Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, kicks off its 37th season on Friday, July 2.

The month-long series of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming — will offer a full schedule of events from July 2-31 with a variety of in-person outdoor and indoor performances, along with additional livestreaming and virtual options.

Visual arts and comedy take center stage on opening weekend to welcome the return of audiences in socially distanced seating configurations with a celebration of new Turchin Center exhibitions and two shows by acclaimed comedian Paula Poundstone.

With ticket prices ranging from $5-$100, as well as several free events, An Appalachian Summer Festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets.

To purchase tickets or to register for virtual events, visit or call the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at