Appalachian Summer Festival to Feature Ben Folds, Patti LaBelle, Lily Tomlin

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, will celebrate its 35th anniversary season from June 29 - Aug. 3, 2019. This month-long whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming has emerged as one of the nation’s leading regional arts festivals, bringing over 27,000 people to the High Country each summer. Tickets for festival events will go on sale online and at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office on Wednesday, May 1.

For more information, visit or call the box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Schaefer Popular Series

  • Ben Folds with the Winston-Salem Symphony (June 29, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Patti LaBelle (July 13, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Chris Botti (July 19, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Lily Tomlin (July 20, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • Punch Brothers (Aug. 1, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)
  • The Temptations (Aug. 3, Holmes Convocation Center, 7:30 p.m.)

Classical Music

  • The Broyhill Chamber Ensemble (June 30, July 2, 28 and 30, Rosen Concert Hall, 7 p.m.)
  • Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists (July 6, Rosen Conert Hall, 10 a.m.)
  • Eastern Festival Orchestra featuring guest artist Awadajin Pratt (July 14, Schaefer Center, 7 p.m.)
  • Tapas and Tesla: An Evening of Chamber Music (July 18, Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex, 7 p.m.)


  • Pilobolus (July 12, Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.)


  • NC Black Repertory Company: Plenty of Time (July 7, Valborg Theatre, 7 p.m.)
  • Broadway’s Next Hit Musical (July 25 and 26, Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.)


  • Weicholz Global Film Series (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 2, Schaefer Center, 7 p.m.)
  • Young People’s Global Film Series (July 2, 16, 6 p.m.; July 9, 23, 30, Schaefer Center, 1 p.m.)

Visual Arts

  • Summer Exhibition Celebration at the Turchin Center (July 5, Turchin Center, 6-10 p.m.)
  • Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk (July 27, Schaefer Center, 10 a.m.)
  • Lunch & Learn Series at the Turchin Center (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Turchin Center, noon)

Visual Arts Workshops:
Throughout the month of the July, An Appalachian Summer Festival in partnership with the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts offer various workshops for children, older teens and adults. For a list of upcoming children’s workshops, visit

With ticket prices ranging from $5-$65, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets. Purchase any five adult tickets, in any combination and receive 10% off. This “Pick 5” ticket discount is only applied to purchases at the box office or by phone. The discount cannot be applied to online orders, films or student/child tickets. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at  

About An Appalachian Summer Festival:
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. With an audience of 27,000, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society in recent years.

Festival Corporate Sponsors:
Westglow Resort and Spa, McDonald’s of Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers, Boone Area Visitors Bureau, Sky Best Communications, Wells Fargo, Appalachian Home Care, PNC Bank, Peak Insurance, Scholars Bookshop at the University Bookstore, Holiday Inn Express-Boone, Courtyard by Marriott, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, and Creekside Electronics

Festival Media Sponsors:
WBTV, WCYB, UNC TV, Spectrum Reach, Our State Magazine, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Yes! Weekly, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, WNC Magazine, Mountain Times, Watauga Democrat, High Country Radio, WHKY AM 1290, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM and WASU 90.5FM.



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