If interested in local history and art, head to the Captain James and Emma Holt White House, home to exhibits that rotate year round and include paintings, pottery, woodwork and more. Located just down the road is the Children’s Museum of Alamance County. Opening in 2012, the museum will feature programs, workshops, camps and exhibits that are fun, hands-on and interactive. Also, the annual Willow Walk, an outdoor sculpture and garden exhibition, provides an opportunity to view and purchase various pieces created by artists from the Triad region.
For a taste of local history, head to the Alamance County Historical Museum or the Textile Heritage Museum at Glencoe, where you can learn all about the area’s textile roots, or pay a visit to the Preserving our Heritage Festival at Cedarock Park, an annual event featuring 19th century farm demonstrations and antique exhibits that provides a unique look at farm life in the county during the 1800s. On a warm summer evening, head to the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, which produces historical dramas, children’s shows and musicals throughout the summer months.
Want to hear local music and sample local food? The town of Saxapahaw hosts a vibrant farmer’s market and music night every Saturday from May through August, featuring local bands and foods grown in the area. While in Saxapahaw, enjoy dishes made with local ingredients at a nearby pub. If in the mood for bluegrass or folk music, Lil John’s Mountain Music festival in Snow Camp, a three-day event showcasing regional bands and artists, is the perfect way to wrap up your summer.
In downtown Burlington, Friday nights include live music, and at Company Shops Market, Burlington’s local co-op, there are wine and beer tastings as well. There are several farmers markets near campus that allow members of the Elon community to purchase locally-grown foods, handmade items and fresh-baked breads.
Elon’s location provides access to numerous events and venues in the Triad and Triangle areas as well. Consult the list below for cultural opportunities in the surrounding areas. You can also find more events on the Visit North Carolina website.
- International Civil Rights Museum
- Natural Science Center of Greensboro
- Greensboro Historical Museum
- North Carolina Museum of Art
- Weatherspoon Art Museum
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
- Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
Concert Venues and Theatres
- The Carolina Theatre – Greensboro
- The Carolina Theatre – Durham
- The Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw
- Greensboro Coliseum
- Center City Park
- The Triad Stage
- The Durham Performing Arts Center
- Memorial Hall