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If you’ve got a hankering to try something different, learn something new, or connect with friends at a cool venue, Downtown Arlington is calling your name—especially if you’ve yet to sample any of these downtown activities and destinations:

Arlington Yoga Center: A sense of community and a welcoming environment await yoga enthusiasts of all experience levels (as well as the yoga curious) at the Arlington Yoga Center, where you can check out individual classes on a drop-in basis, purchase five or ten-class packages or try the center’s flat-fee unlimited class pass. Namaste!

Coming Soon: Cut! Costume and Cinema: Get an up-close look at the magic of moviemaking at the latest Arlington Museum of Art exhibit, which features a fascinating 40-piece collection of period costumes worn by some of the world’s most famous movie stars.  Opens May 17, 2018. 

Free Play Arlington: Got a $10 bill handy? At Free Play Arlington, that’s all you’ll need to get hooked up with all-you-can-play privileges in an arcade stuffed with over 100 retro video and pinball games. When you’re ready for a break, check out Free Play’s “delicious and different” food menu, as well as the arcade’s “massive, awesome” drink selection. It’s gonna be on like Donkey Kong…

Truth Vinyl: If you’re a music lover, you need to know about Truth Vinyl. This stylish listening space (which is also a retail store) boasts a collection of more than 50,000 albums, as well as expert staff who can do just about anything, whether it’s introducing you to an obscure B-side that will change your life or providing sage advice on the selection of home sound systems.

Urban Alchemy Bar: A robust wine-and-coffee menu and a cozy atmosphere make Urban Alchemy the perfect place to unwind with friends, catch up on work in a pleasant environment, or spend quality time with your current page-turner. Tip: Purchase a bit of Downtown Arlington to brew at home with a fragrant bag of Urban Alchemy coffee beans.

Urban Union: Urban Alchemy is just one venue at the recently-revitalized Downtown Arlington development known as Urban Union, a walkable mixed-use destination where you can grab a sweet treat at Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery or sample craft brews at Legal Draft Beer Company. Find out more about upcoming Urban Union events.

UTA Planetarium: You won’t soon forget a visit to the UTA Planetarium, where you can immerse yourself in the starry brilliance of the nighttime sky, explore the wonders of the galaxy, or experience the stunning sound and visuals of a planetarium show projected on the facility’s impressive 60-foot dome.

Coming Soon: New Downtown Library: It’s not your daddy’s library, folks. The new George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, an 80,000 square-foot center for learning and connecting, will feature customized collections, play areas, a digital creativity lab with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) focus—not to mention resources for genealogy and history enthusiasts, adult literacy spaces, opportunities for workforce development, and tons more. Get your library card in order and get ready to expand your mind! Opens June 16, 2018.

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