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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:      March 23 - 24, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Melt Down Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain  
Winter isn’t over until we say it is. Come enjoy Appalachian’s classic end of the winter celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24. A full weekend of crazy events you won’t see any other time of the year, with lots of snow, sun, and skin.
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Date:      Now - March 31, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Winter at Biltmore   The ultimate winter getaway awaits at America’s Largest Home® with an enticing combination of value and elegance. Our most peaceful season offers the lowest rates of the year on admission prices and overnight stays at our two splendid hotels. Included with admission: free tastings at our Winery, and beginning February 8, an entirely new way to experience Biltmore: as a Vanderbilt houseguest at a turn-of-the-century house party*!  Included with admission.
Date:     Now - March 20, 2019
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Rockin’ Winter Photo Contest     
Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders Photo Contest and describe it. The winning entries will be used on the website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. .
Date:      Now - May 27, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age at Biltmore    Experience a turn-of-the-century celebration through vivid audio storytelling and displays of clothing recreated from Vanderbilt photos and portraits. A custom Exhibition Audio Guided Tour* immerses you in an era of leisurely days and glamorous nights—realistic 360° sound techniques and stories told by characters based on people who lived and worked at Biltmore in the early 1900s allow you to imagine you are there as guests and staff prepare for A Vanderbilt House Party.  Included with admission.
Date:      March 1, 2019
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:      March 2, 2019
NC City:  NEAR SPRUCE PINE
Event:   
  Penland School of Crafts holds its annual Community Open House. Each year, Penland's community open house welcomes hundreds of visitors into the studios for demonstrations and hands-on activities. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Hundreds of adults and children from the local Mitchell County as well as  mountain visitors will engage in free, quality hands-on studio experiences with over 100 artist volunteers.

Activities may include making glass beads, rollerprinting copper bracelets, creating clay sculptures, screenprinting on bandanas, papermaking, forging garden stakes, painting colorful pastepaper, blowing glass cups or paperweights, making photographic “sun prints”, assembling wooden birdhouses, making souvenir books, and more.
Date:      March 3, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:    The BIGBIGBIG One Day Season Pass Sale  
All season passes will be on sale for the lowest price of this year and next for this one day only at Catalochee Ski Area,  Ski for the rest of the season and next on the pass you purchase today.  Pass sale will be from 8:30 AM -  4:30 PM only and you can purchase in person, over the phone with a credit card or online.  Seasonal rentals will be available at that time as well.
Date:      March 4 - to end of season, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     March Madness     Beginning March 4, 2019 and running through the end of the season, Sugar offers up to 25% savings on lift tickets, rental equipment, and lessons. Restrictions apply.
Date:      March 7 - 11, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
2019 Southern Conference Tournament  The road to the NCAA Final Four starts in Asheville NC. Downtown will be filled with 50,000+ basketball fans, all enjoying Asheville's shopping, dining and drinking during the course of the tournament.  Men and women's games to be played at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena and Kimmel Arena on the UNCA campus. Visit the website or call for game days and times.
Date:      March 9, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents:  for KING & COUNTRY   Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes are the heartbeat of for KING & COUNTRY. The Australian duo, comprised of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, raised expectations with the release of 2012's Crave, winning Billboard's New Artists to Watch for 2012. Their sophomore effort RUN WILD. LIVE FREE.  SMC is located at 1028 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC.
Date:      March 9, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Easter Egg Hunt     Dress up in your Easter costume and come join Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear on the slopes in search of prize filled eggs. You may be the lucky winner of a 2019-20 season pass hidden in the grand prize egg! Or be one of three contestants awarded a prize for most creative, imaginative and colorful costume. Valid lift/slope tickets or passes are required for participation. Event is ONLY for children
Date:      March 10, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Sugar Bear’s Birthday Celebration     Join Sugar Mountain Resort’s resident mascot, Sugar Bear and his friends for a fun birthday celebration. Activities include the Great Bear Race, special treats, cake and ice cream.
Date:      March 10, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Richard T. Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup Competition     Richard T. Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup: A giant slalom fundraising competition for skiers and snowboarders with at least an intermediate or above ability level. One-hundred percent of the entry fees goes to the American Cancer Society memory of Sugar Mountain’s former Director of Operations, Richard T. Trundy.
Date:      March 10, 2019
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    Hendersonville Community Band Concert    Rhpasody in Blue .
The Hendersonville Community Band  presents an exciting afternoon of a variety of music, featuring an 80 member, all-volunteer performance band.  Blue Ridge Community College at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall  Admission: $10 Adults; Free for students
Date:      March 15, 2019
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  The Ruglifters' Trio play traditional dance music and songs of Appalachia and the rural South. The band consists of Leo Shannon on fiddle, Meredith McIntosh on guitar and John Herrmann on banjo. Leo has been playing Irish and old-time music since he was in the single digits and is a member of the wonderful young band the Onlies. John and Meredith have played and recorded with most of the best old-time musicians of the past thirty years. Including recordings with Art Stamper, Ralph Blizard, Tim O'Brien, Chicken Train, Bigfoot, John Doyle, Rafe Stefanini, Rayna Gellert, etc.  7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      March 15 - 16, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:   
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:    Disney's The Jungle Book Live!. Adapted from Disney's beloved animated film and the works of Rudyard Kipling, this musical for the entire family will have the jungle jumpin' with a jazzy beat! Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book Live features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie, including The Bare Necessities, and I Wanna Be Like You.
Date:      March 15 - 30, 2019
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Jungle Book  at The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. 
A boy finds home and family in the jungle. Rudyard Kipling’s journey of adventure and courage. The struggle of good versus evil. A test of friendship and loyalty. Who survives “The law of the jungle”? ADULT $28.00 STUDENT Zero to 25 years of age $14.00 . Everybody must have a ticket.
Date:      March 15 - April 15, 2019
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:    
Postcards From the Edge  WNC Traveling Exhibit. Eight arts councils in the region will present Postcards from the Edge, a traveling exhibit of postcard-sized artwork created and donated by area artists to raise awareness and funds in support of the mission of the councils involved. The traveling Postcards exhibit will feature approximately eighty postcard-sized paintings framed in elegant black frames. The art will be exhibited in each arts council gallery for at least one month before traveling to the next venue. The artwork is nominally priced with sales revenue being shared by the presenting arts councils and the Western Arts Agencies.
Date:      March 16, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Appalachian Cup Race Series Final at Appalachian Ski Mountain  
The Appalachian Cup Race Series is a new skiing & snowboarding race program for middle and high school students. This is a recreational series, open to riders of intermediate ability and up.
Date:      March 16, 2019
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in   This classic car show is held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle or just kick back and enjoy the show. This event is held in downtown Old Fort from 3-5 PM.  It's free and sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers. For more information, call 828-442-5135
Date:      March 16, 2019
NC City:  BOONE
Event:  
   St Patrick's Day Parade   Begins at 2 PM. Lucky to be in Boone! The Town of Boone and the Jones House Cultural and Community Center are proud to announce that on Saturday, March 16, 2019, that they will host the second annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 PM and will travel down King Street.
Date:      March 16 - 17, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Asheville full and Half Marathon on Biltmore Estate   The 2019 Asheville Marathon takes place on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. It will cover both the east (paved) and west (dirt roads) sides of the Estate. The course will be USATF certified and bib chip timing will be used for the event. Runners will explore 26.2 miles of America’s largest backyard,  winding through a hardwood forest, meadows, gardens and extraordinary views of the Biltmore House and estate.
Date:      March 16 - 17, 2019
NC City:  NEBO - SOUTH CREEK WINERY
Event:    St. Patrick's at South Creek:    Show your Irish side by wearing green and we'll give you 2 for 1 tastings! This Luck of the Irish Deal only available in the South Creek Tasting Room on the 16th & to the wearer of the GREEN! WOW DUO Ginny McAfee & Rory Kelly play the vineyard deck at 1PM. Feast Eats serving up Guinness based Beef Stew with Irish Brown Bread, & Reubens (plus their regular menu.)
Date:      March 17, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    St Patrick's Park Jam at Appalachian Ski Mountain   
A fun and festive park session Friday night with activities will be available for all abilities, both skiers and snowboarders. Registration will be from 5-6:30 in the Alpine Ski Shop, and the park session will begin around 7pm. As always, this event is FREE with purchase of a ski ticket. In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day, riders Must wear green to participate.  This will be the fifth season of the Park Jam, be ready for some fun features and some AWESOME prizes for standouts.
Date:     March 20 - June 20, 2019
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Smiles of Spring Photo Contest at Chimney Rock State Park.    
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 spring photo contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Date:      March 22, 2019
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Granny's Mason Jar Following in the footsteps of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Clarence White, and Tony Rice, Granny's Mason Jar brings together the talents of Blue Smith (The Blue Revue, Bluegrass Lumber Company) and Aaron Plantenberg (Commonfolk, Big House Radio) to continue the tradition of flatpicking, travis picking, and other traditional acoustic guitar styles. A favorite at breweries, festivals, and private events, Granny's Mason Jar impresses audiences with their high-energy shows and jaw-dropping guitar work.   7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      March 23, 2019
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Burnsville SpringFest
    Celebrate the arrival of spring by shopping a wide variety of unique items such as paintings, quilted sheep, teddy bears, wooden bowls, stained glass, painted signs, glass ornaments, beeswax candles, baked goods and much more.  Admission: FREE
Date:      March 23, 2019
NC City:  BOONE
Event:  
   BANFF Mountain FIlm Festival World Tour    One of North America's largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year, Outdoor Programs is celebrating its 23rd anniversary of hosting the World Tour. The public screenings have built a reputation for the best mountain adventure, culture, and environmental interest films.
Date:      March 23, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Grape Escape III - Annual Find-raiser
to benefit the Arts Council of Henderson County. From 5 - 7 PM. .419 N. Main St., Hendersonville NC. This event is a drop-in wine and cheese pairing, with music provided by Josh Dunkin and Daniel Sage. Tickets are $30/single, or $50/couple.
Date:      March 23 - 24, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Melt Down Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain  
Winter isn’t over until we say it is. Come enjoy Appalachian’s classic end of the winter celebration on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24. A full weekend of crazy events you won’t see any other time of the year, with lots of snow, sun, and skin.
Date:      March 23, 2019
NC City:  HAYESVILLE
Event:    
Empty Bowls at John C Campbell Folk School  The event takes place from 5-7 PM and tickets are $35.00 (includes a handmade bowl by a local potter, soup, bread, salad and dessert). Support food banks while sharing a hearty meal with friends and enjoying a fun evening at the Folk School. Extra bowls will be for sale for $20.00 after the event. Enjoy live music by the Dog Branch Cats as well as the company of new and old friends.
Date:      March 23 - 24, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Nantahala Racing Club US Open Slalom & Downriver  
Elite slalom and downriver racers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course at this classic southeastern race. Meanwhile, wildwater racers compete in sprint and classic components on the Nantahala River. at Patton's Run and Ferebee Park. Hosted by the Nantahala Racing Club.
Date:      March 27, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Melange of the Mountains   Mélange of the Mountains is Haywood’s premier culinary event launching the spring tourism season. It is a uniquely local epicurean partnership of innovative chefs, sustainable producers, crafty microbrewers and local farms. Visitors, from near and far, will discover that Haywood County is a vibrant and diverse destination for foodies of all ages – well worth a gold star on the regional gastronomy map
Date:      March 28, 2019
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Annie Fain and Geraud Barralon Geraud Barralon comes from the Rhone-Alpes region of France and now makes his home outside of Murphy, NC. He has a background in Django Reinhardt style, rhythmic swing guitar and has performed for many a swing dance in Lyon with group, Djoukil. He sings original and traditional French song, accompanying himself on guitar or octave mandolin, and published his first solo album in 2012 called "Comment faire du feu....avec ce qu'il rest" (How to make a fire with what is left). Geraud also organizes an annual tour called the "Bal Itinerant" (Traveling Dance). A team of 14 travel and perform traditional French, Irish, Appalachian, and Cajun music for dancers in small towns in Ardeche.. 7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      March 29, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:   
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:  Movie: Black Panther T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.
Date:      March 29 - 31, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    NRC Whitewater US Open  at NOC  
Open to all ages. This national-level event is hosted by Nantahala Racing Club. Elite slalom paddlers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course at this classic southeastern race. Meanwhile, wildwater racers compete in sprint and classic components on the Nantahala River. Spectators are invited to enjoy the show from the Forest Service walkway along the Nantahala Falls, which affords excellent views of both races.
Date:      March 30, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     KOA Opening Day Trout Fishing Tournament  Some of the finest trout fishing in the eastern United States is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation adjacent to the Cherokee KOA. Compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes. Cherokee KOA Trout tournaments are held in March, August and October. Fishing Season is closed in the month of March until the opening day. $3,000 in prizes.
Date:     March 30, 2019
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Take a Walk in a Park Day  
   Put down your smart phone and join us for National Take A Walk in a Park Day. Our Naturalist will lead several guided hikes throughout the day, we’ll have Kids in Parks onsite sharing information about their Track Trail Program and Frugal Backpacker sharing tips about packing the perfect hiking bag and choosing the right hiking gear for your adventure. A portion of Park admission on this day will go to the Kids in Parks program. Event Schedule 11 am. – Event kicks off with family hike along Hickory Nut Falls trail 11am-2pm- Kids in Parks hosts informational session about Track Trail Program 11am-2pm- Frugal Backpacker “How to Pack a Day Pack” and “Hiking Pole Basics” demonstrations 1-2 pm- Hike with a Doctor from Rutherford Regional Health along the Great Woodland Adventure trail. Included with admission.
Date:      March 30 - 31, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee's Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament    $11 entry fee with a total of $20,000 divided among the winners. Enjoy the renowned trout fishing on the Cherokee Reservation with the first tournament of the year.
 
 
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3/16  St Patrick's Day Parade    Boone NC
3/16-17 Asheville full and Half Marathon on Biltmore Estate   Asheville
3/16-17 St. Patrick's at South Creek
3/17 St Patrick's Park Jam at Appalachian Ski Mountain   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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