Art & Music in Asheville

Asheville’s music and cultural scene is alive with a diverse selection of art galleries, music festivals, and performances in a variety of venues around town including the Fine Arts Theater-Asheville. Live-music venues host a regular lineup of top-shelf bands from all over the country, and American Style Magazine chose Asheville as number eight on their list of America’s Top 25 Small Town Arts Destinations. Here is a sampling of some of the venues.


  • The Orange Peel – The Orange Peel is one of the top music venues on the East Coast. It brings music acts from all over the world to town every week throughout the year.
  • Shindig on the Green – This is a family musical event and picnic, which occurs on seven Saturdays in the summer on Pack Square Park at City Hall near the center of downtown.
  • The Grey Eagle – The Grey Eagle is a local music venue that features both well-known and up-and-coming musical acts from around the country in an intimate and casual environment.
  • Diana Wortham Theater – This is a beautiful theater of the performing arts located in the center of downtown Asheville, which has top-notch international acts, performing throughout the year.
  • Downtown After Five – An exciting street festival that occurs the 3rd Friday of each month from Spring through Fall. The street is closed to traffic, and music, drink, food and festivities abound during this fun event.

Art Galleries

  • The Folk Art Center – This is a high-end gallery of contemporary and traditional folk art of the Appalachians located on the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside of downtown Asheville.
  • The River Arts District – Vibrant artists’ studios and galleries for more than 180 local and national artists, situated in a refurbished warehouse district by the French Broad River, 5 minutes from downtown.
  • Blue Spiral Gallery – Southeastern contemporary fine art….one of the best in Asheville.
  • Grovewood Gallery – An impressive Arts & Crafts gallery adjacent to the Omni Grove Park Inn.
  • New Morning Gallery – Handcrafted, original works of art, many from regional artists.
  • Black Mountain Center for the Arts – Provides art classes and workshops throughout the year.


  • Asheville Community Theatre – The oldest continually operating theater in Asheville, once the theatrical home to Charleton Heston when he lived at Beaufort House Inn.
  • Flat Rock Playhouse – The State Theatre of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Stage Company – NC Stage is a small intimate theatre, composed of professional equity actors who put on exceptional dramatic productions year round.


  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial – The “Old Kentucky Home” boarding house of Thomas Wolfe, the famous author of “Look Homeward Angel.”
  • Carl Sandburg’s Home – A National Historic Site of Carl Sandburg, the famous American author, poet, and songwriter.