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Events and Festivals happen throughout the North Carolina mountains both seasonally and year around and include North Carolina Art and Crafts Festivals,  mountain music festivals, horse shows, golf tournaments and outdoor activities and competition.  
Black Mountain Golf Course
15 Ross Drive, Black Mountain

Broadmoor Golf Links 
101 French Broad Lane Fletcher, NC

Connestee Falls Golf Club  
33 Connestee Trail
 Brevard, NC

Asheville Municipal Golf Course  
226 Fairway Dr.
Asheville NC

Maggie Valley Club and Resort

1819 Country Club Drive Maggie Valley, NC

Marion Lake Club
2030 NC-126, Nebo, NC

Sequoyah National Golf Club
79 Cahons Rd, Whittier, NC

Meadowbrook Golf Club 
1211 Meadowbrook Rd Rutherfordton, NC

Reems Creek Golf Club 
36 Pink Fox Cove Rd, Weaverville, NC

Sequoyah National Golf Club
79 Cahons Rd, Whittier, NC

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.
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 Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
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  
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
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.

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NC Mountains COVID-19 Updates:
The Jackson County TDA created the website LoveJacksonNC.com (as well as a corresponding social media hashtag), which provides updated information on area restaurants, including hours and takeout/delivery options, and also serves as a resource hub for local businesses, sharing information such as emergency loan and other relief opportunities.
Buncombe County Convid-19 Information and Preparedness
The Buncombe County TDA created the Asheville Cares COVID-19 Response website, which in addition to takeout dining listings and resources for businesses, presents a guide to virtual opportunities for experiencing the city, from a 360-degree view of Biltmore Estate to a gallery tour to livestreaming local concerts.

The newly created hashtag #AshevilleStrong and corresponding website from local publicity firm Bright Planning is both a call for solidarity and a one-stop shop for purchasing gift cards from Asheville businesses.
As of 4-8-20:  Shelton Vineyards - Shop Our Online Store WINE CLUB MEMBERS ? we've increased your case discount to 30% OFF plus free shipping, too. Simply log into your account on our website and the discount will automatically be applied at checkout. *** Our crew is standing by to process all online orders, and even to handle wine rollout orders placed over the phone. No need to even leave your car for pickup - simply call our tasting room at (336) 366-4724. Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Maggie B's Virtual Wine Tasting  begins April 10. Beginning this Friday, Maggie B's will be hosting virtual wine tastings at 5:30 on Facebook and Instagram! Each week we will send out what we will be pouring. These wines will be available for pickup at Maggie B's on Friday morning between 10-11, or available for delivery within the Weaverville area. Get details of what will be tasted each week online.  Maggie B's Wine & Specialty Store, 10 C South Main Street, Weaverville, NC
Maggie Valley Club Dining Comfort Carry-Out Dinners for TWO: Only $24.95 - $29.95.   Thursday, Friday and Saturday Dinners Comfort Carry-Out for TWO! Available for Dinner Thursday through Saturday Available 4:30 - 6:30 PM for carry-out, curbside pickup. Call (828) 926-4848 to place your order.  In addition to the dinner special offers, the Pin High Restaurant is taking orders for the Grille Menu from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM daily (take-out curbside delivery). Call (828) 926-4848 to place your prepaid order and to alert the staff when you are outside ready for pickup. No cash transactions will be permitted. Sign up for the newsletter or look online for available menus. Maggie Valley Club | 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley, NC
As of 4-7-20:  Restaurants open for TAKE-OUT in Haywood County County -  Angelos Pizza & Italian, Blue Rooster in Clyde, Bocellis Italian, Boojums, Brick House in Maggie, Church Street DepotCoffee Cup Cafe, Frankie’sHaywood 209 Cafe, Haywood Smokehouse, Kanini’s RestaurantMaggies Galley, Snappys Italian & Pizzeria, Sweet Onion, Zaxbys …and of course all of the other fast food places.

Mountain Distillery in Maggie Valley is making hand sanitizer!
As of 4-7-20:  Restaurants open for TAKE-OUT in Bryson City and Swain County -  CJ’s Grille, Everett Street Diner, High Test Deli & Sweet Shop, Iron Wok, Kostas in Dillsboro, La Dolce Vita Bakery, Loretta’s Snack Shack, Na Ber’s Drive In Haywood Smokehouse    15% discount for EMT, first responders and medical personnel - anyone on the front line for COVID-19.

Fresh Produce & Meats: Darnell Farms, K & B, IGA
As of 4-7-20:  Restaurants open for TAKE-OUT in Brevard and Transylvania County -  Big Mike’s, Blue Smoke Express, Cardinal Drive In, Creekside Market & G, Creekside Subs, Cup & Saucer, El Chapala, El Ranchero, Fujiyama, Garibaldi Plaza Mexican, Grammys, Harmony Korner, Hawg Wild, Jets Pizza, Jordan St Cafe, Magpie Meat & Three, Maya’s Grill, Mayberry’s, New China, Pescado’s Burritos, Pizza Hut, Quotations Coffee H, Rocky’s Grill, Sora Japanese, Square Root, Sunrise Cafe, Twin Flame Burger B, Vescovo, Waffle House
As of 4/7/20:  Delivery to Local Businesses Bogart's Restaurant
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Bogart's Restaurant will deliver ToGo orders (orders of 6 or more) to local businesses for a $3 delivery charge.  Call us today to place your order!

For more information:
phone: (828) 586-6532
website: https://www.facebook.com/Bogarts-Restaurant-Sylva-NC-214328788654975/

As of 4-7-20:  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Great Smokys Realty
We find ourselves in a unique time. Each month our newsletter and website are packed with ways for members of our great communities to connect through art, culture, festivals and music. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our connections look a little different right now, but that doesn’t weaken our bond.  Read the latest newsletter HERE
As of 4/7/20:   Drive-thru Now Available Mesquite Grill Mexican Restaurant
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No need to get out of your car at Mesquite Mexican Grill.  Just pull around to the double doors and honk your horn.  We'll come to you at our new drive-thru window. We can take your orders and give you your call-in orders too.

For more information:
phone: (828) 586-3000
website: http://www.mesquitemexgrill.com/

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As of 4/4/20:  COVID-19 signage is available at JXT Company.  We offer four different traffic cone signs for your specific needs.  Signs are 11 x 13 and fit in a traffic cone.  This makes them easy to move to different locations, helping your customers or patients see them easily.  
We also carry the following items to help you during this time:
  • Spray Nine Professional (heavy duty) Grade Cleaner
  • Traffic Cones
  • Maintain Distance Floor Sticker
  • Maintain Distance Floor Tape
  • A-Frame Hand Sanitizer Sign
To place an order, please call us at 828-477-4601 or 828-735-1978. For email orders contact Shawna at shawna@JXTCompany.com

For more information:
phone: (828) 477-4601 or (828) 735-1978
email: shawna@jxtcompany.com
website: https://jxtcompany.com/

As of 3/31/20:  Books, E-books, and Audiobooks!
City Lights Bookstore
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City Lights Bookstore is offering phone, online and curbside service.  Our goal is to offer curbside service Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (subject to change).  Book orders mail for .99 cents.  Buy gift cards for use online or in the store.  Ask us about our e-book options.  Try Libro FM for audiobooks and support us at the same time!  
Used book trade-ins have been suspended for the time being.  

For more information:
phone: (828) 586-9499
email: more@citylightsnc.com
website: http://www.citylightsnc.com

COVID-19: Health and Safety Changes
Health and safety changes are occurring at mountain attractions, restaurants, theatres, museums, shops and more. Some businesses will have limited hours, limited area access or close completely following the advice or restrictions from the CDC, NC Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies as well as individual businesses policies and decisions.

Be sure to check individual websites or call to confirm current conditions for any mountain business or lodging before making entertainment or travel plans. Use good judgment, personal responsibility and current CDC advisories to assure your own safety AND that of the people you might come into contact with.

We wish all our visitors and friends good health as we travel this new path together but with social separation.
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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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