Reston is widely known as America’s first planned community and is a model for new community developments throughout the United States and Europe. Designed by its founder, Robert E. Simon, Reston features unique European-style plazas to encourage social interaction, regularly scheduled free outdoor concerts, farmer’s markets, and special events. There are paved walking paths throughout Reston which weave behind homes and under roads so that the entire town is pedestrian accessible. There are over 16 pools and 20 Tennis Courts, biking and hiking trails and access to the W&OD bike trail which passes through Reston and extends from beyond Leesburg Virginia all the way to DC. The overall theme is that it is the perfect place to ‘Live, Work, and Play’. I live in Reston myself and I love it!
The Reston Town Center is exactly that—the Center of Town. It includes corporate offices of many of the Top 50 Fortune 500 companies, as well as an amazing array of shopping, dining, and evening hotspots from places as casual as Ted’s Bulletin, to Morton’s Steakhouse to wine bars and everything in between. There is an ice skating rink in the fall and winter, and a free outdoor concert pavilion throughout the summer. People who live further west (in Loudoun County) also treat the Reston Town Center as their downtown, when they are ready to shop, relax, and enjoy dinner out with family and friends.
Lake Anne Plaza also has shopping and dining options as well as canoe and paddleboat rentals. This exceptional setting is also a historical landmark of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lake Anne was the centerpiece of Reston, founded on April 20, 1964. Robert E. Simon purchased the 6,750 acres which make up Reston with the proceeds from his sale of Carnegie Hall in New York City. The plan was to be able to live and work in the same community and have cultural and recreational facilities available and closeby to everyone who lived there, with a major focus on preserving many acres for parks.
Reston Farmer’s Market (late April- early Dec, 8 am- noon on Saturdays) #1 Farmer’s Market in Northern Virginia. Held in the Lake Anne parking lot. Meet up with friends to taste local produce and baked goods, buy meat, honey, ice cream, cheese, craft beer, dairy, produce, plants, and crafts.
The Reston Community Center is Reston’s home to perfoming arts and a wide variety of community classes and arts education programs. You can enjoy theater and orchestra performances at CenterStage, as well as plays to concerts, and dance. The Jo Ann Rose Gallery and 3D Gallery provide at RCC Lake Anne hold art exhibits as well as hosting monthly exhibit displays in the Hunters Woods facility.
Walker Nature Center (1150 Glade Dr)offers year-round access to pet-friendly trails with free parking and restroom facilities. Come here to hike, stargaze, toast a marshmallow or gaze into a stream. The eco-friendly LEED certified education building known as Nature House is dedicated to conservation and enjoying Reston’s beautiful nature areas. The Center offers Nature Tots Camp (ages 3-5), Walker’s Ranger Camp (ages 6-9), bird walks, all ages nature programs and workshops, and a variety other on-site and outreach activities, service projects, and classes. The Nature House has conference rooms that can be rented out for groups and birthday parties.
Nearby, Escape Room Herndon offers teambuilding adventures solving codes, finding secret passages, and cracking puzzles following a storyline.
Frying Pan Farm Park (late April to early Nov) preserves a piece of Fairfax County’s rural heritage with a working demonstration farm. Kidwell farm offers education programs and guided tours for school field trips for children to see how farm families lived in the 1930s. Its a great place to go for a free outing to see friendly animals (and new animal babies each spring), take a wagon ride, or watch the farm hands at work. Its open daily 9-5 pm. The Park also has an open-air farmer’s market with local produce and home-baked goods.
Types of Homes in the Area
There are numerous architectural choices throughout Reston from mid-century ramblers, to 1970’s contemporaries, as well as traditional colonial and Victorian style homes. In addition, there are a growing number of condominiums (both high-rise and mid-rise). You can also find townhomes located everywhere from near the very urban setting of the Reston Town Center to homes on one of Reston’s lakes, or deep in the woods on large private lots.
There are too many annual events to list them all – Reston hosts hundreds of community events each year from films and festivals to cookouts, fun runs and rock concerts!
Some highlights are the summertime Concerts on the Town, just bring a lawn chair blanket and enjoy!
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival takes place on a Saturday through Sunday in late May every year at Reston Town Center, for over 25 years. Its considered one of the “top five” outdoor art festivals in the country! Presented by Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), the festival is a free fundraiser event that encourages donations for GRACE. View and purchase art from 200+ artists from across the nation and enjoy two days of live performances, acclaimed children’s activities, and get inspired by seeing 11-blocks of innovative art and meeting the artists.
Pet Fiesta- a free outdoor festival at Reston Town center in early May that attracts over 10,000 visitors and brings together local businesses, animal rescue groups and pet owners. There are pet adoptions and proud dog owners strut their mutts. Meet wonderful animals looking for homes, gather the kids, and have fun for the whole family.
Taste of Reston-Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival
Washington West Film Festival
Thanksgiving and Halloween Parades
Reston Multicultural Festival, a celebration of the diversity and community spirit that is found in Reston and offers music, entertainment, food, and cultural treasures from all over the world
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration- a 3-day event held in January with special performances, programs and community service projects and p