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
Below is a sample of some of the most popular Cultural Arts Programs Fairfax offers.
ArtScreen is a free film series celebrating the arts on Friday
evenings at the in the City of Fairfax.
|November 2||January 4||April 5|
1984 • Winner of 8
| "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
All screenings will be at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030
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.
| 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
|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
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
|7 -Jan||Funday Monday- Mr. Skip|
|14-Jan||Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books|
|4-Feb||Funday Monday- Mr. Skip|
|11-Feb||Funday Monday - Erin's Epic Books|
|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|
** 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
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.
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!
Mason Speaker Series: An Evening with Dr. Ed Maibach
"What do Americans think about climate change, and what—if anything—do they want to do about it?"
April 24, 2019 at 7pm in Old Town Hall
Kidz Korner features family programming every Saturday at 10:30am in Old Town Square during the summer, June-September.
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
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