For a great date night, take your sweetie to hear world-class music, watch professional theater or go to a host of intimate performing arts shows. Find a big variety of events in Asheville and the surrounding towns. The summer season is especially busy with plenty of performing arts to choose from, including plenty of outdoor festivals. Check out this line-up!
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.
See professional theatre in downtown Asheville in an intimate setting. In addition to their own season of great plays, they host other local theatre, dance, and music. Tickets from $16/person! See our NC Stage feature.
Asheville Community Theatre
The longest running community theatre group in town with superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals in their theatre downtown. A local favorite for sure!
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.
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre
The college performing arts department combines with the community each summer to produce a top-notch series of theatrical productions on their campus in Banner Elk, ranging from classic Shakespeare to Broadway musicals. The series begins in late June and runs through early August.
Unto These Hills Outdoor Drama
America's most popular outdoor drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee Indians. Set against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains in Cherokee, the drama is presented under the stars at the beautiful Mountainside Theater nightly from June through mid August.
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.
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.
Asheville Chamber Music Series
Hear some of the finest classical musicians in ensembles, presented by one of the oldest chamber music organizations in the country. Concerts are typically held at the Unitarian Universalist building near downtown Asheville.
Asheville Choral Society
This group of 100 auditioned singers have been inspiring audiences since 1977 with choral music performed at the highest artistic level at three concerts each season.
Brevard Little Theatre
Founded in 1935, this community theatre has been entertaining residents and visitors alike with dramas, comedy, musicals and more.
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.
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.
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.
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 in addition to a variety of smaller productions. Some are collaboratively created original works and all of which are envelope-pushing.
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.
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
Enjoy an impressive season of classical, pops and choral works in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium downtown.
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.
The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville
See musicals and plays from late spring through fall at the longest continually-operating seasonal theater in North Carolina. Ticket prices for adults range from only $18-$22 per show.
Scandals Nightclub Legendary Drag Shows
Since 1982, Asheville's largest high-energy dance club has premiered the best drag shows anywhere around. Their award-winning showcast of Kings & Queens will make your night truly entertaining and unforgettable!
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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