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Top of the mornin’ to ya! This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kicks off in a brand new fashion: with the Potomac River Running Lucky Leprechaun 5K on Saturday, March 16, at 8:30am!

Start your Irish-palooza with a festive 3.1 mile run around Reston Town Center.  The 5k course winds its way on the roads surrounding Reston Town Center, and let it be noted – with a 60 minute time limit en tow.  If that sounds daunting, don’t worry! The average time to walk a mile is 20 minutes, and with this track being just over three miles maintaining an easy pace should get you through! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some gold.*

Stroller-bound wee ’uns: unfortunately this course is not stroller friendly, so you will have to wait for your care-taker at the finish line; we recommend waiting with another care-taker. For the slightly older tykes, there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run at 9:30am – registration for this portion of the event will take place on the morning of March 16 in front of the Pavilion.

Like proof of your commitment to fitness and all things St. Patty’s?  Register early and snag some sweet swag in the form of a Lucky Leprechaun t-shirt: www.prraces.com/luckyleprechaun.

Ok, so you just ran an incredible race on a Saturday morning through the wilds of Reston. It was harrowing. It was revitalizing. It was the fuel for your healthy Irish heart! And, not to mention it gave some early repentance for the day’s coming food and beverage choices…

So, what are you going to do next?!

Stomp across that finish line and get refueled Emerald Isle-style with the Clyde’s of Reston St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – that’s what you’re going to do! At 10am get your fill with the Bacon & Kegs Irish breakfast, then enjoy Clyde’s food, Guinness beer, and Irish folk dancing all day long.  Kid’s get in the spirit too with activities to keep ‘em going all the live long day, including festive face painting and a moon bounce.

Raise a pint, dance a jig, twirl a lass, and eat your fill. This celebration raves on rain or shine on Saturday, March 16, 10am – 11pm. Sláinte!

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*Reston Town Center does not maintain or manage the existence of gold or its distribution in or around the 5K loop area. That is left for participating leprechauns, rainbows, or Brangelina to bestow upon who they wish.


Get ready to fill your tankards and sing some German folk songs; Oktoberfest is coming back to Reston Town Center October 5-7, 2012! Hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the 3-day event includes a Saturday morning 5K, food, wine & beer, a carnival, a chili cook off and live entertainment including traditional German music and dance. Whew! Sounds like a quite a weekend, so let’s get down to details, shall we?

The festival opens on Friday, October 5 at 3 pm. That means the carnival will be up and running with rides like the tilt-a-whirl and games to win fantastic prizes for the kids and the kids-at-heart who can’t resist. The food will also be underway with tasty treats like Japanese potstickers from Obi Sushi, Autumn Gnocci from Paolo’s Ristorante, Italian sausage from Il Fornaio, mac & cheese from Uno Chicago Grill, and lots more dishes from participating restaurants! (Carnival tickets will be available to purchase online soon and all-you-can-ride wristbands for Saturday morning will be available for purchase at The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce starting September 17.)

Of course the beers and wines will also be available throughout the festival. In true Oktoberfest fashion, seasonal beers like Shock Top’s Pumpkin Wheat and Dominion’s Oktoberfest  will be available along with some perennial favorites  such as Beck’s, Bud Light, and Widmer. For those who love microbrews, there will be a couple craft beers on tap near the Library Street stage! And for those poor souls who can’t or don’t like beer, Market Cellars and The Wine Cabinet will have wine available near the Pavilion!

Saturday features a few activities unique to the Oktoberfest weekend!  The morning kicks off at 8:15 am with the Anthem Pumpkin 5K, offering a quick route around Reston Town Center and the surrounding community.  The 5K is followed by the Pumpkin Smash Mile, a non-timed mile long party with Halloween costumes and tons of enthusiasm. Participants with the BEST costumes will be awarded prizes, honor and bragging rights. And lastly, the smallest ones get to decorate pumpkins and compete in the Pumpkin Dash, which also encourages fun and costumes! Online registration is open through October 2, otherwise, you can register at packet pickup on October 5, or on-site before the races on October 6.

Since the runners loop back to the Pavilion prior to Oktoberfest kicking-off, the Scrambled Legs Breakfast will be open for post-race refueling, including fall brews of course, and the carnival will open early and offer unlimited-ride wristbands!  Of course, runners are encouraged to stay and enjoy all the festivities – Oktoberfest opens at 11 am!

If you’re still hungry after the Scrambled Legs Breakfast, you won’t have to wait very long before the Guns ‘n Hoses Chili Cookoff at noon where the Police Department and the Fire Department square off in a battle of brute cooking skills. You will need to taste the competition very, very carefully before deciding on your “People’s Choice” vote. The award ceremony starts at 4 pm, so make sure you’re there when they announce the champion!

It wouldn’t be a festival without live entertainment! Traditional German music and dance will fill the streets all three days. Then at night, the Pavilion will rock out to this line up: Friday night, Gonzo’s Nose, music from the 80s to today; Saturday night, 2U, a U2 tribute band; Sunday night, Almost Journey, as you could guess, a Journey tribute band.

And, as with any great event, volunteers are always a must! If you would like to participate in the event in a slightly different way (and get a few free tickets and a tee-shirt for your efforts!) sign up here.

This is the fall festival that really has something for everybody, so come ready to drink some brews, eat good food, ride the rides and get in the autumn spirit. For ticket sales and other updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, OR, follow Oktoberfest on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at Reston Town Center – Prost!

ImageCalling all Foodies! Not to brag, but Reston has some of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia and we get the honor of showing them off each year. Last weekend Reston Town Center was crowded and bustling with sights and smells from Taste of Reston & Carnival, presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and voted “Northern VA’s Best Food Festival” this year by Virginia Living.

ImageOver 20 restaurants participated, giving the festival a broad culinary palette fit for any gourmand. A few favorites were Clyde’s of Reston’s Asian chicken sandwich covered in a teriyaki glaze which won top prize from the panel of Chamber of Commerce judges.  Paolo’s Ristorante captured third place with their sweet yet spicy and savory meatball spiedini – traditional Sicilian meatballs skewered for an Arabic cooking style. Il Fornaio’s mozzarella caprese was a beautifully presented classic – fresh mozzarella and a whole basil leaf seasoned and served on half a tomato – as an example of Italy’s simplest flavors combined. Sweetgreen’s cesar salad/wrap was light and refreshing featuring Sweetgreen’s locally sourced ingredients, which is the secret to their crisp success.

The newest features of the festival were the Wine ‘n Dine cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Some of the top chefs in the area demonstrated their favorite cuisine and cocktail recipes to taste along with wine pairings. Learning how to re-create a delicious meal at home is the highest form of flattery a foodie can pay to a chef’s skill and creativity.

And if you missed the festival, don’t worry, it’s hosted at Reston Town Center every June, and in the meantime we have loads more mouth-watering restaurants to try like M&S Grill that has some of the most fresh, complex gazpacho in town with its glory of crab and avocado toppings. Busara Thai Cuisine is known for its traditional Pad Thai, Pad Woon Sen, and vegetarian tofu dishes with that authentic Thai kick to them. And if you’re craving Mexican, you can’t go wrong at Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café with their margaritas, fajitas al carbon or BBQ chicken quesadillas, gooey with cheese and sauce, but only served on Mondays and Fridays.

So explore Reston Town Center’s culinary offerings, you won’t be disappointed, and bon appetit!

May 1st marks the favorite day of the year for our furry friends at Reston Town Center!  Pet Fiesta is an outdoor festival bringing together local businesses, animal rescue groups and pet owners for one exciting day of interactive activities, demonstrations, exhibitions and animals galore. Meet dozens of animals looking for their “forever home” and then check out the latest in pet products. The kids will enjoy on-stage entertainment, face painting and caricature artists. Gather the kids and join us for a great spring day of pets and fun for the whole family, all for a great cause!

Paws-itively Fun Pet Contests!

Think your dog is the fastest Frosty Paw™ eater? Does your dog have the howl heard round the world? Is your pet a snappy dresser?  Enter a variety of contests and win fabulous prizes!

Tails on Trails Dog Walk

What better way to spend a spring day that walking with your best friend? The Tails on Trails dog walk is a scenic walk to raise money to help homeless dogs find loving homes. The route will take you and your furry pal around the Reston Town Center on a walk along the W&OD trail, sidewalks & footpaths. What a great way to bond with your pet and get some much needed exercise! Dog walk begins at 10AM rain or shine!

Super Pet Adoption

Rescue groups will showcase adoptable animals to potential forever families. The event will also host nonprofit animal welfare organizations dedicated to educating the public.

Fun for the WHOLE family

Schedule

The event runs from 9am – 4pm. View the full event schedule.

Exhibits

This year’s Fiesta features exhibitors of pet products, nonprofit groups and rescue groups. Bring your leashed pet to do some shopping, meet new friends, or maybe even adopt a new family member!  Check out the list of nearly 100 organizations participating here.

Pet Fiesta benefits GoodDogz.org, an organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on dog selection and care and supporting the efforts of rescue groups.

Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival Comes to Reston Town Center
Saturday, April 24 2010, Noon – 6 pm

Attendees of the upcoming wine festival can sample over 200 wines from 20 different local wineries.

What’s All The Excitement About…

  • Great Family Fun. The festival is an inexpensive way to see Virginia Wine Country – right in your own backyard. Take your sample glass and enjoy samples from all your favorite wineries.
  • Great new kids activity area. If you want to bring the kids, have them enjoy the fun activity booths and craft area. Kids are FREE.
  • Crafts and Culinary Gift Items. The Show features about 60 different artists and crafters that will offer neat gift ideas for the foodie in you or your friends.
  • “Gourmet Live!” Enjoy cooking and wine pairing seminars on-site at the show.
  • Live Music on the Main Stage. Listen to your favorite bands while you try the different wines on-site.
  • Win a Trip to Sonoma Wine Country! One lucky winner will win a trip to Sonoma Wine Country in 2010. Make sure you join our mailing list at the entrance of the show to be entered to win.

One Adult Admission Includes:

Souvenir wine glass, unlimited samples, all performances and cooking demonstrations.

Ticket Prices

$30 2-day ticket

$25 On-site

$20 Advance online

$15 Designated Drivers

$18 Group Tickets (per ticket) for groups of 20 or more (must order by phone 800.830.3976).

Kids – 12 and under admitted FREE!

Advanced Purchase at www.uncorkthefun.com or 800.830.3976.

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