Pups & Pints for a Cause

May 18, 2021

In keeping with Capital One Center’s commitment to the Tysons community and the recent dog adoption trend, Capital One Center transformed the McLean Metro Parking Lot into a dog-friendly festival⸺Pups & Pints⸺during the first two weekends in May. Over 4,000 attendees  enjoyed live music, food trucks, a biergarten, local business vendors, an off-leash dog park, and many adoptable dogs from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. The “Support Local” theme carried throughout the program with local musicians, food operators, and small businesses. 

Collectively, Pups & Pints generated over $18,000 in donations and in-kind services for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, which will directly benefit their shelter dogs. “We were incredibly honored to be a part of Pups & Pints.” Said Stephanie Smith, Director of Development, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. “With the support of the Capital One Center and this amazing community, Lucky Dog will be able to save even more at-risk homeless animals⸺animals who are sitting in high kill shelters waiting for their chance at a happily ever after.” The Capital One Center team recruited an army of volunteers⸺clocking in over 500 volunteer hours⸺for this production.


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A playful part of each day was the “Mutt Strut Competition” with a Judging Panel of esteemed local personalities. A big thank you to Fox 5’s Angie Goff and Marissa Mitchell, Real Fun DC’s Tommy McFly, DC Improv’s Chris Ulrich, Capital One’s VP of Workplace Solutions Stef Jenkins, Fairfax County Chair Jeff McKay, former Fairfax County Chair Sharon Bulova, and Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik, among others. “I was honored to serve as a Mutt Strut Judge at Pups & Pints,” beamed Supervisor Dalia Palchik. “This was a perfect opportunity to bring our community together safely, to create active spaces, and to highlight and support the work of a non-profit in the greater Tysons community.”


Musical guests included Decades, One Hot Mess and Delta Spur rocking out on stage. Participating Northern Virginia small businesses included Pet Wants, Dogtopia, Pup My Style, Barking with the Bradleys, PetSmart, and Bow Wow Designs.


Curbside Kitchen recruited a variety of local food truck partners One Family Brewing, Tip Top Tap Truck, Captain Cookie, Chesapeake Bay Coffee Co., DC Steakholders, Eathos, Kona Ice, Lattimore’s Funnel Cakes, Muggerz BBQ, and Roaming Coyote.


Pups & Pints served as a teaser of what’s to come with the summer opening of The Perch⸺Capital One Center’s skypark featuring Starr Hill Biergarten, an amphitheater, food trucks, sculpture garden, games plaza, and even an off-leash dog park. “Our team was so proud to host a program centered around our community, supporting local small businesses and the important mission of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.” Shared Meghan Trossen, Manager, Marketing and Community Affairs at Capital One Center. “We are so excited to welcome the community and Capital One Associates to the Perch this summer for an elevated and unparalleled experience.”

Pups & Pints was featured on many local news platforms including Tysons Reporter, DCist, Reston Now, and Fairfax County EDA.

About Capital One Center

Capital One Center, the public-facing portion of Capital One’s global headquarters in Tysons, Virginia, redefines mixed-use development by providing an arts-focused enriching indoor/outdoor experience. When fully built-out, this 6 million sq. foot entertainment destination will be home to a vibrant array of public art, performances, and retail, including a world-class performing arts center, Capital One Hall, a 1.2 acre skypark, The Perch, and 300-key boutique hotel, The Watermark. Capital One Center is thoughtfully designed to create a walkable campus where small steps lead to big experiences.