Hickory Attractions

"Take Me out to the Ball Game" Hickory Crawdads
Phone: 800-488-3237
At L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Hickory Crawdads, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" resounds from the bleachers while Conrad the Crawdad excites the crowed.

The Class "A" affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates entertains over 280,000 fans during a 71 thrilling home game season.

The Crawdads regular season runs April through August, with the playoff series following. For more information or tickets to any home game call 800-488-DADS (3237).

Experience Our Community "Hickory Style"
Phone: 800-509-2444
It's a furniture-buyers paradise, a festival-goer's dream and a place where the beauty of art and history is both treasured and celebrated. Add to that, lots of warm friendly folks dispensing real Southern hospitality, who will make you stay one to remember.

Make yourself at home here, and you'll soon find that there's a lot more to be discovered than you may have first thought. Yes, home furnishings are big here. Over 60 % of the country's furniture is produced within a 200-mile radius, so if furniture shopping is on the agenda, you won't be disappointed. Bargain prices are offered everyday!

Historic sites, art and science museums, concerts and little theatre productions, in addition to a seasonal outdoor drama and a winery offer ample opportunities to learn about the area. Catawba County even has its own special clay, which gives rise to a number of local potters and a Pottery Festival held annually in the month of March. If shopping is your pastime, you will find a wide array of shopping opportunities from major mall stores to small boutiques, antique shops and a selection of art and craft galleries.

If you are looking for relaxing fun, fall is festival time in the foothills of North Carolina, and we've got everything from a three-day event that celebrates our German heritage to a gathering dedicated solely to apple growing. A twenty-mile lake flows through the Catawba Valley providing a number of water-related activities, while several lush golf courses tempt the golf enthusiast and miles of biking and hiking trails offer gentle or strenuous exercise.

Abundant lodging facilities and restaurants offering cuisine to suit every taste will provide the best in hospitality and relaxation. So, come check us out and you'll soon discover that to enjoy all that the Hickory Metro has to offer, you will have to come often and stay long!

Hickory Community Theatre
After your tiring day of furniture shopping, you and your family can enjoy an evening at the theatre. Relax with the performing arts "Hickory Style", where "our stars are full of magic"! The Hickory Community Theatre puts that special kind of magic in the air. Pumpkins turn into glorious coaches, animals begin to talk, romance abounds, and music fills the heavens!

HCT is the third-oldest community theater in North Carolina, with the second largest production season, and the highest percentage of volunteers per capital. Located in the old city hall building in downtown Hickory, across the street from the Bank of Granite. *For further information go to: http://www.hickorymetro.com/hct.html

The Catawba County Council for the Arts
Welcome to Catawba County! I hope you will enjoy your stay here. Having "transplanted" here myself as a new bride 24 years ago, I believe you will find the Catawba citizens to be very gracious and helpful in any way possible.

I would like to invite you to take advantage of the highly acclaimed cultural community here in Catawba County. We have everything from two theatres (the Green Room Community Theatre and the Hickory Community Theatre) to a volunteer choral society (Hickory Choral Society) that has traveled and performed in the United Kingdom. Catawba County is also fortunate to have the Catawba Science Center that boasts the acquisition of the MarsQuest traveling exhibit and the Hickory Museum of Art which is the second oldest museum in North Carolina and that houses an extensive collections of American art. The region's premier performing symphony (Western Piedmont Symphony) is also housed in Catawba County as well as two highly acclaimed historical organizations (the Catawba County Historical Association and the Hickory Landmarks Society).

As the home county of the only authorized Jugtown with a post office, Catawba County boasts a large and highly diverse population of potters. There are also many highly acclaimed visual artists who call Catawba County home. Many of the art shops found throughout Catawba County carry objects d'art produced by these artists for sale. As you will note on our Website, links are provided to many of the cultural organizations as well as a current cultural calendar of events, which is updated quarterly.

I hope you will be able to take some time and browse around our county. We are a cultural adventure just waiting for you to explore. Come join us! There is something for everyone.


Susan W. Proctor
Executive Director



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