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Northern Virginia
Fine Arts Festival

Now in its 30th year, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will take place on September 10 – 12, 2021 and typically showcases more than 200 artists annually working in the fields of fine art and craft. Drawing upon a robust exhibitor and collector base coupled with Tephra ICA’s contemporary foundation, the Festival has become one of the region’s most anticipated events, attracting approximately 30,000 people to the unique, outdoor environment of Reston Town Center. The Festival is comprised of one-on-one experiences, performances, and special events that engage visitors with compelling artistic voices — leaving an exciting, thoughtful mark in the region. Apply Today.

Midori Ueda-Okahana New Beginning (detail), 2020 Acrylic on canvas

Midori Ueda-Okahana, New Beginning (detail), 2020

New 2021 Dates

The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, hosted annually by Tephra ICA as its largest fundraiser, has been rescheduled from May 2021 to now take place on September 10, 11, and 12 in 2021. Recent guidelines influenced this decision, including the Governor of Virginia’s modified stay-at-home orders, strongly urging all Virginia residents to limit indoor and outdoor in-person gatherings to no more than 10 people, and the Centers for Disease Control statement encouraging the continuation of social distancing and avoidance of mass gatherings and crowded places.

This proactive step will better ensure a safe presentation of the Festival in its full scope and our annual vibrant celebration of the arts. We sincerely appreciate the flexibility, understanding, and support of the artists, our partners, and the community. We look forward to the Festival’s 30th anniversary and delivering another culturally-enriching, successful, and safe experience for all.

With the new dates, the deadline for artist applications is now extended to May 30th.

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Hours and Directions

September 10–12, 2021
10am–5pm, rain or shine
Reston Town Center in Reston, VA.


Parking and Transportation

Garage parking is free during the Festival weekend including Friday, September 11. For public transportation, take the Metro Silver Line to Wiehle-Reston East Station. Then take the Fairfax Connector bus #505 to Reston Town Center. The Reston Town Center Metro Station, within walking distance of the Festival, is scheduled to open in Summer 2021.

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