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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:      September 10 - 14, 2019  
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO 
Event:     Wilkes County Agricultural Fair  
The Fair's Special events include a petting zoo, agricultural exhibits, plus music and entertainment on different nights. Sunday's Lawn Mower Race is included with the purchase of fair ticket. The Fair is sponsored annually by the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club.. Admission charged.
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Date:      Now - September 29, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Biltmore Gardens Railway   
Biltmore’s Conservatory will be the site of Biltmore Gardens Railway, a botanical model train display featuring small-scale replicas of the estate’s structures. These will include miniature constructions of Biltmore House, the Lodge Gate, and even a small version of the Conservatory itself. These handcrafted structures will be created from natural elements such as leaves, bark and twigs, much of which has been collected from estate grounds. With 800 feet of rails and trains traversing six separate lines at different eye levels, this is a one-of-a-kind, fun-for-all-ages garden experience. Tickets may be purchased at www.biltmore.com or by phone (800-411-3812).
Date:      Now - September 22, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Summer Fun Photo Contest at Chimney Rock State Park.    
Summer is all about outdoor fun, spending quality time together as a family and taking in the wonderful sights of nature. Submit your photos of your family hiking, sunlight making its way through the trees or of the fantastic views that make Chimney Rock so special. 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:      Now - September 8, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Rounding Third"    
A Bro-medy. Rounding third to come home at Flat Rock Playhouse. From behind the baseline, two coaches pick a side: How to raise children? Protect or toughen? What defines the American man? Lots of laughs! But there’s no crying in baseball!.. Admission charged
Date:      August 30 - September 2, 2019
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
Date:      August 31 - September 1, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
7 Clans Rodeo   Between the broncos that will be busted, the bulls that will be bucking, and the rodeo clowns looking to avoid getting stomped in the head, there will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event.
Date:      August 31 - September 1, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY 
Event:     Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show  
Artists and crafters from throughout the Southeast will present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. Food vendors will be available to the public. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry, and receive a raffle ticket so you will have a chance to win a handmade item donated by one of the talented artisans
Date:      August 31 - September 1, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Cashiers Valley Arts and Crafts Fair  
The Cashiers Village Green will be filled with color and creativity for the 6th annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. The Arts and Crafts Fair will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. The event showcases some of the finest arts and craftspeople in the Southeast, there will be pottery, artworks, furniture, quilts, jewelry, and clothing. The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley will also run a concessions stand, with its special hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and drinks on sale. Admission is FREE! Instead of a paid admission, attendees of the arts and crafts fair are asked to consider making a donation to the Cashiers Rotary Club Charities, which support the Club's ongoing efforts to aid and provide assistance for recognized non-profit organizations doing good work in our community. 
Date:      August 31 - September 1, 2019
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:    Art on the Green   
The show takes place on the green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School, with proceeds from booth rentals going directly to renovation efforts for the 1930s-era school. Considered a "master craft" event the show is geared toward artists who are involved in any medium in the Appalachian tradition of hand crafters. There will be  glass artists, potters, and high-quality jewelry from all types of makers, wood workers of all varieties from furniture to home decor wood items, as well as painters in a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic and oil.
Date:      August 31 - September 1, 2019
NC City:  RONDA
Event:     Porchetta Italian Food Truck  at Raffaldini Vineyards    Porchetta is a locally owned and operated food truck. Their staple menu item is the Porchetta an Italian Style Pork, stuffed with herbs and spices and Pulled into a delicious sandwich experience unlike any other. We also offer homemade sausages, pork burgers, vegetarian options, and sides.
Date:      August 31 - September 2, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park     
Enjoy the last holiday weekend of summer experiencing what makes Chimney Rock the ideal place to play. Climb, hike and even learn during this family-fun packed weekend. The adventurous in your gang can attempt the 32-foot climbing tower. Those more suited for feet on the ground can take in the amazing views. Even the youngest of guests are sure to love meeting some of the Park Animal Educators during Family Animal Encounters.
Date:      September 1, 2019
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK
Event:    
Annual New River Blues Festival   A legendary day of bluegrass music in the mountains. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine). Food, mixed and soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.
Date:      September 1 - 2, 2019
NC City:  CANTON (just west of Asheville)
Event:     Canton Labor Day Festival   One of  the oldest Festivals in the
South.  A celebration of all things made in the mountains,  this Festival offers a handcrafted expo where you can meet artisans and buy a piece of their passions. Visit the Stroll the tailgate Farmers' Tailgate Market at Sorrells Street Park, while enjoying the live bluegrass melodies of the WNC Bluegrass Jamboree. Meet the heroic farmers and food producers of WNC that put the "A" in Appalachian grown. There will be tastings and planting demonstrations throughout the day. Soak in an afternoon reminiscent of Labor Days past, complete with 5 bluegrass bands, clogging performances, and dance performances at Turner Stage. 
Date:      September 2, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     King Apple Parade    A highlight of the Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, the parade begins at 2:30 PM and is the final event of the Festival. The parade features professional floats, bands, youth groups, antique cars, fire trucks and many others entries.
Date:      September  5 - 7, 2019
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Carolina Mountains Literary Festival  
This three day festival, held in several venues in downtown Burnsville, provides a unique, intimate setting for readers and regional authors to mingle. Enjoy a fascinating array of talks and workshops that include everything from listening to readings of recently published books to learning how to pen a memorable memoir. Pre-registration is required for the some of the workshops. Admission: Some free events and some ticketed events - check website for details.
Date:      September 6, 2019
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
Murphy Art Walk   First Fridays from May through November,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances.
Date:      September 6, 2019
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. 25 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:      September 6, 2019    
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:      September 6 - 7, 2019
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:      September  6 - 7, 2019
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     Wilkes County Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show  
Handmade quilts display made by guild members. Special exhibits and vendors mall. Quilt challenge, Vintage Quilt Bed Turning and more. The event is held at the Stone Center, 613 Cherry Street in historic downtown North Wilkesboro.
Date:      September  6- 8 and 13 - 15, 2019
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN  
Event:     Autumn at OZ   Follow  the yellow brick road to the annual Autumn at Oz party. Be sure to dress warm, you never know when a twister will come through. Visitors can tour Dorothy's House, Uncle Henry's Barn, and a mini Oz museum. There will be food, crafters and games, plus chairlift rides up to Oz for those who prefer not to go by shuttle. Get tickets online.
Date:      September 6 - 8, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally  
Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed.
Date:      September 6 - 8, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Annual Mountain Song Festival  
held in the beautiful covered, open-air auditorium by the lake at Brevard Music Center. This foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and newgrass music will feature Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury Band, The Milk Carton Kids, Larry Keel Experience, Shannon Whitworth, Red Wine, Sarah Siskind and Sarah Siskind. The event supports the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County and has become a premier southeastern festival drawing 5000 music lovers annually.
Date:      September 6 - 8, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Goombay Festival  
“Goombay Festival represents an opportunity to highlight the African American experience and the YMI’s role in crafting that experience. It continues to promote the historical legacy of the “Founding Fathers” to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of African Americans in Asheville, NC.” — Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Board Chair of the YMI. Enjoy 3 days of music arts and community.
Date:      September 6- 15, 2019
NC City:  FLETCHER (Asheville suburb)
Event:     North Carolina Mountain State Fair 
Held at the WNC Agricultural Center, this is the third largest fair in North Carolina, and it celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions, and midway amusement rides.
Date:      September 7, 2019
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:      September 7, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Appalachian Folkways Series   
Come join in celebration of the craft and skill of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Set a spell on the porch of Commissary just as it was in 1902 or maybe throw some horseshoes in the shade of the King House as you listen to the gentle strum of the banjo. Stroll down to the garden and touch the plants growing there that provide food and medicine. Watch as local crafts people extract the dyes from our local plants for their wool to be used on our traditional loom
Date:      September 7, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Uncorked - a Unique Rail Line and Wine Experience  
Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. The wine samples have been carefully selected to accompany the meal. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a dessert that’s perfect for the season.
Date:      September 7, 2019  
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:      September 7, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Fun with Photos: Smart Phone Photography Class for Annual Passholders   at Chimney Rock State Park. 
Join professional photographer Buddy Morrison for this class teaching you the basics of smartphone photography. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, you’re sure to take away some great skills during this two-hour class. Be prepared to hike to various spots in the Park. Participants will ride the elevator to the top of the mountain and use the Chimney and Opera Box as subjects to photograph. This class is limited to 15 participants. Class is free for Annual Passholders.
Date:      September 7, 2019
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.
Date:      September 7, 2019
NC City:  LENOIR
Event:     Annual Sculpture Celebration  
This Annual Sculpture Celebration features  a competition Saturday with 70+sculptors from several states, more than 200+ works with $11,000 in cash prizes. The Celebration will be open to the public 9 AM-4 PM and judging occurs all day with awards announced about 3:30 PM.
Date:      September 7, 2019
NC City:   LINVILLE
Event:     Junior Ranger Day  
Grandfather Mountain’s inaugural Junior Ranger Day will celebrate the park’s Junior Ranger program and its esteemed participants. Geared for ages 5-12, the Junior Ranger program offers young explorers a unique, hands-on experience at Grandfather Mountain, including a scavenger hunt, trail exploration, plant and animal identification and more!
Date:      September 7 - 8, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grandparents Day Special  at Chimney Rock State Park. 
Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to spend time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Download coupon at the website and present at the Ticket Plaza. This event includes Senior Trout fishing on the Rocky Broad on the 9th.
Date:      September 8, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Senior Trout Fishing the Rocky Broad River  
  In celebration of National Grandparents Day NC State Parks invites senior anglers to bring out their grandkids and try trout fishing together. Have you ever wanted to try fishing but don’t want to invest in all the equipment? You can borrow ours! Meet a ranger down at the Riverwalk Trail behind the Old Rock Cafe to learn the basics of fishing and try your hand at pulling some trout out of the Rocky Broad River.
Date:      September 10 - 14, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Annual Macon County Fair  
An authentic agricultural fair featuring crafts, farm animals and festival foods. Held on the Macon County Fair Grounds in Franklin. BBQ Supper, Best Cake Contest, Special Needs Livestock Show, Harvest Sale, Pedal Tractor Contest, Festival Foods and so much more! Sponsored by Macon County Horse Association.
Date:      September 10 - 14, 2019  
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO 
Event:     Wilkes County Agricultural Fair  
The Fair's Special events include a petting zoo, agricultural exhibits, plus music and entertainment on different nights. Sunday's Lawn Mower Race is included with the purchase of fair ticket. The Fair is sponsored annually by the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club.. Admission charged.
Date:      September 13 - 14, 2019
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:      September  13 - 15 and 6 - 8,  2019
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN  
Event:     Autumn at OZ   Follow  the yellow brick road to the annual Autumn at Oz party. Be sure to dress warm, you never know when a twister will come through. Visitors can tour Dorothy's House, Uncle Henry's Barn, and a mini Oz museum. There will be food, crafters and games, plus chairlift rides up to Oz for those who prefer not to go by shuttle. Get tickets online.
Date:      September 13 - 28, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Cinematastic: The Music Of The Movies "    
From the City of Angels to our home in the City of Four Seasons. The greatest hits from the Silver Screen to Mainstream, a song and dance extravaganza. Admission charged
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing local breweries there is also family friendly seating available on this experience.  Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and beyond remaining parallel to the Fontana Lake stopping at the perfect viewing spot just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9 PM.
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
The Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains feature locally hand-crafted beer from one of several local brewing companies 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 vary and include a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.. Additional beer will be available for purchase. Visit the website for details.
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K  
The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon is back! Join us for the return of this great fall race in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. This event is famous for its generous swag package, picturesque courses, local culture, and amazing post-race meals. Register online.
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Uncorked - a Unique Rail Line and Wine Experience  
Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. The wine samples have been carefully selected to accompany the meal. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a dessert that’s perfect for the season.
Date:      September 14, 2019  
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:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  LINVILLE / BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Annual Girl Scout Day  at Grandfather Mountain   Join your fellow scouts for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain, featuring special scout activities, presentations, a closing ceremony and more.  FREE for Girl Scouts and troop leaders. 9:00 AM- 06:00 PM
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Fall Early Bird Walk at Chimney Rock Park    Kick off the Flock to the Rock event with an early birdwalk led by a Park naturalist to see which of our feathered friends are out on trails before the Park opens. Then stick around for Flock to the Rock,
the region’s premier fall migration birding event featuring live Birds of Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Meet at tunnel entrance; advance registration is required by calling 800-277-9611.
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Annual Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park   
The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail.. It features live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds plus family nature walks. Chimney Rock is home to over 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and other birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen winging their way south.
Date:      September 14, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Concerts in the Park
  - Queen Bee and the Honeylovers    Biltmore Park Town Square offers FREE live concerts from  May through September. Brings a blanket and enjoy the best performers in the area from 60s Oldies to contemporary jazz.  7 PM - 9 PM. 
Date:      September 14 - October 2?, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Eliada's Annual Corn Maze  
The maze will be open  each Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM - 3 PM,  Friday 9 AM - 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM.  Eliada’s annual corn maze is a 12 acre maze (WNC's largest) with 2 unique trails cut out of a field of corn. Accompanying maps with check points help guide you through 4 miles of maze trails. Also cut into the corn field are two Storybook Trails for children. These trails take you on a fun adventure as you read the stories of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Ciderella and the Little Glass Sipper! Spookley and Ciderella merchandise are also for sale for children and families to continue to enjoy the stories and characters at home.  Additional activities are also offered
Date:      September 15, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series     “Mace's Debut”   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:      September 17 - 21, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    On The Same Page Literary Festival  
High Country locals and visitors are invited to celebrate the literary arts in Ashe County. The fourth annual literacy will focus on writing about North Carolina people, places and traditions. Events planned for this festival are informative and fun with readings, workshops, a film showing and lots of question-and-answer sessions with the authors.
Date:      September 19, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held  May through September in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street. Live music, cool breweries, delicious food, kid zone and fun for the entire family! Music starts at 5:30 pm
Date:      September 20, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
-   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:      September 20 - 21, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad  
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. The ghastly special events include Ghost Train Rides Exciting Haunted House, Halloween Shows, 3-D Maze, Black Hole™, Trick-or-treating and the Freak Forest. Get a complete list of events and times at the website.
Date:      September 20 - 21, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair   
Celebrating Old Town History and Heritage, this annual event will be held in a festival-like setting in Historic West Jefferson and will be featuring booths from locals and the region alike selling antiques and collectibles. Various businesses, restaurants and the Farmers Market in downtown will be participating in this event as well. Bring the whole family for a fun retrospective trip back to the "good ole days" while enjoying all that West Jefferson has to offer.
Date:      September 21, 2019  
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:      September 21 2019
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:     Annual Mountain Heritage Festival   
Craft and food vendors line Main Street in celebration of mountain heritage in craft and live music. With demonstrations of the skills of local ancestors and music that mixes local heritage with modern influences, there is something for everyone. Dancers will be kicking up their heels and  the  Possum Queen will be crowned.
Date:      September 21, 2019
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:     Art in Autumn  
This is the tenth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Over 110 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as an exciting array of food and live music. The  festival brings a lively celebration of community and fine art to the Main Street of the 'Mayberry-esque' town of Weaverville.
Date:      September 21, 2019
NC City:  LINVILLE / BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight  at Grandfather Mountain. 
Enjoy rare after-dark tours of Grandfather Mountain, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents! Registration opens Sept. 1.  Limited to 48 guests. 05:30 pm - 09:30 pm
Date:      September 21, 2019
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:      September 21 - 22, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Heritage Weekend
at The Folk Art Center  is a two-day celebration of traditional crafts and music. The 36th free festival is sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight of the weekend is the 33nd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition.
Date:      September 23 - December 20 , 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Fall Foliage Photo Contest     Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. 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 or at Old Rock Cafe. 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. Get more details at the site.
Date:      September 26 -28, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Wings over the Smokies     Held at the Haywood County Fairgrounds  
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is a non-profit international organization based in Phoenix, AZ. with more than 70,000 members in all 50 states and over 45 foreign countries. GWRRA was chartered in 1977 to provide an avenue for mutual enjoyment of the American-made Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.
Date:      September 26 - 28, 2019
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:     Madison County Fair  
The Madison County Fair will be held on the fairgrounds of the Madison County Cooperative Extension Agency. Planned events include; rides, produce and cooking competitions, livestock competitions, special contests and exhibits, 4-H certified livestock and horse shows. Create some memories similar to the ones you have from growing up and going to the Fair with your family. Carnival rides are there for the delight of all as well as craft booth and food vendors. But, the most fun is viewing the competitions of livestock and all the other categories ranging from baking to photography. 
Date:      September 27, 2019  
NC City:  BREVARD 
Event:     4th Friday Gallery Tour  
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard. Every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December. 5-9 PM.
Date:      September 27 - 28, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad  
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. The ghastly special events include Ghost Train Rides Exciting Haunted House, Halloween Shows, 3-D Maze, Black Hole™, Trick-or-treating and the Freak Forest. Get a complete list of events and times at the website.
Date:      September 27 - 29, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
Guest Appreciation Festival at NOC  Enjoy GAF events all weekend long at NOC's Wesser Campus. It's NOC's way of saying thanks for another great year. There will be a great line-up of live music, beer tastings with Nantahala Brewing Company and fun hands-on activities throughout the day as well as good-natured boating competitions and NOC's Used Gear Sale. Families will appreciate multiple educational presentations featuring animals and stories with crowd participation.
Date:      September 27 -  29, 2019
NC City:  FLETCHER  (ASHEVILLE)
Event:    Annual Asheville Quilt Show  This year's show
"All Things Bright and Beautiful"   is held at the WNC Agricultural Center, Fri-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4:30. Admission $7. Free Parking. This is a  judged quilt show with over $10,000 in prize money, more than 20 vendors,  demonstrations, a Silent Auction, gift shop, quilts for sale and an "Opportunity Quilt". Multi-day Passes are available as well as, group discounts. This event is sponsored by the Asheville Quilt Guild (ashevillequiltguild.org) and Moda (modafabrics.com).
Date:      September 28, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     National Public Lands Day  
Thousands of volunteers at various sites around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. What better way to celebrate than getting out in YOUR Pisgah National Forest. Special events include guided walks, gardening and service projects which celebrate conservation and the outdoors. Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and families.
Date:      September 28, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
Art on the Mountain   9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Over thirty artists and craft persons will set up their creative wares on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. Holiday gift ideas, fall theme items, unique art pieces, crafts and more will be for sale. Several artists will be demonstrating their artwork including basket weaving, quilting and wood-working.
Date:      September 28, 2019
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Old Timey Festival    
An old fashioned festival filled with arts and crafts, music, farmers market, classic tractor and car show, and lots of fun for the entire family. Held on Burnsville's beautiful Town Square, is just that, a good old fashioned local Festival. The Yancey Chamber of Commerce and Old Timey Fall Festival Committee will host this event and invites everyone near and far to come out and be a part of this wonderful fun-filled day. 10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      September 28, 2019
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:     Art on the Island Festival
   The new and improved arts and music (used to be MAD on Main held in May) has moved the month to September and the location to Blannahassett Island and changed the name to Art on the Island Festival. Still FREE! The new venue allows the festival to put musicians on the new stage and to combine with the Farmer’s Market to offer many more opportunities to enjoy the day. Come out to browse through arts booths, sample local food and buy local produce while listening to musicians perform throughout the day. For questions, contact the Madison County Arts Council at 828 649-1301.
Date:      September 28 - 29, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE  
Event:    
Art on Main    The Arts Council of Henderson County presents its 58th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival. Stroll Historic Downtown Hendersonville NC and shop for fine art and crafts by artists from the Southeastern region and beyond. Media includes work in clay, metal, glass, fiber, wood, painting, photography, jewelry, etc. Art on Main also features live art demonstrations by local artists and artisans. The festival takes place along Hendersonville's charming and historic Main Street.
Date:      September 28 - 29, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Take a Child Outside Campout at Chimney Rock Park    
Join a Park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park. A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun-filled night under the stars! Still not sure? The ranger will be camping overnight to assist you with any of your questions about camping in the great outdoors. You must bring your own camping gear and dinner. No camping gear or food is provided for this event.
Date:      September 28 - October 28, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
The Ashe County Corn Maze       The Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival is located 5 minutes from downtown West Jefferson. Find your way thru the Corn Maze, play a variety of games and win prizes or just jump, jump, jump in the Castle Inflatables . There is also  a smaller hay bale maze and playground for the little ones.
 
 
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Discounted tickets to Biltmore - Save up to $20.00 off gate price. 
 
Labor Day 9/2 Weekend Events
8/30-31 Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival    Lake Junaluska
8/30-9/2 NC Apple Festival     Hendersonville
8/31-9/1 Goodbye Summer! at Emerald Village   Little Switzerland
8/31-9/1 Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show
8/31-9/1 Cashiers Valley Arts and Crafts Fair
8/31-9/1 Art on the Green   Banner Elk
8/31-9/1 7 Clans Rodeo    Cherokee
8/31-9/2 Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park 
9/1 Annual New River Blues Festival     Grassy Creek
9/1-2 Canton Labor Day Festival  
 
 
 
 
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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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