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Spend New Year’s Eve at First Night Alexandria

First Night Alexandria is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration and fireworks show that’s perfect for people of all ages. Your ticket gets you access to more than 100 live performances throughout the afternoon and evening of December 31, ranging from magicians, to clowns, to live bands, as well plenty of other fun activities, like face-painting and scavenger hunts.

As midnight approaches, be sure to make your way towards the grand finale on the Potomac, where you’ll be able to watch a spectacular display of fireworks lights up the night sky. Performances and activities are located a dozens of different venues surrounding the river’s edge, and all venues are alcohol-free for the night, so you can have fun in a safe and calm environment.

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Experience the Art of Bubble Tea Kung Fu Tea

Using premium natural ingredients and a unique handcrafting process, Kung Fu Tea goes the extra mile to bring customers the best bubble teas possible. Made with tea leaves that are handpicked from the mountains of Taiwan, the delicious drinks at this shop are as memorable as they are delicious.

The extensive menu includes a variety of classic tea favorites, such as green, oolong, and pomelo. A selection of milk teas are made even tastier by the addition of the signature “bubbles” — the sweet, chewy tapioca balls that make bubble tea so popular. An array of fruity slushes are also available, in flavors such as mango, pineapple, or passion fruit.
Although the bubbles are often the most sought after, Kung Fu Tea also offers several other delicious toppings. Mung bean, nata jelly, red bean, and pudding are just a few of the other toppings that are available, all of which can take an already amazing drink to the next level.
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Pay Your Respects at the Pentagon Memorial

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial pays tribute to the 184 people that lost their lives on that tragic day in American history. Each victim is honored with their own Memorial Unit, all of which have been placed uniquely throughout the Memorial. The Memorial Units are a touching and elegant remembrance of each person, consisting of a cantilevered bench, a pool of water, and the engraved name of the deceased hero. The victims’ ages — spanning from 3 to 71 — are exhibited through the placement of the Units throughout the Memorial.

An online interactive map is available to coincide with the Memorial. Biographies of each victim can be read, making the Memorial that much more touching and personal. Most who visit take note of the quiet peacefulness of this important site, which serves as a fitting tribute to those who were lost. A trip to the Pentagon Memorial is an unforgettable and important experience when visiting the D.C. area.

Hone Your Practice at JOURNEYoga

Fewer aches and pains, a calmer mind, a stronger, leaner body — these are just a few of the benefits of yoga. The ancient practice is equal parts physical and mental exercise, which is why it’s still relevant in an increasingly busy world. Make time for yourself at a JOURNEYoga class.

JOURNEYoga’s classic yoga session is the perfect place to get started if you’re new to yoga. Its instructor lays out the basic postures and yoga and demonstrates how to sync your movement with breath. Once you master these fundamental concepts, you can move on to a faster-paced class like Challenge Flow. This Vinyasa-style class gets the blood pumping with quick transitions between postures. If you’re new, don’t worry about the difficulty of these asanas because the instructor will offer modifications to make the class doable for everyone.

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Enjoy a Slow, Relaxing Flow at Down Dog Yoga

Do you ever feel like the world is moving at a frantic pace? Would you like to find a little oasis of relaxation within your busy day-to-day schedule? If so, a trip to Down Dog Yoga might be just what you’re looking for.

This Arlington studio has a reputation for offering its classes in a serene setting and encouraging mindfulness among all students, while still offering a challenging workout. Down Dog’s schedule is also big enough to offer classes throughout the day and evening, so no matter what your schedule is like, you should be able to find something that’s just right for you. Need a 6:30 am sunrise class to get your blood flowing before you head to the office? No problem. How about an after-dinner “slow flow” class to wind down at the end of a long day? You’ll find that here, too. Head over to the website to see a full schedule and reserve your spot online.

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Sample Varieties of Cheeses at Cheesetique

Cheesetique is a must for any cheese lover. For starters, they offer a giant selection of hand-picked cheeses, meats, wines, and beers in their Specialty Cheese Shop. Additionally, the Cheese & Wine Bar offers a full restaurant menu of distinctive items such as the Mac ’N Cheesetique — the award-winning macaroni dish featuring Goat Gouda, Asiago, and Cacio de Roma, topped with truffle-infused bread crumbs. An extensive wine list offers a plentiful selection, assuring a nice pairing for each meal.

“Cheese Lady” Jill Erber founded Cheesetique in 2004 when she wanted to work for herself and focus on her favorite food. She hoped that her establishment would bring wine and cheese enthusiasts together, but at the time, she did not realize the popularity that her idea would achieve. Now with three locations and an online cheese shop, Cheesetique continues to thrive. Events such as free wine tastings, trivia, and cheese board painting only add to the enjoyment at this exceptional shop.

Do Dinner and a Show at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse has a history that dates back more than seven decades. Originally known as the Arlington Theater, it showed first-run films and hosted live performances. The Drafthouse continues to do so today, but with a unique twist: you can eat a full meal while you watch.

Instead of narrow, creaky movie theater chairs, the Drafthouse features wide, comfy chairs with small tables. A server comes right up to your spot and takes your order for food and drink, delivering it to you as the show unfolds. Upcoming events at the Drafthouse include screenings of indie darling The Big Sick, stand-up from seasoned comedian Jon Lovitz, and a performance by The Daily Show funnyman Aasif Mandvi. If you’re looking for a deal, come to the cinema on Monday or Tuesday nights for discounts on movie tickets.

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Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream: “Superpremium” Sweets

If you’ve never tasted “superpremium” ice cream before, it’s time to take a trip to Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream. The term “superpremium” indicates that each batch of ice cream contains at least 16% butterfat, resulting in an extra-creamy concoction. The staff also crafts the ice cream by hand, in small batches, which ensures high quality in each scoop.

Come to Toby’s to try the sweet treats for yourself. You can’t go wrong with a scoop or two of the Bittersweet Chocolate or Vanilla Bean, but if you’re looking for something more exciting, try the Banana Cream Pie, the Avocado, or the Green Tea ice creams. You can also opt for lighter sweets like raspberry or mango sorbet, fresh banana or peach ice cream, or Macapuno, a Filipino coconut ice cream.

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