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October 2013 Calendar of Area Events

Capital City Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest 2013 will be held October 5th, 2013.

Northern Virginia’s largest Oktoberfest, featuring more than fifty breweries will be held at The Village at Shirlington on Saturday, October 5th from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Once gain, Capitol City Brewing company is its annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest with live Alpine folk music, handcrafted beers, and authentic German cuisine local food vendors and Shirlington Village restaurants.

Admission for beer drinkers is $25 (one general admission pass per person), which includes a wristband, official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $1 each with a five ticket minimum. Beer taps close at 6 PM.  The event is free for non-drinkers and children.

The Oktoberfest will be held rain or shine with a limited number of tickets sold at the event.


Capital City Brewing Company Oktoberfest


New Bocce Ball Court Opening

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Italian Bocce QM r (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like to play bocce?  There will be a ribbon cutting Thursday, September 19th , 2013 from 6 to 730 at Arlington’s newest public bocce courts at Glebe and Randolph Park.  DC Bocce will be there offering a free clinic for those who want to learn how to play, Willie’s Po’Boy will be on site offering po’ boy sandwiches, and there will be free giveaways from Ballston BID.  The park is located at the intersection of Glebe Road and Randolph Street at the foot of the Ballston Public Parking Garage.



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Celebrate Literature and Support Community Literacy

The Friends of the Arlington Public Library present the Eight-Thirteen Ball: a literary-themed social event created to raise money for the Library’s Early Literacy initiatives to be held Saturday, September 28th from 8-11 pm at Arlington Artisphere.

The Eight-Thirteen Ball gets its name from the Dewey Decimal Classification for American Fiction: 813. The inaugural theme is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” and prizes will be awarded for the best 1920s-style attire.

Tickets can be purchased from the Friends of the Library for $30 each by visiting this website.

Highlights of the Ball include 1920s music, a Lindy Hop dance troupe demonstrating 1920s dances, and a silent auction to benefit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new early literacy initiative. Canapes will be served and drinks available for purchase.

Challenge Racism Through Stories and Conversation


Swanson Middle School is hosting a free discussion group for APS parents and Arlington community members this Fall. 10 evenings starting Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

To register (or learn more) contact:
Marty Swaim, 703-525-3475

Come to the 6th Annual Superstar Familiy Fun Day and Mason Mile Run/Walk


This event will take place on Sunday, October 6, from 4–7 pm at Key Elementary School, 2300 Key Boulevard in Arlington rain or shine! The “Mason Mile” will start at 4:30 pm. This is a FREE community event, with optional donations to benefit Key School and the Mason Leach Superstar Fund at Children’s National Medical Center.

Superstar Family Fun Day will consist of outdoor activities for the whole family, music, snacks, and the main event – the “Mason Mile”, a one-mile road run/walk on Key Boulevard.
The Superstar Family Fun Day and “Mason Mile” are held in the memory of Mason Leach, a five year-old Key School student who passed away from brain cancer in 2007. This event is sponsored by the Key School PTA Wellness Committee and the Mason Leach Superstar Fund to honor and support the community who helped Mason during his illness. This event celebrates Mason’s life and encourages the children of Key School to be active both physically and in their community. It’s a way for the community to turn a tragedy into something positive.
To help others battling cancer and other illnesses, the event will also host a blood drive for eligible donors. The Inova Blood Mobile will be on site. To set up an appointment for that afternoon go to and use Sponsor Code 8021 or call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372)

Key Blvd will be closed to traffic from Veitch to Highland from approximately 4:15pm-5:00pm. Please help us make this a great event. Come and cheer for the kids and families running. Please park off the street during that time to help local authorities manage the race. We appreciate your help and patience.

To register and for more information on the race, visit the Mason Leach Superstar Fund site here

Fall Book Sale

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Book Sale Books 4 (Photo credit: Stewsnews)

The Friends of the Arlington Library are hosting their Fall Book Sale September 26-29, 2013 at the Arlington Central Library parking Garage.  The hours are as follows:

Thursday, Sept 26, 5:30 – 9pm FOAL Members Only(membership available at the door)

Friday, Sept 27, 10am – 6pm open to all

Saturday, Sept 28,  10am – 6pm open to all

Sunday, Sept 29,  12pm – 6pm open to all – Half price day!

For more information visit the website here.




Arlington Brewpub Celebrates Fall Tradition with New Oktoberfest Beers SMOKETOBERFEST and DR. PUNKINSTEIN, Authentic German Alpine Music and Delicious Oktoberfest Fare – Featuring more than 50 different breweries!

Fill up a stein and toast to fall. Celebrating 21 years of brewing more than 200 different styles of beer, Capitol City Brewing Company will host its Fourteenth Annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington on Saturday, October 5 from 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m. (all beer taps close at 6:00 p.m.).

This year, Capitol City will debut two Oktoberfest additions — the Smoketoberfest and Dr. Punkinstein — as well as the popular Oktoberfest Lager. Beer enthusiasts can listen to live Alpine folk music as they sample select handcrafted beers and enjoy authentic German cuisine from a variety of local vendors and Shirlington Village eateries. Capitol City Brewing Company will also serve traditional German favorites including bratwurst, sauerkraut and the signature fresh soft pretzels.

Following a tradition that started in the early 1880s in Munich, Germany, Capitol City’s Oktoberfest is celebrating its fourteenth triumphant year. Thousands of people from the Mid-Atlantic region attend to sample more than 100 different ales and lagers from over 50 local and international breweries.

Admission for beer drinkers is $25 (one general admission pass per person), which includes a wristband, official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $1 each with a five ticket minimum. The event is free for non-drinkers and children. Oktoberfest 2013 will be held rain or shine with a limited number of tickets sold at the event.

For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company, please visit their website.


Photos and copy courtesy of Capitol City Brewing Company.

Commemorate September 11, 2001

Arlington County will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 184 victims who lost their lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, near the flagpole and is open to the public.

The moment of silence will be followed by the playing of “Taps,” and the lowering of the flag to half-staff. Arlington County’s Combined Color Guard, which is comprised of members from the Police Department, Fire Department, and Sheriff’s Office, will present the colors.

Courthouse Plaza is served by Metrorail (Orange line); Metrobus 38B, 4B, 4E; ART bus 41, 61, 62, 77; Capital Bikeshare, and Zipcar. View all transit options and real-time schedule information.



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