This May, Rowan County is offering plenty of opportunities for you to learn and experience our original culture from an artist’s point of view. This month we encourage you to submerge yourself in the arts either as a member of the audience at a show or as a student in a classroom of the arts. Learn more about arts in Rowan County on the Rowan Arts Council site.


Waterworks Presents: "All Things Great and Small"

Now - May 26, 2023

Discover Waterworks' newest exhibit, "All Things Great and Small" highlighting paintings, sculptures and mixed media works by nine nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists.


"The Power of Steam" Photography Exhibit at the N.C. Transportation Museum

Now - September 4, 2023

The N.C. Transportation Museum is pleased to announce a new temporary exhibit featuring the photography of Jeffrey Stoner! “The Power of Steam” will be open in the Master Mechanic’s Office, now through Labor Day. Visit the exhibit now while you can!


Piedmont Players Presents: "Kinky Boots"

Now - May 7, 2023

This joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common — or so they think. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "The Spring Education Gala"

May 6, 2023

Come join the Salisbury Symphony’s Young Musicians for their annual Spring education gala featuring the Salisbury Symphony After-School String and Youth Orchestra programs. This concert features the culmination of their various education programs to show off the hard work they have put in over the year and the opportunity for parents, grandparents, and the community at large to enjoy the accomplishments of their young musicians.


Vivaldi’s “Gloria” & “Missa Festiva” by John Leavitt

May 7, 2023

First Presbyterian and First United Methodist Churches of Salisbury invite you to a free choral concert of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and “Missa Festiva” by John Leavitt on Sunday, May 7 at 3 P.M. in the FUMC Sanctuary (217 S Church St, Salisbury). The combined choirs will feature soloists Mary Endsley Foil and Theresa Moore Mitchell, in addition to guest musicians of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.


Lee St. Theatre Presents: "Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr."

May 26 - June 4, 2023

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This youth production is being presented as a special mainstage show!


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "The Bacchus Bash"

May 13, 2023

An evening featuring the Salisbury Symphony Big Band in celebration of all things Roman. The Roman god Bacchus oversees all things dealing with wine and parties and has blessed us for this special event benefiting the Salisbury Symphony. Join us at the Rowan Museum for specialty cocktails and hors-d'œuvres, a plated dinner fit for the gods, big band music, and dancing! Dress in Roman inspired costume to really enjoy the festivities!


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Serenade Percussion"

May 26, 2023

Join the members of the Salisbury Symphony's percussion section for an evening of music wood, metal, and drum skins. This event will feature talented musicians including Amanda Sycamore, Peter Zlotnick, Gilson Fearnow, and Isaac Pyatt.


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