Arts and Culture in Dunn, NC

By Laura Hill on May 5, 2013 at 10:00 am EST
The Harnett Regional Theatre in Harnett County, NC.

PHOTO CREDIT: Submitted - Gregory Taylor Photography

Harnett County residents in search of cultural experiences have much to choose from.


Theater flourishes in the county, for both children and adults.

The Heart of Harnett Playhouse stages one or two productions a year of musicals, comedies and mysteries in the old Lillington School auditorium. Productions in 2013 include Christmas in Cricket County and A Dream to Fly: The Bessie Coleman Story. Harnett Regional Theatre’s season runs from September to May. The community theater’s most recent season featured Cheaper by the Dozen, Christmas Belles and Seussical. Performances are held at the Stewart Theater in downtown Dunn.

Arts for All

In the schools, Harnett Off Broadway celebrated its 20th year in 2013, with rousing performances by scores of students, who showed off their skills as singers, dancers and actors over two weekends in March. The shows benefit arts programs in the schools. Students with disabilities are the focus of a Very Special Arts celebration, which annually gives them experiences with visual and performing arts.

The Harnett County Arts Council partners with local artists and organizations to promote visual, performing and literary arts and cultural initiatives, one of which is the annual Salsa del Rio festival each May.

Those who just gotta dance head for the Grace Ballroom in Angier. It offers lessons in salsa, shag, tango, cha-cha, swing, waltz, rumba, samba and more, and hosts frequent dance parties.


Dozens of museums in Harnett County celebrate its history, including the Coats Museum and its neighboring Coats Cotton Museum, the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum in Dunn and the Gourd Museum inside the Angier Library.

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