Welcome to our monthly arts roundup, where we invite you to immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Rowan County. As May unfolds, our community becomes a canvas for creativity, with a myriad of art events and experiences awaiting discovery. From galleries showcasing local talent to outdoor exhibitions set against our picturesque landscapes, Rowan County offers a diverse array of artistic endeavors to inspire and enchant visitors of all ages. Join us on this artistic journey as we highlight the must-see events and attractions that make Rowan County a haven for art lovers this May.


Waterworks' "ART for ALL: Engage. Connect. Participate." Exhibition

Now - May 24, 2024

On your next visit to Downtown Salisbury, N.C., be sure to stop by Waterworks Visual Arts Center for their latest exhibit featuring works from artists, Giordano Angeletti, James Keul and Paula Smith.


2024 Salisbury Sculpture Show Installation & Meet the Artists

May 2, 2024

New this year, the Salisbury Public Arts Commission is hosting a meet and greet event with the talented artists of the Salisbury Sculpture Show. The Sculpture Show is a temporary exhibit of outdoor sculptures, carefully selected from an open application process. The public is invited to drop in from 9:30 to 11 A.M. at City Hall Council Chambers. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and breakfast items will be provided.


Central Carolina Quilt Fair

May 3 & 4, 2024

Don't miss this two-day, biennial quilt show that offers a quilted car and 150+ outstanding quilts presented by Salisbury-Rowan Quilters' Guild members! Lots of door prizes, giveaways, Granny's Attic boutique, a robust vendor mall complete with demonstrations, and lunch will be available on-site.


Piedmont Players Presents: "I Was on a Sitcom"

May 5, 2024

I WAS ON A SITCOM is a show about finding out who you are when your TV show ends and your "real life" begins. Because when you've played a character on TV for a decade, what exactly does it mean to "be yourself?” This show offers a rare intimate glimpse inside a popular sitcom actor’s real, raw life. You will walk away feeling like you’ve made a new friend — and learned more about birthing twins than you ever did before.


Watercolor I Class at Waterworks Visual Arts Center

May 7 & 14, 2024

No, watercolor is not harder than oil or acrylic- its just different. There are transparent watercolors and opaque watercolors [gouache] and many interesting basic techniques. Come join Waterworks to play and learn about this interesting medium. You will learn why it is different, not harder. Materials list provided. Level: Beginner.


Lee Street Theatre Presents: "I Hate Hamlet"

May 11 - 25, 2024

Andrew Rally seems to have it all. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, and his sword.


Family Fun Drop In: Greeting Cards at Waterworks Visual Arts Center

May 11, 2024

In this open studio workshop you are invited to design amazing handmade Mother’s Day cards. Create a pop-up, printed or painted card for your Mom or special someone to show her just how much you care. Supplies and materials will be provided and the Waterworks’ Artistic Team will be on hand to assist you.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Hope & Lifting"

May 18, 2024

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before” are the famous words by Leonard Bernstein after the assassination of JFK. In that spirit, Hope and Lifting features the voices of artists who foster a sense of hope and community in the face of tragedy and adversity. Join the Salisbury Symphony for this moving performance.


The Town of Cleveland Summer Concert Series

May 25, 2024

The Town of Cleveland Summer Concert Series features regional bands on the fourth Saturday of the month from April through September. Bands perform on the street slope of South Depot Street in the middle of downtown Cleveland, easily accessible to residents and the community. This is a bring-your-lawn-chair family event, with bands starting at 6:30 P.M. May 25 – The Catalina’s.


Piedmont Players Presents: "Matilda"

May 31 - June 16, 2024

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher Miss Honey. During her first term at school, the two forge a bond as Miss Honey begins to recognize and appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves to punish those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!


To find more events to enjoy this May, visit our event calendar and May in Rowan County blog post.