Fairfax County enjoys a flourishing arts community, where film, literary arts, music, dance and visual arts infuse the landscape with color, harmony and grace. 

center for the artsThe arts in Fairfax County find voice through a wide variety of events, exhibitions and community programs.  Venues such as Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts stage full seasons of professional performing arts events from around the globe.

In Fairfax County, patrons find thriving gallery programs and award-winning community theater like the Mclean Players and Herndon’s Elden Street Players. The Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater showcases county youth at work in the arts, with performances at Carl Sandburg Middle School in the Alexandria section of the county.

The County’s orchestral jewel, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, presents a six-concert series at Mason’s Center for the Arts and provides myriad outreach opportunities to the county’s residents young and old, through school programs and other community outlets.  Community orchestras thrive, too—the McLean Symphony and  the McLean Youth Orchestra provide opportunities to both attend and perform.

Community arts centers such as the newly developed Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, the Reston and McLean Community Centers, among others, stage an eclectic bill of performing and visual arts for and by residents. For contemporary music, patrons can choose unique venues such as Vienna’s Jammin’ Java or Springfield’s Empire.

singerFairfax County is also home to a thriving, week-long, multi-venue, regional  literary festival, Fall for the Book with its main events held on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. 

With ongoing support from the Arts Council of Fairfax County, a broad range of cultural offerings – from the creations of individual artists to arts-in-schools programs – reach audiences young and old and contribute to the county’s unparalleled quality of life. For more information on the arts in Fairfax County, visit and for a complete listing of performances, events, venues and cultural attractions, visit the Washington Post’s “Going Out Guide” for a searchable listing of events in Fairfax County.