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Appalachian Summer Festival 2019

Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival 2019, will celebrate its 35th anniversary season from June 29 - Aug. 3, 2019. This month-long whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming has emerged as one of the nation’s leading regional arts festivals, bringing over 27,000 people to the High Country each summer. 

An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 2019 Schedule
For more information about the festival, visit


  • Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony (June 29, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Patti LaBelle (July 13, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Chris Botti (July 19, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Lily Tomlin (July 20, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Punch Brothers (Aug. 1, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • The Temptations (Aug. 3, Holmes Convocation Center, 7:30 p.m.)


  • The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble (June 30, July 2, 28 and 30, Rosen Concert Hall, 7 p.m.)
  • Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists (July 6, Rosen Concert Hall, 10a.m.)
  • Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring guest artist Awadagin Pratt (July 14, Schaefer Center, 7p.m.)
  • Tapas and Tesla: An Evening of Chamber Music (July 18, Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex,7 p.m.)


  • Pilobolus (July 12, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)


  • NC Black Repertory Company: Plenty of Time (July 7, Valborg Theatre, 7 p.m.)
  • Broadway’s Next Hit Musical (July 25 and 26, Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.)


  • Weicholz Global Film Series (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 2, Schaefer Center, 7 p.m.)
  • Young People’s Global Film Series (July 2, 16, 6 p.m.; July 9, 23, 30, Schaefer Center, 1 p.m.)


  • Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center (July 5, Turchin Center, 6-10 p.m.)
  • Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk (July 27, Schaefer Center, 10 a.m.)
  • Lunch & Learn Series at the Turchin Center (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Turchin Center, noon)

Visual Arts Workshops
Throughout the month of the July, An Appalachian Summer Festival in partnership with the Turchin
Center for the Visual Arts offer various workshops for children, older teens and adults. For a list of
upcoming children’s workshops, visit

With ticket prices ranging from $5-$60, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique
opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes
and budgets. Purchase any five adult tickets, in any combination and receive 10% off. This “Pick 5”
ticket discount is only applied to purchases at the box office or by phone. The discount cannot be
applied to online orders, films or student/child tickets. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer
Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at

About An Appalachian Summer Festival:
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration
of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features
an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian
Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music,
combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With
an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by
the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.