2018 Barter Days

June 13 – Steel Magnolias – 7:30 p.m., Food truck will arrive at 5:00 p.m.

June 14 – The Lemonade Stand – 7:30 p.m., Food Truck will arrive at 5:30 p.m.

June 15 – Billy, Goat, Gruff: The Musical – 10:00 a.m., Food Truck will arrive at 9:00 a.m.

There are only a limited amount of tickets available for each of the three Barter Days performances. These are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
Unlike with standard performances, you cannot make reservations ahead of time
We will print out a set amount of tickets, which will be distributed by a Barter Theatre representative.
These events are usually very popular, so it is recommended to arrive early.
Barter Theatre requests that, when possible, those interested in participating in Barter Days bring an amount of food equivalent to the cost of a ticket
Because of the popularity of the event, Barter Theatre cannot guarantee that everyone who shows up will be able to participate in the trade offer.
Barter Theatre would like to remind everyone that there are a limited amount of seats available for each performance, and once tickets are sold, the box office cannot sell any more for that performance.


Each year, Barter Theatre celebrates its heritage by inviting patrons to bring non-perishable food items to exchange for theatre tickets. All food collected will be donated to a local food bank to help feed those in need throughout our region. Limited tickets are available. Barter staff will begin collecting food one-hour prior to the show times listed. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come first-serve basis.

As many people already know, Barter Theatre got its name through the practice of bartering. Robert Porterfield brought a team of actors to Abingdon during the Great Depression. These actors were starving in New York while the farming people of Southwestern Virginia had an abundance of food they could not sell.

So, Porterfield gave these Virginians something valuable to spend their spoiling vegetables on; a good laugh. Experience part of the rich history of Barter Theatre by bartering for your own admission. More importantly, help those in need in your community.

For more information about Barter Theatre's humble beginnings,click here.