The Arts in Fairfax County

Culture lovers, prepare for full immersion.

Fairfax County is packed with events, organizations and programs dedicated to the arts.

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, while Herndon’s NextStop Theatre offers a professional theatre experience in an intimate 114-seat venue. Award-winning community theater includes 1st Stage in Tysons, the McLean Players and the Providence Players in Falls Church. 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 performances at other community outlets, as well. Community orchestras also thrive: The McLean Symphony and the McLean Youth Orchestra offer opportunities to both attend and perform.

The local music scene includes unique venues such as Vienna’s Jammin’ Java.

With ongoing support from the ARTSFAIRFAX, a broad range of cultural offerings — from the creations of individual artists to arts-in-schools programs — reaches audiences young and old. Community arts centers such as Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, and the Reston and McLean community centers, stage an eclectic bill of performing and visual arts for and by residents.