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Bike to Work Week
This Week - 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!

Crystal Car: A Father's Day Auto Festival
Celebrate this Father’s Day in style amongst heavy machinery and horsepower at Crystal Car: A 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. The festival takes place on Sunday, June 21 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Do you have a vehicle you want to show off? Register it today!

Monday Morning Yoga
Crystal City’s FREE Monday Morning Yoga takes place every Monday morning at 7:00am. 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.

Outdoor Zumba
The Courtyard at 2121 Crystal Drive starts to heat up on Wednesdays with outdoor Zumba. 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 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. The next Everything Esmonde will be May 14th. If you need a bike repair or simply a tune-up, walk-ups are welcome! You can also schedule an appointment by emailing

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. 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.

TechShop Happy Hour
Join us on May 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm for TechShop Tuesday Happy Hour. To celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, the event will take an exclusive look into TechShop's bicycle maintenance facilities, we will give away professional custom stickers, and raffle off free entry to a TechShop Bike Worshop. And of course there will be food and BEER. Click here to register.

Art of Life with Maserati at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City
On Thursday, May 21 join Hyatt Regency Crystal City for Art for Life, a monthly art exhibit to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. May features two artists. Artwork by Cindy Lowther and Francine B. Livaditis, local artists from the Torpedo Factory, will be displayed in the hotel’s atrium from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Maserati of Arlington is a sponsor of the event and will have vehicles on site as well as give special giveaways. A nominal donation will allow access to the event as well as include a complimentary beverage and light fare. All proceeds will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.

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.

Haulin' with WABA
Bike-loving Arlington neighborhoods make it easy to ride, whether you're going to work, to play, or away for the weekend! The only problem is how to carry all your stuff! On this ride, WABA will explore hauling your goods by bike and they'll have a cargo trailer, some panniers, and various bags to show off. The ride starts at the Pentagon City Metro at 6:30pm on May 13th and ends at the Crystal City Metro at 8:00pm. Click here for more info and to reserve your spot.

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!

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.

Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters Club
Join the members of the local Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters club at noon, May 13th. The meeting, located in the Bloomberg BNA offices at 1801 S. Bell Drive will include both prepared and impromptu speeches, and evaluations. Members will answer any questions you might have about the Toastmasters program and how it has helped their professional development. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. Come and see for yourself if Toastmasters is right for you. Contact Jennifer R. McKinney, for more information.

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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