An Appalachian Summer Festival

Schaefer Center for Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

This critically-acclaimed summer arts festival/series, presented by Appalachian State University, features a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film. It is regularly recognized as one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music festival and has evolved over the years into one of the largest regional multi-arts festivals in the country. Its mission is to present accomplished and respected performing and visual artists who are regionally, nationally and internationally recognized, while also providing opportunities for emerging artists.

Events take place each July on and around the university campus. Past performers include: the North Carolina Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, Willie Nelson, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Maya Angelou, The Manhattan Transfer and Dierks Bentley. Annual attendance is more than 26,000 people.

For a schedule of events or ticket info, call 828-262-4046 or visit