Fairfax County is fortunate to have an incredible performing arts scene with some world-class venues. Whether you are seeking outdoor concerts under the stars, intimate indie concerts, or cultural productions, you’ll find it here.

One of those venues is the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, the performing arts venue located at the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Year after year, the Center hosts an eclectic lineup of artists and ensembles that span genres – and the 2024/2025 season has just been announced.

Here’s what you’ll find on the Center for the Arts stage this season. Subscription sales go on sale May 15, 2024 (though Friends of the Center for the Arts can purchase theirs from now until May 14) and individual event tickets are on sale August 1, 2024.


ARTS by George! Fundraiser supporting Mason Arts

Center for the Arts at George Mason University - Lea Solanga

Photo Courtesy of Center for the Arts at George Mason University

The entire season kicks off with George Mason University’s annual ARTS by George! fundraiser, which supports student scholarships at the university’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Mason Community Arts Academy, Green Machine Ensembles, and the Great Performances at Mason season. The 2024/2025 event on September 28, 2024 will be headlined by Lea Salonga, the multiple award-winning actress and vocalist best known for her performance as Kim in Miss Saigon and voice for two Disney animated classics, portraying Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. For her powerful performance, The Walt Disney Company awarded her with the honor of Disney Legend.

Virginia Opera

CFA 2024/25: Virginia Opera Carmen

Virginia Opera returns to the Center for the Arts stage to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This season is bringing compelling and artistic operatic performances to audiences with two new productions!


Family Series

CFA 2024/25: Family Series - Theater Terra: Rapunzel

The beloved Family Series continues this year with a selection of theatrical and musical performances that will delight and educate youngsters, in addition to garnering giggles and wide eyes.


Orchestra & Brass

Copy of CFA 2024/25: Symphony Orchestra with Jeremy Denki

Classical music aficionados will enjoy some dazzling performances by internationally renowned artists paired with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras.


World Culture

CFA 2024/25: Kodo - World Culture

Find inspiration in themes and music from around the world with some unique cultural performances, in the genres of music, dance, acrobatics, and advanced puppetry.



CFA 2024/25: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Celebrate the warmth of the holiday season with cheerful vocalist ensembles, virtuoso fiddlers, holiday orchestral favorites, and Latin American holiday traditions.



CFA 2023/24: Brian Ganz - Theatre and Arts - Piano

Relax to the sounds of the ivories with returning favorites and award-winning voices.


Dance and A Showcase of Performances

CFA 2024/25: Cirque Mechanics

You’ll be blown away by the irresistible, revolutionary, and impossibly complex dance performances to grace the Center for the Arts stage.


For even more performances and special events, be sure to keep tabs on https://cfa.calendar.gmu.edu as Mason's School of Dance, Dewberry School of Music, and the Mason School of Theatre also put on shows throughout the year.

Who are you most excited to see on the Center for the Arts stage? Tell us in the comments below and share your experiences with us on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax.