Cultural Tourism

Authentic cultural adventures abound throughout North Carolina: Music, Crafts, Literature, Places, and Performances. Find events, explore our heritage, and discover artists.


Some of America’s richest traditional arts – including bluegrass, ballad singing, gospel, blues music and pottery making – originated and still thrive here. North Carolina is also home to innovative modern creative expression, including the American Dance Festival, Full Frame Film Festival and some of the best contemporary artists working in glass and other materials.

Participate in distinctive arts experiences through guidebooks and web-based resources.

North Carolina Cultural Trails

Arts and culture experiences are a click away.  Explore Literary North Carolina, Blue Ridge Music, North Carolina Craft, Historic Happy Valley, and more. Cultural tourism trails created by the Arts Council include:


Discover North Carolina Craft

Literary Trails of North Carolina [Volumes dedicated to Mountains, Piedmont & Eastern/Coast]

Western North Carolina:

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Cherokee Heritage Trails

Historic Happy Valley

Eastern North Carolina:

African American Music Trails