Events + Programs

Art After Dark

“Art After Dark transforms Downtown Waynesville into an exquisite visual, culinary and performing arts center, the first Friday evening of each month from May until December.  There are few destinations in the mountains where you’ll find such a wide breadth of talented artisans and craftspeople in a single location.  All participating galleries are open from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., offering meet & greets, featured shows, refreshments, and live music performed by local bands and musicians.

Art After Dark offers a relaxed atmosphere, filled with art, music and laughter.” See Waynesville Gallery Association website.

ArtFest (formally International Festival Day)

This event is the ultimate cultural exchange—juried international and regional artwork, international cuisine, international dance and music from Folkmoot USA, and regional music and dance. The Passport to the Arts children’s area is where kids “visit” foreign countries, create indigenous crafts, and get their passports stamped.

Arts in the Schools

This program is a collaboration with the Haywood County School System, private schools, and home-school associations to enhance educational opportunities through visual and performing artists. Events have included Flamenco Vivo, Johnette Downing, the Atlanta Ballet, Michael Beadle, John and Kathy Sills, Seona McDowell, the African American Dance Ensemble, Shakespeare To Go, plus many others.

Friends of the Library Concert Series

This free program is a concert series sponsored in part by a contribution from the Friends of the Library of Haywood County. Concerts are scheduled once a month at 3:00 pm in the Waynesville and Canton Public Libraries. Performers are regional musicians representing different musical styles.

Gallery & Gifts

Exhibits feature local and regional artists in all mediums. Gallery & Gifts is located at 86 Main Street in Waynesville, NC. It is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. The admission is free.

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program

The North Carolina Arts Council contributes to this program to enable students in grades 4-12 to learn to play fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin in Appalachian styles from well- known musician/teachers. Students also learn regional dance and folklore. The JAM sessions are held at Canton Middle School from 3:30 to 5:00 pm each Tuesday from October until May. There is a $120 yearly fee. The public is invited to the year-end performance.

 The Honor’s Recital

This event is an annual spring concert recital of Haywood County music students. It is an opportunity for children to play on a world-class Steinway concert grand piano and on a professional stage at the Performing Arts Center.

Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival

This program is a world-class summer chamber music concert series. The musicians are in residency at Warren Wilson College for five weeks and come to Waynesville to present five chamber music concerts.

Young Artist’s Series

This program presents concerts throughout the year showcasing the Arts Council’s Steinway concert grand piano housed at the Performing Arts Center. Talent ranges from local treasures to international touring stars such as Konstantin Soukhovetski and Vassily Primakov.