Rowan County emerges as a captivating destination for art enthusiasts in the month of November. From galleries showcasing local talents to art classes and theatrical performances, Rowan County in November is a haven for those seeking to immerse themselves in creativity and experience the beauty of the arts. This guide will lead you through the enchanting art events awaiting you in this charming corner of North Carolina.


Waterworks' Fall Art Exhibitions

Now - December 29, 2023

Waterworks' Fall Art Exhibitions will feature works from three incredible artists. These exhibitions will include Ashleigh Coleman - Hold Nothing Back, photographs; Jane Cheek - Where We Built Our Dreams: Explorations of Belonging and Happy Spaces, mixed media installations; and Dori Settles - Shoes as Storytellers, glass.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Now & Then"

November 3, 2023

The program will present a diverse array of works, primarily from living composers. The pieces on the concert will combine to create a varied sound world by exploiting the expressive capabilities of cello and flute, along with percussion instruments from marimba and gongs to flowerpots and rocks. The program features three Salisbury Symphony musicians who have each played with the Symphony for many seasons and it promises to be new, approachable, and intriguing!


Waterwork's Annual Big Chili Cook-Off

November 4, 2023

Taste and vote on the best chili recipes in Rowan County at the Annual Big Chili Cook-off Saturday, November 4, at the F&M Trolley Barn. Guests will enter the event through the front doors of Waterworks Visual Arts Center at 121 East Liberty Street in Historic Salisbury’s East Square Cultural Arts District. The Big Chili Cook-off fundraiser benefits Waterworks Visual Arts Center education and outreach programs. Music, dancing, beer, wine, fun and games! Must be 21 to attend.


Craft Market at the Railwalk Pavillion

November 4, 2023

Every 1st Saturday, the Salisbury-Rowan Farmers' Market holds a craft vendor market at the Railwalk Pavilion in Downtown Salisbury. Join them for this display of local craft vendors and artists from 8 A.M. - noon.


Adult Hand & Wheel Pottery Classes at Waterworks

November 7 & 11, 2023

Hand and Wheel is for beginning and experienced clay enthusiasts. Students can learn the fundamentals of hand building or throwing on the potter’s wheel during this session. Experienced potters can focus on enhancing their skills. Surface decoration includes slip and glazing techniques.


Second Saturdays in Salisbury

November 11, 2023

Come to Downtown Salisbury on the 2nd Saturday of the month to shop local stores and street vendors, listen to some live music, and enjoy local food & drink!


Piedmont Players Presents: "Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells"

November 10 - 19, 2023

Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves?


Toddler & Youth Leafy Hedgehog Workshop at Waterworks

November 11, 2023

As the leaves start to fall and the weather turns colder, hedgehogs work hard to fatten up throughout autumn to get ready for their long winter sleep. Toddlers and an adult will use natural materials to create a leafy hedgehog friend.


Jr. Artpops & Family Fun Gingerbread House Class at Waterworks

November 11, 2023

Create a traditional clay gingerbread house and adorn it with clay candy pieces and cookie shapes. Finish the look with colorful glazes and dripping snow. Or, what about designing a gingerbread house with a twist. How about a house inspired Dr. Seuss, The Wizard of Oz, or by your favorite children’s book illustrator. Imagine the possibilities!


Waterworks' Holiday Pop-Up Shop

November 17, 2023

Waterworks Visual Arts Center is excited to kick off the 2023 holiday shopping season by inviting you to attend their first ever Holiday Pop-Up Shop, November 17, 2023, from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.! This is a first-class opportunity see new merchandise not currently available in the museum store created by the Museum Store artists.


Discover more events to add to your November trip itinerary on our November in Rowan County blog post and event calendar.