Orange County Economic Development

Arts & Culture

Thanks to the Orange County Arts Commission, an agency of Orange County Economic Development, the residents of Orange County enjoy a robust and thriving arts community. Stroll any downtown street in one of the county’s incorporated cities and you’ll find a quaint gallery to browse, a museum to explore… even a festival that perhaps features local films or wines. Orange County will treat you to an arts and culture scene that boasts a diverse array of public art displays, commercial galleries, arts/crafts studios, as well as numerous performing arts events and festivals. The area’s universities too, of which there are many, offer a burgeoning schedule of theatrical events, performances and art exhibits.

The Orange County Arts Commission and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau have joined together to create a new events marketing network that will increase visibility for tourism and for Orange County’s artists.

The Arts Calendar in Orange County is now open and active online and allows residents to post their community events online with photos and links. The Orange County Arts Calendar can be accessed here.

The Orange County Visitors Bureau has also teamed up with Durham and Wake County to launch a Triangle-wide arts collaboration which can be accessed here.

Museums & Historical Sites

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

Ackland Art Museum

Orange County Historical Museum

Kidzu Children’s Museum

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Performing Arts

Playmakers Repertory Company

The ArtsCenter

Deep Dish Theater Company

NC Arts Council