Say “Okee Dokee” to Furry Friends and Outdoor Exploration

Mutts Gone Nuts performs at the Center on April 6. (Photo Credit: Eric Forberger)
Mutts Gone Nuts performs at the Center on April 6. (Photo Credit: Eric Forberger)

Whether it’s wagging your tail or exploring the great outdoors, it’s not too late to experience the Center’s Family Series with Mutts Gone Nuts or The Okee Dokee Brothers this April. In addition to its affordable pricing, the Family Series is designed to introduce children to the arts through engaging programs in song, dance, and story. In addition to these upcoming performances, all Great Performances at Mason offer half-price tickets for children and youth through grade 12. To learn more about discounts at the Center, visit the Family webpage

Mutts Gone Nuts: Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Audiences would have to be barking mad to miss the opportunity to experience one of the finest furry ensembles in the country, Mutts Gone Nuts. Husband and wife duo Scott and Joan Houghton unleash the skills of their four-legged troupe, including a Guinness World Record holder for the highest jump by a dog and a world champion frisbee dog. The canines of Mutts Gone Nuts demonstrate a “must-see” (Washington Post) collection of barrel tricks, dancing, magic, and jump rope routines that are sure to leave its audiences howling for more.  

Prior to the performance, join fellow animal lovers in the Center’s lobby for crafts and photo opportunities. The Center is also leading a donation drive for needed items for Fairfax’s Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, so bring one of these most needed items to donate on April 6 if you’re able: dry cat food, small martingale collars, paper towels, kitchen trash bags, Ziploc bags (sandwich and snack size), training treats, bath-sized towels (new or used in good condition), laundry soap, and dish soap. 

In preparation for these shaggy superstars to return to the Center for the Arts, the Center’s team collected its own beloved pets into a special video below: 

Can’t attend the Center’s Mutt Gone Nuts performance? No problem! This performance also takes place the following day on Sunday, April 7 at 1 and 4 p.m. at our sister venue, the Hylton Center, in Manassas, VA. 

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Childhood friends from Denver, Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, are the GRAMMY Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers! Creating music that introduces younger audiences to bluegrass and American roots, Okee Dokee inspires outdoor exploration and encourages a love of the great outdoors. Outside Magazine praises the pair, stating, “Listening to an Okee Dokee Brothers album feels like stumbling out of the woods and finding some old friends strumming instruments around a campfire.”  

The Okee Dokee Brothers performances on April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. are both sensory-friendly performances, designed to create a welcoming and comfortable arts experience for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning, or cognitive disabilities. For more information about accessibility offerings at the Center for the Arts, visit the Accessibility webpage

Join the Center’s Family Series with Mutts Gone Nuts on April 6 and The Okee Dokee Brothers on April 21 for family fun this spring!