Popular Entertainment

Our Popular Entertainment events feature a dynamic mix of artists, musicians, entertainers and speakers, and attract crowds to our our 4,000-seat, open-air Amphitheater. The Family Entertainment Series features free performances each Tuesday evening (during the Chautauqua season) in Smith-Wilkes Hall. This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment ranging from music to mime, puppetry, dance and much more. Sunday Entertainment is free at Chautauqua; your free admission to the grounds includes an afternoon show in the Amphitheater.

Events

Popular (Evening) Entertainment
  • Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Aretha Franklin

    Don’t miss opening night 2017 as The Queen sings in the season with soul. For six decades, Aretha Franklin has been a beacon of creative originality, winning no less than 18 Grammy Awards.

     

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Raleigh Ringers

    This internationally acclaimed concert handbell choir has been dazzling audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music.

     

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Friday, July 21, 2017 | 08:15pm

    An Evening with Garrison Keillor

    Heard by millions of listeners on his iconic public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor continues to walk and talk the best of Americana.

     

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Capitol Steps: What to Expect When You’re Electing

    The election may be over, but the opportunity to be equally offended lives on! Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, What to Expect When You're Electing.

     

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Joey Alexander Trio

    Born in 2003 on the island of Bali, pianist Joey Alexander has performed with his trio across the USA and around the globe, including tour dates in Tel Aviv, Montreal, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Bern, Prague and Vienna.

     

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    Location: Amphitheater

     

  • Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 08:15pm

    The Beach Boys

    Surf’s up! Grab your boards and get ready for some good vibrations! The Beach Boys have become an American icon to a worldwide audience. Their classic songs epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle of the 1960s.

     

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    Location: Amphitheater