Explore the Arts Scene in Gillette, WY
Attractions include an art center, planetarium and more
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Conti
Arts and cultural attractions draw attention in Gillette and Campbell County and are accessible to the public, ranging from entertainment options to special attractions and even poignant memorials.
AVA Community Art Center
With a slogan of “building a better community by enriching lives through art,” AVA (Advocacy for Visual Arts) Community Art Center hosts numerous exhibitions each year in Gillette, with shows related to painting, sculpture, pottery, photography and other mediums. Each summer, AVA is home to a Community Art Show where local artists can put their work on display, plus AVA schedules a variety of art classes all year aimed toward adults and children.
Housed in its own building at Sage Valley Junior High School, Campbell County School District Planetarium has been an entertainment staple since 1981. The facility has a 30-foot-diameter ceiling dome for classroom sessions, plus the public is invited to view frequent free nighttime laser shows accompanied by rock music. The planetarium is maintained by funds from Campbell County School District No. 1 and the donations of community supporters.
The Donkey Creek Festival on the lawn at Gillette College has entertained residents each summer since its humble beginnings in 2006. Today the late-June festival features three days of free music performances by artists from many genres. Attendees can also check out a car and motorcycle show, browse among arts and crafts booths, sample foods from various vendors, and participate in events such as the 5K run/walk and disc golf tournament.
The Gillette Main Street Brewfest brings craft beer, live music and food vendors to the city's downtown area. The event enters its third year in July 2016.
The Gillette Main Street Ice Fest, held in late February, embraces the cold with several fun activities and events, including a Chowder Challenge, ice-carving competition, free hot chocolate and an appearance by the Abominable Snowman. The festival is sponsored by the Mayor's Art Council, Gillette Brewing Co. and Pizza Carrello.
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