonConnect, the Ballston BID mobile app, on event day.

       *KidZone tickets can only be used in the KidZone area for kids games & activites.

Can I purchase the tickets online?

The Taste of Arlington® tickets are sold online and on the BallstonConnect Mobile App. Each booklet is comprised of a total of 10 Taste tickets. Once you purchase your tickets online, you will need to bring the confirmation email with you on the day of the event and go to one of two will call locations (located at the intersection of N. Stuart St and Wilson Blvd and near N Randolph St and Wilson Blvd) to pick up your tickets.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, the event is pet-friendly and there is a dedicated area for dog lovers in the BarkPark. Please remember to keep your pet leashed.

What if it rains?

The event will take place rain or shine.

How late is alcohol served?

Beer and wine sales will commence at Noon and will end at 5:45PM. However, Taste of Arlington® personnel, Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, and Arlington County Police Department reserve the right to discontinue service at any time to any person or persons.

Will there be entertainment at the event?

Yes there are two main stages at the event--one in the Beer & Wine Garden and the other near the VIP Lounge. Please visit the entertainment page for programs and schedules.

Who benefits from the Taste of Arlington®?

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlingtonians in need.

Can I bring outside food or beverage into the event?

No. The Health Code stipulated by Arlington County Environmental Health Bureau forbids outside food and beverages at the location of the event.  Bringing your own alcohol is strictly prohibited and may result in removal from the event.

Do you have a First-Aid area?

Yes,  Visit the First-Aid tent in the KidZone to receive help with minor injuries.  Please call 911 if it is a medical emergency.

Is Taste of Arlington® a "green" event?

Yes. In keeping with Arlington County’s initiative to be a sustainable community, Taste of Arlington® will offer recycling bins and has a recycling program in place.