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Vintage Crystal: Wine in the Water Park - Last One of the Season
Crystal City Water Park - 1750 Crystal Drive
Fridays in September - 6pm to 10pm
Don't miss the LAST Wine in the Water Park of the season. The event 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 painting while you sip, 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, paints and art materials, easel, smock rental and helpful tips from an art-trained team of creative enablers. Beverages are sold separately.

Car-Free Day in Crystal City
Crystal City Water Park - 1750 Crystal Drive
September 22nd - 7am to 9am
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 - Tuesday, 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.

Arlington Fun Ride
18th Street and Crystal Drive
Saturday, October 3rd - 8am
Take a scenic, family-friendly bike ride with Phoenix Bikes around the “Arlington Loop” while enjoying support from rest stops in Crystal City, Columbia Pike, Ballston and Rosslyn. Choose from 4-, 8-, 12-, or 16-mile ride distances and celebrate at the Family Fitness Festival in Crystal City. There will also be a shorter 3-mile Kidical Mass children’s loop in Crystal City, suitable for riders ages 10 and under. To learn more about this exciting community event, please visit

Monday Morning Yoga
Crystal City Water Park - 1750 Crystal Drive
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 City FRESHFARM Farmers Market
1900 Crystal Drive
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
2121 Crystal Drive
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
1900 Crystal Drive
Wednesdays - 11am to 2pm
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.

Food Truck Thursdays - Now with a Second Location
1900 Crystal Drive and 201 12th Street
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.

Everything Esmonde
1900 Crystal Drive
Thursday, October 1st
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

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.

Regional Traffic Alert - Papal Visit
September 23-24
A number of road closures related to this week's visit by Pope Francis will affect traffic throughout the region. The Washington Post provided a thorough summary of the closures to help area commuters minimize delay. Please also note that Arlington County Police is preparing for the possibility of a large pedestrian surge after the events on the mall which may result in closures in Rosslyn, Pentagon City, and along Route 50 and I-66. Register for Arlington Alerts for the most up-to-date information.

Lane Closures on Airport Access Road
The National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration are working on the Route 233 bridge, which connects Jefferson Davis Highway to the airport. An off-ramp from the southbound lanes of the GW Parkway also connects to the bridge. Single lane closures on the bridge are planned from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in both directions, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. At least one lane will be open on the bridge and on the GW Parkway ramp will remain open during the nine month project, which will replace the bridge’s median, among other improvements. Click here to read more.

VDOT Route 27 Bridge Project
VDOT Route 27 Bridge Project. On September 25th and 26th, VDOT is anticipating road work being done on the Route 27 bridge at Route 110. South Bound Route 110 will be completely shut down on the 25th into the 26th from 10pm to 9am. North Bound Route 110 will be completely shut down on the 26th into the 27th from 9pm to 9am. These dates could change based on weather or other impacts. Seek alternate routes during these time periods.

DARPA Will Pay You To Build a Robot
TechShop - 2100 Crystal Drive
September 22nd - 6pm to 8pm
The Pentagon’s leading advanced research lab has started the Robotics Fast Track Program to make it easier for roboticists to get their projects funded, and they're looking for talented minds to participate. Join DARPA Program Manager Mark Micire and TandemNSI to learn more about the program, and in particular, how DARPA is hoping to offer an average of $150,000 per group. Click here for more info and to register.

Alice in Wonderland at Synetic Theater
Synetic Theater - 1800 S. Bell Street
September 30th - November 8
Alice’s story takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili will combine their signature cinematic style with a script by recent Helen Hayes Award nominee Lloyd Rose, that promises to be a fresh take on Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale of the absurd. Click here for tickets.

Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters Club
BNA - 1801 S. Bell Street
September 23rd - Noon
Join the members of the local Bloomberg BNA Toastmasters club at noon, September 23rd. 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.

1900 Crystal Drive
Thursday, September 17th - 9am to 3pm
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!

Schakolad Day
Crystal City Shops - 1750 Crystal Drive
Thursday, September 24th
Schakolad is having an all day celebration of chocolate. Stop by their store to dip treats into their cascading fountain and sample their signature chocolates. Also, get a sneak peak at their new corporate and holiday gift boxes.

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