Welcome to the vibrant world of art in Rowan County this October! As the autumn leaves begin to paint the landscape different colors, the cultural scene in our charming North Carolina county comes alive with a myriad of captivating art events. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking for an inspiring getaway, October in Rowan County promises a captivating journey through creativity and expression.


Piedmont Players Presents: "Mary Poppins Jr."

Now - October 1, 2023

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Check out Piedmont Players' presentation of "Mary Poppins Jr."!


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.


Adult Hand & Wheel Pottery Classes at Waterworks

October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 and November 7 & 11

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.


Buskers' Bash in Downtown Salisbury

October 6, 2023

Buskers’ Bash is an annual event that celebrates the best local talent from solo musicians to fire-tossing jugglers and every other type of street performer in between. Downtown shops stay open later and offer various discounts! The eclectic crew of sidewalk artists, typically amounting to over 30 acts, perform in front of participating downtown businesses.


Craft Market at the Railwalk Pavillion

October 7, 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.


Piedmont Players Presents: "RENT"

October 13 - 29, 2023

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.


Second Saturdays in Salisbury

October 14, 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!


Jr. Artpops & Family Fun Lanterns and Luminaries Class at Waterworks

October 14, 2023

Young creatives will join artist Shirl Hull to design paper lanterns in celebration of Winter Solstice. During the workshop Shirl will share new techniques of illumination for paper lanterns. After completion, participants are invited to bring their lanterns to Waterworks Second Annual Lantern walk on December 9. Waterworks will provide the materials, instructions, and inspiration–just bring your imagination. 


Toddler & Youth Woodland Animal Habitats Workshop at Waterworks

October 14, 2023

Inspired by animals in storybooks and using their imaginations, Ms. Debbie will lead children as they create animals of the forest. Young artists will draw, paint, cut and glue the whimsical, colorful creatures they sometimes see scurrying through their own backyards.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Nosferatu"

October 15, 2023

Join The Salisbury Symphony for a mesmerizing cinematic experience as we present a live chamber performance accompanying this cinematic masterpiece, invoking a symphony of emotions and weaving an unforgettable tale of suspense and terror.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Unknown Duets"

October 20, 2023

Unknown Duets will feature duos for viola and double bass focuses on chamber literature for two instruments that have historically been left out of repertoire.


The Salisbury Symphony Presents: "Heist!"

October 21, 2023

The Salisbury Symphony cordially invite you to "Heist," an extraordinary evening dinner mystery theater event with a James Bond theme that will leave you shaken and stirred. Prepare for an unforgettable night of heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, an art and auction gallery, sensational music, and maybe some mayhem. As you transverse the museum be sure to look out for unraveling clues that might just hold the key to the evening's thrilling events.


Find out more events happening in Rowan County this month on our October in Rowan County blog post.