Art isn’t just a tourist attraction here. It is part of Rowan County’s culture and creative spirit of individualism. So, check out a sculpture show, take in a local theater performance, or catch live music over drinks. Learn more about arts and culture events happening in Rowan County this January.


Waterworks' Winter Exhibition Beyond the Surface (through January 28): Beyond the Surface, Waterworks' Fall/Winter exhibition, includes three autonomous exhibits by four North Carolina artists: Sacred Spaces 360, featuring photographic works by Will James; It's in the Genes: A Mother and Daughter Show, featuring works by Phyllis Steimal and her daughter Beth Barger, and The Weight of All That Is, featuring works by Liz McKay.


Waterworks' Winter Artist Series (January 13): Join Waterworks in the gallery for an intimate conversation with exhibiting artists Phyllis Steimel and Beth Barger. 


Our Town presented by Lee Street theatre (Fridays & Saturdays January 21 - February 5): Described by Edward Albee as "the greatest American play ever written," Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage" and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. Thornton Wilder's final word on how he wanted his play performed is an invaluable addition to the American stage and to the libraries of theatre lovers internationally.


Live Music at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Eatery & Brewery (every Friday & Saturday): Live Music every Friday and Saturday in the Railwalk Brewery! No cover charge.