Summer Lights Concerts, NC Arboretum

Summer Lights Concerts, NC Arboretum

July 27-28 & August 3-4, 2018
Returning for a second year is the Summer Lights Concert Series under the stars at the North Carolina Arboretum with orchestra music and a synchronized light show on the forest backdrop. The concerts start at 8 PM each evening and advance tickets are required. Gates open at 7 PM, so come early to stroll through the summer gardens and special exhibits.

UPDATE: Due to heavy rain, Summer Lights has been cancelled for Aug 3 & 4. If you purchased a ticket, please allow 5 - 7 business days for refunds to be posted back to your credit card account or mailed. You do NOT need to call to request a refund. If you have not received your refund by August 13, call the Arboretum at 828-665-2492.

Summer Lights NC Arboretum

With the big success of their Winter Lights holiday show, the Arboretum created this special summer series to give visitors a rare glance at summer evenings at their 434-acre public garden. The concerts feature the Blue Ridge Orchestra, an all-volunteer ensemble made up of professional and amateur musicians based in Western North Carolina. The resident katydids and other night creatures add their melodies as well.

Summer Lights NC Arboretum

Directed by conductor Milton Crotts, the orchestra will perform a variety of popular favorites, ranging from classical to Broadway hits. For the second half, the music is synced to a light display projected onto the Arboretum’s woodland forest backdrop.

The concert and light show will conclude around 10 PM. Located in south Asheville at the corner of Highway 191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Arboretum is an easy 10-mile drive from both downtown and Biltmore Estate.

Summer Lights NC Arboretum

You have two options for seating: reserved seating on the terraces of the amphitheatre and a large grass area above.


  • Tickets must be purchased in advance. Adults 12+ are $18 for lawn seats (bring your own blanket or chair), Children 5-11 are $12. 4 & under free. $30 for premium reserved seating that includes one drink. Arboretum members save $2 per ticket.
  • Buy online at Handling fees and sales tax are additional.
  • If a show is cancelled due to inclement weather before intermission, exchange your ticket for a different night or request a refund.
  • Parking is included.

NC Arboretum, Asheville

See the nearby Quilt Garden before the show!

Directions from Asheville: From I-26 East from downtown, take Exit 33 and follow NC 191 South for two miles to the entrance on right.

See our North Carolina Arboretum Guide for more information.

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