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. **

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

October 30, 2021

Swingin’ with the Met Calling all Jitterbugs! Come celebrate the Big Band Era with the coolest cats in town, Northern Virginia’s own...

Sistas the Musical

November 5, 2021 - November 14, 2021

After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the...

Mason Fall New Dances Concert

November 12, 2021 - November 13, 2021

Step out of this cool autumn weather and into a performance filled with diverse choreography and talented dancers. Join us in...

The War and Treaty

November 14, 2021

A Concert Celebrating Veterans and the Arts Drawing on traditional folk, country, R&B, and spirituals, The War and Treaty have...

Mason Opera Performance

November 19, 2021 - November 20, 2021

Please join Mason Opera for our production of Pauline Viardot's charming and lyrical Cendrillon , a telling of the Cinderella story...

The Nutcracker

November 26, 2021

VNB’s annual performances of The Nutcracker are sold-out events at the Hylton. Our popular productions feature world class dancing,...

Virginia National Ballet: The Nutcracker

November 26, 2021

Usher in the holidays with Virginia National Ballet’s (VNB) popular annual production of The Nutcracker! This professional, full-length...

Northern Virginia Ballet & Academy of Russian Ballet: The Nutcracker

November 27, 2021

Start your holiday season off with Northern Virginia Ballet & Academy of Russian Ballet’s traditional production of this beloved...

A Chanticleer Christmas

November 28, 2021

It would not be the holidays without Chanticleer gracing the stage at Merchant Hall with their singular harmonic blend of 12 male...

Mason Dance Innovations Concert

December 3, 2021 - December 4, 2021

Dance Innovations is a showcase of new dances by George Mason University's School of Dance. Tickets: $15 full, $10 students, staff and...

Jane Lynch’s A Swingin’ Little Christmas

December 5, 2021

Featuring Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, and the Tony Guerrero Quintet What if two of your favorite comedy mavens decided to partner up for...

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops

December 10, 2021

Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season Ding-dong, ding-dong, Christmas bells are ringing. Gather with the American Festival Pops Orchestra...

Prince William Little Theatre: A Christmas Carol (Touring Version)

December 10, 2021 - December 11, 2021

The classic story of the mean-spirited, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life in this cautionary tale about money and happiness. One...

Manassas Chorale: Sing Gloria!

December 11, 2021

Get into the spirit of the season with the full Chorale and its 20-piece live orchestra in this popular concert of festive carols and...

Asaph Dance Ensemble: Handel’s Messiah & The Nutcracker: Clara’s Christmas

December 12, 2021

The Nutcracker: Clara’s Christmas is an original and inspiring interpretation of the traditional ballet, this production weaves the...

Manassas Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

December 16, 2021 - December 18, 2021

Streaming begins December 24 Northern Virginia’s popular production of The Nutcracker returns for eight performances in this festive...

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra

February 5, 2022

Lech Walesa Freedom Tour Wojciech Rodek, conductor Pawel Wakarecy, pianist Lutoslawski: Mala Suite Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2...

Virginia National Ballet's 3 World Premieres

February 12, 2022

VNB will present three new World Premieres: The Beatles, Tango Nights, and For those we lost. VNB’s Award Winning...

Saturday, Feb 05, 2022 8:00pm

February 19, 2022

Artist-in-Residence Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years Founded 50 years ago by National Medal of Arts recipient, Tina Ramírez,...

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

February 20, 2022

Direct from the Vegas Strip, the Hylton Center welcomes Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. The whole family will be awe-struck by the...

Snow White

March 26, 2022

Back by popular demand, Rafik Hegab’s original version of Snow White first enchanted audiences in 2017, featuring delightful...

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.