Cultural Arts & Galleries

Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery

Three LakePointe Plaza

2110 Water Ridge Parkway


Serves as a non-commercial exhibition space that reflects and exemplifies the artwork of professionals, faculty, students and graduates.


Arts Council of Lincoln County

403 E. Main St., Lincolnton


Located at the Lincoln Cultural Center; hosts many community exhibitions and events.


Arts Council of York County

121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C.


Housed in two restored historic buildings, the center offers classroom and artist studio space, in addition to the Dalton Gallery, which features six to eight exhibitions annually.


Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

420 S. Tryon St.


A collection of 20th-century Modernist works by Giacometti, Miro, Tinguely, Niki de Sainte Phalle, Ernst, Calder, Picasso and others assembled by the Bechtler family over the past 70 years.


Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries

65 Union St. S., Concord


Located at the historic Concord courthouse, the council offers programming for community arts and public education, as well as hosts art exhibitions.


Court Street Gallery

134 Court St., Statesville


Home to local and regional artists. Educates school children and entertains families with year-round events, hands-on learning exhibits and classes for children.


Davidson College Belk Visual Arts Center

315 N. Main St., Davidson


Exhibits by students, faculty, regional, national and international artists are hosted about every six weeks.


Gaston County Museum of Art & History

131 W. Main St., Dallas


Promotes and encourages historic preservation and renovations. Available for special events or weddings, as wells as programs for special groups.


Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

551 S. Tryon St.


Offers a multicultural perspective through performances, classes and changing exhibits.


Levine Museum of the New South

200 E. 7th St.


Offers a variety of programs, festivals and events for the community.


The Light Factory

345 N. College St.

Spirit Square, Suite 211


Dedicated to photography, film and related light-generated mediums; visitors can check out exhibits, take classes, hear presentations and see films.


Lincoln Cultural Center

403 E. Main St., Lincolnton


Historic landmark that houses a museum, a performance hall, galleries and classroom/ rehearsal space.


Mint Museum Randolph

2730 Randolph Road


Originates and hosts national and international exhibitions, and features public programs including tours, lectures, family festivals, and adult and children’s art classes. Includes two research libraries, a slide and video tape library, teacher training and in-school programs.


Mint Museum Uptown

500 S. Tryon St.


The five-story new facility in the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus houses the Mint Museum of Craft + Design collections, as well as significant collections of American Art, Contemporary Art and a selection of European Art. The museum also offers lectures, artist demonstrations and workshops.


NASCAR Hall of Fame

400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


Interactive, entertainment attraction honors the history and heritage of NASCAR, including drivers, crew members and team owners. Includes a 250-seat theater, historic cars on display and racing simulators.


Winthrop University Galleries

McLaurin Hall and Rutledge Building

701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C.


Exhibitions and educational programs celebrate artistic achievement for the university community, as well as the community at large.




Historic Sites


Fort Dobbs

438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville


French and Indian wars fort site, including archeological site, displays of artifacts, trails and recreation facilities.


Heritage Farmstead

1335 Museum Road, Statesville


A two-story log house, one-room cabin, smoke house, corn crib, blacksmith shop, privy, hearth and kitchen garden, along with an adjacent one-room schoolhouse.


Historic Brattonsville

1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, S.C.


A 775-acre living history village and Revolutionary War battlefield site.


Historic Rosedale

3427 N. Tryon St.


Plantation tour examines the architecture, history, and daily life of early Mecklenburg County.


Hugh Torrance House and Store

8321 Gilead Road, Huntersville


The oldest standing store building in North Carolina, this is one of Mecklenburg’s few remaining 18th-century structures. Tours of the site focus on the life of Hugh Torrance, a merchant and planter.


James K. Polk Memorial

12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville


Reconstructed log house and furnishings circa 1800. Birthplace of 11th U.S. president.


Latta Plantation

5225 Sample Road, Huntersville


Restored and furnished Catawba River Plantation House, circa 1800.


Mint Hill Country Doctor’s Museum

4311 Hillside Drive, Mint Hill


Part of the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, with tours by appointment only. The restored building is registered with the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Also on site are a restored country store, a one-room schoolhouse and various farming outbuildings.


Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site

9621 Reed Mine Road, Midland


Open year round for gold mine tours, panning (April-October) and “talking rock trail.”



Performing Arts

Abbey Players at Belmont Abbey College

100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont


Students, faculty and staff collaborate in dramatic and musical performances.


Boys & Girls Choir at St. Peters

115 W. 7th St.


Open to boys and girls ages 7-13; Mastersingers is open to high school students.


Carolina Pro Musica


Performs early music on authentic period instruments and has an early music series of concerts.


Carolina Voices

1900 Queens Road


Nonprofit group of volunteer singers that produces “The Singing Christmas Tree,” a family holiday tradition, as well as other performances.


Central Piedmont Community College Summer Theatre

1201 Elizabeth Ave.


Presents popular dramas, comedies and musicals with a mixture of local and national amateur and professional talent.


Charlotte Children’s Choir

1900 The Plaza


Comprises 240 children ages 8-18 in six ensembles.


Charlotte Concerts

122 W. Woodlawn Road, Ste. B-102


Charlotte’s oldest concert organization presents classical performing arts at the Central Piedmont Community College’s Dale F. Halton Theater.


Charlotte Folk Music Society


Performs at area festivals and offers workshops.


Charlotte Civic Orchestra


Volunteer musicians perform concerts around Charlotte.


Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

301 S. Tryon St., Ste. 1700


Presents a full series of main-stage performances with guest artists, as well as offers an extensive in-school program, a series for children and summer pops concerts.


Charlotte Youth Ballet


Includes student and professional dancers, and produces several shows each year.


Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

300 E. 7th St. at ImaginOn


Offers classes in drama and all stages of play production for children ages 3 and older, as well as a popular main-stage season.


Community School of the Arts

Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education

345 N. College St.


Offers children’s classes in the performing and visual arts.


Davidson College Symphony Orchestra


Performs a varied repertoire of music presented on and off campus.


Davidson Community Players

107 N. Main St., Davidson


Community theater group in Davidson.


Grey Seal Puppets

231 Foster Ave.


Performs family-oriented shows at Children’s Theatre.


Lincoln Theatre Guild


Community theater group in Lincolnton.


Little Theatre of Gastonia

238 S. Clay St., Gastonia


Community theater group in Gastonia offering performances and workshops.


Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, Theatre for Young People

100 McDowell St., Matthews


Provides classes, in-school productions and main-stage plays.


North Carolina Dance Theatre

622 E. 28th St.


The state’s only professional dance company tours throughout the country and locally performs “The Nutcracker” and several mixed repertory programs annually.


Opera Carolina

Two Wachovia Center

301 S. Tryon St., Suite 1550


The oldest and largest opera company in North Carolina; presents major operas and performs small operas in schools throughout the region.


Oratorio Singers of Charlotte

301 S. Tryon St.


Performs concerts with more than 200 singers, including Handel’s “Messiah.”


Theatre Charlotte

501 Queens Road


North Carolina’s oldest community theater; produces comedies, dramas and musicals.


United Arts Council of Gaston County

201 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia


Unity Place offers lessons in oil painting, pottery, ballet, voice and musical instruments. Also has space available for catered meetings, receptions and musical recitals.


Union County Community Arts Council

120 N. Main St., Monroe


Provides both community and educational programs and services. Public arts events, gallery exhibits and community celebrations, including Monroe’s July 4th celebration.


York County Ballet

249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C.


Young, local dancers present two full-length ballets each year.


York County Choral Society

Performs at Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University and other local venues.



Performing Arts Centers


Bojangles’ Coliseum

2700 E. Independence Blvd.


The first coliseum in Charlotte; hosts concerts and many cultural events.


Cabarrus Arena & Events Center

4751 N.C. 49 N., Concord


Indoor arena seating up to 6,000 hosts various events.


Great Aunt Stella Center

926 Elizabeth Ave.


Renovated church hosts meetings, music events and seminars.


McCelvey Center

212 E. Jefferson St., York, S.C.


Historical building houses a 560-seat theater and is home to the Yorkville Players Little Theater, The Yorkville Artists Guild and the Historical Center of York County.


North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

130 N. Tryon St.


Performance home to several local arts groups and also offers a varied season — from Broadway shows to concerts. Performances are held in the Belk Theater, seating 2,100, or the Booth Playhouse, seating 440.


Rock Hill Community Theatre

249 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C.


Providing community theater experiences and education.


Time Warner Cable Arena

333 E. Trade St.


Home of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, NHL’s Charlotte Checkers and other events.


Ovens Auditorium

2700 E. Independence Blvd.


The 2,603-seat auditorium hosts touring plays, as well as ballets and symphonies; dance recitals and graduations.