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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:      July 31 - August 2
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival   The nation’s longest running folk festival. The 87th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, and ballad singers. Shows begin at 7:00 PM nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
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Date:      June 28 - July 26, 2013
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University  
A month-long arts festival that features events in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film on the campus of Appalachian State University. With award-winning artists from all across the world coming to the High Country in one summer, the festival has become an attraction that appeals to thousands and has been ranked one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There is something for everyone from fine art enthusiasts, to country and bluegrass fans and all those who like a good mixture of both.
Date:      July 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Student Piano Recital.
12:30 PM - a FREE event.
Date:      July 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Fauré Piano Quartet No. 2.  
7:30 PM. The program includes MOZART Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major, K. 379; DEBUSSY Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp; FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45. Tickets are $20.
Date:      July 3, 5 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Albert Herring. 7:30 performance, 6:30 Pre-Opera Talk.
Once called the greatest comic opera of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring weaves the tale of small town politics and one young man's quest to escape from under his mother's thumb and see the world. The light-hearted tale's comic text is set against Britten's musically complex and rich score. Tickets are $40. July 5, pre-performance talk at 1 PM, Opera begins at 2 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops.
2 PM. A beloved Brevard tradition, Maestro Kraig Alan Williams will lead the Brevard Symphonic Winds in marches, patriotic songs, and other favorites. The concert's exciting finale will be a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with live cannons. Tickets from $15 - $45.
Date:      July  3- 4, 2014
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:     4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure  July 3 offers a Beach Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast. Then on the 4th
enjoy a day and evening of family fun and activities from 8 Am until 10 PM. The Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Sale includes the works of local artists and crafters displaying along the Lake Lure boardwalk near the members' marina. There will also be a Kids Zone at the Beach, Fire truck rides and temporary tattoos, Bingo at the Pavilion and a golf cart parade. The Beach Cookout, Tiki Bar at the Cabana and Ice Cream at the Cabana all open at 11 AM.   Take a fireworks cruise or stay on land and watch the Color Guard and Fireworks display. The remarkable display over Lake Lure is considered one of the most spectacular anywhere in the mountains.   
Date:      July 3, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square
  Enjoy live music from some of Asheville's most popular bands along with a variety of family activities. The event begins at 2 PM with the Ultimate Air Dogs and live music at 4 PM and concludes with an amazing fireworks display from 9:30 PM to 10 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  This concert features a patriotic theme, The fabulous Extraordinaires and a Fireworks Extravaganza.
Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held every Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated. 
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek - Dashboard Blues  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street  
Featuring Tom Brown / One Man Band. A special 4th of July Celebration.    The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 4 - 6, 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     39th Annual 4th of July Powwow  
Enjoy world-champion Indian dancers perform traditional, Jingle, and Grass dances among others.  This three day event is stirring spectacle of majestic tribal regalia, drum, and song, in a sea of twirling color.
Date:      July 4, 2014 
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad
  The Park stays open until 9 PM for one of the most popular annual events in the High Country. Enjoy all the usual Tweetsie fun and a fireworks extravaganza under the stars after the Park closes. An optional dinner and fireworks at the Hacienda is available including a special chick and BBQ buffet with all the Trimmings.
Date:      July 4, 2014 
NC City:  FRANKLIIN
Event:     4th of July Parade, Celebration  and Fireworks   The celebration begins at 10 AM with the annual parade in historic downtown Franklin and continues at Macon County Recreational Park with food, fun and a cornhole tournament. A fireworks display begins at dark, ending the day with a bang.
Date:      July 4, 2014
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:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
  Celebrate Independence Day on the Freedom Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Ride the Fireworks Freedom Train and view one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays in Western North Carolina. The train departs at 8 PM, but you can arrive early to enjoy live music, local crafts and the downtown Freedom Fest.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Annual Freedom Fest Celebration
   Celebrate your 4th of July with an old fashioned small town street festival. The celebration begins at 10 AM with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great local music throughout the day. The music is complemented with an amazing array of  arts and crafts plus a children's area to keep the little ones occupied. Additional activities include the "Strut Your Mutt" event, watermelon eating contest and hula hoop off. Stay for the full day or return later to enjoy the evening music and spectacular fireworks show to the Star Spangled Banner.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  RUTHERFORDTON
Event:    
An Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration   The fun begins at noon with a walking parade and continues throughout the day with a car/bike show, soap box derby, dunking booth, watermelon eating contest, cornhole, kids area, games, lots of food and more. The fireworks display begins at dark.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Patriot Pops Concert   Performed by the Brevard Community Band with Transylvania Symphonic Band at the Brevard Music Center at 2 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th of July Festival in Downtown Brevard
   Activities include: 5K/10K Firecracker Run, Fine Arts and Craft Showcase, All Star Pet Show, Declaration of Independence Reading, Memorial Flag Raising, Classic Automobile Show, Old Time Fair, day-long music, Kids’ Bike Parade, Hot Dog Eating Contest, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities and end the day with the wonderful July 4th Fireworks. 
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Duck Race for Kreative Kids
  Adopt a Duck for just $5 and join hundreds of rubber feathered friends flocking together to help provide creative opportunities for youth in the Transylvania County  community.  With every duck you adopt, you’ll help TC Arts Council provide scholarships to art camps, pottery camps and provide more Arts In Schools Programming for K-12 in Transylvania County. Come to the race on July 4th at 5:00 PM at King’s Creek near the Brevard College Gymnasium and cheer on your duck to victory. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by the TC Arts Council.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Elkland Art Center's Liberty Parade
   Elkland Art Center  hosts an annual arts parade called The Liberty Parade. Participants become the parade by wearing costumes and carrying large puppets that represent the local environment, environmental concerns and current creative impulses. Each year community members add a segment or theme in workshops with local artists, environmental advocates, environmental specialists and anyone else who wants to come.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    Fireworks in Wilkes County
    Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this favorite American tradition. The whole family will get excited about the Emergency Vehicle Parade that begins one hour before the fireworks start at dusk. The Night of Fire Celebration begins in the afternoon with live entertainment, food and beverages.
Date:      July 4 - 7, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Wheels Through Time Anniversary Celebration
  Wheels Through Time Museum celebrates its 12th Anniversary in Maggie Valley, NC. Over the past 12 years, WTT has hosted nearly 3/4 of a million visitors who've come to see American motorcycle history at its best. During the weekend celebration, the museum will be holding exhibitions of several of the the rarest motorcycles in the collection, including 350 of the rarest and most historic machines.
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Scenic Lift Rides   Special 4th of July evening rides for you to watch the area's fireworks from Sugar's 5,300 ft peak. The Summit #2 chairlift will run from 10 AM until 10 PM. Call 800-sugar-mt for rate information.
Date:      July 4 - August 31, 2014
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Weekend Scenic Lift Rides 
every Saturday and Sunday 10 AM -5:30 PM Bring the  kids, a picnic lunch, your mountain bike, or just a friend and enjoy a breathtaking 45 minute roundtrip lift-ride to Sugar's  5,300 foot peak. The ride's scenery is majestic. Additional weekday lift ride dates include July 4 -  July 6 and Labor Day, September 3rd..
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in 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:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     4th of July Extravaganza at Westglow Spa Resort and Spa    C
elebrate Independence Day with spectacular food, phenomenal performances and an unbeatable fireworks display. Tickets: $125 per person.  
Date:      July 4, 2014
NC City:  COLUMBUS
Event:     52nd Annual Fabulous 4th 
The celebration begins at 10 AM to 10 PM in downtown Columbus concluding with a fireworks display. the event includes  family fun, food, and entertainment.
Date:      July 4 - 27, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     "Boeing, Boeing" at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
   A quick-paced farce follows the misadventures of handsome Architect Bernard, his hapless and nervous sidekick, Robert, his long-suffering housekeeper, Berthe and the juggling of Robert’s social life with three different fiancées—all of them glamorous International Airline Hostesses (Italian, German and American). Everything has worked swimmingly well until the schedule of all the airlines change,   
Date:      July 4, 2104
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:   
 Downtown Asheville Art  District (DAAD) Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Downtown Asheville and see one  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine.  Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  20+ downtown  galleries, studios and museums participate.  A complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and map is available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      July 5, 2014
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Town Mountain  
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 5, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 5 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Program of Song.
11 AM - FREE event.
Date:      July 5 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Dvořák Violin Concerto.
7:30 PM with pre-performance at 6:30 PM. Brevard Music Center Orchestra with Danail Rachev, conductor and Adele Anthony, violin. The performance includes STRAVINSKY Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3; DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53; PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131. Tickets form $15 - $45.
Date:      July 5, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Stories on Asheville's Front Porch    The 2014 Series, Kaleidoscope: Celebrating Diversity, will take place at Pack Place Rhino Courtyard at 10:30 AM. This week features Latino Day - Stories in word, music and art.
Date:      July 5, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN 
Event:     47th Annual Roasting of the Hog  
Celebrate Independence Day at this Beech Mountain annual event. The hog is roasted all day to perfection and cut up right in front of the crowd. With music, moon pies, games, and fireworks, this is a family affair that you won’t want to miss. The roasting will take place  at 6 PM
Date:      July 5, 2014
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.
Date:      July 5, 2014
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:      July 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Christmas in July Festival
   One of the best, old fashioned summer festivals in the South drawing thousands to historic downtown West Jefferson each July. Christmas in July is a free-admission event featuring the very best in traditional mountain music and handmade arts and crafts throughout the region while celebrating the farm-grown Christmas Tree industry Ashe County is known for. The Festival begins on Friday night with live music and venders and continues on Saturday form 9 AM - 7 PM with great food, live music, children's activities, civil war re-inactments and the Farmers' Market.
Date:      July 5 - 6, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NRC Family Whitewater Weekend at NOC  
Families and youth (ages 8 and up) paddlers gather in the Nantahala Gorge for a weekend of flat and whitewater activities, games and camaraderie. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop and use new skills in a fun, supportive environment and try their hand at all three competitive whitewater disciplines: slalom, freestyle and downriver. $10 - $20 fee.
Date:      July 6,  2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Tchaikovsky 2.
3 PM with pre-concert talk at 2 PM. the Brevard Sinfonia with Danail Rachev, conductor and Tavi Ungerleider, cello. ALDRIDGE Brand New Day; SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107; TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17, "Little Russian". Tickets are $15 - $45.
Date:      July 6,  2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition Finals.
7 PM - FREE event.
Date:      July 6 - 12, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Traditional Song Week   A comprehensive program completely devoted to traditional styles of singing. Unlike programs where singing takes a back seat to the instrumentalists, it is the entire focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene.  This year’s program has several new features. The week’s first night will feature the Gathering’s own Grand Ole Opry, with folks who have performed regularly on the Nashville stage. “Too Slim” from Riders in the Sky will emcee the evening with his hilarious Opry humor and his upright bass.
Date:      July 7,  2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL - New Songs Concert.
12:30 PM - FREE event.
Date:      July 7,  2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Bill Preucil and Friends.
7:30 PM. MENDELSSOHN Violin Sonata in F major; TCHAIKOVSKY String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70, "Souvenir de Florence". Tickets $20.
Date:      July 8, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: 
  Just Brass.  7:30 Pm - a FREE event.
Date:      July 9, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:
  Student Piano Recital. 12:30 PM - a FREE event.
Date:      July 9, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:
 The Shanghai Quartet.  7:30 PM.   BEETHOVEN String Quartet A major, Op. 18, No. 5;  LONG Song of the Chin ALDRIDGE Scherzo;  SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor. Tickets are $20.
Date:      July 10, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 10, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:
 Marc Cohn.  7:30 PM. Best known for his 1990 hit "Walking In Memphis," GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has enjoyed a career distinguished by soulful original tunes, and brilliant re-imaginings of popular hits. Hailed as a natural storyteller and brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn has thrilled audiences for over two decades. Tickets from $20 - $50.
Date:      July 10 - 13, 2014
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:    
Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival   Over 1,000 garden and nature lovers from across the US come together to celebrate. The event features a tour of majestic mountain gardens in the Ravenel community, a flower show that includes flower arrangement, horticulture and photography divisions, an exclusive Benefactor tour of the Southern Highlands Reserve and the always elegant Benefactor Party. Proceeds support The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center. Friday-Saturday Flower Show, Garden Tours, and Luncheon. Sunday concludes with a special benefactor party at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn featuring the award winning cuisine of Chef Johannes Klapdohr and music by Liquid Pleasure. This fundraiser for The Bascom ensures that the unique education, exhibition and community outreach will continue for years to come.
Date:      July 10-13, 2014 
NC City:  LINVILLE
Event:    
The 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans   Join 1000s of Scots in 85 clans decked out in their finest plaid for the annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Live Celtic music, tradition heritage events and Highlands games. New this year is a Saturday night Celtic Rock Concert.
Date:      July 11, 2014  
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:    RiverMusic Concert Series   Bluegrass night with headliners “The Billy Sea” and opening act Grammy Award winning artist River Guerguerian who will appear with the “Jeff Sipe Global Percussion Ensemble, Robert Mangum and Parrish Ellis. 
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:      July 11, 2014    
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:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:
 New Music.  12:30 PM - FREE EVENT
Date:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Piccolo Opera.  4:30 PM. FREE event.
Date:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Garrick Ohlsson plays Brahms 7:30 PM. Brevard Music Center Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, conductor and Garrick Ohlsson, piano. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"; BRAHMS Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83.  Tickets $15 - $50.
Date:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance  
  This dance features the Stuart Brothers Band,  J Creek Cloggers and JAM: Junior Appalachian Musicians. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Emporium  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Music on Main Street: Night Crawlers and a Corvette Show.  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 11, 2014
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.
Date:      July 11, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in 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:      July 11 - 13, 2014
NC City:  FLETCHER (ASHEVILLE)
Event:    
Carolina West Ribfest   World Class professional barbecue rib vendors from across the country, plus live entertainment, amusement rides, arts and crafts and more. Enjoy mouth watering, award winning BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken, with all the traditional side dishes. This annual July event is held at the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds.
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Enigma Variations. 6:30 - Preconcert - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty (FREE event). 7:30 Performance begins. Brevard Sinfonia with Sarah Ioannides, conductor and Juan Miguel Hernandez, viola. BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes; WALTON Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma". Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours 
 Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM 
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     BBQ and Brews Dinner Train  
The First ever Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains featuring locally hand-crafted beer from Heinzelmannchen Brewery plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque. The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and returns at 9 PM traveling through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket price is $69 (adults over 21 only) and includes a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and a meal of pulled pork, homemade coleslaw, kettle chips, fruit and key lime pie. Additional beer will be available for purchase.
Date:      July 13, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Swan Lake. 2 PM  the Pre-concert - A special pre-concert performance one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty.    3 PM Performance begins. The Brevard Concert Orchestra with Ken Lam, conductor and Paul Huang, violin. CHABRIER España; SAINT-SAËNS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61; TCHAIKOVSKY Suite from Swan Lake. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 12, 2014
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.
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
River Arts District Second Saturday   Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
18th Annual Chalk It Up   The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Hendersonville become the canvas for some outstanding works of art. The event is free and open to five age categories from age 5 and under to age 21 and over. This is an all day event.
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:    
Hot Doggett 100 Bike Bike Ride   5th Annual Hot Doggett 100 and Devil's Fork Metric Century Ride with the same challenging 100 mile and 100 kilometer closed loop courses as last year. The 100 mile course covers some of the most scenic and lightly traveled roads anywhere in western North Carolina. If you are seeking a challenge, you will find it in the 9,600 feet of ascension on this course.
Date:      July 12, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 13, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     The Big Crafty returns to the Asheville Art Museum. The event celebrates and showcases the fine wares of over 100 independent indie crafters, artists and makers. The complete line up of participating artists is now available online. This is a free, family-friendly event.
Date:      July 13 - 19, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Celtic Week   This year's Gathering features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Danú, Ossian, Solas, Battlefield Band, The House Band, Skylark, and Cherish the Ladies, several other exciting new faces, and the return of some old friends. New this year are a class on how to make playing in sessions more enjoyable, and the return of the Button Accordion class! Both are taught by master Irish musician John Whelan. The week will feature classes, potluck sessions, concerts, jams, dances and a ‘Food Songs Night,’ with delicious fare provided by the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts.
Date:      July 14 - 15, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Alzar School’s Camp Cup Challenge at NOC  
The Alzar School invites summer camps from across the region to make friends on and off the river at the Camp Cup Challenge. Campers enjoy two days of paddling, group activities and community building while practicing the Olympic ideals of Friendship, Fair Play and Doing Your Best. Over 120 campers meet for good-natured competition and camaraderie during this tri-discipline event, including beginner-friendly downriver, freestyle and slalom.
Date:      July 18 - 27
NC City:  Various WNC Cities
Event:    
Folkmoot 2014  Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival, will kick off this summer’s celebration  at the  Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley. Adults $30, $25; General admission Adults $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price.
Date:      July 17, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 17 - 20, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Semi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment bring Asheville's Civic Center alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Both levels of the Center offer artisans exhibiting and selling works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.  The Fair  showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild with members living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama.
Date:      July 18 - 27, 2014 
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Trails Campground 
 Cross Country Pre Season Conditioning for 8 days at the Blowing Rock Conference Center in the heart of  Blowing Rock. Includes Camp Cabin for Boys and Girls, Pool, Gym Facility, Recreation Room, and Meal plan. Cabin has cooking and refrigeration units for breakfast and lunch preparation. Training consist of distance running in a challenging environment that enables High School Cross Country athletes achieve their best and be successful. Limited to 30 runners
Date:      July 18, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Soldiers Heart 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 19, 2014 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE  
Event:    ArtFest   Held on
Main Street from 10 AM to 5 PM, Haywood County Arts Council presents a daylong extravaganza of music, dance, crafts & food from around the world.
Date:      July 18, 2014 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series
   Free summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday nights from May-August, 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ages.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      July 18, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Music on Main Street: Deano and the Dreamers and a Car Show.  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee's Dog Days Trout Tournament    $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) 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. Prize redemption for tagged fish will be at the Water beetle stage, a pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. $11 entry fee.
Date:       July 18, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville. Headlining this month is Hayes Carll with Chatham County Line. 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:      July 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  Spruce Pine
Event:     Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival
  The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, a wings contest, public tastings, live bluegrass music, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, craft vendors, BBQ equipment and supplies vendors, local food vendors, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, a kids play-area.
Date:      July 19, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
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:      July 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:    Alleghany Fiddler's Convention 
  Traditional mountain music that is sure to get your toes tappin’. 40 to 60 bands and over 200 individual compete each year,  The convention is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds with sites available for camping. The convention is held every year on the weekend of the third Saturday in July.
Date:      July 19, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    GalasportUSA Canoe Club Challenge at NOC
   Come by yourself, with your club, or with a couple of friends. The Canoe Club Challenge is open to everyone, and you'll have so much fun, you won't even notice all the new skills you're learning. Enjoy a challenging course set on un-intimidating whitewater and a fun, social atmosphere
Date:      July 19. 2014
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.
Date:      July 19, 2014
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK (near West Jefferson)
Event:     Winefest
   The Annual River House Winefest includes a Winefest wine glass, tastings from all the wineries, lots of music, and, of course, great River House food. The highlight of the festival will be wine samplings from nine North Carolina wineries: Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, McRitchie, RagApple Lassie, RayLen and Round Peak. The musical lineup is one you won't want to miss from bluegrass to Jazz to soft rock and blues.
Date:      July 19, 2014
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:      July 19, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Annual Franklin Folk Festival
   A heritage celebration in Downtown Franklin. More than 100 Demonstrations of authentic heritage mountain living, food, entertainment and more. Re-inactment of an area battle. Step back in time to yesteryear with period dress and more. The event is sponsored by the Macon County Folk Heritage Association.
Date:      July 19, 2014
NC City:  POPlAR (near BURNSVILLE)
Event:     
7th Annual Carolina PushRodz Car Show   Run for the Hills for you "fill" of cars, fun and prizes. This is a free family events with no charge for parking or to enter a car. BBQ, funnel cakes and drinks will be available for purchase.
Date:      July 19, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 19 - 27, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Frisbee Dogs at Tweetsie Railroad  
For 9 days the famous K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs will perform at the Park their high energy shows. The team of dynamic canines do acrobatics in their freestyle routines. Showa are included with Park admission and seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and a special 7 PM on Saturday.
Date:      July 20, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     World Kayak Hometown Throwdown #3 at NOC  
World Kayak's Hometown Throwdown events on the Nantahala give paddlers of all ability levels a chance to show off their tricks. This free, family-friendly event is all about trying new things, meeting other boaters and creating a welcoming whitewater community.
Date:      July 20, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:    
Maggie Valley Concert Series  Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band the third Sunday of each month from May through October. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public.
Date:      July 20 - 26, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Old Time Week   Explore the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff. Evening activities include jam sessions, singing, square dances, clogging, concerts, and the popular Late-Night Honky-Tonk Dance.  For those students bringing their families, there will also be a program for kids, but space is limited. The Children's Program for ages 6-12 features kids' activities scheduled during all the daytime class sessions, and evening childcare for ages 3-12 is provided at no additional cost.
Date:      July 22 - 27, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division I. The 90th annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged.
Date:      July 24, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 24 - 26, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     2014 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic at Wheels Through Time Museum   Riders meet for a welcome dinner and reception Thursday afternoon and evening at the Museum. The ride begins the next morning and proceeds to Chattanooga, TN where participants will be treated to a tour and dinner at the Coker Tire world headquarters. The next morning riders depart and ride to Red Boiling Springs, TN for a reception and dinner at Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum. The ride takes place mostly on backroads roughly 160 miles each day with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery as well as gas-up, eat and check out each other’s bikes
Date:      July 24 - 27, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     49th Annual Macon County Gemboree
  The Second oldest gem and mineral show in the Southeast features dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin.
Date:      July 24 - August 24, 2014
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Miss Saigon  
Broadway’s international hit musical is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The story takes place during the upheaval of war in Viet Nam in the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows the lives of American GI—Chris, and the young, innocent, Vietnamese girl.
Date:      July 25, 2014
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance  
  This dance features Eddie Rose & Hwy 40 plus the Green Valley Cloggers. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July 25, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Music on Main Street: Sound Investment.  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 25, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Sundown  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 24 - August 24, 2014
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse: Miss Saigon.
From the creators of last summer’s hit musical Les Misérables comes another epic production about love and revolution. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon.
Date:      July 25, 2014 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series
   Free summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday nights from May-August, 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ages.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      July 25, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Symphony by the Lake at Chetola  Gates open at 5:30 with opening bands at 5:45 and the main performance at 7 PM  Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.  Admission is charged.
Date:      July 25 - 27, 2014
NC City:  LINVILLE
Event:    
The Grandfather Campout   A special opportunity to camp in MacRae Meadows and take part in day and night activities led by Grandfather’s naturalists and interpretive rangers. Additional cost, reservations required. On-line registration begins May 1. For more information and registration details: 828-733-4326.
Date:      July 26, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 26, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Program of Song. 11 AM   FREE event.
Date:      July 26, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Pre-Opera Talk. 1 PM  An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the opera faculty.   FREE event.
Date:      July 26, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Sister Carie.  2 PM   This year's Opera In A Box will be the new opera Sister Carrie, by Grammy-winning composer Robert Aldridge. Based on the novel by Thodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie tells the story of a young country girl who moves to the big city to pursue her own American Dream.
Date:      July 26, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Pre-concert.  6:30 PM   Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. FREE event.
Date:      July 26, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: A Night at the Movies.  7:30 PM  Brevard Sinfonia with Ken Lam, conductor.    WALTON Spitfire Prelude and Fugue; BENNETT Waltz from Murder on the Orient Express; LAMBERT Concert Suite from Anna Karenina; ADDINSELL Warsaw Concerto; NORMAN James Bond Medley; HERRMANN Music from Psycho; HERRMANN Suite from Vertigo;  WILLIAMS Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind;  HORNER Suite from Aliens. Tickets $15 - $50. 
Date:      July 27
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights  
The Park is open until 9 PM on select nights with special train show rides at dusk. Cool Summer Nights is included as a part of regular admission.
Date:      July 27, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Pre-concert.  2 PM  Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. FREE event.
Date:      July 27, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Lockhart conducts Dvořák   3 PM  Brevard Concert Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, conductor and Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin. BARBER Violin Concerto, Op.14; DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.  Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 27, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   BMC Piano Competition Finals   7 PM . The Brevard Music Center's talented piano students take the stage to compete for the top spot in our annual piano competition. Tickets $10.
Date:      July 27
NC City:  BOONE
Event:    An Appalachian Summer Festival: An Evening with Lyle Lovette  
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers.
Date:      July 27, 2014
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:    
Off-road Assault on Mt Mitchell  The assault is a 55-mile, mostly off-road bicycle route with 11,000 ft. of accumulated climbing. The route begins and ends in Old Fort climbing to the Blue Ridge Parkway and on to Mt. Mitchell. Entry fee/cash prizes.  Registration is NOT available the day of the event.
Date:      July 27 - August 2, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors.  New instructors this year includne Beppe Gambetta, Gerald Ross, Tim Thompson and Toby Walker. Classes will be offered in a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic and bossa nova to jazz and blues.  Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 23rd Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands.
Date:      July 27 - August 3, 2014
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:    The 30th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event
features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE.
Date:      July 28, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   BMC@TCL   12:30 PM  FREE Event.
Date:      July 28, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Brahms Clarinet Quintet  7:30 PM  MOZART Flute Quartet No. 3 in C major, K. 285b; POULENC Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano; BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115.  Tickets $20.
Date:      July 29 - August 4, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division II. The 90th annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged.
Date:      July 29, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Supersonic  7:30 PM  FREE event.
Date:      July 30, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:  ZZ Top  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      July 30, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Student Piano Recital   12:30 PM  FREE event.
Date:      July 30, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Chamber Music of Franz Schubert   7:30 PM   SCHUBERT Sonata in A minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione";  SCHUBERT Die junge none;  SCHUBERT Gretchen am Spinnrade;  SCHUBERT Erlkonig;  SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, D. 898. Tickets $20. 
Date:      July 31, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series: Steely Dan  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      July 31, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 31, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Pre-opera Talk   6:30 PM   An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the opera faculty.  FREE event.
Date:      July 31, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Sweeney Todd   7:30 PM   Sondheim's dark tale of violence, revenge, and pies has remained popular since its Broadway debut in 1979. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, Sweeney Todd sets the compelling story of the title character's obsessive search for revenge against Sondheim's characteristically complex and angular score. Join us as we close our 2014 opera season with this truly memorable performance. Tickets $40.
Date:      July 31 - August 2
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival   The nation’s longest running folk festival. The 87th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, and ballad singers. Shows begin at 7:00 PM nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
Date:      July 31 - August 3
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     8th Annual Art & Antiques Show  at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum   This sale and show offers heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. Vendors from across the East Coast bring a variety of items.  Preview Party 7/31 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, $40 per person (including wine and hors d'oeurves). Tickets are $10 and good for the entire show.
Date:      July 31 - August 2, 2014 and August 7 - 9, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Music on the Rock Series: Music of the Sixties.
The turbulent 60s featured the Counterculture, Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements that revolutionized society and the music of the time. Experience the evolution of pop music through the decade with a unique Music on the Rock tribute concert that brings the music of the 60s to life.
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Labor Day Weekend Events
8/29-30 Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival 
8/29-9/1 Labor Day Beach Music Weekend at The Grove Park Inn 
8/29-9/1 NC Apple Festival 
8/30-31 Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock Park 
8/30-31 Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show 
   
 
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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