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Vintage Crystal: Sip and Salsa
Sunday September 14th - 2:00pm to 6:00pm - 220 20th Street - Sip and Salsa brings delicious wines from Spain, Portugal, and Argentina together with food tastes from restaurants in Crystal City and the region. Live Latin jazz and salsa dancing and lessons round out the action for an affordable afternoon outdoors. Tickets cost $25 at the door, and $20 online, and include all wine and food tastes. $10 designated driver tickets are available and include all food tastes. Click here to buy tickets.

Tech Cocktail
September 9th and 23rd - 2231 Crystal Drive, 10th Floor - Tech Cocktail Mixers are like networking events except fun, like a party, except business-oriented, and like a startup pitch series, except informal and face-paced. The result is a one-of-a-kind experience that makes for the perfect evening for entrepreneurs, investors, tech enthusiasts, and fun seekers alike. Click here for more info, and don't miss out on early-bird tickets.

Vintage Crystal: Wine in the Water Park
Every Friday in September - 6:00pm to 10:00pm - Crystal City Water Park - Vintage Crystal’s “Wine in the Water Park” combines sips and sounds to create an ambient outdoor event featuring interesting wine varietals and great music in the neighborhood’s signature Crystal City Water Park.

Vintage Crystal: Pups and Pilsners
Fly solo or bring Fido to the Pups and Pilsners outdoor beer festival in Crystal City on Sunday, September 21st from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This dog-friendly festival features a massive beer garden with multiple stations. Get updates about the event at

September 19th - 21st - Let’s ArtJamz Crystal City! ArtJamz, America’s original public art studio and lounge, is headed back to Crystal City. To make matters even more jamming, the specially-priced $20 ArtJamz Crystal City sessions include wine, beer, pizza, and a live Dj in addition to all of our regular ArtJamming goodness. There will also be a $10 all-ages family friendly session as well. Click here for tickets to Friday and Saturday, and here for Sunday tickets.

Car-Free Day in Crystal City
September 22nd - 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Crystal City Water Park - Join us and the rest of the DC Metropolitan Area for part of a worldwide movement to celebrate more sustainable forms of transportation on Car Free Day - Monday September 22. Go Car Free or Car-Lite and make a difference by bicycling, walking, teleworking, carpooling or taking transit. The Crystal City BID will be setup in the Crystal City Water Park giving out coffee and snacks for those going Car Free for the day. Participants can take the pledge even if you're already using these transportation alternatives..

Vintage Crystal: Blues and Brews
September 24th - 5:00pm to 8:00pm - What better way to end the stressful month than to chill out over live music and beer? Come to Blues & Brews on 2121 Crystal Drive and enjoy beverages from the Beer Garden, not to mention drinks hand-selected by experts at Crystal City’s Washington Wine Academy and Crystal City Wine Shop.

Monday Morning Yoga
Mondays through September 29th - 7:00am - Crystal City Water Park - Join Mind Your Body Oasis for free yoga in the Crystal City Water Park at 7:00am on Monday mornings from May through September.

FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Tuesdays - Through November 25th - 3pm to 7pm - Get your fresh fruits, vegetables and more at the Crystal City FRESHFARM Market, located on Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets.

Sparket: A Creative Market
Wednesdays - 11:00am to 2:00pm - 1900 Crystal Drive - The eclectic and colorful shopping experience of Eastern Market returns to Crystal City with Sparket – A Creative Market. 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. Sparket will be open every Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Outdoor Zumba
Wednesdays through September 24 - Noon - Join the Crystal City BID, Sport and Health fitness club, and Vornado/Charles E. Smith for free Zumba in the courtyard of 2121 Crystal Drive. 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

Fashion and Food Truck Thursday
Thursdays - Get your lunchtime Food Truck fix at Food Truck Thursday. Actual truck schedules are subject to change so be sure to follow your favorites. The Crystal City BID has a new partnership with DC Fashion Truck Tour that brings our successful pop-up clothing shop and fashion show, the Crystal Couture Show and Sale, outside onto the sidewalk of Crystal Drive. The emerging evolution of the mobile vending industry brings fully functional stores on wheels, complete with inventory, dressing room, and friendly staff, directly to their customers’ neighborhoods.

Everything Esmonde
Thursday, September 18th - 18th & Crystal Drive - Everything Esmonde will be open for bike service every other Thursday through October 30th.  If you need a bike repair or simply a tune-up, walk-ups are welcome! You can also schedule an appointment by emailing ?or calling 202-657-2316.  

Workshops at Mind Your Body Oasis
Mind Your Body Oasis has new workshops coming up. The most popular workshop of the summer returns! Every weekend in September, join the team at Mind Your Body Oasis for stand up paddleboard workshops at Pohick Bay Park. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot. Then deepen your yoga practice with the Integrated Yoga Anatomy Workshop exploring the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Learn more and register here.

Catch the Steelers at Tortoise and Hare
We know you're ready for some football, and so is Tortoise and Hare! Hop in and catch all the college and pro games this week and all season long. They are THE area's home of the Pittsburgh Steelers so come and join the fun with fellow black and gold fans! Great food, drinks, and fans make this the place to enjoy all the games!

Tsunami Masters Swim: Fun, Fitness & The Pool at Crystal Park Sport & Health
Tsunami Masters is the perfect training program for anyone 18+ who loves the swimming lifestyle, regardless of experience or fitness level. Our certified US Masters Swimming Coaches will help you achieve your fitness goals! Our Masters program is perfect for all swim levels. Whether you're a former competitive swimmer missing the team environment, a high level triathlete looking to be pushed, or simply want to incorporate swimming into your fitness routine, we have a lane for you! you don't need to be a great swimmer - Tsunami Masters will get you there! Members and non-members welcome. E-Mail Melissa Hauer, Aquatics Director, for information:

Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters
Achieve your public-speaking and leadership goals! The Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters will help you. Just come to 1801 South Bell Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22202, and meet them in the First Floor Conference Center. Non-BNA employees are welcome to attend and join. Click here for more information.

Pottery Painting with Glazed Over Workshop
September 10th - 6:30pm - Join TechShop for an opportunity to paint your very own pottery collection, brought to you by Glazed Over! Glazed Over is a paint your own pottery Studio To Go located in Washington, D.C. The best part about Glazed over is that they will bring the party to TechShop. Click here for more information and to register.

Oyster Festival
September 17 through October 14 - Legal Sea Foods - Four weeks of oyster happy hour and menu features at Legal Sea Foods that are guaranteed to give you mollusk mania.

Schakolad Day
September 18 - You are invited to Schakolad Day, an all day chocolate celebration, to toast our success as the premiere local European style handmade chocolate store. Dip delicious delectables into our cascading chocolate fountain and sample our signature chocolates.

Painting Uncorked
Thursdays, September 25, October 23, and November 20 - Gallery Underground - Create a piece of art while sipping wine! No experience required. Taught by Studio Underground artist Justyne Fischer, these 2-hour classes will result in an original piece of art you can take home and enjoy. Created by YOU! 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. Class is 2 hours from 6:30 – 8:30. Tickets now available!

September Classes at TechShop
It's a new month! View TechShop's line-up of classes available throughout September. It's the perfect way to pick up a new hobby, new work skill, or just try something new.

The Island of Dr. Moreau
October 1 - November 2 - Synetic Theater - Synetic Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili will direct and appear as the title character in H.G. Wells’ mystical and savage story. Sometime in the future, a shipwrecked survivor is rescued to a remote island inhabited by the deranged Dr. Moreau and his “children” – experimental human-like animals or animal-like humans. This highly physical and immersive tale set to original and haunting music will create an intriguing and horrifying world to remember. Tickets on sale now!

Arlington County Fun Ride
The annual Arlington Fun Ride will be on Saturday, October 4th. The family-friendly bike ride is a scenic 17 mile route taking you on the paved multi-use trails that make up the Arlington Loop. The ride starts and finishes in Crystal City. Register online.

Calvary Methodist Church's Annual Bazaar
October 18th - Calvary Methodist Church - 10:00am to 2:00pm - Shop, eat lunch, and enjoy atCalvary Methodist Church's annual bazaar. They will have kids activites, as well is items such as jewelry, books, handmade items, toys, and more.

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