is displayed on the first floor), the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town is now
the nation’s largest collection of working
artists’ open studios under one roof. The
former munitions factory retains its identity
with exposed pipes, ductwork, and mush-room-shaped columns designed to send
the roof flying upward should a torpedo
accidentally detonate during its original use.
Along with browsing among the 82
studios for various mediums of art, groups
can rent several spaces for private events
surrounded by artwork. The main hall can
host up to 400, while a third-floor space is
designed for up to 50 or less. An outdoor
brick patio with views of the Potomac River
accommodates receptions for up to 350.
Wolf Trap National Park for the
Performing Arts, Vienna
Spread over 117 acres in Vienna, Wolf Trap
is best known as the majestic setting for a
series of over 80 performances across all
genres during the summer. Its main venue
is the Filene Center, a stunning outdoor
theater built of Douglas fir and southern
yellow pine designed to be in harmony
with its national park setting. Several outdoor terraces at the Filene Center, as well
as the Meadow Pavilion, are available for
private receptions before performances.
Wolf Trap also offers a choice of other
venues for private events, with some available on a year-round basis. These include
The Barns at Wolf Trap, two restored 18th
century barns with audiovisual capabilities,
service kitchens and dressing room facilities. The English Barn is an intimate space
for seminars and smaller meetings while
the larger German Barn is an acoustically
sophisticated auditorium for gatherings of
up to 400 people. Another indoor option
is the Center for Education at Wolf Trap, a
complex of meeting rooms and a lecture
hall with fixed seating suitable for multimedia presentations.
Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton is a
working arts studio, performance and exhibition space located in a historic building that was once a correctional facility.
Detainees once held there included 168
suffragettes from the National Woman’s
Party arrested for picketing the White
House for women’s voting rights. Today
the center houses more than 150 working
artists and welcomes visitors to tour the
studios, participate in arts classes and
workshops, and attend musical theater
Event rental areas include the McGuire
Woods Gallery, which features large windows, hardwood floors, an audio system
and USB-compatible TV, and accommodates receptions for up to 200 guests. Other
choices include Ritzer Pavilion, an events
tent with removable side panels; Vulcan
Muse, a space for small lectures and presentations; and W- 3 Theater, which converts from a 100-seat theater to a banquet
space for up to 50 guests.
Center for the Arts Concert Hall,
George Mason University, Fairfax
Located on the main campus of George
Mason University in Fairfax, the Center
for the Arts Concert Hall is adaptable for
uses that include conferences as well as
symphonic, operatic and theatrical performances.
The nearly 2,000-seat venue features an
expansive lobby available for receptions as
well as a second-floor balcony area holding
up to 125 for a seated meal. The facility
also includes the 460-seat Harris Theater,
a space conducive for speaking events as
well as musical recitals.
Angelika Film Center & Cafe at
This cinema theater complex in Fairfax’s
hip Mosaic district offers eight auditoriums equipped with plush stadium
seating, high-definition projectors, Dolby
sound, customizable lighting, computer
networking and projection, lecture podiums, set-ups for panel discussions and
Along with traditional movie snacks,
groups can enjoy global fusion cuisine
created by chef Lee Anne Wong, a frequent
competitor on the Top Chef TV series, in
the theaters or the on-site cafe.
Riverside Center for the
Performing Arts, Fredericksburg
A popular dinner theater venue, Riverside
Center presents Broadway-style productions preceded by a three-course plated
meal served by wait staff. The 400-seat
theater offers group ticket discounts and
has scheduled evening performances on
Thursday through Saturday and matinee
performances on Wednesday and Sunday.
Along with two function rooms accommodating up to 150 guests, Riverside can host
large functions, including tradeshows, banquets for up to 675 people and meetings
requiring videoconferencing support.
Tally Ho Theatre, Leesburg
A landmark Art Deco former movie palace
that opened in downtown Leesburg in
1932, Tally Ho Theatre was recently converted into a venue for live music, theater
and event rentals. The facility accommodates up to 350 for a seated dinner and up
to 600 for cocktails, and offers the ability to
record events. Catering is provided by its
affiliated restaurant Tally Ho Taco.
Franklin Parks Arts Center,
This timber-framed venue in Purcellville’s
Franklin Park presents concerts and theatrical productions. The auditorium provides
stadium seating for 263 people and there is
also a 2,500-square-foot art gallery/lobby
available for receptions.
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