Places to Go
The Foundation Performing Arts
The "big city" 1,300-seat performing arts center is located on the Isothermal Community College Campus in tiny Spindale and features an impressive Mainstage Performing Arts Series featuring music, dance, comedy, theatre and more.
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville. In addition to their own season of plays, they host other local theatre, dance, and music.
Brevard Summer Music Festival
Choose from 80 public concerts, staged operas and musicals during a seven week period (mid June through early August) at their campus in Brevard, 32 miles from downtown.
Asheville Community Theatre
The longest running community theatre group in town with superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals in their theatre downtown.
Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
Asheville Creative Arts
Critically acclaimed theater producing, presenting and creating innovative work for multigenerational audiences. The company's unique style is a blend of literary adaptions, live music and puppetry that push the boundaries of children’s theater.
The Magnetic Theatre
Asheville's only professional theatre company dedicated to original works, performed at Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District. 375 Depot Street
Attic Salt Theatre Company
See high-quality productions of classical, contemporary and original works in venues all around Asheville. They has create some of the best children's theater in the area.
Flat Rock Playhouse
North Carolina's State Theatre in Flat Rock presents the best of Broadway musicals, comedy and drama from May through December. Located 29 miles south of Asheville near Hendersonville.
Anam Cara Theatre Company
See eclectic, avant garde theatre aimed at building community, sparking dialogue, and promoting progressive social change. Located in West Asheville, they produce several mainstage shows per year in addition to a variety of smaller productions. Some are collaboratively created original works and all of which are singular, inventive, envelope-pushing and of the highest quality.
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
This hard-working, non-profit group works with performance artists and groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world. Shows are at the 65-seat black box BeBe Theatre at 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville.
Asheville Chamber Music Series
They will present a distinguished roster of internationally acclaimed ensembles for its 2014-15 season, including the renowned Brentano Quartet with violist, Hsin-Yun Huang, who will be the opening concert of the Asheville Amadeus Festival in collaboration with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra on March 17, 2015.
Montford Park Players Shakespeare Festival
North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival presents free theatre in a park near downtown Asheville all summer long under the stars at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford.
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)
Traditional summer-stock theatre's season runs mid-June to mid-August in various locations near Asheville.
Asheville Symphony Chorus
The fabulous 100-voice chorus provides a wide range of classical and contemporary music in concert with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and also via independent concerts. Their 2015-16 season includes American Folk Songs, Verdi’s Requiem and a Handel’s Messiah Community Sing-Along.
Enjoy an impressive season of classical, pops and choral works in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown.
The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville
The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville is the longest continually-operating seasonal theater in North Carolina. Ticket prices for adults range from only $15-$20 per show. For information, call (828) 682-4285 or visit their website.
Fine Arts Theatre
Downtown's only cinema is dedicated to first-run and independent films. See fine films not necessarily shown in the larger commercial theaters in the wonderfully renovated older movie house. Located in downtown Asheville at 36 Biltmore.
Diana Wortham Theatre
This 500-seat theatre is host to more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. It is an intimate theatre with exceptional acoustics and sightlines. Located at 2 Pack Square in the heart of downtown Asheville.
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Here are our top picks for Spring events and festivals in the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Many are free! Enjoy.