The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is presented in Reston Town Center, Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20 from 10am – 5pm daily. The festival attracts art lovers, affluent homeowners, corporate executives, and design professionals in addition to the broader community. Our highly-anticipated cultural event draws up to 30,000 visitors and there is FREE garage parking all Festival weekend courtesy of Boston Properties. The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is the Greater Reston Art Center’s (GRACE’s) largest annual fundraiser.
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival as a long standing reputation for presenting high-quality work and new this year, Festival Friday on May 18 will expand the Festival experience with a focus on the Reston workforce. Reston Town Center merchants will be offering unique Festival Friday deals, that day only. And, Festival programs will once again be available on-site with almost $200 worth of restaurant coupons for a $5 donation to GRACE; it will pay for itself over lunch! Balducci’s Food Lovers Market will be onsite offering samples of savory snacks and refreshing beverages at their multiple booths and kiosks.
Added bonus: we moved our Festival Party, made possible by The M Group Architects and The Counter Custom Burgers, to Saturday night, and will celebrate the Festival artists with the announcement of the 2018 Awards of Excellence as selected by our judges, Spencer Dormitzer, Isabel Manalo and Francis Thompson, sponsored by Boston Properties. By making the Artist Awards the focus of the evening we will shine an even brighter spotlight on our participating artists. The Party will be held in the Reston Town Center Pavilion on Saturday, May 19, 7–10pm, and is an opportunity for our supporters to engage with the participating artists. This unique event is by invitation only. Become a contributing supporter today to receive your complimentary invitation(s) and help #MakeArtHappen!
THE EVENING WILL INCLUDE:
• Wine provided by Balducci’s Food Lovers Market | Reston.
• Beer from Blue Moon, provided by On Tap.
• Build your own burger or bowl at The Counter Custom Burger bar, courtesy of our Party Sponsor and Caterer, The Counter Custom Burgers.
• A premier selfie station from Get Snap’d to capture all of the night’s memories.
PLUS A MUST-SEE PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE! Baltimore-based artist Laure Drogoul will present The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction, a living tableau of natural and post-natural creatures inspired by illuminated manuscripts. The performance is intended to raise environmental awareness and revel in the natural and maybe even the post-natural world. The Illuminated Fountain of Extinction is generously supported by Reston Community Center.
These major changes will make the 2018 Festival bigger and better than ever!
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival was named one of the top 50 of “America’s Best Art Fairs” in numerous annual competitions managed by ArtFairInsiders.com.
Video provided by H9 Interactive, 2016
Images courtesy of Don Renner