April 15th – May 9th, 2016

31th Annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival starts on April 15th 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 The Arts mean Business – an Art Walk through Old Town Fairfax highlighting businesses with an artistic twist, “Artful Living” an Art Show in association with Our Daily Bread, and the hits of last year including Fashion in Motion, this year with the new twist of wearable art! 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 are delighted to bring you so many exceptional events in the Spotlight Spring Festival this year. In the spirit of a festival all participating groups endeavor to bring you the best arts and cultural events on offer during this year’s program – come and enjoy the festival!

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

Apr 1-24
In a Word
The Hub Theatre  
$
John Swayze Theatre@The New School

Wed, Apr 13      7PM

HFCI/VA Historical Society
Old Town Hall

Thu, Apr 14       10:30AM – 2:30PM
Art & Lunch, Fairfax Art League
Old Town Hall

Fri, Apr 15         7PM
Spotlight on the Arts Opening Gala    $
Spotlight Cabaret – 100 and Counting

Old Town Hall

Fri, Apr 15          8PM
Mason Opera
Harris Theatre, GMU

 Sat, Apr 16        2PM – 4PM
Fairfax Art League, Spotlight on the Arts
Art Show & Reception
Old Town Hall

Sat, Apr 16
“Off the Wall”
A celebration of the visual arts at Mason
Art & Design Bldg., GMU

Sat, Apr 16         2PM, 8PM
Mason Opera
Harris Theatre, GMU

Sat, Apr 16         8PM
Great Performances at Mason
Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle
Concert Hall, GMU

Sun, Apr 17       2PM
Virginia Opera Children’s Program
Little Red Riding Hood
The Sherwood Center

 Sun Apr 17         3pm
Woman’s Club of Fairfax
Celebrating 60 Years!
Historic Blenheim

 Sun, Apr 17       3PM
Mason Opera
Harris Theatre, GMU

Sun, Apr 17        4PM
Great Performances at Mason
Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake
Concert Hall, GMU

Sun, Apr 17       6PM
9th Annual Spotlight Bluegrass Festival
The Auld Shebeen

Mon, Apr 18      10:30AM
Children’s Performance Series
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Old Town Hall

Mon, Apr 18      7PM
FHS Wind Ensemble
The Sherwood Center

 Mon, Apr 18 – Apr 29
f.i.g.m.o.
Patrick Sargent
Art Exhibit, School of Art & Design
Fine Arts Gallery, GMU

 Tues, Apr 19     6PM – 7PM
Fairfax High School Art Dept.
Awards & Reception
Village Gallery, University Drive

Thu, Apr 21       12PM-1PM
Friday Morning Music Club
Old Town Hall

Apr 21-23         8PM
Mason Dance Company Spring Dance Concert   $
Harris Theatre, GMU

 Fri, Apr 22          8PM
Sat, Apr 23         2PM, 8PM
The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

School of Theater
TheatreSpace, GMU

 Apr 22/23/24   7:30PM
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
City of Fairfax Theatre Company

Old Town Hall

 Fri, Apr 22         8PM
Bonita Lestina Performance Series
Washington Saxophone Quartet
The Sherwood Center

 Sat, Apr 23        9AM – 4PM
8th Annual Lace Day
Chesapeake Region Lace Guild

The Sherwood Center

Sat, Apr 23        7PM – 10PM
“Artful Living” – Our Daily Bread   $
An evening of Art, Wine & Strengthening Community
The Sherwood Center

Sat, Apr 23         8PM
Sun, Apr 24        2PM
Great Performances at Mason
Virginia Opera: The Flying Dutchman
Concert Hall, GMU

 Sun, Apr 24       1PM – 4PM
Potomac Arts Academy Recitals
Old Town Hall

Sun, Apr 24       4PM
Main Street Community Band
The Sherwood Center

 Mon, Apr 25      7PM
Virginia Opera: An Evening of Arias & Duets
The Sherwood Center

 Tue, Apr 26       6PM – 7PM
Earth Day Show & Reception
The Sustainability Committee
City Hall Atrium

 Tue, Apr 26       7:30PM
Vienna-Falls Chorus, Sweet Adelines
The Sherwood Center

Tue, Apr 26       8PM
Mason Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band $
Concert Hall, GMU

 Thu, Apr 28       7PM
John Mason Arts Achievement Award
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Old Town Hall

Apr 29/30/5/1 7:30PM
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
City of Fairfax Theatre Company
Old Town Hall

 Apr 29 & 30       8PM
Chorale Broadway Showcase
Harris Theatre, GMU

Fri, Apr 29         8PM
Mason Improv Show
TheatreSpace, GMU

Fri, Apr 29          7:30PM
Fairfax Saxophone Quartet
Spring Fling
The Sherwood Center

 Sat, Apr 30         8PM
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven’s Eroica
Awadagin Pratt, piano
Concert Hall, GMU

Sat, Apr 30        10AM – 5PM
16th Annual Fairfax Civil War Day   $
Historic Blenheim

Sat, Apr 30         1PM
International Jazz Day Concert
Concert Hall, GMU

 Sat. Apr 30   1:30 – 4:15PM
Mason Film Festival
Johnson Center Cinema, GMU

 Sat, Apr 30         7PM
MCTFest   $
Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts
The Sherwood Center

Sun, May 1         1PM-3PM
MusicLink Recital
Old Town Hall

 Sun, May 1         2PM – 5PM
An Enchanted Afternoon
Acting for Young People
The Sherwood Center

Sun, May 1         7PM
School of Music
Scholarship Benefit Concert: Concerto Soloists with Mason Symphony Orchestra
Concert Hall, GMU

 Mon, May 2       10:30AM
Children’s Performance Series
Mr. Skip with St. Leo the Great School
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Old Town Hall

Tue, May 3       7:30PM
ENcore Chorale
Potomac Arts Academy
Sherwood Center

 May 6 – 7           7PM
May 8                2PM
FX Players presents The Wedding Singer   $
Fairfax High School

May 6/7/8        7:30PM
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
City of Fairfax Theatre Company
Old Town Hall

Fri, May 6         7PM
Eastern Magic – A Celebration
Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts Korean, Indian and Vietnamese programs
The Sherwood Center

Fri, May 6           8PM
Mason Improv Show
TheatreSpace, GMU

Sat, May 7         2PM – 7PM
Derby-Q   $
City of Fairfax
Old Town Square

 Sat, May 7         7:30PM
Around the World in 80Minutes   $
City of Fairfax Band
Ernst Theatre, NOVA, Annandale

Sat, May 7        8pm
Quadriga Celtica $
Historic Blenheim

 Sun, May 8       3PM
Hansel & Gretel
Children’s Opera
Sherwood Center

 Thu, May 12      10:30AM – 2:30PM
Art & Lunch, Fairfax Art League
Old Town Hall

May 12 – 14       7PM
FX Players presents The Wedding Singer   $
Fairfax High School

 Fri, May 13        7:30PM
Fashion in Motion   $
Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts
The Sherwood Center

Sat, May 14
Woman’s Club of Fairfax Fashion Show   $
In assoc. with Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts
The Sherwood Center

Sun, May 15      3PM
Spring Concert
Northern Virginia Youth Winds
W.T. Woodson High School

Mon, May 16     10:30AM
Children’s Performance Series
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Old Town Hall

May 20-21         7:30PM
Dance Showcase
Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts
Fairfax High School

Sat, May 21       10AM – 3PM
Antique Car Show
City Hall, Armstrong Street

 May 21-22         10AM – 3:30PM
Potomac Arts Academy Spring Recitals
de Laski – Room 3001

May 21-22         12:30PM, 4:30PM, 7:30PM
Beauty & the Beast, Jr.   $
Acting for Young People
TheatreSpace, GMU

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