Workhouse Arts Center Gala and Auction

Workhouse Arts Center Gala and Auction

The Workhouse Arts Center annual gala is this Saturday, Nov. 18. This black-tie event celebrating 15 years of artistry at the Workhouse will include art activations, dinner, live band, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

If you still want to support the Workhouse, anyone can participate by bidding in our silent auction online. From sporting events and winery experiences, to commissioned artwork and luxury beauty items. A Lekko Skincare gift box can be yours with a starting bid of $75. Are you a Commanders or 49ers fan? Bids start at $200 for a pair of tickets - a $500 value. How about an Open Water SCUBA Diver Certification? Bids start at $800 for this package valued at $2000.

The Workhouse Arts Center annual gala is the largest and most significant fundraiser of the year, providing critical support to sustain the accessible and high-quality multidisciplinary arts experiences we bring to Fairfax County every year. Help support and celebrate the art and artists that have shaped our organization by bidding today.

More Holiday Happenings at the Workhouse Arts Center

Theater Performances, Comedy Shows, Winter Celebration and More

The Workhouse Arts Center will present several holiday events and activities in November and December for visitors to give back to the community, shop for holiday gifts, attend performances, take a class, and more. For more information visit

Toy Drive – Now through Dec. 11

The Workhouse Arts Center is partnering with OAR NOVA, a local non-profit restorative justice organization, to give back to our community. Join us in helping families impacted by the criminal justice system by donating a new, unused toy in its original packaging. Toys can be dropped off in the Workhouse Visitors Center.

Small Business Saturday - 20% Off All Items – Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 am-6 pm

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting artists at the Workhouse Arts Center and get a 20% discount on all items in gift shops, galleries, and artist studios! Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and save big!


Thanksgiving Weekend Comedy Showcase – Saturday, Nov. 25, 8 pm

The Workhouse Arts Center presents, in collaboration with Rahmein Mostafavi, some of the funniest comedians in the DC area including Dewayne White, Jared Stern, Olivia Vida, Benny Nwokeabia, and Jason Weems for this special holiday weekend of comedy!  Tickets are $20. McGuireWoods Gallery in building W-16.


Creating Beautiful Ornaments with Lightbulbs - Saturday, Dec 2, 10:30 am

In this workshop participants will transform used lightbulb into festive holiday ornaments. Participants will be shown how to paint, collage and add glitter for a beautiful transformation. Cost, $70. Building W-3, room 305.


Theater Performance – A Christmas Carol - Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 pm and Sunday Dec 3, 1 pm

Get into the holiday spirit with this season favorite presented in a whole new light. Through the magic of theatre, John Hardy single-handedly performs over 40 roles to bring Charles Dickens’ classic holiday perennial tale to life at the Workhouse Arts Center. Tickets, $25. Building W-3 Theater.


WinterWorks - Season Celebration - Saturday, Dec. 9, 6-9 pm

Our festive WinterWorks event will feature holiday merriment, fun photo opportunities, carol singers, a Raku ceramics activity, dance demonstrations, hot chocolate bar, smores by a fire pit, and more! Admission is free. Art activities, food, and beverages available for purchase. Workhouse Arts Center Campus.


Holidays…Hallowdays Movie Screening - Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 pm

While incarcerated at the Lorton Correctional Complex in the 1960s and 1970s, Rhozier “Roach” Brown led the prison theatrical troupe THE INNER VOICES. They performed original plays, skits, and social dramas at a variety of venues including the Apollo Theater and the Smithsonian Institution. Cost: In place of an admission fee, guests are asked to bring a new unused toy to donate to the Workhouse Toy Drive. Building W-3 Theater.


New Year’s Eve Musical Theater Performance – The Who’s Tommy  Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 pm

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired and amazed audiences for more than 40 years. The New Year’s Eve show includes a post-performance reception with midnight champagne. Tickets $50. Building W-3 Theater. See the website for ticket prices for additional dates and times. Show runs through Feb 11. Fridays and Saturdays 8 pm and Sundays, 2 pm.


New Year's Eve Comedy Show with Antoine Scott – Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 pm

The Workhouse Arts Center presents, in collaboration with Rahmein Mostafavi, a special New Year’s Eve comedy celebration. Time to laugh off 2023 and bring in 2024 with an abundance of joy! Join headliner Antoine Scott and a host of other hilarious comics for a one-show-only New Year's Eve comedy event. Tickets are $50; $60 front row reserved seats. McGuireWoods Gallery in building W16.