About Taste of Arlington

The Ballston Business Improvement District’s 30th AnnualTaste of Arlington is the largest food+beer+music+kids+dog festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington’s food scene and attracting nearly 50,000 people.   The exciting and highly anticipated festival transforms downtown Ballston into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages.  Taste of Arlington is located along Wilson Boulevard from N. Randolph Street to N. Monroe Street. The hours are from noon to 6pm on Sunday, May 21st.


  • More than 50 of Arlington’s best restaurants and food trucks will serve up their specialties at this year’s event
  • The KidZone and BarkPark will be combined at Oakland Park into a Family Zone
  • Tickets will be purchased to enter the festival. You will need to purchase tickets for beer & wine and kidzone games. You can spend as much or as little as you like on food samples which are paid using cash or credit card directly with the food vendor
  • The festival is moving closer to the Virginia Square metro station on Wilson Boulevard so you may want to come and go from this stop

Tickets will be available at the following fee schedule:

  • Before May 1st - $5 entry fee
  • After May 1st to May 20th - $10 entry fee
  • May 21st - $15 entry fee

Entry to the enclosed pop-up dog park is $10 and includes a free beverage ticket and dog Taste bandana.  

Restaurants and food trucks will be offering tastes ranging from $1-$5 (cash and credit card sales). We recommend bringing cash, most restaurants will take credit card, not all will. There will be a number of ATMs on site.

Taste of Arlington is a rain or shine event; all ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Taste of Arlington Gives Back with BallstonGives

Taste of Arlington is a signature event of  BallstonGives, the Ballson BID's charitable arm.  BallstonGives is funded through sponsorships and ticket sales to programs and events like Taste of Arlington.

Since 2012 the charity beneficiary of Taste of Arlington has been the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).  AFAC has gleaned non-perishable food items from Taste of Arlington and over $60,000 has been contributed to the organization from the event’s ticket sales.  A portion of each ticket sold this year will once again be contributed to AFAC.  AFAC is a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to approximately 2,200 Arlington families in need each week.

Event Schedule

Noon        Taste of Arlington opens

5pm          Announcement of the Best of the Best Winners 

5:45pm     Beer + Wine bars close

6pm          Taste of Arlington concludes