Crystal City to Host WABA’s ‘Bike Fest’

by ARLnow.com May 26, 2011 at 10:54 am 4,341 12 Comments

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will be holding Bike Fest, a “summer fundraiser and celebration,” in Crystal City next month.

Bike fest will feature food, drinks, desserts, carnival-style games, a silent auction, a raffle, sideshow performances, live music and dancing, bicycle art, palm readings, a photo booth and a bike building contest. The musical acts will include D.C.-based progressive acoustic act Second String Band and DJ Jennder.

The event is being held from 8:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 11 in the Crystal City Shops at 1750 (241 18th Street S.).

Tickets are $45 and are available online. Proceeds will benefit WABA’s bicycle advocacy, safety and education programs.

  • Arlington Joe

    $45? That’s a little steep.

    • BrownFlipFlops

      Yeah. $45? Pass.

  • dynaroo

    It’s a fundraiser, you sourpusses.

  • Crystal City Cyclist

    Seriously? I’ve never walked out of an Arlington restaurant or bar with a tab under $45. Actually seems kind of low compared to other fundraisers I’ve attended.

    Anyone know what “bicycle art” refers to?

    • John Fontain

      A tab or $45 or more PER PERSON? You must not eat at 90% of restaurants if your tab is never under $45.

      • Crystal City Cyclist

        Sorry, John. You’re right, I’m embellishing. I just find it hard to believe that $45 seems pricey when the event offers an entire night of fun for a good cause. I’m just itchin’ to get my bike fortune told…

        • dynaroo

          Yep. Food, drink, live music and other entertainment, support for a good cause, partly tax-deductible. $45 is quite reasonable for all that.

    • Bicycle art means a few things. Literally, bicycles as art by local artist Jay Hudson of CrankyStyle.com, custom decorated helmets by a top local graphic designer (eythink.com), custom built bikes designed and crafted by local shops, and contributions to the decorations by local artists. As well as bicycle-themed art for raffle and auction.

  • Amelia Parker

    Heard lots of rides being organized to head out to VA for this party! I’m taking metro & thanks to WABA for getting a blks of rooms w/ local CC hotels, @ reduced rate for us!!! Can’t wait!!!

  • jjbug

    WABA became my husband’s athletic team when he tossed his golf clubs away to embrace a friend’s used bike at a yard sale. Even after he broke his collar-bone riding under the I-66 bridge below I-50. Well, I forget just when. I remember, however, the fun of following the WOD trail on our 40th wedding anniversary and spending an enjoyable night in Leesburg before our return the next day,

    I have enjoyed watching Arl government gather in what WABA has taught: how to line streets so that both cars and bikes (and pedestrians) know how to proceed. The contest is not simple but I admire what the county has done to protect and insure a way for bikes all over this county.I know some credit for this belongs to Charlie Denney.

    An aside: do you know about the bike repair & recycling center along 4 Mile Run? Google http://www.phoenixbikes.org. Most byclists can endorse this operation! I finger here Matt Emery who runs the non-profit Phoenix Bikes. This entity trains youth to do bike repair. They then sell their skills to the general public. Did you know you could ask them for help with your bike? Try it!

  • GMo

    WABA is a fantastic organization with an important role in Arlington and the Metro area as a whole. I’m a proud member and supporter!

  • DoggyJ

    Just bought my tix. Can’t wait to see the bike that Oasis is building!


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