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Phoenix Derby
The Crystal City Phoenix Derby is a unique cycling event that combines speed and high-energy fun in a cool urban environment while showcasing the D.C. region’s only youth-oriented bike nonprofit organization. We invite riders of all abilities to test their skills on our race course designed and built in an underground parking garage. The Crystal City Phoenix Derby features a variety of race formats including a non-competitive open course ride, a head-to-head stationary sprint race, team relays, and a special kid’s course. Register today.

Outdoor Zumba
The Courtyard at 2121 Crystal Drive starts to heat up on Wednesday, April 29th with the first outdoor Zumba class of the the season. 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. Classes begins at 12:00p and are run through September 30th. Come out and join the party!

Sparket: A Creative Market
The eclectic and colorful shopping experience of Eastern Market returns to Crystal City on Wednesday, April 29th 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 through November 25th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 1900 Crystal Drive.

Everything Esmonde
Everything Esmonde will be open at Food Truck Thursdays for bike service every other week beginning on April 30th. If you need a bike repair or simply a tune-up, walk-ups are welcome! You can also schedule an appointment by emailing

Bulb Blitz
May 1st - 9:30am - 2121 Crystal Drive - the Bulb Blitz invites area residents and workers to dig in on the fun of removing the thousands of tulip bulbs along Crystal City Drive in preparation for the Spring seasonal 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.

Bike to Work Week
May 11th through 15th - 7:00am to 9:00am - Friday, May 15th is National Bike to Work Day! 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. The 100 riders that show up the most number of mornings during pit stop hours, will receive a free, Crystal Ride Cycling Jersey!

The Air Force Association Cycling Classic
The Air Force Association Cycling Classic Challenge Ride, proudly brought to you by The Boeing Company, is back in Crystal City on Sunday June 14th! 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!

Monday Morning Yoga
Crystal City’s FREE Monday Morning Yoga classes kick off next week on April 27th! Amateur and seasoned yogis can join professional instructors from Mind Your Body Oasis and flex their way into the week with Monday Morning Meditation and 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.

Crystal City FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Spark Fresh and shop at the popular FRESHFARMS Market. Enjoy products 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. Celebrate the return of the FRESHFARMS market with a beer and wine garden serving refreshing drinks. The market is every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at 1900 Crystal Drive. On the first Tuesday of every month, the market will have a beer/wine garden featuring products from local breweries/wineries.

Food Truck Thursdays
Arrive hungry and Spark Scrumptious at Food Truck Thursdays from 11 AM to 2 PM! The food trucks gather in the parking lot on Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets. Some of the area’s favorite trucks including Doug the Food Dude, Kafta Mania, Willie's Po Boys, and Curbside Cupcake will be onsite offering delicious food for lunch. Actual truck schedules are subject to change so be sure to follow your favorites.

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 to read the latest update.

Tortoise and Hare's Annual Crawfish Boil
Tortoise and Hare's annual crawfish boil is May 30th! Get your early bird tickets now at All you can eat crawfish, jambalaya, gumbo and gator! Direct from the bayou to you! Call or email with questions and see you here all week every week for more specials, live music, trivia and sports.

CrossFit South Arlington
CrossFit South Arlington, conveniently located in the heart of Crystal City, is THE spot for you to get fit this year. We offer group classes daily that combine cardio and strength, and teach you how to push yourself through workouts safely and efficiently. If you’re looking to trim down, tone up and have fun while doing it, what are you waiting for? Click here to reserve a spot for your FREE session today.

Synetic Theater: A Tale of Two Cities
What happens if you put together an aspiring drag queen and a crying baby? Discover for yourself on the stage of Synetic Theater this Spring, when Company Member Alex Mills stars in A Tale of Two Cities, directed by Serge Seiden. Originally performed Off-Broadway to rave reviews by Everett Quinton, this irreverent comedy tells the story of a drag queen named Jerry who finds the baby at his door! To calm the child down, he enacts the entirety of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities – playing all the characters himself! The show runs from May 13th to June 21st. Tickets on sale now!

Bourbon Night at Bell20
Sip, sample and kick off the new bourbon movement at Bell20 American Tavern. Come Tuesday, April 28th to indulge in an impressive array of oak-aged American spirits served neat, in a cocktail or a flight. Pair your drink with a new delectable menu starring New York strip steaks and Maryland crab cakes. Lounge in the Greatroom as you raise a glass in one of Crystal City’s local bars. RSVP by emailing

Mother's Day Brunch at Cinnabar
Brunch as good as Mom would make. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Hyatt Regency Crystal City on Sunday, May 10th from 11am to 230pm in our Cinnabar Restaurant. For reservations please call 703.418.1234.

National Walk@Lunch Day
Arlington Transportation Partners will be hosting the 4th annual National Walk@Lunch Day on April 29th, 2015 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm! They will be hosting a pit stop at the Crystal City Water Park at 1750 Crystal Drive. Be sure to stop by to receive your free gift bag, enter to win raffle prizes (like a FitBit!) and pick up fun giveaways from local vendors and restaurants! You can sign up here.

Kids Create at the 296 Project
"Kids Create" - which is held once per month (5/16) on a Saturday from 10:00 am – Noon allows children between 4 and 10 years of age to get a little messy while working with their hands to create something with a patriotic theme to either keep or potentially send to a service member overseas. Healthy snacks and beverages are always served. Click here to register.

Painting Uncorked
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 pm – 8:30 pm. The next sessions are on Thursdays, 5/23, and 6/18. Click here for more information.

Cocktails and Clay at the 296 Project
"Cocktails and Clay" which is for patrons 21 years and older is an opportunity for service members and civilians alike to hang out in a stress free environment while sipping cocktails (or non-alcoholic beverages) and working with ceramics. “Cocktails and Clay” is also once/month and is available on 5/20.

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