Visual and performing arts

The Stafford art and culture scene is bursting at the seams; come and experience the bright colors and big sounds of the Stafford region. 

What To Do

Gari Melchers' studioExplore and tour Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont. Gari Melchers was one of the most successful painters of his time, sought out by the rich and famous. Discover the love story between him and his wife, Mrs. Corinne Melchers, as you walk the halls of the home. Stroll the grounds of his unique and historic home where you can see furnishings and rugs original to the house, china selected by Corinne, and tour the studio and see the art in the stone galleries built adjacent to the home. Visit the restored gardens and shop in the museum store after exploring the trails. Not only will you find books, prints, and so much more at the Museum Shop, but you will also find the official home of the Stafford County Visitor Center. The visitor’s center houses one of the first Smart City Tourism Kiosks in Virginia. You can find information about Stafford County attractions, restaurants, hotels, and other amenities with a simple tap of the screen. 

Enjoy a late lunch or early dinner at Amy’s Café in the historic port of Falmouth. Experience the ambiance in this historic tavern building, dating back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries where exposed brick interior walls and wood timbers line the room. Dine on the porch with a glimpse of the pristine Rappahannock River and Fredericksburg’s historic downtown. Take in the local art that lines the walls, as well as black and white photographs of Historic Falmouth.

performers at Riverside Dinner TheaterSee a show from the wonderfully talented actors of Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy a Broadway-quality production and a three-course meal at this renowned dinner theater. This theater is part of the Stafford region’s thriving cultural arts community and is considered “Broadways best in Virginia.” Located just off of Interstate-95, Riverside Center for the Arts is something you don’t want to miss when you visit Stafford County

Shopping in Stafford is a must and we encourage you to shop small while you’re here. Stop in at the Olde Virginia Gourmet and Gifts. They specialize in Virginia-made products and is the community’s spot for local products and goods made from local and regional artisans. Visit the Lemon Drop Shop, a women’s boutique in North Stafford carrying the latest styles for women of all sizes. Wanting a sweet treat? Swing by Tilly’s Homemade Ice Cream for gourmet ice cream. All ice cream is made in house and the flavors will make your mouth water! 

vineyards and tasting room at Potomac Point WineryPack a picnic and visit a local brewery or the Tuscany-inspired winery here in Stafford County where you can taste the best of local food trucks while listening to bands local to the community on the weekends. 

Make plans with the help of our events calendar to keep up to date of the elevated entertainment & renowned artists in Stafford.

Where To Stay

Spend the night in one of our 29 comfy hotels where you can enjoy the best rates in Northern Virginia without sacrificing the amenities that you want for a weekend away.