Stafford, Virginia is painting the streets with arts events, festivals, and happenings you don’t want to miss. Whether it’s a staple attraction like Gari Melchers Home and Studio, a new arts festival, or experiencing a Broadway-style performance at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, Stafford is bustling with arts and cultural events for all ages.

This year is Riverside Center for the Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary season. Since 1998, Riverside has been bringing bright lights and big sounds to the stages of Stafford and the year will not disappoint. They are excited to announce their 25th season in style with a reception for all who love the arts. This reception will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 and will feature light refreshments, special performances, and exciting announcements.  This fall, Ghost the Musical will be playing September 14 through November 6, 2022. This show is a timeless fantasy about the power of love and is based off of a 1990’s movie starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is welcoming back their Art After Hours event, featuring live music and a beautiful setting on the lawn and gardens of the Belmont Estate. Local wine, beer, and food trucks will be onsite as guests can explore the halls of the studio and galleries of American Artist, Gari Melchers.

The Via Colori Stafford Street Arts Festival is back in Stafford for a two-day festival where you can view local artists transforming the streets as they chalk their artwork. This family-friendly festival is from September 24 to 25, 2022. You can explore Stafford’s rich arts community in one location, taste local food trucks, join in activities for all ages, and listen to live music. Come and see the featured local artists bring the streets to life in Stafford’s most colorful arts festival!

The Stafford-Spotsy Arts Festival is making its inaugural appearance on the calendar this year and we hope you can join in on the fun! From October 1 through October 2, 2022, mark your calendars to attend this free, two-day juried arts festival that highlights local artists, craftsmen, and demonstrations, all while shopping local artisan vendors to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Looking to make a weekend out of these events? We think that’s a great idea! Take a look at our sample itineraries and get some inspiration as you plan your stay in Stafford, VA.