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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 month's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      November 3, 2018 - January 5, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore
   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. Your evening admission includes:  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.
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Date:      September 22 - November 30 , 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Flavors of Fall 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:      October 26 - November 11, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE 
Event:    Miss Nelson is Missing! 
Miss Nelson can’t control her crazy classroom because she’s just too nice. But when she disappears, her replacement is the hard-as-nails, detention-loving, recess-canceling, homework-overloading substitute teacher Viola Swamp! With the Big Test approaching, the kids suddenly realize how much they miss Miss Nelson and they’ll do anything — including hiring a private eye — to solve the mystery of her disappearance and bring her back. Special thanks to Student Matinee Series Sponsor Walnut Cove Members Association. seats from $14 - $28
Date:      November 1 - 11, 2018
NC City:  FLAT ROCK 
Event:    The Hound of the Baskervilles   
This adaptation of the classic crime novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes is a fast paced, wild ride through the fog-shrouded moors of England. Three actors portray over fifteen characters with lightning fast precision in this highly praised thriller. Special thanks to Student Matinee Series Sponsor Walnut Cove Members Association. seats from $20 - $52
Date:       November 2, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
  The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than twenty galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as a vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  A complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and map is available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      November 2, 2018
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:    
Art After Dark   Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music
Date:      November 2, 2018
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
Murphy Art Walk      5 PM - 8 PM. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exceptional visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, demonstrating artisans, live performances, music, and fine dining. Visit the juried Artist Market locations where you can meet local and regional artists and there will be something for everyone. Free and open to the public.
Date:      November 2 - December 29, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Bonfire Nights at Chetola Resort  
Every Friday from 8-11 PM at the lawn fire pit with live music from 7-10 PM, S'mores packages ($5 each), and an outdoor bar with drink specials. No reservations are necessary. In the event of inclement weather, music will move indoors to Timberlake's Restaurant.
Date:      November 3, 2018 - January 5, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore
   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. Your evening admission includes:  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.
Date:      November 3, 2018 - January 6, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Christmas at Biltmore
   The celebration that began on Christmas Eve in 1895 when George Vanderbilt introduced his family and friends to the newly completed Biltmore home, continues today.  This wonderful celebration allows all visitors to enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments.
Date:     November 3, 2018
NC City: DILLSBORO
Event:   
WNC Pottery Festival  This event showcases the work of more than 40 highly skilled potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented along with demonstrations.  The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:     November 3, 2018
NC City: BRASSTOWN (Near Murphy and Hayesville)
Event:    Annual Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction   
This popular annual event takes place form 1 PM to at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and features some of the finest artist-blacksmith work as well as other unique, handcrafted items. This is a fundraiser and includes both a silent auction and live auction. Bid on forged metal, jewelry, pottery, fiber, and wood items.
Date:      November 3, 2018
NC City:  TRYON
Event:    
Tryon Beer Fest - Tap into Tryon     Held from noon until 6 PM  in the Tryon Depot Plaza. Enjoy a variety of the finest craft beers from around the country, including some local ones. An array of ‘craft’ beers will be chilled, ready for sampling. Full servings of beer will be available for sale along with an Oyster Roast, authentic German food, and other treats.  Live Bavarian music will be played during the day and rocking live band later in the afternoon.  Admission is cash-only, but tickets can be purchased in advance online. Sponsored by The Tryon Downtown Development Association ,
Date:      November 3 - 4, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE

Event:     Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament   Two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork.  This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. $225 entry fee and Cherokee fishing permit required.
Date:      November 3 - 4, 2018
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Day and Night Photography Workshop     
Join Professional Photographer Chuck Hill for this two-day workshop focusing on fall’s beauty. This class will discuss and review panos, types of scenic photography and the equipment needed to make a photo pop.  Cost: $250 fee. Camping is an additional $8 per person.
Date:      November 4, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    The Swank 65   
Mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.
Date:      November 7 - 11, 2018
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Veterans Day Special   
Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, and Chimney Rock would like to honor your service with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park during November 7-11, 2017. Must present military ID or proof of service.
Date:      November 8 - 11, 2018
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:    
Highlands  Annual Culinary Weekend  Eat, Drink, and be Merry at this taste-full Annual Culinary event. The Opening Night Gala will be at the Highlands Country Club on Thursday night November 5th. On Friday and Saturday enjoy different events and Dinners throughout Highlands and the Sip and Stroll will be Saturday which will take you throughout town and into the unique shops.
Date:      November 9 - 10, 2018  (continues  select dates through Dec 31, 2018)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 10, 2018
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Fall Girl Scout Day at Chimney Rock State Park  
Chimney Rock’s Fall Scout Days are among the Park’s most popular annual events. Fall is a beautiful time to seek adventure outdoors and learn more about our natural world. With ever-changing programs and expert presenters, Park naturalists continue to offer new programs to meet your scouting needs. Scouts will also have the opportunity to earn a patch specific to Chimney Rock State Park by becoming Junior Rangers. Advance registration required.
Date:      October 10, 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:     November 10 - 11, 2018
NC City: ASHEVILLE
Event:    River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll  (and food drive)
The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. An Information Booth will be located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.
Date:      November 11, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Veteran's Day Parade  
10:30 AM in downtown Franklin. - Annual parade and celebration
Date:     November 11, 2018
NC City: Columbus
Event:    Veteran's Day Celebration
   The parade begins at 10:00 AM in downtown Columbus, starting on Mills Street (108). There will be a short Memorial Service at 11:00 AM with a wreath laying ceremony and dove release. Spectators are requested to wear red, white and blue and wave their American flags. (there will be hand flags passed out at the parade). Veterans may wear their uniforms and awards and, if desired, join their branch of service comrades in the Staging Area and march in the parade. Bleachers will be available for disabled vets who are unable to march.
Date:      November 15 - 17, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE 
Event:    Music on the Rock Series: Teatro   
Often billed as theatre’s first supergroup, Teatro will take you on a musical journey through the greatest songs of Broadway. With extensive credits on Broadway and London’s West End, the phenomenally talented men of Teatro are sure to delight and entertain. Teatro has had the extraordinary pleasure of performing in concerts throughout England and the US, as well as in Egypt, the UAE, Romania, Scotland, and many others. In addition, Teatro has had the unbelievable honor of performing for, and personally meeting, Her Majesty The Queen of England. Do not miss this Western North Carolina debut! seats from $35
Date:      November 15, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Taste of Asheville  
An evening of food, wine and beer tasting with 40+ AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) restaurants, wine sponsors and local brewers.  This event usually "sells out" so get your tickets in advance. Enjoy the best of Asheville's food and beverage scene with tastings and samplings of old favorites and new creations. This is a fundraiser for AIR and it's programs, including the "Chef's of Tomorrow" Scholarship at AB Tech and GO! Kitchen Ready.
Date:      Mid November - December  2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour 
The Tour embarks from Biltmore Village on a festive 75 minute trip through the lights and sights of the season. Anyone and everyone up for a jolly good time is warmly invited to pick a date to see the prettiest scenes around town: sidewalks, storefronts, B&Bs and inns, parks and churches, all decked in their merry finest. You'll travel through Biltmore Village, Historic Montford, Grove Park and the Grove Park Inn, Pack Square and downtown Asheville. Enjoy stories of local holiday traditions, singing of classic carols and popular Christmas songs along the way.
Date:      November 16, 2018
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     Light Up Downtown  
Annually, Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro kicks off the Holiday Season with the lighting ceremony soon after dusk. Main Street is filled with the lights, joys, smells, and sounds of Christmas. Santa will be in the lobby of Wilkes Towers ready for photos with the little ones. Local community groups take part in in providing hay rides, live entertainment, food, crafts, kids activities and more.
Date:      November 16, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Scheduled Opening Day for Appalachian Ski Mountain  
ASM Opens (if weather permits) for the 2018-2019 season.
Date:      November 16 - 21, 2018  (continues  select dates through Dec 31, 2018)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum   
Winter Lights is a three-acre nightly walking tour of The North Carolina Arboretum's nationally-known gardens, including its Quilt Garden and Bonsai Exhibition Garden. Celebrate the holidays and discover the natural beauty of western North Carolina through lighted garden exhibits and landscapes. The 2015/2016 Winter Lights exhibit will also include animated displays that are programmed to illuminate to the sounds of musical holiday favorites. In addition, there will be several new displays and family-friendly activities that will be placed throughout the gardens. 
Date:      November 17, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE

Event:     Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run    This year, the event will benefit the Cherokee Braves Booster Club, a community organization that supports all athletes of Cherokee Central Schools by organizing team and school events, coordinating athletic programs, and raising monies to support our local athletes. On-site registration will be available from 10:30–11:30 AM,  or pre-register online at runsignup.com. The race begins at noon.
Date:      November 17, 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:      November 17, 2018
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Annual Holiday Parade
   The Holiday parade begins at 3 PM followed by the 1st Annual Light up the Town event starting around 5:30 PM. The Downtown will be lit at dusk with lighted displays and decorations. Businesses will be all decked out for the Holiday season many  will also have extended hours to start your Holiday shopping early. Food specials and live music at will be offered by downtown restaurants. Visit stores for chances to win prizes. End your evening at the WJ Methodist Church Hensley Hall for Coffee House Live with great entertainment and refreshments beginning at 7:30 PM.
Date:       November 17, 2018
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Holiday Parade  
The Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, rolls through downtown Asheville beginning at 11 AM. The parade starts on Biltmore Avenue near South Charlotte Street, makes a left on Patton Avenue, and ends at French Broad Avenue.  This year's parade features nearly 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads, nonprofits and businesses. Bojangles will have food and beverages available for sale along the parade route.
Date:      November 17 - January 1, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     19th Century Carolina Christmas at the Smith-McDowell House  
Asheville's oldest surviving dwelling is now a National Register property and a window into how life was lived here in the 19th century. Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. The Smith-McDowell House Museum's timeline of authentically decorated period rooms showcases the evolution of Christmas celebrations and decorations. This yearly exhibit, began in 1981, is a tradition for many regional families and tour groups. The mansion and local history museum will again be authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period.
Date:      November 18, 2018
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Marion Christmas Parade
    This annual event marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Marion. 3 PM - 4 PM in historic downtown Marion.
Date:      November 22 - 25, 2018
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:    Fontana Village Resort's Thanksgiving Weekend Activities and Thanksgiving Day Buffet  
This year’s buffet will be at Mountview Restaurant on  from 12-6 PM and will feature dishes such as Butternut Squash Bisque, Herb Crusted Roast Beef, Rotisserie Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole. Reservations required -call 828-498-2115. Thanksgiving Weekend Activity Highlights include: Scavenger Hunt, holiday movie, campfire s’mores, Thanksgiving Buffet, organized hike, football on the green, clogging lessons, hayrides, Smokey Mountain dance Friday, kids’ crafts, ping pong tournament,  Fontana Village Turkey Shoot, lake tour,  live music.
Date:      November 23 - 25, 2018
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Family Animal Encounters    
  Chimney Rock State Park has incredible Animal Educators to help spread the word on the important roles they play in our ecosystem. 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 our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!
Date:      November 23 - January 1, 2019
NC City:  GALAX VA  in Felts Park  (just north of Boone)
Event:     High Country Lights  
Northwest North Carolina's premier animated light show features over 100,000 lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5 FM. This free light show  can be seen nightly starting at 6 PM Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. 
Date:      November 23, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town  
Free Live music, caroling in the Park, hot chocolate, cider, bonfire,  live bluegrass music and visits with Santa and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. Begins at 2 PM.
Date:      November 23, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th Friday Gallery Walk   
Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard, NC as you explore the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm on the 4th Friday from April – November. (December Gallery Walk is held on the 3rd Friday due to the Holidays) Experience art, music and wine. Be sure to look for the animal sculptures and the murals located in downtown Brevard as well. Make an evening of it and stop by and have dinner in one of the downtown restaurants. A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
Date:      November 24, 2018
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Ecology of Chimney Rock      
Of course, Chimney Rock is  known for amazing views, but some of the most incredible aspects of this area are often overlooked. Local naturalist Clint Calhoun has spent decades researching and studying what makes the ecology of Chimney Rock State Park and Hickory Nut Gorge so unique. Join him for this moderate hike to learn so much more about what makes our area so special. This hike is considered moderate. We love our visitor’s furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this. Hikes are geared for adults. Space is limited to 15.  Cost includes Park admission for the day.
Date:      November 23, 2018
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    Santa on the Green and Christmas Tree Lighting   
Enjoy twinkling light displays, festive decorations, holiday music, s'mores. a visit with Santa Claus and the annual Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting.
Date:      November 23 - December 24, 2018
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 23 - 24, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas  
Tweetsie Railroad will be open Friday and Saturday nights, for Tweetsie Christmas, 5:00 - 10:00 PM. Come enjoy the holiday fun.
Date:      November 23 - December 24, 2018
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale 
 f
eatures crafts from local artisans, including woodwork, paintings, photography and various Christmas ornaments. The Show is held at the McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion.
Date:      November 24, 2018  (and December 1)
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Winter Wonderland Night 1  
Merchants will be open late with free refreshments and great gift ideas for the kick-off of the official start to the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday.  Meet Santa and Characters from "Frozen"; take a wagon ride around town; enjoy Historic Franklin's Tree Lighting Ceremony and a special candlelight service at 7 PM.
Date:      November 24, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery  
Be present at 10:00 AM to watch the wood kiln be unloaded, and them make your selection. Items in the wood kiln will include work from Bolick’s and from Traditions. With face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens and other traditional wares. Food will be served. Free admission.
Date:      November 24, 2018
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:     Annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting
   Main Street is closed to traffic so you can walk leisurely down the street and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies as you wait for the for the lighting of the Town Christmas tree located in front of the United Methodist Church. Santa and all his helpers will be there to meet with kids to hear their wish list.
Date:     November 24, 2018
NC City: BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Holiday Market Craft Fair
  This is the 7th annual Holiday Market at the Buckeye Recreation Center held from 9 AM - 3 PM. Spend the day with the family or get your holiday shopping done with the unique  arts and crafts that will be offered by local artisans. There is more to do than just shop at the market. Free samples and craft demos add to the fun along with a cookie decorating station. Santa will be on hand for photos and to hear everyone’s wish list. FREE event.
Date:      November 24, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Curb Market Old Timey Christmas 
The Henderson County Curb Market Old Timey Christmas includes refreshments, music, carriage rides, holiday gifts and arts & crafts. Come visit the South's most unique Curb Market. All items sold at the market must be either handmade or locally grown.
Date:      November 24, 2018
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:    Sparta Christmas Parade  
Begins at 2 PM - Homemade floats, a marching band, old cars, Boy and Girl scouts, fire trucks, horseback riders and others parade down Main Street behind the parade marshal in this traditional small-town event. The official kick-off for the Christmas season.
Date:      November 24, 2018  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    Christmas at Connemara  
Musicians and storytellers, crafts and sing-a-longs, hot cider and cookies. This FREE festive celebration will honor Carl Sandburg and his family holiday traditions. Young visitors will find many opportunities for participation in storytelling, sing-a-longs and crafts. The house will be decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree throughout December until January 6th, 2017.
Date:      November 25, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Annual Christmas Parade  
An Annual event in downtown Franklin. Events begin at 3 PM and include free cider, cookies and music.
Date:      November 25, 2018 - January 4, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display  
Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread overload, see the beautiful holiday displays throughout and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.
Date:      November 29 - December 22, 2018
NC City:  FLAT ROCK 
Event:    A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas   
All new! In 2017, we broke box office records with A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas. In 2018, come join us for a brand new version of this holiday tradition. seats from $17 - $55 
Date:      November 30, 2018 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Christmas Crawl  
from 5pm to 8pm, the “ arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets.  Join your friends and neighbors for Gallery Crawl and experience the arts in West Jefferson! Admission to Gallery Crawl is free and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association and the West Jefferson TDA. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops.
Date:      November 30 - December 1, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas  
Tweetsie Railroad will be open Friday and Saturday nights, for Tweetsie Christmas, 5:00 - 10:00 PM. Come enjoy the holiday fun.
 
 
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Discounted tickets to Biltmore - Save up to $20.00 off gate price. 
 
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Thanksgiving Weekend Events

11/22-25 Fontana Village Resort's Thanksgiving Weekend Activities and Thanksgiving Day Buffet 
11/23-25 Family Animal Encounters    Chimney Rock
11/23 Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town    Blowing Rock
 
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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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