Due to unforeseen circumstances and expected inclement weather, the Watchhouse concert originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28. Tickets for the original date can be used for the rescheduled date; just present your ticket at the new event. For additional assistance, or to request a refund, contact help@ncartmuseum.org during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more on the event page.

Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about the opening weekend celebration.

2021 American Dance Festival: Together We Dance

In reimagining a dance festival in a post–COVID-19 world, ADF brings outside eight performances by some of the finest dance companies dazzling audiences today. Audiences are able to spread out in the fresh air in the award-winning Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park. While smaller dance performances, including ADF activations, have been hosted inside the Museum galleries and in the Museum Park, a festival of this scale is new to the NCMA. We’re bringing together art, nature, and people through dance.

Presale tickets for ADF and NCMA:

  • Member tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 4.
  • Nonmember and general public tickets go on sale Thursday, August 5.


Performances last approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

Read press release here.

 Following local ordinances, visitors are required to wear a mask inside all buildings, including restrooms and concession buildings. For the safety of everyone, we ask that all outdoor event attendees wear masks both outdoors and indoors. Masks will be available on site for anyone not wearing one. 

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