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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.
 
 
 
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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
 
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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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This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      November 16, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Llamapalooza for Annual Passholders      
Imagine spending your day with one of Mother Nature’s most quirky and gentle creatures—the llama. From 11 AM – 3 PM.  Annual Passholders can join one of two guided hikes with these fun-loving companions along the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. The First Hike to Hickory Nut Falls will be from 11 AM – 12:30 PM The Second Hike to Hickory Nut Falls will be from 1 PM – 2:30 PM
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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:      October 24 - November 2, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "The Turn of The Screw    
A chilling and suspenseful psychological thriller just in time for the Fall. One governess, two children, and two ghosts. Who’s real? Disclaimer: Turn on all your lights when you get home. Boo!
Date:      October 31 - November 3, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     The Sleepy Hollow Experience Comes To Cherokee    Held at Mountainside Theatre. It’s time to take a thrilling ride through Sleepy Hollow as ol’ Ichabod Crane tries to get home with his head still intact. In this modern retelling, he’s still being pursued by the Headless Horseman in Washington Irving’s classic Halloween tale, but the pulse-quickening drama and terror have increased tenfold. This reimagining is made brand new in a fully immersive, 360-degree theatrical experience. Two showings: 7 PM - 8L30 PM and 9:30 PM - 11 PM.
Date:       November 1, 2019
NC City:   ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
  The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than twenty galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as a vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  A complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and map is available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      November 1, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:    
Art After Dark  Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music
Date:      November 1, 2019
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
Murphy Art Walk      5 PM - 8 PM. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exceptional visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, demonstrating artisans, live performances, music, and fine dining. Visit the juried Artist Market locations where you can meet local and regional artists and there will be something for everyone. Free and open to the public.
Date:      November 2, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek    
This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat. This hike is considered moderate-to-strenuous. Advance registration required.
Date:      November 2, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     An Eye for Fall Color iPhone Photography Class      
The best camera is the camera that you always have with you, so why not learn how to use your iPhone camera better? Join Lynne Buchanan for this half-day class focused on creating wonderful images using your iPhone. You’ll take away some great set of new skills and wonderful shots of fall color. Lynne Buchanan is an accomplished photographer who specializes in landscapes and water photos.  Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Fee includes park admission
Date:      November 2, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Junior Wolf Howl at the WNC Nature Center    
Spend your evening learning about the Red and Grey Wolves of North America with your family. You start with an indoor presentation on these elusive creatures, followed by a trek to the wolf habitats located onsite at the Nature Center for a howling session. Discover the legends and lore of these top predators and find out the truth about wolves. This kid-friendly version of our Wolf Howl event is geared toward families.
Date:      November 2, 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:      November 2 - 3, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly-Fishing Tournament    Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $250 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork. This tournament offers cash prizes totaling $10,000. Register for the event at River's Edge Outfitter. Open to all ages.  
Date:      November 1, 2019 - January 4, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore
   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. Your evening admission includes:  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.
Date:      November 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Christmas at Biltmore
   The celebration that began on Christmas Eve in 1895 when George Vanderbilt introduced his family and friends to the newly completed Biltmore home, continues today.  This wonderful celebration allows all visitors to enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments.
Date:     November 2, 2019
NC City: DILLSBORO
Event:   
WNC Pottery Festival  This event showcases the work of more than 40 highly skilled potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented along with demonstrations.  The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:     November 2, 2019
NC City: BRASSTOWN (Near Murphy and Hayesville)
Event:    Annual Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction   
This popular annual event takes place form 1 PM to at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and features some of the finest artist-blacksmith work as well as other unique, handcrafted items. This is a fundraiser and includes both a silent auction and live auction. Bid on forged metal, jewelry, pottery, fiber, and wood items.
Date:      November 2, 2019
NC City:  TRYON
Event:    
Tryon Beer Fest - Tap into Tryon     Held from 2 PM - 6 PM  in the Tryon Depot Plaza. Enjoy a variety of the finest craft beers from around the country, including some local ones. An array of ‘craft’ beers will be chilled, ready for sampling. Full servings of beer will be available for sale along with an Oyster Roast, authentic German food, and other treats.  Live Bavarian music will be played during the day and rocking live band later in the afternoon.  Admission is cash-only, but tickets can be purchased in advance online. Sponsored by The Tryon Downtown Development Association ,
Date:      November 2 - 3, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE

Event:     Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament   Two-person team competition held exclusively in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters” known simply as Raven Fork.  This tournament offers a guaranteed payout totaling $10,000 for the top teams. $250 entry fee and Cherokee fishing permit required.
Date:      November 3, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    The Swank 65   Sample some of Pisgah’s best trails in this great season closer – including the famed Farlow Gap
Mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.
Date:      November 7 - 10, 2019
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:    
Highlands  Annual Culinary Weekend  Eat, Drink, and be Merry at this taste-full Annual Culinary event. The Opening Night Gala will be at the Highlands Country Club on Thursday night November 5th. On Friday and Saturday enjoy different events and Dinners throughout Highlands and the Sip and Stroll will be Saturday which will take you throughout town and into the unique shops.
Date:      November 8 - 9, 2019  (continues  select dates through Dec 31, 2019)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 8 - 17, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe"    
A fantasy adventure for the whole family. A thrilling journey from the home of Lucy, Edmnd, Peter, and Susie to the magical land of Narnia. Good versus evil. Who will prevail in this coming-of-age classic by C.S. Lewis?  Admission charged
Date:      November 8, 2019 - April 7, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downton Abbey: The Exhibition    Free with Admission. 
Showcased in two estate locations, this interactive exhibition connects you with the characters, fashions, and historic events depicted in the global hit television show and new feature film. At Amherst at Deerpark, multimedia presentations enhance the experience of exploring such sets as Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters; at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village, a stunning display of more than 50 costumes from the series’ six-year run awaits you.
Date:      November 9 - 11, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Veterans Day Special   
Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, and Chimney Rock State Park would like to honor your service with a free visit. Must present military ID or proof of service.
Date:      November 9, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Kananesgi Basket Festival   The Kananesgi Basket Festival celebrates the basket makers of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Visitors can meet with artists, learn the details of basket making during a panel discussion, and purchase unique pieces to take home. The festival will also feature EBCI carvers and weapon makers.  
Date:      November 9, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Appalachian Folkways Series     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:     November 9 - 10, 2019
NC City: ASHEVILLE
Event:    River Arts District Fall Studio Stroll  
The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. An Information Booth will be located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.
Date:      November 10, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series     “Veteran's Day Concert”   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. This special concert is held at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church, 4:00pm
Date:      November 11, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Veteran's Day Parade  
10:30 AM in downtown Franklin. - Annual parade and celebration
Date:     November 11, 2019
NC City: Columbus
Event:    Veteran's Day Celebration
   The parade begins at 10:00 AM in downtown Columbus, starting on Mills Street (108). There will be a short Memorial Service at 11:00 AM with a wreath laying ceremony and dove release. Spectators are requested to wear red, white and blue and wave their American flags. (there will be hand flags passed out at the parade). Veterans may wear their uniforms and awards and, if desired, join their branch of service comrades in the Staging Area and march in the parade. Bleachers will be available for disabled vets who are unable to march.
Date:      November 15 - 27, 2019  (continues  select dates through Dec 31, 2019)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 16, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Llamapalooza for Annual Passholders      
Imagine spending your day with one of Mother Nature’s most quirky and gentle creatures—the llama. From 11 AM – 3 PM.  Annual Passholders can join one of two guided hikes with these fun-loving companions along the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. The First Hike to Hickory Nut Falls will be from 11 AM – 12:30 PM The Second Hike to Hickory Nut Falls will be from 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Date:      November 16, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Annual Holiday Parade
   The Holiday parade begins at 3 PM followed by the 1st Annual Light up the Town event starting around 5:30 PM. The Downtown will be lit at dusk with lighted displays and decorations. Businesses will be all decked out for the Holiday season many  will also have extended hours to start your Holiday shopping early. Food specials and live music at will be offered by downtown restaurants. Visit stores for chances to win prizes. End your evening at the WJ Methodist Church Hensley Hall for Coffee House Live with great entertainment and refreshments beginning at 7:30 PM.
Date:      November 16 - ?  (dates not yet announced)
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     19th Century Carolina Christmas at the Smith-McDowell House  
Asheville's oldest surviving dwelling is now a National Register property and a window into how life was lived here in the 19th century. Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. The Smith-McDowell House Museum's timeline of authentically decorated period rooms showcases the evolution of Christmas celebrations and decorations. This yearly exhibit, began in 1981, is a tradition for many regional families and tour groups. The mansion and local history museum will again be authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period.
Date:      November 20, 2019 - January 4, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display  
Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread overload, see the beautiful holiday displays throughout and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.
Date:      November 22, 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:      November 22, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Scheduled Opening Day for Appalachian Ski Mountain  
ASM Opens (if weather permits) for the 2019-2020 season.
Date:      November 22, 2019 - January 4, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum   
6 PM - 10 PM nightly.  Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Walk through the Arboretum’s gardens and enjoy unique displays and landscapes dressed in more than half-a-million holiday lights. Perfect for the entire family, Winter Lights includes interactive games, a model train exhibit, free crafts, a nature-themed animatronic children’s program and more! As the Arboretum’s largest fundraising event, proceeds generated from Winter Lights help support the Arboretum’s educational programs, exhibits and year-round.
Date:       November 23, 2019
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Holiday Parade  
This festive annual Asheville Holiday Parade in downtown is a fun way to kick off the Christmas season - complete with local personality for plenty of smiles. It starts at 11 AM, so several downtown streets will be closed that morning. Come early to find your spot along the one-mile route. .
Date:      November 22, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th Friday Gallery Walk   
Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard, NC as you explore the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm on the 4th Friday from April – November. (December Gallery Walk is held on the 3rd Friday due to the Holidays) Experience art, music and wine. Be sure to look for the animal sculptures and the murals located in downtown Brevard as well. Make an evening of it and stop by and have dinner in one of the downtown restaurants. A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
Date:      November 23, 2019
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     Light Up Downtown  
Annually, the Friday before Thanksgiving, Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro kicks off the Holiday Season with the lighting ceremony soon after dusk. Main Street is filled with the lights, joys, smells, and sounds of Christmas. Santa will be in the lobby of Wilkes Towers ready for photos with the little ones. Local community groups take part in in providing hay rides, live entertainment, food, crafts, kids activities and more.
Date:     November 23, 2019
NC City: BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Projected Opening Day for Beech Mountain Resort Skiing  
Weather permitting, the resort opens it's 2019 - 2020 season
Date:      November 24, 2019
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Marion Christmas Parade
    This annual event marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Marion. 3 PM - 4 PM in historic downtown Marion. The theme for the parade is “Winter Nights – Christmas Lights”. McDowell’s own award winning McDowell High Marching Band will be featured at the beginning of the parade.
Date:      November 29 - December 24, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 23 - December 24, 2019
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale 
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eatures crafts from local artisans, including woodwork, paintings, photography and various Christmas ornaments. The Show is held at the McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion.
Date:      November 23, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas  
Tweetsie Railroad will be open nights, for Tweetsie Christmas, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train and more!
Date:      November 28 - January 1, 2019
NC City:  GALAX VA  in Felts Park  (just north of Boone)
Event:     High Country Lights  
Northwest North Carolina's premier animated light show features over 100,000 lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5 FM. This free light show  can be seen nightly starting at 6 PM Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
Date:      November 29 - 30, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas   
Tweetsie Railroad will be open nights, for Tweetsie Christmas, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train and more!
Date:      November 29, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town     
Santa, hot chocolate, carols, and music! Entertainment in the park and family fun all afternoon. Downtown Blowing Rock in Memorial Park.
Date:      November 29, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Annual Hometown Christmas    
Start your Christmas off in West Jefferson at the official lighting of the community Christmas tree with Santa, carolers, and hot chocolate. Great fun for the whole family.
Date:      November 29, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    Christmas on the Green and Christmas Tree Lighting   
Enjoy twinkling light displays, festive decorations, holiday music, s'mores. a visit with Santa Claus and the annual Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting.
Date:      November 29, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Here Comes Santa Street Lighting  
The annual "Here Comes Santa Street Lighting" event takes place at the Historic Courthouse. Kick off the season with live music, hot drinks, delicious treats, shopping and a countdown as Santa arrives to light up Downtown. Plus, enjoy free visits with Santa and carriage rides after the lights are turned on!  5 PM - 8 PM
Date:       November 29 - December 30, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour 
The Tour embarks from Biltmore Village on a festive 75 minute trip through the lights and sights of the season. Anyone and everyone up for a jolly good time is warmly invited to pick a date to see the prettiest scenes around town: sidewalks, storefronts, B&Bs and inns, parks and churches, all decked in their merry finest. You'll travel through Biltmore Village, Historic Montford, Grove Park and the Grove Park Inn, Pack Square and downtown Asheville. Enjoy stories of local holiday traditions, singing of classic carols and popular Christmas songs along the way. Departs 7 PM.
Date:      November 29 - 30, 2019
NC City:  CULLOWHEE (Western Carolina University)
Event:    Hard Candy Christmas  
Mountain Artisans presents the Annual Hard Candy Christmas, Arts and Crafts Show. This mountain Christmas Tradition features original arts and crafts at a great price. Free Parking. Admission: $4.00, children under 12 free
Date:      November 29 - December 1, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Family Animal Encounters   
   2 PM daily. The Park is lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of the Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of the wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Program held daily on the Outcroppings Deck. Don’t forget your camera! 
Date:      November 30, 2019
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:     Annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting
   Main Street is closed to traffic so you can walk leisurely down the street and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies as you wait for the for the lighting of the Town Christmas tree located in front of the United Methodist Church. Santa and all his helpers will be there to meet with kids to hear their wish list.
Date:      November 30, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Curb Market Old Timey Christmas 
The Henderson County Curb Market Old Timey Christmas includes refreshments, music, carriage rides, holiday gifts and arts & crafts. Come visit the South's most unique Curb Market. All items sold at the market must be either handmade or locally grown.
Date:     November 30, 2019
NC City: BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Holiday Market Craft Fair
  This is the annual Holiday Market at the Buckeye Recreation Center held from 9 AM - 3 PM. Spend the day with the family or get your holiday shopping done with the unique  arts and crafts that will be offered by local artisans. There is more to do than just shop at the market. Free samples and craft demos add to the fun along with a cookie decorating station. Santa will be on hand for photos and to hear everyone’s wish list. FREE event.
Date:      November 30, 2019  (and December 7)
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Winter Wonderland Night 1  
Merchants will be open late with free refreshments and great gift ideas for the kick-off of the official start to the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday.  Meet Santa and Characters from "Frozen"; take a wagon ride around town; enjoy Historic Franklin's Tree Lighting Ceremony and a special candlelight service at 7 PM.
Date:      November 30, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Christmas  Parade   
 Enjoy this traditional annual Christmas event. Downtown Blowing Rock 2 PM - 3 PM
Date:      November 30, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery  
Be present at 10:00 AM to watch the wood kiln be unloaded, and them make your selection. Items in the wood kiln will include work from Bolick’s and from Traditions. With face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens and other traditional wares. Food will be served. Free admission.
Date:      November 30, 2019 - January 6, 2020 
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    Christmas at Connemara  
Musicians and storytellers, crafts and sing-a-longs, hot cider and cookies. This free festive celebration will honor Carl Sandburg and his family holiday traditions. Young visitors will find many opportunities for participation in storytelling, sing-a-longs and crafts.10 AM -  The house will be decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree throughout December until January 6th, 2020, which is Carl Sandburg's birthday.
 
 
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Veterans Day Events
11/10 Maggie Valley Concert Series     “Veteran's Day Concert” 
11/11 Veteran's Day Parade  in Franklin
11/9-11 Veteran’s Day Special: Free Admission For Vets to Chimney Rock State Park 
11/11 Veteran's Day Celebration  in  Columbus
Christmas and Holiday Events
11/1-1/4 Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore   Asheville
11/1-1/5 Christmas at Biltmore    Asheville
11/8-12/31 The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad   Bryson City (Select dates)
11/20-1/4 The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display    Asheville
11/20-1/4 Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum   Asheville
11/23 Light Up Downtown   North  Wilkesboro
11/23 Asheville Holiday Parade 
11/?-1/1 19th Century Carolina Christmas at the Smith-McDowell House    Asheville
11/24 Marion Christmas Parade
11/29 Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town   Blowing Rock
11/29 Annual Hometown Christmas   West Jefferson
11/29 Christmas on the Green and Christmas Tree Lighting    Cashiers
11/29 Holiday Downtown Lighting Celebration   Hendersonville
11/30 Winter Wonderland Night 1   Franklin
11/30 Annual Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting   Highlands
11/30 Curb Market Old Timey Christmas   Hendersonville
11/25 Sparta Christmas Parade 
11/30 - 1/6 Christmas at Connemara   Flat Rock
11/26 Annual Christmas Parade    Franklin
11/28-1/1 High Country Lights   Galxa VA - just north of Boone NC
11/29-30 Hard Candy Christmas    Cullowhee
11/29-12/30 The Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour 
11/30 Holiday Market Craft Fair   Beech Mountain
11/30 Christmas  Parade     Blowing Rock NC
11/30 Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery   Blowing Rock
11/30 Winter Wonderland Nights    Franklin
 
 
 
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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.
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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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