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Here’s a Breakdown for This Weekend’s Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

by Anna Merod May 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm 8 Comments

The 27th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is returning this weekend, and this year the festival is a day longer.

The festival will run Friday (May 18) through Sunday (May 20) at the Reston Town Center. The event encourages attendees to make a $5 donation, which comes with $200 worth of restaurant coupons.

The festival hosted by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) brings in 30,000 to 50,000 attendees each year, the festival said in a press release.

For the first time, this year’s festival also includes a participatory performance “The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction” by Laure Drogoul both Saturday night during the Festival Party and on Sunday afternoon. Another festival first, is that GRACE members are given a free ticket to the Festival Party. Cost for membership for artists is $40 and $50 for other members.

Rain or shine the festival will go on, so long as a major storm does not hit, one of the organizers told RestonNow.

Below is a breakdown of the three-day event:

Friday (May 18) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • All day — More than 200 artist booths from across the U.S.on display
  • Festival Friday — There will be specials all day among retailers and restaurants in Reston Town Center

Saturday (May 19) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • All day — More than 200 artist booths from across the U.S.on display
  • Family Art Park — Free art making activities for all ages in the Pavillion
  • Festival Party (7-9 p.m.) — A celebration for sponsors, Adopt-an-Artist donors, GRACE members and artists. The party includes an award ceremony and first look into “The Illuminated Fountain of
    Extinction” by Laure Drogoul.

Sunday (May 20) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.:

  • All day — More than 200 artist booths from across the U.S.on display
  • Family Art Park — Free art making activities for all ages in the Pavillion
  • “The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction” by Laure Drogoul (1-3 p.m.) — an immersive, interactive artwork in the Pavillion that is a tableau of natural and post-natural creatures inspired by manuscripts. Viewers are encouraged to participate in the performance that shows off a pageant of creatures from the past, present and future.

Garage parking is free during the festival. No registration is required.

Photo Courtesy of Carol Nahorniak

  • Richard

    But I don’t go to RTC anymore. If you’re going, wait until Sunday when the rain is gone and the parking is free.

    • JoeInReston

      Free parking starts from 5pm Friday and goes on throughout the weekend. Technically you could park free at 4pm, but you might be forced to register your car, which isn’t worth the pain. I wouldn’t be surprised if RTC allowed free parking all day Friday because its a special event day, but that is wild speculation on my part.

      You may be right on the weather though

  • Why do you bother?

    Too bad it’s at RTC. Won’t set foot there until parking is free 24/7.

    • Virginia Reader

      They said parking free for the festival. See the advert above.

      • The Constitutionalist

        And the comment said, until parking is free 24/7. See the comment above.

        • Why do you bother?

          Agreeing with you twice in one week – I may faint.

  • Ted Gebis

    I’d rather not walk around looking at overpriced wind chimes in those little tents.

  • Greendayer

    Can you dock your boat for free?

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