Regional Arts and Music Events: A Roundup Of Cancellations And Continuations

Mar 13, 2020


UPDATED: 4pm March 16

While the Coronavirus outbreak has compelled many artists, venues and arts organizations to postpone and cancel events, a handful are continuing—for now—with events as planned.


Here's a roundup of cancellations, followed by events moving forward. This is an ongoing and developing story, and BPR will update and revise this information as needed:



    • Malaprop's Bookstore in Asheville has canceled all public events through April 17.

    • The Asheville Art Museum and Blue Spiral 1 Gallery closed indefinitely Monday afternoon.

    • The Connect Beyond Festival, originally scheduled the first weekend of April.

    • Asheville Symphony Orchestra events, up to mid-April.

    • Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: Saturday concert by Hot Club of Cowtown and March 28 symphony performance.

    • Attic Salt Theatre has postponed its production of “Boom,” which was to open March 19.

    • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater in Mars Hill has canceled its closing weekend of “Church Basement Ladies.”

    • Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has rescheduled his March 21 show to July 9 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center.

    • The Wortham Center in Asheville is cancelling or rescheduling "all events in excess of 100 persons" through the beginning of April, and this suspension might continue further into April.

    • NC Stage has suspended its production of “Well," originally scheduled to open March 18.

    • Asheville Improv Collective has canceled all performances through March.

    • The City of Asheville has suspended the permit for the Friday night drum circle in Pritchard Park.

    • Pan Harmonia concerts March 27 and 29.

    • Western Carolina University’s March 28 band concert. 

    • The Center for Craft has canceled the opening reception for its new exhibition, “The Computer Pays its Debt,” but is continuing with regular gallery hours. The center is canceling all events that would gather more than 25 people.

    • Asheville Art Museum has postponed its March 28 Art Party without naming a makeup date, but is maintaining regular hours. The museum also postponed an event that was connected to the Connect Beyond festival.

    • Black Mountain’s Red House Studios canceled tonight’s reception for a group exhibition of local artists. 

    • The Orange Peel managers are creating a plan for staff and crew before releasing any public statement and considering cancellations show by show, working with artists on what they want to do and possibly rescheduling dates. Some artists are canceling tours on their own.

    • Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center is postponing its annual (Re)Happening, which had been scheduled for April 11 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. The center is also canceling all other public events through April, but maintaining regular gallery hours.

    • Revolve Gallery has canceled a music performance for Saturday and a film screening March 19, but still has on the calendar music performances March 21 and March 30.

    • Up Jumped Three CD has postponed its release party originally scheduled March 28 at Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

    • MerleFest in Wilkesboro, N.C., which was scheduled April 23-26, is canceled. The festival has staged a number of musicians and bands from Western North Carolina.

    • Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s Festival of New Dance, originally scheduled March 26-29.

    • Remaining performances of Magnetic Theatre’s production of “Traitor.”



    • Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective has decided to limit seating for the first weekend (March 26-28) of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" to 40 seats per performance.

    • Lazoom Tours are continuing, but Lazoom is limiting the number of people on each bus to 20 to stay within personal-distance guidelines. The buses have a capacity of 40.

    • The Mothlight, Isis Music Hall and Grey Eagle aren’t making blanket cancelations of shows yet. The Mothlight and Isis are leaving the decision to artists whether to cancel or go ahead with individual shows. Artimus Pyle’s show Saturday at Isis is still continuing at the artist’s request.

    • Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville and Upstairs Artspace in Tryon are keeping regular gallery hours, as are the Center for Craft and Pink Dog Gallery in Asheville.

    • The spring Leaf Festival, still set for May 14-17.

    • The Cat Fly Film Festival, still set for May 29-31.