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Events and Festivals happen throughout the North Carolina mountains both seasonally and year around and include North Carolina Art and Crafts Festivals,  mountain music festivals, horse shows, golf tournaments and outdoor activities and competition.  

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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 Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
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  
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
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Date:     Now - June 20, 2019
Event:    Smiles of Spring Photo Contest at Chimney Rock State Park.    
It’s hard not to crack a smile while enjoying amazing views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge from on top of the Chimney. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our spring photo contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Date:      Now - May 27, 2019
Event:    A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age at Biltmore    Experience a turn-of-the-century celebration through vivid audio storytelling and displays of clothing recreated from Vanderbilt photos and portraits. A custom Exhibition Audio Guided Tour* immerses you in an era of leisurely days and glamorous nights—realistic 360° sound techniques and stories told by characters based on people who lived and worked at Biltmore in the early 1900s allow you to imagine you are there as guests and staff prepare for A Vanderbilt House Party.  Included with admission.
Date:      March 15 - April 15, 2019
Postcards From the Edge  WNC Traveling Exhibit. Eight arts councils in the region will present Postcards from the Edge, a traveling exhibit of postcard-sized artwork created and donated by area artists to raise awareness and funds in support of the mission of the councils involved. The traveling Postcards exhibit will feature approximately eighty postcard-sized paintings framed in elegant black frames. The art will be exhibited in each arts council gallery for at least one month before traveling to the next venue. The artwork is nominally priced with sales revenue being shared by the presenting arts councils and the Western Arts Agencies.
Date:     April 1 - 9, 2019
Event:    Spring Break Family Fun     
Join one of the Park Naturalists for an informal program during which your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!
Date:      April 1 - May 23, 2019
Biltmore Blooms    Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Biltmore Blooms. Guests will be able to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy a display of exotic orchids intimately, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt's guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. Outdoors, enjoy a beautiful progression of blooms from tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more.
Date:      April 4, 2020
   Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza   Enjoy a family friendly event beginning at 2 PM at the Watauga County Library located on Queen Street in downtown Boone. Children then "parade" down to the Jones House Community Center, just a hop and a skip away, for more games and an Easter egg hunt. Free refreshments, prizes, and games are provided
Date:      April 4, 2020
   Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon    Runners from across the country will meet in Cullowhee, located in Jackson County, at Western Carolina University to participate in the 10th annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K. Not only will runners enjoy a challenging and rewarding Half Marathon or 5K race, but they will also be able to take in the beauty of spring blossoming in the Western North Carolina mountains. The Half Marathon will take runners on a scenic 13.1-mile journey through the WCU campus and along the stunning Tuckasegee River. Half Marathon runners will also experience an elevation gain of about 1,080 feet on this challenging route. After the race, runners and visitors can grab some lunch at one of the area’s great restaurants then enjoy Sylva’s Brew Hop along the Jackson County Ale Trail and celebrate N.C. Beer Month.
Date:      April 4 - 7, 2019
Event:    The Fork Horse Trials at Tryon International Equestrian Center   This is one of the most prestigious Eventing competitions on the North American calendar. With top-of-the-line footing, a world-class cross-country course, and the hub of a premier family-friendly entertainment haven, this move secures the event’s future while enhancing the spectator fan experience. Watch some of the biggest names in the sport of Eventing, all while enjoying carousel rides, a variety of dining options, local vendors and much more right onsite.
Date:      April 5, 2019
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:  Billy Ray Cyrus.  Born in Flatwoods, Kentucky, Billy Ray Cyrus, known for his country singing, hunky good looks and mullet hairstyle, has enjoyed a mulit-layed performance career as a multi-platinum selling recording artist. He has scored a total of eight top-ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart. His most successful album to date is his debut Some Gave All, which has been certified 9 Multi-Platinum in the United States and is the longest time spent by a debut artist at number one on the Billboard 200 and featured the breakout hit, "Achy Breaky Heart." . Tickets prices vary.
Date:       April 5 - 20, 2019
Event:     Sylvia!  
It's Man VS Wife...and their dog. With a wiggle and a wag let the antics begin  .
Date:      April 5, 2019
   Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association. Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  18 downtown venues participate with a complete Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Asheville Visitors' Center or Pack Place. The Walks take place each first Friday from 5-8PM, April through December.
Date:      April 5, 2019
Tweetsie Railroad    OPENING DAY for the 2018 season. All aboard for NC's oldest theme park and another season of wild-west fun and excitement.
Date:      April 5, 2019
  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:      April 5 - 7, 2019
Event:    Annual Asheville Orchid Festival  
Held annually at the NC Arboretum this festival is a true celebration of the beauty of orchids. The WNC Orchid Society will host its annual show at The North Carolina Arboretum. The popular juried plant show will also feature award-winning orchid vendors, many of whom are nationally recognized growers and hybridizers. Rare and unusual plants, specialty lighting and orchid supplies will be available for purchase. 9 AM - 5 PM.
Date:      April 4, 2020
Event:     41th Annual Trout Derby   The Derby begins at sunrise on Saturday, prizes awarded at 4:30 pm. Win prizes for biggest fish in separate age categories, plus NEW categories for Catch & Release! No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary for the Classic Tournament. Just take your catch to the official Derby Headquarters. The Catch and Release categories are also free to enter, but will require check-in to pick up an official measuring tape prior to fishing. Children 11 and under and persons with disabilities may fish at Broyhill Park’s Mayview Lake. There is a limit of three (3) fish per participant per day at Mayview Lake. All anglers must have a license and obey all posted fishing regulations. The only fish eligible for entry into the derby are freshly caught trout taken from Watauga County public trout waters. Fly Fishing Demos and Clinics at Broyhill Park, too!
Date:      April 6, 2019
Naturalist Niche: Spring Migration Hike    Spring is for the birds! Dozens of species migrate through our area every spring as they head north. Join us to find how many different species you can see and hear that are making their way home. Don’t forget your binoculars. A Park bird list can be found here. This hike is considered easy- to- moderate. We love our visitors’ furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this. Advance registration is required. Cost includes Park admission for the day.
Date:      April 6, 2019
Event:     6 Hours of Warrior Creek Bike Race   Come watch riders challenge themselves at the newest and toughest course in this trail system at the 5th Annual 6 Hours of Warrior Creek Mountain Bike Race.
Date:      April 11, 2020
Event:    Annual Easter Hat Parade  
Come at 10:30 am to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street) – or bring your own. Get your face painted!. Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 11 am. Parade starts from Dillsboro Town Hall at 2:00 pm. Antique cars from the Old Timers Model A Club lead the parade. Plenty of prizes are announced after the Parade. Ribbons are given for the Prettiest, Funniest, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, Most Easter-like, Best Smelling, Cutest, Most Outrageous, Best In Show and "Poofiest" hats among other unusual categories.
Date:      April 11, 2020
Event:    73rd Annual Block House Steeplechase  
The event that ushers in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, family & friend reunions, and the sights& sounds of thoroughbreds thundering past, striving for a win. The Block House is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina, occurring continuously since 1947. Crowds of 18,000-20,000 attend the Block House Races annually. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races with total purses reaching $70,000. An amateur division, showcasing local jockeys, takes place after the Block House Cup feature race. The day also showcases a varied, equestrian learning experience from Carolina Carriage Club and Paso Fino demonstrations, to the Old Tryon Foot Beagles and Hounds.
Date:      April  12 -13, 2019
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:    Musical A Glimpse Of His Last Days Franklin NC A Glimpse Of His Last Days.  This 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics provide the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performers. Tickets prices vary.
Date:      April 12, 2019
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
Mountain Music Ambassadors  .  The Mountain Music Ambassadors is the flagship group of student performers from The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. Ready to entertain with Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music, these student musicians form a section of band class. 7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 13, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Skiffle Creek  Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.
Date:      April 17 - 19, 2020
Event:    TrailFest   
A celebration of the world famous Appalachian Trail. Activities include: Friday: Dinner and speakers. Saturday: Music from bluegrass to jazz, a variety of food, hiker games, chili cook off, Hiker trivia, local artists and crafts people, Appalachian Trail Conference display booth, famous duck race and more!
Date:      April 13, 2019
Event:     Madison County Potters' Market   
This is the 9th annual show of the Potters of Madison County and their guests at the Marshall High Studios on Blannahassett Island. Some of the finest potters from the southeast gather at this Madison County Potters Market to offer their work in Marshall High Studios setting.
Date:      April 13 - 14, 2019
Event:    15th Annual Herb Festival 
Savor the smell and taste of fresh-grown herbs with a  selection including several unique medicinal, cooking and ornamental herbs. The herbal combination planters include the Scarborough Fair Combo, the Indoor Herbs Combo, and several other attractive and useful assortments. Browse over 25 talented local artisan's booths, including handcrafted herbal soaps and herbal blends, handmade jewelry, woodcraft & handcrafted furniture, paintings, photography and more. Food vendors offer delicious treats ranging from vegetarian quesadillas to gourmet sausages and hand-squeezed drinks (you can also sample Painters own homemade pesto), and talented local musicians will be performing all weekend. The event is held at Painters Greenhouse, approximately 5 miles south of I-40 at exit 73.
Date:      April 17 - 18, 2020
Event:     Wilkesboro Brews, Bites and Bands  
Enjoy an evening of local craft beer, food trucks, and live music on the grounds of the Wilkes Heritage museum at the first Wilkesboro Brews, Bites and Bands Festival. Local artists Will Easter and Josh Perryman will rock friday night away while you sip local brews from TwoBoros Brewery. You can also attend a pairing dinner inside the historic Tory Oak dining room in the 19th century Smithey Hotel with Call Family Distillers, a distillery run by one of Wilkes County's most legendary moonshiners. Saturday, the Community Commons in the heart of Wilkesboro will turn into a Munich-worthy beer garden as beer vendors from across the foothills offer samples and pints of brews along with a smorgasbord of local food trucks and artisans from Western NC. The event will also feature a cornhole tournament and disc golf putting competition, raffles and prize giveaways. The entire family will enjoy browsing vendors, playing with our life-size board games, bounce houses and more.
Date:      April 19, 2019
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd Community Old Time Dance   
Grab the family and your neighbors and get ready to kick up your heels for the monthly dance at the Merc - always the first "teenth" Friday of the month. Dances include reels, squares, contras, waltzes and maybe a little bit of flat footing. No experience necessary. Live callers and music provided by the ever-changing and ever versatile Laurel Creek Stringband led by Cecil Gurganus. $5 adults over 12.
Date:      April 19, 2019
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Rosin Sisters   The Rosin Sisters are Barbara Panter-Connah and Jan Smith from Atlanta, and Ann Whitley-Singleton from Dahlonega. These three 'heart sisters' came together as a trio over ten years ago when Ann was still living in the big city, but they have known each other through the traditional music scene for over thirty years. They explore traditional Appalachian, honky tonk, early country, gospel, and Cajun music and perform all around the southeast.   7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 19 - 20, 2019
Event:    PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  
Passengers will join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and our Easter Bunnies for old fashioned Easter fun. Festivities include an on-going Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and snacks with Snoopy and more. There will also be plenty of opportunities for pictures, so do not forget your camera.
Date:      April 19 - 21, 2019
The Easter Bunny at Tweetsie Railroad     The Easter Bunny will be at Tweetsie Railroad to meet and take photos with guests during the Easter Weekend.
Date:      April 20, 2019
Easter Egg Hunt at John C Campbell Folk School   An annual favorite for kids is the Saturday before Easter on March 31. Bring your children at 1 p.m. to hunt for filled Easter eggs. There will be three areas for egg hunting, divided by age: 1-4, 5-8, and 9 & older. This event is free and held at the Open House. We ask that you please park in the gravel lot across from the Keith House to allow plenty of space for egg hunting and for the safety of the participants. Please arrive early - the hunt begins promptly at 1:00 pm and doesn't last very long!
Date:      April 20, 2019
Event:    Hoppy Easter Party  
The whole family will enjoy breakfast, games & activities. This event is geared toward families with children 12 & under. Call for more information. 10 AM - 12 PM.
Date:      April 20, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Thomas Garlow  Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.
Date:      April 20, 2019
3rd Saturday Classic Car Cruise-In  Held in downtown, historic Old Fort (at the Hardees on Catawba). Sponsored by the Route 70 Cruisers, all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are invited to join the fun, no entrance or admission fees! There will be food, crafts and a "swap meet" area for treasure hunters.
Date:      April 20 - 21, 2019
Spring Fling   Celebrate SPRING in the Smoky Mountains with a family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge. This event focuses on celebrating the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and features our Flint Ridge 5k, along with a ton of free activities including outdoor films, yoga, live music, giveaways, meals, and sweet deals at the Outfitter's Store.. FREE event held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)
Date:      April 21, 2019
64th Annual Easter Sunrise Service   Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast. Gates will open from 5am-6am, so that guests can make their way to the top of the Park. This year’s service will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7:30 a.m. A breakfast buffet will be offered at the Old Rock Café following the service for $10.99 for adults and $6.99 for children under 10; drinks are not included. Guests who would like to return to the Park after breakfast can show their Old Rock receipt and bulletin at the Ticket Plaza to receive free admission for the day. *Please Note: Due to the large number of guests who attend the service, no one can be admitted through the gate after 6am.
Date:      April 21, 2019
Event:    Biltmore Easter Egg Hunt     Biltmore's Easter Egg Hunt is one of the Southeast’s largest, with hundreds of children ages 2–9 canvassing the Front Lawn of Biltmore House for sweet treats, with magic shows and photos with the Easter Rabbit*. After the hunt, head to charming Antler Hill Village to enjoy a variety of additional activities including Giant Bubbles at the Village Green, Sheep Herding at the Farmyard, and more
Date:      April 21 - 22, 2019
Event:     Live Like Maria Freestyle Classic   
Join NRC for a fun weekend of Clinics and Competition in the discipline of Freestyle. This event is designed for people of all ages and abilities and will offer advanced as well as beginner categories. Saturday will offer clinics to paddlers covering the rules, offering handy competition tips, and allowing time for practice runs to prepare for the event. Both days will consist of competitions with high end judges, great prizes, and fun for all.
Date:      April 23 - 26, 2020
Event:     MerleFest
   Celebrate spring and help kick off festival season at MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country. MerleFest is held on the campus of Wilkes Community College. The four-day festival features over 90 artists performing on 14 stages, including the Old Crow Medicine Show, Steep Canyon Rangers John Oates and more. Additional activities include Jam Camp, nature walks, Songwriters Coffee House, AcousticKids Showcase, Little Pickers Family Area, Pickin' Place and Vender Shoppes.
Date:      April 25 - 28, 2019
   From Mozart to Pop Chart   at The Flat Rock Theatre.   Featuring Nat Zegree and Friends
Date:      April 25 - 27, 2019
Event:     Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament    Held on area rivers in and around Highlands. Proceeds benefit the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. Open to men and women of all skill levels. Teams will fish one native, one hatchery supported and one delayed-harvest stream. More than 2,200 miles of public water will be available to fish during the tournament. The registration fee includes the opening night reception, closing night dinner at Cyprus Restaurant and Friday happy hour, as well as a gift bag full of great swag and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes.
Date:      April 26, 2019
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:    An Evening Of One-Acts  This 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics provide the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performers. Tickets prices vary
Date:      April 26 - 27, 2019
Event:    Smoky Mountain Relay   
In teams of 6 or 12, participants of this epic overnight relay race 212.5 miles along trails and country roads from Brevard, NC to finish here at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Hailed as the most challenging race in the southeast, runners enjoy stunning views from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Mountains to Sea trail.
Date:      April 26, 2019
Event:     Brevard 4th Friday Art Walk   Explore downtown Brevard art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that stay open late from 5-9 PM on the 4th Friday from April through  December. Experience art, music and wine.  A brochure for the gallery walks can be found online or at any of the participating galleries or at the Chamber of Commerce.
Date:      April 26 - 28, 2019
Event:     Southeastern Mini Truckin' Nationals  
An open car show with spectators welcome. Hundreds of mini trucks will compete. Auto and Food Vendors will be on site. Held on the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds at 3374 Soco Road
Date:      April 27, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Sarah Tucker  Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.
Date:      April 27, 2019
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Sarah Tucker  Come to South Creek Winery and a listen to great local music. Tastings include the glass and are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. The music events are rain or shine (if questionable weather, please call to inquire) and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event. Tasting room opens at 11 am with wine tasting for a nominal fee; music begins at 1 PM.
Date:      April 27, 2019
Event:     The Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts - Sisters: Dynamic Harmonies & A Deep Love For Christ.   This 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns. Performances include passion plays, musical productions, professional drama troupes, dance and choral festivals, recitals, and various genres including country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics provide the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performers. Tickets prices vary.
Date:      April 25, 2020
Greening up the Mountains   This annual spring festival, named for the way the “spring green” creeps up the mountainsides, is a celebration of the local economy, sustainability, and traditional heritage crafts. Three full music stages will feature local bands, children’s performances, and heritage dance, along with the annual Youth Talent Show and more. Storytelling, face painting, an inflatable slide, the recycled materials Superhero Costume Contest, volunteer projects and more. Annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups. It is held on on Main and Mill Streets in historic downtown Sylva from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Date:      April 27 - 28, 2019
Event:     From Dusk to Dawn 2-Day Photo Workshop  at Chimney Rock State Park.   Join Professional Photographer Chuck Hill for this two-day workshop focusing on nature’s beauty at all hours of the day. This class will discuss and review panos, types of scenic photography and the equipment needed to make a photo pop. You’ll also have time to take photos in the park during regular hours, shoot both sunrise and sunset photos from the top of the Chimney, and learn about astrophotography. As an added bonus, participants can choose to camp overnight in the Park for an additional fee. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday included in Price. All other meals and lodging are at the expense of participants. Workshop attendees are responsible for bringing their own camera, computer with photo editing software, camping equipment and food outside of lunch during this workshop. For more information about Chuck Hill, visit http://chuckhillphotography.com. Class is limited to 10
Date:      April 28, 2019
Event:     Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest  
Meet the makers and the milkers, explore the craft of cheese-making, sample and buy lots of local cheese! Come to the beautiful grounds of Highland Brewing Co to celebrate southern cheese and support the WNC Cheese Trail. Explore the process from the field and farm to the dinner plate. Learn about the past, present and future of this ancient craft. There will also be a wide variety of family-fun activities, vendors from across the industry, demos, discussions and more.
Date:      April 25, 2020
Event:     Pioneer Day   
Annual celebration of mountain heritage. The one-day festival features mountain music in the amphitheater, craft demonstrations such as weaving, blacksmithing, and pottery turning, "Hit or Miss" engine displays and vendors displaying and selling their wares.
Date:      April 25, 2020
Event:     Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival   An annual celebration of the art of the blacksmith, held the last Saturday in April in downtown Spruce Pine. The event is a partnership between Spruce Pine Main Street, Penland School of Crafts, and the Toe River Arts Council. Each year, the festival contains a month-long exhibit of new work by artist blacksmiths, a featured Master Blacksmith who demonstrates multiple times at the festival, presents a lecture at Penland School, and conducts a Master Demonstration workshop the Friday before the festival, several invited demonstrators who share their talents at the festival, vendor blacksmiths selling their wares, and demonstrating techniques in their booths, a free hands-on tent, where the public can sign up to try their hands at blacksmithing, assisted by blacksmith volunteers. A variety of food will also be available.
Date:      April 27- 28, 2019
Event:     Weaverville Spring Art Safari   The Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided tour of artists' home studios in the scenic area surrounding the villages of Weaverville and Barnardsville, NC. This event has been going on, each spring and fall, since April 2001. Find had crafted items including Jewelry, Glass Art, Paintings, Garden Art, Sculpture, Pottery, Furniture, Fiber Arts, woodworking and more.  Preview Party 4/26, 6-8 PM.
Date:      April 29, 2019 
Event:     Oconaluftee Indian Village Opens for the Season   The Oconaluftee Indian Village opens for the season with self guided tours, authentic children's costumes, guided tours, and the Time of War. The Village Re-creates an authentic 18th-century Indian community. Cherokee artisans and guides demonstrate and explain the arts and crafts and the lifestyle and culture of their ancestors. Replicas of Cherokee homes, council house and squareground of the 1750 period. More than just another NC attraction, the Village is Living History. The Village will be open to the public Monday through Saturday until November 9, 2019.
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Upcoming Special Events:
Easter Events
4/13 Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza 
4/18-20 PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad     Bryson CIty NC
4/19-21 The Easter Bunny at Tweetsie Railroad
4/20 Easter Egg Hunt at John C Campbell Folk School 
4/11 Annual Easter Hat Parade   Dillsboro
4/20 Hoppy Easter Party    Beech Mountain
4/21 Biltmore Easter Egg Hunt    Asheville
4/21 64th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock State Park
Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

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