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Waynesville’s Buzzing Arts & Shopping Scene


What do you get when you mix the most delightful section of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains with creative residents who find inspiration from the abundance of beautiful scenery that surrounds them? A melting pot of unique treasures—that’s what! You can discover this art-lovers delight for yourself in Waynesville, North Carolina. Here’s all you need to know about our town’s buzzing arts scene, and how you can take some magic home with you.


Creative expression of all forms has become an important part of Waynesville’s culture. Many talented artists call our town “home,” and they’re more than happy to share their talents with eager travelers. Their gifts take many forms—from pottery to paintings, singing to strumming, performances to provisions—and you can experience them all.

Galleries & Showrooms

Scattered across Waynesville are numerous art galleries filled with creations inspired by and sourced from the mountains that surround our town. The landscape paintings that cover their walls suspend a perfect NC Smoky Mountain moment in their resin and oils for eternity. And a hand-crafted piece of jewelry can be the perfect addition to your accessory ensemble. Stop into any of them to take a piece of our mountain magic home with you.

Shops & Boutiques

Our locally-owned shops and boutiques are teeming with expertly curated fashion selections, so they’re sure to have the next perfect addition to your wardrobe. Second-hand stores are a great way to find a previously loved treasure. Furniture stores offer practical additions to your home and are sustainably sourced from local suppliers. Take a trip back in time at our antique shops, where a memorable find surely awaits. As good as any of these items may look in our shops, we can promise you one thing: they’ll look even better if they were yours.

Performances & Music

Get ready for a groovy stroll down Main Street, because our local artists are always rocking the scene with live music! And in the summer, we crank up the fun with our monthly Mountain Street Dance – a good ol’ hoedown that’ll have you kicking up your heels in front of the Historic Courthouse.

But that’s not all! Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Main Street, you’ll find HART Theatre – the ultimate hub for performing arts. Brace yourself for mind-blowing shows that are so incredibly thoughtful and well-produced, you’ll swear you’ve been whisked away to the bright lights of Broadway.

And if you’re looking for a taste of the local brews and some toe-tapping tunes, our vibrant brewery scene, with favorites like Boojum, and happening pubs like The Scotsman, will keep the party going late into the night. So grab a pint, sit back, and let the local musicians serenade you into pure bliss!

Culinary Arts

If you think this section might be misplaced on this page, think again. Cooking is an art, and there’s no better way to discover that than by sinking your teeth into a local dish. Many of our local restaurants get their ingredients from nearby farms, so their meals are fresh, delicious, and memorable. There’s a reason this part of the NC Smokies is often referred to as a “Foodie Heaven.”

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head on over to Waynesville, the art lover’s paradise! From vibrant galleries to quirky street art, this buzzing town has it all. Plan your next visit and immerse yourself in the creativity that fills every corner. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply looking for a unique and exciting getaway, Waynesville will not disappoint. Get ready to be inspired, delighted, and captivated by the incredible art scene that awaits you. See you soon in Waynesville!

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