Some organizations email us with formal press releases about events. That’s fine, and for certain unique, newsworthy or large public events, we will use the press release to help us cover the event. For the vast majority of events, however, a press release is not necessary and we would instead recommend submitting the event directly to our calendar.
As long as your event is in Arlington and the information is submitted according to our guidelines, a submission to the event calendar will virtually guarantee that it gets seen by our readers. In fact, in an ARLnow reader survey earlier this year, nearly 50 percent of respondents told us that they had made a purchase decision based on seeing an event in our event calendar.
Four other things to note about the event calendar:
- It’s for events in Arlington or just over the border. If your event is in D.C., it most likely will not be published.
- Review your submission — and the guidelines — carefully. Because of the aforementioned volume of events we receive, we do not have the resources to update events after they’re submitted. If you made an error in your submission, it will be removed (although you may re-submit the correct information after notifying us of the error).
- We will not type the information for you if you email it to us. This actually happens a lot, because organizations are used to sending their event information to print newspapers that publish event listings. You must submit the event using the online form.
- We recommend submitting an image with your event information, but please keep the size of the image below 500kb. Large images, and images with apostrophes in the file name, often cause server errors. If you get an error, please rename and/or resize your image, or leave the image out of the submission altogether.
ARLnow.com often reports on the opening and closing of restaurants in Arlington. Such articles are among the most consistently well-read on the site, which can probably at least partially be attributed to the growth of foodie culture.
At a time when chefs are the new rock stars, what does it take to run a successful local restaurant? What makes one restaurant thrive while others down the block struggle? What is it like to run a restaurant in Arlington and how to local government policies help or hinder local establishments?
We will attempt to answer those and other questions you might have about the local restaurant industry at the first of a series of events ARLnow.com is holding in 2016.
The event is will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at A-Town Bar & Grill (4100 Fairfax Drive). It will be hosted by local media personality Sarah Fraser.
Panelists include some of the brightest stars of Arlington’s restaurant scene: Tim Ma of Water & Wall, Mark Fedorchak of Liberty Tavern, Scott Parker of A-Town Bar & Grill, Mikala Brennan of Hula Girl and Javier Candon of SER.
This event is FREE for all. You can see if your friends are going on Facebook.
A limited number of reserved seats are available for those who book through Eventbrite. (Update on 12/22: The reserved seats are sold out.)
The program — a panel discussion discussion followed by an audience Q&A session — will start at 6:30 p.m.
Living Vicky’s One Billion Rising
Today (Feb. 14) from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rock Bottom Brewery – Ballston Mall (4238 Wilson Blvd)
Living Vicky, a new Arlington non-profit that empowers young women through focused curriculum and mentoring through travel, is hosting a One Billion Rising event.
One Billion Rising invites women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence against women.
Living Vicky invites you to join us for a historic day of awareness, solidarity and “shaking our groove thang” in response to One Billion Rising’s call to action. Together, we will send a resounding global message promoting an end to violence against women.
St. Ann Giant Used Book Fair & Bake Sale
Sunday, Feb. 10 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Ann Church Parish Hall (5300 10th Street North)
Valentine’s Day Bake Sale & Coffee sponsored by the St. Ann School PTO, plus thousands of gently-used children’s, teen and adult books, paperbacks, hardcovers, fiction and non-fiction, tons of history, politics and biographies. Great prices and something for everyone. Everything must go — we’re bursting at the seams!
Whole Foods Market (2700 Wilson Blvd)
Today, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Whether you’re single or attached, let Whole Foods Market, Arlington inspire your inner cupid! Join us this Thursday for a “Food for the Mood” themed event. Enjoy 5 plates of food, 5 sips of wine for only $5 at this pre-Valentin’s Day event.
This week’s pairing list includes food like avocado sushi and sugar dipped strawberries.
Arlington Free Clinic Trivia Night at P. Brennan’s
Today (Feb. 5) from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2910 Columbia Pike)
Please join Arlington Free Clinic for trivia night at P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant! We will be there from 5-10PM (trivia goes from 8-10PM, but come early and eat dinner!) – 10% of all food sales will be donated to AFC. There will be a door prize, prizes for trivia winners, and even a special round of questions on the Clinic. Admission is free – bring your friends and family and support AFC!
Street parking is available on 11th Street; free parking is available after 6PM in the garage under The Halstead Building.
‘scapes by Steve Ember – Opening Reception
Today (Feb. 5) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Piola (1550 Wilson Boulevard)
Steve Ember is a Washington-based photographer, writer, voice over artist, and international radio and television broadcaster. His work has been honored with selection in numerous juried exhibits at galleries in the greater Washington area. Steve’s photographs appear regularly at the Art League Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
‘scapes is Steve’s first exhibit at Piola. The show runs through March 29.
Story Contest: Story of Song w/ Justin Trawick
Today (January 30) from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Busboys and Poets Shirlington (4251 S. Campbell Ave.)
Come out to support the art of bringing true personal stories to the stage OR throw your name in to win $100 for the best story of the night on the theme “Story of Song: Stories About Making Music or Experiencing It.”
The winner will be announced at the end of the night and will receive $100 cash as a prize. The audience will also select its favorite! The winners of our monthly contests go on to compete in Tournaments where the prize jumps to $250. Submit your 100-word story synopsis at storyleague.org or fill out a card at the show.
Beer and Bundle Bash!
Thursday, January 31 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Whole Foods Market (2700 Wilson Blvd)
Join us this Thursday, January, 31st for a “Beer and Bundle Bash” featuring Baltimore and San Francisco beer as well as our Prepared Foods Super Bundle.
5 plates of food, 5 sips of beer for only $5.
Get our Game Grub on!
ELP Friendraiser & Social w/ special guest Hon. Walter Tejada
Wednesday, January 23 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Guarapo Lounge (2039 Wilson Blvd)
Calling ALL former, current & future MENTORS! Mentors are a key part of the success of Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program (www.edu-futuro.org). Come meet up with old friends, meet new ones and learn about this initiative! And, find out how YOU can support the success of Latino youth.
Energy Journey Game
Washington-Lee High School (1301 N Stafford Street)
Saturday, February 02 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arlington County’s AIRE Program — Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy — invites you to the Energy Journey Game! Come be a player in our interactive life-size board game. Challenge yourself on everyday actions that have an energy impact as you journey down a path of decisions and chance. Journey through Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall as you make investments, take chances, and earn rewards.
Doors open at 1pm and the last game begins at 4pm. Raffle prizes for recycled artwork every half-hour! Registration is not required, but your RSVP will help us better plan for the event.
The 2013 Grassroots Inauguration Gala and Fundraiser for AFAC — State Theatre (220 N. Washington Street, Falls Church) on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Supporters and volunteers of the 2012 Obama campaign are invited to a “Grassroots Gala” at the State Theatre in Falls Church on Saturday, January 19th at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the event, which includes a live band, hors d’ouvres, and a cash bar, are available for $50 on the State Theatre website or box office.
Come celebrate our common victory with other volunteers and Democrats who worked hard in Northern Virginia to turn the state blue – AGAIN ! Come as you are – jeans to sequins.
Spanish Class for Children & Adults — Claremont Elementary School (4700 S. Chesterfield Road) on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
On January 19, Edu-Futuro will be holding in-person registration for its Spanish classes for children and adults through its Escuela Bolivia Program for the spring semester at Claremont Elementary School.
Edu-Futuro provides Spanish classes to children and adults taught by native Spanish speakers at some of the most competitive prices in the Greater DC region. Adult classes include a beginners and intermediate course. Classes for children are from Pre- K through 8th grade.
Wine:30 Thursday at Whole Foods Market (2700 Wilson Blvd) — Today, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Join Whole Foods Market, Arlington every Thursday this winter for Wine:30 Thursday. Enjoy 5 plates of food, 5 sips of wine for only $5!