Save The Date: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Returns May 16-18

Sculpture at 2012 NoVA Fine Arts Festival/File photoMore than 200 artists and artisans will line the streets of Reston Town Center May 16-18 as the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival returns for its 23rd year.

The festival benefits the Greater Reston Arts Center, which provides exhibits, outreach programs and programming for all ages here in Reston.

The festival is open Friday, May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Rain or shine. Suggested donation for entry is $5. Children under 18 are free.

Some festival highlights:

Opening Night Party — Friday at 5 p.m. The upscale party in the pavilion will feature creative cuisine and cocktails, as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased online.

Wide Range of Works — The festival will feature paintings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture making, as well as other mediums. This is a juried show with artists from all over the country. Visit the festival website to see the full list of artists.

Volunteers Needed — The festival still could use your help. In return, you will get discounts at Reston Town Center restaurants and the opening night party. Find out more about what’s needed on the festival website.

Entertainment Abounds — There will be many performing acts, including the South Lakes High School band, jugglers, unicyclers, hoopers and face painters. Click here for the full schedule.

Children’s Fun — There will be art-based activities for kids, as well as a public art project for all ages.

For more festival info or to purchase advance admission, go to

Photo: Sculpture at 2012 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival/File photo

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