Mason Square Plaza

Mason Square Plaza

The Plaza at Mason Square provides access to a variety of high quality, diverse educational and leisure opportunities, which foster the mission and values of George Mason University. At Mason Square we aim to create an active and engaging space for the Mason community and all who visit. All Plaza events and amenities at the Mason Square are free and open to the public. Scroll to learn more about our weekly programs!

Special Events

University Life Mason Square provides family friendly special events such as outdoor movies, live music, silent disco, markets featuring local businesses, art workshops, and more! These events are always free and open to the public!

Professional Photo Portraits on the Plaza

In need of a professional photo for LinkedIn or other occasions?

Get your professional headshot taken for free at George Mason University Mason Square!

A professional photographer will be on site to take your photo. All pictures will then be emailed or texted directly to you following your shoot.

Join us on September 28th all day, 11Am-7PM - no appointments necessary!

Mason Square Market

Mason Square Market

The perfect combination of a Farmer's Market and a seasonal Pop-up!

The Mason Square Market will have produce, local artisans, crafters, and small businesses.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2023

3:00-7:00 PM


Ongoing Events

The Mason Square campus hosts dynamic weekly programming and ongoing special events, open to the Mason and greater Arlington community. All activities are free and open to the public. Registration for these events is not required, and are offered at a first come first serve basis. While registration is not required, we do ask that you sign in at the sign-in table when you arrive.

Our Fall Events are here!

All weekly events will take place starting August 28-November 3, 2023


Meet a friend for coffee, take a break between classes, or participate in one of the new weekly programs and events. The Mason Square Plaza has plenty of chairs, tables, and large umbrellas to keep you comfortable in the sun. The Plaza is also equipped with free wifi and outlets are available across the plaza for charging all electronic devices.  


Get inspired by the Mason Square campus and express it with our free drawing and craft supplies provided by our Art Cart! Adults and kids alike are invited to get creative. Materials are always changing, but drawing pencils, brush pens, charcoal, erasers, and sketch boards are always available. The Art Cart also provides craft supplies, including crayons, colored pencils, markers, ribbon, glue, construction paper, stencils, beads, yarn, and coloring sheets. The art cart is available every Monday-Thursday from 10 AM-7 PM. Speak with the Plaza Programming Assistant to receive materials and basic instruction.


Ready to roll the dice, connect four, or say uno? A variety of board games are available daily on the Plaza with our Games Cart! The Games Cart is available every Monday-Thursday from 10 AM-7 PM and is great entertainment for you, your friends, and family! Not familiar with all the board games? No problem! Our Plaza Programming Assistants are there to help and answer any questions you might have.


Test your skills and find opponents at our two state-of-the-art ping pong tables. Our ping pong tables and pickleball net are located under the overhang on the Plaza and are equipped with paddles and ping pong balls for use. See you on the courts soon!


The reading cart provides the use of books, newspapers, and magazines in the park during warm weather months. Borrow a great read and enjoy the sunshine on the Plaza!


Every Monday-Thursday from 10 AM-7 PM join us on the Plaza to test your cornhole skills, play a round of giant connect four, enjoy a game of giant chess, and practice your balance with jenga! There is something for everyone!


The best cup of coffee is right inside Van Metre Hall! Mason Square Cafe is a casual restaurant, bakery, and café. We serve Starbucks.

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