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More Than 30,000 Expected for Fine Arts Festival This Weekend

by RestonNow.com — May 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm 2 Comments

Organizers of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, slated for this weekend at Reston Town Center, are expecting a big crowd.

According to information provided by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE):

“The festival is the largest annual fundraiser for GRACE and attracts over 30,000 visitors from across the region. Participating artists uniformly view the event as one of the ‘top five’ outdoor art festivals in the country, extending high praise to the level of hospitality they receive from volunteers and involvement from a community that appreciates the high quality of the art presented.”

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.

Around 200 exhibiting artists will be filling the streets to show off their wares during the 26th annual event. All interior streets of the Town Center will be reserved for pedestrians only, leaving an 11-block art walk.

The event will begin with a kickoff party Friday 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 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Boston Properties’ parking fees will be waived during the event, including during the kickoff party Friday. The festival is one of three special events throughout the year during which this will happen. The others are the Taste of Reston (June 16-17) and the Reston Holiday Parade (Nov. 24).

The weather will be decidedly cooler this weekend than it has been in recent days, with forecast highs in the low 70s.

  • Tom

    “Boston Properties’ parking fees will be waived during the event, including during the kickoff party Friday.”

    Oh geeeee… BP, thank you for the “scraps.” We are not worthy.

    Still doesn’t make a difference though for the people like me who are boycotting RTC.

  • drip

    It will be interesting to see attendance numbers for the three days this weekend under the current parking paradigm, particularly with the nice weather. I hear the Pet Fiesta was poorly attended and had fewer participants, but it rained that day so it’s not the best barometer. The Fine Arts Festival traditionally attracts people from outside the immediate area, so they may not be in tune with the local boycott. Still, RTC’s reputation is fairly poor these days due to the parking fiasco, so the numbers will be interesting.
    This is where it would be nice to have a traditional local media outlet in Reston/Herndon. Patch/Reston Now are nice for basic things, but they do not engage in enterprise reporting and are more likely to simply regurgitate press releases rather than perform as traditional journalists should.

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