Out and About: Concerts & Events

Out and About: Concerts & Events

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct
Vienna, VA

November 11-December 8

December 9-January 8, 2022

TIX $16-18

Take a half-mile walk on a paved path through Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to enjoy dazzling holiday light displays and a magnificent light show set to music. 

Tickets will be sold online only for prime nights (December 9-January 8).​


Fairfax City Holiday Market

Old Town Square
North St
Fairfax, VA

December 2-11


Shop for holiday gifts from local artisans and small businesses at the Fairfax City Holiday Market. The vendors at the market will be different each weekend, so check the website for more details. 

The market hours are as follows:

  • Fridays: 5-8pm
  • Saturdays: 12-6pm
  • Sundays: 12-5pm


McLean Holiday Bazaar

McLean High School
1633 Davidson Rd
McLean, VA

December 10


Something for everyone! Come one, come all for a day of indulgence. Enjoy some food and drinks while listening to live entertainment from the McLean High School.

More info

Holiday Market

The PARC at Tysons
8508 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA

December 10


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – celebrate the holiday season with local makers, crafters, and artisans from the Fairfax area! Visit The PARC at Tysons the first 3 Fridays and Saturdays of December for a pop-up shop of local artisans and small businesses offering their unique holiday-inspired goods and gifts! We’re sure you’ll find something for even the hardest-to-shop-for person on your list!

Each weekend The PARC in Tysons will be transformed into a festive winter village, featuring a local holiday market and (free!) snowtastic activities for the whole family to enjoy!

This event is free and open to the public! There is no cost or registration needed to attend. Additional items, such as food, beverages, and merchandise have a cost.

The Holiday Market will be located indoors, however, some activities may be outside!

More info

McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival

McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave
McLean, VA

December 2

Founded in 1982, The McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival is a highly anticipated and much beloved indoor, juried show featuring art and crafts made by approximately 80 regional artisans, as well other holiday-inspired activities. These handcrafted works include pottery, glass, jewelry, holiday decorations, mixed media, accessories, wood, fine art, artisanal foods, soaps and skin care, and more. 

The festival focuses on fine art and crafts, welcoming both established and emerging artisans exhibiting innovative concepts executed with exceptional style and detail.  Works in all media (as defined in Rules/Regulations) and price ranges will be considered. The goal is to create the most diverse show possible for our loyal and motivated attendees.

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Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave
Herndon, VA

December 4

Free Admission and Parking! 

Over 70 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon Department of Parks and Recreation. A variety of handcrafted items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, decorations, original artwork, photography, stained glass, and more. Delectable homemade goodies and treats will also be for sale including cookies, macarons, salsas,  and dip and soup mixes, to extra flavor to your holiday and gift-giving!


American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

Photo credit: Stan Engebretson

Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Dr
Fairfax, VA

December 10


Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring ting tingling too. Come out to the Center for the Arts for timeless holiday favorites with the American Festival Pops Orchestra. This beloved tradition starts the season off on a festive “note” with treasured classics that warm the heart and soul! Join us as we welcome newly appointed Artistic Director and Conductor Peter Wilson, along with a special guest appearance by Conductor Emeritus Anthony Maiello, among other musical treats. You and yours—even the “bah humbug” Scrooges—are sure to leave aglow and flush with holiday spirit. 


Holiday Comedy Night

Ornery Beer Company
3950 University Dr, Suite 106
Fairfax, VA

December 17


Come dressed in your ugly sweater and win prizes!

Come laugh with the hilarious headliner Jon Yeager! He has a great line-up of comics!

All ages welcome NOTE- adult content

Make it a date night, hang out with friends or come solo for a fun night!

Food, Fun, Drinks and Laughs!

More info

“Christmas in Fairfax” City Band @Fairfax High School

Fairfax High School Theatre
3501 Lion Run
Fairfax, VA

December 17


The Fairfax Choral Society performs in this annual holiday performance with the City of Fairfax Band. This fan-favorite event is free; tickets are required for all ages.


Capital One Hall

7750 Capital One Tower Road
Tysons, Virginia 22102

With a passion for the arts, pride in our headquarters in Tysons, Virginia and a firm commitment to serving our community, we pursue a mission of creating a welcoming experience and an occasion of “the magic of theater” for every patron and for each performance and event.


Dave Koz And Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

December 5

In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.

Ravel Dance Presents Nutcracker

December 11

The Ravel Dance Company will present the beloved holiday tradition The Nutcracker. It is Christmas Eve and the Stahlbaum family’s daughter Clara has received a Nutcracker from the mysterious toymaker and godfather Herr Drosselmeyer. Follow her journey through the Pine forest of Angels and snowflakes as the Sugar Plum Fairy welcomes her to the Kingdom of Sweets. With lavish costumes and magical dancing this production promises to be a joyous treat for ballet lovers of all ages.

NatPhil Presents Handel’s Messiah

December 23

Hallelujah! It’s time for to mark the most wonderful time of the year with Handel’s MessiahMessiah is a time-honored tradition that offers the occasion for community to come together and embrace the comfort and joy this holiday classic unfailingly brings every year. We hope your family will join our National Philharmonic family in celebration. Tis the season!


January 14

America, the perennial classic-rock favorite, is continuing to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with their powerful performances. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate, the late Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.


January 20-22
Times vary

TIX start at $63.50

You Can’t Stop the Beat! HAIRSPRAY, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy phenomenon is back on tour! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

The Barns at Wolf Trap

1635 Trap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182


The Del McCoury Band

January 19-21

TIX start at $47

From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed honkytonks, schoolhouse stages, and the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del McCoury has maintained a legacy like few others. The Del McCoury Band, which includes Del’s sons Ronnie and Rob, charms every audience they meet and welcomes a growing musical community while advancing bluegrass music and heritage.

The Escher String Quartet

Gilbert Kalish, piano
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Chamber Music at The Barns

January 22

TIX start at $37

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents an all-Schubert program that shares an in-depth look at the late works of Schubert featuring the brilliant pianist Gilbert Kalish and the Escher String Quartet. Schubert never finished his Quartettsatz, and both his Piano Sonata in B flat and G Major String Quartet were the last he wrote in both genres. This is a rare and gorgeous, not-to-be-missed program.

1st Stage

1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102


The Rainmaker

Through December 18
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm


Not only is the Curry family farm being paralyzed by a devastating drought, but Lizzie Curry, to the chagrin of her father and brothers, is unmarried with no viable prospects.  A charming, confident trickster named Starbuck comes to town and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100, setting off a series of events that enable Lizzie to see herself in a new light.

Creative Cauldron

410 South Maple Avenue
Retail 116
Falls Church, VA 22046


December 2 – 18
Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm
Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm

Tier One        $40
Tier Two        $30
Students        $20
Family 4-Packs $80

This original musical has now become a holiday classic! Based on a little-known 1910 novel by Abbie Farwell Brown, this tale about a spinster and her heartwarming transformation into the Christmas spirit echo Dickens and the journey of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Our award-winning creative team, Conner and Smith, put their signature stamp on what is sure to become another classic Christmas show!


RCC Hunters Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191


Lulu Fall

December 14

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

As a product of Senegalese and Cameroonian parentage, Fall’s music reflects her global perspective by way of her American sensibilities. Her Broadway credits include Hair and NatashaPierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Her Off-Broadway credits include This Ain’t No Disco and Wild Goose Dreams. Her single Pretty for a Dark Girl placed in the Top five in the R&B category of the Great American Song Contest. Her new album, Transform, will be released in September.

Mark G. Meadows
Music and the Movement

January 15

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Join Mark G. Meadows & The Movement as they pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mark G. Meadows is a man on a mission to create a unifying sound that breaks through social barriers. There’s something for everyone in his music, which harmonizes jazz, gospel, R&B, hip-hop and rock. Mark uses his artistry to send a positive message of love, joy and hope to his audiences. Get ready to lift every voice and sing with Mark G. Meadows & The Movement.

Reston Community Players – Boeing Boeing

January 20 – 29

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

$30 Adults (19 – 64), $25 Seniors (65 and older), and $25 Students (18 and younger).
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 3 at 4:00 p.m.

BOEING BOEING is set in the 1960s, and centers on bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and three airline stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. Bernard’s life gets bumpy, though, when his friend Robert comes to stay, and complications such as weather and a new, speedier Boeing jet disrupt his careful planning. Soon, all three stewardesses are in the city simultaneously and catastrophe looms.

NextStop Theatre Company

269 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20170


Disney’s Freaky Friday
The Musical!

December 2 – 18
Fridays at 7:00pm
Saturdays at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm


When an uber-organized mother and her spontaneous teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right. Masquerading as each other, they must work together to solve the mystery of how to break the spell. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another in a way they never could have imagined. In the end, both learn the true power of love and the strength of the bond between a mother and daughter in this heartfelt and hilarious adaptation.

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