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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.

Yes, chilly winds blow and snowflakes flurry down from the skies, but according to Punxsutawney Phil spring is on it’s way! The celebrity groundhog and Seer of the Seasons did NOT see his shadow, which means we get to dodge an additional six weeks of winter.

We’re welcoming the budding season with open arms here at Reston Town Center, and want to remind you of all of the fun things coming your way!

Embrace your Irish at Clyde's St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

Spring kicks-off with Clyde’s St. Patrick’s Day Party!

March

3/16 Clyde’s of Reston‘s 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

3/17 Persian New Year – Nowruz – Celebration & Festivity 

April

4/13 Walk MS 2013, produced by MS Society

4/17 R4 Collection Day – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reston!

4/20 Ride to Provide, presented by Lorenzo Alexander

4/21 Northern VA Kidney Walk, presented by the National Kidney Foundation 

4/27 Paul’s Ride for Life, benefits the Washington Regional Transplant Community 

4/27 – 4/28 Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival, produced by Great Grapes!

May

5/4 Pet Fiesta, produced by Gooddogz.org & Reston Dogs

5/5 March for Babies, produced by March of Dimes

5/5 Cinco de Mayo Street Fiesta, produced by Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe

5/17-5/19 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center

June

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/1 Concerts on the Town Series begins, Presented by Reston Town Center and Reston Town Center Association

6/2 Tour de Cure, produced by American Diabetes Association

6/9 Love Your Body – Northern Virginia Yoga and Wellness Day, produced by Beloved Yoga

6/14-6/15 Taste of Reston, produced by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/23 Reston Grand Prix Bicycle Races, produced by Evolution Cycling and The Bike Lane

View a full listing of Reston Town Center events at http://www.restontowncenter.com/events


13568_197827448822_2868127_nJoin the ambitious goal of the Marine Forces Reserve to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children!” though the Toys for Tots campaign. The Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948, and Reston Town Center has been a proud part of that tradition since 2005, gathering thousands of toys in front of the Pavilion in partnership with MIX107.3!

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Marco and Chili will broadcast LIVE, 3 – 7 pm, and Marines will be on-site accepting unwrapped toys and cash donations; so stop by and enjoy the pure feeling of the holidays knowing your gift is making a child’s Christmas wishes come true.  We can each make a difference, one present at a time.

 

Toys for Tots presents are distributed in late December, so if you can’t make it to our event, check out these alternate locations available!

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Some of the great things about the day after Thanksgiving: you have leftovers for days, you’re finally able to listen to Christmas music without earphones, but best of all, there’s a full day of activities going on at Reston Town Center! In case you’re not the type to get up at 3 am after eating all that food to go shopping (there will be plenty of time for that later), it’s time to “Come out to Play” with friends and family on Friday, November 23, featuring the Reston Holiday Parade at 11 am!

Imagine standing next to a giant Christmas tree along Market Street (at an hour where the sun is out), cradling a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate (depends on how grown up you feel that day), while you excitedly wait for the Emerald Society Pipe Band to signal the beginning of the parade as the opening banner makes its way down Market Street toward you. Pipes blaring, you cheer, clap, and join in with hundreds of children ringing their jingle bells as legendary creator of Reston, Bob Simon, rolls by.

Dancers, musicians, acrobats, antique cars and more parade pass by while a few groups, like “Gotta Swing” and “Dynamix Salsa Dance Group” stop to really show off what they’ve got. There’s so much to see, but there’s no way you’ll miss those monstrous Macy’s-style helium balloons as they slowly float by, marveling in their wake. The line-up is different every year, but the nostalgia, camaraderie and merriment remain the same!  So come out and see what spectacles await!

And then FINALLY, after all the balloons, merriment and performances … Santa and Mrs. Claus, the ones we’ve been waiting for,  come clip-clopping into view down the street in their horse-drawn carriage waving, and bringing the magic of the Christmas spirit with them. And as you feel that tingly emotion all over, you know, officially, Christmas has arrived and it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

For more pictures of last year’s parade, check out our Facebook album!

We also invite you to join the rest of our memorable day – with the Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids!) at 8am, Visits & Photos with Santa 12:30-4:30pm, Tree Lighting and Sing-Along at 6pm, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides 6:30-10pm. More information at www.restontowncenter.com/holidays! And for a little preview of what the day is going to look like, check out this news clip with Reggie the Bear!

Whatever you do, we hope you and your family create a holiday season worth remembering for years to come!

Where you’ll want to be Saturday: Rink-side sipping hot coco while your children let loose on the newly opened Reston Town Center Ice Skating Rink. The best part – it’s all in the name of charity.

By the end of the week the Pavilion will be transformed into a glistening Ice Skating Rink.  And in keeping with the longtime tradition, on opening weekend, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 50% of proceeds go to support Character Counts! Reston Coalition.

So lace up your skates, because we’re out to raise funds for one of the biggest character education programs in the nation. Character Counts! Reston Coalition directly impacts our local students with programs like Ethics Day for South Lakes High School seniors. This non-profit initiative is designed to help youngsters and adults develop and practice the six pillars of good character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.

The wishes tossed into Mercury Fountain are donated regularly to Character Counts! Reston Coalition, but this weekend we want to mix philanthropy with fun while making a lasting impact on our children.  (Parents, this can also be a springboard into a conversation with your kids about why character counts and how to develop it!)

Excitement is high because installation of the rink has already begun with the glass dasher boards installed, but we are waiting for clearer weather to start up the underground chilling system and begin the flooding to transform the Pavilion floor into the spectacular ice rink! And don’t worry if you’re a little rusty on the ice, the Reston Town Center Skate Shop has any rentals or lessons you may need!

For those who would rather meet their Saturday morning cartoons than watch them, there’s a Saturday Morning Cartoon Skate 11am – 1pm. Also, don’t miss Friday Night Rock ‘n’ Skate every Friday night 8-11pm with a live DJ, games and prizes. There’s lots of fun to be had at the Ice Skating Rink, so bundle up and kick the season off with us this weekend!

Walking into the Hyatt Regency Reston before the holidays is like walking into a candy wonderland. Every year as you enter the lobby, the smells of baked spicy gingerbread and the sugary sweetness of frosting and candy invite you to explore every delicious detail of their Gingerbread Village. This sweet vignette can make anyone feel like a kid again – made entirely of edible treats the scene depicts a rustic snowy mountain village with a train whisking through it.

For five days Executive Chef Edward Deng, Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Key, and their team of engineers meticulously craft the highly detailed candy structures the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, carrying on a 22-year-old tradition that began when the Hyatt opened in 1990.

We all wish we could take a big bite out of it, but this magical creation may even be too sweet for Willy Wonka, amazingly containing:

100 pounds of flour
2 gallons of molasses
2 gallons of honey
145 pounds of sugar
1 ½ pounds of cinnamon
1 ½ pounds of nutmeg
15 pounds of pretzels
90 pounds of candy

And the result is spectacular!

 

So come by the Hyatt Regency Reston day or night, November 21 through December 27, and join in the holiday spirit with a favorite holiday tradition in Reston Town Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heat is on! Prepare your taste buds now for the epic chili you will sample this weekend at Oktoberfest Reston at Reston Town Center. It may not be German, but it certainly is delicious, a little spicy, and a savory favorite for the fall months. The showdown is on Library Street, Saturday, October 6, 12-5pm, but the festival is the weekend of October 5-7, 2012, so plan your visit to Oktoberfest accordingly!

And what a spectacular battle of the beans and beef it will be at this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses Chili Cook-off!  The rivalry between the Fairfax County Police and Fire & Rescue departments has reached an all-time high since last year’s cook-off at Taste of Reston.

After the Police Department won last year with their “Reaper’s Stew,” the Fire Department is gunning (or hosing rather?) for the title of chili champ. The winner will be announced at 4pm on Saturday, so be sure to make it down to Library Street before the panel of judges crowns the newest victor. The panel will be voting based on aroma, color, consistency, taste, and aftertaste to award the “Overall Best Chili.”

But they’re not the only ones who get to choose a winner. After sampling all the varieties, you decide who gets the “People’s Choice” award. This sounds easy enough, but with names such as “The Chili Department Reston Road Kill Chili” and “Crime Scene Section Reaper’s Stew” if may be harder to pick a favorite than you think.

Winners receive not only the title of champion and bragging rights in this battle of the hometown heroes, but a coveted trophy. Who will win? Come out this weekend and find out!

Fall is finally here – the weather has cooled down, school has started, and you’re ready to get back on track. Now’s the time get active, and get a jump start on the cold winter months…and maybe some of the activities and events at Reston Town Center can help!

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

Join Potomac River Running for their weekly fun run on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. This low key group run led by store staff and members of various local training groups allows runners of every pace and experience to feel at home in a casual setting! The free program is a great way to meet new people and add some structure to your training schedule.  They also have a special free kettlebell group session on Saturday, September 29, 9-10 am in the Pavilion for those who want to increase their strength!


Get Active with Athleta at one of their many health and fitness classes or workshops! This month check out their Nutrition Club on Sundays 10:30–11:30 am; explore juicing as a cleanse or way to simply increase your fruits and veggie during the raw cuisine juicing class on Sunday, June 23. They also have a Run Club on Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm, but if running isn’t your thing, they have a Cardio Happy Hour Tuesdays, 6-7 pm.  For moms looking for a fun way to get active and meet other moms, they offer a Rolling Stroller meet-up on Wednesdays from 10-11 am, but if you want to roll a little faster, the Power-to-the-She Cycle Club may be a good fit (meets Saturdays along with The Bike Lane’s 20 mile morning ride 9-11am). And for those who prefer to chat and socialize instead of gasping for air, there is a Walk Club that meets Sunday Mornings from 9:30-10:30 am for a 3 mile walk around Reston Town Center. Athleta is also celebrating National Yoga month with Yoga classes on Saturdays September 22 (Pavilion) and 29 (in the store) from 8-9 am. All these activities are free, so get involved and try something new!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Candlelight Rally is only one mile, but raises support and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Association research that can reclaim the future for millions. So join us in the Pavilion at 5pm on Sunday, September 30 for a special walk and candlelight rally.

Help the Homeless Walk at Mayflowersis coming up on Thursday, October 4, 12 pm to support Reston Interfaith’s program to raise awareness and funds to prevent and end homelessness in our community. The brief walk from Mayflowers to the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter and back (about a mile or so) and is a good, social way to enjoy the great outdoors while helping your community. Reston Interfaith will receive a $50,000 bonus incentive through the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program if 4,000 people walk, so gather your friends and register now!

Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K, Pumpkin Smash Mile and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash are on Saturday, October 6, starting at 8:00 am for a fun morning where the whole family can get out and play. You can run, walk, or jog any of the three spooktacular events while enjoying a beautiful day outside with family and friends celebrating health and the fall festive season! The Great Pumpkin 5K is for families, joggers, and those rare few who can sprint over three miles. The Pumpkin Smash Mile is more of a speedy mile-long costume party complete with prizes for best costume! And then last but not least, the little ones get to run it out in the Kids’ Pumpkin Dash – costumes are a plus! A pumpkin decorating contest will also be going on throughout the event, so bring your energy, creativity and sport your best Halloween costume!

Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma is a celebration of light and life for the noble cause of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The event starts with food, festivities and a remembrance ceremony in memory of those who have lost their battle against blood cancers, followed by the two-mile walk, then more food, carnival games, live music by MOJO and celebrations galore! Register now and get more details here.

And once you’re back on track this fall, you can be ready for our winter events!

PRR has several winter running events at Reston Town Center. They can wrap up your fall with the Nearly Naked Mile on November 10; Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids!) on November 23, Run with Santa 5k on December 9, and finally the New Year’s Day 5k!  For registration and information visit http://www.prraces.com.

And you can’t forget Reston Town Center’s favorite winter activity, ICE SKATING! The rink opens in the Pavilion on November 1 and will be open daily (including holidays) with lessons available for those of us that haven’t laced up our skates in a while.

All of these events and activities are great ways to build a fun, active lifestyle, support your community and keep you and your family fit. So register for one or all of them and get out here!


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!

It’s only been a few months since Reston Town Center hosted the spring Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival, but now the cooler weather is about to set in, it’s prime wine season and the fall festival is coming up September 8 & 9!

For Restonians, the festival is a seasonal staple with more than 200 wines from 20 Virginia wineries, delicious food with live gourmet demonstrations, crafts, a kids’ activity area and live entertainment. But let’s get down to business and talk about the real reason we’re all here: the wines. We went through the participating wineries and picked a few of our favorites. (We by no means claim to be expert sommeliers, these just struck our fancy!)

Here are a few of our top wines to watch:

  • Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, VA won eight awards with their 2010 Norton Reserve. Made of 100% Norton grape, it has a deep purple color and a robust burst of fruity, silky flavor and tannins that are best tamed by letting it breathe first.
  • Mattaponi Winery in Spotsylvania, VA, is best known for its Odeimin (meaning strawberry) wine that has won seven awards. It is a light dessert wine made from local strawberries that hints of the fruit starting sweet, but not overly sweet, and finishes with a tart lingering flavor on the palate.
  • Democracy Vineyards in Lovingston, VA, has an eight-time award-winning wine, the Velvet Revolution Reserve 2009, which is a varietal with an explosive complexity that’s a mixture of cherry notes, deep tannins and a nutty, dry-yet-still-fruity finish. The equal parts Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot and Petit Verdot round it out for a well-balanced wine.
  • The Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg, VA, has their barrel-aged Acte12 Chardonnay 2010, which is an eight-time award winner. It is a smooth, toasty chardonnay with a strong buttery finish that leaves a creamy sugary taste on the palate.
  • Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery in Stafford, VA, has the best Viognier of the East Coast according to the Beverage Wine Institute. The Richland Reserve Viognier 2009 has a golden yellow color with gentle, yet complex aromas of tropical fruits such as citrus, and dragon fruit yet with a creamy banana and coconut custard finish. This is a well-balanced wine with a crisp medium-to-full-body taste.
  • And lastly, don’t miss the Unicorn Winery in Amissville, VA – we can’t speak to their wines, we just love the name!

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So now you know about a few of the great wines that are going to be at the festival, grab your tickets (a percentage of the proceeds go to Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation!) and get ready to uncork the fun!  If you can’t make it to the festival this season, don’t worry, Reston Town Center has plenty of delicious wines to taste at our restaurants or grab a bottle at our specialty shops like Market Cellars!

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