Ice Skating at Reston Town Center: A Holiday Tradition Returns

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Warren Duffie

After this difficult year, we could all use an extra dose of holiday cheer. And there is no more picture-perfect and downright fun way to spend an evening than Ice Skating at Reston Town Center. The rink is practically movie quality, complete with a full canopy of lights and charming shops surrounding the ice. Bring the kids for a fun winter activity, or make a special night of it with your significant other. There’s plenty of dining and shopping near the rink, so it’s really a great spot to take advantage of this busy time of year.

Be sure to visit the skate shop for tons of new merchandise or to rent the popular double-blade, flat edge skates for beginners. To keep guests safe this year, Reston Town Center has expanded their operating hours and is offering ticketless entry and reserved time slots. Visit the website to hold your time, and to learn about free parking options and more.

Explore the Winter Walk of Lights!

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Warren Duffie

Revel in the stunning glory of more than half a million colorful lights! Bring the whole family to the magical Winter Walk of lights, held at Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens through January 5!

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens are one of the hidden treasures of Fairfax County, and never more so than during this festive walk. Every year, the gardens are transformed into a half-mile, animated path of shimmering yuletide-themed lights.

Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk. There are even new displays this year! Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping hot beverages – available for purchase – by a warm, relaxing fire.

Put on your walking shoes and experience a beloved Northern Virginia holiday tradition! Tickets start at $8. Learn more at

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court

Vienna, Virginia

(703) 255-3631

Spreading Musical Holiday Cheer!

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Looking to maintain your holiday spirit after a day of shopping or running errands? Then visit the Fountain Square and Promenade areas at the Reston Town Center to enjoy a variety of inspiring, warm-hearted musical performances! From melodic ukuleles to soaring choral numbers, you’re sure to feel revitalized and in the yuletide spirit after witnessing these ear-pleasing concerts:

December 14:

Lindsey Hirshfeld, guitar/vocals, noon

Reston Chorale, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 15:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Society, noon

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, 1 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 21:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, noon

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

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What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Picture it: you and your beloved cuddled close while watching the world go by, lulled into a relaxed state by the steady clip-clop of hooves. It’s almost like being transported to a bygone era!

On Saturdays through December 21, visitors to the Reston Town Center can enjoy this experience from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Departures leave from in front of Clyde’s. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 years of age ride for free. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Weather-dependent. If inclement weather occurs, please check updates at

Ice-Skating Season is Here!

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The Reston Town Center is celebrating ice-skating season in super style. Until March 15, 2020, the floor of the Pavilion has been transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. It’s like an indoor winter wonderland!

Rent some skates and enjoy a fun, unique exercise regimen. Have you always wanted to learn to ice skate? Then this is the perfect time to partner with an instructor and tackle that dream! Need ideas for a memorable birthday party, corporate function, or fundraising event? Book the ice skating rink for a cool – literally! – celebration. Or just bring the family out for a day of bonding and building memories.

Learn more at

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

1818 Discovery Street

Reston, Virginia

(703) 709-6300

Express Your Artistic Side during ChalkFest at Reston Town Center!

Posted on August 25, 2019 by

Held Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event is open to professional artists, amateur artists, businesses, families, and kids of all ages.

ChalkFest is one of the area’s most unique and fun events, attracting a diverse, motivated audience and promoting public art in Reston. Participants are invited to show off their creativity and craft chalk drawings on Market Street, in the heart of the Reston Town Center.

The festival draws a wide range of participants and even larger group of visitors to witness their amazing talent.

ChalkFest will be held rain or shine. Learn more at

Run Reston Town Center!

Posted on August 19, 2019 by

Start your Thursdays by breaking a sweat and crushing goals! Meet outside of Lululemon at Reston Town Center, at 6 a.m., to join up with a running group.

There will be a run for you, no matter your fitness level or goal—whether you want to train with friends or spice up your current regimen. Come out and get your workout on!


Every Thursday, 6 a.m.

Lululemon at Reston Town Center

11957 Market Street

Reston, Virginia

Fresh Food at the Reston Farmers and Makers Market!

Posted on August 2, 2019 by

Looking for a unique, vibrant shopping experience where you can buy fresh seasonal produce and mingle with creative artists and artisans? Then experience the Reston Farmers and Makers Market!

Open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market features an ever-changing selection of fruits, vegetables, and other products. Indulgences include meats, cheeses, olive oil, honey, and assorted baked goods.

But the market is more than just groceries. It’s also home to dynamic artists creating handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items.

Why not plan an excursion to the Reston Farmers and Makers Market? Enjoy the fine products, bring home some thought-provoking artwork, and possibly make some new friends!

Reston Farmers and Makers Market

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reston Town Center

Make the Dog Days of Summer a Howling Good Time!

Posted on July 27, 2019 by

Reston Town Center is a great place to walk your dog – or let your pooch walk you!

Enjoy summertime fun during the Dog Days of Summer, held every Wednesday through September 4. Canines and their humans can frolic in the Pavilion as it is transformed into an off-leash play area. You and your doggie can enjoy treats, toys, areas to cool off, pet-friendly giveaways, and more!

The Dog Days of Summer is free and sponsored by ISY’s Ways and Healthy Hound Playground and Grooming Salon & Spa.

Dog Days of Summer
Every Wednesday through September 4
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Rock Out at the Reston Concerts on the Town Series!

Posted on June 21, 2019 by

What’s your musical personality? Do you rock out to blistering guitar riffs and driving bass lines? Are you a fan of Beatles tunes or hip-shaking Latin rhythms? Maybe you prefer doo-wop, big-band jazz, or rockabilly. Whatever your taste in tunes, grab a lawn chair and picnic blanket and come see the diverse bands of the Reston Concerts on the Town Series.

Now in its 29th year, the series is held at the Reston Town Center Pavilion, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., each Saturday through August 24. Rain or shine, it’s a guaranteed good time for the entire family. Upcoming acts include:

June 22: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles tribute)

June 29: Plena Libre (Puerto Rican Latin dance band playing plena, bomba, salsa, Afro-Caribbean)

July 6: Chuck Redd & Friends (Jazz)

July 13: Elikeh (Afropop)

July 20: Good Shot Judy (Swing music)

July 27: An Evening with JD McPherson (Rockabilly, rock and roll)

August 3: Airmen of Note (U.S. Air Force Big Band jazz ensemble)

August 10: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers (Louisiana zydeco)

August 17: Underhill Rose (Progressive bluegrass, country, Americana)

August 24: Empire Strikes Brass (Funk-rock)

So get your groove on and maybe even bust a few moves at the Reston Concerts on the Town Series!

For more information, visit

Reston Town Center

11900 Market Street

Reston, Virginia