Arts, Performances & Culture

Adventures for Your Senses!

Whether you’re looking for visual or performing arts, Athens County has got it! Thanks to passionate community members and the influence of Ohio University faculty and students, Athens County’s arts and theater scene is respected throughout the region and often recognized nationally.

Stuart’s Opera House & Gallery 1879

We envision Stuart’s Opera House as the cultural anchor and a center of expression on Nelsonville’s bustling and dynamic Public Square. It is a historic venue sought out by people of all ages, from all walks of life, and from near and far. Its well-earned reputation as an intimate, casual setting for continuous offerings of both familiar and innovative artistic performances and community events brings people back time and again.

Athena Cinema

Since 1915, the Athena Cinema has been one of the jewels of uptown Athens.

Another Fool’s Gallery

Another Fool’s Gallery is a retail gift store that sells art, collectibles, antiques and local crafts. Another Fool’s Gallery specializes in new & vintage music posters & memorabilia.

Village Productions

Village Productions reaches out to the Appalachian Community providing classes and programs in Amesville and surrounding areas with the goal of teaching from the inside-out.

ARTS/West

Many diverse groups utilize the rehearsal and performing spaces at ARTS/West.

Dairy Barn Arts Center

Respected regionally, nationally, and internationally, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is a must-see for any visitor to Athens County.

Final Fridays

On the final Friday of each month (with a break in December), galleries and retail shops on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square stay open late to feature special art events.

Fur Peace Ranch

Conceived in 1989 by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen, The Fur Peace Ranch is nestled in the rolling foothills of southeast Ohio.

Come be a guest in this land of musical peace.

The Kennedy Museum of Art

The Kennedy Museum of Art is located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University campus.

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, Southeast Ohio’s Professional Theater Company, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation located in Athens, Ohio.

Hutchison Horsedrawn Wagon Rides

John Hutchison raises Percheron horses on his farm in Vinton County Ohio. They work the farm together and raise Christmas trees.

Ohio University School of Music

Presenting nearly 200 concerts, master classes, and workshops in a variety of styles annually, School of Music events are dynamic, vibrant, and most are free!

Ohio Valley Summer Theater

Established in 1951 as a university/community partnership, OVST has specialized in summertime productions the entire family can enjoy. OVST has expanded its offerings into the early spring and holiday months, with special performances at ARTS/West.

Paper Circle

Paper Circle is dedicated to the celebration, preservation and advancement of paper and book arts.

The Wolftree Winery

Wolftree Winery produces Mead, Fruit meads, fruit wines, cider and other unusual wines