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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:      July 20 - 28, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Frisbee Dogs at Tweetsie Railroad  
For 9 days the famous K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs will perform at the Park their high energy shows. The team of dynamic canines do acrobatics in their freestyle routines. Showa are included with Park admission and seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and a special 7 PM on Saturday.
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Date:      Now - July 4, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD 
Event:     Arts & Culture Celebration 2019   
Arts & Culture Celebration 2019 Enjoy more than 90+ ART events in downtown Brevard and Transylvania County over a two week period. Example of events: Opening of the Brevard Music Center, Brevard's Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, Old Time Street Dances, Music Jams, Open Mic Nite, Live Radio Variety Show, Art Show and Sale and the celebration ends with a BANG at the Heart of Brevard 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza!
Date:      Now- July 6, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "South Pacific"    
War brought them together. Beliefs may tear them apart. Conflicting family values set against the beautiful Pacific Islands during World War II. A Broadway Classic with a glorious score. Back home on the Mainstage for the first time in nearly two decades. Admission charged
Date:      June 29 - August 3, 2019
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University  
A month+ long arts festival that features events in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film on the campus of Appalachian State University. With award-winning artists from all across the world coming to the High Country in one summer, the festival has become an attraction that appeals to thousands and has been ranked one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There is something for everyone from fine art enthusiasts, to country and bluegrass fans and all those who like a good mixture of both. Get a complete event schedule at the site.
Date:      Now - September 22 , 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Summer Fun Photo Contest     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 Smiles of Spring Photo Contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes.  The winning entries will be used on the website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park. GREAT PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS.
Date:      Now - September 29, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Biltmore Gardens Railway   
Biltmore’s Conservatory will be the site of Biltmore Gardens Railway, a botanical model train display featuring small-scale replicas of the estate’s structures. These will include miniature constructions of Biltmore House, the Lodge Gate, and even a small version of the Conservatory itself. These handcrafted structures will be created from natural elements such as leaves, bark and twigs, much of which has been collected from estate grounds. With 800 feet of rails and trains traversing six separate lines at different eye levels, this is a one-of-a-kind, fun-for-all-ages garden experience. Tickets may be purchased at www.biltmore.com or by phone (800-411-3812).
Date:      July 1, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Shanghai Quartet - Beethoven Cycle III
. 7:30 PM
Date:      July 1, 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:       July 1 - 31, 2019
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK

Event:      Family Animal Encounters     
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Animal Encounters meet at Grady’s Animal Discover Den Mon-Fri and at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun. Afterward, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. 
Date:      July 2, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Student Concert - WQXR in NYC Young Artists Showcase
.  Hoisted by Robert Sherman Bervard students will be featured on this long time revered broadcast. 7:30 PM
Date:      July 2, 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:      July 2, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 3, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   The Shanghai Quartet - Beethoven Cycle IV.  
7:30 PM
Date:      July 3, 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:      July 3 - 7, 2019
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA
Event:     Independence Day Celebrations At Lake Junaluska 
A spectacular weekend of activities for a family-friendly celebration featuring live music by the award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range and the Lake Junaluska Singers, a hometown-style parade and activities on the water such as a boat race and family Olympics. The barbecue lunch includes bouncy houses, face painting, balloon art and bluegrass music. A fireworks show over the lake begins immediately following the Lake Junaluska Singers’ July 4th performance, around 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 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:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Wishful Thinkin'  performs a patriot tribute 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  TODD
Event:    Todd Liberty Parade    
Unity builds community! Everybody is welcome to walk in the parade. Meet at the big field at the corner of Todd Railroad Grade Rd and Highway 194 at 10am. Parade ends a Cook Park. Live music by the King Bees afterwards. Food available for purchase
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  TODD
Event:    Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
  The King Bees perform directly following the Liberty Parade.  A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends. Held in Cook Park in downtown Todd.   
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:     4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure 
Enjoy the peak of summer vacation in the mountains during the Rumbling Bald annual July 4th Resort celebration with a spectacular Fireworks Show, Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Sale, Family Games, Children’s Play Area, Beach Cookout and more.  10AM - 10 PM
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   4th of July Concert and Fireworks -   Enjoy food and drinks, children's activities, a concert and fireworks. This year’s special event will feature a spectacular concert by the Carolina Soul Band, one of the state’s most popular R&B bands followed by an impressive fireworks show when the sun goes down. The fireworks will be visible from all over downtown Sylva.
The free outdoor events take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva  from 5 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops.  
Celebrate Independence Day at this USO-themed show featuring patriotic favorites and the rousing 1812 Overture with live cannon in the grand finale.  2:00 PM
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Boone 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
The Annual downtown Boone 4th of July Parade begins at 11 AM on Kings Street. Following the parade, join the Mayor of Boone for refreshments at the Jones House Community Center located in the heart of downtown Boone. The evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane start at 7:00 PM with live music and fireworks by Zambelli begin at 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street Special 4th of July Celebration    Wishful Thinkin’ performs / Patriotic Tribute / Concert.  
Music on Main Street presents a Special Fireworks Celebration Concert featuring West Sound. Henderson County will launch an Independence Day fireworks display at sundown. The launch site will ensure premier viewing of the display from downtown Hendersonville and the Music on Main Street concert area. Enjoy the concert and fireworks from the comfort of your chair at Music on Main Street from 7:00-9:30pm.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Events:   Freedom Fest  
Enjoy an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City. This annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and continues with local artisans and crafters, a full day of local entertainment, festival foods, and fun events including a Watermelon Eating Contest, and a Hula Hoop-off. Explore Kids' Street where you'll find a bouncy house and more. From 6-9 PM there will be more music and kids games at Riverfront Park.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square
  An Annual celebration hosted by Asheville's Downtown Association.  Enjoy live music from some of Asheville's most popular bands along with a variety of family activities. The Splashville Fountain will be on until 6 PM  for kids to cool off and splash about.The event begins at 2 PM with the Ultimate Air Dogs and live music at 4 PM and concludes with an amazing fireworks display from 9:30 PM to 10 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad
  The Park stays open until 9 PM for one of the most popular annual events in the High Country. Enjoy all the usual Tweetsie fun and a fireworks extravaganza under the stars after the Park closes. An optional dinner and fireworks at the Hacienda is available including a special chick and BBQ buffet with all the Trimmings.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
  Celebrate Independence Day on the Freedom Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Ride the Fireworks Freedom Train and view one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays in Western North Carolina. The train departs at 7 PM, and returns just in time to enjoy live music, local crafts and the downtown Bryson City Freedom Fest.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  WILKESBORO and NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     July 4th Fireworks  
The annual fireworks display at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park will at 9:00 pm after the parade. Fireworks display sponsors are the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officer’s Association, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot and the governments of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Wilkes County.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Annual Independence Day Parade, Celebration and Fireworks Display  
Food, Games, Cornhole Tournament, Kid’s Fun Land, entertainment and fireworks at dark. Donations accepted and appreciated at the gate. Free shuttle services from Franklin High School beginning at 5 pm until after the fireworks display.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  RUTHERFORDTON
Event:    
July 4th Freedom Festival   The fun begins at noon with a walking parade and continues throughout the day with a car/bike show, soap box derby, dunking booth, watermelon eating contest, cornhole, kids area, games, lots of food and more. The fireworks display begins at dark.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  COLUMBUS
Event:     Annual Fabulous 4th 
The celebration begins at 10 AM and continues until 10 PM in downtown Columbus concluding with a fireworks display. the event includes  family fun, food, and entertainment.
Date:      July 4, 2019 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     4th of July Fireworks Celebration 
Gates to Ashe County Park will open at 3:00 PM. A shuttle bus will run from the new courthouse parking lot beginning at 3:30 PM and will run again at the end of the fireworks show. There will be inflatables for kids ($5 for an all-day wristband). Concessions will be available and there will be a couple of specialty vendors. High Country Disc Golf Course will be closed the entire day.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series     “Celebrate the 4th”   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2019 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     STARS & STRIPES Celebration   
Live music & entertainment. 11 am - 3 pm. Shops & restaurants open all day. KIDS Patriotic Parade, 11 am (all Kids Welcome; Show up & Sign-up: 10 am @ Courthouse lawn) Ice cream for parade participants at the end, Waynesville First Baptist Church, S Main.
Date:      July 4, 2019
NC City:  BANNER ELK and BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     4th of July Parade and Family Fun Fourth  11 AM -
One of the most popular (and most fun!) Fourth of July parades in North Carolina takes place each Independence day in Banner Elk. It’s a parade that makes Uncle Sam proud, with star-spangled vehicles, people and animals parading down Main Street surrounded by huge crowds. 12 - 6 PM:  Bring the whole crew for an alcohol-free post-parade party featuring three bands, games, inflatables, mini-golf, fresh smoked barbecue plates and more. The party takes place on the green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School with music as the centerpiece.
Date:       July 4 - 7, 2019
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK

Event:      July 4th Weekend Family Fun  
July 4th is the ultimate summer holiday to spend with family and friends and Chimney Rock is the perfect place to do it. July 4-7 you can challenge yourself on our 32-foot climbing tower, take in the different views on one of our many trails and even get up-close to some of our wilder staff at the 2pm Family Animal Encounter.
Date:      July 5, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performances:  Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto.    7:30 PM
Date:      July 5, 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:      July 5, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 5, 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:       July 5, 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:      July 5, 2019
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:     Murphy Art Walk
First Fridays from May through November,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances.
Date:      July 5, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Hor Trail Mix 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 5, 2019
NC City:  Blowing Rock
Event:     Grandfather by Night    
Explore the Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own naturalist guide. You’ll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence, and experience the mountain as never before! Additional cost.
Date:      July 5, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green   
This concert features " Continental Divide".  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:      July 5 - 6, 2019 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Christmas in July Festival    
Visit Downtown West Jefferson's Backstreet for the kickoff to the annual Christmas in July Festival. Come enjoy live music and street dancing from 3-10pm at the main stage, food vendors from 4pm-10pm and a special Farmers Market from 5-8pm! Also held that evening will be an opening ceremony with special guests as well as a visit from Santa & the Civil War Re-enactors! Fun for all ages. The festival kickoff is a free event and will be held rain or shine.
Date:      July 5 - 6, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     4th of July Park Dance and Celebration   
Friday: 6-8 PM: Park Dance in Memorial Park with Summer Daze Band   Saturday: 9 AM-until: Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, prizes awarded)   Noon – 1:30 PM:    Live music 2 PM: Independence Day Parade 3 PM – 4 PM: Live Music with the Cockman Family   3:30-4:30: Park Games (prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games)    At dark: Fireworks show set off from the Blowing Rock Country Club. Visible from many places in town, good viewing is available along Goforth Road. Roadside parking is allowed for this event. Please note that parking is not permitted on the golf course.
Date:      July 5 - 7, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks    Enjoy
a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $60,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.
Date:      July 6, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Dovrak Symphony No. 5.
  7:30 PM
Date:      July 6, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Saint-Saens Organ Symphony.
3:00 PM
Date:      July 6, 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:      July 6, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 6, 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:      July 6, 2019
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Buncombe Turnpike 
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 PM in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 6, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 6, 2019 
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    This concert features The Virginia Luthiers   
  The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 6, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission
Date:      July 6 - 7, 2019
NC City: Asheville
Event:    Downtown Asheville 4th of July Weekend Festival of the Arts
  This weekend of art will feature a collection of national and regional artists specializing in hand-made works of art. There will be painters, potters, jewelers, glass blowers and much more. Asheville’s historic Pack Square Park is the picturesque venue for the Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts.
Date:      July 7, 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:      July 7 - 13, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Traditional Song Week   A comprehensive program completely devoted to traditional styles of singing. Unlike programs where singing takes a back seat to the instrumentalists, it is the entire focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene.  This year’s program has several new features. The week’s first night will feature the Gathering’s own Grand Ole Opry, with folks who have performed regularly on the Nashville stage. “Too Slim” from Riders in the Sky will emcee the evening with his hilarious Opry humor and his upright bass.
Date:       July 8, 2019
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK

Event:      ecoEXPLORE 10 State Parks in 10 Days Campaign Kickoff    
Explore the great outdoors and celebrate citizen science during ecoEXPLORE’s 10 State Parks in 10 Days Campaign Kickoff. Families are invited for a day of hiking, fun activities and animal programs, where they’ll learn more about the ecoEXPLORE program.
Date:      July 8, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Concert - BMC@TCL / New Songs Concert . 12;30 pm  FREE
Date:      July 8, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Faculty perform the chamber music of Aaron Copeland.
7:30 PM
Date:      July 8, 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:      July 9, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Faculty and students perform a brass-travaganza.    
7:30 PM
Date:      July 9, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 10, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Student Piano Recital.  
12:30 PM  FREE
Date:      July 10, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Tchaikovsky  Souvenir de Florence.
7:30 PM
Date:      July 10, 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:      July 11, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Classical Guitar Recital.  12:30 PM   FREE
Date:      July 11, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Romeo et Juliette by the Janiec Opera Company of The Brevard Music Center.  7:30 PM
Date:      July 11, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 11 - 14, 2019 
NC City:  LINVILLE / BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans   Join 1000s of Scots in 85 clans decked out in their finest plaid for the annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Live Celtic music, tradition heritage events and Highlands games. A Saturday night Celtic Rock Concert. Admission charged.
Date:      July 11 - 20, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Separate Beds"    
A sidesplitting Flat Rock Playhouse comedy debut! Empty nesters at home. For a married couple on a cruise, the grass always seems greener. A heartwarming and hilarious voyage of rediscovery. Admission charged
Date:      July 12, 2019 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Downtown Waynesville Mountain Street Dance  
Enjoy cloggin’ & square dancin’ at an old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music, demonstrations & instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments, historic Courthouse lawn. 6:30-9 PM.
Date:      July 12, 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:      July 12, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 12, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance
  This dance features Travis Stuart and Friends, Dixie Darlin’s Cloggers and The Trantham Family. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July 12, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Darren Nicholson  Band 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 12, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street     WestSound performs / Classic Car Show   
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show on alternate weeks sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 12, 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:      July 12, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
July Gallery Crawl   Downtown West Jefferson will come alive after five with seventeen galleries displaying new artwork, new exhibits and new artists. Enjoy refreshments, music and fun!. The Gallery Crawl is free and maps of the downtown galleries are available at the Ashe Arts Center.
Date:      July 12 - 13, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Summer Concert Series  
Are you ready to spend your summer swaying to your favorite songs, kicked back on a picnic blanket, or jumping up and down to a new act you’re suddenly a fan of? You’ve found the Cherokee Summer Concert Series, a mish-mash of good ol’ country and blues, rock ‘n roll, hip hop, soul—you name ‘em, we’ve booked ‘em. Check out the dates, times, and lineups on the website.
Date:      July 12 - 13, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament 
You’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching beautiful fish in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters), which will be stocked with tagged fish. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Register anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each tournament day.
Date:      July 12, 13, 14, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™  at Tweetsie Railroad 
 Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo will be appearing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Extra appearance during Cool Summer Night, Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Romeo et Juliette by the Janiec Opera Company of The Brevard Music Center.  2:00 PM
Date:      July 13, 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:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Blueberry Jam  
Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), this event features fresh berries, delicious recipes, blueberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Blueberry Festival  
Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Blueberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, blueberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:    
Hot Doggett 100 Bike Bike Ride   Annual Hot Doggett 100 and Devil's Fork Metric Century Ride with the same challenging 100 mile and 100 kilometer closed loop courses as last year. The 100 mile course covers some of the most scenic and lightly traveled roads anywhere in western North Carolina. If you are seeking a challenge, you will find it in the 9,600 feet of ascension on this course.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Copeland and Mexico   7:30 PM
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    This concert features  Sam Reider & The Human Hands and The Loose String Bands  
  The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM    Wayne Henderson and Friends   A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends. Held in Cook Park in downtown Todd.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Zoe & Cloyd   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 13, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
21st Annual Chalk It Up   The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Hendersonville become the canvas for some outstanding works of art. The event is free and open to five age categories from age 5 and under to age 21 and over. This is an all day event.
Date:      July 14, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    The Big Crafty returns to Pack Square. The event celebrates and showcases the fine wares of over 100 independent indie crafters, artists and makers. The complete line up of participating artists is available online. This is a free, family-friendly event.
Date:      July 14 - 20, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Celtic Week   Celtic Week expands this year with more classes in flute, and a lineup that features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Ossian, Solas, Dervish, The House Band, Skylark, Patrick Street and Cherish the Ladies, a new Scottish fiddler, plus the return of some old friends
Date:      July 15, 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:      July 15, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC @TLC   Student solo and chamber music music.   12:30 PM
Date:      July 15, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    BMC Artist Faculty: Carnival of the Animals    7:30 PM
Date:      July 16, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 16, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 17, 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:      July 17, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Student Piano Recital    12:30 PM  Free Event
Date:      July 17, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC Artist Faculty: Copeland and the Cold War      7:30 PM
Date:      July 18, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  . Brevard Symphonic Winds    7:30 PM
Date:      July 18, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 18 - 21, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Semi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment bring Asheville's Civic Center alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Both levels of the Center offer artisans exhibiting and selling works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.  The Fair  showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild with members living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama.
Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   A Copeland Music Celebration     7:30 PM
8Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Plus Classic Car Show   Held  May through September in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street. Live music, cool breweries, delicious food, kid zone and fun for the entire family! Music starts at 5:30 pm
Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
The Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains feature locally hand-crafted beer from one of several local brewing companies plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque. The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and travels through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket prices vary and include a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.. Additional beer will be available for purchase. Visit the website for details.
Date:      July 19, 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:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five 
  Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.
Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street :   Vintage Vinyl performs / Classic Car Show  
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance.   Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Geoff McBride and Scott Baker     
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 19, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson - Mountain Laurels
 Free annual summer concert series. Come kick back and enjoy the music and the fresh outdoors.  special thank you to West Jefferson Business Association for helping us fund this event  May through October.
Date:      July 19 - 20, 2019
NC City:  Spruce Pine
Event:     Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival
  The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, a wings contest, public tastings, live bluegrass music, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, craft vendors, BBQ equipment and supplies vendors, local food vendors, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, a kids play-area.
Date:      July 19 - 20, 2019
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:     Alleghany Fiddler's Convention 
  Traditional mountain music that is sure to get your toes tappin’. 40 to 60 bands and over 200 individual compete each year,  The convention is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds with sites available for camping. The convention is held every year on the weekend of the third Saturday in July.
Date:      July 19 - 21, 2019 
NC City:  BANNER ELK 
Event:     Annual Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival in July  
This juried festival has been serving the community with a unique array of art for over 24 years. Enjoy an eclectic gathering of mountain and international fine artists and master crafters, plus great food and family fun.
Date:      July 19 - 28, 2019
NC City:  Various WNC Cities
Event:     
Folkmoot 2019  Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival, will kick off this summer’s celebration with the Gala Under the Stars at the Folkmoot Friendship Center with the Folkmoot Gala & Performance for Friends of Folkmoot, donors and sponsors. Then performances open to the general public begin with  the Grand Opening Extravaganza at Stuart Auditorium, followed the next day by The Folkmoot Parade of Nations, a feast of swirling color and excitement, on North Main Street In Waynesville and finishing at the historic Haywood County Courthouse. Additional performances and events are held in a variety of WNC cities. Get a complete schedule online
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    The Steel Wheels and Hoot & Holler 
  The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:       July 20, 2019
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Anything That Floats Parade   Teams of adults and/or youths build anything that floats without a motor with creativity, innovation and zaniness are encouraged. Rafts can represent a business, organization, group, or any personal theme. The parade begins at Hominy Creek Park and finishes at Jean Webb Park. The home-made crafts will be competing for the titles of Most Creative, Green Machine, Ugliest, Funniest, and Most Unique Design.
Date:       July 20, 2019
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      Annual RiverFest    Crafts, kid fun, a raft race, music and more.  RiverFest is an event especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Craft vendors sell local handmade goods, there are kids parades and activities and the popular Anything That Floats Raft Parade also takes place that afternoon. Live music continues into the evening. 1 PM - 7 PM.
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert   8:30 PM
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Folkmoot USA PARADE of NATIONS
    Dancers & Musicians from around the world parade down Main Street to Historic Courthouse lawn for Opening Ceremonies, 10 am.
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors.
Date:       July 20, 2019
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      Annual RiverFest    Crafts, kid fun, a raft race, music and more.  RiverFest is an event especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Craft vendors sell local handmade goods, there are kids parades and activities and the popular Anything That Floats Raft Parade also takes place that afternoon. Live music continues into the evening. 1 PM - 7 PM.
Date:       July 20, 2019
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Anything That Floats Parade   Teams of adults and/or youths build anything that floats without a motor with creativity, innovation and zaniness are encouraged. Rafts can represent a business, organization, group, or any personal theme. The parade begins at Hominy Creek Park and finishes at Jean Webb Park. The home-made crafts will be competing for the titles of Most Creative, Green Machine, Ugliest, Funniest, and Most Unique Design.
Date:       July 20, 2019
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK

Event:      Naturalist Niche: Big Tree Walk   
Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. One of those small areas is right here in Chimney Rock State Park. This moderate hike rambles through an area typically not open to the public in order to introduce participants to characteristics of old growth forests and native trees. Additional fee.
Date:      July 20, 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:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  WILKESBORO

Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours   Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM 
Date:      July 20, 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:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Carolina Blue   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 20, 2019
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors.
Date:      July 20 - 28, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Frisbee Dogs at Tweetsie Railroad  
For 9 days the famous K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs will perform at the Park their high energy shows. The team of dynamic canines do acrobatics in their freestyle routines. Showa are included with Park admission and seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and a special 7 PM on Saturday.
Date:      July 21, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series     “Patriot Salute”   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:      July 21, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Copeland's America   3:00 PM
Date:      July 21 - 27, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Old Time Week  The Gatherings oldest program, Old-Time Music & Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering expands this year with more instructors and more classes in fiddle and banjo. It explores the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff. The many diverse offerings enable students to explore new areas; fiddlers sing, singers dance, and dancers learn to play instruments
Date:      July 22, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee World Games  
Welcoming eight international countries to the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee World Games is a multi-sport cultural event hosted by Cherokee cultural performers and stickball teams. This event includes cultural demonstrations as well as precision, artistic, trend, strength, and ball sports that encourage Folkmoot’s groups to engage with the community and each other and to celebrate and share their cultures. Held at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, games begin at 2 PM and conclude at 7 PM Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for maximum enjoyment. Food trucks and Cherokee vendors will be available on-site.
Date:      July 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:      July 22, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC @ TLC .     Student solo and chamber recitals   12:30 PM
Date:      July 22, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Artist Faculty .     Mendelssohn Piano Trio #1   7:30 PM
Date:      July 23, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   New Music    Premier performances of BMC's composition students   12:30 PM   FREE event
Date:      July 23, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  US Army Brass Quintet   7:30 PM   FREE event
Date:      July 23, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 23 -  28, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division I. The annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged. This year several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics are being introduced both weeks along with Classics for Children, Adults, Ponies and Juniors
Date:      July 24, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital   12:30 PM  Free event
Date:      July 24, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Artist Faculty:  Schumann Piano Quartet    7:30 PM
Date:      July 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:      July 25, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 25, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   The Beach Boys
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars
Date:      July 25, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Die Fledermaus Opera    7:30 PM
Date:      July 25 - August 4, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     2019 Cashiers Designer Showhouse  
The Cashiers Historical Society's largest fundraiser returns. Don't miss this exciting new year for CHS! .The 10 days will be full of guest speakers, demos, book signings and guest vendors. The week will begin with a Preview Party and the 10 days will be celebrated with a Closing Brunch.
Date:      July 26, 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:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson - Cane Mill Road 
 Free annual summer concert series. Come kick back and enjoy the music and the fresh outdoors.  special thank you to West Jefferson Business Association for helping us fund this event  May through October.
Date:      July 26, 2019 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Downtown Waynesville Mountain Street Dance  
Enjoy cloggin’ & square dancin’ at an old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music, demonstrations & instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments, historic Courthouse lawn. 6:30-9 PM.
Date:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Brahms 4    7:30 PM
Date:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Rock & Roll Reunion  Plus Classic Car Show
  The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 26, 2019 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Downtown Waynesville Mountain Street Dance  
Enjoy cloggin’ & square dancin’ at an old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music, demonstrations & instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments, historic Courthouse lawn. 6:30-9 PM..
Date:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Dashboard Blue 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green   This concert features High Five Band
  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:      July 26, 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:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Symphony by the Lake at Chetola 
Gates open at 5:30 with opening bands at 5:45 and the main performance at 7 PM  Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.  Admission is charged.
Date:      July 26, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance  
  This dance features Travis Stuart and Friends, Dixie Darlin’s Cloggers and The Trantham Family. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:   The B-52s 
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars
Date:      July 26 - 27, 2019
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention     The Fiddlers Convention is a celebration and showcase of the musical talent and heritage of the high country of North Carolina. The Ashe County Arts Council is sponsoring the 48th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention at the. Ashe County Park, in Jefferson, North Carolina. Enjoy music and see the best in the region’s old time traditional and bluegrass musicians. Saturday will be the competition day with youth and adult competitions individual and band categories.  
Date:      July 26 - 27, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Summer Concert Series  
Are you ready to spend your summer swaying to your favorite songs, kicked back on a picnic blanket, or jumping up and down to a new act you’re suddenly a fan of? You’ve found the Cherokee Summer Concert Series, a mish-mash of good ol’ country and blues, rock ‘n roll, hip hop, soul—you name ‘em, we’ve booked ‘em. Check out the dates, times, and lineups on the website.
Date:      July 26 - August 18, 2019  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "All Shook Up"    
A crazy and uplifting musical comedy. A rousing Elvis score. A 1950s dreary cookie-cutter town where everything’s about to change. A musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes!. Admission charged
Date:      July 27, 2019
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM    The Tillers Concert   A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends. Held in Cook Park in downtown Todd.
Date:      July 27, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 27, 2019 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DAY   
“ Where the World Meets on Main Street ” , 37th annual FOLKMOOT USA, Crafts, Music & Dance, Food 10 am - 5 pm.
Date:      July 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:      July 27, 2019 
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    This concert features  Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express  
  The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 27, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 27, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 27, 2019
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Fireside Collective   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 27, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Debussy and Ravel    7:30 PM
Date:      July 28, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Soloists of Tomorrow    3:00 PM
Date:      July 28, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Supersonic - Percussion   7:30 PM
Date:      July 28 - August 3, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:     Swanannoa Gathering - Contemporary Folk Week / Guitar Week   Contemporary Folk Week welcomes Asheville’s own folk troubadour David Wilcox, as well as ex-Solas vocalist Moira Smiley to next year’s staff, joining our stellar team of singer/songwriters.  As one of the finest programs of its kind in the world, Guitar Week has received both the Bronze and Silver Medal Player’s Choice Award for Music Camps by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine. New Coordinator Greg Ruby continues our tradition of recruiting world-class, award-winning faculty and this high standard of quality is what keeps guitarists from across the globe coming back year after year.
Date:      July 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:      July 29, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC @TLC   Student solo and chamber recitals.   12:30 PM   Free Event
Date:      July 29, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    BMC Artist  Faculty - The Soldier's Tale   7:30 PM
Date:      July 30, 2019
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music by the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 30, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC Piano Competition Finals.  7:30 PM
Date:      July 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:      July 31, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Student Piano Recital  12:30 PM   FREE Event
Date:      July 31, 2019
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Dvorak Serenade for Strings    7:30 PM
Date:      July 31 - August 4, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division I. The annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged. This year several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics are being introduced both weeks along with Classics for Children, Adults, Ponies and Juniors
 
 
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4th of July Weekend Events
6/21-7-4 Arts & Culture Celebration 2019   Brevard NC
7/4-7 Annual Cherokee 4th of July PowWow     Cherokee NC
6/29-7/4 Annual Mile High 4th of July Parade and Celebration  Beech Mountain and Banner Elk
6/30-7/7 4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure
7/1  Independence Day Festival   Blowing Rock NC
7/3-7 Independence Day  Celebrations At Lake Junaluska   Lake Junaluska
7/4 July 4th Fireworks   Cherokee NC
7/4 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad    Blowing Rock NC
7/4 Todd Liberty Parade    Todd NC
7/4 Music on Main Street : Wishful Thinkin'  performs a patriot tribute   Hendersonville NC
7/4 Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series     Todd NC
7/4 4th of July Fireworks and Celebration at Lake Lure 
7/4 4th of July Concert and Fireworks  Sylva NC 
7/4 4th of July Parade and Family Fun Fourth   Banner Elk NC
7/4 STARS & STRIPES Celebration    Waynesville
7/4 Brevard Music Center Performance: Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops
7/4 Music on Main Street   Fireworks on Main Street Special 4th of July Concert    Hendersonville NC
7/4 Boone 4th of July Parade and Celebration    Boone NC
7/4 Freedom Fest     Bryson City NC
7/4 Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square     Asheville NC
7/4 Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad     Bryson City NC
7/4 Annual Independence Day Parade    Franklin NC
7/4 4th of July Fireworks in the Park    Franklin NC
7/4 July 4th Freedom Festival   Rutherfordton NC
7/4 4th of July Festival in Downtown Brevard 
7/4 Annual Fabulous 4th   Columbus NC
7/4 July 4th Fireworks    Cherokee NC
7/4 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad    Blowing Rock NC
7/4 July 4th Fireworks   Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro NC
7/4 4th of July Fireworks Celebration    West Jefferson NC
7/4-7  July 4th Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park
7/5-7 Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks      Cherokee
 
 
 
 
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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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