Soaring nearly nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square-foot Hylton Performing Arts Center is home to two performance venues, an art gallery and a 2-story grand foyer. Located on the George Mason University's Science Technology Campus, just 4 miles south of I-66 via exit 44 in Prince William, VA, the Hylton Performing Arts Center features a large selection of local, regional, national and international artists and events for everyone to enjoy.


Experience all that Hylton Performing Arts Center has to offer - take in a show, host an event or tour the art gallery.  


Enjoy a Show

One of the best ways to experience Hylton Performance Arts Center is to enjoy a show. This award-winning performing arts center offers a variety of local, regional and world-class music, dance, theater and performing arts ensembles. 


Performance Schedule

**Check back often for newly added shows. **

THE GATLIN BROTHERS - Hylton Performing Arts Center

September 22, 2019

9/22 - The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to welcome the addition of country and gospel music legends Larry, Steve, and...

The Second City

October 4, 2019

There is nothing quite like live sketch comedy, especially when it’s performed by the renowned satirists of The Second City. Prepare...

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

October 5, 2019

Become a classical music insider with Jeffrey Siegel, virtuoso pianist and consummate storyteller at this concert full of the glorious,...

Lightwire Theater Company Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

October 6, 2019

Calling all space enthusiasts! Lightwire Theater Company uses glow-in-the dark puppets, electro-luminescent wire, movement, and dance...

“Judgment at Nuremberg” presented by Prince William Little Theatre

October 11, 2019 - October 20, 2019

“Judgment at Nuremberg” presented by Prince William Little Theatre As politics continue to infiltrate human rights and social justice...

Manassas Chorale: Broadway's Best - Hylton Performing Arts Center

October 12, 2019

Magical melodies find their way from NYC’s Great White Way to Merchant Hall in this showcase of famous Broadway tunes. The full...

Matt Haimovitz with Simone Dinnerstein

October 13, 2019

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No. 1 Glass: Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello Glass: Mad Rush for Solo Piano Beethoven:...

Manassas Ballet Theatre: Jazz in Motion - Hylton Performing Arts Center

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019

Manassas Ballet Theatre opens its season with a sultry night of dance set to contemporary and classic jazz tunes in Jazz In Motion , a...

Matinee Idylls: Terra Voce

October 22, 2019

Join the flute-cello duo Terra Voce for a refreshing afternoon concert of chamber music treats. Comprised of flutist Elizabeth...

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019 - Hylton Performing Arts Center

October 22, 2019

So You Think You Can Dance, the 16-time Emmy® Award-winning FOX TV show that has reignited America’s fascination with dance, comes to...

Cirque Mei - Elite Circus Artists and Acrobats from the Hebei Province, China

October 24, 2019

Direct from the People’s Republic of China, this ensemble of elite circus performers thrills young and old alike with their amazing...

Bumper Jacksons

October 26, 2019

The Bumper Jacksons create a unique fusion of bluegrass and big-brass that’s all their own, inspired by early American traditions and...

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Innovative Brilliance

October 26, 2019

The Manassas Symphony season opens with David Pedraza, principal viola of the Symphony of the Americas, performing William Walton’s...

Gallery Exhibit: Veterans and the Arts Initiative "Exploring Identity with Women Veterans"

October 29, 2019 - December 7, 2019

Gallery Reception: November 7 from 6-8 p.m. In March 2019, a local community of women Veterans participated in a smart phone...

Northern Virginia Photography Expo: Nature Visions 2019

November 1, 2019 - November 3, 2019

The annual Nature Visions Photo Expo (NVPE) offers over 60 presentations by locally, nationally and internationally known...

Celebrating Veterans and the Arts at the Hylton Center

November 9, 2019

Enjoy a celebratory afternoon of interactive arts experiences for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, military caregivers, and...

The U.S. Army Band Pershing's Own: We Honor Them All

November 9, 2019

Pershing's Own celebrates Veterans with a modern twist on the typical Veterans Day tradition featuring The U.S. Army Band Downrange...

Matinee Idylls: Brass 5

November 12, 2019

Virginia’s own Brass 5 will charm with a lively and fun concert that shines with playful banter and impressive musical range. The...

Taj Express The Bollywood Musical Revue

November 15, 2019

This international sensation explodes onstage with the look and feel of the Indian Bollywood movies that have been entertaining people...

Circo Comedia

November 17, 2019

In the tradition of the Quebec Circus, Circo Comedia brings thrills, comedy, stunts, magic, and eccentricity to delight and amaze the...

Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker - Hylton Performing Arts Center

November 23, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Start your holiday season with NVB’s traditional and family-friendly production of The Nutcracker . Featuring guest artists and the...

The Crooked Road On Tour

November 23, 2019

Take a journey along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail with the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters and Martha Spencer in a...

Aquila Theatre The Odyssey

November 24, 2019

Aquila Theatre presents a breathtaking new dramatic adaptation of Homer’s epic The Odyssey. The story centers on Odysseus, the Greek...

Virginia National Ballet: The Nutcracker - Hylton Performing Arts Center

November 29, 2019

Treat yourself to Virginia National Ballet’s full-length, traditional and sumptuous production of The Nutcracker . Featuring gorgeous...

Chanticleer A Chanticleer Christmas

December 1, 2019

Unwrap holiday magic as Chanticleer returns to the Hylton Center to usher in the season with a festive program of Gregorian chant,...

Creative & Performing Arts Center: Langston Hughes' Black Nativity

December 6, 2019

Creative & Performing Arts Center (CAPAC) ushers in the holidays with a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ wrapped in a...

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Story Time

December 7, 2019

Usher in the holidays with this beloved family concert for all ages! George Pekarsky, high school violinist and concertmaster of the...

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy A Celtic Family Christmas

December 8, 2019

This musical powerhouse couple opens a window into their festive family traditions with a rollicking afternoon of Celtic music, lively...

Gallery Exhibit: John Grunwell

December 10, 2019 - January 18, 2020

Situated within the traditions of multiple art traditions, the Entelechies represent an effort to explore the forces that have shaped...

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops

December 13, 2019

Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin’ as the American Festival Pops Orchestra ushers in the season with its annual holiday concert. A...

Prince William Little Theatre: A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 13, 2019 - December 22, 2019

When Charlie Brown becomes overwhelmed by the materialism he witnesses during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests he direct the school...

Manassas Chorale: Resounding Joy

December 14, 2019

Embrace the spirit of the season through joyful carols and festive songs! Familiar tunes and exciting, new arrangements are accompanied...

Asaph Dance Ensemble: Clara's Christmas/ Vivaldi's Autumn & Winter

December 15, 2019

Clara’s Christmas is the inspiring interpretation of the traditional ballet, The Nutcracker . This performance highlights the true...

Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

December 18, 2019 - December 23, 2019

Northern Virginia’s popular production of The Nutcracker returns in a festive holiday celebration. Sweet Clara, naughty Fritz, dancing...

Nutcracker @ HPAC

December 18, 2019 - December 23, 2019

Northern Virginia's favorite Nutcracker features our wonderful dancers and our professional orchestra in this classic, family friendly...

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

January 31, 2020

Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture to The Tzar's Bride Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Led...

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

February 8, 2020

Ellington, Basie, and Bird Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. Travel back to the swinging Big Band era with Northern Virginia’s favorite...

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia The Rainbow Fish

February 9, 2020

Dive under the sea into the shimmering and colorful world of The Rainbow Fish with this heartwarming stage adaption of Marcus Pfister’s...

Kevin Burt and Big Medicine

February 22, 2020

Fresh from winning three awards at the 2018 International Blues Challenge, singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, Kevin Burt,...

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

February 23, 2020

Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano Mykola Lysenko: Overture to Taras Bulba Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in...

Matinee Idylls: Chao Tian and Wytold

February 25, 2020

Chao Tian and Wytold blend modern styles and traditional techniques from East and West on the Chinese dulcimer and the six-string...

Russian National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

March 6, 2020

Experience the pageantry and elegance of classical ballet with the Russian National Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. The...

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: American Idols

March 7, 2020

The MSO showcases three great American composers: Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Howard Hanson. Copland’s Quiet City evokes...

MILOŠ The Voice of the Guitar

March 8, 2020

Chart topping, classical guitar phenom MILOŠ makes his debut at the Hylton Center in a thrilling concert that charts the guitar’s...

Manassas Ballet Theatre: Les Sylphides and More

March 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Manassas Ballet Theater presents Les Sylphides , a ballet blanc widely thought of as the first ballet to be created about mood and...

Prince William Little Theatre: Sister Act

March 13, 2020 - March 22, 2020

This feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film has audiences jumping to their feet! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier...

Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano

March 22, 2020

This joyous company comes direct from Mexico to share its country’s rich cultural gifts of dance, music, folklore, and costumes. In...

Broadway Princess Party

March 29, 2020

Dust off your tiaras and head for this charming concert in which three of Broadway’s original and most beloved princesses perform their...

Matinee Idylls: Virginia Opera

March 31, 2020

Whet your appetite for opera with an inspired program of musical delights performed by some of Virginia Opera’s most talented artists....

I Draw Slow

April 4, 2020

Appalachia meets the Emerald Isle with the energetic Dublin ensemble I Draw Slow. Fusing American folk and Irish storytelling...

Diverse Programming


Hylton Performing Arts Center hosts a wide range of ticketed events for enjoyment:

  • Hylton Presents Series - showcases talent from renowned national and international artists

  • Hylton Family Series - entertaining programs designed for families

  • Matinee Idylls - intimate afternoon concert series featuring distinguished musicians presenting a colorful variety of music-chamber style

  • American Root Series - intimate concerts featuring the best of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and more.

  • Resident Arts Partners - a sampling of the best in local performing arts


An orchestra performing on stage in a theater

Merchant Hall a 1,123-seat elegantly styled opera house provides audience members with an intimate viewing experience for a  variety of performances - theater, symphonies, dance, opera and music – everything from bluegrass to Beethoven!


man playing piano in the empty Gregory Family Theater

Enjoy a colorful variety of theater, dance, cabaret and music-chamber style in the 240-seat Gregory Family Theater


Host an Event

a dark room featuring tables and paper lanterns

World-class architecture, elegant furnishings and modern conveniences provide the perfect backdrop for corporate meetings, weddings and galas. 

  • Merchant Hall - this 1,123-seat European style opera house is perfect for large meetings or award ceremonies

  • Gregory Family Theater - can accommodate up to 425 people, perfect for meetings, trade shows, banquets and receptions

  • Didlake Grand Foyer - with its picturesque two-story glass windows is perfect for hosting cocktail parties and receptions for up to 500 people 

  • Buchanan Partners Art Gallery - host an event for up to 200 guests in the art gallery where your guest can enjoy the works of local artists

  • Lovey Hammel Lounge - this intimate space can accommodate up to 50 people making it ideal for luncheons, meetings and presentations


Engaged Couples - Hylton Performing Art Center offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Whether you envision yourself walking down the aisle in the dramatic 1,123-seat Merchant Hall, sipping champagne cocktails with your guests in the Didlake Grand Foyer or dancing the night away with friends in the Gregory Family Theater - Hylton Performing Arts Center can help make your wedding day dreams come true.


Whether you're hosting a large celebration or an intimate event, Hylton Performing Arts Center's professional staff will help you create a truly memorable event.


Tour the Art Gallery

landscape photograph artwork hanging on the walls of Buchanan Partners Art Gallery in Hylton Performing Arts CenterBuchanan Partners Art Gallery provides diverse visual art experiences showcasing works of local artists who have lived or worked in the greater Prince William regional area.