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Vintage Crystal: Sip and Salsa
Sunday, September 13th - 2pm to 6pm
Crystal City's signature wine and food tasting event, Sip and Salsa, boasts the DC region's only inside the beltway, outdoor wine festival with the ease of safe and responsible transit access. Sip and Salsa brings wine tastings from Spain provided by Jaleo, South American wine provided by the Crystal City Wine Shop, and tempting tapas and tastes from local restaurants. Free Salsa dancing lessons from The Salsa Room and live music round out the 9th installment of this local favorite. Presale tickets are $20 and $25 at the door so save by purchasing online. Food only tickets are available for $10.

Vintage Crystal: Pups and Pilsners
Sunday, September 20th - 2pm to 6pm
Fly solo or bring your furry friend to the Pups and Pilsners outdoor beer festival in Crystal City. This dog-friendly festival features a massive beer garden with craft brew and offerings from local breweries. Plan a picnic or grab a bite from a local Crystal City restaurant or on-site food truck. Purchase online tickets and save $5! 

Vintage Crystal: Wine in the Water Park
Fridays in September - 6pm to 10pm
Wine in the Water Park combines sips and sounds to create an ambient outdoor event featuring interesting wine varietals and live music in the neighborhood's signature Crystal City Water Park. If you're interested in sipping and painting, ArtJamz is offering a free painting session at Wine In the Water Park from 6PM to 7:30PM every Friday in September. Until supplies last, attendees get a 12 x 16 canvas, 1.5 hours of creating time, paints and art materials, easel, smock rental and helpful tips from an art-trained team of creative enablers.

Food Truck Thursdays - Now with a Second Location
Thursdays - 11am to 2pm
Arrive hungry and Spark Scrumptious at Food Truck Thursdays The food trucks gather in the parking lot on Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets. There is a second Food Truck location at the parking lot at 201 12th Street.

Monday Morning Yoga
Mondays - 7am
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.

Crystal Screen: Spark Espionage
Mondays at Sunset
Crystal Screen: Spark Espionage continues with The Bourne Ultimatum. With the help of Moonflicks, a courtyard in Crystal City is transformed into a movie theater. There is no better place to meet friends, bring a picnic, and enjoy an evening under the stars.

Crystal City FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Tuesdays - 3pm to 7pm
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. On the first Tuesday of every month, the market will have a beer/wine garden featuring products from local breweries/wineries.

Outdoor Zumba
Wednesdays - Noon
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
On Summer Break- Returns after Labor Day
The eclectic and colorful shopping experience of Eastern Market returns to 1900 Crystal Drive 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.

Everything Esmonde
Thursday, September 3rd 
Everything Esmonde will be open at Food Truck Thursdays for bike service every other week. If you need a bike repair or simply a tune-up, walk-ups are welcome! You can also schedule an appointment by emailing everything.esmonde@gmail.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.

Playground Construction at Long Bridge Park
Imaginative play features and structures will be added as part of the new phase of Long Bridge Park construction offering opportunities for creative play for children of various ages. These elements will be added along the north side of 6th Street South. Construction will begin this week and will conclude in Spring 2016. The remainder of the park, including the athletic fields and the esplanade will remain open during construction. Project updates can be found here.

Parking Panda
Visiting Crystal City and need a space to park? To help you find the best deal on a convenient, guaranteed parking space, we've partnered with Parking Panda. View available parking in real time, find the cheapest space, and plan ahead by reserving in advance online. First time users can enter promo code CRYSTAL25 at checkout to receive an additional 25% off your reservation. Or, download the Parking Panda app and use promo code CRYSTAL10 to receive $10 off your first reservation.

Local Motor's Mobifactory
Weekdays from 11am to 7pm
Local Motors brings its Mobifactory (Mobi) to Crystal City to inspire and unite the Co-creation Nation for a summer of innovation and making in the heart of our nation’s capital. The summer of innovation at the Crystal City Mobi begins in June through early September and features the Local Motors Verrado, an electric drift trike designed to bring out the kid in everyone; the Local Motors Rally Fighter, the world’s first co-created vehicle; and the Local Motors 3D-printed car, the first and only drivable 3D-printed car. Open to the public, the Mobi will offer free weekly how-to classes on the “Science of Drifting” and “3D-Printing 101.” Each month, visitors are invited to participate in drag race slalom courses or join a trike group to tour the best places to ride drift trikes in the area.

DMV2Go
Thursday, September 17th - 9am to 4pm
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!

CrossFit South Arlington
Not particularly excited to workout? Say no more. CrossFit South Arlington is the type of community that will draw you in and keep you coming back for more. Between the encouraging people and the challenging workouts, you’ll find you’re motivated to push yourself to be a better you! Try a FREE class by registering here.
Wednesday, September 16th - 7pm
The next Crystal City Civic Association General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16. This session will focus on the proposed amendments to the Aquatic Center at Long Bridge Park and other parks. Read their August newsletter here


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