The Summit Opera House was originally built in the 1890s by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union as a dry entertainment hall and local W.C.T.U. meeting place. It currently houses Winberie’s restaurant on the ground floor, and a church, office space, and apartments on the upper floors. It is located at Springfield Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard in downtown Summit.
In 2019 the city is encouraging artists, including singer-songwriters, to perform at local venues in the downtown area.
The Summit Playhouse features live dramatic performances.
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on Elm Street diagonally across from the Summit Middle School is a professionally recognized regional art center with an art school and an exhibition program.
Horseback riding is available at the Watchung stables, located in the Watchung Reservation since the 1930s.
The city supports a program of public art organized by Summit Public Art, a volunteer-based city organization founded in 2002, whose mission is to bring art to public spaces throughout Summit.