An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival, presented annually by Appalachian State University in the picturesque mountains of Boone, North Carolina, is emerging as one of the nation's most highly regarded arts festivals. The festival showcases American talent, commissions new works, and builds new audiences for fine arts.


Inaugurated in 1984, An Appalachian Summer Festival has long been credited for its leadership role in enriching the cultural landscape of northwestern North Carolina. In recent years, the festival has attained national stature—and is now regarded as one of the country's leading regional arts festivals. For nearly a decade, the festival has been named one of the "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society and attendance exceeds 26,000.

Presented by the Appalachian State University Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, the annual arts celebration is held every July on and around the university campus, and features an astonishingly diverse mix of music, dance, theatre and visual arts. While many of its artists are world-renowned, this distinctive arts celebration also prides itself on presenting new art forms, new works and emerging artists whose names may not be instantly recognizable, but who many festival fans claim have created some of their most memorable moments, both on its stages and in its galleries. The festival's commitment to developing ensemble performances across disciplines, shaped by collaborations among artists of all disciplines, has catapulted it to national prominence.

In keeping with its status as a university-based arts program, the festival continually seeks to enlighten and educate—a focus reflected in such initiatives as the festival's discounts for children's tickets and community outreach programs, in which young people are exposed to performances, demonstrations and presentations by artists in partnership with area schools.

An Appalachian Summer Festival
Mailing address: An Appalachian Summer Festival; PO Box 32057; Boone, NC 28608
Physical address: An Appalachian Summer Festival; Farthing Auditorium; 733 Rivers St.; Boone, NC 28608
Toll-free: (800) 841-ARTS (2787)
Telephone: (828) 262-4046

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