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5K Fridays
2121 Crystal Drive
Fridays in April - 6:30 PM
Don't miss the last race of the series! Every Friday in April, Crystal City hosts this popular evening race where you can hit the pavement after work and head to dinner or a local watering hole after crossing the finish line. Click here to register. Note that road closures will be modified this week to accommodate the 4/17 opening of the dedicated transitway lanes. Updated information will be posted at www.crystalcity.org as soon as it has been finalized.

Floral Frenzy: Bulb Blitz
2121 Crystal Drive Courtyard
Friday, May 6 - Digging begins at 9:30 AM
The Bulb Blitz invites area residents and workers to dig in on the fun of removing the hundreds of tulip bulbs along Crystal Drive in preparation for the Summer plantings. Typically discarded after a single season of blooming, these high quality bulbs will continue to bloom for many years. Gardeners can take the bulbs home and save them for the opportune time to plant them.

Art Blooms in Crystal City
Multiple Locations
Friday, May 6 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Colorful new artwork is blooming around Crystal City this spring – both inside and out. To celebrate, the Crystal City Business Improvement District is hosting an Arts Open House complete with meet the artist gatherings, exhibition openings, music, and a return of the massive outdoor painting party at the Crystal Wynwood Mural with ArtJamz. Click here for more information, and here for a walking map that shows the best route to catch everything.

Bike to Work Week
Crystal City Water Park - Across from 1750 Crystal Drive
May 16 to 20, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
For our 6th year, the Crystal City BID is challenging area commuters to take the Bike to Work Week (BTWW) Challenge and ride to work every day of week. Riders that show up each morning during pit stop hours, will receive snacks, coffee, and a different prize each day. Sign up for BTWW here, and don’t forget to also sign up for National Bike to Work Day here.

The Air Force Association Cycling Classic
2121 Crystal Drive
Sunday, June 12 - 7:00 AM
The Air Force Association Cycling Classic Challenge Ride, proudly brought to you by The Boeing Company, is back in Crystal City on Sunday June 12th! The Challenge Ride is an amateur, non-competitive, participatory ride, open to cyclists of all abilities. All participants will start and end in Crystal City. The ride will be held on a closed, 15km circuit in and around the Pentagon, Crystal City and the Air Force Memorial. Register today!

Crystal Car: Father's Day Auto Festival
220 20th Street South
Sunday, June 19 - 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Celebrate this Father’s Day in style amongst heavy machinery and horsepower at Crystal Car: Father's Day Auto Festival. The day will feature a variety of exciting automobile categories including innovative electric vehicles, area sports car auto clubs, classic muscle cars, and a beer garden hosted by the Washington Wine Academy. Do you have a vehicle you want to show off? Register it today.

The Crystal City - Potomac Yard Transitway
The Crystal City - Potomac Yard Transitway is now officially open! Get up to speed on all of the new rules, especially the dedicated period along Crystal Drive and new bus stop locations.

Monday Morning Yoga
Crystal City Water Park - 1750 Crystal Drive
Returns Monday, May 2 - 7:00 AM
Amateur and seasoned yogis can join professional instructors from Mind Your Body Oasis and flex their way into the week with Monday Morning Yoga in the Crystal City Water Park across from 1750 Crystal Drive. In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held inside at Mind Your Body Oasis.

Fotowalk Underground: Exposed DC
Art Underground
April to September
The Exposed DC Photography Show is an annual photography contest and exhibition that showcases life in the Washington, D.C. metro area by people who work, live, and love here. Exposed DC turned 10 this year, so they’re celebrating a decade of local photography with this selection of our favorite images from the last decade.

FRESHFARM Market
1900 Crystal Drive
Tuesdays, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The popular FRESHFARM Market takes place every Tuesday on Crystal Drive. Shop from 20 local farmers and producers with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, container plants and herbs, farm-raised eggs, all-natural meats, artisan baked goods, specialty foods and much more.

Outdoor Zumba
2121 Crystal Drive
Returns Wednesday, May 4 - 12:00 PM
The Courtyard at 2121 Crystal Drive starts to heat up on Wednesdays with outdoor Zumba. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Come out and join the party!

Sparket: A Creative Market
1900 Crystal Drive
Returns Wednesday, May 4 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The eclectic and colorful shopping experience of Eastern Market returns to 1900 Crystal Drive with Sparket – A Creative Market for a Spring Market from May to June. Featuring a diverse mix of arts, crafts, handmade jewelry, accessories, bath and beauty products and other local, handcrafted products as well as live-music and select food products, Sparket aims to provide a new lunchtime attraction for area workers, hotel guests, and residents.

Food Truck Thursdays
1900 Crystal Drive
Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The food trucks gather in the parking lots at 1900 Crystal Drive. Some of the area’s favorite trucks will be onsite offering a great mix of delicious food for lunch. Actual truck schedules are subject to change so be sure to follow your favorites. The 12th Street location will return once construction is finished in the parking lot.

Mobile Bike Repair
1900 Crystal Drive
Thursdays, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please note, Mobile Bike Repair will NOT be in Crystal City this Thursday, April 28th. The program will resume next week.

The weekly Mobile Bike Repair station will be open at Food Truck Thursdays for bike service. If you need a bike repair or simply a tune-up, show up onsite where walk-ups are welcome. You can also schedule an appointment by emailing roman@districtwrench.com.

Crystal City Construction Updates
Pardon our dust as we continue to transform! Get the latest on Crystal City area transit and roadway construction projects on the Crystal City/Pentagon City Construction Update page. You can also sign-up directly for updates from Arlington County. Click here for the latest update.

Sunset Ping Pong
The Park @ 2121 Crystal Drive
Every Wednesday in April
Come play Berlin-style ping pong outdoors while the sun sets. In this group version of the classic table tennis game, meet some new people while getting a little competitive in pursuit of the weekly and tournament prize. Sign-up online to be eligible for prizes.

Operation Rain Barrel People's Choice Fundraiser
Operation Rain Barrel is a creative project that combines science and art. It started in 2012 through a special partnership between George Mason University and Arlington Public Schools. Students learn about rain barrels and environmental sustainability then plan, design and paint the rain barrels. The Crystal City BID is pleased to sponsor the rain barrel for Oakridge Elementary. Vote for your favorite today! The finished works of art, which are fully functioning rain barrels, will be displayed and sold via silent auction at Go Gaga For Green -- a community Earth Day celebration at Mason's Arlington Campus on Saturday, April 30, 5-8 PM.

Founder Fireside with Allen Gannett of TrackMaven
WeWork Crystal City
Tuesday, April 26th ~ 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join WeWork and the Crystal City BID for a Founders Fireside chat with Allen Gannett, founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a SaaS competitive intelligence platform. To date, TrackMaven has raised more than $14 million in capital from New Enterprise Associates and Bowery Capital, among others. Register online today.

Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters Club
April 27th ~ Noon
Bloomberg BNA - 1801 S. Bell Street
Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters invites you to join us for our Open House at noon, April 27th. Enjoy a sample meeting where our Toastmasters walk through the parts of a meeting for you. Meet the members and learn more about what Toastmasters can do for your career. The Open House will be located in the Bloomberg BNA offices at 1801 S. Bell Drive. Come and see for yourself if Toastmasters is right for you. Please RSVP by April 26th at officers-8666@toastmastersclubs.org.

Bachata Nights
Thursday April 28 ~ 7:00 to 10:00pm
The Park @ 2121 Crystal Drive
Feel the spring and move with Bachata Nights under the Chandelier at the Park @ 2121 Crystal Drive. Learn how to dance Bachata-style for free by registering via Facebook. Music will be provided by DJ Emersive playing the best of Bachata, Salsa, and Kizomba.

Cabi Hack Night
WeWork Crystal City
Thursday, April 28th ~ 6:00pm CaBi Hack Night is a show & tell of apps and data visualizations about Capital Bikeshare. Join Mobility Lab and WeWork for the fifth edition. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and soft drinks, with speakers starting at 6:30. Stay tuned to @techiesdc for updates. Our hashtag is#cabihacknight. Event is free, but please register online.

Detox & Retox at the Pub
Crystal City Sports Pub
Every Sunday in May, June & July ~ 10:30am
It's back! Starting May 1st, Eat Yoga Drink and the Crystal City Sports Pub bring you an hour long, all-levels vinyasa flow on the 3rd floor of the Pub, followed by drinks at the bar. The $15 registration fee includes the yoga class and your first drink of choice (beer or wine.) BYO mat and get ready to flow and have fun! Click here to register.

Gallery Underground Exhibition Opening - Road Trip
Gallery Underground - 2100 Crystal Drive
Friday, May 6 ~ 5:00pm to 8:00pm
The Gallery Underground will be holding an opening for “Road Trip,” a national show juried by artist Michael Francis. Winning pieces will portray the subject of a road trip - literally, figuratively, and metaphorically; scenes from the road, trips imagined, solo or group journeys in all manner of transportation. Beer, wine and refreshments will be served.

ArtJamz in the Street
1900 Crystal Drive
May 6, 7, and 8 (view available times)
Calling all street art and mural lovers! ArtJamz is returning to Crystal City in May for a weekend of painting, drinking, socializing, and creative expression in front of the colorful Crystal Wynwood Murals. Hit the street and get creative for a special discounted weekend of outdoor painting inspired by the colorful Crystal Wynwood mural. For only $25, you receive 1.5HRS of studio time, pizza, beer and wine, painting materials, and tips and guidance from art-trained creative enablers. That’s right – pizza, wine and beer is included. For a more family-friendly affair, come to our Sunday All Ages Jamz in the same location. $15 and includes kid-friendly drinks. Reserve your easel today!

Arlington's Small Business Summit
The Spectrum Theatre - 1611 North Kent Street
Friday, May 6 ~ 7:30am to Noon
Fostering entrepreneurship is the key to building a successful business community. Join Arlington County and the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union on May 6 as we celebrate and honor our local small businesses. “Open for Business” will offer FREE “Business Express Clinics,” one-on-one scheduled appointments with experts in areas including law, finance and business development. An “InfoExpo” will provide access to information about regulatory requirements, available resources, certifications and much more. The “Feedback Booth” will provide businesses an opportunity to share their experiences and thoughts to help Arlington improve its ability to best meet the needs of our small business community. Participation is free so register online today.

Mother’s Day with Legal Sea Foods
Legal Sea Foods
May 8
Head to Legal Sea Foods for Mother's Day and enjoy their full menu as well as seasonal specials.

New District Brewing Company Beer & Bacon Dinner
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse - 2231 Crystal Drive
Wednesday, May 18 ~ 6:30pm
Ruth's Chris in Arlington has teamed up with the brand new, New District Brewing Company on a fantastic Beer & Bacon Dinner! Come out and enjoy a 5-course dinner featuring fantastic beers and a culinary treat. Seats are $70 per person, prior to tax & gratuity. A credit card number is required to reserve your seats, so that our Chef can order and prepare properly. For reservations, please call 703-979-7275 or email salesarlington@ruthschris.com.

Painting Uncorked
Gallery Underground - 2100 Crystal Drive
Thursday, May 19 ~ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Create a piece of art while sipping wine! No experience required. This 2-hour class will result in an original piece of art you can take home and enjoy. Created by YOU! Artwork and instructor to be announced. Fee covers wine and all materials. Come with your friends and uncork your hidden artist! Must be 21 years of age or over to participate. Sign up today!

DMV2go
1900 Crystal Drive
Thursdays, June 2, August 4 & November 3, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
DMV2Go is a handicapped-accessible full service office-on-wheels that is equipped to process all DMV transactions including: apply for or renew your ID card - available for adults and children, apply for or renew your driver's license, get a copy of your driving record, apply for certified copies of Virginia birth certificates, get fishing and hunting licenses, and much more!

Free Paper Shredding
Every First Saturday
County Earth Products Yard - 4300 29th Street S.
Looking for somewhere to securely shred your sensitive documents? Look no further; Arlington County hosts a free shredding event every first Saturday in Shirlington. Details available online.


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