Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar. Know of other events in the area? Comment below.
Closures are in effect ahead of Christmas weekend, but there are still a few options for things to do in the area:
- Horse-drawn carriage rides continue on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. at Reston Town Center. Rides depart from Market Street near Clyde’s and cost $5 per person. Children under 5 ride free.
- Have your gifts wrapped by volunteers at Hyatt Regency’s Market Street entrance on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations will benefit Kids 4 First.
- Enjoy a holiday break brunch at Mon Ami Gabi from Tuesday through Friday. The brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.
- Take part in college night skate night at the Ice Skating Pavilion in Reston Town Center every Thursday through March from 6 – 9 p.m.
- Paulina Peavy’s exhibition at Greater Reston Arts Center continues every Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Santa will visit Glory Days Grill on 1400 North Point Village Center on saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Donations for Thanksgiving Food Drive Needed Through Nov. 20 — The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Community Center and Cornerstones is seeking non-perishable food and items for a food drive. Drop off locations are dispersed throughout Reston. All donations will benefit Cornerstones, a non-profit organization that aims to help neighbors overtime tough economic times. For a complete list of items needed and drop off-locations visit the center’s website. [Reston Community Center]
Reston Town Center’s Ice Skating Pavilion To Open for the Season — Lace up your skates and get ready for the opening of RTC’s ice skating pavilion on 1818 Discovery St. The pavilion will be open today at 11. Admission for adults is $10 and $9 for children under 12. Skate rentals cost $6. [Reston Town Center via Facebook]
Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers Countywide –– Drivers are needed throughout to pick up and deliver meals to individuals on specific routes. Deliveries are made midday Monday, Wednesday ad Friday. Each route is a maximum of two hours. [Fairfax County Government]
‘Death at the Place Theater’ Showing Continues This Weekend — Watch the saga of Vaudeville at Café Montmartre at Lake Anne tomorrow and next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. The show opened to a packed house earlier this month. [Fairfax County Times]
- Reston Community Players’ opening performance of “Rock of Ages” is tonight at 8 p.m. at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). They will also take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for each performance of the show, which will run through April 1, are $25.
- The ice skating pavilion at Reston Town Center will have its final day of the season Sunday.
- Reston Town Center is hosting “Family Fun Saturdays” throughout March to benefit Opportunity Neighborhood: Reston. This week, there will be dog adoptions with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a fire truck and police car “see inside” event from 1-3 p.m.; a balloon artist from 1-4 p.m.; live music from 2-4 p.m.; and “free sweet treats” beginning at 1 p.m., while supplies last.
- Potomac River Running (11911 Democracy Drive) will present its Lucky Leprechaun 5K, set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The event will also include a kids’ fun run, and there will be a post-race celebration at World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.)
- Other events at Reston Town Center this weekend include Girl Scout cookie sales, an Easter cookie class for junior chefs at Williams-Sonoma, wine tasting at Il Fornaio and live music at World of Beer.
- The reception for Joan Kelly’s “New Directions” at Reston Art Studio and Galleries (11400 Washington Plaza W.) will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Works are primarily acrylic paintings on paper.
- The documentary film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” will be shown Sunday at 3 p.m. at CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road). Admission is free.
- Mentalist and magician Derek Jasper will present “Epiphany” at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive) tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; tickets for the two-hour show are $25.
- Students at South Lakes High School (11400 South Lakes Drive) will present their annual student showcase at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $5.
- ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center St.) will offer Cornucopia of Inspirations — HOPE, an afternoon of upcycling discarded treasures, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The event is for students in grades 1-5. Admission is $25.
- Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) will present a lecture on the evolution of the Loudoun/Fairfax county line from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Local historian Jim Lewis will tell the story. The lecture series on World War I will continue Sunday at 2 p.m. as well. For kids, there will be a showing of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” at 11 a.m. Saturday and a young-adult writing workshop Saturday at noon.
- The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (1625 Wiehle Ave.) will be host to a discussion of LGBT issues at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner, sexologist and author, will be the speaker.
- Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from The Jones from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. tonight. DJ Kram will play the hits Saturday night.
- Congregation Beth Emeth (12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon) will offer “Purim Palooza!” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. A moon bounce, crafts, food, carnival games and more are planned.
- A special nonprofit art exhibition, part of a partnership between International Association for Self-Proclaimed Artists and Writers (IASPAW) and Building Futures Thailand, will be presented Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at The Avant at Reston Town Center (12025 Town Square St.).
The Ice Skating Pavilion at Reston Town Center (1818 Discovery St.) is scheduled to open every day over the extended Christmas holiday weekend.
Here are the hours over the holidays:
- Christmas Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Christmas Day (Sunday): Noon to 11 p.m.
- Dec. 26-29: Normal operating hours.
- New Year’s Eve (Saturday, Dec. 31): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1): 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information on skate rentals, hours and pricing, visit the Ice Skating Pavilion website.
Friday night marked the rink’s debut, and it will remain open through mid-March for skating, according to Reston Town Center staff.
The Ice Skating Pavilion opens at 11 a.m., seven days a week. The rink closes at 7 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays; and at 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Late-night skating until 11 p.m. is available on Fridays and Saturdays.
Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under, senior citizens 55 and older, and military personnel. Skate rentals are $6. On Thursdays, college students can earn a $2 discount from 6 to 9 p.m., with a valid college ID.
The rink will host a “Rock ‘N’ Skate” night weekly on Fridays from 8 to 10 p.m., and a “Cartoon Skate” with kids’ characters like Scooby Doo and The Cat in the Hat on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition, the pavilion is available for birthday parties, fundraisers and other gatherings and will host ice skating classes.
Three sessions of ice skating lessons are available this season. Sessions are $125 per skater and include four 30-minute lessons on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Sessions begin Nov. 19, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. Registration is available online.
For more information, visit the Ice Skating Pavilion page on Reston Town Center’s website.
The rink, located in the RTC Pavilion, is open daily (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday) through mid-March. Visit the skating pavilions website for additional extended holiday hours.
The skate shop (adjacent to the rink) is stocked with over 500 pairs of skates ranging from toddler to men’s size 13, in both figure and hockey styles. Beginning skaters can try the double-bladed, flat edge skates to walk across the ice until they are ready for single-blade skates.
- Adult Admission: $10
- Youth (under 12) /Senior (55+)/Military Admission: $9
- Skate Rentals: $5
- 10 Admission Pass: $85
- Season Pass: $195
- Family Season Pass: $395
On Nov. 4 and 5, the pavilion will host the annual Character Counts! fundraiser. Reston’s Character Counts! program will receive 50 percent of skating proceeds to support character and citizenship development in schools and the community. Rain dates: November 11 and 12.