An Insider's Guide to the Arts in Northern Virginia

An Insider's Guide to the Arts in Northern Virginia

A selection of upcoming arts productions, happening right where you live.

The Workhouse Art Centre kicked off the summer with Urban Decay 4, an exhibition of low-brow urban art. Low- brow art is a populist art movement with origins in the underground comic world, punk music, tattoo and street art.

The Workhouse Art Centre kicked off the summer with Urban Decay 4, an exhibition of low-brow urban art. Low- brow art is a populist art movement with origins in the underground comic world, punk music, tattoo and street art. Photo courtesy of Sarah Sertic/Tribal Spider Arts

There are more artists of every stripe making art in Northern Virginia than you may realize. Populating the bedroom communities, small towns, growing cities and metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria are your pick of dance, theatre, choral, symphonic, visual and performance, music and fill-in-the-blank groups. Look beyond Wolf Trap and Jammin' Java to the Torpedo Art Factory, the Workhouse Arts Center, and smaller, quality groups like ArtSpace Herndon and McLean Project for the Arts to cast their creative spell (that's only to name a few). Delve in and, we dare you, let your stereotypes of an artless string of suburbs dissolve. In place you'll get something much better than stereotypes: some culture.



Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Arlington’s arts center features four performance venues, three visual art galleries, a large ballroom and free Wi-Fi. 703-875-1100 or

Sundays-Saturdays/Sept. 12-Oct. 20

  • Andy Warhol: Silver Clouds. 7-10 p.m. Terrace Gallery. Andy Warhol’s classic installation makes its Washington, D.C.-area premiere. Free opening, Thursday, Sept. 12.

Sundays-Saturdays/Sept. 12-Oct. 20

  • Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand, “Milk: What Will You Make of Me?” Time TBD. Bijou Theatre. This behind-the-scenes short film explores the artistic innovations of Meade and Vand. Free.

Saturday/Sept. 14

  • Tal National and Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang. 8 p.m. Ballroom. Musicians based in West Africa perform a cultural mix of music alongside D.J. Underdog. $15 in advance, $18 day-of.

Saturday/Sept. 28

  • Sidi Touré. 8 p.m. Dome Theater. The Bamako-based songwriter and guitarists blends Songhai folk with modern western folk and blues. $15.

Friday/Oct. 4

  • Robert Fronseca. 8 p.m. Ballroom. The world-renowned pianist fuses his Cuban heritage with Latin jazz, urban music, and African rhythms, and showcases his recent album, “Yo.” General admission: $19 in advance, $23 day-of; lounge level: $32.

Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. The AAC is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center that supports the work of regional artists and features exhibitions, education and studio spaces. 703-248-6800 or

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • Urban Gardening in Containers: Green Acres in a Small Space. 10:30 a.m.-noon. AAC will host a lecture on the Green Acres gardening methods that can be applied to urban homes. Free.

Thursday/Sept. 12

  • Night of Ikebana. 6:30-7:30 p.m. AAC hosts a Radio Sebastian and Reiko Blackwell demonstration of the Japanese tradition of Ikenobo style Ikebana and live flower sculptures. Free, wine will be served.

Sundays-Saturdays/Oct. 30-Dec. 22

  • Fall Solos. Times and prices TBD. Various artists such as Kristina Bilonick, Amy Chan and Matthew Fishel showcase their work. Opening reception, Saturday, Nov. 2.

Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar and Grill

2854 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Whitlow’s is a historical venue for live music and food. 703-276-9692 and

Thursday/Aug. 30

  • Footwerk. 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The Washington, D.C.-based band brings its hip-hop/neo-soul music to the Whitlow stage.

Friday/Aug. 31

  • Mayday Mayday. 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The female-fronted pop/rock band covers the most popular songs from the 80s, 90s and today.

The Comedy Spot

Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. The Comedy Spot presents live comedy shows on a weekly basis and produces customizable comedy events for corporate audiences to the Arlington area. 703-294-5233 and


  • Open Mic Standup. 7:30 p.m. Comedy veterans, amateurs and teens are welcome to perform and watch. Free, recommended for ages 13 and older. Performers must email to sign up.


  • Comedy Sportz: The Next Generation. 8 p.m. The next generation of comedic entertainers performs based on audience suggestions. $10.


  • Comedy Sportz for Kidz. 3 p.m. ComedySportz hosts children’s versions of short-form improv games that allow children in the audience to participate. $10.

Fridays and Saturdays/Ongoing

  • The Blue Show. 10 p.m. ComedySportz hosts an uncensored comedy show. $15, recommended for mature audiences.

Gateway Park

1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. This scenic, alcohol-free venue hosts music and film festivals for the Arlington community.

Friday/Aug. 30

  • Outdoor Film Showing: “Grease.” Begins at dusk. Visitors are invited to view the classic 1978 movie-musical outdoors.

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • 23rd Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival. 1-7 p.m. Rosslyn BID and Arlington Cultural Affairs present a diverse musical lineup featuring Grammy and Downbeat magazine poll winners. Free, food will be sold.

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse

2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. The comfortable dinner-theater setting features live entertainment, movies, beer and food. 703-486-2345 and

Friday/Aug. 30

  • ThreeGuysOn Presents “The Final Draft.” 10 p.m., the Green Room. Several comics deliver their best material to visitors. Free.

Saturday/Aug. 31

  • Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy. 10:30 p.m., the Green Room. Local comics-on-the-rise test new material in a modern entertainment lounge setting. Free.

Friday-Saturday/Sept. 20-21

  • Brad Wollack from “Chelsea Lately.” 7:30 and 10 p.m. The co-executive producer and writer for E! Entertainment’s late-night talk show brings his comedy act to the Drafthouse. $20.

Friday-Saturday/Sept. 27-28

  • Joe Matarese from “Letterman, “Chelsea Lately,” and Comedy Central. 10 p.m. The television comedian and personality performs his autobiographical act about his dysfunctional Italian family, his own neuroses and his marriage to a psychologist. $20.

Gallery Art Underground

2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington. Gallery Art Underground promotes the work of regional artists through exhibitions, workshops and special events. Galleries open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. 571-483-0652 and

Mondays-Saturdays/Sept. 2-28

  • Be Square. Special Exhibition Space. Square paintings by Arlington Artists Alliance members are displayed. Reception is on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5-8 p.m.

Mondays-Saturdays/Oct. 1-31

  • Grass Etchings and Paintings. Special Exhibition Spaces. Mary Ott showcases her visual artistry.

Saturday-Sunday/Oct. 26-27

  • Arlington Artists Alliance Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet local artists, tour their studios, view their work, and learn about their creative processes.

IOTA Club & Cafe

2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. IOTA Club & Cafe features live musical acts for guests aged 21 and older. For information on shows, call 703-522-8340; for information on food, call 703-522-2354.

Friday/Aug. 30

  • Bimini Road with Machete. 9 p.m. The Hampton Roads-based band performs in support of the release of their sophomore album. $10.

Saturday/Aug. 31

  • Merrifield Records Showcase. 9 p.m. Merrifield Records features bands such as Cobra Collective and Nikki and the Weeps. $12.

Friday/Sept. 6

  • M.H. and His Orchestra, These Future Saints, and Classified Frequency. Acclaimed artists present indie pop, pop and more. 9 p.m. $10.

Sunday/Sept. 8

  • Iota Poetry Series: 19th Anniversary Celebration. 6-8 p.m. Readers from the past season perform poetry pieces. Free.

Monday/Sept. 9

  • Malcolm Holcombe. 8 p.m. The North Carolina-based musician presents country- and folk-style music. $12.

Synetic Theater

1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Synetic Theater fuses drama, movement, acrobatics, dance and music as America’s premier physical theater company. 800-494-8497 and

Wednesdays-Sundays/Sept. 26-Nov. 3

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Director Paata Tsikurishvilli presents a visual adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 story. Prices TBD.

The American Century Theatre

The American Century Theatre, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. The American Century Theatre features great plays and playwrights of the 20th century. or 703-998-4555.

Gateway Park

Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington. Gateway Park serves as a venue for many music and festivals in a scenic Arlington atmosphere. 703-228-6525 or

One More Page Books

One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101, Arlington. One More Page Books is an independent bookstore that offers books, gourmet foods, author talks, book discussions, wine and chocolate tastings, and more to the Arlington and Falls Church areas. 703-300-9746 or

Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Signature Theatre in Arlington presents new musicals and recently published works. 703-820-9771 or

The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse

2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. Hosts comedians and shows films; provides a unique in-theater dining experience.


St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub is a neighborhood gathering place with a coffeehouse atmosphere and plenty of entertainment. 703-739-9268 or

Thursday/Sept. 19

  • Not so Modern Jazz Band Quartet. 7:30-10 p.m. Enjoy Dixieland favorites with this classic jazz quartet.

Saturday/Oct. 12

  • A Man Called Bruce. 8-10 a.m. Listen to original roots, rock, country and blues.

Sunday/Oct. 6

  • “Tuesday at Two” Book Discussion. 1-3 p.m. Discuss the book “Tuesday at Two” with the local community.

Morrison House

Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. A classic hotel serving traditional American fare boasts exceptional piano music at the bar. or 703-838-8000.

  • Morrison House’s live bar music every night make this hotel a unique experience. Stop in any evening for a languorous, heady or otherwise striking night.


Two NineTeen Restaurant, 219 King St., Alexandria. Famous for it’s succulent New-Orleans style dishes, 219 also features live music nightly. 703-549-1141 or

Saturday/Aug. 31

  • Jimmy Cole’s Blues. Enjoy cajun food and live blues music.


Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant and Bar, 112 King St., Alexandria. Serving fresh specials and old favorites, the food at O’Connell’s is accompanied by traditional live Irish music. 703-739-1124 or

Every Monday

  • Monday Special Music Session. Enjoy traditional Irish music played by talented professionals.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria

The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. This Alexandria theatre offers classics and popular, new favorites. 703-683-5778 or

Saturdays/Sept. 7-28

  • Caught in the Net. A creative story about a London taxi driver with two wives and a busy schedule to keep. $17.

Saturday/Oct. 26-Nov. 16

  • The 39 Steps. A mystery that follows Richard Hannay as he tries to solve the riddle of the 39 steps. $17.

Metro Stage

MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. Presents Broadway quality theater productions. 703-548-9044 or

Thursday-Sunday/Nov. 21-Dec. 22

  • A Christmas Carol. 8 p.m. Enjoy the holiday classic starring miserly Scrooge. $55.

Thursday-Sunday/ Sept. 12-Nov. 3

  • Gee’s Bend. 8 p.m. The Civil Right’s era true story of the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. $55.

Port City Playhouse

Port City playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. Featuring theater productions for all tastes, the Port City Playhouse is a fun, Alexandria-based theater company. 703-838-2880 or

Friday-Saturday/Sept. 13-28

  • The Children’s Hour. 8 p.m. Drama and tension build in this story as the devastating effects of lies and gossip wreak havoc on the lives of two lesbian lovers. $18.

Friday-Saturday/Feb. 28-March 15

  • Next Fall. 8 p.m. A contemporary love story about a New York couple, Adam and Luke, brings home the old-fashioned notion of opposites attracting. $18.

Aldersgate Community Theatre

With a home in Wesley Hall of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, the ACCT puts on plays and musicals for families. ACCT has a professional stage and are members of the Northern Virginia Theater Alliance and the Washington Area Theater Community Honors.

Friday-Sunday/Oct. 4-20

  • Life With Father. A family comedy set in the confines of Episcopal church life, in which a full family of strongly gendered and ready-for-independence youth clash with their authoritative father; volunteers interested in helping put on the play should email or

The Birchmere

The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. “America’s Legendary Music Hall” showcases music in a dinner-theater style. All guests must have a ticket. 703-548-7500 or

Thursday/Aug. 29

  • Larry Graham and Graham Central Station. 7:30 p.m. The acclaimed bassist and his band present psychedelic soul and funk music. $69.50

Friday/Aug. 30

  • Three Dog Night. 7:30 p.m. The rock band performs forty-five years after its formation. $69.50.

Sunday/Sept. 1

  • Maysa. 7:30 p.m. The jazz vocalist performs and promotes her new album, “Blue Velvet Soul.” $45.

Thursday/Sept. 5

  • Les Nubians. 7:30 p.m. The Grammy-nominated R&B sister act visits the Birchmere. $29.50

Friday/Sept. 6

  • Steep Canyon Rangers. 7:30 p.m. The bluegrass quintet brings its music to Alexandria. $29.50.

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • An Evening with The Seldom Scene. 7:30 p.m. The Local bluegrass jam band plays a show. $25.

Thursday/Sept. 12

  • Dwele. 7:30 p.m. The R&B artist brings his laid back take on music to town. $45

Friday/Sept. 13

  • Euge Groove. Contemporary jazzman Steven Grove performs at the Birchmere. $35.

Torpedo Art Factory

105 North Union St., Alexandria. The world-renowned art center on the waterfront features the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, art exhibits, classes through The Art League School, and the Cafe by Bread & Chocolate. For general information, 703-838-4565. For information on art classes, 703-683-2323.

First Tuesday of every month

  • Morrison House Cultural Discussion Series. 6-8 p.m. 116 South Alfred St., Alexandria. The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association presents a salon-style discussion series exploring Alexandria’s culture. Cocktails and dinner reservations will be available through The Grille at Morrison House Hotel. Free. 703-838-8000 or

Sundays-Saturdays/Sept. 3-29

  • Mark of the Maker. Time and price TBD. Scope Gallery, Studio 19. Ceramic Guild artists share traditional art techniques and styles from various cultures.

Sundays-Saturdays/Sept. 5-Oct. 6

  • Kresnik “Nick” Xhiku. Time and price TBD. The Art League Gallery, Room 21. The internationally-recognized sculptor and former Dean of Faculty of the Visual Arts Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania showcases his solo exhibition of architectonic structures inspired by nature. Reception on Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Sundays-Saturdays/Sept. 7-29

  • In the Flesh 4. Time and price TBD. Target Gallery. The all-media exhibition examining contemporary figurative art returns after popular demand. Reception on Thursday, Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. Gallery Talk 7 p.m during reception.

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • Art Activated. Noon-4 p.m. This part of the Alexandria King Street Art Festival features artist demonstrations and hands-on projects. Free.


Art on the Avenue

On Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Three hundred-plus artists/artisans sell their work (all price ranges), creating mini-exhibits down the avenue. Music stages, a Children’s Stage, a pie baking contest and food round out the fest.

Saturday/Oct. 5

  • Art on the Avenue Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A regional, multicultural arts festival featuring five stages filled with musical performers and bands all day long, 300-plus artists, a pie baking contest, children’s activities and more. Free.

Mt. Vernon Community Theatre

1900 Elkin St., Alexandria. MVCCT's programs are twofold: each year three to four productions are presented, directed by professionals and featuring children in all roles. Additionally MVCCT, a non-profit, has an active education program which includes after-school programs in Fairfax County Public Schools (both PTA sponsored and outreach/grant based), as well as a spring break and summer camp. 703-360-0686 or


Institute of Performing Arts for Youth and Creative Dance Center

IPAY of Chantilly, C/O Creative Dance Center, 14155 East Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly. A dance school and community performance group that seeks to provide family-oriented fun and entertainment for the community. 703-378-1800 or

Friday-Sunday/Nov. 22-24

  • “Nutcracker in a Shell, All Jazzed Up.” 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. A jazzy version of the “Nutcracker” performed by children for children to introduce younger audiences to Christmas ballet-dance tradition.

The Alliance Theatre

Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. The Alliance Theatre is passionate about producing excellent family based community theatre. 703-220-8101, or

Sunday/Nov. 9-23

  • The Little Mermaid Jr. Enjoy a Disney favorite performed by your local theatre company. $12.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 4390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. As the companion facility to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, the Udvar-Hazy Center provides tours and educational activities. $15 parking.

Saturday/Sept. 21

  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Udvar-Hazy Center celebrates Latin America’s contributions to aviation and space exploration with family-friendly activities, bilingual stories and current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Free.

Saturday/Oct. 12

  • Balloons & Blimps. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hands-on activities and demonstrations educate visitors about these floating devices as part of the Center’s Super Science Saturdays Series. Free.

Saturday/Oct. 26

  • Air and Scare. 2-8 p.m. This science-based Halloween event features indoor trick-or-treating, crafts, science experiments and other family-friendly activities. Costumes are encouraged. Free.

Saturday/Nov. 9

  • The Moon and Beyond. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors of all ages can participate in demonstrations and hands-on activities related to aviation and space exploration as part of the Center’s Super Science Saturdays Series. Free.


Mosaic Harmony

Upcoming rehearsals are at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Choral performances are at various venues all over the metropolitan area; mailing address: 2691 A, Suite 611, Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. 703-437-0808 or

Thursday/Sept. 5

  • Mosaic Harmony Concert for Global Camps Africa. 7:30 p.m., at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston. Meet some of the people of Camp Sizanani, GCA’s residential camp for HIV/AIDS affected children in South Africa before a concert of everything from traditional spirituals to new songs composed by popular and dynamic director David North. After the concert, guests will have a chance to meet and talk with the visiting South African counselors. $25.

Saturday/Nov. 23

  • Nicki Barnett. Time to be announced, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfax. Alto/chanteuse Nikki Barnett performs a solo to benefit Mosaic Harmony.

The Vienna Theatre Company

The Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. The Vienna Theatre Company is a community theatre that brings entertainment to local residents.

Fridays-Sundays/Oct. 18-Nov. 3

  • “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin. Time to be determined. Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile in Montmartre, Paris on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea; the two geniuses have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters. $13 general admission, $11 seniors and students.

Fridays-Sundays/Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2014

  • “This” by Melissa James Gibson. Time TBD. Receiving its area community theater premiere, “This” is a bright, tart and melancholy comedy that captures the uncertain steps of a circle of friends entering the choppy waters of middle age. At the center of this circle is Jane, a promising poet without a muse, a single mother without lessons to pass along. $13, general admission; $11 for seniors and students.


Historic Vale Schoolhouse, 3124 Fox Mill Road, Oakton. Vale Arts is a nine-member arts organization showcasing traditional and abstract, original art through exhibits. 703-860-1888, or

Friday-Sunday/Oct. 4-6

  • 18th annual Fall Into Color Art Show. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 7-9 p.m. reception Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A show at the Vale Schoolhouse with guest artists Meredith Hannon and Carie Cole’s featured works alongside ValeArts artists’ work. Families are encouraged and a children's table will foster young artists’ talents with acrylic, oil, mixed media and watercolors.

Vienna Choral Society

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna. The Vienna Choral Society is a volunteer vocal choir group presenting varied music for the community.

Saturday/Oct. 26

  • Vienna Choral Society Coffeehouse Concert. Time to be determined. The chorus shares their rich melodies and intricate harmonies with the community; stay tuned online for the program.

Saturday/Dec. 21

  • Concert For A Cause—Light and Dark. Time to be determined. The concert-for-good is slated for the 2013-2014 season, with an as-yet-unannounced beneficiary; stay tuned online.

Saturday/March 15

  • Family Friendly Concert. Time to be determined. Concert features lullabies and children’s stories.

Saturday/May 24

  • Parodies and PDQ Bach Concert. Time to be determined.

Fairfax Jubil-Aires Barbershop Chorus

The Fairfax Jubil-Aires Barbershop Chorus is a local chorus that presents barbershop choir style music.

Saturday/Sept. 28

  • Fairfax Jubil-Aires Franklin Farm Performance. 8 p.m., at Franklin Farm Parks Art Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society; wine tasting included. $12. 540-338-7973.

Vienna Community Band

The Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. The Vienna Community Band is a band of local residents who provide music for all ages and tastes. 703-255-6360 or

Sunday/Oct. 20

  • Fall Concert. 7 p.m., Get in the fall spirit with lively, seasonally themed music from the Vienna Community Band.

Monday/Dec. 2

  • Holiday Stroll 2013 along Historic Church Street in Vienna. Stroll along the streets accompanied by festive holiday music from the Vienna Community Band.

Sunday/Dec. 15

  • Holiday Concert 2013. 3 p.m. Enjoy a themed concert featuring holiday songs, with the volume/joy turned up courtesy of the full band.

Jammin’ Java

The Jammin’ Java Cafe, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Jammin’ Java provides a relaxed, coffee house-like atmosphere to listen to local live entertainment. 703-255-1566 or

Sunday/Sept. 1

  • SUPER bob, Wings of Apollo and Shokkher. 7 p.m. SUPER bob performs its acclaimed rock music. Advance tickets: $12 bar or general admission, $15 V.I.P. Day-of tickets: $15.

Thursday/Sept. 5

  • Simon & Garfunkel retrospective performed by A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. 7:30 p.m. Swearingen’s baritone and Beedle’s tenor combine to recreate the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel. $20.

Friday/Sept. 6

  • Joy Kills Sorrow. 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based string band showcases its new E.P., “Wide Awake,” featuring six new original songs on acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass arrangements. Advance tickets: $12. Day-of tickets: $15.

Sunday/Sept. 8

  • Seth Glier. 7:30 p.m. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs. $12, bar or general admission, $15 day-of.

Tuesday/Sept. 10

  • Adam Zwig. 8 p.m. The folk-pop artist showcases his new album “Visions of the Shimmering Night.” Advance tickets: $10, day-of tickets: $13.

Wolf Trap

1551 Trap Road, Vienna; Filene Center, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna; The Barns, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Wolf Trap is a nationally acclaimed theatre for the performing arts located in Vienna’s own backyard. 703-255-1900 or

Sunday/Sept. 1

  • STS9 & Umphrey's McGee. 7 p.m. The improv-rock instrumentalists cover a broad spectrum of musical styles. $40.

Friday/Sept. 6

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. 7:30 p.m. Wolftrap offers a unique viewing experience of “The Lord of the RIngs” on huge screens in-house and on the lawn with live orchestra and chorus. $58.

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. 7:30 p.m. Wolftrap offers a unique viewing experience of “The Lord of the Rings” on huge screens in-house and on the lawn with live orchestra and chorus. $58.

Tuesday/Sept. 10

  • Marc Anthony. 8 p.m. Latin superstar Marc Anthony sings at Wolftrap’s Performing Arts Center in Vienna. $95.

Wednesday/Sept. 11

  • ZZ Top. 8 p.m. International performers of rock, blues and boogie come to Vienna’s Wolftrap to perform. $45.

Saturday/Sept. 21

  • 2013 Wolf Trap Ball. 7 p.m. Demonstrate your “joie de vivre” on the Filene Center stage and help continue the enthusiastic support for Wolf Trap Foundation arts and education programs. $500 ($325 tax deductible).

Saturday/Sept. 28

  • Fall Fest: Barn Party. 3:30 p.m. An opportunity to experience a variety of cuisine prepared by local food truck vendors and craft beer, as well as live music, an open bar, and a silent auction. $66.

Wednesday-Thursday/Oct. 2-3

  • Dave Mason. 8 p.m. Former member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-honored band Traffic makes sure fans are “Feelin’ Alright” with his lively performance. Price TBD.

Friday/Nov. 1

  • Van Cliburn Orchestra. 8 p.m. Hear the DC-area debut of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Silver Medalist. $35.

Vienna-Falls Chorus

The Vienna-Falls Chorus is a community women’s performing chorus.

  • The Vienna-Falls Chorus performs at a variety of venues and puts on performances ranging from caroling in DC to singing in the Fairfax parade. Stay tuned to their website for upcoming performances.

The Vienna Arts Society

Galleries: Vienna Arts Society Gallery, 513 Maple Ave., Vienna, 703-319-3220, and Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant St. N.W., Vienna, 703-319-3971. The Vienna Art Center exists to bring artists together to share their interests, enrich one another’s art and to make contributions to the community. Members are encouraged to broaden their interests in all areas of art, through workshops, art excursions and monthly meetings, demonstrations, lectures and critiques.

  • In September the society has a juried show of art planned, with more details to come online. In November Margaret Johnson will chair a show featuring a 10”x10” canvas with watercolors, acrylic, oil or collage. The November show will also feature a gift shop of handmade gifts made by society artists.

Cuppett Performing Arts Center

Cuppett Performing Arts Center, 135 Park St. S.E., Vienna. Cuppett Performing Arts Center in Vienna introduces dance to the community through their performances and stages classic plays and musicals. 703-938-9019 or

  • Cuppett Performing Arts Center offers fall dance classes and has ballet performances throughout the year at local venues.


Amadeus Concerts

Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. Amadeus Concerts features performances by professional musicians, educational outreach and provides mentoring for young musicians. 703-759-5334, or

Sunday/Sept. 29

  • Amadeus Orchestra & Celloist Steven Honigberg. 4-6 p.m. The night features “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “variations on a Rococo Theme,” “Symphony No. 2” and A. Scott Wood as conductor. $30; under 17 free.

Sunday/Oct. 27

  • Amadeus Orchestra & Combined Choruses. 4-6 p.m. The night features concerto for two trumpets, Lord Nelson Mass and A. Scott Wood as conductor. $30; under 17 free.

Sunday/Feb. 23

  • Amadeus Winds. 4 p.m., Saint Francis Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The performance features “Serenade in C Minor,” “Serenade in E flat major,” and “Octet.” Scott Wood conducts. $30; under 17 free.

Sunday/March 23

  • Amadeus with the Reston Chorale. 4 p.m., South Lakes Auditorium, 11400 S. Lakes Drive, Reston. Orchestral and choral music commemorates the 50th anniversary of Reston and the 100th birthday of Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr.; the concert features the world premiere of Donald McCullough.

Sunday/May 4

  • Amadeus With Aaron Goldman. 4 p.m., at Saint Luke Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. The concert features orchestral and flute performances “Soirees Musicales,” “Concierto Pastorale” and “Appalachian Spring: Suite.” Scott Wood conducts.

Sunday/June 1

  • Amadeus with Rachel Franklin. 4 p.m., Saint Luke Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. The concert features orchestral and piano music “Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla,” “Concerto No. 5” and “Symphony No. 5.” Scott Wood conducts.

McLean Project for the Arts

McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. As a partner with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Fairfax County Public Schools, McLean Project for the Arts is a non-profit promoter of art education and regional artists, both emerging and established. 703-790 1953 or

Thursday/Sept. 12

  • Opening Reception: Three Art Exhibitions. 7-9 p.m. at the McLean Community Center. The McLean Project for the Arts presents an opening reception for Susanne K. Arnold’s “Buried Voices,” Alex Tolstoy’s “Mostly Landscapes,” and Carol Lukitsch’s “Connecting the Parts: Paintings.”

Sunday/Oct. 6

  • Sixth annual MPAartfest. 10 a.m-5 p.m. McLean Central Park. Created for the community by McLean Project for the Arts, MPAartfest draws thousands of art-lovers of all ages to enjoy (and purchase) original art, listen to live music, create their own masterpiece at MPA’s Innovation Station and picnic on delicious selections from local restaurants.

Saturday/Oct. 19

  • Family Art Workshop. 10-11:30 a.m. McLean Community Center. Families are invited to learn about art during a day filled with a large variety of activities. $10 per family. Register at

Thursday/Dec. 5

  • Opening Reception. 7-9 p.m. From Dec. 5 through Saturday Jan. 4, exhibits featuring the works of Allan Rosenbaum and the McLean Art Society will be open to the public.

Saturday/Dec. 14

  • Clay Creature Creations Family Art Workshop. Sharon Fishel’s work is up; create your own in the B DuVal studio. $10. TBD.

Saturday/Feb. 8

  • Multi-Media Mobiles Family Art Workshop. Instructor Sharon Fishel gives ideas; work in the B DuVal studio. $10. TBD.

Saturday/March 15

  • Printmaking Workshop: Self Portraits Family Art Workshop. Sharon Fishel gives guidelines on printmaking; try it yourself in the studio. $10. TBD.

Saturday/May 3

  • Painting & Drawing Under the Trees Family Art Workshop. Sharon Fishel leads a workshop. $10. TBD.

Saturday/June 14

  • Inside/Outside: Architectural Constructions Family Art Workshop. Visit the gallery with instructor Sharon Fishel and make art after receiving instructions. $10. TBD.

The McLean Art Society

The Springhill Center, 1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean; McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The McLean Art Society shares the work of artists in various media.

Thursday/Dec. 5

McLean Community Center

McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The McLean Community Center connects the community through events for the whole family. or 703-790-0123.

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • McLean Fall Community Flea Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1420 Beverly Road. Free admission.

Wednesday/Sept. 11

  • Jammin’ Juniors. 12:30 p.m., McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. Lunchtime concerts for ages 2-5. Free admission.

Saturday/Sept. 28

  • “The Little Engine That Could Earn Her Whistle.” Artspower presents a musical adaptation of the book “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $15 general admission, $10 McLean Community Center district residents.

Saturday/Oct. 19

  • McLean Pet Fest 2013. Noon-3 p.m., McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Take part in a petting zoo and enjoy music and a performance by the Amazing Leroy; refreshments available for purchase.

Sunday/Oct. 27

  • Sunday Soiree Series Dances. 3-5 p.m. Come hear the Ghosts and Ghouls-themed music of The Wayne Tympanick Trio as you try out your favorite dance moves; refreshments included. $5.

Saturday/Nov. 9

  • 37th Annual McLean Antiques Show and Sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. An exceptional group of dealers representing antiques, decorative accessories, furniture, folk art, porcelains, silver and much more. $7.

Sunday/Nov. 10

  • 37th Annual McLean Antiques Show and Sale. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An exceptional group of dealers representing antiques, decorative accessories, furniture, folk art, porcelains, silver and much more. $7.

Sunday/Nov. 17

  • Sunday Soiree Series Dances. 3-5 p.m. Come hear the music of The Wayne Tympanick Trio, to the theme Autumn Splendor, as you try out your favorite dance moves; refreshments included. $5.

Friday-Sunday/Dec. 6-8

  • 31st Annual Mclean Holiday Crafts Show. Friday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This show features fiber arts, wood, ceramics and pottery, jewelry, glass, holiday decor and more. $3; 13 and under $1.

Saturday/Feb. 1

  • 7th Annual McLean Jewelry Showcase. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This showcase will feature a variety of quality, handmade jewelry collections and designs by exhibitors from around the region. $3.

McLean Community Players

The Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The McLean Community Players provide local entertainment through their exciting productions. or 703-790-0123.

Fridays-Saturdays/Sept. 20-Oct. 5

  • “Time Stands Still.” Directed by Jessie Roberts, produced by Patti Green-Roth and Denise Perrino. $16 adults, $14 seniors or students, $12 groups of 10 or more.

1st Stage Theatre

1st Stage Theatre, 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean. 1st Stage Theatre in McLean brings professional theatre to the Northern Virginia area. or 703-854-1856.

Friday-Sunday/Sept. 13-Oct. 13

  • The Pitmen Painters. Friday: 8 p.m.; Saturday: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Enjoy this stage production about the real-life story of a close-knit group of northern English miners who discover their artistic potential by Lee Hall directed by Stevie Zimmerman. $27.

Saturday-Sunday/Nov. 23-Dec. 29

  • Noises Off. Times TBD. In this production a troupe of manic misfits prepare for their opening performance of “Nothing On” as they flub their lines, forget their props and miss their cues.

Friday-Sunday/Feb. 7-March 2

  • Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Times TBD. This production tells the story of the diva and real-life eccentric heiress, Florence Foster Jenkins, who fancied herself a coloratura soprano but was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune.

Friday-Sunday/March 28-April 20

  • The Cripple of Inishman. In this production excitement ripples through the sleepy Irish community of Inishmaan that is abuzz with the news that a Hollywood filmmaker plans to shoot a movie on a neighboring island.

Sunday/March 23-June 22

  • Bat Boy: The Musical. When a half-boy/half bat creature is discovered in a cave near fictional Hope Falls, West Virginia, the local vet’s wife sets out to teach him the ways of civilization.

James Lee Community Center Theater

Providence Players, 855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Providence Players brings fun, affordable theatre to everyone in the McLean community. 703-425-6782 or

Thursday-Saturday/ Oct. 4-19

  • Little Shop of Horrors. 7:30 p.m. A musical spoof of 1950s horror films, “Little Shop of Horrors” follows the misadventures of Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row.

Friday-Saturday/Nov. 1-3

  • “You Can’t Take it With You.” 7:30 p.m. The Providence Players present their adaptation of the 1936 comedy written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.

Thursday-Saturday/Dec. 6-14

  • “A Christmas Carol.” 7:30 p.m. This holiday favorite with the Cratchits, the Fezziwigs and Tiny Tim offers a message of hope and charity and one more way to celebrate the holiday season.

Thursday-Saturday/March 14-29

  • The House of Blue Leaves. 7:30 p.m. In this production Artie Shaughnessy is a failed songwriter with visions of fame and glory.

Friday and Saturday/ March 30-June 14

  • Rumors. 7:30 p.m. In humorous production four couples arrive at a dinner party and things take a turn for the worse.

The Alden Theatre

The Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. The Alden Theatre in McLean is a cozy venue showing events in dance, film and comedy.

Stay tuned online for upcoming performances.

McLean Orchestra

The McLean Orchestra is a critically acclaimed local institution that has provided live, professional-level orchestra concerts for 40 years. 703-893-8646 or

Stay tuned online for upcoming performances.


Colvin Run Community Dance Hall

Colvin Run Community Dance Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. The historic dance hall, previously known as the Colvin Run Schoolhouse, welcomes guests for active social events. All dances are hosted by the Colvin Run Citizens Association, a 501(c)(3) public charity. 703-759-2685 or


  • Dancing at the Colvin Run Community Hall. Most dances are preceded by a lesson; ballroom dance is on the first Saturday of each month; other dance styles such as tango, West Coast swing, and lindy, occur throughout the month.

Great Falls Foundation for the Arts

Great Falls Foundation for the Arts Gallery, 1144 Walker Road, Great Falls. The Great Falls Foundation for the Arts offers art workshops and an impressive art gallery.

Great Falls Studios

GFS manages the exhibits at Starbucks Coffee, 9863 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls; Katie’s Coffee House, 760 Walker Road, Great Falls; and Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort, and Spa, 11415 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.

They also exhibit and hold events at: Village Green Day School, 790 Walker Road, Great Falls; The Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls; Artist’s Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Great Falls. The organization promotes the artistic endeavors of Great Falls artists through its network of continuous communication among the members, its contact with other community organizations, its several annual exhibitions, and other events in the community.

Saturday/Oct. 5

  • Great Falls Studios 10th Anniversary Celebration. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Great Falls Library. A celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Great Falls Studios at a special all-day event and exhibition; refreshments available.

Saturday-Sunday/Oct. 19-20

  • Great Falls 10th Annual Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The artists of Great Falls Studios open their studios to the public to demonstrate their techniques and exhibit their latest work.


  • Starbucks Coffee: Revolving Student Art Exhibition. Starbucks Coffee. Exhibition of art by students of Colvin Run Elementary School, Forestville Elementary School, and Great Falls Elementary School.


  • Katie’s Coffee House: Revolving Art Exhibition. Katie’s Coffee House. Exhibition of art by one or more members of Great Falls Studios.


  • Great Falls Foundation for the Arts “Atelier”: Revolving Art Exhibition. Artist’s Atelier. Constantly changing art exhibition by 14 painters in a loft studio.


  • Seneca Hill Animal Hospital: Revolving Art Exhibition. Seneca Hill Animal Hospital. Exhibition of art by one or more members of Great Falls Studios.

Adrienne’s Art Studio on the Green

Art Studio On the Green, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls. Adrienne’s Art Studio on the Green in Great Falls offers art workshops and lessons for locals.

The Artist’s Atelier

The Artist’s Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suites D&G, Great Falls. The Artist’s Atelier is a working studio that holds the work of Great Falls’ talented artists.

Dynamite Performing Arts

Paula S Fantasy Theatre, 1087 Manning St., Great Falls. Dynamite Performing Arts brings dance and entertainment to residents of Great Falls. 703-759-3972.

The School of Theatrical Dance

The School of Theatrical Dance, 760 Walker Road, Great Falls. The School of Theatrical Dance in Great Falls showcases dances in ballet and tap, as well as offering exercises like aerobics and Zumba. 571-732-3744 or


Reston Chorale

The area chorus of a professional caliber, composed of amateur and professional musicians from all over Northern Virginia, shares their quality music with the community at fests and concerts throughout the year.

Friday/Nov. 29

  • Carol Sing-Along. 6 p.m., at Reston Town Center on Market Street, Reston. Bring in the Holiday Season at Reston Town Center with the annual tree lighting ceremony followed by a sing-along of holiday favorites led by members of The Reston Chorale with a brass quintet.

Saturday/Dec. 7

  • "The Wonder of the Season.” Time TBD, at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Delight in the sounds of the holiday season with The Reston Chorale in a performance of Bach's “Magnificat.” The performance will also feature many holiday favorites.

Reston Community Center

Reston Community Center , 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Community Center offers lessons, live performances and aquatic activities to its surrounding community. 703-476-4500 or

Saturday/Aug. 31

  • 2013 Lake Anne Jazz Festival. 1-8 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza, 11404 Washington Plaza W., Reston. The Friends of Lake Anne and the Lake Anne Merchants present an afternoon and evening of “Jazz on the Lake.” All ages are welcome.

Saturday/Sept. 28

  • 2013 Reston Multicultural Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Lake Anne Plaza, 11404 Washington Plaza W, Reston. This family-friendly event, hosted by the Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association and co-sponsored by the Reston Community Center and Reston Association, features music, food, entertainment, dress, and more from international cultures. Free admission.

Thursday/ Oct. 10

  • Newcomers’ Night. 7-9 p.m. This one-stop shopping event is open to new, current, or past volunteers and newcomers. Light refreshments and door prizes will be available. RSVP to or call 703-435-6577.

Sunday/Oct. 27

  • Festival on the Square. Noon-4 p.m, Reston Heights, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. This festival features live music, entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities, and the Community Walk to End Homelessness. 703-390-6166.

Reston Players

Reston Players, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. The Reston Players brings excellent theatre that all of the community can enjoy. 703-476-4500,, or

Fridays-Sundays/Oct. 12-Nov. 3

  • “Legally Blonde the Musical.” 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Directed by Joshua Redford, musically directed by David Rohde. Price to be determined.

Saturday/Oct. 19

  • Halloween Family Fun Day. Noon-4:30 p.m. Come dressed in your favorite costume, and enjoy performances for the whole family. Free.

Saturday/Nov. 2

  • Children’s Fall Flea Market. 9 a.m.-Noon. Junior merchants will sell gently used toys, books, clothing, and games at the annual Fall Flea Market. Admission is one non-perishable food item for the RCC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The Virginia Chamber Orchestra

Ernst Community Cultural Center, NVCC Annandale, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The Virginia Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit organization that exhibits classical music concerts performed with string instruments.

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

The Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market St. Suite 103, Reston. The Greater Reston Arts Center promotes involvement and excellence in visual arts to the Reston area. Runs a gallery in Reston Town Center and host events like the Fine Arts Festival, or 703-471-9242.

Reston Community Orchestra

Reston Orchestra, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Reston Community Orchestra performs classical opera pieces from all over the world. or 703-476-4500.

Reston Community Players

Reston Community Players, 266 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. Reston Community Players is a community theatre with productions for every taste. or 703-435-2707.

Initiative For Public Art-Reston

Initiative for Public Art - Reston, 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston. Initiative For Public Art-Reston funds public art projects around Reston.


ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon. The Art Space Herndon is a community art gallery known for its creative and entertaining exhibits and events. 703-956-6590 or

Saturday/Sept. 21

  • Paint Herndon. Family-friendly event featuring outdoor and art activities.

Sunday/Oct. 6

  • Cocktail and Champagne Gala. Sip a flute of champagne and sample delicious chocolate truffles while enjoying the soft music of a harpist and a silent auction. $40.

NextStop Theatre Company

Elden Street Players, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. The Next Stop Theatre Company brings quality theatre with a local flair.

Thursday/Sept. 26

  • “The 39 Steps.” Time to be determined. A local theatre company produces a murder mystery, directed by Evan Hoffman and adapted from the Hitchcock film and novel by John Buchan of the same name. Ticket price to be determined.

Tuesday/Dec. 3

  • “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” Time to be determined. A local spin on a beloved classic, this play,directed by Matthew Anderson and adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, tells the story of Jacob Marley.Ticket price to be determined.

Wednesday/Dec. 4

  • “The Twelve Dates of Christmas.” Time to be determined. A local theatre company produces a refreshing holiday story written by Ginna Hoben and directed by Abigail Isaac. Ticket price to be determined.

Thursday/Jan. 30, 2014

  • “Richard III.” Time to be determined. The local theatre’s Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder, of the Gallaudet University Theatre Department, directs this new interpretation of the Shakespeare classic. Ticket price to be determined.

Thursday/May 1, 2014

  • “Into the Woods.” Time to be determined. The local theatre company produces a magical fairytale based on the book by James Lapine of the same name. Ticket price to be determined.

Classical Ballet Theatre

Classical Ballet Theatre, 320 Victory Drive, Herndon. The Classical Ballet Theater in Herndon offers dance performances and instruction for young dancers. The ballet studio based in Herndon is not-for-profit and dancers perform at local schools and do recitals twice a year. or 703-471-0750.


Formerly known as artisTree Studio; The Artory, 1141 Elden Street, Suite 218, in Herndon. Artory provides studio space, time and resources for artists to pursue creative enterprise. Resident artists give back to the community through community programs focused on artistic exploration and collaboration. GroundWorks Dance, Dodgeball Theatre, randomartisan studio, Brihadisha and Jhanak Dance Academy are the artists currently residing at The Artory.

October Arts Week


Burke Civic Ballet

Buffa’s Dance Studio, 9570 Burke Road, Burke. Buffa’s Dance Studio is a community dance studio providing professional performances for a local crowd. 703-425-5599 or

Saturday/Oct. 4

  • Dance-A-Thon. A three-hour fundraiser for the studio also serving as a beginning-of-the-season get-together; dancers collect pledges and dance the whole or part of the evening.

Sunday/Oct. 27

  • Spookfest. A Halloween party with dancing, games, crafts, a haunted house, costume contest, raffles, food, prizes and special guest characters. $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, free for children.


  • Nutcracker Performances. 2 and 6 p.m. The annual holiday classic is presented in a professional performance. $28.

The Burke Centre Conservancy

The Burke Centre Conservancy Festival Grounds. 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke. The Burke Centre Conservancy offers a space for community events and gatherings. or 703-978-2928.

Saturday-Sunday/Sept. 7-8.

  • Burke Centre Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This event features fine craft, homegrown products and 12 food booths as well as live music.


eMOTION, 9411 Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. eMOTION offers dance workshops and classes for the local community. or 571-318-9908.

Saturday/Sept. 7

  • Kids TEAM. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Hip-hop classes and performances for children from ages 8 to 13. $20.


Fairfax Symphony Orchestra

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, 3905 Railroad Ave., Fairfax. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra aims to present orchestral music to the audiences of Northern Virginia. 703-563-1990 or

Saturday/Sept. 21

  • Ricardo Morales, Clarinet. 8 p.m. The principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia orchestra performs Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7” and Copland’s “Music for the Theatre” and “Clarinet Concerto.” Price to be determined.

Saturday/Oct. 26

  • Tony Arnold, Soprano. 8 p.m. The award-winning soprano presents Haydn’s “Symphony No. 60, ‘Il Distratto,’” Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite,” and the world premiere of Theofanidis’s “Ordo Virtutem.” Price to be determined.

Saturday/Nov. 16

  • Carrie Koffman, Saxophone. 8 p.m. The internationally renowned saxophonist performs Grieg’s “Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1,” Larry Alan Smith’s “Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Strings,” and Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances.” Price to be determined.

Saturday-Sunday/Jan. 18-19, 2014

  • William Hite, Tenor. 8 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. The nationally recognized performer presents Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings,” Britten’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings,” Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony in C Minor,” and Britten’s “Simple Symphony.” Price to be determined.

University Mall Theatres

10659 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Discount movie theater showing a select number of popular and blockbuster films at a later date, courtesy of GMU. It's not really art, but it is being in college, and sometimes, that's the same thing. Birthday parties and group deals available. $2 every Tuesday.

GMU Center for the Arts and Patriot Center

GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax; Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Located on a local college campus, the Patriot Center provides a venue for anything from basketball games to concerts. or

Tuesday/Sept. 10

  • Fall Out Boy w/ Panic at the Disco. 7 p.m., George Mason Patriot Center. Internationally famous performers come to the area to perform in their Save Rock and Roll Tour. $48.05.

Wednesday/Sept. 25

  • Lionel Richie. 8 p.m. The famed soul musician plays “All the hits, all night long.” $39.50-$129.50.

Monday/Sept. 30

  • Atoms for Peace. 8 p.m., George Mason Patriot Center. Internationally renowned experimental rock and electronic supergroup featuring members of Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Forro in the Dark, and others performs as part of its 2013 tour. $51.35-$72.80.

Saturday/Oct. 19

  • Aziz Ansari. 8 p.m. One of the stars of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” performs his own stand up comedy. $35-$45

Thursday/Sept. 31

  • Passion Pit w/ Joy Formidable. 8 p.m. A Massachusetts based indie pop band comes to the Patriot Center. Price TBD.

Wednesday/Nov. 27

  • The Fresh Beat Band, 6:30 p.m., George Mason Patriot Center. The band from the Nick Jr. series of the same name performs. $46.70-$165.

Acting For Young People

Potomac Arts Academy/AFYP Classroom Studios, 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax; George Mason University’s TheaterSpace, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. AFYP provides all ages with acting classes and performances for the community to enjoy.

Saturday-Sunday/Dec. 14-15

  • 101 Dalmation’s KIDS. 2 and 4 p.m. In a loving home, owners Robert and Anita live happily with dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita until the monstrous Cruella De Vil arrives. Child participation cost is $350 for fall season registration in acting program; includes two tickets. $5.

Saturday-Sunday/Dec. 14-15

  • It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. 1 and 7:30 p.m. This beloved American holiday classic tale of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers the world around him on one fateful Christmas Eve. $5.

Angelika Theatre

Angelika Mosaic, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax. Angelika Theatre in Fairfax is a film center and cafe that shows less mainstream, recent films and allows patrons to reserve their seats ahead of time and enjoy alcoholic beverages in-theater.

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia hosts events for the community that emphasize Jewish culture. 703-323-0880 or

Sunday/Sep. 22

  • Sukkot Celebration @ The Pumpkin Patch. 10 a.m. Celebrating the fall harvest is a Jewish tradition as well as a secular one: enjoy a pumpkin patch and storytelling about Sukkot. $10/ $7 JCCNV member per family, Code: #4563; Please register by Tuesday/Sep. 17.

Saturday-Sunday/ Oct. 19-20

  • The Marci and Zina Show. 8 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday. Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich offer "wackily sophisticated" entertainment. From heartbreakingly sincere to laugh-out-loud funny, they do it all with style and class. $29/$24 JCCNV member and seniors; $19 students and groups (10-plus).

Fairfax Art League

The Village Gallery, 3950 University Drive in the City of Fairfax. The Fairfax Art League promotes and showcases art in the community through meetings, demonstrations, educational events and gallery exhibitions free to the public. Sponsors and local area artists are invited to join the Fairfax Art League for cooperative opportunities to exhibit their fine artwork, meet other artists at monthly meetings and to attend private demonstrations as well as educational workshops and seminars.

Fairfax Choral Society

4028 Hummer Road, Annandale. The Fairfax Choral Society is a nonprofit aiming to enrich community life through performance, education and appreciation of choral art. With nine ensembles and 18 musicianship classes, FCS is one of the largest choral groups in Northern Virginia and the only organization providing opportunities to nearly 400 choral singers from preschool through adult. 703-642-3277 or

Friday/Dec. 6

  • Christmas with FCS: Trumpets Sound! Voices Ring! 8 p.mHYPERLINK "". FCS Adult Chorus, Youth Chorus Master Singers and Concert Choir, and The Washington Symphonic Brass perform at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St., N.E., Vienna.

Friday, March 21, 2014

  • 2014 Fairfax Choral Society Invitational Choral Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Invitations are extended to area high schools and universities to bring their choir to spend an afternoon making music with Morten Lauridsen at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.


The Ballroom Studio

Ballroom, 14245-G Centreville Square, Centreville. Michele Kearney founded the dance studio to provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where singles and couples can learn social dancing and improve existing skills. 703-266-8040, or


  • The Ballroom Studio has dancing almost every night, and offers private and group classes in many styles of dance. See all the options at


  • Friday Dance Party. 9-11 p.m. Dance to music for all the ballroom dances, tango to hustle. A smoke-free environment with light refreshment and occasional themed nights is at The Ballroom Studio every second, third and fourth Friday of the month; upcoming dates are Fridays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27. $10 per person (pay $20 to take a class first, starting at 8:15 p.m.).

J Art Studio

J Art Studio, 14641 Lee Highway, Suite 1, Centreville. Provides art instruction to students of all ages and specializes in portfolio preparation for high school juniors and seniors. Students can engage in painting, drawing, illustration, crafts, graphic design, industrial design and fashion design.

Centreville Dance Academy

14215-J Centreville Square, Centreville. An open-minded dance school for youth and adults with high quality dance and fitness classes open to the community. 703-815-3125 or

Harmony Road Music & Art

Centreville School Location, 6101 Redwood Square Centre #119, Centreville. Offers private, group and college prep music lessons in addition to an art/book club and participation in service group Magic Hand Orchestra.


Art Guild of Clifton

The Art Guild of Clifton promotes and exhibits local artists in and around the Clifton area. 703-830-1480 or

Every first Friday

  • First Fridays at the Clifton Art Guild. 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a wine tasting and mix and mingle with the Art Guild of Clifton artists.

Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre

Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, 10712 Richmond Highway, Lorton. Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre in Lorton provides dinner and broadway-production entertainment. 703-550-7384 or

  • The Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre offers musicals and Broadway-style theatre. Stay tuned to their website for upcoming events.

Workhouse Arts Center

Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. The Workhouse Arts Center provides visual and performance art for a local audience. 703-584-2900 or

Saturday-Sunday/Sept. 7-8

* Cabaret Series: Cinemagic Memories. 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday, W-3 Theatre. The Workhouse presents Academy Award-winning songs from the screen; includes planche campagnarde, cash bar available. $25.

Saturday-Sunday/Oct. 5-6

  • Cabaret Series: Mystery, Suspense... and Hijinks! 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday, W-3 Theatre. The Workhouse presents the songs of famous villains; includes planche campagnarde, cash bar available. $25.

Saturday-Sunday/Nov. 2-3

  • Cabaret Series: Broadway Biography-Based on a True Story. 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday, W-3 Theatre. The Workhouse presents musical theater songs based on historical figures; includes planche campagnarde, cash bar available. $25.

Tuesday-Sunday/Dec. 3-8

  • Drumming With Dishes: Holiday Edition. 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, 5, and 7; 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 and 6; 11 a.m. on Dec. 8; W-3 Theatre. Two adult actors and one musician lead this 35-minute interactive show geared towards children ages 2-6.

Saturday-Sunday/Dec. 7-8

  • Cabaret Series: Home for the Holidays. 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday., W-3 Theatre, $25, includes planche campagnarde, cash bar available. The Workhouse presents music from holiday films and television.


Kate’s Irish Pub

Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 Backlick Road, Springfield. Kate’s Irish Pub in Springfield offers everything from traditional Irish music, to open mic night and alternative bands (all accompanied by Irish libations). 703-866-0860 or

Thursday-Saturday/Sept. 5-7

  • Roanan Kavanagh. 7 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dublin born musician playing local pubs and restaurants in the DC Metro area on a regular basis, a mixture of traditional Irish, Irish ballads, country, rock, alternative and even one hip-hop song.

Friday-Saturday/Oct. 11-12

  • Dave Berry. Time TBD. Charleston, SC-based performer plays acoustic, electric, dobo, mandolin, harmonica, guitar synth.


Empire Nightclub and the Alchemy Room, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Empire fills the metal genre niche in Springfield and also hosts musicians of other various styles and children’s programs during the daytime. or 703-569-5940.

Wednesday/Sept. 4

  • We Butter the Bread with Butter. 5-11 p.m. Enjoy German deathcore music with a heavy electronic sound. $10.

Sunday/Sept. 6

  • Ultimate 80’s Dance Party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dance the night down to its dregs with the help of 80’s themed party music. $10.

Sunday/Sept. 15

  • Back-to-School Bash. 5-11 p.m. Enjoy one last night of music before school has really gotten going, courtesy of local bands. $10.

Sunday/Sept. 29

  • Ghost Town. 6-11 p.m. Enjoy the alternative rock band’s rhythm and beats. $10.

Other venues to look out for:

The Alliance Theatre produces family-based community theatre to the Fairfax County area.

Artisans United is a non-profit organization striving to preserve, promote and develop the disciplines of visual arts and crafts.

Caffe Amouri on historic Church Street in Vienna hosts live music and serves coffee made with beans roasted on site.

The Old Brogue is a Great Falls landmark and restaurant with live music.

Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon hosts musicians and live shows.

Jhanak Dance Academy offers professional instructions on Kathak, semi-classical, modern/bollywood dance in Herndon.

The Folk Club of Reston/Herndon brings bluegrass musicians to local venues.

Club Paradiso in Fairfax features country music and a weekly open mic.

The Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company in Fairfax produces jazz dance programs each year with an emphasis on artistic excellence, broad variety and professionalism.

Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe is a non-profit amateur group, dedicated to sharing art and culture and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding.

The Virginia Ballet Company in Fairfax provides educational and performance opportunities to the youth of the Northern Virginia and Metropolitan areas.

Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar and Grill is a historical venue that provides live music and food to the Arlington area.

Galaxy Hut provides beer, food, and vegan alternatives alongside musical acts to the Arlington community.

Northside Social Coffee and Wine features the talents of local artists and culinary teams to Arlington guests.