Sunday: Reston Town Center’s Birthday Celebration

Reston Town Center Reston Town Center is turning 25, and everyone is invited to celebrate on Sunday.

Reston Town Center — which opened on Oct. 18, 1990 — is hosting Reston Town Center Day from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be free refreshments, live music, entertainment, games, pumpkin decorating, hayrides and more at Fountain Square and in the Pavilion. VIP remarks will take place at 1 p.m.

When Reston Town Center opened, it was about four blocks of shops and restaurants anchored by the multi-screen movie theater and the Hyatt Regency Reston. It moved away from the popular concept at the time — indoor shopping malls — and created a downtown from scratch and setting in motion a wave of “lifestyle centers” built nationwide in the ensuing years.

Several original tenants remain, including the Hyatt, Clyde’s, Talbot’s and Ann Taylor. RTC’s current footprint is 2.8 million square feet of office space, 50 shops, about 30 restaurants and three residential high-rises. Office space, meanwhile, is 100 percent leased, officials have said at several commercial real estate events.

RTC will soon develop the surface lot, the last undeveloped parcel on the site.

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