Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment in Clayton NC

Clayton is a burgeoning artists’ community. The visual and performing arts continue to grow as citizens find more reasons to stay in town for entertainment.

The Clayton Center, which features a 600-seat auditorium, was renovated from the former Clayton school buildings into a state-of-the-art performance and conference center. The auditorium is home to a professional performance series that runs between October and May annually. The center has hosted performances by entertainers such as Kathy Mattea and Doc Watson. The conference center has quickly become a destination for both the businesses and civic communities around the region, playing host to a broad spectrum of events from weddings to expos to homeowner’s association meetings and religious services.

The auditorium is also rented to local groups for pageants, concerts and presentations. The Conference Center is a destination for both the businesses and civic communities around the region. It’s also home to visual artist exhibitions throughout the year.

The Comedy Zone, located on U.S. Business 70, serves as the host to many top-line comedic acts.

Clayton Visual Arts (CVA) is a private, nonprofit arts agency for Clayton. The council supports quality arts programs and projects throughout the county and within area schools, promotes and sponsors local arts events, and advocates the arts as a part of everyday life in Clayton. For more information, visit their website at

The Millstock Music and Art Festival, sponsored by the Clayton Visual Arts and the FlipSide restaurant, is held each June and features live music and handcrafted artisan wares. Visit their website at

The Clayton Downtown Development Association sponsors the Town Square Concert Series the third Thursday of each month from May through September, featuring popular bands. The CDDA also sponsors the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting the Thursday following Thanksgiving. Visit their website at