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.
October 2nd at 7:00pm, FREE
Location: Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Musical Sampling and Conversation with "Female Latin Powerhouse group LADAMA"
Presented in collaboration with the George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Global Arts Coffeehouse series.
This event has been made possible by a generous programming grant from George Mason University’s Office of University Life.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this extraordinary performance by the "Female Latin Powerhouse group LADAMA" (LA Weekly). This fresh and vibrant quartet innovates "Latin Alternative" music, seamlessly shifting instrumentation between bandola llanera (a mandolin relative), guitar, voice, and various percussion instruments.
Join us for a monthly showcase of the spectacular students from George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts!
|Nov. 20 @ 7pm||Old Town Hall||Joyous Brass Ensemble|
|Dec. 11 @ 7pm||Old Town Hall||Beautiful String Ensemble|
|Feb. 12 @ 7pm||Old Town Hall||Stellar Vocalists|
|March 18 @ 7pm||Sherwood||Film and Video Studies Showcase|
|April 22 @ 7pm||Old Town Hall||Outstanding Piano Artists|
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 Harp-Flute Duo||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"||Tom Teasley and Chao Tian||East/West Fusion Music for Dulcimer and World Percussion|
| April 24**
||"Spring Concert at Sherwood"||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.
September 21, 11am - 2:30pm
Old Town Square
10415 North Street
National Dance Day is an annual celebration dedicated to dance, this event encourages Americans of all ages to incorporate dance into their lives. You are invited to learn a routine and have a blast dancing with members of our community!
11:00am - Fairfax Ballet: Peter and the Wolf
11:30am - McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance
11:45am - Senior Olympic Line Dance Teams
12:00pm - The Masonettes
12:30pm - Northern Virginia Country: Western Dance Association Dance Team
1:00pm - Gottaswing
1:15pm - Sundays on Tap
Join us at 1:30 to learn the National Dance Day Routine, then perform it with members of the community at 2:00pm. If you want to get a head start, here is the routine!
Kidz Korner features family programming every Saturday at 10:30am in Old Town Square during the summer, June-August.
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
August 26 - End of Summer Party at the Splash Pad in Old Town Square
September 2 - No Funday Monday (Labor Day)
September 9 – Mr. Skip
September 16 – Story time and Crafts
September 23 – TBA
September 30 – My Gym
October 7 – Mr. Skip
October 14 – Story time and Crafts
October 21 – Paint Your Own Pottery
October 28 – Halloween Party
November 4 – Mr. Skip
November 11 – No Funday Monday (Veterans Day)
November 18 – Turtles with Hidden Valley Nature Center
November 25 – My Gym
December 2 – Mr. Skip
| All Events are Sponsored by
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts & Paint Your Own Pottery
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