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Lake Anne is ready to Jingle!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Winter is almost here. The lights are up and we’re ready Jingle on Lake Anne Plaza!  Saturday Dec. 7th marks the 33rd year that Santa has arrived by barge to the Plaza to be met by hoards of  delighted kids. This year our Sea Sleigh Captain is our friend and neighbor Ken Knueven.

We have a full schedule of activities, don’t miss this great holiday tradition!

Event Schedule:
11:00AM-2:00PM –

Holiday Arts & Crafts Market (Market opens at 9:00)

Gifts from the Heart (Lake Anne RCC 11:00 -4:00)

Plaza Activities:

Petting Zoo


Cookie Decorating

Children’s Crafts

12:00PM-2:00PM –      Santa Arrival/Departure (Arrival time is 12PM Sharp)


     Lake Anne Plaza – Jingle on Lake Anne
When:     Saturday, December 7, 2013
Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) – 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190
Time:  11:00AM-2:00PM
Cost:  Free, Rain or Shine

Jingle on Lake Anne – Saturday December 8th!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Don’t miss a great chance to get the perfect unique gifts for friends and family at the Jingle on Lake Anne this Saturday December 8th from 11:00 – 2:00. The artist and crafters will be out in full force and we might even have a Farmer or two for this final Saturday of the Market season.

We’ll be decorating Ginger Bread Cookies and making Christmas & Chanukah ornaments. Santa sails in by barge at 12:00 so be ready to share your holiday wishes our very own Lake Anne Santa.

3rd Annual Ukulele Festival Saturday

Monday, July 9th, 2012


We admit that our first Ukulele Festival was held with more than a little tongue in check campy fun. We were surprised by the turnout especially given the pouring rain. But once the music started we understood. This was way more than novelty- this was some serious craftsmanship. Since then we’ve been proud to serve as a venue for those that play and those that appreciate this charming 4 string pixie.

This year’s Ukulele Festival has a great lineup of artists. Victoria Vox returns as the headliner with great supporting acts that range from the traditional Hawaiian to Swing and Jazz. Bruce Hutton, Kathy & Marv Reitz, Lelehunna, Pat Quinn & Gina DeSimone, Sweater Set, Aloha Boys and the Paul Hemmings Uketet round out a great day of music.

The music starts at11:00. We’ll have a beer garden with brews by local brew master Lost Rhino. Arts & Craft vendors and of course the shops and restaurants of your hosts, LakeAnnePlaza. Come by for a full day of good music, good food, beer and fun.

SaturdayJuly 14, 201211:00 – 5:30

Performance Schedule

11: 00  – Bruce Hutton

11: 40 – Kathy & Marv Reitz

12:20 – Lelehuna

1:00 – Pat Quinn & Gina DeSimone

1:40 – Sweater Set

2:20 – Aloha  Boys

3:00 – Paul Hemmings Uketet

3:55 – Victoria Vox

5: 00 Open Jam lead by Gordon Velasco

Everyone welcome to join in!


Lake Anne Gets (more) Artful

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

It makes perfect sense that Lake Anne would be the location of a fabulous piece of site-situated art that includes a performance-art piece! Art has been at the heart of Lake Anne’s origins, it was built into our design from the beginning. Sculptures by James Rossant and Gonzola Fonceca were designed in place rather than being added later.

The Installation of the temporary art exhibit called Out of Place will begin on Saturday April 21st and will officially open on April 23rd with the performance component taking place at 7:30 on April 28th. The performance on the 28th will include a talk-back with the performers and designer following the performance. Come down to see the this glowing specter floating on the lake, it’s going to be lovely.

Jumping, Jazz and a Whole Lot More!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Well it finally happen—Winter did  get here. There’s still  fun stuff happening on Lake Anne Plaza. Here’s a quick run down of what’s up.

On February 4th from1:00 – 3:00 those crazy jumpers will be plunging once again into the frigid waters of Lake Anne in their quest to raise money for Camp Sunshine; an organization that sends kids with life threatening illness and their families to camp for a week. It’s worth the trip to see the crazy costumes. Even if you aren’t plunging come out and support the Virginia Polar Plunge and those that are making the jump. Afterwards, or before warm up with a good meal at any of our wonderful restaurants. Jasmine Cafe will have a variety of  Brunch specials. Also a special thanks to Jasmine Cafe  & Chef Eduardo Faubert who will be providing warm up meals for all of the jumpers.

Every day & night of the week there is something to do and bargains to be had; Small Change Consignment Shop is running their Winter Sale with many items 50% off! A sure sign that Spring is one the way.

Kalypso’s Sports Bar has something going on every night of the week.

  • Monday – Service Industry Night – Do you work in the restaurant business?  We’ve got specials for you!
  • Tuesday – Team Trivia – come and play even if you’re no good. It’s lot of fun.
  • Wednesday – Karaoke Night
  • Thursday – International Night – DJ dance the night away
  • Friday – Live music night!
  • Saturday – more dancing!
  • Sunday – all Sports all the time.

Café Montmartre is running a wonderful Friday Night Jazz series through March and maybe beyond if it continues to be successful; so far so good!

The Reston Museum has a program full of great exhibits and speakers on a number of topics.

I can’t cover everything, but I have to mention the sweets, I have heard that from time to time “The CupCake Ladi” has something called a cannoli cupcake; rumor has it that they are amazing. If chocolate is your thing: Chesapeake Chocolates, amazing handcrafted treats that are perfect for soothing a chocolate desire.

Finally- for those of you that cannot stand to leave the house on these cold winter nights. Just call Singh Thai because they will deliver right to your door!

The Holiday Madness is Upon Us!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The Holiday’s are upon us! The Christmas Trees are up and brightly lit, the Plaza Shops are offering everything from kid’s toys to Gift Certificates for dinners. The toffee candy from Chesapeake Chocolates is divine, especially when paired with a lovely Virginia wine! Fun toys by Melissa & Dave at Small Change and for your hip toddler the latest fashions from Baby Blossom. Tired from all the shopping, need a break? Drop in for a meal at any of the great Lake Anne eateries, or perhaps a sweet treat from The CupCake Ladi.

If you’re planning a holiday party, speak to any of our restaurants. Each offer catering services ranging from delivery of food to full turn-key service where they provide everything and take away the trash! It is a great way to entertain.

Join us on December 22 at 6:00 PM  for an outdoor Chanuka Festival. We’ll gather on the waterfront and our very own Bob Simon will assist Rabbi Fajnland of Chabad of Reston-Herndon in the lighting of a giant ice Menorah. We’ll then move inside at the RCC for food and games. The Chanuka Festival is an activity of the Chabad of Reston & Herndon a home for Jewish living and learning in Fairfax County.

This holiday season shop local!

Jingle on Lake Anne

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

For more than 30 years Santa has arrived at Lake Anne Plaza to kick off the Holiday Season and this year is no exception! This Saturday is the Jingle on Lake Anne complete with Gingerbread Cookie decorating and crafts for the kids, a petting zoo and of course Santa! Don’t miss the fun this Saturday from11:00 – 3:00.

This is also your last chance to pick up a unique holiday gift from the Craft Market as we close out the 2011 season.  We’ll have a few farmers left, including Fertile Plains, Grace’s Bakery, Glasscock’s Farm and a full compliment of artist and crafters with wonderful gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. The market opens at 9:00 am, Petting Zoo and kids crafts start at 11:00 and Santa arrives at 12:00. Be sure to stop in at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne for the 13th Annual Gifts from the HeART Fine Arts Exhibition.

Fall Festival on Lake Anne–come find a Lost Rhino!

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Those crazy folks at Reston Challenge are at it again! Every year they raise money for a worthy cause while having fun and building community. This year the challenge will include all kinds of fun stuff including games, beer tastings and costumes!

This free-to-enter festival along beautiful Lake Anne features local craft breweries (Lost Rhino brewery and more), local restaurants, a corn hole tournament with top prize valued at $500, and local music. There is also a costume contest for all ages and scavenger hunt for the families/kids.

This year’s event will be held at the Lake Anne Plaza on October 29th 11am – 4pm. Net proceeds benefit the 4Paws Rescue Team, the community nonprofit chosen by Northern Virginia residents.

Event Details
11402 Washington Plaza West, Reston, VA 20190
11:00AM – 4:00PM – FALL FESTIVAL
Beverages tickets $1
Beer tastings $2, Pints $6
*The first 500 people to purchase 10 tasting tickets get a free souvenir tasting glass.

5th Annual Lake Anne Jazz Festival

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

This Saturday is the 5th Annual Jazz Festival!

Lake Anne is gearing up for the ever popular jazz and blues festival on Saturday, October 1st when they host the 5th Annual Lake Anne Jazz Festival. This free, family friendly, all-day event will take place from 1:00PM-9:00 PM and will showcase a variety of talented local artist and national jazz performers. The year’s music theme is Brazilian Jazz with leading Latin vocalist Cissa Paz headling the event, but when we had the chance to add Rashida Jolley, Jazz Harpist we grabbed it! The festival will also include signature food from charming Lake Anne restaurants and sips from selected local wineries and micro breweries. Regional arts and crafts vendors will also have a presence at the event from 1-4pm.

Performance Schedule
1:00PM – Rashida Jolley
2:00PM – Word View
3:00PM –Veronneau
4:00PM – Wayne Wilentz Quartet
5:30PM – The Mykle Lyons Group
7:45PM – Cissa Paz

The Jazz Festival is held as a benefit for the Explore More Arts Program of GRACE, (Greater Reston Arts Center).
The festival is sponsored by Lane Anne Merchants, Friends of Lake Anne, the Reston Community Center, and the Reston Association, Reston Art Gallary, Two Sisters Creative and some Anonymous Friends. For more information follow us on Facebook.

What: Lake Anne Plaza – 5th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival
When: Saturday, October 1, 2011
Where: Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) – 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190
Time: 1:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: Free (excluding alcohol), Rain or Shine

5th Annual Lake Anne Regatta–using really tiny boats!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Little boats big fun!

It’s regatta time at Lake Anne, so bust out the yacht and come on down. Those crazy captains of the miniature yachts will be doing battle against the fickle seas of Lake Anne in the 5th Annual Lake Anne Regatta. Pitted against nature the captains will battle high winds, Canada Geese and the occasional Snapping Turtle as they duke it out for fame and glory.

The Northern Virginia Yacht Club sail regularly at Lake Anne, you can usually find them on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The 4th Sunday is a fun day where you will find all different types of radio controlled boats on the water being handled by beginners and veterans alike. On Fun Days feel free to ask questions and don’t be surprised if the Captain turns over the remote to the boat to let you try it for yourself!

1st race is at 10:00 am and will continue until about 3:00 pm.

This Saturday’s sail will include a raffle for a Victoria class model yacht and music by Lucia & Levi.

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