AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
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. Celebrating its 35th season in 2019, the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming.
In recent years, the festival has been selected as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. For many years, The New York Times has included An Appalachian Summer Festival in its “Summer Stages” issue, which profiles the nation’s most prominent and interesting summer arts festivals.
An Appalachian Summer Festival is an annual arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. The festival forges a unique national identity through artistic excellence, innovative programming, commissioning new works, educational opportunities, and by bringing the most accomplished and respected creative and performing artists from around the world to the Appalachian State University community. Founded on the principle of promoting young American artists, the festival supports the overall university mission, enhances the cultural life of the Appalachian community through affordable access to its programs, serves as an important gateway onto the campus, and promotes the economic development of our region.
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, school coupons and ticket prices that are typically 30-40% lower than prices for comparable events in other venues. A rich variety of educational opportunities is part of the festival schedule each summer, including exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops, student internships and employment opportunities for young people seeking experience in arts presenting. These experiences offer opportunities for lifelong learning and meaningful engagement with the arts. The festival holds central the belief that access to a strong and dynamic program of artistic excellence in the performing and visual arts is an important component of a vital and healthy community.
On July 22, 2000, the university created a Founders Society to recognize the people whose vision, generosity and hard work helped build An Appalachian Summer Festival. The festival owes its success in large part to these extraordinary individuals.
Charter Members, inducted July 22, 2000
The Broyhill Family Foundation:
The Cannon Foundation:
2002 Members, inducted July 14, 2002
The Festival Advisory Board provides critical leadership for An Appalachian Summer Festival by offering overall guidance, fundraising assistance, programming ideas and long-term direction for the festival. Advisory Board members are representative of the festival audience, and in many ways they serve as the festival’s “eyes and ears” in the community – providing valuable feedback to the staff regarding festival operations, and serving as advocates and community ambassadors for the university and the festival.
An Appalachian Summer Festival presents music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming at venues across Appalachian State University’s campus.
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608
The Schaefer Center is a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium that features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. Concessions are sold in the lobby and can be brought into the theatre. The Schaefer Center is also home to An Appalachian Summer Festival’s box office. Box office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (ET). Tickets can be purchased through our online box office at any time.
Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608
Rosen Concert Hall is a 440-seat hall designed specifically for concerts and recitals, and is also well suited for solo performances.
480 Howard Street, Boone, NC 28608
Valborg Theatre is a 334-seat modified thrust performance venue. The furthest seat from the edge of the stage is 40’ away. The theatre is located directly behind the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (423 W. King Street, Boone, NC 28608).
Holmes Convocation Center
111 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608
The George M. Holmes Convocation Center is a multi-purpose arena that can be configured into a 6,500 seat venue for concerts (depending on stage setup). Seating is general admission in this venue.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
423 W. King Street, Boone, NC 28608
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is the largest facility of its kind in the region. The center presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center’s multidimensional exhibits, educational activities and outreach programs create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts.
Free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and at all times on weekends, on campus. Covered parking is available at both the Rivers Street Parking Deck and the College Street Parking Deck. Maps and other resources can be found at maps.appstate.edu.
Suggested parking lots include:
Click on the links below to see a snapshot of An Appalachian Summer Festival through the years.
Historical event listings for seasons beginning in 2002 are below.
If you have a question not answered here, please call 828.262.4046 to speak with an AppSummer box office representative.
Tickets provided to patrons on a complimentary basis do not carry Rain Check privileges.