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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:      April 27 - 30, 2017
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.
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Date:      Now- April 2, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Willie Wonka  at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.
The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth. Tickets: $12.50 - $25.
Date:      Now - May 25, 2017
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 - July 4, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Biltmore Exhibit: Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics    A daily exhibition included in regular Biltmore admission. Biltmore’s newest exhibition of award-winning costumes and objects from the Biltmore collection. This exhibition was inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library.
Date:      April 1, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:    
Sylva's 2nd Annual Brew Hop    Sylva's 2nd Annual Brew Hop – Saturday, April 1, 3-7 pm. In honor of NC Beer Month, join City Lights Café, Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewing, Mad Batter Food & Film, Sneak E Squirrel Brewery, and The Cut Cocktail Lounge for the Sylva Brew Hop. In its 2nd year ticket holders will visit each of the establishments and taste 2 local or regional beers. Tickets include a souvenir glass and two pours at each location. We encourage folks to take advantage of our awesome restaurants in Downtown Sylva during and after the Sylva BrewHop. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online: through March 30 or April 1 for $35 per person.  
Date:      April 1, 2017
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Michael Corwin  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 1 - 30, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Spring 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:      April 1 - 30, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Spring Break Family Fun   Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at the daily 2 PM Family Animal Encounters.  A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den for weekday Family Animal Encounters Mon-Fri and at the Outdoor Classroom Sat-Sun. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.
Date:      April 1, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     38th 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 1, 2017
NC City:  MARION
Event:    13th Annual Tour De Lure Bike Ride   Two rides  - one  "hard core"  and one for fun. The Dewey Hughes Memorial Ride is a challenging one beginning at Marion's YMCA traveling through rolling farmlands, up Stone Mountain, around Lake Lure, through Chimney Rock and returning to Marion for a total of 71 miles and 5900 feet of ascent. The Fun Ride begins at the same time and place (same fees), but takes you on an exciting 23 mile course through rolling hillsides and farmlands. Applications available online or at theYMCA in Marion. Free Spaghetti meal for participants after the ride.
Date:      April 1, 2017
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 5-9, 2017
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 6, 2017 with additional weekend events
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Melange of the Mountains   Mélange of the Mountains is Haywood’s premier culinary event launching the spring tourism season. It is a uniquely local epicurean partnership of innovative chefs, sustainable producers, crafty microbrewers and local farms. Visitors, from near and far, will discover that Haywood County is a vibrant and diverse destination for foodies of all ages – well worth a gold star on the regional gastronomy map
Date:      April 6, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:   
 Smoky Mountains Center Event: The Beach Boys.  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, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Arts After Dark  
A full evening of the finest music and entertainment available in Western North Carolina
held in the Conference Hall at Blue Ridge Community College. Enjoy a wonderful “sampler” of performances planned for the 2017 arts season, including the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra; The Arts Council of Henderson County; The Carolina Concert Choir, the Flat Rock Playhouse; the Hendersonville Community Theatre and the Blue Ridge Community College Music Department. A wide assortment of visual art will also be displayed and for sale along with great food and drink from many local “favorites” including Dickey’s Barbecue, The Green Room Café & Coffeehouse, Hannah Flanagan’s Pub, Kilwin’s, Lake Pointe Landing, Panera Bread, Season’s at Highland Lake Inn, Southern Appalachian Brewery, and Trinity View Retirement Community. Tickets for this special evening are $25.00 per person in advance or $30.00 at the door.
Date:      April 6 - 9, 2017
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Cherry Cherry Experience
Neil Diamond’s Music Like Never Before. Diamond’s classic songs evoke memories that every crowd will enjoy. This famed Neil Diamond tribute artist with his 9 piece band will perform such hits as "America," "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Sweet Caroline," "I Am…I Said." and many more!  Admission: $15 - $33
Date:      April 7, 2017
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 7, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Tweetsie Railroad    OPENING DAY for the 2017 season. All aboard for NC's oldest theme park and another season of wild-west fun and excitement.
Date:      April 8, 2017
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 8, 2017
NC City:  BOONE
Event:  
   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 8, 2017
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 - 9, 2017
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:    13th 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, 2017
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
Fletcher Bright & The Dismembered Tennesseans. 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 14 - 15, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
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 14-16, 2017
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 scenic lake tours, an Easter egg hunt, guided nature hikes, and much more!
Date:      April 15, 2017
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:    Annual Easter Hat Parade  
Make a hat, win a prize, get your face painted, meet the Easter Bunny. This family fun event continues to be a favorite Easter weekend mountain happening. This year the parade will be led by a fleet of restored antique cars and begins in front of the Town Hall on Front Street. Awards will be presented 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. There is even a ribbon awarded to the Best Animal in Show! Get times and details online.
Date:      April 15, 2017
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 15, 2017
NC City:  BRASSTOWN   (near Hayesville)
Event:     John C Campbell Folk School Annual Easter Egg Hunt  
The hunt begins at 1 PM and is divided into three areas by age group. Live music. This is a FREE event held at the Open House.
Date:      April 15, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Spring Early Bird Walk at Chimney Rock State Park   
Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States and Chimney Rock is a premier site to see and hear our feathered friends. Grab your binoculars and meet a local naturalist for this early bird walk that starts before the Park opens to other guests. You’ll be amazed at the species you can check off your list. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!
Date:      April 15, 2017
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 15, 2017
NC City:  TRYON
Event:     71th 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 16, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     
62nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service   Celebrate Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year. This free non-denominational Easter celebration features live instrumental music, spiritual songs and breathtaking scenery. The 61th annual inter-denominational community worship service is a special tradition and a memorable event for the entire family. Guests are invited to eat breakfast at the Old Rock Café and stay to enjoy the Park all day.
Date:      April 18, 2017 
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, 2017.
Date:      April 20 - 23, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:  
  Savor Blowing Rock (formerly The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival)   Now in its 12th year, this festival celebrates the excitement of spring in the Blue Ridge with the best in cuisine, wine, and beer. Enjoy pairings, dinners, seminars, entertainments, and the Grand Tasting.
Date:      April 21, 2017
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Bean Sidhe.  Bean Sidhe (pronounced: ban-shee) began as a means for members to explore the connections linking traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with its contemporary American counterparts, especially in the bluegrass, country, and folk genres.    7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 21, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     The Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts - Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.   Blending a red hot horn section, along with jazz and big band roots, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra have created a power funk sound that defies description and is unlike any other. With Denver Bierman, writing and arranging the band's music, the diverse sounds of legends such as Stevie Wonder, Chicago, and Earth Wind and Fire combine for a fresh look at contemporary pop. Ticket Prices: $20, $24
Date:      April 21 - 22, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
Trail Festival   Enjoy free gear repair, hiking-themed movies, lectures, prizes and games. Live music and bonfire round out the evening. Thru-hikers and casual adventurers gather to celebrate the 2,181+ mile-long Appalachian Trail and support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. FREE event held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)
Date:      April 22, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:    
Heinzelmannchen Brewery Anniversary Celebration  Help this popular brewer celebrate their anniversary with special food, entertainment and, of course, all the wonderful beers. Stop in the Brewery and cool off with a pint, flight or float and enjoy Chocolate Black Forest Stout Anniversary Cake. Door prizes, an Anniversary Bier and lots of fun. Prosit!
Date:      April 22, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:    
Bier Garden   11 am - 4 pm. During the 20th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival, Heinzelmännchen Brewery, Innovation Brewing, Sneak E Squirrel Brewery & Deep Creek Winery will host a Bier Garden on Mill Street where you can buy pints of bier and glasses of wine. Eric's Fresh Fish Market & Lulu's will be offering a crawfish boil and we will all be located in front of Eric's market.
Date:      April 22, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Benefit for Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)   Grovewood Gallery will host a benefit for CERF+, a national non-profit arts organization that helps artists prepare for and recover from emergencies. Customers can save 10 percent on all ceramic art, and local fiber artist Lisa Klakulak and studio furniture maker Brent Skidmore will be performing craft demonstrations and interacting with guests from 11am – 4pm. 10 percent of all gallery sales from the day will go to CERF+. You can learn more by visiting www.CraftEmergency.org .
Date:      April 22, 2017
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 22, 2017
NC City:  NEBO

Event:     Vineyard Deck Music Series - Centerpiece Jazz  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 22, 2017
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 22 - 23, 2017
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 23, 2017
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 27, 2017
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 28, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     The Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts - Sara Evens.   Sara Evans has amassed an impressive collection of awards, including female vocalist from the Academy of Country Music and video of the year from the Country Music Association for her ground breaking clip "Born to Fly."
Date:      April 27 - 30, 2017
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 27 - 29, 2017
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 28, 2017
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:  
   Wilkesboro Open Air Market Season KICKOFF   The Regular Friday markets will happen every week and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area. The market will temporarily be located at 332 East Main Street (at the intersection of Main Street & Wilkesboro Avenue - across from Myers Tire) from April 28, 2017 through August 25th, 2017 when Phase I of the Downtown Revitalization Project will be complete. On September 1, 2017, the market will return to the newly renovated space at 102 West Main Street (across from The 50's Restaurant and adjacent to the Wilkes Heritage Museum). The month of September will feature concerts, outdoor movies, and Carolina in the Fall music and food festival hosted by the Kruger Brothers on September 22-23, 2017.
Date:      April 28 - 29, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:  
   The Flat Rock Theatre Presents Comedy at The Rock Grand Opening with Headliner Emo Phillips   Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world, including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London’s West End. Since starting out in Chicago in 1976 at the age of twenty, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, both in America and in the UK. Admission: $25
Date:      April 29, 2017
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Mountain Thunder Car Show    Annual Mountain Thunder Car Show in downtown, historic Old Fort. 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 29, 2017
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 29 - 30, 2017
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 29, 2017
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 29, 2017    
NC City:  On The Parkway Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland
Event:    The Season Opens for Live Music and More at the Historic Orchard at Alta Pass   Live music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more. Every week, Wednesdays through Frodays from May through September and Saturday sand Sundays May through October. The Orchard is located at Milepost 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Date:      April 29 - 30, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     58th 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 29-30, 2017
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.
 
 
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* Upcoming Holiday Special Events:
Easter Events
4/8 Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza   Boone NC
4/14-15 PEANUTS™ Easter Beagle Express on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad     Bryson CIty NC
4/14-16 Easter Weekend at Fontana 
4/15 Annual Easter Hat Parade   Dillsboro
4/15 John C Campbell Folk School Annual Easter Egg Hunt    Brasstown NC
4/16 62th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock State Park
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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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