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by ARLnow.com May 26, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

The Montana State Society’s annual Testicle Festival is returning to Virginia Square next week.

Featuring unlimited rocky mountain oysters, Crown Royal and beer (usually Budweiser), the event takes place at the American Legion post at 3445 Washington Blvd. This year, the “Testy Fest” is scheduled from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

Tickets for the event are $25 online or $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

As usual, organizers have used the choice of cuisine to take liberties with their write-up about the event. From the event page:

You’d be NUTS to miss this! The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 13th annual D.C. Testy Fest – “The Original Sack Lunch” – to be held from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 at the Arlington American Legion.

Last year over 600 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music provided by the Wil Gravatt Band and graze on all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters! Thirsty? Wash them down with a limitless supply of Crown Royal (A.K.A liquid courage) & beer – all for the bargain price of $25 bucks!

Our Rocky Mountain Oysters are prepared by legendary chef Frank McGraw, and shipped fresh from the Rock Creek Lodge in Western Montana. Not your ‘bag’? Don’t worry baby! We will have food trucks there selling delicious grub. Get there early, the first guests will also get a T-Shirt to forever memorialize the event.

Prepare to go Ballistic! For more information and to see all of your friends who are attending please visit our Facebook page for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/1832050013725803

by ARLnow.com April 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Testy-Fest-2016-Logo-FBThe ever-popular Montana State Society Testicle Festival is only two weeks away.

Now in its 12th year, the festival is taking place from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. As usual, it’s being held at the American Legion hall at 3445 Washington Blvd, in Virginia Square.

The event is, of course, all about the all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters, but for those who aren’t fans of “swinging beef” — also known as “cowboy caviar” or “Montana tendergroins” — there are other options thanks to food trucks that will be parked behind the hall. And then there’s the beer and Crown Royal.

Here’s how the pun masters at the Montana State Society are promoting their big day.

You’d be NUTS to miss this! The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 12th annual D.C. Testy Fest – “Members Only” – to be held from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at the Arlington American Legion.

Last year over 600 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music provided by the Wil Gravatt Band and graze on all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters! Thirsty? Wash them down with a limitless supply of Crown Royal (A.K.A liquid courage) & beer – all for the bargain price of $25 bucks! While the theme this year is “Members Only,” all are welcome at this great event.

Our Rocky Mountain Oysters are prepared by legendary chef Frank McGraw, and shipped fresh from the Rock Creek Lodge in Western Montana. Not your ‘bag’? Don’t worry baby! We will have food trucks there selling delicious grub. Get there early, the first guests will also get a T-Shirt to forever memorialize the event.

What: 12th Annual DC Testicle Festival “Members Only”
When: Saturday, May 14th 2016, 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Where: Arlington American Legion, 3445 N. Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA (metro accessible via Virginia Square or Clarendon stations)
TICKETS: $25 online OR $30 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2540264
**MUST BE 21+ years of age!

Prepare to go Ballistic! For more information and to see all of your friends who are attending please visit our Facebook page for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/104383383301895

by Ethan Rothstein May 28, 2014 at 11:00 am 6,575 0

Testicle Festival 2012 in Virginia SquareThe 10th annual Testicle Festival, a celebration revolving around Rocky Mountain Oysters and the state of Montana, will be held this Saturday evening in Arlington’s Virginia Square neighborhood.

Running from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 139 (3445 Washington Blvd), “Testy Fest” will feature all-you-can-eat fried bull testicles prepared by Frank McGraw, “Montana’s most famous ball chef,” according to the festival’s organizer, the Montana State Society.

Testicle Festival 2014 logoTickets for the festival are $25 online and $30 at the door. In addition to the “oysters,” beer and Crown Royal whiskey will be served and there will be live country music performed by the Wil Gravatt Band.

Attendees must be 21 years or older. The first 100 in the door will get a free Testicle Festival T-shirt with this year’s theme, “Nuttin’ Better.” T-shirts will also be available for purchase.

“You’d be NUTS to miss this!” organizers said of the event.

File photo (above)

by ARLnow.com April 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm 3,828 0

2013 Testicle Festival logoThe annual Montana State Society Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, better known as the Testicle Festival, has a regal new theme this year.

The event’s 2013 moniker: “A Royal Ball.”

Now in its 9th year, the Testicle Festival will again be held at the Arlington American Legion Post in Virginia Square (3445 N. Washington Blvd), from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. Attendees must be at least 21 year of age.

The price of admission will buy you “all the Rocky Mountain Oysters, beer and Crown Royal you can handle,” organizers say. Entertainment will be provided by the Will Gravatt Band, while the testicles will be fried by Frank McGraw, who’s billed as “Montana’s most famous ball chef.”

“Coming to us straight from the original Rocky Mountain Testy Fest at Rock Creek Lodge outside of Missoula, Frank’s tasty recipe has an authentic zest that helped set a record last year for most pounds consumed,” according to the Montana State Society website.

Last year festival-goers in Arlington consumed 110 pounds of bull and bison testicles, 84 liters of Crown Royal and 1,500 cans of beer. The 2012 theme was “Legends of the Ball.”

by Katie Pyzyk May 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm 12,241 38 Comments

(Updated at 4:15 p.m.) Exotic food lovers should enjoy an event taking place at the Arlington American Legion (3445 N. Washington Blvd) in Virginia Square on Saturday, May 19. The Montana State Society’s Eighth Annual Testicle Festival, dubbed “Legends of the Ball,” will be testing visitors’ gag reflexes.

The event lets attendees sample unlimited amounts of bull testicles, also called Rocky Mountain oysters. Like last year, there will be all-you-can-drink beer and Crown Royal to wash it down.

In a press release, organizers touted the event as a “unique western tradition.”

“While in D.C. people celebrate spring by posting pictures of cherry blossoms on Facebook, Montanans have a pretty unique tradition of our own,” said Montana State Society President Jed Link. “Spring is calving season out West, and that means something special in the pot come chow time.”

There will be live country music at the festival, which runs from 6:00-10:00 p.m. The first 200 people to arrive will also get a commemorative t-shirt.

Tickets can be purchased online for $25, or at the door for $30. Attendees must be at least 21.

by ARLnow.com June 13, 2011 at 9:22 am 13,912 38 Comments

About 500 people showed up at the American Legion post in Virginia Square on Saturday to chug beer, drink Crown Royal and sample bull testicles.

The Montana State Society’s 2011 Testicle Festival was a rousing success, said co-organizer Jed Link, who noted that last year’s event in the District — which lacked Crown Royal — only drew 200 attendees. Link also observed that the line for fried testicles was longer than ever.

Our photos from the event, for those who have already eaten their breakfast, are below.

by ARLnow.com June 10, 2011 at 9:32 am 8,810 27 Comments

More than 500 people are expected to show up at the Arlington American Legion post in Virginia Square (3445 Washington Blvd) this weekend to chow down on 60 pounds of “peeled, sliced and fried bull testicles.”

The seventh annual Montana State Society ‘Testicle Festival’ is being held from 6:00 to 10:00 Saturday night. A $20 ticket buys you “all the Crown Royal you can drink and all the balls you can eat,” as festival co-organizer Brittany Beauleiu told NBC Washington. There will also be all-you-can-drink beer and country music from the Wil Gravatt Band.

Also known as Rocky Mountain oysters or cowboy caviar, bull testicles are said to be chewy and taste like chicken.

The western delicacy might not be for everyone — but everybody has a price, right? How much would someone have to pay you to sample some bull baby makers?

Photo by Fernando Hartwig

by ARLnow.com May 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm 9,392 46 Comments

The Montana State Society’s Testicle Festival in Virginia Square was a rousing success this year.

Festival-goers consumed 110 pounds of bull and bison testicles, 84 liters of Crown Royal and 1,500 cans of beer this year, according to event organizer and Society president Jed Link. All three were records for the event, now in its eighth year.

Organizers estimate that nearly 600 people attended the Testicle Festival, which was held at the American Legion post at 3445 Washington Boulevard. Even though the event didn’t start until 6:00 on Saturday evening, Link said a line started to form at 4:30 p.m.

by ARLnow.com June 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm 1 Comment

Now in its 15th year, the Montana State Society’s Testicle Festival is returning for another year of all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain oysters in Virginia Square.

Tickets for the event, which also offers copious amounts of beer and Crown Royal with which to wash down the deep-fried bull nethers, are $25 online or $30 at the door.

As usual, the Montana group behind the event has a euphemistic title for this year’s edition: “The Baller Report.”

Testicle Festival will run from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at American Legion Post 139 (3445 N. Washington Blvd).

by Kalina Newman May 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Friday

Oz’s Summer Yappy Hour Kick-off
Oz Restaurant & Bar (2950 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 4-7 p.m.

While you enjoy food and drinks, your pets will enjoy treats provided by Kriser’s Natural Pet Store. The first 10 dogs to arrive will receive a complimentary toy and with the purchase of a happy hour special, you’ll be entered to win a gift basket.

Jay Chandrasekhar LIVE 
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2930 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Jay Chandrasekhar is an accomplished director, stand-up comic, comedy writer and actor. He’ll be live at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, performing comedy that has landed him as one of Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch.

Saturday

First Colombia Pike Summer Movie Night
Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8:25-10:25 p.m.

Come to Penrose Square for a blast from the past outdoors 80’s movie night. Hosted by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. In case of inclement weather check the Facebook page or the Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation.

E60 Fitness Grand Opening
E60 Fitness Arlington (1524 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Come tour the facility, meet trainers and enjoy fun, food and games at the E60 Fitness grand opening celebration. Vendors in attendance include Mighty Meals and Noble Nutrition and raffles will be held for prizes from Lululemon and Sweet Leaf.

13th Annual Testicle Festival *
Arlington American Legion Post 139 (3445 Washington Blvd)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

The Montana State Society hosts the 13th annual D.C. Testy Fest, “The Original Sack Lunch.” Live music will be provided by the Wil Gravatt Band. Wash down the food with a limitless supply of Crown Royal and beer. Tickets are $25.

39th Annual Leeway Overlee Community Day & Yard Sale *
Leeway Overlee Civic Association (601 22nd Street N.)
Time: 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

The community will be out in force to exchange information and greetings, sell unneeded household items and pick up a few bargains. The civic association has arranged live music for the event. Over 100 families set up tables for the festivities.

Culpepper Garden Springtime Party *
Culpepper Garden (4435 N. Pershing Drive)
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Culpepper Garden, Arlington’s only senior living community that boasts 340 apartments for those 62 and over, celebrates its affordable independent and assisted living at this festive fundraiser reception in their gardens.

Sunday

15th Annual Green Home and Garden Tour
Ball Seller’s House (5620 3rd Street S.)
Time: 1-5 p.m.

The Green Home and Garden Tour highlights participants from 18 homes that practice a variety of environmental actions such as energy efficient technologies, solar elements, water-saving technologies, and more.

Bark in the Park *
James Hunter Park (1229 N. Herndon Street)
Time: 3-6 p.m.

Join Clarendon Alliance and Clarendon Animal Care for the third annual Bark in the Park celebration with live music, BBQ by Smoking Kow and local pet-friendly businesses on hand. Bounce house, face-painting and balloons included.

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by ARLnow.com May 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

crystal_cityVolunteerism Celebration*
FRESHFARM Crystal City Market (1823-1965 Crystal Drive)
Time: 3-7 p.m.

Shop with local farmers, enjoy some delicious Cabot mac and cheese and learn about volunteer opportunities from local non-profits such as Capital Area Food Bank, United Way of the National Capital Area and Arena Stage.

Wednesday

2016 Democratic school board debateSchool Board Debate
Pike3400 (3400 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Debate among School Board candidate organized by the Pike Presidents’ Group and the Coalition of Arlingtonians for Responsible Development. Pizza will be served, kids are welcome and there’s free parking on the first level of the garage.

Friday

download-1Toastmasters Town Hall
Blackstone (1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 200)
Time: Noon-1 p.m.

Town hall event featuring Distinguished Toastmaster Ralph T. Jones, Jr. Participate in a demonstration meeting, learn about Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership programs and discover the benefits of membership.

JayChandLive Comedy: Jay Chandrasekhar
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The multi-talented Jay Chandrasekhar will perform four standup shows at the Drafthouse on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25. Best known for his roles in Super Troopers and Beerfest, Chandrasekhar is also a film and television director.

Saturday

Christian-and-Nina-Elliot-at-new-location-600x450Family Fitness Fun at TRUE Grand Opening!*
TRUE Health and Wholeness (1058 S. Walter Reed Drive)
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate a new, holistic approach to health at the grand opening of TRUE. Take a tour of the new gym and wellness center and sample local farm foods. Free massage and exercise classes, prizes, children’s activities and refreshments.

Tuckahoe-home-and-gardenTuckahoe Home & Garden Tour*
Tuckahoe Elementary School (6550 26th Street N.)
Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Come take a tour of recently renovated homes and gorgeous gardens in Arlington! This annual fundraiser supports the award-winning Discovery Schoolyard program at Tuckahoe Elementary School.

024aGeorge Washington’s Forest Guided History Walk
Ball-Sellers House (5620 Third Street S.)
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

In 1775, Washington bought 1200-acres in what is now Arlington. On this guided walking tour you’ll see the Ball-Sellers House (the oldest house in Arlington), visit survey markers used by Washington in 1785, see a Washington City boundary stone, and visit the site of a mill built by George Washington’s step-grandson.

Testy-Fest-2016-Logo-FB12th Annual Testicle Festival presented by the Montana State Society*
Arlington American Legion (3445 Washington Boulevard)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 12th annual D.C. Testy Fest. Last year over 600 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music provided by the Wil Gravatt Band and graze on all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters! Thirsty? Wash them down with a limitless supply of Crown Royal (A.K.A liquid courage) & beer – all for the bargain price of $25 bucks!

IBIS_Steps1Fire/Water: Music for Flute, Viola and Harp*
Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Fillmore Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

IBIS Chamber Music wraps up the season with a free concert at the Lyon Park Community Center. This season IBS has examined the “Four Elements” in music, and we complete our cycle with “Fire/Water: Music for Flute, Viola and Harp.”

Sunday

Taste of Arlington 2014 crowdsTaste of Arlington*
Wilson Blvd next to Ballston Common Mall (4238 Wilson Blvd)
Time: Noon-6 p.m.

The 29th annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages. Tickets are available online.

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