“If anybody wants to keep creating, they have to be about change.”

– Miles Davis, musician

We couldn’t agree more.

Fairfax is brimming with artists in every genre and, in 2024, Spotlight on the Arts will showcase their incredible talent over one arts-filled, extended 4-day weekend!

The City of Fairfax has become synonymous with a dynamic and vibrant art scene due, in part, to the success and reputation of its Spotlight on the Arts festival.  With award-winning public art installations, its own theatre company, and an acclaimed Arts Academy for high school students, our city understands how important a thriving arts community is to both residents and visitors alike.  

In 2024, Spotlight on the Arts is once again proud to present a wide variety of music, theatre, dance, visual, and literary art performances at beautiful venues throughout the city! Why not catch a cabaret at Old Town Hall, hula dancing at Old Town Square, New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian at The Sherwood Center, an Open Jam Night at Earp’s Ordinary, and Anastasia The Musical at Fairfax High School? Our schedule of events is ever-expanding so be sure to check back often and mark your calendars!

This year, we’re excited to debut a fantastic new attraction – the first annual Spotlight Art Contest where you will select the winners!  The contest is open to everyone and there is no fee to enter.  The top three artists will each be presented with a cash award (and bragging rights!) at the Spotlight Opening Reception.  Check out our Art Contest page to find out all the contest details and information on how to submit artwork.

Spotlight on the Arts is celebrating its 39th year and you are the reason for its continued success.  Your event attendance, and financial support, ensures that the arts will continue to thrive in the City of Fairfax.

Thank you so much for your support. Donations of any size are welcome!

Upcoming from Spotlight on the Arts

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Fairfax Uncorked

Fairfax Uncorked – Jazz and Wine Festival

Saturday, May 6, 3:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Historic Blenheim

As a part of the annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival, this event will highlight the amazing talent of our Mason Jazz musicians while participants enjoy the fine fruits of local Virginia Wineries. There will be food available for purchase on site, so please do NOT bring any additional food or alcohol to the event. Feel free to bring your blankets and lawn chairs! 

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