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 are Upcoming Cultural Arts Programs.
The Women's Storytelling Festival
March 13 & 14
The Women’s Storytelling Festival, hosted by Better Said Than Done, will take place March 13-14, 2020, in Fairfax, Virginia. Though storytelling festivals have been a popular event in the US for over 40 years, this will be the first ever storytelling festival with a lineup composed exclusively of women. For time, location, other details, and tickets, visit bit.ly/2020storytellingfestival.
The Women’s Storytelling Festival kicks off Friday, March 13, 2020, with a showcase of local, woman storytellers at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. On Saturday, March 14, 2020, featured storytellers Sheila Arnold, Megan Hicks, Vijai Nathan, Jessica Robinson, Donna Washington, and Kim Weitkamp will perform a range of true, folk, and historical stories throughout the day at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. In addition, there will be a story swap at Old Town Hall, as well as two show-producer showcase performances at The Auld Shebeen, featuring producers from The Moth, The Stoop, and Story Collider, and more.
The American Shakespeare Center’s 2019/20 National Tour comes to Fairfax with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on March 21 and March 22 at Old Town Hall. Come see a Midsummer romp full of “humor and wonder” with “spellbinding storytelling...perfect for children and adults alike.” (C-Ville Weekly)
ASC’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wades into a bayou of masked hobgoblins, enchanting nymphs, and imps who sing the blues. Featuring the oblivious Bottom, plucky Helena, and mischievous Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream boasts some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and iconic characters.
This performance is supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts, Fairfax City Economic Development Authority and the City of Fairfax.
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Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm Talkback after the performance!
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 11||"Masterworks by Women"||Duo Sorolla||Cello/Piano Duo|
|October 25**||"Time Well Spent"||Funky Fly Project||Funk and Jazz Collective|
|November 8 at 7pm**||Live Music to Film "Nosferatu"||Tom Teasley||Live Score and Percussion|
|December 13||"Holiday Cheer"||US Navy Band Brass Quintet||Seasonal|
|January 10||"Exploring the Great American Songbook"||The Hot Lanes Big Band with Bobby Jasinski||Big Band|
|January 24||"Music of Louisiana"||Zachary Smith and The Dixie Power Trio||New Orleans Jazz|
| January 31**
||"Chocolate Box Concert"||Polaris Piano Trio||Classical|
|February 14||"A Valentine's Date"||Craig Gildner Trio||Jazz Trio|
|February 28||"An Evening of Chamber Music"||Alexandria Guitar Quartet||Classical|
|March 13||"Meet the Parkway Brass"||Parkway Brass||Brass Quintet|
|March 27||"Dong Xi" - CANCELLED||Tom Teasley and Chao Tian||East/West Fusion Music for Dulcimer and World Percussion|
| April 24**
||"Spring Concert at Sherwood" - CANCELLED||Cathedral Brass||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
Duo Sorolla: "Masterworks by Women"
October 11th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
After meeting during graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory, Ismar Gomes and Wan-Chi Su began a collaborative relationship which evolved into their Duo, which has been concertizing for six seasons. In recent seasons, they have performed dozens of recitals on important series throughout the USA, often collaborating with other renowned musicians.
Funky Fly Project: "Time Well Spent"
October 25th at 8pm at Sherwood Center
The Funky Fly Project is a funk and jazz collective operating out of Pittsburgh, PA consisting of Winston Bell, Henry Schultz, Brandon Terry, and Eric Dowdell Jr. A powerful combination of skill and virtuosic playing, you would never know by listening that each member of the project is less than nineteen years old. Developing a sound well beyond their age, the quartet fuse classic jazz styles with contemporary funk to create a unique sound that leaves listeners in awe.
Nosferatu: Live score performed by Tom Teasley
November 8th at 7pm at Sherwood Center
Presented with ArtScreen
US Navy Band Harp-Flute Duo: "Holiday Cheer"
December 13th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
The Navy Band Harp-Flute Duo was formed in 1978, featuring Chief Musicians Emily Dickson, harp, and Christina Bayes, flute. The group performs for official functions such as White House receptions and dinners, State and Defense Department events, and social activities sponsored by the chief of naval operations. The duo also performs clinics and recitals for local elementary school students and childhood development centers.
The Hot Lanes Big Band With Bobby Jasinski: "Exploring the Great American Songbook"
January 10th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
The Hot Lanes is a 16-piece culmination of a dream Bobby Jasinski had in 2014. Influenced by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Bobby’s focus of The Hot Lanes is to promote jazz in the D.C. metropolitan area through festivals, concerts, educational masterclasses in the public school system, and other appearances. The group features a diverse and talented group of musicians.
Zachary Smith & The Dixie Power Trio: "Music of Louisiana"
January 24th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
Polaris Piano Trio: "Chocolate Box Concert"
January 31st at 8pm at Sherwood Center
A 21st-century piano trio, Polaris is committed to performing music by women and composers of African descent. Concerts by Polaris Piano Trio have included performances on the Piccolo Festival of Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina and at the Arts Club of Washington (Washington, D.C.) as well as in New York, Maryland and Virginia. Combining their forces, the Polaris Piano Trio performs innovative programs that explore works by women and composers of African descent as well performing works from the standard repertoire.
Craig Gildner Trio: "A Valentine's Date"
February 14th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
The Craig Gildner Trio performs frequently in the jazz clubs and music venues of Washington, D.C. and has been performing to enthusiastic audiences for many years. The trio features instrumental and choral arrangements from the Swing Era, Be Bop, Bossa Nova, and Mainstream Jazz including tunes from Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and many other.
Alexandria Guitar Quartet: "An Evening of Chamber Music"
February 28th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
Parkway Brass: "Meet the Parkway Brass"
March 13th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
Parkway Brass is a brass quintet based along the Washington D.C. - Baltimore corridor. Parkway Brass is currently the brass quintet in residence at Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore. As teachers themselves, the group also values education and performs educational outreach programs at schools. The quintet specializes in new music, having premiered a dozen new compositions and arrangements in the last year.
Tom Teasley & Chao Tian: Dong Xi
March 27th at 8pm at Old Town Hall
Award winning world percussion fusing American jazz, world music, and funk converses with spellbinding virtuosity and Chinese folk melodies.
Cathedral Brass: "Spring Concert at Sherwood"
April 24th at 8pm at Sherwood Center
Founded in 1983 by the late Ray Abell, the Cathedral Brass performs sacred and secular works from all eras in support of the music ministry at Vienna Presbyterian Church. The group draws its membership from around the DC Metro area, and includes current and former professionals and members of the Service Bands. The Cathedral Brass is under the direction of L. Thomas Vining, Director of Worship and Music at Vienna Presbyterian Church.
ArtScreen is a free film series celebrating the arts on Friday
evenings at the in the City of Fairfax
All screenings will be at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax VA 22030
Join us for a monthly showcase of the spectacular students from George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Every month we will highlight a different artistic discipline and feature some of the talented students from the school. The events are free and will be at Old Town Hall.
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 Funday Mondays
February 10 – Story time and Crafts with Mi Chu Chu Train
February 17 - Presidents Day - No Program
February 24 - Good Gollie it's Mollie
March 2 - Oh Susannah
March 9 - Story time and Crafts with Fairfax County Animal Shelter
March 16 - Drew Blue Shoes - Cancelled
March 23 - Reptile Puppet Show - Cancelled
March 30 - Spring Fling Party
April 6 - TBA
April 13 - Week of the Young Child - Featuring Oh Susannah
April 20 - Story time with Belle
April 27 - My Gym
| All Events are Sponsored by
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts & Paint Your Own Pottery
“A rollicking band of pirates we!”
Sunday, April 26, 2:00pm at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
Ahoy, matey! Join us this spring for an abbreviated family performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. This delightful band of bumblers brings mischief, mayhem and memorable music in collaboration with the City’s “Spotlight on the Arts.” All are encouraged to don their favorite pirate garb and join in a post-performance reception featuring pirate-themed activities and whimsical family photo opportunities with the cast. Aye!
Both performances are free and open to the public!
Chinese New Year with the City of Faifax and the Xuejuan Dance Ensemble
Saturday, March 7th 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with the City of Fairfax and the Xuejuan Dance Ensemble! There will be different kinds of Chinese dances, a short demo class, and a "petting zoo" of Chinese dance props.
Join us again in 2020 for more fun programming!
Kidz Korner features family programming every Saturday at 10:30am in Old Town Square during the summer, June-August.