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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:      May 27, 2019
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival  
The grounds of the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site come alive with folk music which was an important part of Carl Sandburg's life along with his guitar playing and singing as well as his writing. The annual folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of traditional folk music as found in his collection The American Songbag. The festival's performers each skillfully demonstrate the tradition of performing live music to tell stories while capturing the heritage of America through song. This year's festival features bluegrass, blues, jazz and swing.
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Date:     Now - June 20, 2019
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Smiles of Spring Photo Contest at Chimney Rock State Park.    
It’s hard not to crack a smile while enjoying amazing views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge from on top of the Chimney. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our spring photo contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Date:      Now - May 27, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age at Biltmore    Experience a turn-of-the-century celebration through vivid audio storytelling and displays of clothing recreated from Vanderbilt photos and portraits. A custom Exhibition Audio Guided Tour* immerses you in an era of leisurely days and glamorous nights—realistic 360° sound techniques and stories told by characters based on people who lived and worked at Biltmore in the early 1900s allow you to imagine you are there as guests and staff prepare for A Vanderbilt House Party.  Included with admission.
Date:      Now - May 23, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Biltmore Blooms    Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Biltmore Blooms. Guests will be able to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy a display of exotic orchids intimately, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt's guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. Outdoors, enjoy a beautiful progression of blooms from tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more.
Date:      May 1 - 5, 2019   
NC City:  FERGUSON (near Boone)
Event:     Mule Days at Leatherwood Mountain   A family oriented celebration of the mule. Enjoy trail rides, fun show, trail obstacle competition, parade of mules, educational demonstrations, Dutch oven cook off, and a variety of vendors, Saturday night dinner with Band. Spectators are free. Stalls and camping available, call Leatherwood Mountains to make reservations 336-973-5044. Check out Facebook page Mule Days at Leatherwood for info on other events and activities going on that week www.facebook.com/muledaysatleatherwood/
Date:      May 2 - 5, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:  
  Savor Blowing Rock - a Celebration of Food and Drink  Now in its 12th year, this festival celebrates the excitement of spring in the Blue Ridge with the best in cuisine, wine, and beer. Enjoy pairings, dinners, seminars, entertainments, and the Grand Tasting.
Date:      May 2 - 12, 2019   
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse presents: COUNTRY ROYALTY Hank and Patsy   Jason Petty as Hank Williams and Katie Deal as Patsy Cline. A homecoming tribute to the Country Royalty who touched our hearts and souls. Songs that transcend time and culture. Come share an evening of music with your extended Playhouse family.
Date:      May 3, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:  
   25th Annivesary Party of Highlands Brewery      Come on out to the brewery on May 3rd for what is sure to be the party of the (quarter) century. Theu will premier the newest year-round beer, a collaboration with one of the coolest breweries in the country, and a ton of limited small batch releases. Of course, there will also be some of the finest entertainment WNC has to offer.
Date:      May 3, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:  
   Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association. 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. The Walks take place each first Friday from 5-8PM, April through December.
Date:      May 3, 2019  
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:     Murphy Art Walk   The Art Walk takes place each first Friday, May through December from  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 including Art Galleries.  Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances. FREE and open to the public
Date:      May 3, 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:      May 3, 2019
NC City:  BOONE
Event:   
 First Friday Art Crawl   Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at Boone shops and galleries and stay late for live music, food and drinks at one of the many fine restaurants. The Jones House Galleries are open Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 PM.
Date:      May 3 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Ashe Civic Center Music Concerts: Sauce Boss   Live musical performances in a personal setting with great local and regional performers. 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM. Admission: Prices vary by performance.
Date:       May 3 - 5, 2019  
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Asheville Herb Festival   The WNC Chapter of the NC Herb Association represents an incredibly wide variety of herbalists and herb businesses in North Carolina: herb growers and vendors, natural gardening and landscaping specialists, and makers of herbal ointments, balms, soaps, teas, medicines, and other products. Join more than 25,000 other herb lovers to celebrate this annual Asheville Herb Festival held at the WNC Farmers Market.
Date:      May 3 - 5, 2019   
NC City:  HOT SPRINGS  
Event:    Annual French Broad River Festival   The Festival is a benefit for American Whitewater, The Mountain Area Child & Family Center and Hot Springs Community Learning Center.  Located just 35 minutes north of Asheville at Hot Springs Campground and Spa, this family-friendly weekend includes great regional and national recording artists. Enjoy shopping for new outdoor gear at the Live Auction or with one of the many art and craft vendors. Try participating in the "Paddle with the Pros", the 8th Annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, or the 16th Annual French Broad River Raft Race. The River Festival is an entire weekend of fun, family, art, music and adventure.
Date:      May   3 - 5, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Thunder in the Smokies Spring Rally   Come ride in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and on 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. Gates open at 11am - 11pm on Friday, 9am - 11pm on Saturday and 9am - 4pm on Sunday.
Date:      May 3 - 5, 2019
NC City:  BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY NEAR LITTLE SWITZERLAND
Event:     Live music and More at the historic Orchard at Alta Pass   Opens for the 2019 season through October.   Live music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more, every week, This season will feature Super Saturdays, special Appalachian heritage activities for kids age 6-12. Each Super Saturday, kids learn how to weave a garden loom, carve figures in sweet potatoes, play a harmonica or wilderness survival. FREE and open to the public
Date:      May 4, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Saturday Night Lights at TIEC    Everyone is invited! Whether you’re looking for a free, kid-friendly event for some quality family time, a group outing or the perfect date night, TIEC at Tryon Resort is for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle, and there is something for everyone. Free parking and admission, free entertainment such as live music, entertainers and magicians, face-painting, pony rides, carousel rides, and more, followed by world-class Grand Prix show jumping competition. Fair-style concessions.
Date:      May 4, 2019
NC City:  MOUNT AIRY
Event:     Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival   This festival includes wine and its makers, craft beer from NC breweries, great food from local eateries or the tent pavilion and live music from some of the best local musicians.12 PM - 6 PM in downtown Mount Airy.
Date:      May 4, 2019
NC City:  RUTHERFORDTON
Event:     MayFest  2019     Saturday begins with the Gears and Gables scenic cycling ride benefiting Rutherford Housing Partnership. The day continues with the MAYFEST street festival featuring arts and crafts, face painting, hands-on activities and a diverse selection of food and homemade sweets. Kids will have a ball inside Play Land, filled with inflatables, mechanical rides and a rock-climbing wall. The entertainment will keep you moving all day and includes dance performances and live music by the Caleb Gilbert Band and Wiregrass on the courthouse lawn.
Date:      May 4, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Rory Kelly Performs - Kings Never Sleep  Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.
Date:      May 4-5, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Spring Boy Scout Day and Campout   Scouts have been exploring and investigating Chimney Rock for decades. Our annual Spring Boy Scout Day is one of the best ways to see all that the Park has to offer. Enjoy morning programs, optional afternoon activities and the rare opportunity to spend the night beneath the stars with other scouts. Visit our website for detailed program information. Call 828.625.9611 to register.
Date:      May  4 - 5, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:    Annual Ramp Festival   An annual celebration featuring live music, clogging, and food cooked with ramps, a delectable wild onion that grows in the mountains and is know for its pungent aroma and intense flavor. There are dozens of ramp recipes and the native vegetable may be eaten raw or cooked.
Date:      May 6, 2019 
NC City:  MARION 
Event:     Annual Glenwood Ruritan Walleye Fishing Tournament   Formerly the Thomas E. McDivitt and Bill Lee Memorial Walleye Tournament, this is now the event is held rain or shineas participants seek the champion walleye. Entry fee of $25.00 per person. Monetary prizes will be awarded in various categories as well as drawings for other prizes.
Date:      May 8 - 12, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Tryon Equestrian Spring Horse Show  - 2   This popular event showcases the l equestrian  event Hunter/ Jumper competition and takes place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. A variety of onsite lodging is available for competitors and spectators.
Date:      May 9 - 12, 2019   
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     LEAF - Lake Eden Art Festival    LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the southeast. Held annually in May and October at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, a weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey to "recharges your batteries". A few aspects that make LEAF popular is the family friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the beautiful setting, and the intimate size. Get schedules and details online.
Date:      May 10 - 12, 2019
NC City:  Franklin
Event:     Annual Mother's Day Gemboree   A Gem show featuring dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. Sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.
Date:      May 11, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers     Treat mom to a morning of wildflower exploration. This moderate hike will help you learn about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike back up. Transportation will be provided.
Date:      May 11, 2019
NC City:  Franklin
Event:     Annual Airing of the Quilts   Sponsored by over 30 downtown merchants, the Airing of the Quilts is an outdoor quilt show that showcases this timeless piece of our Appalachian heritage. See quilts displayed all throughout Historic Downtown Franklin as businesses and homeowners will be hanging quilts from their store fronts and porches that will create an unbelievable burst of spring color throughout the Town of Franklin, NC. In addition, the Airing of the Quilts celebration will feature Quilting Vendors, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Quilting Demonstrations , Great Giveaways and much, much more!
Date:      May 11, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Saturday Night Lights at TIEC    Everyone is invited! Whether you’re looking for a free, kid-friendly event for some quality family time, a group outing or the perfect date night, TIEC at Tryon Resort is for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle, and there is something for everyone. Free parking and admission, free entertainment such as live music, entertainers and magicians, face-painting, pony rides, carousel rides, and more, followed by world-class Grand Prix show jumping competition. Fair-style concessions.
Date:      May 11, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:    The Whole Bloomin' Thing Spring Festival   This Annual Festival is held in Waynesville's Historic Frog Level. A premier spring festival in Haywood County, it kicks off the growing season with beautiful flowering baskets, vegetable and herb starts, berry bushes, and potted ornamental plants to jumpstart your garden. Local artisans will offer a wide range of nature-inspired gifts and crafts- from baskets and birdhouses to soaps and stemware, pottery and jewelry to metal sculptures and flower planters, and dozens of other handmade creations. Enjoy fresh cheese, homemade preserves and jellies, BBQ and burgers, veggie wraps, ice cream and desserts will be available all day long. Live music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local musicians and dancers.
Date:      May 11, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers     Treat mom to a morning of wildflower exploration. This moderate hike will help you learn about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike back up. Transportation will be provided.
Date:      May 11-12, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Mother's Day Weekend Admission Special    Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and Mom or Grandma gets one free.  Bring your family together and treat mom to beautiful scenery with spring wildflowers. Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and mom or grandma receives one free with online coupon.
Download the special coupon - Coupon must be presented (in print or on your mobile device) to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase.  
Date:      May 11 - 12, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Fiber Weekend at The Folk Art Center  
A celebration of textile arts. Throughout the weekend, craftspeople will be sharing their inspiration and expertise as the Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts Fiber Weekend 2016. Educational craft demonstrations will include: spinning groups, quilting bees, yarn circles, weaving and more.  The Annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art will be held on Saturday
Date:      May 12, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Mothers' Day Brunch at TIEC Legends Club    10am – 2pm Price: $34.95/Adult & $15.95/Child Reservations Required: 828-863-1000. Enjoyr an incredible Mother’s Day on the back porch of Legends Club - a delicious buffet of traditional breakfast and lunch favorites along with a cash bar.
Date:      May 12, 2019
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK (near West Jefferson)

Event:     River House Inn & Restaurant Mothers Day Sunday Salon with Lisa Baldwin and David Haney     With careers that include several appearances on "Prairie Home Companion" and innumerable concerts from Birmingham's City Stages to Black Mountain Music Festival (NC), the Songwriters Showcase at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Louisville, Kentucky, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (VA/TN) and more, this popular duo brings the sounds
Date:      May 12, 2019
NC City:  RONDA
Event:     Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch  
Celebrate tua madre with a brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards! Tickets includes brunch and 2 glasses of wine. $50 plus tax per person. Live music from noon - 4PM. Check the website for menu.
Date:      May 15 - 19, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Tryon Equestrian Spring Horse Show  - 3   This popular event showcases the l equestrian  event Hunter/ Jumper competition and takes place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. A variety of onsite lodging is available for competitors and spectators.
Date:      May 17, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville. Headlining this month is CHA WA. 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:      May 17 - 18, 2019  
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale   The Garden Sale selection of plants cover perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, native trees, shrubs, maples, iris, daylilies, hostas and garden accessories. Garden related workshops will be conducted throughout the day. Come early to purchase items from the Clothesline Fundraising Event which supports the Black Mountain Beautification Committee. Parking is free and food is available at the hotel. Returning vendors and new vendors make this an annual event not to be missed. Admission: Free  
Date:      May   17 - 18, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Icons of Hotrodding Festival    1950s and 1960s Hotrod and Custom Car and Truck event, Show & Shine, Contests, 50s music, Vendors, Judging
Date:      May 17 - June 1, 2019   
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse presents: Neil Simon's PROPOSALS     A family divided. A family returning home. Healing and redemption in a heartfelt and hilarious “dramedy” by one of America’s most prolific playwrights. An American family sitcom. Rediscover the love!
Date:      May 18, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Saturday Night Lights at TIEC    Everyone is invited! Whether you’re looking for a free, kid-friendly event for some quality family time, a group outing or the perfect date night, TIEC at Tryon Resort is for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle, and there is something for everyone. Free parking and admission, free entertainment such as live music, entertainers and magicians, face-painting, pony rides, carousel rides, and more, followed by world-class Grand Prix show jumping competition. Fair-style concessions.
Date:      May 18, 2019  
NC City:  SALUDA
Event:     Saluda Arts Festival   Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the Arts, the Saluda Business Association and Saluda Downtown Foundation invite you to the 16th Annual Saluda Arts Festival. Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina and crowds of locals from the surrounding Tri-State areas.
Date:      May 18, 2019  
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:    Concerts on the Deck  - The Castaways    Dance the evening away to jazz, beach music and country rock. Free outdoor music series with food, drinks and a large dance floor. Sponsored by Window World. Convenient parking deck located at the intersection of 9th Street and the CBD Loop. Held the 3rd Saturday rain or shine, May - October. Admission: Free
Date:      May 18, 2019  
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:     Madison County Barn Tour Event   From barns to barbecue, from Appalachian arts to country music, Madison County Barn Day will celebrate mountain culture and good times. The big event begins with a narrated bus tour of several historically significant barns of Madison County. The tour will be followed by a dinner with entertainment by local musicians and a country auction. Admission charged
Date:      May 18, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Hank Barbee  Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.
Date:      May 18, 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:      May 18 - 19, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Spring Girl Scout Day and Campout    
Girl Scouts of all ages may enjoy their own special days at Chimney Rock State Park. Nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun. And the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down - the 5-acre Meadows is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars. See the Scouts page for detailed program descriptions.
Date:      May 20, 2019
NC City:  MARION
Event:    Assault on Marion/Assault on Mt. Mitchell  
This amazing ride begins in Spartanburg, S.C., and ends at Mt. Mitchell, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Assault is more than 100 miles, with the route through Marion beginning on Sugar Hill Road and ending on NC 80.
Date:      May 22, 2019
NC City:  Cherokee
Event:     
Cherokee Bonfire     7 PM - 9 PM   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      May 22 - 26, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Tryon Equestrian Spring Horse Show  - 4   This popular event showcases the l equestrian  event Hunter/ Jumper competition and takes place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. A variety of onsite lodging is available for competitors and spectators.
Date:      May 24, 2019
NC City:  Cherokee
Event:     
Cherokee Bonfire     7 PM - 9 PM   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      May 24, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -Season Opener  
Every Friday night, Memorial Day through Labor Day, bring a picnic blanket and chair to enjoy Concerts on the Creek at Sylva’s Bridge Park. In Jackson County, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series at the Bridge Park gazebo in Sylva every Friday from 7-9 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Occasionally, these events will feature food truck and craft beer vendors
Date:      May 24, 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:      May 24 - 26, 2019  
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     White Squirrel Festival  
Go Nuts in Downtown Brevard, "Where Music Meets the Mountains". A full weekend of free, live music and nutty family fun with a special evening concert Friday night by Town Mountain. The Festival includes more than a dozen free concerts. This year's event promises to be even bigger and better than ever - with the Memorial Day Parade, the Annual Squirrel Box Derby, white squirrel guided tours, white squirrel exhibit, children’s village and white squirrel photo contest. Also back this year is the Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race/Competitive Walk, along with a 1-mile kids' fun run. Find out why the White Squirrel Festival was voted "Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina".
Date:      May 24 - 27, 2019   
NC City:  FLETCHER (ASHEVILLE)
Event:     AKC Dog Agility Trials  
The Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina is hosting an American Kennel Club Dog (AKC) dog agility trial. Spectators are welcomed to attend and admission is free. Over 300 purebred dogs, from throughout the southeast, will compete at various levels of difficulty.
Date:      May 24 - June 1, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Beer Week  
This Annual event offers eight full days of celebrating all things beer in Asheville NC. The week of events will include tastings, dinners, beer education, keynote speakers, and other beer-related fun (and nonsense). Asheville Beer Week culminates with Asheville’s Beer City Festival where dozens of breweries (and plenty of live music) are slated to appear on Roger McGuire Green.
Date:      May 24 - 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:      May 25, 2019
NC City:  Cherokee
Event:     
Cherokee Bonfire     7 PM - 9 PM   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      May 25, 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:      May 25, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Saturday Night Lights at TIEC    Everyone is invited! Whether you’re looking for a free, kid-friendly event for some quality family time, a group outing or the perfect date night, TIEC at Tryon Resort is for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle, and there is something for everyone. Free parking and admission, free entertainment such as live music, entertainers and magicians, face-painting, pony rides, carousel rides, and more, followed by world-class Grand Prix show jumping competition. Fair-style concessions.
Date:      May 25, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features Hurricane Creek.  Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated. 
Date:      May 25, 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 through October.  Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.
Date:      May 25, 2019  
NC City:  CLEMMONS
Event:     Annual NC Wine Festival  
Gates open and tastings begin at noon and last until 6:30 PM. Enjoy tasting from over 25 North Carolina Wineries. Once your glass is filled groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitor’s tents for treasures
Date:      May 25, 2019
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Memorial Day Car Show   
The Marion Cruise-In Car Show welcomes all vehicles to this car show and spectators are encouraged to come admire them all. As this event is not a contest and there are no judges, all vehicles are welcome to participate. Enjoy the variety of vehicles, talk with owners to learn more about them and join in for games, themed events and more. Updates will be online. Admission: Free
Date:      May 25, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Merrell Adventure Dash  
Participants negotiate a series of challenge elements while racing to the finish in this family-friendly adventure race along the Nantahala River near Bryson City. Choose between the 5K Dash or a 1K Fun Run. Registration from 1-4 with race starting at 4:30 pm. Admission: Participants $20. Kids aged 12 and under race free with a participating adult. Spectators are free.The event is held at NOC.
Date:      May 25, 2019
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:    Rebels & Rednecks United Mower Racing Association - Lawn Mower Races   
Since 2005, during the summer months, Rotarians play host to lawnmower racing. Sanctioned by the Rebels & Rednecks United Mower Racing Association, oval track racing on dirt reminds many of the beginning of stock car racing in Wilkes County and the birth of NASCAR. Crowds have grown from a few hundred to gathering of thousands on several Saturday nights from May through October. Racers and fans will agree, “it’s a wild, noisy, dusty, exciting and totally enjoyable event!” Admission charged
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019 
NC City:  CHEROKEE 
Events:   Cherokee's Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament  
This fishing event is a tagged fish tournament with a total purse of $10,000. A tagged fish can be redeemed for its corresponding prize value by turning in the tag to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, beside the Welcome Center. All persons fishing during the tournament must possess and have on their person while engaged in fishing both an event permit and a valid Tribal fishing permit. An enrolled member’s enrollment card shall serve as his/her fishing permit. $11 entry fee.
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Veterans Specials at South Creek Winery   Cheers to all our Military Veterans Past and Present! Bring your Military ID Saturday and Sunday for 2 for 1 tastings, and 10% off all bottle purchases! SALUTE!!! .
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley Spring Arts & Crafts Fair  
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley presents "Art For A Cause": Two arts & crafts fairs that take place in the spring over Memorial Day weekend and in the fall over Labor Day weekend. Both events showcase some of the finest arts and craftspeople in the Southeast. On display is work from more than 90 of the finest artisans from throughout the Southeast. From unique ironwork and woodcraft to hand-thrown pottery, hand-stitched textiles and homemade cakes, pies, jellies and jams, there’s something to please every artistic palate and tempt even the finickiest of tastes. Members of the Cashiers Rotary will also show off their culinary skills at the refreshment booth, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and more to keep you fueled up as you hunt for the perfect piece to add to your collection. Admission: $3-5 Suggested Donation
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019
NC City:  NEBO
Event:     Lee Linsey Tall Poppy Tour and Memorial Veterans Special at South Creek Winery   Lee is an International Artist who has released her 3rd CD and brings her quirky blend of folk, pop and country twist to South Creek. As a salute to  past  present, Military Veterans receive 2 for 1 tastings and 10% off all bottle purchases. Music is provided to South Creek customers at no admission fee. Tasting room is open at 11 AM, Music starts at 1 PM.
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019 
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Annual Garden Jubilee Festival  
TThe Garden Jubilee features more than 200 vendors selling thousands of plants, arts and crafts, garden talks and clinics, garden accessories, and food. This downtown festival covers 8 blocks of Main Street from Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street. Local and regional nurseries will be selling 1000s of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard-to-find plants on every block of the festival. The festival is always held during the Memorial Day weekend.
Date:      May 25 - 27, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park     
Meet some of Grady’s live woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, and learn about their natural habitats. Programs begin at 2 PM. Round out your day of family fun with one free climb per person on the Climbing Tower, open 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday. This event is included with admission..
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Kenilworth Art Studio Tour  
More than 20 artists invite you into eleven neighborhood studios and galleries. Browse and/or purchase original artwork. Kenilworth Artists Association is a community of artists in one of Asheville's oldest neighborhoods, with a lovely mix of grand homes, modest bungalows and mature gardens. Over forty aspiring and professional artists live in the five square mile neighborhood just minutes from downtown. Each year, many of these artists open their doors to the public for a festive tour that attracts shoppers and art lovers alike. 10 AM - 5 PM both days.
Date:      May 25 - 26, 2019   
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition  This annual exhibition features award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the selection, care, and history of roses. Educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      May 25 - 27, 2019 
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:     Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival  
Foothills artisans present their "Art at the Beach" Fine Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. The event begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Enjoy browsing and shopping through a wide selection of original paintings, drawings, photography, prints, fine crafts, jewelry, pottery and sculpture.
Date:      May 27, 2019
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival   The grounds of the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site come alive with folk music which was an important part of Carl Sandburg's life along with his guitar playing and singing as well as his writing. The annual folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of traditional folk music as found in his collection The American Songbag. The festival's performers each skillfully demonstrate the tradition of performing live music to tell stories while capturing the heritage of America through song. This year's festival features bluegrass, blues, jazz and swing.
Date:      May 27, 2019
NC City:  Cherokee
Event:     
Cherokee Bonfire     7 PM - 9 PM   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      May 28 - June 2, 2019 
NC City:  TRYON  (Mill Spring)
Event:     Tryon Equestrian Spring Horse Show  - 5   This popular event showcases the l equestrian  event Hunter/ Jumper competition and takes place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. A variety of onsite lodging is available for competitors and spectators.
Date:      May 29, 2019
NC City:  Cherokee
Event:     
Cherokee Bonfire     7 PM - 9 PM   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      May 30 - June 1, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     16th Annual Gourd Artist Gathering  
  The event features exquisitely crafted gourd art. This year’s Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering brings together collectors and exhibiting artists for a weekend of live demonstrations, classes, competitions and a spectacular art market offering stunning works of gourd art, materials, tools and supplies. Come see how an inexpensive, traditionally utilitarian component of the Cherokee household is transformed into a piece of artwork. Admission is free.
Date:      May 31, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  
Every Friday night, Memorial Day through Labor Day, bring a picnic blanket and chair to enjoy Concerts on the Creek at Sylva’s Bridge Park. In Jackson County, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series at the Bridge Park gazebo in Sylva every Friday from 7-9 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Occasionally, these events will feature food truck and craft beer vendors
Date:      May 31, 2019
NC City:  Cherokee
Event:     
Cherokee Bonfire     7 PM - 9 PM   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      May 31 - June 1, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY - WAYNESVILLE

Event:     Ole Smokey Tractor Club Annual Spring Farm Fest   See the Parade of 30 + tractors drive through the Town of Maggie Valley on Friday & Saturday. Food vendors are onsite for your dining pleasure. Education Antique Tractor & Engine Show with Parts Vendors; Flea Market with Crafts; Tractor rides for kids throughout the day. Farm Equipment Auction. All ages. This year held at the Haywood County Fairgrounds
Date:      May 31 - June 1, 2019
NC City:  MARION

Event:     NC Gold Festival   This annual event, features gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles, Friday night kicks off the festival.
Date:      May 31 - June 2, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend 
9 AM - 7 PM. The annual Nature Photography Weekend at Grandfather Mountain allows participants to hear presentations from top nature photographers in the evenings and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. Images from Friday and Saturday’s photo excursions are entered in an informal contest with winners announced Sunday morning. Fee charged
Date:      May 31 - June 2, 2019
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Events:   Toe River Studio Tour  
Grab the tour map and hit the road to visit artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties.  This year’s first tour includes over 100 artists and 10 galleries, Artists open their studios twice a year for the Toe River Studio tours. Enjoy meeting the artists in the premier craft destination in WNC. 
 
 
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Discounted tickets to Biltmore - Save up to $20.00 off gate price. 
 
Mothers Day Weekend  Events
5/10-12 Annual Mother's Day Gemboree   Franklin NC
5/11 Annual Airing of the Quilts   Franklin
5/11 Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers  at Chimney Rock State Park
5/11 The Whole Bloomin' Thing Spring Festival    Waynesville NC
5/11-12 Fiber Weekend at The Folk Art Center    Asheville NC
5/11-12 Mother's Day Weekend Admission Special  at Chimney Rock Park
5/12 Mothers' Day Brunch at TIEC Legends Club   Tryon (Mill Spring)
5/12 Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch    at Raffaldini Vineyards   Ronda NC
5/12 River House Inn & Restaurant Mothers Day Sunday Salon   Grassy Creek
 
Memorial Day Weekend Events
5/22-26 Tryon Equestrian Spring Horse Show  - 4   Tryon NC
5/24-26 Maggie Valley Spring Rally   Maggie Valley NC
5/24-26 White Squirrel Festival  Brevard NC
5/24-27 AKC Dog Agility Trials    Asheville NC
5/24-6/1 Asheville Beer Week    Asheville NC
5/25 16th Annual NC Wine Festival  Clemmons NC
5/25 Art in the Park     Blowing Rock NC
5/25 Beer City Festival     Asheville NC
5/25 Marion Cruise-In    Marion NC
5/25 Merrell Adventure Dash   Bryson City NC
5/25 Rebels & Rednecks United Mower Racing Association - Lawn Mower Races     North Wilkesboro NC
5/25-26 Cherokee's Memorial Holiday Trout Fishing Tournament    Cherokee NC
5/25-26  Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley Spring Arts & Crafts Fair    Cashiers NC
5/25-26 Lee Linsey Tall Poppy Tour and Memorial Veterans Special at South Creek Winery    Nebo NC
5/25-26 Kenilworth Art Studio Tour   Asheville NC
5/25-26 24th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival   Hendersonville NC
5/25-26 Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition     Asheville NC
5/25-27 Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park   Chimney Rock NC
5/25-27 Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival    Lake Lure NC
5/27 Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival   Flat Rock NC
 
 
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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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