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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
 
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This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      August 18 - 19, 21, 2017
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:     The Great American Eclipse   
On Friday evening, enjoy a special pre-eclipse welcome party at the Mac. On Saturday, there are special eclipse activities, seminars and kids activities. And on Monday, it's the Great American Eclipse. Enjoy vendors, food and fun. There's an All-Day Viewing Party at Konehete Park.  Monday evening, enjoy the after-party downtown at all of Murphy's great shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Come join the fun. Admission: Free
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Date:      Now- August 5, 2017
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Horn in the West: Legacy Outdoor Drama  
Live performances of the story of the brave settlers of the Carolina Backcountry presented in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. "Horn in the West" is an inspiring account of events centered around frontiersman Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, a thrilling look back at the nation's beginnings. Visit the on-site Hickory Ridge Living History Museum during the pre-show hours, 5:30 - 8:00PM.
Date:      Now - August 5, 2017
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:      July 30 - August 5, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors. Many of the instructors are Grammy-winners and all are world-renowned in their individual styles of guitar playing and instruction. Contemporary Folk Week expands this year with two more instructors and more classes in songwriting and performance than ever taught by a world-class staff, headed up by folk legends Tom Paxton, our first Master Music Maker, country star Kathy Mattea, and the incomparable Janis Ian.
Date:      now - August 20, 2017
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat.  
This megahit returns to Flat Rock Playhouse in this irresistible family friendly reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Featuring an infectious and unforgettable score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita). “Bible Study was never so much fun!” – Ft. Myers Daily News “A bouyant musical!” – New York Times seats from $15 - $50
Date:      August 1, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC Piano Competition Finals . 
The future stars of tomorrow take the stage in this inspired competition, featuring BMC’s gifted high school and college pianists.
Date:      August 1 - 6, 2017
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:      August 1-31, 2017; daily at 2 PM
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Family Animal Discovery Programs  
  Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. These resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the family-friendly programs every day at 2 PM which 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.
Date:      August 1 - 31, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Summer Photo Contest - Give it Your Best Shot   Every season, each and every day, offers something new at Chimney Rock State Park. Warm weather energizes us and encourages us to get outside and moving. The forest bursts into color and birds begin to reappear.  Capture that special moment or scene on your camera and enter it in this seasonal photo contest. The winning entries will be shown on the Park's website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Date:      August 2, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Student Piano Recital. 
BMC piano students in recital. Free Event
Date:      August 2, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Artist Faculty IV.  Intimate ensemble performances by esteemed BMC faculty – this is chamber music at its very best
Date:      August 3, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan. A delightful gathering of greatest hits from the team best known for H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and other distinguished works.
Date:       August 3 - 5, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival   The nation’s longest running folk festival. The annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, and ballad singers. A different show every night, beginning at 7:00 PM nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
Date:      August 3 - 6, 2017
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:    
The Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE.
Date:      August 3 - 13, 2017
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Motown Summer Nights    Music on The Rock Series.   
All of your favorite sizzling hits from Motor City!
Date:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   PMA 
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:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Jackson Taylor 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:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Piccolo Opera. High school voice students present opera scenes. Free Event
Date:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Dvoák Symphony No. 8. The powerful music of the legendary Czech composer joyfully expressed by our distinguished faculty and extraordinary high school musicians.
Date:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Gotcha Groove  
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 or corvette 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:      August 4, 2017    
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:      August 4, 2017
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:       August 4, 2017
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:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:  
Concerts on the Creek -   PMA  
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:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 20+ downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
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:      August 4, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:       August 4 - 5, 2017
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event: 
   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair   Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 60th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. Quilt squares appear not only on local barns and buildings but are for sale by some of the best quilters since Betsy Ross. Handmade clothes, purses, and vests, are just some of the items that adorn the beautifully decorated booths. There will also be homemade jams and jellies as well as Barbeque and Southern tea. The event is free to the public with bluegrass and cloggin entertainment throughout the day
Date:      August 4 - 5, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby  
A free fishing event for children ages 3 - 11. Enjoy two full days of fun with many attractions and eligibility for prizes. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered children. Prizes will also be given away children will be able to enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits,  and more
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert -  Crooked Road Ramblers & New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters   
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:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Behind the Scenes for Annual Passholders    Have you ever wondered what’s behind those elevator doors? Now you’ll get the chance to find out. The Park considers  Annual Passholders  extended family, so they get to be in the know! Join a State Park ranger for a Behind the Scenes tour of the elevator shaft. See the 26-story stainless steel staircase and some of the machine’s mechanics. The installation of the Park’s elevator was an amazing engineering feat that when installed in 1948 fulfilled the Morse family’s dream of making the “Rock” accessible to everyone. Meet at the tunnel entrance at 11 AM. 
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Tunes on the Tuck Free Concert - Grandpa's Music  
Enjoy this free concert on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage. Local musician "Grandpa" Larry Barnett is a moving force in the Bryson City scene as the organizer of the local music jams that take place every other Thursday at the library, not to mention the many bands he plays in.

The Tunes on the Tuck free concert series is held every Saturday evening, June - October in Bryson City. Located across from train parking and turntable. Free parking. Restrooms. Get a full Schedule here.
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta leads a program resplendent with traditional classical favorites and jazz-influenced compositions.
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market: National Farmers Market Week: Market Chef Cooking Demo and Tasting 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM through October on Backstreet.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM Strictly Strings performs. 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.
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   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:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 5, 2017
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 charged.
Date:       August 5, 2017
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Wood Day at the Folk Art Center  An annual celebration of wood crafts including  craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 14th Annual Carve Off Competition takes place between 1 - 3 PM. For the contest, participants have two hours to turn a simple block of wood into a work of art. Carvers must sign up by 12:30 to participate. Demonstrations include flute making, wood turning, broom making and furniture design and construction. FREE admission
Date:      August 5, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - The Bankesters   
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:       August 5, 2017
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:     Paddle Grapple    Canoe, Kayak, Sup or Surfski in the inaugural Paddle Grapple - a multi-discipline 3 or 6 mile race on beautiful Lake Fontana.   Onsite registration at Tsali Recreation Area Boat Ramp. Open to all ages and awards will be given to top finishers in each class.. All proceeds will be donated to the Nantahala Racing Club (a nonprofit organization that provides access and training to whitewater sports in the local area).
Date:       August 5 - 6, 2017
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Village Art and Craft Fair   Held on the grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village this year's Fair, the 42nd,  will include 120 juried exhibitors, making it one of the highest quality outdoor show of the year.  View and shop for all types of fine art and crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM. Hosted by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio.
Date:      August 6, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: 
Season Finale: Verdi Requiem. Hundreds of artists fill the WPA stage with soaring sounds and spirited song as BMC’s captivating season draws to its dramatic close. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      August 6 - 12, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Mando & Banjo Week and Fiddle Week  Mando & Banjo Week features classes in two of the instruments that are at the core of several of the most popular folk genres we offer, including bluegrass, old-time, Irish and Scottish, as well as some of the more adventurous blendings of traditional and jazz flavors known as ‘new acoustic’ music.  Fiddle Week at the Swannanoa Gathering celebrates that universality with classes in traditional and contemporary styles ranging from Irish to Mexican, from Cajun and bluegrass to blues. This summer they are emphasizing playing by ear, developing a personal style and improvising in various genres.
Date:       August 7. 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances    Appalachian Fire; Dancers: Lake Lure Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:       August 9 - 12, 2017
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Laugh Your Asheville OFF   One of the largest and most respected stand-up comedy events in the country. The event attracts top comedy producers and representatives that will be in attendance to scout the hottest new comedic talent.
Date:      August 10. 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Centennial Campfire Celebration: National S’mores Day     Come celebrate National S’mores Day at Chimney Rock.  Join some of Chimney Rock State Park’s awesome rangers for a campfire, free s’mores and ghost stories by the Rocky Broad River. Guests should park in Chimney Rock Village and meet at the fire ring behind the Old Rock Café. *This event is part of a once-a-month series of Centennial Campfire Celebrations hosted by the Chimney Rock State Park Rangers in honor of NC State Park’s centennial year. Contact (828) 625-1823 for more information.
Date:      August 11, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Dashboard Blue 
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 or corvette 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:      August 11, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " High 5 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:      August 11, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Tuxedo Junction 
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:      August 11, 2017
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios. Gallery Crawl is a free event and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association, the West Jefferson TDA and is funded, in part, through a Grassroots Arts Program Grant of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Date:      August 11, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   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:      August 11, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 11 - 12, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    
Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival   BBQ, Music and Car Show. This two-day event features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment ,a car show, cornhole tournament, crafters and tastin’ tent.  This is an official North Carolina State BBQ Championship with over $11,000 in cash and awards. Gate Entrance: $5 one day; $8 both days, Children 12 & under Free. Held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, 1436 Georgia Road in Franklin.
Date:      August 11 - 13, 2017
NC City:  LAKE LURE 
Event:     Lake Lure Olympiad 
A family-friendly sports festival for all ages and athletic abilities that raises money for area non-profits.  Major races include the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock (25-mile bike or 5k run).  Die-hard athletes can do all three as part of the Olympiad's "3 Races in 3 Days" challenge.  Presented by Rumbling Bald Resort and Rutherford Regional Health System.  Other events include the Jr. Olympiad, water-ski show, golf tournament, dragon boat races and more.
Date:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Freight Hoppers   
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:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Kudzu Basketmaking Workshop     Join South Carolina Artist Nancy Basket for a 2-hour course focusing on the art of Kudzu Basket Making. On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, participants will create bird nest or flower gathering using their hands, a few basic tools and kudzu– also known as “the vine that ate the south.” All supplies are included in this workshop. This class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $25 per participant. Advance registration is required. To register, call 800-277-9611  
Date:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Krazy with Kudzu    Naturalists are working hard to eradicate this noxious invasive that poses a significant threat to the biodiversity in the southeast. But, even this weed has its good points. This event will showcase the good, the bad and the ugly of Kudzu. You’ll not only learn about what methods are used to get rid of it but also how to make Kudzu jelly, baskets and more.  
Date:      August 12, 2017
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.
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Date:      August 12, 2017
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. Vendor space available.
Date:      August 12, 2017
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:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   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:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Freight Hoppers   
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:      August 12, 2017  
NC City:  MILL SPRING - TRYON
Event:    Saturday Night Lights  
From carnival-style entertainment to Carolina-inspired festivals, attendees can enjoy the popular “Saturday Night Lights” event series every Saturday in October at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The event includes free activities like face painting, busker performances, live bands and rides on a hand-painted Venetian carousel. The events are coupled with a grand prix show jumping competition held in the George Morris Arena. Buy carnival treats from vendor carts such as lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and roasted corn. Restaurant dining and shopping is also available. Admission: TIEC admission and parking are free and open to the public.
Date:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON 
Event:    Annual Blue Ridge Brutal 100 Bike Race  
This ride tours Ashe and Alleghany Counties and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning and ending in front of the Ashe Civic Center, in the shadow of Mount Jefferson, the ride offers 100 miles of varied and challenging terrain. The Blue Ridge Brutal features three ride options: 57 mile, 76 mile and 102 mile. The ride is fully supported by SAG wagons, rest stops, mussette stops, Ham radio communication and fire and rescue squad. A hot meal, t-shirt and chip timing is included
Date:      August 12, 2017
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:      August 12, 2017
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:     Wildcat Music Festival and 5K Run 
  The 5L Run begins at 9 AM and The Wildcat Music Festival takes place from 2 PM to 10 PM. Enjoy games for kids, swimming, boating and fishing; horseshoes and cornhole. Food venders will be available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket but NO pets or alcohol. Register for the 5K at www.runsignup.com.
Date:      August  12 - 13, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Riders in the Sky Perform at Tweetsie Railroad  
Come hear America's Favorite Cowboys and Grammy award-winning singers. The shows are included in the Park admission but seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes at noon and 3 PM.
Date:       August 12 - 13, 2017
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     40th Annual Sourwood Festival   
Great music and lots of fun for all ages fills downtown Black Mountain.  Held each year in August, it's a time for good food, good fun and good friends. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, super food, kid's rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family.
Date:      August 12 - 27, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse  
An insider look into the Cashiers Community home showcase.  Interior Designers representing the Southeastern region will not only bring trending design to Cashiers but will again create the magic that is The Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Leading area landscapers are involved in redefining the areas surrounding the home and in turn creating serene and evocative late summer mountain gardens for Showhouse strolling. The event is presented by the Cashiers Historical Society and provides their primary funding. Support our mountain heritage!
Date:      August 13. 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Annual Race to the Rock (5K run or 25-mile bike)   A challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it. This is the ONLY TIME ever you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock.  This is one event in the annual Lake Lure Olympiad
Date:       August 14, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances    Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; Dancers: Mountain Thunder  Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:      August 17, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  - Come Back Alice 
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:       August 17 - 19, 2017
NC City:   MARION
Event: 
    Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival   Featuring dozens of bluegrass musicians.. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance by calling 706-864-7203. The event is held  "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavilion. The cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch, with hot food and other concessions also available. Bring your lawn chairs - no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area.
Date:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Porch 40 
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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Julie Gribble".  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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street : Flashback - The Party Band 
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 or corvette 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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:    Newsboys with Special Guest Mandisa
 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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Presents:   Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.  One of music's most vibrant and iconic performers, Lyle Lovett breaks down barriers with a distinct fusion of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues.
Date:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  - Cedric Burnside with Lyric and The Stump Mutts
 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:      August 18, 2017
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson - Mountain Laurels
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 18 - 19, 2017
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:    Dirty Dancing Festival  A dance and music festival for all ages celebrating the classic American movie filmed in Lake Lure, NC. Fans can relive their favorite "Dirty Dancing" moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, special guests, games and more. Fans from more than 24 states and two foreign countries have attended previous festivals.
Date:       August 18 - 19, 2017
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Asheville Wine and Food Festival   The festival begins with "Sweet", a decadent evening of desserts, sparkling wines, and beer at The Historic Grove Arcade. The Grand Tasting  is held at the US Cellular (Civic)Center. Experience a remarkable variety of local and international wineries, local Beer City and area breweries, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan beverage makers, as well as regional crafters. Culinary events will take place throughout the day including Blind Wine & Beer Tasting and Winery Competitions. At this festival you will see why Asheville is rated among the best food and wine experiences in the country. The Asheville Wine and Food Festival helps fund the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association.
Date:      August 18 - 19, 2017
NC City:  FOREST CITY
Event:    Hot Nights, Cool Rides  
More than 350 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles line downtown, drawing both engine enthusiasts and the curious. The events includes food, dancing, and music. One of the largest car, truck and motorcycle shows in the Southeast, Forest City's 22nd annual "Hot Nights, Cool Rides" event attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of dynamite vehicles. The eclectic display of antique and modern vehicles, combined with the authentic, 1930s buildings of Forest City's Main Street, leaves people feeling like the decades have collided. The event runs from 11 AM. - 9 PM. and features live music, vendors, prizes and more. Registration is $25 per vehicle and the event is free for spectators
Date:      August 18 - 19, 21, 2017
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:     The Great American Eclipse   
On Friday evening, enjoy a special pre-eclipse welcome party at the Mac. On Saturday, there are special eclipse activities, seminars and kids activities. And on Monday, it's the Great American Eclipse. Enjoy vendors, food and fun. There's an All-Day Viewing Party at Konehete Park.  Monday evening, enjoy the after-party downtown at all of Murphy's great shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. Come join the fun. Admission: Free
Date:      August 18 - 19, 21, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Downtown Sylva Eclipse Festival  
Downtown Sylva hosts several activities and events to celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse throughout the weekend of August 18th-21st. The weekend kicks off at Bridge Park with Concerts on the Creek on Friday, August 18th where the popular band, Porch 40, will be playing from 7-9 PM.. During the evening, visitors can purchase MoonPies and food from an on-site food truck. On Saturday night, Historic Downtown Sylva will host Moonlight Madness where its shops will stay open late with special deals and offerings. On Sunday, August 20th at 6 p.m., Solar Eclipse educational panels will be held at Southwestern Community College with Astronomy Professors and subject matter experts. On Monday, Aug. 21st, the day of the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE, festivities begin at Bridge Park around 11 AM.
Date:      August 18 - 21, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:    Space and Solar Eclipse Themed Movies at Mad Batter Food and Film  
Mad Batter Food and Film in Sylva will play space and solar eclipse themed movie throughout the weekend. Check the website for special menus. Movies are free.
Date:      August 18 - 21, 2017
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Rock The Eclipse     C
elebrate the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. There will be events all weekend in historic downtown Black Mountain, leading up to a party with the Big Deal Band on Town Square to watch the eclipse on Monday afternoon. The start of the partial eclipse will begin around 1 PM, the maximum eclipse will occur at 2:38 PM and the partial eclipse will end at 4:01 PM.
Date:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Presents:   Movie Night @ BMC – Apollo 13.  The story of the 1970 lunar mission, which suffered an explosion in space that disabled the ship, leaving the astronauts and Mission Control to work frenetically on devising a plan to get the men home safely. Based on actual events.
Date:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:    Tony Bennett 
 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:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Jeff Little   
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:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Barr-Williams & the Cabin Creek Boys     
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:       August 19, 2017
NC City:   CHEROKEE
Event: 
    KOA Mid Season Tournament   compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits are required for Cherokee streams or ponds and are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online. $10 entry fee.
Date:      August 19, 2017
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:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  DILLSBORO 
Event:     Dillsboro Arts and Crafts Market  The second of three Arts and Crafts Markets will line Front Street in charming downtown Dillsboro NC. This market will showcase demonstrating crafters located inside the shops of Dillsboro, as well as in the tents on Front Street. Enjoy live music from 11 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 2 PM along with Little Jimmy's Ices and homemade baked goods. Craft demonstration in a variety of media, including heritage crafts, will take place throughout the day.
Date:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM Worthless Son-in-Laws performs. 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.
Date:      August 19, 2017
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:       August 19, 2017
NC City:   BRYSON CITY
Event:     Railroad Reserve  Passengers will enjoy a full service, all-adult ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share history and knowledge behind each sampling of wine. Passengers on this special dinner train will enjoy an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a delicious entrée, and a chef-selected dessert. All of our wine samples have been carefully selected to accompany the meal from popular wineries. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass.
Date:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in  Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   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:      August 19, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 19, 2017
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:      August 19, 2017  
NC City:  MILL SPRING - TRYON
Event:    Saturday Night Lights  
From carnival-style entertainment to Carolina-inspired festivals, attendees can enjoy the popular “Saturday Night Lights” event series every Saturday in October at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The event includes free activities like face painting, busker performances, live bands and rides on a hand-painted Venetian carousel. The events are coupled with a grand prix show jumping competition held in the George Morris Arena. Buy carnival treats from vendor carts such as lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and roasted corn. Restaurant dining and shopping is also available. Admission: TIEC admission and parking are free and open to the public.
Date:      August 19, 2017
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:      August 19 - 21, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Total Solar Eclipse Weekend  
The whole town will have "solar fever" for the long weekend. Events include live music, an "Eclipse Crawl" to various merchants for specially-themed offerings, programs in a large, portable planetarium, and lots of prime viewing areas. On Eclipse Day, there are several locations for great viewing - including a downtown block party at the train depot (free), and a viewing area at Swain County Event Park with live music and food trucks (parking is $5 per car but includes viewing glasses for the event). The Visitor Center will have information on viewing areas and events.
Date:      August 20, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Presents:   Movie Night @ BMC – 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Astronauts travel to the moon to study a black monolith before another mission to Jupiter goes awry due to a malfunctioning computer system. Later regaining control of his spaceship, the surviving astronaut travels through a dazzling star-gate.
Date:      August 20 - 21, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee's Cultural Eclipse Celebration    This is a total solar eclipse, which happens when the moon completely blocks the sun’s light, casting an enormous shadow over the Earth. For those who really want to be precise, “totality,” or the total eclipse, begins at 2:35:41 p.m. (EDT) on August 21. An astronomical event of the rarest kind, a total solar eclipse that’s only viewable in the U.S. hasn’t taken place since 1776! That’s why Cherokee is having a two-day celebration in honor of this heavenly event
Date:      August 21, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Presents:   Total Eclipse of the Sun.  Witness the Total Solar Eclipse in the peaceful, quiet serenity of the beautiful BMC campus among a small, intimate group of only 200 attendees. Enjoy access to private and safe VIP parking. Dine on delicious local BBQ while listening to live music. $100 per person ticket price includes VIP parking, BBQ, live music, Eclipse safety glasses, and access to prime, unobstructed sites to view the Total Solar Eclipse. Seating is limited to only 300 guests.
Date:      August 21, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Eclipse Block Party in downtown Franklin  
Experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse in “Totality” in Downtown Franklin, NC at the Eclipse Block Party. 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm featuring Solar Telescope Viewing, Post Eclipse Concert, Giveaways, Moon Pies & RC Colas and much more!   Franklin Chamber of Commerce Eclipse Viewing Party: Held at the new location of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, 98 Hyatt Road, for a viewing celebration. Refreshments will be served and viewing glasses and eclipse shirts will be available . Plenty of parking, rest rooms and great view of the sky. 
Date:      August 21, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Eclipse Viewing Event at Entegra Bank   
Entegra Bank Corporate Center lies in the direct path of the total Solar Eclipse. There will be total darkness in the middle of the afternoon. A once in a lifetime event.  To mark this extraordinary natural occurrence, the Bank will host a Spectacular Solar Eclipse Viewing Event. Festivities will begin at Noon at the Entegra Bank Corporate Center, 14 Once Center Court, Franklin NC, and in the meadow below the Corporate Center.
Date:      August 21, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:     Cashiers Eclipse Festival  
In Cashiers, The Village Green hosts a day of festivities and solar eclipse viewing “Eclipse Festival” on August 21 to celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse. Visitors can try several local food trucks such as Glenville’s own Flip & Whip, enjoy beer by The Ugly Dog Public House and Satulah Mountain Brewing, and sweet treats and ice cream from Cream & Flutter. A live music performance by Coconut Groove, a 60’s/70’s cover band, will entertain guests throughout the day. The U.S. Postal Service will be on site to sell and cancel commemorative Solar Eclipse stamps.
Date:      August 21, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    The Solar Eclipse Train    
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will offer a special ‘Eclipse Train’ departing Bryson City at 11:15 AM on August 21 to arrive in Dillsboro NC to view the Eclipse.  This round trip specialty excursion will be approximately 5 hours altogether including its 2 hour layover in Dillsboro. All guests will receive complimentary, special viewing glasses to safely observe the progression of the 2017 total eclipse. Tickets start at $59 for Adults 13 years of age and up, $35 for Children (2-12 years) and complimentary for Infants (23 months and under).
Date:      August 21, 2017
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:     The Great American Solar Eclipse  
Dillsboro residents and visitors will have a chance to watch as the moon moves fully in front of the sun for the first time in 26 years. The Town of Dillsboro will have a stellar view of one of nature's most visual displays followed by a couple minutes of complete darkness. Starting Friday, August 18, you'll find fun events throughout the county – from free concerts to festivals, to merchant specials and even a Midnight Run.
Date:      August 24, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:    REO Speedwagon 
 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:      August 25, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Lyric 
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:      August 25, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features The Sundown 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:      August 25, 2017
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson -  Backporch Bluegrass
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 25, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River  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:      August 25, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 25 -  September 3, 2017
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Music of the Night: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber  
The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber continues on at Flat Rock Playhouse with hits from one of the best musical theatre composers of all time. Featuring songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and many more! seats from $15 - $50
Date:        August 26, 2017
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:       August 26, 2017
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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Concerts in the Park
  - WestSound Production   Biltmore Park Town Square offers FREE live concerts from June through October. Brings a blanket and enjoy the best performers in the area from 60s Oldies to contemporary jazz.  7 PM - 9 PM.  Tuxedo Junction performs this concert.
Date:      August 26, 2017
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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:    Goo Goo Dolls: Long Way Home Summer Tour 2017 with special guest Phillip Phillips 
 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:      August 26, 2017 
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series    ( at RiverFest)  The Get Right Band, Ben Phan and the Soul Symphony, and The Greenliners  This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Date:      August 26, 2017  
NC City:  MILL SPRING - TRYON
Event:    Saturday Night Lights  
From carnival-style entertainment to Carolina-inspired festivals, attendees can enjoy the popular “Saturday Night Lights” event series every Saturday in October at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The event includes free activities like face painting, busker performances, live bands and rides on a hand-painted Venetian carousel. The events are coupled with a grand prix show jumping competition held in the George Morris Arena. Buy carnival treats from vendor carts such as lemonade, popcorn, cotton candy and roasted corn. Restaurant dining and shopping is also available. Admission: TIEC admission and parking are free and open to the public.
Date:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Naturalist Niche: Waterfall Exploration     The famous Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Seen in movies such as The Last of the Mohicans, its sheer drop is easily recognized and hard to forget. Thousands of people visit the waterfall each year often overlooking the significance of what flora and fauna thrive in this incredible cliffside habitat. The exploration to the base of Hickory Nut Falls will have you turning over rocks and peering into crevices to see what may be lurking. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot! *Waterfall Exploration is part of the Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.
Date:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Kruger Brothers   
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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Mipso & Amythyst Kiah  
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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  POPlAR (near BURNSVILLE)
Event:     
Annual Carolina PushRodz Car Show   Run for the Hills for your "fill" of cars, fun and prizes. This is a free family events with no charge for parking or to enter a car. BBQ, funnel cakes and drinks will be available for purchase.
Date:      August 26, 2017
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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Kruger Brothers   
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:      August 26, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market   
Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. A traditional Cherokee meal will be for available for purchase..
Date:      August 26 - 27, 2017
NC City:  HIGHLANDS   
Event:     Village Square Art and Craft Show  
Sponsored by the Macon County Art Association, there are many works of art from which to choose. You will also find jewelry, pottery, weaving, metalwork, woodwork and other high quality crafts for the home and garden. 70+ local and regional art vendors. The show is held in downtown Highlands at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and neighboring Village Square, a block from Main Street.
Date:      August 26 - 27, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Railroad Heritage 2017 at Tweetsie Railroad   
 A once per year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy a very special weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET & WNC Railroad and mountain culture. Traditional dance and craft demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Program will also be featured on Saturday.
Date:      August 31 - September 3, 2017
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Everything is Rosie, A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney    Music on The Rock Series.   
Everything Is Rosie is a loving tribute to the late Rosemary Clooney who had a long career, spanning from pop star fame in the 1950’s to jazz recording artist in the 1990’s. In this one-woman show, Wendy Jones (Smokey Joe’s Cafe) tell the compelling story of Rosemary Clooney interweaving notable Clooney songs from such composers as the Gershwins, Berlin and Ellington. This is a fun, touching and heartfelt tribute to one of America’s songbook sweethearts.
 
 
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* Upcoming Holiday Special Events:
Solar Eclipse Events (8/21)
8/18-19 The Great American Eclipse    Murphy
8/18-20 Space and Solar Eclipse Themed Movies    Sylva
8/18-21 Downtown Sylva Eclipse Festival  
8/18-21 Rock The Eclipse    Black Mountain
8/19-21 Total Solar Eclipse Weekend   Bryson City
8/20 Brevard Music Center Presents:   Movie Night @ BMC – 2001: A Space Odyssey
8/20-21 Cherokee's Cultural Eclipse Celebration     Cherokee
8/21 Brevard Music Center Presents:   Total Eclipse of the Sun   Brevard
8/21 The Great American Eclipse   Murphy
8/21 Eclipse Block Party in downtown Franklin 
8/21 Franklin Chamber of Commerce Eclipse Viewing Party
8/21 Eclipse Viewing Event at Entegra Bank    Franklin
8/21 Cashiers Eclipse Festival    Cashiers
8/21 The Solar Eclipse Train    Bryson City and Dillsboro
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Labor Day Weekend Events
9/2 Art After Dark    Waynesville
9/2 Murphy Art Walk    Murphy
9/2 Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk    Asheville
9/2 Ashe County Farmers Market and FREE Backstreet Concert Series in West Jefferson 
9/2-3 Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival   Lake Junaluska
9/2-3 7 Clans Redeo     Cherokee
9/2-4 The Qualla Country Trout Tournament    Cherokee
9/2-5 Labor Day Weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn   Asheville
9/2-5 NC Apple Festival     Hendersonville
9/2-5 Labor Day Weekend at Fontana Village
9/3-4 RockFest at Emerald Village   Little Switzerland
9/3-4 Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park 
9/3-4 Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show
9/3-4 Cashiers Valley Arts and Crafts Fair
9/4 Annual New River Blues Festival     Grassy Creek
9/4 - 5 Canton Labor Day Festival  
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Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center&  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All year
Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park 
Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
WWhere: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park.
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
 
 
Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
Classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown at the visitor center.
 
 
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