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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
April NC Events and Festivals
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Date:      March 30 - April 1, 2018
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:     Easter Weekend at Fontana   Bring the family to the Smokies for endless fun, entertainment, and a classic Easter feast at the Mountview Restaurant. Activities include arts and crafts, an Easter egg hunt, guided nature hikes, and much more.
Date:      March 31 - April 1, 2018
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee's Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament    $11 entry fee with a total of $20,000 divided among the winners. Enjoy the renowned trout fishing on the Cherokee Reservation with the first tournament of the year.
Date:     March 31 - April 8, 2018
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
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:      Now - May 24, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Biltmore Blooms    Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Biltmore Blooms. Guests will be able to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy a display of exotic orchids intimately, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt's guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. Outdoors, enjoy a beautiful progression of blooms from tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more..
Date:      Now - May 13, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Biltmore Event: Glamour on Board.    The stylish fashions and luxurious travels of the Vanderbilts launch at Biltmore with a stunning new exhibition, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. Dazzling costumes from the iconic film—representing the extensive wardrobes required by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s—will be displayed in the grand rooms of Biltmore House. This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Titanic, which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design.  Entry to this exhibition is included in Biltmore admission. Save $10 per admission ticket when you buy 7 or more days in advance.
Date:      now - June 20, 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Smiles of Spring Photo Contest    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:      April 1, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
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 1, 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    
63rd 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 4, 2018
NC City:  MILL SPRING (TRYON)
Event:    The Fork Horse Trials at Tryon International Equestrian Center   This is one of the most prestigious Eventing competitions on the North American calendar and it is moving from Newland, NC to the 1,400 acre Tryon Resort this year. 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 - 8, 2018
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     The Music of Bob Sieger 
Steve Kelly and the Cherry Cherry Band rocked the Rock last year with this sensational Neil Diamond tribute. This year he  returns with his tribute to Bob Seger featuring such songs as Night Moves, We’ve Got Tonight, Old Time Rock and Roll, Against the Wind and more! . Tickets from: $35.
Date:      April 6, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:   
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:Shop With A Cop Benefit Event .  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 6, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:  
   Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association. Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  20+ 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 6, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
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 7, 2018
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     39th Annual Trout Derby   The Derby begins at sunrise with awards at 4:30 PM. No pre-registration necessary. Public waters only, no ponds - nearby fishing spots include Price Lake, Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along Highway 321. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street.. Fishing at Mayview Lake (Broyhill Park) for children 11 and under and persons with disabilities. Fish weighed and measured at American Legion Building on Park Avenue.
Date:      April 7, 2018
NC City:  WILKESBORO
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 7, 2018
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Sorella Jack  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 8, 2018
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Sorella Jack  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 13, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:   
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:    Anthem Lights.  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 13, 2018
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble . The Dismembered Tennesseans have appeared on stage with many of the top country music stars and performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV's Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. 7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 13 - 14, 2018
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
Outdoor Elements Festival   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 14, 2018
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:     Madison County Potters' Market   
This is the 7th 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 14 - 15, 2018
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:    14th 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 14, 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflowers at Chimney Rock State Park   
This walk is a great way to explore some of our more moderate hiking options while learning about our colorful spring flowers. You’ll be surprised to find such a variety of plants within such a small area of the Park. Along the way, we’ll also touch on other local flora and fauna. This hike is considered moderate. You will descend the Four Seasons Trail from the top lot, but you won’t have to hike back up. Transportation will be provided. Advance registration is required.
Date:      April 14, 2018
NC City:  TRYON
Event:     72th Annual BLOCKHOUSE Steeplechase Race at FENCE
  The Steeplechase is the area's biggest and most exciting equestrian event of the year. Join the crowds that come for the thundering of hooves as they navigate a challenging course over several races. Contestants for best tailgate show off their best country, most unusual and most elegant. Special hats turn heads with competitors vying for the funniest (adults) and the most unusual and most appropriate for adults and kids.
Date:      April 19 - 29, 2018
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:  
   The Flat Rock Theatre Presents The Music of Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson - Music on the Rock Series   The music of two country superstars and legends, both known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds with classic rock and roll. “Remember When” you had “Friends in Low Places”…? “Ask Me How I Know” and, please, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”…!. Admission: from $35
Date:      April 20, 2018
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Skylark.   "na Skylark," which simply means "the Skylark" in Irish, is devoted to the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and Brittany on Ireland's national instruments: the Irish harp and the Irish uilleann ("elbow") pipes. na Skylark weaves these instruments and others – including the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the melodica, Irish flutes and whistles, the Irish fiddle, guitar, and various percussion – into a tapestry of sound and feeling that's truly unique.   7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 20 - 23, 2018
NC City:  HOT SPRINGS
Event:    Trail Fest  
A celebration of the world famous Appalachian Trail. Activities include: Friday: Dinner and speakers at Mosaic Gourmet patio. 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 21, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:   
 Smoky Mountains Center Event:    The Midtown Men  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 21, 2018
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:   
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 21, 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Earth Day Celebration at Chimney Rock State Park  Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect the beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café.
Date:      April 21, 2018
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 21 - 22, 2018
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NOC Nantahala Freestyle Shootout   
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 26 - 29, 2018
NC City:  WILKESBORO
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 26 - 28, 2018
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
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 27, 2018
NC City:  BREVARD
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 27 - 29, 2018
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
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 28, 2018
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Rory Kelly Band  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 28, 2018
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     The Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts - Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre.   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 28, 2018
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:    
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 28 - 29, 2018
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
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 29, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
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 28, 2018
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NOC Spring Fling   
Celebrate spring in the Smoky Mountains with a free, family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge. Don't miss the NRC 4Fun Freestyle event, vendor fair and gear demos at NOC's Outfitter's Store and family-friendly activities. Scheduled releases of the Cascades and Upper sections of the Nantahala River round out this Bryson City weekend.
Date:      April 28, 2018
NC City:  OLD FORT
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 28, 2018
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
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 28 - 29, 2018
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Rhododendron and Azalea Show   Presented by the American Rhododendron Society, SE Chapter, this yearly judged event features hundreds of blooms. Spring and summer blooming rhododendrons and azaleas some of the weekend favorites. The North Carolina Arboretum is home to the National Native Azalea Collection, and visitors are encouraged to explore the collection, located along Bent Creek, representing nearly every species native to the United States.
Date:      April 28-29, 2018
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
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 4/28, 6-8 PM.
Date:      April 30, 2018 
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Oconaluftee Indian Village Opens for the Season   The Oconaluftee Indian Village opens for the 2016 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 until November 11, 2018.
 
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3/30-31 PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad     Bryson CIty NC
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3/31 Easter Egg Hunt at John C Campbell Folk School 
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Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

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