Arlington County has a wonderful infrastructure of rooms, fields, pools, pavilions, and recreation areas available for use by the public. To reserve a space, please contact the Facilities Scheduling Unit (703-228-1805) unless otherwise specified below.
Amusement Activities for Parties and Fairs
Have a moon bounce or other kiddy amusements at your next party or fair. The award-winning Arlington T.E.A.M. program not only supplies residents with great amusements at a great price, it also teaches local teens about running their own business, customer service and other skills to advance their employment options.
Birthday Parties at:
Gulf Branch Nature Center
Host your child's birthday party at Gulf Branch Nature Center! For children ages 4 and up, there is a birthday party package available. For younger children, the room may be rented at a reduced rate without a naturalist-led program. Please visit Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center for more information.
Long Branch Nature Center
Host your child's birthday party at Long Branch Nature Center! For children ages 4 and up, choose a theme: Snakes, Rabbits, Turtles, or Frogs. Please visit Long Branch Nature Center for more information or call us 703-228-6535.
Gymnastics Parties at Barcroft
Here's the perfect party for your birthday boy or girl (ages 5 to 12)! Includes age-appropriate gymnastics activities, such as an obstacle course, a tumble track, the foam pit and games.
You can guarantee a picnic shelter for your next event or party! There are 14 picnic shelters across the County that can be reserved for large private and corporate picnics. Picnic Shelters can be reserved starting the first Saturday in April through the Veterans Day Weekend (2nd weekend in November). Between November and March shelters are not reserved but can be used on a first-come first-served basis.
Stay active on an Arlington field! Apply for a permit to use Diamond (Softball/Baseball) Fields, Rectangular (Soccer/Football/Lacrosse/Rugby) Fields, Synthetic Turf Fields, as well as Basketball/Volleyball Courts and the Gunston Bubble.
Tennis courts in the following parks can be reserved online: Bluemont, Bon Air, Quincy, Virginia Highlands, Gunston, Greenbrier, Fort Scott, Jennie Dean, Glebe, Madison Manor, and Tuckahoe. Reservations for 1 hour (min) to 1.5 hours (max) in length can be made 1-14 days in advance. Read more information or instructions on reserving a court (PDF), or contact our Facilities Scheduling Office (703-228-1805). Reserve a court online or apply for a permit to reserve a Tennis Court.
Please note that any person or organization offering classes, clinics, or other instruction on on Arlington County tennis courts must have a current contract with Arlington County. Facility permits for such uses are not issued by the Facilities Scheduling Office. Please contact Megan Carney via email or at 703-228-1835 for more information.
Please note that any person or organization offering classes, clinics, or other instruction on or in Arlington County facilities must have a current contract with Arlington County.
Enjoy a turf field indoors! The Gunston Bubble is great for soccer, baseball and softball training, indoor soccer games and great parties when you combine the bubble with T.E.A.M. amusements.
Enhance the green space in Arlington with your very own garden. Residents can plant vegetables and flowers in these wonderful spaces for their own use. For information call 703-228-6426.
Artisphere has four venues for performances including concerts & plays: Ballroom up to 350 seated/499 standing (4000 sq. ft.) Stage dimensions 10'x20', Dome Theatre fixed theatre seating for 220 (2826 sq. ft.) Stage dimensions 565 sq. ft. 14'x28', Black Box Theatre flexible seating up to 125 (2600 sq. ft.), and the Spectrum Theatre fixed theatre seating for 387 (7000 sq.ft.) Stage dimensions 11'x36' (576 sq. ft.)
Weddings and Receptions
Fort C.F. Smith Park is a beautiful 19-acre site that includes a lush tree canopy, an open meadow, the lovely Hendry House and preserved earthworks of the Civil War fort built in 1863. For rental information call 703-243-7329 or email.
Community Center Rooms
Need a spot for a meeting, party or special event? Community Centers have rooms to fit a variety of needs and events.
Read the Special Events page for more information.