The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced annually by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), is a competitive, juried, out-door event showcasing some of the finest contemporary fine art and craft from around the country. Each year our Festival features over 200 skilled artisans who utilize both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques to create, hand-crafted, original works of art available for purchase. The sheer diversity of fine art and fine craft at the Festival, now in its 23rd year, ensures that there is something for every taste and budget. One of the highlights of the Festival is having the opportunity to interact directly with these talented artists.
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival benefits the non-profit Greater Reston Arts Center, now celebrating its 40th year, and provides critical support for the Center's mission and operations. It is a success each year due to the continued support of our community, sponsors and volunteers. We are requesting a $5 entry donation to the festival on Saturday and Sunday, which supports the Greater Reston Arts Center's mission, operations, and programs in the community. Children 18 and under are free and pre-sale Festival entry can be purchased online at a 20% discount.
The 2014 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be held in the streets of Reston Town Center. (Directions and Festival Map.) The Festival is open to the public Friday, May 16 from 5pm—8pm, Saturday, May 17, 10am—8pm and Sunday, May 18, from 10am—5pm, rain or shine.
We offer many opportunities for individuals and companies to participate in this three-day celebration of the arts. The festivities begin on Friday, May 16 at 5pm. We host a ticketed Opening Night Party in the Pavilion featuring music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvers, and a quality silent auction. Attendees will also be entitled to a 10% discount coupon for one piece of art (restrictions apply). Buy your tickets today!
If you or your company would be interested in becoming a Festival sponsor please visit our Sponsor page link. If you or your company would like volunteer your time and energy at the Festival, we encourage you to join our volunteer team.
Adding to the art viewing and buying experience, the Greater Reston Arts Center also offers visitors access to artist demonstrations and diverse art-focused activities for families. Link to Activity schedule page With generous support from the Reston Community Center, the Festival will feature live, acoustic busker musicians throughout the weekend. With the help of our community sponsors IPAR and Reston Town Center Association, a public art project will be on display in the Family Art Park. This year with the help of Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, we will also offer a Chill Tent featuring a place to relax in the shade, face painting, and an art project for teens. See the Sponsor page.
The mission of the Greater Reston Arts Center is to enrich community life by promoting involvement and excellence in contemporary visual arts. The purpose of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is to help fulfill GRACE's mission by offering the highest quality fine art and craft to the public in an exciting, easily accessible, and well-managed venue. See the GRACE home page.