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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
 
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
 
 
 
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:       August 18, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      Annual RiverFest    Crafts, kid fun, a raft race, music and more.  RiverFest is an event especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Craft vendors sell local handmade goods, there are kids parades and activities and the popular Anything That Floats Raft Parade also takes place that afternoon. Live music continues into the evening. 1 PM - 7 PM..
 
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Date:      July 29 - August 4, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:     Swanannoa Gathering - Mando & Banjo Week and Fiddle Week  Mando & Banjo Week features classes in two of the instruments that are at the core of several of the most popular folk genres we offer, including bluegrass, old-time, Irish and Scottish, as well as some of the more adventurous blendings of traditional and jazz flavors known as ‘new acoustic’ music.  Fiddle Week at the Swannanoa Gathering celebrates that universality with classes in traditional and contemporary styles ranging from Irish to Mexican, from Cajun and bluegrass to blues. This summer they are emphasizing playing by ear, developing a personal style and improvising in various genres.
Date:      June 22 - August 11, 2018
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Horn in the West: Legacy Outdoor Drama  
Live performances of the story of the brave settlers of the Carolina Backcountry presented in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. "Horn in the West" is an inspiring account of events centered around frontiersman Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, a thrilling look back at the nation's beginnings. Visit the on-site Hickory Ridge Living History Museum during the pre-show hours, 5:30 - 8:00PM.
Date:      July 27 - August 4, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     2018 Cashiers Designer Showhouse  
The Cashiers Historical Society's largest fundraiser returns. Don't miss this exciting new year for CHS! .The 10 days will be full of guest speakers, demos, book signings and guest vendors. The week will begin with a Preview Party on July 27th and the 10 days will be celebrated with a Closing Brunch on August 5th.
Date:      June 30 - August 4, 2018
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University  
A month+ long arts festival that features events in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film on the campus of Appalachian State University. With award-winning artists from all across the world coming to the High Country in one summer, the festival has become an attraction that appeals to thousands and has been ranked one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There is something for everyone from fine art enthusiasts, to country and bluegrass fans and all those who like a good mixture of both. Get a complete event schedule at the site.
Date:      July 29 - August 4, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:     Swanannoa Gathering - Mando & Banjo Week and Fiddle Week  Mando & Banjo Week features classes in two of the instruments that are at the core of several of the most popular folk genres we offer, including bluegrass, old-time, Irish and Scottish, as well as some of the more adventurous blendings of traditional and jazz flavors known as ‘new acoustic’ music.  Fiddle Week at the Swannanoa Gathering celebrates that universality with classes in traditional and contemporary styles ranging from Irish to Mexican, from Cajun and bluegrass to blues. This summer they are emphasizing playing by ear, developing a personal style and improvising in various genres. 
Date:      July 27 - August 18, 2018
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Mama Mia.  
Dance the night away to such ABBA favorites as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “Thank you for the Music” in this delightful musical comedy and Broadway sensation. Following the release of the brand new musical movie, Mamma Mia 2 in movie theaters on July 20th, see where it all began at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. With students tickets available at only $17.00, bring the whole family to enjoy the fun! Tickets will go fast for this one so get yours today! seats from $17 - $55
Date:      June 21 - September 21 , 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Snapshots of Summer Photo Contest     It’s hard not to crack a smile while enjoying amazing views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge from on top of the Chimney. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our Smiles of Spring Photo Contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes.  The winning entries will be used on the website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park. GREAT PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS: First Place – An overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to Chimney Rock, brunch for two at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours Second Place – A Chimney Rock prize package including two passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours. People’s Choice – Selected by our Facebook fans, the winning photo will be featured as the cover photo of our Facebook page for two weeks and the cover of the Pinterest board of winning photos. Prize includes two Park admission tickets, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and a $20 gift certificate for Old Time Photo in Chimney Rock Village.
Date:      August 1, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Brevard Camerata. 
Small in size, but big in sound, Brevard's conductorless chamber orchestra offers thoughtful interpretations of baroque, classical, and contemporary works
Date:      August 1 - 5, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division I. The annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged. This year several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics are being introduced both weeks along with Classics for Children, Adults, Ponies and Juniors
Date:      August 1-31, 2018; daily at 2 PM
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Family Animal Encounters  
  Join one of the Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of the wilder teammates. Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!
Date:      August 2, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Sondheim on Sondheim    Hailed as a "revelatory revue full of wonderful moments" and a "funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist," Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words... and music.
Date:      August 2, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Night Ranger 
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars
Date:       August 2 - 4, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival   The nation’s longest running folk festival. The annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, and ballad singers. A different show every night, beginning at 7:00 PM nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
Date:      August 2 - 5, 2018
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:    
The Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE.
Date:      August 2 - 12, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     70's Summer Nights    Music on The Rock Series.   
You don’t have to take a midnight train to Georgia to hear the best chart toppers of the one of the most defining musical decades of the century. We’ll take you back in time with such hits as Stayin Alive, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, I Can See Clearly Now, Do That to Me One More Time, How Deep is Your Love, My Sharona, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Bridge Over Trouble Water, and more… seats from $35 Group Sales
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  New Music.  Premiere performance of new works written by BMC composition students. Free Event
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Piccolo Opera High school voice students present opera scenes. Free Event
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance  The Planets,  A truly magical evening under the stars…and among the planets! Enduringly popular and widely performed, each of the seven movements of this orchestral suite reflects Holst's interpretation of a planet within the Solar System. Multi-media visuals provided by Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Lance & Lea (Americana/Pop/Folk) 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : The Night Move Band / Classic Car Show 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show or corvette show on alternate weeks sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
 Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      August 3, 2018    
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Downtown Waynesville galleries remain open for Art after Dark featuring demonstrations, artist receptions, and special music. Enjoy the Gallery Stroll from 6 PM - 9 PM with live music and great food. Free admission. Art After Dark happens the first Friday evening of each month from May until December.
Date:       August 3, 2018
NC City:   BOONE
Event:      First Friday Art Crawl
   Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at Boone shops and galleries and stay late for live music, food and drinks at one of the many fine restaurants. The Jones House Galleries are open Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 PM.
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 20+ downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   Jay Leno 
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 3, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 3 - 4, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby  
A free fishing event for children ages 3 - 11. Enjoy two full days of fun with many attractions and eligibility for prizes. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered children. Prizes will also be given away children will be able to enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits,  and more
Date:       August 3 - 4, 2018
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event: 
   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair   Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 60th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. Quilt squares appear not only on local barns and buildings but are for sale by some of the best quilters since Betsy Ross. Handmade clothes, purses, and vests, are just some of the items that adorn the beautifully decorated booths. There will also be homemade jams and jellies as well as Barbeque and Southern tea. The event is free to the public with bluegrass and cloggin entertainment throughout the day
Date:      August 3 - 5, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:   
 Annual Art & Antiques Show  at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum 
This sale and show offers heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. Vendors from across the East Coast bring a variety of items.  Preview Party 7/31 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, $40 per person (including wine and hors d'oeurves). Tickets are $10 and good for the entire show.
Date:      August 4, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Pictures at an Exhibition. nspired by a "promenade" through the exhibition of artist and close friend Victor Hartmann, each movement in Mussorgsky's rhythmic, powerful masterpiece depicts one of ten distinctively different paintings. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance
Date:      August 4, 2018
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert  - Che Apalache & the Cabin Creek Boys   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      August 4, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 4, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 4, 2018
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission charged.
Date:       August 4, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Wood Day at the Folk Art Center  An annual celebration of wood crafts including  craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 14th Annual Carve Off Competition takes place between 1 - 3 PM. For the contest, participants have two hours to turn a simple block of wood into a work of art. Carvers must sign up by 12:30 to participate. Demonstrations include flute making, wood turning, broom making and furniture design and construction. FREE admission
Date:      August 4, 2018
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Jeff Little Trio   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:       August 4, 2018
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:     Paddle Grapple    Canoe, Kayak, Sup or Surfski in the inaugural Paddle Grapple - a multi-discipline 3 or 6 mile race on beautiful Lake Fontana.   Onsite registration at Tsali Recreation Area Boat Ramp. Open to all ages and awards will be given to top finishers in each class.. All proceeds will be donated to the Nantahala Racing Club (a nonprofit organization that provides access and training to whitewater sports in the local area).
Date:       August 4 - 5, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Village Art and Craft Fair   Held on the grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village this year's Fair, the 42nd,  will include 120 juried exhibitors, making it one of the highest quality outdoor show of the year.  View and shop for all types of fine art and crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM. Hosted by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio.
Date:      August 4 - 5, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
Ashe County Studio Tour    Summertime in the mountains – what better way to see the countryside than on a two-day Studio Tour! And to see the best Ashe County artists working in their own studios. Tour participants will discover art studios located all over the county – in and around West Jefferson, Jefferson, Crumpler, Laurel Springs, Todd, Creston, Warrensville, and Lansing. Most of the studios are not usually open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity for people to see where these artists work and at select locations, to watch them as they create their art. And it doesn’t hurt that getting there takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside the High Country has to offer 
Date:      August 5, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Season FInale - Bernstein's Mass. Imagined by Bernstein "not as a concert, but a fully staged dramatic pageant," this multi-faceted theatre piece for musicians, singers, and dancers premiered at the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center. Join us as Keith Lockhart, BMCO, and hundreds of artists fill the WPA stage in final tribute to Bernstein's enduring legacy and centennial. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance
Date:       August 6, 2018
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances    Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:      August 9, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   for KING & COUNTRY and Lauren Daigle 
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars
Date:       August 9 - 11, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Laugh Your Asheville OFF   One of the largest and most respected stand-up comedy events in the country. The event attracts top comedy producers and representatives that will be in attendance to scout the hottest new comedic talent.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Gotcha Groove / Classic Car Show 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show or corvette show on alternate weeks sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   The Get Right Band (Funk/Soul/R&B) 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
 Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance
   Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios. Gallery Crawl is a free event and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association, the West Jefferson TDA and is funded, in part, through a Grassroots Arts Program Grant of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 10, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 10 - 11, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    
Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival   BBQ, Music and Car Show. This two-day event features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment ,a car show, cornhole tournament, crafters and tastin’ tent.  This is an official North Carolina State BBQ Championship with over $11,000 in cash and awards. Gate Entrance: $5 one day; $8 both days, Children 12 & under Free. Held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, 1436 Georgia Road in Franklin.
Date:      August 10 - 12, 2018
NC City:  LAKE LURE 
Event:     Lake Lure Olympiad 
A family-friendly sports festival for all ages and athletic abilities that raises money for area non-profits.  Major races include the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock (25-mile bike or 5k run).  Die-hard athletes can do all three as part of the Olympiad's "3 Races in 3 Days" challenge.  Presented by Rumbling Bald Resort and Rutherford Regional Health System.  Other events include the Jr. Olympiad, water-ski show, golf tournament, dragon boat races and more.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek     This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat. This hike is considered moderate -to-strenuous. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes and hikes are geared for adults.  Cost is $25 per participant. Advance registration is required. To register, call 800-277-9611  
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM    Melissa Reaves performs. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market: National Farmers Market Week: Market Chef Cooking Demo and Tasting 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM through October on Backstreet.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
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Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Heritage Day  
One Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum of the Cherokee Indian offers a family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market  
An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Volume Five   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:    Fungi of the Cloudland Forest at Grandfather Mountain   
The southern Appalachians are world-renowned for different types of fungi from mushrooms to lichens and are home to more than 2,000 species. Here’s a chance to observe many kinds of fungi at higher elevations and learn how to identify them by size, shape and color. This program is presented by Dr. Coleman McClenaghan.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON 
Event:    Annual Blue Ridge Brutal 100 Bike Race  
This ride tours Ashe and Alleghany Counties and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning and ending in front of the Ashe Civic Center, in the shadow of Mount Jefferson, the ride offers 100 miles of varied and challenging terrain. The Blue Ridge Brutal features three ride options: 57 mile, 76 mile and 102 mile. The ride is fully supported by SAG wagons, rest stops, mussette stops, Ham radio communication and fire and rescue squad. A hot meal, t-shirt and chip timing is included
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Shindig on the Green  Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars
Date:      August  11 - 12, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Riders in the Sky Perform at Tweetsie Railroad  
Come hear America's Favorite Cowboys and Grammy award-winning singers. The shows are included in the Park admission but seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes at noon and 3 PM.
Date:       August 11 - 12, 2018
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Annual Sourwood Festival   
Great music and lots of fun for all ages fills downtown Black Mountain.  Held each year in August, it's a time for good food, good fun and good friends. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, super food, kid's rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family.
Date:      August 12. 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Annual Race to the Rock    The grand finale of the 14th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad.  A challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it. This is the ONLY TIME ever you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock.  This is one event in the annual Lake Lure Olympiad
Date:      August 13, 2018
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Dark Nat Revue
The Annual Fundraiser for Flat Rock Playhouse presented by The Supporting Players Guild of Flat Rock Playhouse + Volunteers + Staff Nat Zegree will be performing as well as Craft Beer + Wine, Gourmet Food Stations, Raffles + Online Auction and MORE SURPRISES!
Date:       August 13, 2018
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:      August 16, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   The Temptations and The Four Tops R&B
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      August 11, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:    Grandfather Presents: Amy Greene, Best-Selling Appalachian Novelist     
Amy Greene was born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and she began writing stories about the people of Appalachia from a very young age. Greene will speak about her writing process and what gives character to her Appalachian novels.
Date:      August 16, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  - The Company Stores 
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:       August 16 - 18, 2018
NC City:   MARION
Event: 
    Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival   Featuring dozens of bluegrass musicians.. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance by calling 706-864-7203. The event is held  "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavilion. The cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch, with hot food and other concessions also available. Bring your lawn chairs - no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area.
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Colby Deitz Band (Rock/Americana) 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
 Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Deano & The Dreamers / Classic Car Show 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show or corvette show on alternate weeks sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  - Southern Avenue
  Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.
Date:      August 17, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson - Mountain Laurels
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 17 - 18, 2018
NC City:  FOREST CITY
Event:    Hot Nights, Cool Rides  
More than 350 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles line downtown, drawing both engine enthusiasts and the curious. The events includes food, dancing, and music. One of the largest car, truck and motorcycle shows in the Southeast, Forest City's 22nd annual "Hot Nights, Cool Rides" event attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of dynamite vehicles. The eclectic display of antique and modern vehicles, combined with the authentic, 1930s buildings of Forest City's Main Street, leaves people feeling like the decades have collided. The event runs from 11 AM. - 9 PM. and features live music, vendors, prizes and more. Registration is $25 per vehicle and the event is free for spectators
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Béla Fleck's Blue Ridge Banjo Concert. Considered by many to be the world's premier banjo player, the 15-time Grammy® Award-winner marks the culmination of his inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp at Brevard Music Center with a very special, finale concert. Produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM    The Lucky Strikes perform. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market:   Celebrating the Tomato
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM through October on Backstreet.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Unspoken Tradition   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - The Legendary Ingramettes and Linda & David Lay     
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:       August 18, 2018
NC City:   CHEROKEE
Event: 
    KOA Mid Season Tournament   compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits are required for Cherokee streams or ponds and are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online. $10 entry fee.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  DILLSBORO 
Event:      ART IN MONTEITH PARK  There will be more than 40 booths of hand-made, local arts and crafts in a park-like setting. Entertainment will include The Maggie Valley Band, and the J. Creek Cloggers. Spark the Fairy will be there to entertain the children. Also, balloon entertainment, NGN 52 wood fired pizza, Chili Chomper authentic Mexican food, and Frozen Monkey shaved ices. The Appalachian Women's Museum will be open to welcome visitors who want to get an idea what life was like back in the day. Free admission to festival and museum. $3 parking at event.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
The Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains feature locally hand-crafted beer. plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque. The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and travels through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket prices from $71 (adults over 21 only) and includes a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and a meal of pulled pork, homemade coleslaw and apple pie. Additional beer will be available for purchase.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in  Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:       August 18, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      Annual RiverFest    Crafts, kid fun, a raft race, music and more.  RiverFest is an event especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Craft vendors sell local handmade goods, there are kids parades and activities and the popular Anything That Floats Raft Parade also takes place that afternoon. Live music continues into the evening. 1 PM - 7 PM.
Date:        August 18, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Anything That Floats Parade   Teams of adults and/or youths build anything that floats without a motor with creativity, innovation and zaniness are encouraged. Rafts can represent a business, organization, group, or any personal theme. The parade begins at Hominy Creek Park and finishes at Jean Webb Park. The home-made crafts will be competing for the titles of Most Creative, Green Machine, Ugliest, Funniest, and Most Unique Design.
Date:      August 18, 2018 
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series    ( at RiverFest)  Northside Gentlemen Kill the Clique LYRIC   This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Date:      August 18, 2018  
NC City:  MILL SPRING - TRYON
Event:    Saturday Night Lights  
From carnival-style entertainment to Carolina-inspired festivals, attendees can enjoy the popular “Saturday Night Lights” event series every Saturday in October at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The event includes free activities like face painting, busker performances, live bands and rides on a hand-painted Venetian carousel. The events are coupled with a grand prix show jumping competition held in the George Morris Arena. Buy carnival treats from vendor carts such as lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and roasted corn. Restaurant dining and shopping is also available. Admission: TIEC admission and parking are free and open to the public.
Date:      August 18, 2018
NC City:  WILKESBORO

Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours   Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM 
Date:      August 18 - 19, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:    Grandfather Mountain Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic  
Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 18 at grandfather.com
Date:      August 24, 2018
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Geoff McBride (Pop/R&B/Soul) 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 24, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
 Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      August 24, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson -  Backporch Bluegrass Band  
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 24, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River  Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 24, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 24 - 25, 2018
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:    Dirty Dancing Festival  A dance and music festival for all ages celebrating the classic American movie filmed in Lake Lure, NC. Fans can relive their favorite "Dirty Dancing" moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, special guests, games and more. Fans from more than 24 states and two foreign countries have attended previous festivals.
Date:      August 24 - September 9, 2018
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Always a Bridesmaid.
From the writing team behind last year’s smash sensation The Dixie Swim Club. In this rollicking comedy, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings, and hilarity ensues. If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger to catch a bride’s bouquet or have been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny play by Jones Hope Wooten is definitely for you…and your dearly beloved. seats from $20 - $52
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Concerts in the Park  - Lyric  
Biltmore Park Town Square offers FREE live concerts from June through October. Brings a blanket and enjoy the best performers in the area from 60s Oldies to contemporary jazz.  7 PM - 9 PM.  Tuxedo Junction performs this concert.
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     Exploring the Disappearing Spruce-Fir Forest at Grandfather Mountain   
Join John Caveny, Grandfather Mountain’s own natural resource specialist, as we explore, examine and discuss one of the most endangered forest types in the United States, the spruce-fir forest.
Date:      August 25, 2018  
NC City:  MILL SPRING - TRYON
Event:    Saturday Night Lights  
From carnival-style entertainment to Carolina-inspired festivals, attendees can enjoy the popular “Saturday Night Lights” event series every Saturday in October at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The event includes free activities like face painting, busker performances, live bands and rides on a hand-painted Venetian carousel. The events are coupled with a grand prix show jumping competition held in the George Morris Arena. Buy carnival treats from vendor carts such as lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and roasted corn. Restaurant dining and shopping is also available. Admission: TIEC admission and parking are free and open to the public.
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - The Kruger Brothers   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert -  Front Country & The Martha Bassett Band  
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Kananegsi Fashion Show  Kananegsi Fashion Show features traditional Cherokee fashion created by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Guests can view the incredible fashions; meet with designers, tailors, and seamstresses; and purchase items for their own closets. Admission is free to the public.
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Shindig on the Green
   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market   
Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. A traditional Cherokee meal will be for available for purchase..
Date:      August 25, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Kananegsi Fashion Show   
5:00 PMto 8:00 PM    The Kananegsi Fashion Show features traditional Cherokee fashion created by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Guests can view the incredible fashions; meet with designers, tailors, and seamstresses; and purchase items for their own closets. Admission is free to the public.
Date:      August 25 - 26, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Railroad Heritage 2017 at Tweetsie Railroad   
 A once per year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy a very special weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET & WNC Railroad and mountain culture. Traditional dance and craft demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Program will also be featured on Saturday.
Date:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Naturalist Niche: Waterfall Exploration     The famous Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Seen in movies such as The Last of the Mohicans, its sheer drop is easily recognized and hard to forget. Thousands of people visit the waterfall each year often overlooking the significance of what flora and fauna thrive in this incredible cliffside habitat. The exploration to the base of Hickory Nut Falls will have you turning over rocks and peering into crevices to see what may be lurking. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot! *Waterfall Exploration is part of the Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.
Date:      August 29 - 30, 2018
NC City:  HIGHLANDS   
Event:     Village Square Art and Craft Show  
Sponsored by the Macon County Art Association, there are many works of art from which to choose. You will also find jewelry, pottery, weaving, metalwork, woodwork and other high quality crafts for the home and garden. 70+ local and regional art vendors. The show is held in downtown Highlands at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and neighboring Village Square, a block from Main Street.
Date:      August 31, 2018
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Dashboard Blue (Classic Hits) 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 31, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
 Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      August 31, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 31, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      August 31, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson -  Zephyr Lightning Bolts   
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 31 - September 1, 2018
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA 
Event:     Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival  
The 48th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, to be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, will offer two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:30 p.m. on the grand stage of Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.
Date:      August 31 - September 2, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
The Qualla Country Trout Tournament   It’s not too late to take home the summer’s biggest trout. And biggest purse. Your $11 entry fee lets you compete for your share of $20,000 in the pristine, freestone streams of Cherokee (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). For those unfamiliar with tagged tourneys, you’ll discover the waters stocked with fish tagged with different colors. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register to anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start a one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Date:      August 31 - September 3, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Annual North Carolina Apple Festival 
This annual Labor Day Weekend Event features a street fair on Historic Main Street including: entertainment, arts and crafts, apple products, children and youth activities, special exhibits, food and the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Get specific hours and schedule of events on the website. Street Fair - Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-8:00 PM from 6th Ave-Caswell St; mini-festival on Mon. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM from 2nd Ave-Caswell St., King Apple Parade on Labor Day at  2:30 PM
 
 
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Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center&  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All year
Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park 
Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
WWhere: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park.
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
 
 
Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
Classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown at the visitor center.
 
 
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