The Kids Tixx program provides access to wonderful art & culture experiences not always in the budget for some of Buncombe County’s families, while also supporting our local arts presenters! The Asheville Area Arts Council believes that creative experiences are vitally important to the quality of life, and inspire and bring joy to young hearts.

Kids Tixx is a program that strives to strengthen kid’s relationships with important parental or mentor figures in their lives by giving one on one time for experiencing and creating art together. Kids Tixx provides free admission for one child and one adult to local arts and cultural events, exhibits, and more. To be able to share this opportunity with as many children as possible the AAAC will give one opportunity per child per quarter.bring families closer together and provide moments that become meaningful memories. For some, the Kids Tixx program may be one of the few art-related experiences that a child will have all year. We appreciate our donors, who are willing to reach out and nurture joy in our community in this way, while also supporting our worthy arts presenters.

Upcoming Arts and Cultural Events:

The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to offer a Kids Tixx summer special for two fun summer events:

BUGS! a new immersive musical
A new immersive musical meant to be enjoyed by everyone 5 and older
From Asheville Creative Arts’ resident artists, Gina Stewart and Brenda Gambill of Jonesalee

About: When a band of buskers are magically transformed into insects, they must listen to and learn from one another before being returned to their human form. Will they? Comprised of a series of vignettes, this immersive musical spectacle observes and explores the tiny, teeming insect world, in a funny and uplifting experience that asks us to pause, look closely and consider the little things.

Location: Magnetic 375: 375 Depot Street in the River Arts District

Dates: July 19-29, 2018, Fri – 7pm | Sat – 1 pm & 3:30 pm Sun- 1 pm
with added performances Sun July 22 at 3:30 pm and Thurs July 26 at 7 pm

Tickets: To reserve your ticket, please visit the Magnetic Theatre Box office at 375 Depot Street (in the River Arts District) or email them.


Summer Lights (Lawn Tickets)

About: Guests will enjoy a musical performance by the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s acclaimed Symphonic Winds, an all-volunteer ensemble conducted by Milton Crotts. After sunset, a specially designed light show that is synchronized to music will be displayed behind the amphitheater’s woodland backdrop. Gates open at 7pm.

Lawn seating ticket holders are also welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets to place on the lawn above the Amphitheater. From 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., ticket holders may also visit the Making Scents exhibit and Connections Gallery gift shop inside the Baker Exhibit Center, and the Arboretum’s Rocky Cove Railroad will be running before the show. Bent Creek Bistro will have food and beverages for purchase during the show. outside food and beverage are prohibited.

Location: NC Arboretum’s Outdoor Events Amphitheater
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

Date: August 4, 8pm-10pm, gates open at 7:00 pm

Tickets: Please follow this link to register for one child and one adult for Summer Lights.


If you have any questions or trouble, please call 828.258.0710 or email

Let us know how you liked the show by writing a thank you note on the back of the evaluation form you get with the tickets. Return to the Asheville Area Arts Council, 207 Coxe Ave. Asheville, NC 28801. Enjoy!

Request Kids Tixx:

Our tickets are very limited, so before you request tickets please ensure you will be able to arrive on time and enjoy the whole experience. If you do not show up you are taking that experience from others in our community, please be respectful. 

If you or someone you know may be interested in receiving Kids Tixx to an upcoming event, performance, museum exhibition, or concert, please REGISTER ONLINE, follow the specific event instructions, stop by the Asheville Area Arts Council at 207 Coxe Avenue, or call 828.258.0710 today for more information. Once you are signed up you will be the first to know about all upcoming Kids Tixx!

Click here to request Summer Lights Tickets

Kids Tixx Qualifications:

Kids Tixx are made available to families who would otherwise be discouraged from attending events due to the price of tickets. Kids Tixx gives priority to a child and their parent, family member, or mentor, but tixx are often made available to area youth and group leaders and/or mentors from organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sister of Western North Carolina. Not sure if you qualify? Call 828.258.0710 or email Janelle Wienke at for more information.

We ask that those families who receive Kids Tixx complete a Kids Tixx survey and compose a small thank you note (made out to the Asheville Area Arts Council) after they have attended their Kids Tixx event. We love getting photos from our Kids Tixx events and hand-drawn illustrations!

Become a Kids Tixx Art Presenter:

The Asheville Area Arts Council is always looking for new and creative arts and culture events to send our Kids Tixx families to. While we cannot guarantee your event will be chosen, if you are a Buncombe County area art presenter, and think that your upcoming event or performance would make a great Kids Tixx event please contact Janelle Wienke at to be considered for a future Kids Tixx event.

What Kids Tixx Families Are Saying:

“Thank you for giving me tickets to the Yamato Concert. I enjoyed it very much and hope you keep on doing it so other kids might enjoy stuff like that.”

– Kid Tixx Participant – Age 11

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to take a child to such a wonderful cultural event. He was quite taken by the whole experience. You never know what door will open, what key will turn, what light will come on; by your generosity.”

– Kid Tixx Participant, Big Brothers Big Sisters

“My favorite part was When Ursula helped Ariel get her feet. My least favorite part was at the very end because the songs were over.”

– Kid Tixx Participant

“Thank you Asheville Area Arts Council for sending us to see The Little Mermaid! My daughter had such a great time and it gave us the Mommy/Daughter date night that we needed! We are grateful for the works you all do!”

– Kid Tixx Participant – Parent