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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
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      September 20 - 21, 2014
Event:     6th Annual Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock State Park   (No additional cost with paid Park admission; “Early Bird” Watch is extra)  The region’s premier fall migration birding event held at Chimney Rock, a birder’s paradise and official site on the NC Birding Trail. Featuring live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, this weekend includes bird walks guided by local experts, workshops ranging from bird photography to hummingbirds and family nature walks. Kids can get in on the fun too, dissecting owl pellets to see what these birds of prey eat.
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Date:      September 4 - 6, 2014
Event:    2014 ICF Canoe Freestyle Pan American Championships at NOC   Top freestylers from across the continent will converge on the Nantahala River to vie for the title of Pan American Champion. The Great Smoky Mountains are the backdrop for this premier international competition, which will be hosted on the 2013 Wave near Bryson City, NC.
Date:      September 5, 2014
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks in Chimney State Rock Park   Mushrooms can be found popping up all over Chimney Rock in the summer and early fall, especially after rainfall. Enjoy a casual Friday hike seeking a variety of fascinating fungi along the Four Seasons or Great Woodland Adventure trail. Meet by Grady's Animal Discovery Den in the Meadows - limited to 20 participants, first come basis
Date:      September 5, 2014
Event:     Wilkesboro Open Air Market  
Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series returns in 2012 starting on April 20 and continues the through August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      September 5,  2014
Event:     Art After Dark   Gallery Stroll  Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Cedar Hill Studio, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Main Street Artist’s Co-op, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, and the Village Framer
Date:      September 5, 2014
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 25 downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      September 5 - October 26, 2014
Event:     Eliada's Annual Corn Maze  
The maze will open September 5th and remain open each Thursday,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 27th. The maze will open from 4-8 on Thursdays and  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Eliada’s annual corn maze is a 12 acre maze (WNC's largest) with 2 unique trails cut out of a field of corn. Accompanying maps with check points help guide you through 4 miles of maze trails. Also cut into the corn field are two Storybook Trails for children. These trails take you on a fun adventure as you read the stories of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Ciderella and the Little Glass Sipper! Spookley and Ciderella merchandise are also for sale for children and families to continue to enjoy the stories and characters at home.  Additional activities are also offered.
Date:      September 5, 2014
Murphy Art Walk   First Fridays from May through November,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances.
Date:      September  5-6, 2014
Event:    29th Annual Sculpture Celebration  
This Annual Sculpture Celebration features a Blue Jeans Preview Party Friday evening and a competition Saturday featuring sculptors from several states east of the Mississippi River. The Celebration will be open to the public 9 AM-4 PM and judging occurs all day with awards announced about 3:30 PM.
Date:      September  5-6, 2014
Event:     41th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Meet  
Friday is a cruise-in day for car cleaning, fellowship and show setup. Saturday is the popular vote car show for all Ford vehicles; Top 3 in 30 classes. The event is open to all Ford bodied and powered products. Food Vendors will be onsite both days. The Meet will be held rain or shine at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. FREE event.
Date:      September  5-6, 2014
Event:     Wilkes County Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show  
Handmade quilts display made by guild members. Special exhibits and vendors mall. Quilt challenge, Vintage Quilt Bed Turning and more. The event is held at the Stone Center, 613 Cherry Street in historic downtown North Wilkesboro.
Date:      September  5-6, 2014
Event:     Carolina Mountains Literary Festival  
This two day festival, held in several venues in downtown Burnsville, provides a unique, intimate setting for readers and regional authors to mingle. Enjoy a fascinating array of talks and workshops that include everything from listening to readings of recently published books to learning how to pen a memorable memoir. Pre-registration, along with a $25 fee is required for the following workshops: Story from Thin Air (fiction), Making Meaning from our Memories, From Concept to Publishing: Learning the steps for Writing a Memoir, and to Dwell in Possibility (poetry). Admission: General sessions free, 3-hour workshops $25 and banquet on Friday September 5 is $30
Date:      September 5-6, 2014
Greater L.A. Festival    An annual event featuring live gospel and folk music and  great down-home food. The Festival  also welcomes  children of all ages, offering hayrides, face painting and  inflatable attractions.
Date:      September 5 - 7, 2014
Event:     The Qualla Country Trout Tournament 
Compete for  a share of the $20,000 in prizes.  Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. 11 entry fee.
Date:      September 5-14, 2014
NC City:  FLETCHER (Asheville suburb)
Event:     North Carolina Mountain State Fair 
Held at the WNC Agricultural Center, this is the third largest fair in North Carolina, and it celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions, and midway amusement rides.
Date:       September 6, 2014
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series - Melissa Reaves   A FREE summer music series held at Cook Park in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      September 6, 2014
Event:    Art in the Park  
A juried arts & craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:      September 6, 2014
Event:     ArtsMart  
Locally created arts and crafts displayed inside the historic Old Fort Depot. Stop by to chat with the creators of these one-of-a-kind items while you shop for yourself, family or friends. Something for everyone including baskets, paintings, woodwork, wreaths, candles and live demonstrations. Sponsored by Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League.
Date:      September 6-7, 2014
Event:     Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie Railroad   
Celebrate the golden age or steam locomotives.  Events include special attractions for rail fans, plus Cherokee dancers from the Tsa-La_GI Youring Program with a glimpse of local heritage. This event requires a special two-day pass.
Date:      September 6, 2014
Event:     KidFest at Grandfather Mountain  
A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. The events are free with park admission./span>
Date:      September 6, 2014
Event:     Concerts in the Park
   Biltmore Park Town Square offers FREE live concerts from June through October. Brings a blanket and enjoy the best performers in the area from 60s Oldies to contemporary jazz.  7 PM - 9 PM.  Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues performs this concert.
Date:      September 6, 2014
Event:     Celtic Crossroads: The Corner of Classical and Bluegrass 
Fiddler and violinist Andy Carlson joins his former teacher, the Hendersonville Symphony maestro, to explore the relationships between classical and bluegrass.. 7:30 PM at Blue Ridge Conference Hall,  180 West Campus Drive Flat Rock, NC
Date:      September 6, 2014
Event:     Grandparents Day at Chimney Rock State Park  
Buy one regularly-priced adult admission ticket and get one free youth admission (ages 5-15).  Click here to download this special coupon. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid September 6 & 7, 2014 only.
Date:      September 7, 2014
Event:     Writers on the Rock    
Ten authors who have written about Appalachia will gather in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for book readings, signings and one-on-one chats. Diane Norman, Managing Editor of the Hendersonville Times-News, will host this special event, and local poet Eddie Cabbage will provide Poetry on Demand. From cooking to memoirs, poetry to mysteries, you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet authors who have made their mark in the world of Appalachian literature.
Date:       September 11, 2014
Event:      Project Handmade 2014: Texture & Movement  
The second regional wearable-art juried fashion show produced by Local Cloth Inc., brings a touch of New York Fashion Week to Asheville. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $15 general admission and are on sale at the theatre’s box office.
Date:       September 11 - 21, 2014
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents The Music of James Bond   “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “You Only Live Twice,” “Live and Let Die,” “Skyfall,” and countless other iconic songs about the world’s favorite spy comes to life on the Playhouse Mainstage. . Tickets are $30.
Date:      September 12, 2014
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios including: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Broomfields Gallery, CatchLight Gallery, Everything Has a Story, Florence Thomas Art School, French’s Art Gallery, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, Ripples Gallery, RT Morgan Art Gallery, Shoemaker Studio, and The Artists’ Theatre.
Date:      September 12. 2014
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series     A great bluegrass evening featuring “Fruition” and “The Fireside Collective.” .  This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites for this popular summer event.
Date:      September 12-14
Event:     Carolina Mountains Literary Festival   This year's
theme of “Take Me There,” features suspense author Elizabeth Kostova as the keynote speaker for the Saturday night banquet, which last year sold out with 100 festival goers in attendance for fine dining and literary fellowship. 
Date:      September 12-13, 2014
Event:     9th Annual Mountain Song Festival  
held in the beautiful covered, open-air auditorium by the lake at Brevard Music Center. This foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and newgrass music will feature Steep Canyon Rangers, O'Brian 3 and Carolina Chocolate drops. The event supports the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County and has become a premier southeastern festival drawing 5000 music lovers annually.
Date:      September 12 - 14, 2014
Event:     Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally  
Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed.
Date:      September 13, 2014
Event:     Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll   This event
showcases 15 gardens with this year's Stroll theme,  "Garden to Table". Gardens on view will display a variety of gardening styles producing vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and flowers for the table.  11 AM to 4 PM, beginning at Hall Fletcher Elementary School , 60 Ridgelawn Avenue, at 10:30 with a short presentation by longtime residents about the role of gardening in the community's history.
Date:      September 13, 2014
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Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market  An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 16 - 20, 2014
Event:    On The Same Page Literary Festival  
High Country locals and visitors are invited to celebrate the literary arts in Ashe County. The fourth annual literacy will focus on writing about North Carolina people, places and traditions. Events planned for this festival are informative and fun with readings, workshops, a film showing and lots of question-and-answer sessions with the authors.
Date:      September 17 - 20, 2014
Event:     Annual Macon County Fair  
An authentic agricultural fair featuring crafts, farm animals and festival foods. Held on the Macon County Fair Grounds in Franklin.
Date:      September 19, 2014
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks in Chimney Rock Park   Mushrooms can be found popping up all over Chimney Rock in the summer and early fall, especially after rainfall. Enjoy a casual Friday hike seeking a variety of fascinating fungi along the Four Seasons or Great Woodland Adventure trail. Meet by Grady's Animal Discovery Den in the Meadows - limited to 20 participants, first come basis
Date:      September 19, 2014
Event:     Downtown After Five    M
embers from Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, The Asheville Horns, Molli Party, The Hermit Kings, Bayou Diesel, Mary Francis and The Dirty Classics, The Tuesday Night Funk Jam House Band, and many more will be closing out the 26th anniversary season of Downtown After 5. Headliners. Local brews from Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company and French Broad Brewing Company, plus, regional favorites Sierra Nevada and SweetWater Brewing as well as national brands from Budweiser of Asheville and Empire Distributing will be on tap. Wine and water will also be available for purchase.
Date:      September 18 - 21, 2014
Event:     Celebration of the Arts   T
he Show is held at the at the Foundation Conference & Performing Arts Center at Isothermal Community College. The show is sponsored by the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild (RCVAG) and supported in part by the NC Arts Council. 2D and 3D artwork in various media including paintings, photography, clay, wood, textiles, glass, metal, and jewelry for recognition, ribbons, and cash awards. In addition to the show, an adjoining gift shop will be selling handcrafted artwork at affordable prices. A Gala Fundraiser Dinner will be held Saturday night,  followed by the Awards Ceremony. Proceeds from the Gala tickets, silent auction, and sale of artwork will support RCVAG’s non-profit mission to foster the visual arts and fine crafts in their surrounding community.  
Date:      September 19, 2014
Event:     Wilkesboro Open Air Market  
Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series returns in 2014 starting in April and continuing through September.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday the Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more.
Date:      September 19 - 20, 2014
Event:     12th Annual Ashe County Quilt Fair  
This year's Fair theme is " Reflections in Nature".  Events include the Guild Shoppe and Guild Boutique with quilts for sale, a fund-raiser quilt, vender village, sewing machines through the ages and small quilt silent auction. The Fair is held in Jefferson Station, 20 E Ashe Street in West Jefferson NC.
Date:      September 19 - 20, 2014
Event:     Olde Time Antiques Fair  
Celebrate Old Town History and Heritage in a festival-like setting in Historic West Jefferson. The event  features booths from locals and the general region selling antiques and collectibles. Various businesses, restaurants and Farmers Market in downtown will be participating in this event as well. Musical entertainment will be part of the celebration with Stephen Freeman as Elvis on Friday,  from 6-8 PM. Bring the whole family for a fun retrospective trip back to the "good ole days".  Event times are Friday from 1-8 PM and Saturday from 8 AM-5 PM.
Date:      September 20, 2014
Event:     Art in Autumn  
This is the eighth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Over 100 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as an exciting array of food and live music. The  festival brings a lively celebration of community and fine art to the Main Street of the 'Mayberry-esque' town of Weaverville.
Date:      September 20, 2014
Event:     20th Annual Mountain Heritage Festival   
Craft and food vendors line Main Street in celebration of mountain heritage in craft and music. This year's entertainment features Loose Strings and 3 other local bands . With demonstrations of the skills of local ancestors and music that mixes local heritage with modern influences, there is something for everyone. Dancers will be kicking up their heels and  the  Possum Queen will be crowned.
Date:      September 20, 2014
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in
   Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      September 20, 2014
Event:     Brewgrass Festival  
40 American breweries gather to showcase more than 120 different beers. Live entertainment includes a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that, in the past, has included such notables as Cadillac Sky, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous String Dusters, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Jim Lauderdale, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph. The event also features a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. 1 - 7 PM at Asheville's Memorial Stadium.
Date:      September 20 - 21, 2014
Event:     6th Annual Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock State Park   (No additional cost with paid Park admission; “Early Bird” Watch is extra)  The region’s premier fall migration birding event held at Chimney Rock, a birder’s paradise and official site on the NC Birding Trail. Featuring live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, this weekend includes bird walks guided by local experts, workshops ranging from bird photography to hummingbirds and family nature walks. Kids can get in on the fun too, dissecting owl pellets to see what these birds of prey eat.

Chimney Rock is home to 130+ species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen during their flight south.

For optimal bird watching, enjoy a 7:30 AM “Early Bird” Migration Watch on a 2+ hour walk. As a before-hours activity, the cost is $20 for Adults (includes day admission) or $5 for Passholders, call (800) 277-9611 to register.
Date:      September 20 - 21, 2014
Event:     Heritage Weekend
is a two-day celebration of traditional crafts and music. The 34th free festival is sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight of the weekend is the 32nd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2:00-3:00 PM. Joe “Colonel Buncombe” Bly will emcee the competition.
Date:      September 21 - October 15, 2014 
NC City:  MARION  and various locations
Event:     Overmountain Victory Trail Annual March
   Part of the National Historic Trail marking march from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC during the Revolutionary Way.  2014 Annual Reenactment March of the Overmountain Men to the Battle at Kings Mountain. The Encampment features period clothing and historical re-enactments. Check the calender for specific locations and activities.
Date:      September 24 - 30, 2014
Event:     Take a Child Outside Programs and Hikes  at Chimney Rock State Park.  Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in NC that features special ranger-led programs at N.C. state parks. Fun hikes and nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. Activities offered daily and open to the public. Events are included in admission.
Date:      September 25 - 27, 2014
Event:     Madison County Fair
   Fair events include; rides, produce and cooking competitions, livestock competitions, special contests and exhibits. 4-H certified livestock and horse shows. Create some memories similar to the ones you have from growing up and going to the Fair with your family. Carnival rides are there for the delight of all as well as craft booth and food vendors. But, the most fun is viewing the competitions of livestock and all the other categories ranging from baking to photography
Date:      September 26 - November 1, 2014  Friday and Saturday evenings
Event:     Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad  
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. The ghastly special events include Ghost Train Rides Exciting Haunted House, Halloween Shows, 3-D Maze, Black Hole™, Trick-or-treating and the Freak Forest
Date:      September 26, 2014
Event:     Asheville City Marathon   
Asheville’s only city marathon is known as the Southeast’s most beautiful and challenging race event, the full marathon represents the best of Asheville. The course features the urban trail of Art Deco architecture to scenic river front views, bohemian River Arts District and eclectic friendly neighborhoods of West Asheville…and a few hills, of course.
Date:      September 26 - 28, 2014
Guest Appreciation Festival at NOC  Enjoy GAF events all weekend long at NOC's Wesser Campus. It's NOC's way of saying thanks for another great year. There will be a great line-up of live music, beer tastings with Nantahala Brewing Company and fun hands-on activities throughout the day as well as good-natured boating competitions. Families will appreciate multiple educational presentations featuring animals and stories with crowd participation.
Date:      September 26 - 28, 2014
Event:    32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show  This year's show, 
'Quilts: from Inspiration to Creation' is held at the WNC Ag Center, Fri-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4:30. Admission $ 6.00. Free Parking. This is a  judged quilt show with over $8,000 in prize money, more than 20 vendors,  demonstrations, a Silent Auction, gift shop, quilts for sale and an "Opportunity Quilt". Multi-day Passes are available as well as, group discounts. This event is sponsored by the Asheville Quilt Guild (ashevillequiltguild.org) and Moda (modafabrics.com).
Date:      September 27, 2014
Event:     Old Timey Festival    
An old fashioned festival filled with arts and crafts, music, farmers market, classic tractor and car show, and lots of fun for the entire family.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      September 27, 2014
Event:     National Public Lands Day  
Thousands of volunteers at various sites around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. What better way to celebrate than getting out in YOUR Pisgah National Forest. Special events include guided walks, gardening and service projects which celebrate conservation and the outdoors. Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and families.
Date:      September 27, 2014
Event:    Carolina Craft Day at the NC Arboretum  
A day to celebrate Southern Appalachian traditions as they come alive at The North Carolina Arboretum. The event, now in its seventh year, features craft demonstrations and juried art and craft vendors and plant sales at the Arboretum's Education Center.
Date:      September 27, 2014
Event:     Asheville City Market 
   Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around plus local artisan products in two locations for your convenience: downtown and South Asheville. Debit and credit cards are accepted. Also enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs, Kids Corner Market activities, and more.
Date:      September 27, 2014
Event:     French Broad Brew Fest   C
elebrates craft brewing where the French Broad River meets the Appalachian Trail. This annual Festival features 20 area breweries and music to include Bayou Diesel, Black Robin Hero, Underhill Rose, The Fritz, Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R. and more. $75 ticket price includes beer samplings noon – 10 PM on Sept.28 in the Brew Tent, camping and nearly 12 hours of music in a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling). 
Date:      September 27, 2014
Event:     Art on the Island Festival  
An Arts and music annual festival on Blannahassett Island, a venue which allows the festival to put musicians on the new stage and to combine with the Farmer’s Market to offer many more opportunities to enjoy the day. Come out to browse through arts booths, sample local food and buy local produce while listening to musicians perform throughout the day.
Date:      September 19 - 20, 2014
Event:     Art on the Mountain   
Ashe County Arts Council’s Art on the Mountain blends together local history with West Jefferson's flourishing arts district through the work of artists. Art on the Mountain is an opportunity for artists of all media to showcase their artwork. The fine arts show will be held on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center at 303 School Avenue in Historic Downtown West Jefferson.
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Blue Ridge Corn Maze in Brevard offers 6 Acres of "corn~fusion" where you can lose it and it's all right. Includes the 15th Annual Shock in the Corn on 10/17-18, 24-25, 31 form 7 PM - 10 PM. Large festival tent available for your group special events.
Canton Corn Maze at Seasonal Produce Farm  in Canton (Suburb of Asheville).  This year's maze is a salute to Veterans. Additional activities include a mini-maze, campfires, hayrides, corn box, the pumpkin patch and the Haunted Maze. Field trips and birthday parties available
contact for dates and times Darnell Farms in  Bryson City is a true "Agritourism" farm with horseback riding, wagon rides, camping, bluegrass music, educational tours, pick-your-own seasonal produce and an 8+ acre corn maze that opens in mid August. Also hayrides and the Haunted Maze. Call for reservations
Eliada's Corn Maze in Asheville, the largest maze in WNC, is inspired this year by the Asheville Tourists Baseball Club, and features the local team's mascot in the nonprofit's maze design.  “Get Lost” in corn mazes over 12 acres of twisting trails.  Eliada's includes activities for kids of all ages including corn cannons with pumpkin men targets, a cow train, hayride, pumpkin patch, giant sandbox filled with corn kernels, haybale maze, spider-web net climb on and giant slides.  All of proceeds benefit Eliada's children.
contact Fodder Trot Trails at Gamble Farms in Sparta NC    336-372
August through November, 7 days a week,
9 AM
5 PM
Grandad's Apples and Such  in  Hendersonville NC   5 acre corn maze on a 70 acre working family farm. Additional activities include meeting the barnyard animals, photo opps with backdrops, ride the cow train, pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and more. Visit Grandad's Barn and Country Store.
open year around contact for current hours Hickory Nut Gap Farm in the Asheville area lets you wind your way through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, fill your bag with organic apples, hold a baby chick, visit the animals and enjoy a day with your family.
9/1/2104 to 10/31/2104 New River Corn Maze  on The Brown Family Farm near Boone   Corn maze and pumpkin patch - pick your own if you like. 5 acres set on the banks of the scenic New River. Train rides. Groups welcome.
NC Farms
Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Apples,
emjoy farm activities
from 9/1/2014
contact for dates and times
Stepps Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville NC   You-pick apples , pumpkins, grapes or buy pre-picked at the country store. 4th generation 40 acre working farm with farm tours and birthday parties.
Year Around & Season-long Events:
Music and Live Theatre:
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
Where: 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
Where: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park./td>
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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