Saturday, May 16: 10 am - 6 pm Sunday, May 17: 10 am - 5 pm
The much anticipated annual Greater Reston Arts Center Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is coming! A nationally top-ranked fine art and craft festival that typically attracts 30,000+ patrons, the Festival is also Greater Reston Arts Center's primary fundraiser. Our Festival is made possible by our fantastic community sponsors, Reston Town Center Association and the Reston Community Center and it allows GRACE -- the area's largest non-profit dedicated exclusively to enhancing community life through excellence in and the promotion of the visual arts -- to offer its free-to-the-public exhibitions at its Town Center Gallery and art education programs across all ages (GRACE Art is currently in over 40 schools regionally impacting over 20,000 children).
Each year our competitive, juried, 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 craft at the Festival, now in its 24th year, ensures that there is something for every taste and budget. One of the highlights of visiting the Festival is having the opportunity to interact directly the talented participating artists. See the list of participating artists for 2015!
NEW The 2015 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be held in the streets of Reston Town Center. The Festival is open to the public Saturday, May 16, 10am - 6pm and Sunday, May 17, from 10am - 5pm, rain or shine. Join us! 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.
NEW Festival Launch Party will be held in the Pavilion, sponsored by M Group, on Friday, May 15 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm and will include the participating artists. This celebratory kick off to Festival weekend will be an artful evening that will feature music, a silent auction, and a special raffle, in addition to complimentary beverages and savory creations. Buy your tickets today!
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. NEW this year the family friendly art making will take place in the Pavilion and has been renamed the Family Art Park, sponsored by Fidelity Investments. NEW renowned international artist Patrick Dougherty will be creating a site specific, immersive, temporary installation in the Town Center Square Park across from the GRACE gallery.
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival benefits the non-profit Greater Reston Arts Center 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. Over 500 volunteers are needed to make the Festival the signature community event that it is. Volunteer HERE
If you or your company would be interested in becoming a Festival sponsor please visit our Sponsor page
If you or your company would like volunteer your time and energy at the Festival, we encourage you to join our volunteer team.
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.