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Small Business Focus: Arlington Pride

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Arlington Pride is back for a second year. This year’s event, which will be held June 23-25, is again being organized by Polished Kreative and offers an entire weekend of celebration after an overwhelming public response from last year’s festival.

BizLaunch and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Service are proud to support this year’s pride festival as sponsors once again.

“We’re so thankful for the community for their overwhelming support! The Polished Kreative team is honored to bring inclusion and diversity to Arlington through pride,” says co-founder Lindsey Hinton.

This year, there are three main events taking place on Arlington Pride Weekend with countless activities taking place all weekend long:

  • Friday, June 23The Inaugural Miss Arlington Pride Pageant, hosted by Shi-Queeta Lee at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, is a local community event that will shine a light on the talents of our local drag entertainers.
  • Saturday, June 24 — The Arlington Pride Festival at Rosslyn Gateway Park has a message of Moving Forward Together, highlighting the importance of working together to make the LGBTQ+ community stronger. The Pride Festival is a free event for all ages and will include:
  • Sunday, June 25 — Concluding Arlington Pride Weekend is the Arlington Pride Drag Brunch at the Departures Bar inside Alamo Drafthouse at National Landing, where host Evita Peroxide and her cast of performers entertain guests while they enjoy a fabulous brunch.

Arlington Pride is a community event developed by and for the Arlington community and wouldn’t happen without the generous support from volunteers and sponsors. Additional volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information about Arlington Pride, visit

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At Generation Hope, we’re dedicated to supporting teen parents in college as they work toward earning their degrees. We are in need of caring child care volunteers for upcoming events on Saturday, October 21st (in Washington, DC), and Saturday, November 4th (in Arlington, VA). Join our growing volunteer community and support us at an event this fall!

At all of our events, we provide free onsite child care for the children of the teen parents we serve, creating a nurturing environment for the kiddos while their parents learn valuable life skills and build community.

If you enjoy working with children and are looking to make an immediate impact in your community, please visit to learn more.

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Join us for Arlington’s biggest civil rights & social justice event of the year. The banquet is back in person at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University.

Our keynote speaker this year is Symone Sanders from MSNBC and former Chief of Staff for Vice-President Kamala Harris.

The Master of Ceremonies is Joshua Cole, former state delegate, NAACP President, and local pastor.

Tickets/seating are limited. Purchase your ticket today! Sponsorship opportunities available.

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Live standup comedy starring John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central)
Friday, October 20

Headliner: John F. O’Donnell

John was a correspondent on the radical comedy news TV show, “Redacted Tonight,” for 5 years. Recently, he released his debut one-hour standup special,

Arlington Metaphysical Chapel Presents METAPHEST, October 14-15, 2023

Workshops on: ~ Meditation ~ Intro to Tarot: The Aces and Major Arcana

~ Ageless Aging ~ Past Life Regression ~ Animal Communication and Healing

~ Psychometry ~ Spiritual Healing ~ Self Soul Love ~ Consciously Clearing Clutter ~ Awareness/Mindfulness/Consciousness.


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