Outdoor Performances

Performances at Mason Pond Lawn

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Welcome to Mason Pond Lawn, our new outdoor performance space in the shadow of the Center for the Arts. Enjoy these performances in your own seating area, physically distanced from other audience members. Get all the answers about what to expect when you attend an event at Mason Pond Lawn below.

Upcoming Performances at this Venue

Collision of Rhythm
Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m.
Bring the entire family for a thrilling live outdoor performance in front of the Center for the Arts on the Mason Pond Lawn by Collision of Rhythm. Tickets on sale soon.

More artists for spring 2021 will be announced soon.

What to Expect

Where will the outdoor performances take place?

These performances will be presented at Mason Pond Lawn, our new outdoor performance space in the shadow of the Center for the Arts.

Where do I park? Is Accessible parking available?

The parking options are the same for our outdoor performances as they are for performances in our indoor venues. Free parking will be available in Lot K. Because these events are shorter than our indoor events, parking in Mason Pond Deck will be hourly rather than a flat rate for events. Accessible parking spaces are available on Mason Pond Drive (turn onto Mason Pond Drive from the traffic circle next to the Mason Pond Parking Deck) or in the Buchanan Parking Lot, building 4 on the map (turn onto Mason Pond Drive via Patriot Circle, then make a right into Buchanan Lot). More information about parking options.

How are you ensuring the safety of audience members?

  • Physical Distancing: Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other guests throughout your visit. Learn more about physical distancing at Mason.
  • Face Coverings: All staff members and audience members are required to wear a face covering (mask) while on the campus of George Mason University. Learn more about face coverings on Mason's campus. 
  • Mason COVID Health Check: Before coming to campus, all visitors (staff, artists, audience members) should complete the Mason COVID Health✓™. Upon completion, you will get an email with a green, yellow, or red status. Please stay home if you do not receive a green status.
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations: Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the outdoor venue and near the Ticket Office and restrooms. 
  • Cleaning Protocols: The Center for the Arts is following George Mason University's guidance for cleaning and disinfecting the facility. 
  • Stay home if you are sick: If you are not able to attend, please contact the Ticket Office before the event to discuss the options of an exchange certificate, an in-kind donation, or a refund.

Is there reserved seating? What if I need an accessible seat?

Please check in at the Welcome Tent upon arrival. Each “seat” or seating group will be spaced 6 feet from other seating groups. The area for each seating group is spray-painted with a large circle that allows for a group up to four people to sit together.

If you require accessible seating, please indicate so when purchasing your ticket. Our team will contact you regarding any accommodations needed for your visit. You may also contact us at cfatix@gmu.edu and visit our accessibility page to learn more.

Should I bring my own chair or blanket?

Yes! Chairs are not provided by the venue.

How many people will be attending this event?

The maximum number of attendees for outdoor events on Mason Pond Lawn is 250. 

Will concessions be available? Can I bring my own food and drink?

You may bring your own food and drink for these outdoor performances. Eating and drinking is permitted inside your seating circle only. No concessions will be available for purchase at Center for the Arts events on Mason Pond Lawn. Please note that face coverings must be worn at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Mason Pond Lawn events.


Will there be an intermission?

No. These performances will last approximately one hour, with no intermission.

Where are the restrooms? How often will they be cleaned?

The restrooms in the Center for the Arts will be open during performances on Mason Pond Lawn presented by the Center for the Arts. Restroom occupancy is limited to 50% capacity. Restrooms are cleaned frequently according to Mason's guidelines

Are the artists safe?

All artists will adhere to international and domestic travel and safety guidelines. Artists and Center for the Arts staff members are working together closely to ensure that appropriate social distancing measures and cleaning protocols are maintained.

How early can I arrive at the performance site?

Patrons are welcome to arrive up to one hour before the scheduled performance. 

Will there be printed playbills or programs?

In order to reduce contact between staff and patrons, all programs will be provided digitally. Advance ticket buyers will receive the program via email and it will also be available with the event information on the Center for the Arts website.  

Ticket Information

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets for events presented by the Center for the Arts on Mason Pond Lawn can be purchased online at cfa.gmu.edu. Ticket sales for Spring 2021 will be announced at a later date. Once sales begin, you may call 703-993-2787 to purchase tickets over the phone or in person at the Ticket Office Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and one hour prior to ticketed performances. For safety, lines at the ticket office are physically distanced and face coverings are required. Please note the total number of available tickets for each performance is 200. Watch a tutorial.

How many tickets can I purchase together?

You can purchase up to four tickets and be seated together during the performance. Parties of five or more will require multiple orders or transactions and will be seated in separate areas.

Can I print my own ticket or present my ticket on my phone?

Yes, when you purchase your tickets, select the “Tickets@Home” option in the cart online or let the ticket seller assisting you know your preference. You will receive an email from ordertracking@tickets.com with a link to either print your tickets or open up digital tickets on your phone. When presenting your tickets to an usher, please make sure the barcode is visible and turn up the screen brightness on your phone. 

Where do I go to pick up my tickets on the day of the performance?

Ticket pick-up, or Will Call, will be located at the Center for the Arts Ticket Office, right inside the Center for the Arts lobby, beginning one hour prior to the start of the event. For safety, lines are physically distanced, and masks are required. 

Can I buy a ticket at the Ticket Office right before the event?

If tickets are still available for sale, you may purchase your ticket at the Ticket Office beginning one hour prior to the start of the event. Credit cards, cash, and exchange certificates will be accepted. For safety, lines are physically distanced, and face coverings are required. 

What if it rains? Will the event be rescheduled or can I get a refund?

The Center for the Arts will announce if the performance(s) is canceled due to inclement weather by 8:00am on the day of the performance. If the performance is canceled, patrons have the option of donating the value of their tickets back to the Center, receiving an exchange certificate for the value of the tickets which may be used for future purchases, or requesting a refund. Patrons will be notified of the cancellation by email or phone, and updated information will be posted on our website. If the performance is recorded at a later date and offered to view online, ticket holders for the original performance will receive advance notice from the Center on how to purchase an access pass and stream from the comfort of their homes.

Ticket Options:

  • Donation: Donate the cost of the tickets back to the Center for the Arts as an in-kind contribution and receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes from the GMU Foundation.
  • Exchange Certificate: The certificate is valid for other in-person ticketed events in the Great Performances at Mason season, the Family Series, or the student performance offerings from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Refund: Receive a refund. Purchases made with a credit card will be refunded to the same card. Purchases made with cash or a credit card that is now expired or invalid will be refunded in the form of a check.


What if I am sick and unable to attend the performance?

All ticket holders for the outdoor performances must take the Mason COVID Health Check ✓™ before coming to campus. If you receive a yellow or red response, you may not come to campus. If that is the case, please contact the Ticket Office before the performance to let them know that you will not be able to attend. The Ticket Office will assist you in either donating the value of your tickets back to the Center, receiving an exchange voucher for the value of the tickets which may be used for future purchases, or requesting a refund.

Can I use a credit from the 19/20 season towards purchases for this performance?

Yes, we encourage you to redeem your account credit towards purchases for our outdoor performances. You can call the Ticket Office to arrange a purchase with account credit, and either mail the physical certificate or email a photo of a torn certificate to redeem its value. Account credit can also be redeemed in person at the Ticket Office or online through our website. If you are experiencing issues with redeeming your account credit online, please call the Ticket Office for assistance. 

Can I purchase tickets to these performances as a subscription?

These performances are only available for sale as individual tickets. Due to the limited number of tickets available, subscription discounts will not be offered for these events. Half-price tickets for youth through grade 12 are available for purchase. 

Will free student tickets for Mason students be available for outdoor performances?

Yes, a limited quantity of free student tickets will be available for each event. Student ticketholders will be required to sit in the designated student section on Mason Pond Lawn. Eligible Mason students should use the online request form or visit the Ticket Office during business hours to claim their tickets beginning two Tuesdays prior to the event. Students are encouraged to claim their tickets in advance and must review the outdoor event policies before attending. Unclaimed free student tickets will be released for sale on the day of the event. More information about eligibility and policies