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by Fatimah Waseem October 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm 6 Comments

Local restaurants will offer up their favorite fall menus on Saturday during Flavors of Fall, a free annual festival that includes live entertainment, dancing and family activities at Reston Town Center.

The outdoor festival, formerly known as Reston Oktoberfest and run by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, will take place from noon to 11 p.m.

New to the festival this year is a cornhole tournament, which will feature regional teams who will compete for prizes, including travel and weekend getaway packages. Another addition this year is a craft beer and VIP lounge, where attendees can purchase tickets to experience 18 different craft beers.

The event, one of the largest outdoor festivals in Northern Virginia, draws around 35,000 attendees, according to Mark Ingrao, president and CEO of GRCC.

“The whole idea is two things. It’s an opportunity to give back to the community and it’s an opportunity for us to showcase our businesses and restaurants to the community,” Ingrao said.

Confirmed restaurants include Barcelona Wine Bar, Choolaah Indian Barbecue, Clyde’s of Reston, GreenFare, The Melting Pot, Mom’s Momo, Pittsburgh Rick’s and Tavern 64 Regional Kitchen.

Entertainment includes Scott Kurt & Memphis 59, The Fabulous Dialtones, and The VIPS.

The next day, attendees can debut their Halloween costumes at the Reston Pumpkin 5K and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash. Races begin at 8:15 a.m.

For more information, visit RestonFlavors.com. Admission is free.

Food tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. Tickets to taste three 5-ounce drinks from craft beer vendors are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Participants must show valid identification to drink.

Proceeds will benefit the INCspire Education Foundation, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s 501(c)(3) education initiative, which provides a mentor network, business education and business training. The chamber represents more than 650 businesses in the Dulles Business Corridor, according to its website.

File photo of 2015 festival

by Karen Goff October 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm 3 Comments

Oktoberfest Reston 2015

See you in the beer garden on Saturday.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Oktoberfest Reston is tomorrow at Reston Town Center.

Food, wine, music and vendors will fill the area around Market Street. Oktoberfest takes place rain or shine (and there is rain in the forecast for Saturday).

Here is what you need to know:

The fun begins at noon and runs until 11 p.m.

Admission is free. Food and drink tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. You can purchase advance tickets online at www.OktoberfestReston.com or at the festival.

Beers on tap include Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Warfteiner, Blue Moon and Miller Lite. There will also be a Craft Beer Alley featuring Fair Winds, Flying Dog, Heritage, Old Ox and Old Bust Head.

Among the local restaurants with food for sale: Tavern 64 Regional Kitchen; Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro; American Tap Room; Neyla; Buffalo Wing Factory; The Melting Pot; Pittsburgh Ricks; The Melting Pot; and GreenFare.

Among the entertainment: Alpine Dancers, The Low’nBrows German Band, Dr FU, DJ Edward Daniels and DJ Moon Man. Check the event website for the exact schedule at the two stages (RTC Pavilion and on Library Street).

While Oktoberfest is one day only, the celebration continues on Sunday, Oct. 9 with the Pumpkin 5K and Kids Pumpkin Dash. Participants are encouraged to run in their Halloween costumes. The race begins at 8:15 a.m. and goes on a flat course around Reston Town Center.

Online registration ends today. Participants can also sign up Saturday and Sunday at packet pickup.

by Karen Goff October 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Pumpkin 5K 2015/Credit: Chip McCrea

There is still time to get off the couch and run in your Halloween costume this weekend.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Reston Pumpkin 5K & Kids’ Pumpkin Dash is part of Oktoberfest Reston on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Race time is 8:15 a.m. Participants are encouraged to debut their Halloween costumes or dress in their Oktoberfest Lederhosen and join in the fun with the whole family.

Here is what you need to know:

The race is at Reston Town Center.

Race Day Schedule:

  • Race Day Packet Pickup/Registration: 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • 5K Start Time: 8:15 a.m. (course open for 60 min)
  • Kids’ Pumpkin Dash Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Awards Ceremony: 10 a.m.

Registration Fees:

5K Adult (ages 15 and over):

$30 per person through Oct. 7

$35 per person – Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 (at packet pick up)

5K (ages 14 and under):

$20 per person through Oct. 7

$25 per person – Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 (at packet pick up)

Kids’ Pumpkin Dash (recommended for kids ages 8 and under, all finishers will receive a finishers keepsake)

$10 per person through Oct. 7

$15 per person – Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 (at packet pick up)

Streets affected include Market Street inside the town center, as well as Baron Cameron Avenue, Town Center Parkway, Fountain Drive and Reston Parkway. Only Market Street will be fully blocked; the rest will have a lane closed off, so be aware if you are driving that route Sunday morning. See the course map on the PR Races site.

The rest of the Oktoberfest Reston festivities — food, beer, wine, live entertainment and more — take place on Saturday. See this previous Reston Now post for more details.

Photo: Pumpkin 5K 2015/Credit: Chip McCrea

by Karen Goff September 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm 4 Comments

Oktoberfest Reston 2015

Get your beer stein ready: The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest Reston returns to Reston Town Center on Oct. 8. Food, wine, music and vendors will fill the area around Market Street.

Here is what you need to know:

The fun begins at noon and runs until 11 p.m.

Admission is free. Food and drink tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. You can purchase advance tickets online at www.OktoberfestReston.com or at the festival.

Beers on tap include Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Warfteiner, Blue Moon and Miller Lite. There will also be a Craft Beer Alley featuring Fair Winds, Flying Dog, Heritage, Old Ox and Old Bust Head.

Among the local restaurants with food for sale: Tavern 64 Regional Kitchen; Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro; American Tap Room; Neyla; Buffalo Wing Factory; The Melting Pot; Pittsburgh Ricks; The Melting Pot; and GreenFare.

Among the entertainment: Alpine Dancers, The Low’nBrows German Band, Dr FU, DJ Edward Daniels and DJ Moon Man. Check the event website for the exact schedule at the two stages (RTC Pavilion and on Library Street).

The fun continues on Sunday, Oct. 9 with the Pumpkin 5K and Kids Pumpkin Dash. Participants are encouraged to run in their Halloween costumes. The race begins at 8:15 a.m. and goes on a flat course around Reston Town Center.

Registration is now open online.

by Karen Goff October 12, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Beer, brats, food trucks and amazing weather were the highlights of the weekend at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s annual Oktoberfest Reston at Reston Town Center.

The event featured craft brews and specialties from local restaurants, as well as the Reston Pumpkin 5K race and live music.

by Karen Goff October 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is reminding Restonians (and near-Restonians) to “wear your Lederhosen — and drink beer!” in this promotional video for this weekend’s Oktoberfest Reston.

Online beer and drink ticket sales end Thursday at 5 p.m. So if you want to avoid lines, you can act now. Otherwise, tickets are available on site.

The festival runs Saturday, Oct. 10, noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Parking at Reston Town Center is free. Admission is free.

Beers on tap: Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Yuengling. Beers available in Oktoberfest’s Craft Beer Alley: Flying Dog, Heritage, Old Ox and Old Bust Head.

Food will be available from American Tap Room, Clyde’s of Reston, Buffalo Wing Factory, Naked Pizza, Pittsburgh Ricks, Bento House, Tavern 64 Regional Kitchen, The Big Cheese, The Melting Pot, The Sprouted Spoon, and more.

Live Entertainment from Alpine Dancers, The Low’nBrows German Band, Gonzo’s Nose, DJ Edward Daniels, Kings Park German Band, Herr Metal & Dr FU and DJ B Rok. Visit the event website to see exact schedule.

Oktoberfest will also feature the Reston Pumpkin 5K (and kids Pumpkin Dash) on Sunday morning. Runners, feel free to break out your Halloween costume for the race. Visit the Reston Pumpkin 5K site for more information and registration.

Meanwhile, the Chamber says it has an urgent need for volunteers for Oktoberfest. Volunteers receive T-shirts and 12 free food/drink tickets. You can volunteer as an individual or as a team, which is great for offices looking to increase their company profile while doing community service. Check out the volunteer shifts and position available and register online.

by Karen Goff September 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm 4 Comments

Oktoberfest Reston 2014/Credit: Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Get ready for steins of beer, lots of food and a full lineup of live music as Oktoberfest Reston returns to Reston Town Center Oct. 10 and 11.

Oktoberfest Reston is sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and is Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor fall festival with about 85,000 visitors.

Here is what you need to know:

Festival hours are Saturday, Oct. 10, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Oktoberfest Reston event admission is free. Food tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for 24 tickets. You can purchase advance tickets on sale online at www.OktoberfestReston.com.

Parking is free in Reston Town Center parking garages.

Beers on tap: Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, Yuengling. Craft Beer Alley: Flying Dog, Heritage, Old Ox and Old Bust Head.

Food available from American Tap Room, Clyde’s of Reston, Buffalo Wing Factory, Naked Pizza, Pittsburgh Ricks, Tavern 64 Regional Kitchen, The Big Cheese, The Melting Pot, The Sprouted Spoon, and more.

Entertainment: Alpine Dancers, The Low’nBrows German Band, Gonzo’s Nose, DJ Edward Daniels, Kings Park German Band, Herr Metal & Dr FU and DJ B Rok. Visit the event website to see exact schedule.

Oktoberfest Reston can always use volunteers. Check the volunteer page on the event website for more info.

Oktoberfest will also feature the Reston Pumpkin 5K (and kids Pumpkin Dash) on Sunday morning. Runners, feel free to break out your Halloween costume for the race. Visit the Reston Pumpkin 5K site for more information and registration.

Photo courtesy of Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

by Karen Goff September 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

The Great Pumpkin 5K is on hiatus this year/Credit: Greater Washington Sports Alliance Halloween costume-clad runners will return to Reston this fall.

After the 2014 Oktoberfest took place without its popular Great Pumpkin 5K, a race is back in the lineup for 2015.

Oktoberfest Reston will feature the Reston Pumpkin 5K, said the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the annual fall festival Oct. 10-11.

The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K, which featured one of the best logos around, was off the schedule in 2014 because the race was administered by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, which had disbanded, Chamber president and CEO Mark Ingrao said last year. He also said the Chamber planned to reorganize the race and present it themselves for 2015, which they have.

Here is what you need to know about the new Reston Pumpkin 5K:

The race begins at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Reston Town Center

There will be a Kids Pumpkin Dash at 9:30 a.m.

Fees:

$30 per person until Oct. 9
$35 per person – Oct. 10 and 11

Ages 14 and under:
$20 per person until Oct. 9
$25 per person – Oct. 10 and 11

Kids’ Pumpkin Dash (recommended for kids ages 8 and under, all finishers will receive a finishers keepsake)
$10 per person until Oct. 9
$15 per person – Oct. 10 and 11

There will be a Scrambled Legs Breakfast! with food vendors and beer on tap when you cross the finish line.

Costumes encouraged.

To register, visit the race website.

by Andrea Swalec October 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm 1 Comment

Oktoberfest Reston/Credit: Greater Reston Chamber of CommerceGet ready for bagpipes, beer gardens and sauerkraut.

Oktoberfest will take over Reston Town Center this weekend, with carnival rides set up starting Friday night and live music, food vendors and more on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free, but you’ll need tickets for beer, wine, food and carnival rides. Visit the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s website to purchase tickets in advance, or buy them on site.

The Guns ‘n Hoses Chili Cookoff will be fought Saturday starting at noon. Firefighters and police officers from across Northern Virginia will show off their cooking skills and compete for prizes and bragging rights.

There will be live, traditional German music during the day, and pop tunes at night at stages in the pavilion and in Library Street. Children can try the “Ultimate Fire Fighter Kids’ Obstacle Course” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. The full entertainment lineup can be found here.

Food
Vendors will be located on Market Street, including:

  • Buffalo Wing Factory
  • Clyde’s
  • Milwaukee Custard
  • Naked Pizza
  • Paisano’s Pizza
  • The Melting Pot

Beer
The pavilion beer garden will open at noon both days, as will the craft beer area on Library Street. Here’s what’s on tap:

  • Pavilion Beer Garden — Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams and Yuengling Traditional Lager
  • Craft Beer Garden — Old Ox, Old Bust Head Brewing Co., New Belgium, Flying Dog and D.C. Brau

by Karen Goff September 26, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

Oktoberfest Reston/Credit: Greater Reston Chamber of CommerceThe streets of Reston Town Center will turn into a beer garden and carnival Oct. 11 and 12 as the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest Reston returns.

Here is what you need to know:

Oktoberfest runs noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

The carnival rides only will be open Friday, Oct. 10 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Admission is free, but you need tickets for beer, wine, food and carnival rides. Visit the Chamber website to purchase tickets in advance or buy them on site.

Saturday will also feature the Guns ‘n Hoses Chili Cookoff, where firefighter and police officers from all over Northern Virginia show off their cooking skills and compete for bragging rights and prizes.

Beer

The pavilion beer garden opens at noon both days, as does the craft beer area located on Library Street. Here is what is on tap:

  • Pavilion Beer Garden — Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams, Yuengling Traditional Lager
  • Craft Beer Garden — Old Ox, Old Busthead Brewing Co., New Belgium, Flying Dog, D.C. Brau

Food

Vendors will be located on Market Street, including:

  • Buffalo Wing Factory
  • Clyde’s
  • Milwaukee Custard
  • Naked Pizza
  • Paisano’s Pizza
  • Tailgater by Toby NOVA
  • The Melting Pot

Entertainment

There will be live, traditional German music during the day, and pop dance tunes at night at stages in the pavilion and in Library Street.

Full entertainment lineup here.

Photo Courtesy of Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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