Mark Your Calendar: Annual Fine Arts Festival Coming Up May 19-21

by RestonNow.com April 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm 9 Comments

The 26th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is just a little over a month away.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the festival, which will take place May 19-21 at Reston Town Center. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.).

Around 200 exhibiting artists will be filling the streets to show off their wares during the event. The festival is an honoree in the America’s Best Art Fair Awards competition, which recognized it as one of the top juried art fairs in the country.

The event will begin with a kickoff party Friday, May 19 from 6-9 p.m., featuring complimentary food and wine along with the opportunity to mingle with artists and other dignitaries. Tickets are $50.

The festival itself will follow the next two days, with admission a $5 suggested donation for adults. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

All interior streets of the Town Center will be reserved for pedestrians only, leaving an 11-block art walk. Boston Properties’ parking fees will be waived during the event, including during the kickoff party Friday.

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  • jak304983

    Will there be free parking for the kickoff party on Friday? Or is Boston Properties worried that when someone show up at 6PM on Friday it’s because they are commuting on the Metro station that is going to get completed 3 years from now.

    • Donald

      Many sponsors will be there for the party.

    • JoeInReston

      I had that same question. Boston Properties said that they wouldn’t charge for parking on holidays and big events. But on this past Martin Luther King holiday, a federal holiday, they charged for parking. So if a federal holiday is not a big enough holiday for free parking, who is to say if the Reston Fine Arts festival is a big enough event for free parking?

      Does anybody know if such information is posted anywhere? That would useful to know and Boston Properties does claim that the RTC is a premium shopping venue.

      • tattler

        IMO, posting this random policy somewhere would erase all doubt that Boston Properties is racist, so you will never see anything official about what they consider a free parking worthy event or holiday. They’ve talked repeatedly about wanting the Reston Town Center to be an ‘elite’ destination. By elite I assume they mean excluding certain *cough, cough* demographics. Doesn’t that theory hold up if they provide free parking for this art event, which attracts very affluent, predominantly white visitors, but they don’t do free parking for a federal holiday that recognizes the struggles and contributions of African Americans?

    • Reston Now

      Parking will be free during the Friday evening event: http://restonarts.org/fineartsfestival2017/festival-party/

      • Dante

        Too bad, I am still boycotting RTC until parking is free everyday again. Have a nice day!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Sorry. Not enough for me to break the boycott.

    I guess you vendor types are going to have to do without my $$$$.

  • Big Drop

    Is the street parking free, too? Or just the garages?

  • Why do you bother?

    I’m sorry to have to miss this, but no RTC for me.


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