Arts Events in the City of Fairfax
|April 21 - May 8, 2017
||Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts
|June - September|| Friday Night Music at Old Town Plaza
|September - June||Funday Monday at Old Town Hall
|October - April||Friday Morning Music Club at Old Town Hall
|Sept. 24, 2016
||Irish Folk Festival|
|Sept. 25-30, 2016
||Fall for the Book|
|October - April||Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall|
|November 5-6, 2016||Art Screen Film Festival|
|Dec. 4, 2016
||Mason Opera - Amahl & the Night Visitors|
|Throughout the year
||Fairfax Art League at Old Town Hall/Village Gallery|
| Throughout the year
|| Art at Rotary Gallery, Sherwood Center
There are other ongoing arts events in the City. Please check the Cultural Arts Calendar on the City website and VisitFairfax.com for current information.
Held on the third Thursday of the month from 12noon-1pm at Old Town Hall, October through May[excluding December] The Friday Morning Music Club is a community of music lovers and musicians, dedicated to promoting classical music in the Washington area. FMMC’s public concerts provide performing members with a host of outlets for their talents as well as delighting audiences in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. All concerts are free and performed as a public service. Outreach recitals at senior facilities, in-home musicales, and master classes provide additional opportunities for members to explore music together without audition. The Club fosters the development of local talent through competitions for local students and recitals by student members. Through the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation, it supports renowned international competitions for emerging professional string players, pianists, and singers, and for composers. Details at www.fmmc.org
Sponsored by the City of Fairfax and the Commission on the Arts, the City of Fairfax Band has been making music since 1969. By their active participation, ensembles and members of the City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA) support performing arts in the Fairfax community and in the greater Northern Virginia and Washington DC metropolitan area. Led by talented and experienced musical staff, CFBA ensembles have entertained the citizens of Fairfax, the Commonwealth of Virginia (including Richmond, Yorktown, Orkney Springs, and Fredericksburg), and the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 40 years.
Programs are varied and present the best in classical transcriptions, wind band music, military and marches, show tunes, and much more. CFBA is proud to sponsor new compositions and to showcase new arrangements at every season. Its concerts frequently feature exciting and well-known guest artists.
Ensembles include the nationally renowned City of Fairfax Band, the Main Street Community Band, Northern Virginia Youth Winds, Northern Virginia Junior Winds, the internationally acclaimed German band Alte Kameraden, the Fairfax Swing Band, the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet, the Potomac Brass Quintet, the Rebel Run Dixieland Band, and other small ensembles.
The Fairfax Art League was founded in 1986 by six
artists exhibiting their work as a group in the John C. Wood complex. In
1987 the six artists, after much consideration about the name adopted
The Fairfax Art League (FAL). League was selected since League, by
definition, is a covenant between persons, and FAL's covenant is to
promote art in the community.
In 1988, the League applied for incorporation through the Washington
Area Lawyers for the Arts, which in February 1989 resulted in the League
incorporation as a Non Profit Organization. In the years since its
inception the League's membership has grown to over 100 members.
The Fairfax Art League (FAL) is a vibrant organization comprised of
local and regional artists coming together to celebrate the arts.
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts creates an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that enhance and strengthen each other. The College is committed to the belief that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, as well as meeting and working with the artists themselves in activities including residencies, lecture/demonstrations, and master classes. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater, as well as the Master of Arts Management program and the Center for the Arts, an umbrella for the productions, presentations, and exhibitions of the College's departments and the Great Performances at Mason series.
The Commission on the Arts sponsors a concert series in the Old Town Hall beginning in October and lasting until the following April. Music ranges in variety from classical to jazz and blues.
Spotlight on the Arts
Dedicated to showcasing the very best of the visual and performing arts in the City of Fairfax, Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts is an annual three-week festival comprising artists in and at local venues. The Spotlight schedule includes an array of diverse events—with enough variety to please all audience palettes.
The combined efforts of George Mason University, City Schools, local businesses, and the City of Fairfax presents Spotlight on the Arts , which begins on the third weekend in April and continues through early May. This gala arts program highlights local artists and performers.
Summer Concert Series
A full lineup of musical and family shows is featured in the Summer Concert Series each Thursday evening. All concerts are held in the City Hall Veterans Amphitheater, at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street, and are free. The program runs from June through July with concerts by the City of Fairfax Band.