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Arts & Entertainment

Asheville area art galleries, performing arts, fine art, mountain crafts and folk art

The Asheville arts scene is buzzing, featuring hundreds of fine artists, performing arts venues, mountain crafters, folk artists, hip arts neighborhoods, numerous art galleries and myriads of art events.

Looking for live perfomances? Check out our Events Calendar, Asheville's one-stop shop and event calendar for the performing arts.

A Thriving Artist Community

There are several art districts in Asheville, and each provides visitors with richly diverse experiences. In the Downtown Asheville Art District, for example, more than 20 galleries within easy walking distance of one another feature a wide variety of fine art and studio crafts created by local, regional, national and international artists.

The Asheville Art Museum entices with a variety of shows and collections throughout the year.

An Artistic Feast for the Senses

Asheville's performing arts alliance also thrives. The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is home to opera and ballet performances throughout the year. Street performers entertain crowds on nearly every corner of downtown.

Watch Artists at Work

The River Arts District, filled with dozens of working art studios, is one of Asheville's unique arts neighborhoods.

  • Music Scene

    Asheville's art scene includes an enthusiastic music culture. From bluegrass and mountain music to experimental jazz and rock, the city's creative atmosphere inspires musicians.
  • Performing Arts

    Asheville has a thriving performing arts scene with amazing diversity, ranging from live rock music to bluegrass native to the area to major national acts, opera, ballet, country music, engaging theater and experimental jazz. Street performers entertain crowds on nearly every corner of downtown.
  • Art Galleries

    Home to countless galleries, studios and craft shops, the Western North Carolina mountains are a hotbed of craft and contemporary art.

The Arts Search

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The Altamont Theatre

  • 18 Church Street
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 274-8070
  • Region: Downtown

The Altamont Theatre presents inspiring professional musical theatre featuring world-class actors, singers, directors and designers in our intimate 120 seat theatre on beautiful Church Street in vibrant downtown Asheville, North Carolina. A …more

American Folk Art and Framing

  • 64 Biltmore Avenue
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-281-2134
  • Region: Downtown

Contemporary Southern Folk Art, including painting North Carolina wood-fired pottery, wood carving & jewelry. They also provide innovative custom picture framing solutions for the enhancement of your fine art. Throw in a generous helping of whimsy, …more

Anam Cara Theatre Company

  • 203 Haywood Road
  • Asheville, NC 28806
  • Phone: (828) 252-2505
  • Region: West

Anam Cara Theatre Company aims to produce progressive work that provides audiences and company members alike, with an experience that makes evident the eternal connection of all humanity, in turn promoting social change, and striving for the equality …more

Appalachian Craft Center

  • 10 North Spruce Street
  • Ste. 120
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-253-8499
  • Region: Downtown

The pottery of the North Carolina folk potters awaits you at Appalachian Crafts. Owens, McNeill, Wyndham, and Coles, as well as many skilled artisans from the surrounding neighborhoods. Carved eastern song birds, wooden toys, hand-woven looper rugs, …more

Ariel Gallery

  • 19 Biltmore Avenue
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-236-2660
  • Region: Downtown

Ariel Gallery Asheville's contemporary craft collective. Featuring a wide range of fine craft created by its preeminent local members. Ariel Gallery: for the Well Crafted Life.

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