Arts Alive! 2018, a co-production of the Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, is a free, family-fun arts festival on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

This highly anticipated annual community event celebrates the diversity and excellence of visual, literary, and performing artists and ensembles from the Greater Prince William Area. The event offers hands-on arts-related activities for children and adults, as well as artwork and craft vendors with items for sale. Food trucks will offer up some of the best local cuisines and sweets for participants to purchase. Admission and parking to the event is FREE.

The afternoon will feature 30+ indoor and outdoor performances occurring on four stages: Merchant Hall, Gregory Family Theater, and outdoor stages. Local artists and ensembles performing include Asaph Dance Ensemble, Suburban Gypsies, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Manassas Ballet Theatre, InTune Music Studio, New Dominion Choraliers, Ordway Ballet Conservatory, Shenandoah Sound, Youth Orchestras of PW, Real Life Productions LLC., Castaways Repertory Theatre, Virginia Dance Center, Bull Run Cloggers, and Manassas Chorale, among many others.

Visual arts showcasing original paintings, coloring books, photography, and quilts will be on display in the Didlake Grand Foyer. Activities for children include watercolor painting, instrument petting zoo, and hands-on crafts with presenters from Abrakadoodle of PW, Edgemoor Art Studio, and Center for the Arts. Local artisans will sell jewelry, pottery, and other arts-related wares. Local authors and poets will also present live readings, open mic sign-ups, and will have books for sell.

Arts Alive! 2018 will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA. 20110.

Free parking is available in the Tower Lot behind the Hylton Center. Additional information about Arts Alive! 2018 is available at

Arts Alive! 2018 is sponsored by NOVEC, Performing Arts for Kids, Buck and Julie Waters and Wegmans. The Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center also thank the Arts Alive! 2018 committee, volunteers and Prince William County Parks & Recreation for their support.

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