April 21st – May 9th

32nd Annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival starts on April 21st  with a glittering evening at Old Town Hall celebrating three decades of arts in the City of Fairfax. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the arts community of Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts continues its commitment to support and encourage the awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. It has grown into a significant three-week festival and is now considered one of Virginia’s foremost arts festivals. With outstanding music performances from leading musicians, quality arts exhibitions, dance (both classical and modern) stimulating theater performances, community activities and events including “Artful Living” an Art Show in association with Our Daily Bread, and the hits of last year including Fashion in Motion. This year’s Festival of youth, of music, of dance and so much more all highlight the emerging vibrant art scene in historic Old Town Fairfax.

We will host not for profit partner, Our Daily Bread and the 3rd Annual “Artful Living” and support “ Hawaiian Holiday” with local business Twins Ace Hardware and raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network.

Most importantly we will further our mission to raise funds for the Spotlight on the Arts Scholarships for local arts students to attend George Mason University to study  all aspects of the Arts. During  2016 we awarded our 100th Scholarship – truly a milestone achievement ! We are excited to be a major Arts sponsor and enabling so many students to realize their dreams in the Arts.

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Come to our wonderful events, support the performers, donate and volunteer, you will enjoy yourself.  For more information please contact Jo Ormesher at joanna.ormesher@fairfaxva.gov

For more information and the schedule for this year’s Festival, please visit www.fairfaxspotlight.com

April 14-May 7
Fridays 8:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
The HUB Theatre: “The Late Wedding” $
John Swayze Theatre in The New School of Northern Virginia

April 20-May 4
Tues. April 25, 6:00pm
Reception: Natural Causes – Earth Day Art Exhibit
City Hall Atrium

April 21 – May 8, Art Show
Sat. April 22 4:00-6:00pm Reception
“Stuff to Show & Stuff to Throw. Why is that art? It’s Your Call “
Truro Art Gallery, 10520 Main Street

Fri, Apr 21 7pm
Spotlight on the Arts Opening Gala $
“Spotlight Cabaret -100 and Counting”
Old Town Hall

Sat. April 22 10:00am-3:00pm
Chesapeake Lace Guild Lace Day
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sat. April 22 2:00-4:00pm
Fairfax Art League Spotlight on the Arts Reception and Awards
Old Town Hall

April 22-23
Sat. April 22 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun. April 23 2:00pm
Shoestring Theatre Company: “I Ain’t Made That Way” $
Old Town Fairfax (formerly Pacer’s Running Store) 10420 North St, Fairfax

Sat. April 22 7:00pm
Britepaths: Artful Living: “ Resilience “ $
An Evening of art, wine, and strengthening our community
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. April 23 2:00pm
Washington Chamber Orchestra: Prokiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. April 23 4:00-6:00pm
“The Anthropologist” – A Film Celebrating Earth Day
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. April 23 4:00pm
Main Street Community Band: Spotlight Concert
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. April 23 6:00-9:00pm
10th Annual BlueGrass and Country Festival
‘Wicked Olde‘

The Auld Shebeen

Sun. April 23 7:00pm
L.A. Theatre Works: “Judgment at Nuremberg” $
GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Mon. April 24 10:30am
Funday Monday – Movement Monday: Rhythmaya Indian Dance
Old Town Hall

Tue. April 25 8:00pm
Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band $
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Wed. April 26 7:00pm
Fairfax High School Jazz Concert
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Thu. April 27 7:00pm
John Mason Arts Achievement & Business Awards 
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

April 28-30 – 8:00pm, April 29,30 2:00pm
May 4- 7 at 8:00pm, Sun. May 7 at 2:00pm
City of Fairfax Theatre Company: “The Importance of Being Ernest” $
Old Town Hall

Fri. April 28, Sat. April 29 8:00pm
Sun. April 30 3:00pm
Mason Opera: “Iolanthe” $
GMU Center for the Arts, Harris Theatre

Fri. April 28 8:00pm
Sat. April 29 2:00pm, 8:00pm
The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival $
GMU Center for the Arts, TheaterSpace

Fri. April 28 8:00pm
Bonita Lestina Performance Series: “Beau Soir”
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Fri. April 28 8:00pm
Martha Graham Dance Company $
GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Sat. April 29 10:00am-5:00pm
Fairfax Civil War Day $
Historic Blenheim

Sat. April 29 12:00-3:00pm
Fairfax Art League Art & Lunch
Old Town Village Gallery

Sat. April 29 7:00pm
Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts: MCT Fest (Music, Computer, Technology) $
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sat. April 29 8:00pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: “Inspiring the Next Generation” $
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Sun. April 30 2:00 – 5:00pm
Potomac Arts Academy – Student & Faculty Recital
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. April 30 7:00pm
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: “The Genius of Chopin” $
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Mon. May 1 10:30am
Funday Monday – Mr. Skip & St. Leo’s School Percussion
Old Town Hall

Thu. May 4 7:30pm
Fairfax Saxophone Quartet: “Mozart and More …”
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

May 5-18
Reception & Awards –
Wed. May 10   6:30pm
FHS Art Department Spotlight on the Arts Show
Wing Gallery & Old Town Village Gallery

May 5-7, 7:00pm (May 7 2:00pm)
May 11-13 7:00pm
FX Players: “Guys & Dolls” $
Fairfax High School

Sat. May 6 11:00am-2:00pm
Paint a Planter at Twins Ace Hardware, Main St. $
Twins Ace Hardware & Paint Your Own Pottery

Sat. May 6 2:00 – 8:00pm
Derby – Q $
Old Town Square

Sat. May 7 3:00-4:30pm
“You call that ‘Art’? It’s Your Call”
Truro Art Gallery, 10520 Main Street

Sat. May 6 7:00pm
North & South: The Music of North & South Americans; Crossing Borders $
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. May 7 1:00-5:00pm
Acting for Young People: “Mulan’s Tea Room”
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sun. May 7 5:00-6:00pm
“ Tuba’s in the Park”
George Mason University Tuba Concert Band

Old Town Square

Mon. May 8 10:30am
Funday Monday – “Arts on the Horizon’s Point A to Point B”
Old Town Hall

Tue. May 9 7:30pm
Vienna-Falls Chorus
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

Sat. May 13 6:00-9:00pm
Northern Virginia Ceili – Irish Dance $
Green Acres Center

Sat. May 13 7:30pm
City of Fairfax Band: “Legends of the Air” Featuring the 2017 Young Artist Competition Winner $
WT Woodson High School

Sat. May 13 8:00pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: “Ode to Joy” – Beethoven’s Ninth $
with the Fairfax Choral Society and the Music & Arts Chorus
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Sun. May 14 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Music Link – Mother’s Day Recital
Old Town Hall

Sat. May 20 10:00am-3:00pm
20th Annual Antique Car Show and Bluegrass
Armstrong St., City Hall


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