Outdoor Performances

Hylton on the Hill


We are thrilled to welcome you to Hylton on the Hill, our new outdoor performance space with seating on a natural rise just behind the theater. 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 Hylton on the Hill.

We’re working thoughtfully to ensure appropriate safety protocols are in place for in-person performances, in accordance to guidance from George Mason University, the Virginia Department of Health, and the CDC. Details about current protocols are below and will continue to be updated as information evolves.

The following has been updated as of May 29, 2021.

Prior to your arrival on campus, all visitors 16 and older must complete the Mason COVID Health✓™. Be prepared to present a “green” result upon arrival at Hylton on the Hill. Patrons may display their results digitally or on a print-out.

Face coverings are required for all unvaccinated visitors ages five and up and recommended for fully vaccinated patrons. Face coverings can be removed while seated in your safely distanced circle to eat and drink.

Upcoming Performances at this Venue

Seán Heely Celtic Band
Saturday, May 29 at 4 p.m.
Due to weather conditions, this event will now be held indoors inside Merchant Hall for the safety and comfort of our audience, artists, and staff. If you still wish to attend this event indoors, new seats will be issued to you on arrival to the venue. If you have questions, or no longer wish to attend, please contact the Hylton Center Ticket Office during business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or by email at hylton@gmu.edu.
Tickets for the general public are no longer available at this time. Free tickets for Mason students are available through Mason360.
U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Seán Heely and his band of All-Star Celtic musicians offer an outdoor performance that will sweep audiences away to Scotland and Ireland. 

Lua Project
Saturday, June 5 at 4 p.m.
Lua Project invites the whole family to experience “Mexilachian Music,” the joyful confluence of original and traditional music from Mexico, Appalachia, and the Atlantic basin, featuring eclectic musical styles across cultures and times

The Rock-A-Sonics
Saturday, June 12 at 4 p.m.
Slip into your blue suede shoes and travel back in time to 1957 when the King was perfecting his lip snarl and hip swivel. The Rock-A-Sonics play a versatile mix of old-school Rockabilly, vintage Country, and piano-pounding Rock ‘n’ Roll. 

Outdoor Performances Coming This Fall

Tickets on sale June 4 at 10 a.m.

The U.S. Army Band Downrange
Saturday, September 18 at 4 p.m.

Bumper Jacksons
Sunday, September 19 at 4 p.m.

The Grascals
Sunday, September 26, at 4 p.m.

Carly Harvey’s Kiss & Ride
Sunday, October 3 at 4 p.m. 


Where will the outdoor performances take place?

For Hylton on the Hill performances, the artists’ stage will be set up on flat grassy area behind the Hylton Center and the audience will be seated on the hill facing the stage and building.

Where do I park? Is accessible parking available?

All parking for Hylton on the Hill events is in the Tower Lot behind the Hylton Center.  You will be directed to the parking area when you arrive for the event. Accessible parking spaces are also available in the Tower Lot.

How are you ensuring the safety of audience members?

  • Physical Distancing: Please maintain at least 3 feet of distance between you and other guests throughout your visit. 
  • Face Coverings: As of May 29, face coverings are required for all unvaccinated visitors ages five and up and recommended for fully vaccinated patrons. Face coverings can be removed while seated in your safely distanced circle to eat and drink. 
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations: Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the outdoor venue and near the restrooms. 
  • Mason COVID Health Check: Before coming to campus, visitors (staff, artists, audience members) 16 and older 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.
  • Stay home if you are sick: Please do not attend a performance if you are sick, displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We will happily refund your ticket purchase if you are not able to attend. 

Where will I sit? Is there reserved seating?

Seating is first-come, first-served. Patrons will be able to choose their socially distanced seating area upon arrival. Each seating area will be spaced 6 feet from other groups. The area for each seating group allows up to four people to sit together. Look for an empty spot marked with a spray-painted circle.

Should I bring my own chair or blanket?

Yes. Chairs and blankets are not provided by the venue. If your chair blocks sightlines for other patrons you may be asked to remove it.

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 are permitted inside your seating circle only. Mum Mum Thai Restaurant is offering limited menu specials to Hylton Center patrons prior to and following the performance at their restaurant location across the street.

Will there be an intermission?

We are striving to keep these events less then 90 minutes long so there will not be an intermission.

Where are the restrooms?

The restrooms in Beacon Hall will be open during performances at Hylton on the Hill presented by the Hylton Center. 

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 our website.  

Ticket Information

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets for events presented by the Hylton Performing Arts Center at Hylton on the Hill can be purchased online at HyltonCenter.org. Ticket sales for spring 2021 will be announced at a later date.  Once sales begin, you may visit the Ticket Office in person or call 703-993-7759 to purchase tickets between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For safety, lines at the ticket office will be physically distanced and face coverings will be required. Please note the total capacity of available tickets for each performance is 200. 

How do I purchase Accessible Tickets?

Accessible tickets are available for these events. We will reserve a number of accessible seats on the flattest part of the grassy seating area. These are suitable for those with minor mobility issues. We will also have a section of accessible seating in the side parking area. This area is completely flat tarmac and can accommodate those with more acute mobility issues or those using power chairs. If you are unsure what section would suit you best, please reach out to the ticket office for assistance.

More information about accessible services

What is general admission seating?

Events at Hylton on the Hill will be general admission seating which allows you to choose your seating circle when you arrive on a first-come, first-served basis.  (See “Where will I sit?” above for details.) 

How many tickets can I purchase together?

You may purchase up to 4 tickets and be seated together during the performance. Parties of 5 or more 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. 

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 Outdoor Ticket Kiosk beginning one hour prior to the start of the event. This can be done while still in your vehicle.

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

In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors to Merchant Hall for physically distanced seating.  Food and beverage will not be permitted indoors.

Patrons who do not wish to attend the performance if moved indoors have the following options:  

  • Receive an exchange certificate that is valid for other events in the Hylton Presents season, Hylton Family SeriesMatinee Idylls Series, or American Roots series.  
  • Donate the cost of their tickets back to the Hylton Performing Arts Center as an in-kind contribution and receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes from the GMU Foundation 
  • Receive a refund. Purchases made with a credit card will be refunded to the same card. Purchases made with cash, check, 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?

If you are sick, experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have recently been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, please do not attend the performance. Please use our expanded ticket flexibility options to receive an exchange certificate, a refund, or donate your ticket back to the Hylton Performing Arts Center. 

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. If you are experiencing issues with redeeming your account credit , 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 at Hylton on the Hill. Eligible Mason students should contact the Ticket Office to claim their tickets. Students are encouraged to claim their tickets in advance and must review the outdoor event policies before attending.

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