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The City of Fairfax promotes the value of arts and culture by nurturing, investing in and celebrating the creative contributions of artists, musicians and arts organizations. By engaging the community, encouraging participation and facilitating access to the arts, the City is working with local artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant community for all of the City's residents, businesses and visitors.

For more information about the Cultural Arts in Fairfax, contact Cultural Arts Manager Megan DuBois at Megan.DuBois@fairfaxva.gov or 703-273-6097

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Below is a sample of some of the most popular Cultural Arts Programs Fairfax offers.

ArtScreen

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ArtScreen is a free film series celebrating the arts on Friday
evenings at the in the City of Fairfax.

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 “Amadeus” 
1984  •  Winner of 8
Academy Awards
 "The Glenn Miller Story"
1954 • Academy Award
for Best Sound
 "The Buddy Holly Story"
1978 • Academy Award for
Best Music, Original Score
Doors Open: 7pm 
Film Start Time: 7:15pm 
Doors Open: 7pm  
Film Start Time: 7:30pm  
 Doors Open: 7pm  
Film Start Time: 7:30pm 
 Refreshments Refreshments   Refreshments

 

All screenings will be at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030


Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall

Performances begin at 8:00pm October through April. Please find the full schedule of performers below. All performance take place at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax VA 22030, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive early as there are no booked tickets and it is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 Date  Show Title  Performer  Genre
 October 12
 "Two for a Song"  D'Amor Duo  Ragtime Piano & Vocalist
 October 26**  "Sounds of the Saxophone" Washington Saxophone Quartet  Jazz, Bach, Bernstein
 November 9  "A Night Of Jazz" The Hot Lanes Big Band With
Bobby Jasinski
 Big Band
 December 7  "Christmas Cheer" Cathedral Brass  Seasonal Brass
 January 11  "Mason Jazz Guitar Night" Shawn Purcell and Friends  Jazz
 January 25   "A Celebration of Robert Burns" IONA Celtic Fusion  Celtic Fusion
 February 1**
"Chocolate, Music, and Goodies"   Beau Soir  Flute, Harp Duo
 February 8  "A Night in New Orleans"  Dixie Power Trio  New Orleans Jazz
 February 22  "Sounds of the Clarinet"  Mpingo  Clarinet Quartet
 March 8  "Echos of Goya"  William Feasley  Guitar
 March 22  "Swing the Night Away"  Nitehawks Swing  Big Band
 April 12**
 "An Evening of Classical Sounds" Washington Chamber Orchestra  Classical


** Performance will take place at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy Fairfax, VA 22030

All Events are Sponsored by
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
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Funday Monday

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 StoryAudience  Zumba

Every Monday, beginning the second Monday in September, there will be family programming.  It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more!  All performances and programs begin at10:30am. All performances and programs - unless otherwise noted - will be held at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. There is ample parking in the downtown, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. Email Megan

Upcoming Events
7 -Jan Funday Monday- Mr. Skip
14-Jan Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books
21-Jan Holiday
28-Jan Movement Monday
4-Feb Funday Monday- Mr. Skip
11-Feb Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books
18-Feb Holiday
25-Feb Funday Monday - Paint Your Own Pottery
4-Mar Funday Monday- Mr. Skip
11-Mar Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books
18-Mar  Funday Monday - Zumba
25-Mar Funday Monday - Paint Your Own Pottery
1-Apr Funday Monday- Mr. Skip
8-Apr Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books
15-Apr Funday Monday - Zumba
22-Apr Funday Monday - Paint Your Own Pottery
29-Apr Funday Monday - Tye Dye Party
6-May Funday Monday - Mr. Skip
13-May Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books
20-May Funday Monday - Zumba
27-May Holiday

 

** Event takes place at the Stacy C Sherwood Community Center.
3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax Va 22030

 All Events are Sponsored by
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts & Paint Your Own Pottery
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Guest Speakers

Calvin Earl at Old Town Hall

Join the City of Fairfax and the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, for an evening of fun, history, and songs.

 

Calvin Earl

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:00pm: Old Town Hall

Calvin Earl at Old Town Hall: HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SPIRITUALS

 

As a storyteller, Calvin Earl tells the stories of our enslaved ancestors embedding their oral history into the spirituals for safekeeping. He sings their secret and sacred songs. He sheds light on the secret coding hidden within the songs to help runaway slaves find safe routes on the UGRR. He demonstrates and explains the unique rhythmic cadence within the spirituals. Besides the spirituals rhythmic sound, similar to ancient mantras these songs were used as a path away from the pain and suffering you are experiencing on your human journey. With the enslaved family structure always in imminent peril of being torn apart with no warning, the spirituals provided a semblance of structure and a support system no one could take from them. The spirituals gave them hope & courage to believe in the concept of freedom for all people. A spiritual is more than music it is a personal experience and journey for every person listening or singing it. Knowing the history of these songs is an essential part of understanding who we are evolving into as Americans. Calvin also talks and sings about how in our history these humble songs were transformed into freedom songs during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This interactive program also includes the opportunity for communal singing and making time for discussing any questions you might have.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:00pm: Old Town Hall

Calvin Earl at Old Town Hall: SONGS ON OUR ROAD TO FREEDOM

An interactive program designed for all ages. This program is a ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ story in song. Experience America’s music from Spirituals, Freedom Songs, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Country, Protest Songs, Songs of Hope, and Songs of Love. FREEDOM has always been a powerful thought for Americans, and music brings that thought of freedom to life. Thomas Jefferson proposed in written word a purpose and direction for our nations principles. Music created by humble unknown slaves, and well known songwriters helped us feel that purpose with passion and dedication to ensure our nations principles belong to all of us. Come join Calvin Earl as he leads us in inspiring songs in our American History!

 

Summer Events

Kidz Korner features family programming every Saturday at 10:30am in Old Town Square during the summer, June-September.  EricEnergy2

There are a wide array of programs for every age including performers such as Mr. Skip and Peter McCory's One Man Band, activities provided by the Children's Science Center, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, math problems by the Art of Problem Solving, and Eric Energy.  Combine that with princesses, superheroes, an Irish celebration and more - and you won't want to miss these great events all summer long!

Summer 2018 Schedule

ArtyParty June 2 Fit Foodie
June 9 Kitty Pozer Day Family Activities
June 16 Mr. Skip – Fun and Songs
June 23 Superheroes Party – Ever Laughter Parties
June 30 Children’s Science Center
July 7 Art of Problem Solving
July 14 Good Gollie Miss Mollie
July 21 Mr. Skip – Fun and Songs
July 28 World Karate
Aug. 4 Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Aug. 11 Tiny Dancers
Aug. 18 Tinkergarten
Sept. 1  Mr. Skip
Sept. 8 Eric Energy
Sept. 15  Party Like a Princess 
Sept. 22  Irish Festival at Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy
Sept. 29  Oh Susannah

 

Check out all our summer programming for children here, and for the whole family here!