The Arlington Heights Community Association (AHCA), the Arlington Arts and Culture Commission, and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce will present their first Spring Fling Festival from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the Heights business district. The rain date is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 22.
It will include live music, children’s activities and more than 50 painted shop windows.
“Arlington is a vibrant city increasingly recognized for its arts, culture and environmental activism,” said organizer Janet O’Riordan. “People at the Highlands have been calling for more events and we are thrilled to respond to our first Spring Festival and showcase the incredible talent and energy in our community.”
Live music will be played outdoors and indoors. Featured musical guest, jazz guitarist Deborah Henson-Conant (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20QLp17m7Yw), an internationally touring musician based in Arlington, will perform at the head of a fire truck at Bus Depot Heights at 3: 30 pm
Other notable artists include Jeff Robinson, jazz and R&B on the sax, and Dave Harris on the trombone. acoustic guitarist Melika Fitzhog; and Scottish violinist Maggie MacPhail. Odaiko New England will give a final performance of Japanese Taiko drumming at D’Agostino’s parking lot at 4:30 p.m.
Free family entertainment will take place throughout the afternoon, including Touch-A-Truck hosted by Arlington Police and Fire Departments; “Badger Meets Fairies” by Margaret Moody Poppets; Children’s crafts with artist Tonya Griffikin; The arcade slot games are outdoors.
Visitors can admire over 50 spring-themed windows at 23 businesses, and are encouraged to support our business in Arlington by dining and shopping locally. From student-led full circle composting in high school to a swap shed, more than a dozen community organizations will host informational tables providing tips on what you can do to help promote a healthy and sustainable environment. Tables are located near the Heights Bus Depot, 1389 Mass Ave, and 1308-1312 Mass Ave (next to the Heights pub).
Meet the great horned owl Noala and Animal Controller Diane Welch at the Heights Bus Depot. Shop the Artists Pop-Up Store featuring works by four artists at the Roasted Granola Café. Enter other worlds at ACMi using floor-to-ceiling green screen technology at its professional television studio, 85 Park Ave. The Intelligent Labor and Moving of Beck Road company here in Arlington will be showcasing their electric powered moving truck at 1308 Mass Ave (next to the Heights pub). It’s the first commercial electric truck in Massachusetts and the world’s first mobile electric truck.
A pre-festival yoga warm-up will be held with Nicole Siegel at Wonder Yoga, 1305 Mass Ave. 1:30 p.m.,
Drop by D’Agostino’s Delicatessen, 1297 Mass Ave, for a free T-shirt starting at 9 a.m.
Visit www.arlcc.org for a complete list of participating organizations as well as a schedule and locations of all activities.
Volunteers are needed. Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/6t4n9jad.
Limited free parking is available at Arlington Coal and Lumber car park, 41 Park Ave.
This festival is free for all, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, sponsors Steve Safaris/Century 21/Adams, Julie Horvath/Century 21 Adams, Intelligent Labor and Moving, and Work Bar,
Del’s Lemonade, Arlington Arts and Culture Commission, and Arlington Heights Community Association.
The organizers also thank the town of Arlington for its participation and support; Roasted Granola Cafe, RepHAIRations and Wonder Yoga to support them; and Arlington Coal and Lumber and D’Agostino’s Delicatessen to loan their parking lots for the festival.