Arts and Culture in Asheville, North Carolina

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Immerse Yourself in Asheville's Thriving Art, Theatre, and Music Scene.

The residents of Asheville and Western North Carolina have poured their hearts and souls into the city’s arts community, creating a thriving culture for the people who live in—and visit—this incredible region.

Fine Arts and Crafts in Asheville

Explore Asheville’s vibrant fine arts scene and enduring tradition of craftsmanship, from oil paintings and prints to blown glass and rivercane baskets.

Deco Gecko, 2008, by Harry McDaniel
Deco Gecko, 2008, by Harry McDaniel
  • Asheville Art Museum

    The Asheville Art Museum hosts 14 to 17 exhibits each year, focusing on 20th and 21st-century American art with an emphasis on the southeast.

  • River Arts District

    From the North Carolina Glass Center to studios, galleries, and breweries, this former industrial district houses over 200 artists.

  • Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center

    The museum for this unconventional arts school, adopted by multiple artists fleeing Germany during the Second World War, offers both historic and contemporary exhibitions.

  • Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk-Art Center

    Visit the oldest craft shop in America to find one-of-a-kind treasures. You can also enjoy demonstrations, catch an exhibition, and view their permanent collection of international crafts.

Theatre in Asheville

From the intimate 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre to the Flat Rock Playhouse, which hosts more than 90,000 visitors each season, theatre lovers in Asheville have a wide variety of both venues and shows to get their fix.

  • Asheville Community Theatre

    See world-class performances in one of the country’s oldest community theatres.

  • Montford Park Players

    Enjoy an open-air show by the longest-running Shakespeare theatre company in North Carolina at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Asheville.

  • Flat Rock Playhouse

    Take in a broadway musical, comedy, or drama at the official state theatre of North Carolina in nearby Flat Rock, NC.

  • The Magnetic Theatre

    This intimate, black-box theatre is the only venue in the southeast staging all-original works.

Music in Asheville

Whether you're looking for renowned orchestral performances or an indie rock show, Asheville’s music scene offers something for everyone.

Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
  • Asheville Symphony Orchestra

    A favorite for Walnut Cove residents with an appreciation for classical music, where many not only attend performances but are also dedicated volunteers.

  • The Grey Eagle Music Hall

    Catch a show at this locally and nationally acclaimed venue that has featured the likes of Band of Horses and Ralph Stanley. The space hosts a variety of musical genres.

  • The Orange Peel

    Once recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the top five rock clubs in the nation, this local entertainment venue is an Asheville favorite. While you’re at it, check for comedy acts there by Slice of Life Comedy.

  • Brevard Music Center Festival

    Located in the small town of Brevard, NC, just a short drive from Asheville, this seven-week music festival has played host to the likes of Itzhak Perlman and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Be sure to look into their concert series after the festival is over.

The Biltmore Estate

Asheville is home to spectacularly crafted houses with breathtaking views. However, there’s one home in Asheville that has no competition—the Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt and America’s largest privately-owned home.

Unlike many historical landmarks, the Biltmore Estate isn’t a site you visit once and mark off the list. The 35 bedroom home and surrounding 8,000 acres serve as a cultural hub in Asheville, playing host to concerts, seasonal celebrations, culinary festivals, and much more.

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