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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
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      September 23 - 25, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
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 and NOC's Used Gear Sale. Families will appreciate multiple educational presentations featuring animals and stories with crowd participation.
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Date:      September 2, 2016    
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Downtown Waynesville galleries remain open for Art after Dark featuring demonstrations, artist receptions, and special music. Enjoy the Gallery Stroll from 6 PM - 9 PM with live music and great food. Free admission. Art After Dark happens the first Friday evening of each month from May until December.
Date:      September 2, 2016
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
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 2, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Hurricane Creek " .  Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated. 
Date:      September 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE

Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      September 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      September 2 - 3, 2016
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA
Event:     Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival   46st Annual Festival.
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center offers two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:00 PM,  both Friday and Saturday, on the grand stage of the Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.
Date:      September 2, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 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 2, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market and FREE Backstreet Concert Series in West Jefferson 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM October.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center.   This Concert featuring  Zephyr Lightening Bolts. 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ALL generations to enjoy.
Date:      September 2 - 5, 2016    
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Labor Day Weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn  Celebrate the holiday and the last of summer with a dive-in movie at the outdoor pool, daily live music throughout the resort, history tours to learn more about this remarkable mountain inn and a variety of family friendly activities. Throughout the weekend, register to win a special Labor day Weekend gift basket and you do not need to be present to win.
Date:      September 2 - 3, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     7 Clans Rodeo   
There will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441. General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at Cherokee's Chamber of Commerce or at Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn in Cherokee and Asheville locations.
Date:       September  2 - 5, 2016
NC City:  LAKE FONTANA
Event:     Labor Day Weekend at Fontana Village  
Join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina. Enjoy live music with The Josh Fields Band performing a blend of Southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food
Date:      September  2 - 5, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Gem & Mineral Spectacular    
The Gem & Mineral Spectacular features gemstones, jewelry, fossils, lapidary equipment; demonstrations; exhibits and programs. The Gem and Mineral Spectacular & Sale is held during the 4 day Labor Day celebration during the Annual Apple Festival  Admission: Adults $4.00 (Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult). Held at the Whitmire Activity Center on Lily Pond Road.
Date:      September 2 - 4, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
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 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    Music on the River  
Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.  
Date:      September 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      September 2 - 5, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     NC Apple Festival 
This annual Labor Day Weekend Event features a street fair on Historic Main Street including: entertainment, arts and crafts, apple products, children and youth activities, special exhibits, food and the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Get specific hours and schedule of events on the website. Street Fair - Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-8:00 PM from 6th Ave-Caswell St; mini-festival on Mon. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM from 2nd Ave-Caswell St., King Apple Parade on Labor Day at  2:30 PM
Date:      September 3, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market  
An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 3, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Shindig on the Green
   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:       September 3, 2016
NC City:   BRYSON CITY
Event:     The MacNeill Uncorked: Rail Line and Wine   This unique experience will fuse the adventure of railroading with the love of good wine and good company in a special car on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in the MacNeill car with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge of the Western North Carolina wine region and history of the six wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, their choice of a freshly made entrée, and a chef-selected dessert.
Date:      September 3, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      September 3, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      September 3, 2016
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors
Date:      September 3 - 4, 2016
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND
Event:    RockFest at Emerald Village  
Featuring a treasure hunt, hikes to hidden mines, live music and mine tours. Kids tour the mines free of charge. Free kid's treasure hunt featuring minerals and crystals as prizes. Black Light Mine Tour in the Bon Ami Mine,  Food catered by the Switzerland Cafe.  8:30 PM. Admission for the tour: $15/adults; $10/students, reservations recommended.
Date:      September 3 - 4, 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Labor Day Weekend Family Fun  at Chimney Rock State Park  
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl.  Resident education animals are the stars of the 2 PM programs at the Outdoor Classroom, with an explanation of 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. Try to outwit gravity with one free climb per person on the Park's Climbing Tower from 11 AM - 4 PM. 
Date:      September 3 - 4, 2016
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY 
Event:     Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show  
Artists and crafters from throughout the Southeast will present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. Food vendors will be available to the public. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry, and receive a raffle ticket so you will have a chance to win a handmade item donated by one of the talented artisans
Date:      September 4 - 5, 2016
NC City:  CANTON (just west of Asheville)
Event:     Canton Labor Day Festival   Now in its 109th year this Festival is the oldest in the
South.  A celebration of all things made in the mountains the Festival offers a handcrafted expo where you can meet artisans and buy a piece of their passions. Visit the Stroll the tailgate Farmers' Tailgate Market at Sorrells Street Park, while enjoying the live bluegrass melodies of the WNC Bluegrass Jamboree. Meet the heroic farmers and food producers of WNC that put the "A" in Appalachian grown. There will be tastings and planting demonstrations throughout the day. Soak in an afternoon reminiscent of Labor Days past, complete with 5 bluegrass bands, clogging performances, and dance performances at Turner Stage. 
Date:      September 3 - 4, 2016
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Mile High Kite and Craft Festival  
Over 50 crafters and artisans will be in showcasing their works of art along with great food, music, kite flying, and fun for the whole family. The Richmond Air Force and Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society Kiting Clubs will demonstrate flying techniques, and also display their kites. Contests will be held for the best decorated, smallest and largest kites. The first 150 kids will get a free kite for the competition each day, or kites can be purchased at the event or you can bring your own. There will be a kids’ fun zone with games, face painting and a bounce house  
Date:       September 3 , 2016
NC City:   BRYSON CITY
Event:     The MacNeill Uncorked: Rail Line and Wine   This unique experience will fuse the adventure of railroading with the love of good wine and good company in a special car on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in the MacNeill car with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge of the Western North Carolina wine region and history of the six wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, their choice of a freshly made entrée, and a chef-selected dessert.
Date:      September 3 - 4, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Cashiers Valley Arts and Crafts Fair  
The Cashiers Village Green will be filled with color and creativity for the 6th annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. The Arts and Crafts Fair will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. The event showcases some of the finest arts and craftspeople in the Southeast, there will be pottery, artworks, furniture, quilts, jewelry, and clothing. The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley will also run a concessions stand, with its special hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and drinks on sale. Admission is FREE! Instead of a paid admission, attendees of the arts and crafts fair are asked to consider making a donation to the Cashiers Rotary Club Charities, which support the Club's ongoing efforts to aid and provide assistance for recognized non-profit organizations doing good work in our community. 
Date:      September 3 - 4, 2016
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:    Art on the Green   
The show takes place on the green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School, with proceeds from booth rentals going directly to renovation efforts for the 1930s-era school. Considered a "master craft" event the show is geared toward artists who are involved in any medium in the Appalachian tradition of hand crafters. There will be  glass artists, potters, and high-quality jewelry from all types of makers, wood workers of all varieties from furniture to home decor wood items, as well as painters in a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic and oil.
Date:      September 4, 2016
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK
Event:    
Annual New River Blues Festival   A legendary day of bluegrass music in the mountains. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine). Food, mixed and soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.
Date:      September  8 - 10, 2016
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
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: Some free events and some ticketed events - check website for details.
Date:      September 8 - 25, 2016
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    Flat Rock Playhouse Presents:  The Diary of Anne Frank  
Based on the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding with her family in Amsterdam for two years The Diary of Anne Frank has become symbolic of the enduring power of the human spirit. Seats from $15 - $40
Date:      September 9, 2016  
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series    
This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District of Asheville. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites.
Date:      September 9, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      September 9, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios 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  9 - 10, 2016
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
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 9 - 10, 2016
NC City:  LANSING - near WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
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  9 - 11, 2016
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN  
Event:     Autumn at OZ   Follow  the yellow brick road to the annual Autumn at Oz party. Be sure to dress warm, you never know when a twister will come through. Visitors can tour Dorothy's House, Uncle Henry's Barn, and a mini Oz museum. There will be food, crafters and games, plus chairlift rides up to Oz for those who prefer not to go by shuttle. Get tickets online.
Date:      September 9 - 11, 2016
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
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 9 - 11, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Goombay Festival  
“Goombay Festival represents an opportunity to highlight the African American experience and the YMI’s role in crafting that experience. It continues to promote the historical legacy of the “Founding Fathers” to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of African Americans in Asheville, NC.” — Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, Board Chair of the YMI. Enjoy 3 days of music arts and community.
Date:      September 9 - 11, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     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, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury Band, The Milk Carton Kids, Larry Keel Experience, Shannon Whitworth, Red Wine, Sarah Siskind and Sarah Siskind. 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 9 - 18, 2016
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 10, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:      September 10 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      September 10 - 11, 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grandparents Day Special  at Chimney Rock State Park. 
Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to spend time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Download coupon at the website and present at the Ticket Plaza.
Date:      September 10, 2016
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     America the Beautiful Featuring singers and actors Scott & Sarah Whittemore 
  The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s 45th season opens with an all-American concert celebrating our country’s history, music, and democracy. Join Disneyworld veteran singers and actors Scott and Sarah Whittemore, as they lead a musical journey designed for the entire family. The concert features popular music, tunes from Broadway, the American Songbook, movies, television, a salute to veterans, and orchestral classics such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings and the dramatic, narrated Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland. . 7:30 PM at Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall,  180 West Campus Drive Flat Rock, NC
Date:      September 10, 2016
NC City:  LENOIR
Event:     31st 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 10, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll  
This year’s Stroll will be in the general area of Vance School, extending down Sulphur Springs Road to Malvern Hills Park and Sand Hill Road to the Hominy Creek Greenway. The Kickoff ceremony will be at Vance School at 10:30 and Stroll from 11- 4 PM.
Date:      September 10, 2016
NC City:  LINVILLE
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.
Date:      September 13 - 17, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
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 14 - 17, 2016
NC City:  FRANKLIN
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. BBQ Supper, Best Cake Contest, Special Needs Livestock Show, Harvest Sale, Pedal Tractor Contest, Festival Foods and so much more! Sponsored by Macon County Horse Association.
Date:      September 14 - October 23, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Eliada's Annual Corn Maze  
The maze will be open  each Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM - 3 PM,  Friday 9 AM - 8 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM and Sunday 10 AM - 6 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 15, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:      September 15 - October 31, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
The Ashe County Corn Maze       The Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival is located 5 minutes from downtown West Jefferson. Find your way thru the Corn Maze, play a variety of games and win prizes or just jump, jump, jump in the Castle Inflatables . There is also  a smaller hay bale maze and playground for the little ones.
Date:      September 16, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      September 16, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.
Date:      September 17, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      September 16 - 17, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     West Jefferson Olde Time Antiques Fair   
Celebrating Old Town History and Heritage, this 5th annual event will be held in a festival-like setting in Historic West Jefferson and will be featuring booths from locals and the region alike selling antiques and collectibles. Various businesses, restaurants and the Farmers Market in downtown will be participating in this event as well. Bring the whole family for a fun retrospective trip back to the "good ole days" while enjoying all that West Jefferson has to offer.
Date:      September 17, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    
Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 17, 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk at Chimney Rock Park    Kick off the Flock to the Rock event with an early birdwalk led by a Park naturalist to see which of our feathered friends are out on trails before the Park opens. Then stick around for Flock to the Rock,
the region’s premier fall migration birding event featuring live Birds of Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Meet at tunnel entrance; advance registration is required by calling 800-277-9611.
Date:      September 17, 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     8th Annual Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park   
The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail.. It features live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds plus family nature walks. Chimney Rock is home to over 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and other 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 winging their way south.
Date:      September 17, 2016
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:     Art in Autumn  
This is the tenth 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 17, 2016
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:     21th 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 17, 2016
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in
   Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      September 17, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Brewgrass Festival  
American breweries gather to showcase more than 120 different beers. Live entertainment includes a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians  featuring The Travelin' McCourys with special guest Peter Rowan, Jon Stickley Trio, and Bobby Miller and the Virginia Daredevils. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 17th featuring over 55 breweries sampling a diverse assortment of local, regional, and national craft beers. The event also features a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. 1 - 6 PM at Asheville's Memorial Stadium.
Date:      September 17 - 18, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Heritage Weekend
at The Folk Art Center  is a two-day celebration of traditional crafts and music. The 36th 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 33nd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition.
Date:      September 22 -24, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     33rd Annual Wings Over the Smokies Convention     
For $15 per person/day, you can rally with fellow Honda Gold Wing riders just one mile from the gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your admission gets you an official rally pin and access to vendors and GWRRA workshops on topics like rider education, leadership training, membership enhancement, and motorist awareness. For an additional $15 get access to the home-style buffet on Friday night. Other activities include guided and self-guided tours, a light parade, ice cream socials, on-bike field events, an NC Precision Drill Team exhibition, and a drawing for a variety of door prizes as well as the rally’s grand prize.
Date:      September 22 - 24, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
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. Get a complete list of events and times at the website.
Date:      September 23, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      September 23 - 25, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
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 and NOC's Used Gear Sale. Families will appreciate multiple educational presentations featuring animals and stories with crowd participation.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    GAF Bike Trials Competition   
This year at NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival, bike trials riders will put on a show on the banks of the Nantahala River. This all-ages bike trials event features classes for beginners through pro riders, with a variety of obstacles suitable for every ability level. Bike trials is an agility-based bicycle sport in which participants negotiate a number of "sections" comprised of natural and man-made obstacles including rocks, logs, water, even scaffolding or automobiles. Riders strive to negotiate each section within a designated amount of time without touching the ground with any part of their body.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    
Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
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.  Tuxedo Junction performs this concert.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:       September 24, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Race to the Taps 7 Miler   This series hits downtown's south slope neighborhood and features Twin Leaf and Catawba Brewing. The Asheville Downtown Association is the nonprofit partner for this race.  Race to the Taps is produced by Asheville Radio Group and Kick It Event Management. These runs certainly aren’t pub crawls.  Each race is a chip-timed, 4-miler highlighting the neighborhood surrounding the host brewery with varying degrees of difficulty appropriate for seasoned runners or the casual runner/walker. The reward is refreshing with some great craft beer and prizes.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:     Art on the Island Festival
   The new and improved arts and music (used to be MAD on Main held in May) has moved the month to September and the location to Blannahassett Island and changed the name to Art on the Island Festival. Still FREE! The new venue 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. For questions, contact the Madison County Arts Council at 828 649-1301.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
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 24, 2016
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
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 24, 2016
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Music in the Mountains Folk Festival at Burnsville Town Center     
30th Annual MITM Folk Festival. The Festival is “dedicated to the preservation of mountain music and culture” and includes bluegrass and traditional music, ballad singers, storytellers, and dancing. Instruments range from fiddle to dulcimer to guitar and sometimes include a harmonica or zither.
Date:      September 24, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
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 24, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
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 24, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
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.
Date:      September 24 - 25, 2016
NC City:  HOT SPRINGS
Event:     French Broad Brew Fest   
French Broad Brew Fest celebrates craft brewing in Hot Springs where the French Broad River meets the Appalachian Trail. 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 our exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling).
Date:      September 24 - 30, 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Take a Child Outside Week   
Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in NC that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes, nature education programs and a campout introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. To learn more about Take a Child Outside Week as a movement, visit takeachildoutside.org.  All  Chimney Rock events are  offered daily, open to the public and free of charge. Please note that the Family Campout requires pre-registration.
Date:      September 27 - October 1, 2016  
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO 
Event:     Wilkes County Agricultural Fair  
The Fair's Special events include a petting zoo, agricultural exhibits, plus music and entertainment on different nights. Sunday's Lawn Mower Race is included with the purchase of fair ticket. The Fair is sponsored annually by the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club.. Admission: $7 admission; children 6 & under admitted free.
Date:      September 29 - October 2, 2016  - October 6-9, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE 
Event:    Flat Rock Playhouse presents Music on the Rock: The Music of Fleetwood Mac. 
Step back in time as you relive the music of Fleetwood Mac. Admission: $28. The music on the Rock Series is performed at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 South Main Street in historic Hendersonville NC.
Date:      September 30, 2016  
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO 
Event:     Brushy Mountain Apple Jam  
A musical event held at the corner of 10th and Main in downtown North Wilkesboro, the Friday evening preceding the Apple Festival. This year Taylor Hope Miller joins the Apple Jam for special performances.
Date:      September 30, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      September 30, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Grand Finale with Chefs, Farmers and Winemakers   Meet and mingle among multiple stations and choose from a variety of harvest favorites prepared by our chefs, along with Biltmore wine and craft beers. Live music with special guest Love Canon in Deerpark’s beautiful courtyard adds to the atmosphere and makes this an evening to remember. Reservations are required. Call 800-211-9803 to reserve. Biltmore Passholders enjoy a special 10% discount. Admission: $80 per person, plus applicable tax
Date:      September 30 - October 1, 2016
NC City:  RUTHERFORDTON
Event:     Hilltop Fall Festival   
You'll "fall" in love with this annual, friendly, small town festival; featuring lots of pumpkins! Street goers will listen to live bands and view local arts and crafts. Kids can take part in many outdoor activities and amusement rides. Plus there will be plenty of food and beverage vendors! Admission: Free  
Date:      September 30 - October 1, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K  
The 4th Annual Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K exists to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation. 2016 online registration for both races is open. Each race is capped at 600 participants. There is a time limit of three hours to complete the half marathon.
Date:      September 30 - October 1, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
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. Get a complete list of events and times at the website.
Date:      September 30 - October 2, 2016
NC City:  FLETCHER  (ASHEVILLE)
Event:    34th Annual Asheville Quilt Show  This year's show, 
"Quilts: Colorful, Creative and Cozy"  is held at the WNC Agricultural Center, Fri-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4:30. Admission $7. Free Parking. This is a  judged quilt show with over $10,000 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).
 
 
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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.
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