Where else can you listen to the North Carolina Symphony on a historic town common? Ever attended an affordable theater performance with no issues getting seats? How often are art museums found in the home of a Revolutionary War officer? Tarboro offers all of this to its residents - and we'd be delighted to share it with you!
Edgecombe Performance Series
Tarboro brings in a wide range of acclaimed entertainers for the Edgecombe Performance Series. Past performers include Taylor Swift, Mickey Rooney, Percy Sledge, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Regina Carter Quintet, the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Blues Night, and the Cat's Pajamas. The series goes all out with a catered meal, a children's program, meet-the-entertainer sessions, and free shows. It's big-city entertainment with none of the hassle!
Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery
Named for a famed local artist, the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery features constantly-rotating displays by contemporary artists. There are also permanent collections of antiques, clothing, quilts, and linens, 19th-century paintings by Thomas Sully, Thomas Landseer, and William Garle Brown, ceramic art, Jugtown pottery, and silver and iron pieces. All of this is found inside the Blount-Bridgers House, built in 1808 as the final abode for Revolutionary War officer Thomas Blount.
Address: 130 Bridgers Street
Hours: Mon Closed, Tue-Fri 10:00-4:00, Sat-Sun Closed
Tar River Players
A local not-for-profit theater troupe, the Tar River Players' mission is to provide high-quality productions to Tarboro and the surrounding areas. They produce four shows per year (in February, April, June, and October) and spend the summer leading theater workshops for local children. Past performances include Alice in Wonderland, The Stories of Beatrix Potter, The Education of Miss Ida, You Can't Take It With You, Mornings at Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Real Thing, Plaza Suite, Spoon River Anthology, Inherit the Wind, and Anne of Green Gables.
Arts are celebrated year-round in Tarboro! Come in May for the Happening on the Common, a well-loved arts festival featuring everything from paintings and photography to Christmas ornaments, scented candles, and leatherwork. Stick around to learn from skilled gardeners from across the region at the Blount-Bridgers Garden Symposium. In June, The North Carolina Symphony performs under the stars on our beautiful town common. The Downtown Live concert series runs all summer long, bringing entertainment to the center of Tarboro. Join us in November for the Brewgrass Celebration; nothing beats sipping craft beer to the sound of bluegrass! Finally, the North Carolina Symphony returns in December for a Christmas Concert to finish the year up right!