Music, Arts & Culture

With UNC’s outstanding College of Performing and Visual Arts, it may not be surprising to find that you can take in an eclectic, world-class mix of music, arts and culture.

Listen to music under the stars in the summer, and hot jazz in the winter. Check out artistry of every color and texture in local galleries, then experience Greeley’s one-of-a-kind entertainment venues. Music, arts and culture concentrate in the Greeley Creative District, which blends the historic Downtown Development and University Districts.

UNC’s talented alumni and faculty are Emmy and Grammy award winners and nominees, and Broadway performers. UNC students perform in 250-plus recitals, concerts, operas, musicals, plays, exhibits, festivals, symposia, workshops and clinics per year, and when you live in Greeley, you have the opportunity to enjoy those performances.  Explore the Arts Calendar.

UNC Concert Under the Stars has been part of the music scene in Greeley for since 1931, and it’s a summer pleasure you won’t want to miss. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic food, then enjoy the stars in the sky and the stars on stage at UNC’s Garden Theatre, with music ranging from jazz to salsa.

Norton Theatre, Located in Grey Hall, offers an intimate and unique theater experience on campus. Recitals, concerts and hands-on art activities provide the community with a range of rich entertainment opportunities.

The Mariani Gallery in Guggenheim Hall, and the Oak Room Gallery in Crabbe Hall, offer exhibits that bring the works and vision of professional artists, faculty members and students to UNC and the community to explore.

Named after Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, Greeley was established by Nathan Meeker as an agricultural utopia and is home to a rich western history. Here, Meeker built a community on cooperation, irrigation, temperance, religion and education. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in Greeley’s past at a number of local museums.

Added to the rich variety of arts at UNC are performances by the best local, regional and national entertainers at the UCCC. Look for Broadway musicals, to comedy, concerts, dance, plays and more.

The oldest symphony orchestra in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Greeley Philharmonic performs at the Union Colony Civic Center. Many guest artists have graced the Greeley Philharmonic’s stage, including Isaac Stern, Jerome Hines, Jose Feliciano, Marvin Hamlisch, John Musto and Peter Schickele. The philharmonic is a major force in the cultural and artistic development of the community.

Combining a diverse range of artistic tastes and media, a community of local and university artists, and the region’s natural beauty and Western heritage, numerous galleries in Greeley offer visual treats for art afficionados:

Every Friday evening—from late May to early September—you can enjoy music, fun, food and art of the Friday Fest along the 9th Street Plaza downtown.

Or, try some of these favorite student spots for entertainment, relaxation, dancing and student specials:

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Creative District

Here you'll find historic architecture, public art, and a vibrant blend of micro-businesses, performance venues, galleries, entertainment, and mixed residential development. Learn More


UNC is located in Greeley, a friendly city with a population of about 100,000. With about 300 days of sunshine, mild winters and views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, it's a gorgeous place to live. Everything you need including shopping, entertainment, restaurants and great outdoor recreation is close by.