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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
 
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
 
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This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      June 25, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE

Event:     92nd Annual Singing on the Mountain  at Grandfather Mountain.  Thousands gather annually for this all-day outdoor gospel sing and fellowship opportunity. Music from top gospel groups begins at 8:30 AM, and many families bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the event. Camping (without RV hookups) is available on the field on a first come, first served basis. The event is free according to the longstanding motto: "Whosoever will may come." 
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Date:      May 19 - June 2, 2017  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "A Tuna Christmas"    
By popular demand, Scott Treadway and Preston Dyar serve up Christmas a little early this year with this hilarious comedy featuring the residents of Tuna, Texas – the “third smallest” town in the state. 2 actors. 22 characters. 2 million laughs! Admission: $15-$50. 
Date:      May 26 - June 3, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Beer Week  
This Annual event offers eight full days of celebrating all things beer in Asheville NC. The week of events will include tastings, dinners, beer education, keynote speakers, and other beer-related fun (and nonsense). Asheville Beer Week culminates with Asheville’s Beer City Festival where dozens of breweries (and plenty of live music) are slated to appear on Roger McGuire Green.
Date:      June 1 - 11, 2017
NC City:  Blowing Rock
Event:     Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble at Grandfather Mountain  
Enjoy this special program designed to help visitors get the most out of the memorable sight of Catawba rhododendron blooming up the mountain's slopes in early summer. Staff naturalists offer programs and guided walks daily at 1 PM. All events are included in the price of admission
Date:      June 1 - 11, 2017
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    Music on the Rock Series: The Music Of Don Henley And Phil Collins
Date:      June 1 - 30, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Summer Photo Contest - Give it Your Best Shot   Every season, each and every day, offers something new at Chimney Rock State Park. Warm weather energizes us and encourages us to get outside and moving. The forest bursts into color and birds begin to reappear.  Capture that special moment or scene on your camera and enter it in this seasonal photo contest. The winning entries will be shown on the Park's website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Date:       June 1 - 30, 2017
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK

Event:      Family Animal Encounters     
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Animal Encounters meet at Grady’s Animal Discover Den Mon-Fri and at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun. Afterward, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.   
Date:       June 1 - 30, 2017
NC City:   BEECH MOUNTAIN

Event:      Family Fun Month  
The month is designed to bring together kids, parents and grandparents with 30 days of organized family activities and lodging specials. The fun includes: guided hikes, movies under the stars, tours of the old Land of Oz theme park, scenic chairlift rides, parent-child pickleball outings, day trips to nearby Grandfather Mountain, access to the pool and amenities at Beech Mountain Club, mountain biking lessons, concerts on the lawn and more! Many of the activities are free, while others have special rates. There's even the opportunity to buy discount tickets to area attractions.
Date:      June 1 - 3, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     15th Annual Gourd Artist Gathering  
  The event features exquisitely crafted gourd art. This year’s Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering brings together collectors and exhibiting artists for a weekend of live demonstrations, classes, competitions and a spectacular art market offering stunning works of gourd art, materials, tools and supplies. Come see how an inexpensive, traditionally utilitarian component of the Cherokee household is transformed into a piece of artwork. Admission is free.
Date:      June 2 - 4, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend 
9 AM - 7 PM. The annual Nature Photography Weekend at Grandfather Mountain allows participants to hear presentations from top nature photographers in the evenings and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. Images from Friday and Saturday’s photo excursions are entered in an informal contest with winners announced Sunday morning. Cost:  $95 - $115
Date:      June 2, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Grandpa's Cough Medicine  
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:      June 2, 2017 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
Come enjoy the kickoff of this FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. 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. This concert features Wayne Henderson and Helen White. Wayne Henderson is a renowned finger-pickin' Appalachian guitar player and Helen White is an award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist,
Date:      June 2, 2017
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. 20+ 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:      June 2, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Geoff McBride" , a voice born of tradition.  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:      June 2, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek - Grandpa’s Cough Medicine (Bluegrass)  
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:      June 2, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 2, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 2 - 3, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD

Event:    Brevard Blues and Barbeque Festival   The 3rd annual Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival. This year's  festival includes a lineup of national and regional touring blues acts, along with a “Backyard BBQ Competition” on Saturday. The competition will be a modified Kansas City Barbecue Society rule set-up with only wood or charcoal allowed. The competition will consist of shoulders, picnics, or butts to be judged by a panel of “celebrity” judges. Enjoy 8 different music acts over two days.
Date:      June 2 - 3, 2017
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY - WAYNESVILLE

Event:     Ole Smokey Tractor Club Annual Spring Farm Fest   See the Parade of 30 + tractors drive through the Town of Maggie Valley on Friday & Saturday. Food vendors are onsite for your dining pleasure. Education Antique Tractor & Engine Show with Parts Vendors; Flea Market with Crafts; Tractor rides for kids throughout the day. Farm Equipment Auction. All ages. This year held at the Haywood County Fairgrounds
Date:      June 2 - 4, 2017
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Events:   Toe River Studio Tour  
Grab the tour map and hit the road to visit artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties.  This year’s first tour includes over 100 artists and 10 galleries, Artists open their studios twice a year for the Toe River Studio tours. Enjoy meeting the artists in the premier craft destination in WNC. 
Date:      June 3, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 3, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June  3, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
National Trails Day   The American Hiking Society created this special day as a way for people to create a connection to trails. Chimney Rock helps celebrate this special occasion by offering guided hikes on our various trails as well as possible volunteer opportunities. Check out the website for more information on how to put those boots to use!
Date:      June 3, 2017
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - RedHead Express & the Walker Brothers   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      June 3, 2017
NC City:  OLD FORT

Event:     NC Gold Festival   This annual event, features gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles, Friday night kicks off the festival.
Date:      June 3, 2017 
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    RedHead Express & the Walker Brothers  
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      June 3, 2017
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:       June 3 - 4, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Western North Carolina Air Museum Annual Air Fair   
10 AM - 5 PM  Enjoy the Air Museum open house, antique aircraft on display, flybys, memorabilia and artifacts on display. Airplane rides will be available,  FREE admission. The museum is located at 1040 Gilbert Street in Hendersonville NC.
Date:       June 5, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Monday Night Live concert series featuring The Garry Segal Band  
These summer concerts are held at the Hendersonville Visitors Center. Bring a lawn chair, but no pets or alcohol. The seating area opens after 5:30pm and the concerts are from 7 PM - 9 PM.
Date:      June 8, 2017   
NC City:  MARION
Event:    Marion Mountain Music   Held at the Marion Depot, 58 Depot Street from 7 PM - 9 PM. The event is open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Held outdoors (weather permitting), so bring chairs or blankets. Free and open to the public.
Date:      June 8, 2017   
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series   Brie Capone performs. The Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series highlights local musical talent over 10 weeks, June - August  while activating a hub of downtown: Pritchard Park. All performances are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Singer/Songwriter Series is presented by Echo Mountain Recording and organized by Asheville Downtown Association.
Date:      June 8 - 11, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show 
Saddlebred Show. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country  - now in its 93rd year - and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. See the Glitz and Glamour, the Chrome and Polish of the fancy high stepping American Saddlebred. Open to the public.
Date:      June 9, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek - Darren and the Buttered Toast (Funk/Soul/R&B/Rock)  
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:      June 8 - 11, 2017
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:     10th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival  
Participants range from pre-war to classic Europeans to American muscle. Featured Marque for 2016 is BMW.  This fun, family oriented event is a must event for the vintage car enthusiast who wants to show or just to browse these great cars from the past. Enjoy the altitude and cool weather, while you get away from the summer heat. Come for the day or the weekend.  One Lap fo the Mountains Cruise (all-day event) will be held on 6/10.Public admission is FREE. The event benefits the Literary Council of Highlands.
Date:      June 8 - 10, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE 
Events:   Cherokee Blue Grass Festival  
This annual event is held at the Happy Holiday RV Village and Campground. 12:00 noon to 10:30 PM daily . Enjoy such blue grass favorites as The Marksmen, Flatt Lonesome, The Spinney Brothers, Audie Blaylock - over 3 fun-filled days and nights. Admissioncharged, tickets available online.
Date:      June 9, 2017 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Gallery Crawl in Downtown West Jefferson  
Join in on the second Fridays in the months of June-October in Downtown West Jefferson's Arts District. 15+ galleries, studios and shops will be open from 5-8 PM. Crawlers will enjoy the creative and innovated works of art from the finest of Ashe County's artists that include: paintings, photography, pottery, stained glass, quilts & fiber arts, jewelry, weavings, furniture, handcrafted, original fine arts and master crafts. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals and take advantage of the downtown restaurants.
Date:      June 9, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Darren and The Buttered Toast  
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:      June 9, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Featuring Tuxedo Junction
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 or corvette show  sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      June 9 - July 2, 2017  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    The Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Annie"    
Leaping lizards! For the very first time, America’s favorite red headed orphan will be gracing the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse. Do not miss what is considered one of the best family musicals ever written!  Admission: $15-$50. 
Date:      June 9, 2017 
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    
RiverMusic Concert Series    RiverMusic 2017 kicks off with the first of the concerts at the Salvage Station, located at 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District. Check the site to see who the bands will be. Also enjoy local craft beer, foodtrucks, local crafts and the beautiful French Broad River,  flowing right by the stage.
Date:      June 9, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features The Colby Deitz Band  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:      June 9, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 9, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 9 - 18, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Events:   Day Out with Thomas at Tweetsie Railroad   
All aboard for Thomas the Tank Engine™ at Tweetsie Railroad.  Enjoy a 25-minute train ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine™, meet Sir Topham Hatt, have fun with storytelling, live music, Build with Mega Blocks® and more.
Date:      June  10, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Naturalist Niche: Dusk to Dark     After the sun goes down much of the Park’s residents begin their nightly routines although we aren’t around to see them busy at work. Join Park Naturalists to explore the Park as dusk turns to dark and see what you might find. This hike will begin at dusk and conclude after dark giving participants the chance to see Chimney Rock in a different light. Don’t forget your headlamp for this rare opportunity. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot.
Date:       June 10, 2017
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK

Event:      National Get Outdoors Day    
Bring your family and friends for a day of outdoor-themed activities, which could include live animals and programs on how to enjoy the great outdoors responsibly. Then pack a picnic and enjoy a special viewing of The Last of the Mohicans that evening. It’s a full day of outdoor fun! Daytime activities and times will vary; check back closer to the event for more details. See Movie on the Meadows listing for movie times and details.  
Date:      June 10, 2017
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:  
   Appalachian Lifestlye Celebration   A full day celebration of mountain heritage, live music and dance, crafts, and Appalachian life skills. Both educational and entertaining, the event features craft demonstrations such as basketry, wood carving, quilting, along with storytelling, traditional mountain music, clogging, and old time food vendors.10 AM - 5 PM.
Date:      June  10, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Voices Festival  
Enjoy authentic Cherokee heritage  with the living history, traditional dances, music, singing, crafting demonstrations, and food. Hosted on the grounds of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and featuring NC Arts Council Heritage Award winners and elders.
Date:      June 10, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     
Art in the Park    Artisans working in Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, and metal show and sell in a public market setting in the center of Asheville in Pack Square Park. The event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Area Arts Council's "Asheville Art in the Park Art and Community Grant". 
Date:      June 10, 2017
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:      June 10, 2017
NC City:  HOT SPRINGS

Event:     Annual Bluff Mountain Festival   Music all day featuring some of the region’s best Traditional Old-Time and Bluegrass Music, ballad singing and clogging followed by an evening Square Dance until dark.  Bring the family and the lawn chairs to enjoy a day full of music under the shade trees. Food will be available from vendors and the event includes a local arts and craft silent auction.
Date:      June 10, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 10, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:       June 12, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Monday Night Live concert series featuring Picante  
These summer concerts are held at the Hendersonville Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street. Bring a lawn chair, but no pets or alcohol. The seating area opens after 5:30pm and the concerts are from 7 PM - 9 PM.
Date:      June 14, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK

Event:     Grandfather Mountain's Birthday Party at the Animal Habitats   Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of all the animals in the park with games, contests, crafts and surprises. The habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests as well as programming to celebrate its furry inhabitants. Events are included with park admission.
Date:      June 15, 2017
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:      June 15, 2017   
NC City:  MARION
Event:    Marion Mountain Music   Held at the Marion Depot, 58 Depot Street from 7 PM - 9 PM. The event is open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Held outdoors (weather permitting), so bring chairs or blankets. Free and open to the public.
Date:      June 15, 2017   
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series   Anya Hinkle performs. The Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series highlights local musical talent over 10 weeks, June - August  while activating a hub of downtown: Pritchard Park. All performances are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Singer/Songwriter Series is presented by Echo Mountain Recording and organized by Asheville Downtown Association.
Date:      June 15 - 18, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Scottish Heritage Festival  
Always held on Father's Day Weekend, this favorite event features Scottish Fun, Food, Fashion, Music, Dancers, Games, Clans, Border Collie Demonstrations, Crafters, Continuous Entertainment and Culture for the whole family. The event kicks off with a golf tournament.
Date:      June 16, 2017 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
Come enjoy the kickoff of this FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. 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. This concert features Wayne Henderson and Helen White. Wayne Henderson is a renowned finger-pickin' Appalachian guitar player and Helen White is an award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist,
Date:       June 16, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE and FLAT ROCK
Event:      Gallery Hop at Art Galleries in Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock 
   Art galleries will be open 5 PM until 8 PM every third Friday from May thru December. Browse historic downtown Hendersonville and Flat rock to visit 12 galleries exhibiting fine art and craft by local and regional artists. Enjoy refreshmentsand take your chances with the monthly raffle.
Date:      June 16, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Featuring Flashback Band- 70s, 80s, 90s, and Now
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 or corvette show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      June 16, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Topper Voices of Rock (Rock)  
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:      June 16, 2017 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. 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. This concert features Kelly and the Cowboys.
Date:      June 16, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE

Event:     The Beauty of the Night Guided Hike   8 PM   Join Grandfather Mountain naturalists for a guided walk to challenge your senses and experience the beauty of the night atop beautiful Grandfather Mountain. This one-and-a-half-hour walk will explore various locations on the Mountain, talking about nocturnal animals and other natural features. The walks are not strenuous but do include some trails. Reservations are required, and space is limited to 20 participants. Call (828) 733-4326 to reserve your space. Children must be 8 or older to participate. Programs are $15 for the general public and free for Bridge Club members
Date:      June 16, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features The Bo Spring Band ( a folk roots band from Port St Joe, Florida ).  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:      June 16, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville. Headlining this month is Corey Harris. 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:      June 16, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 16, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 16 - 17, 2017
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Artisan League of Little Switzerland Arts and Crafts Market    Unique handcrafted gifts, including woodwork, pottery, paintings, fiber arts, journals, jewelry, photography, literary works, prints, cards and aromatherapy. View or purchase the work of both emerging artists and award-winning professionals. 10 AM - 4 PM at Geneva Hall.
Date:      June 17, 2017 
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    This concert features Quebe Sisters & Bill and the Belles   
  The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      June 17, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE

Event:     Beauty of the Night Hike on Grandfather Mountain      Join the Grandfather Mountain naturalists for a guided walk to challenge your senses and experience the beauty of the night atop the mountain. This program will explore various locations on the mountain, with discussions about nocturnal animals and other natural features. The program is not strenuous, but does include a short trail walk. Registration required by calling (828) 733-4326. Limited to 26 participants. Cost is $20 per person and free for Bridge Club members.
Date:      June 17, 2017 
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Better Dads Festival  
New in 2017 festival creates an active, soulful, inspirational and educational way for the Asheville community to explore fatherhood.This FREE event welcomes men, women, and children from Asheville’s diverse communities. Live music, dance, games, costumes, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and resource booths will invite festival goers to explore how men show up in their lives, the challenges they face and new possibilities. For those seeking deeper connection, there will be sharing circles.  The musical lineup will include LYRIC (who performs with her father), the Billy Jonas Band, and David LaMotte. Awesome food and beverage vendors include - Corner Kitchen Catering, Ghan Shan Station, Flat Rock Bakery Pizza, Highland Brewing Company.
Date:      June 17, 2017
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:      June 17, 2017
NC City: 
DILLSBORO
Event:     Front Street Arts and Crafts Show   Enjoy over 40 booths  displaying the hand-made craftsmanship of some of the best artists from around the region, along with live family entertainment and festival food. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Lighthouse Baptist Church Missionary Fund.
Date:      June 17, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     
Art in the Park      Artisans working in Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, and metal show and sell in a public market setting in the center of Asheville in Pack Square Park. The event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Area Arts Council's "Asheville Art in the Park Art and Community Grant". 
Date:      June 17, 2017
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:      June 17, 2017
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:      June 17, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 17, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 17, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
The Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains feature locally hand-crafted beer from Heinzelmannchen Brewery and Nantahala Brewing Company. plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque. The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and travels through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket prices from $70 (adults over 21 only) and includes a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and a meal of pulled pork, homemade coleslaw and apple pie. Additional beer will be available for purchase.
Date:       June 17 - 18, 2017
NC City:   CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     
Father's Day Weekend Admission Special at Chimney Rock State Park.  Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and Dad or Grampa receives one free,  Forget the tie! Give dad what he really wants: a getaway to the mountains at Chimney Rock for incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and dad's or granddad's admission is free with the online coupon.  Coupon must be presented (in print or on your mobile device) to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase.
Date:      June 18, 2017
NC City:  Ronda

Event:     Father's Day Brunch   Celebrate Dad with a brunch at Raffaldini Vineyards. Enjoy an open buffet overlooking the mountains. The Raffaldini Vineyards Vintage ’51 Dodge Truck will be on display. Bring your camera for a one-a-kind photograph opportunity.
Date:      June 18, 2017
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:       June 19, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Monday Night Live concert series featuring Hearts Gone South  
These summer concerts are held at the Hendersonville Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street. Bring a lawn chair, but no pets or alcohol. The seating area opens after 5:30pm and the concerts are from 7 PM - 9 PM.
Date:      June 22, 2017   
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series   Alexa Rose and the Midnight Stringbird performs. The Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series highlights local musical talent over 10 weeks, June - August  while activating a hub of downtown: Pritchard Park. All performances are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Singer/Songwriter Series is presented by Echo Mountain Recording and organized by Asheville Downtown Association.
Date:      June 23, 2017 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
Come enjoy the kickoff of this FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. 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. This concert features Wayne Henderson and Helen White. Wayne Henderson is a renowned finger-pickin' Appalachian guitar player and Helen White is an award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist,
Date:      June 23, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Buchanan Boys 
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:      June 23, 2017 
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Downtown Waynesville Mountain Street Dance  
Enjoy cloggin’ & square dancin’ at an old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music, demonstrations & instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments, historic Courthouse lawn. 6:30-9 PM.
Date:      June 23, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Featuring Special Edition
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 or corvette show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      June 23, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features Rockell Scott.  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:      June 23, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD 
Event:     4th Friday Gallery Tour  
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard. Every 4th Friday of the month, from May through December. 5-9 PM. Brochures for the Walk are available at the Chamber of Commerce or participating galleries.
Date:      June 23, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 23, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 23 - 24, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE (Stecoah Valley)
Event:     Stecoah Valley Spring Artisans Drive About  
Visit the artisans' studios and galleries during the open house drive-about studio tour. Get up close and person with the artist and see numerous live demonstrations. The hours will be 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM both days. The Schoolhouse Cafe at The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will also be open.
Date:      June 23 - 25, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Opening Weekend of the Festival at Brevard Music Center  
Keith Lockhart celebrates his 10th anniversary as Artistic Director with one of the best-known works in classical music and Garrick Ohlsson’s masterful interpretation of Brahms.  Country and Americana fans will welcome Lee Ann Womack, a Grammy, CMA, and ACM award winning artist acclaimed for I Hope You Dance – which sold over 6 million albums – and her newest release,  Ballet meets Orchestra in this story of a Russian fairground puppet, revealed through Stravinsky’s exuberant and energetic symphonic masterpiece. Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers, “one of the most adventurous soloists on the international music scene today,” makes her BMC debut.
Date:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM Amantha Mill performs. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      June 24, 2017
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:      June 24, 2017 
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert    This concert features Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks & Jim Lloyd   
  The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     26th Annual Main Street Antique Show  
The Antique Show features Over 90 antique dealers offering quality antiques on Main Street in Historic Downtown Hendersonville. The Event will be held rain or shine. 9 AM - 5 PM.
Date:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     
Art in the Park      Artisans working in Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, and metal show and sell in a public market setting in the center of Asheville in Pack Square Park. The event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Area Arts Council's "Asheville Art in the Park Art and Community Grant". 
Date:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  Valle Crucis
Event:    Blood, Sweat & Gears  
This ride is a challenging to strenuous 100 mile bicycle ride, starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, NC. The route roughly circles Boone through the outskirts of Watauga County, the heart of North Carolina's High Country. The terrain is constantly changing with hills of all lengths and curves too numerous to count. Highlight of the route include 21 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a strenuous climb over the 4500 foot gap at Snake Mountain and a 10 mile "flat" on old U.S. 421.
Date:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - David Holt & Josh Goforth   
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:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 24, 2017
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks, Jim Lloyd & The Looping Brothers   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      June 24 - 25, 2017
NC City:  HIGHLANDS   
Event:     Village Square Art and Craft Show  
Sponsored by the Macon County Art Association, there are many works of art from which to choose. You will also find jewelry, pottery, weaving, metalwork, woodwork and other high quality crafts for the home and garden. 70+ local and regional art vendors. The show is held in downtown Highlands at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and neighboring Village Square, a block from Main Street.
Date:      June 24 - 25,  2017
NC City:  CULLOWHEE (near SYLVA)
Event:     Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Craft Show  at WCU  10 AM - 5 PM
 Mountain Artisans presents the Summmertime Art and Craft Show at the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center.  Authentic crafts from the hands of 100 Regional Artisans.  Admission $4.50 adults, Children under 12 Free.  Free parking.
Date:      June 24 - August 5, 2017 (dates may vary)
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Horn in the West: Legacy Outdoor Drama  
Live performances of the story of the brave settlers of the Carolina Backcountry presented in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. "Horn in the West" is an inspiring account of events centered around frontiersman Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, a thrilling look back at the nation's beginnings. Visit the on-site Hickory Ridge Living History Museum during the pre-show hours, 5:30 - 8:00PM.
Date:      June 25, 2017
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE

Event:     92nd Annual Singing on the Mountain  at Grandfather Mountain.  Thousands gather annually for this all-day outdoor gospel sing and fellowship opportunity. Music from top gospel groups begins at 8:30 AM, and many families bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the event. Camping (without RV hookups) is available on the field on a first come, first served basis. The event is free according to the longstanding motto: "Whosoever will may come." 
Date:       June 26, 2017
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Monday Night Live concert series featuring Carolina Ceili  
These summer concerts are held at the Hendersonville Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street. Bring a lawn chair, but no pets or alcohol. The seating area opens after 5:30pm and the concerts are from 7 PM - 9 PM.
Date:      June 26, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC Artist Faculty I. 
Intimate ensemble performances by esteemed BMC faculty - this is chamber music at its very best.
Date:      June 26 - 30, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 27, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC Presents: Ricky Skaggs with Orchestra. 
The legendary bluegrass artist and his all-star Kentucky Thunder band return to the WPA stage — with the Brevard Festival Orchestra led by Ken Lam — for a genre-blending evening of cross-cultural music and melodies.
Date:      June 27 - August 5, 2017
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. Get a complete event schedule at the site.
Date:      June 28, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Student Piano Recital.
BMC piano students in recital.  Free event.
Date:      June 28, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Maud Powell: An American Legend.  
Celebrate the distinct contributions and achievements of Maud Powell, America’s first great masters of the violin, as we honor her legacy and 150th birthday. Program to include works by Amy Beach, Johannes Brahms, and others.
Date:      June 29, 2017   
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series   Ben Phan performs. The Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series highlights local musical talent over 10 weeks, June - August  while activating a hub of downtown: Pritchard Park. All performances are free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The Singer/Songwriter Series is presented by Echo Mountain Recording and organized by Asheville Downtown Association.
Date:      June 29 - July 23, 2017  
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents The Little Mermaid    Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the Academy Award winning motion picture. An enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Admission from $12.50 - $25
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Date:      June 29, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Don Pasquale. 
Donizetti’s opera buffa is transported to the Wild West in this critically acclaimed production by former BMC Opera Director David Gately. Hang onto your hat for this uproarious and lively interpretation of the beloved opera, sung in Italian with English translations
Date:      June 30, 2017
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. 
An emotional, energetic, and impassioned work with rich orchestral colors, performed by one of today’s most exciting young artists
Date:      June 30, 2017
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek - Dashboard Blue (Rock/Rhythm & Blues/Beach)  
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:      June 30, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 30, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire    7 PM - 9 PM   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:      June 30, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Featuring  Emporium
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 or corvette show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      June 30, 2017
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features Andalyn.  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:      June 30 - July 1, 2017 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Christmas in July Festival 
Join us in Downtown West Jefferson as we officially kick off the 31st Annual Christmas in July Festival. Join us on Friday, June 30th beginning at 3pm for live music. Stick around for food vendors, street dance, opening ceremonies and live music continuing from 5-10pm. Come back on Saturday, July 1st for the full festival from 9am-7pm featuring over 100 arts and craft vendors, non-profits, live music, street performers and much more!
Date:      June 30 - July 2, 2017
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     42nd Annual 4th of July Powwow    Enjoy
a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $60,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.
Date:      June 30 - July 4, 2016
NC City:  BANNER ELK and BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Annual Mile High 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
The resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, have combined forces on a five-day extravaganza to celebrate our nation's independence. The centerpieces of this fun-filled weekend are Beech Mountain's Fireworks and 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on Saturday (July 1) and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on Tuesday (July 4). The parade heads down Main Street and ends with a Party in the Park. Live  bands perform at various spots throughout the weekend and Banner Elk hosts an arts and crafts show all four days. Other options include Lees-McRae summer theatre and scenic chairlift rides to the skybar on Beech Mountain.
 
 
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4th of July Weekend Events
6/30-7/2 42nd Annual Cherokee 4th of July PowWow     Cherokee NC
6/30-7/4 Annual Mile High 4th of July Parade and Celebration  Beech Mountain and Banner Elk
7/1 Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews    Bryson City NC
7/1  Independence Day Festival   Blowing Rock NC
7/1 Ooh La La Curiosity Market   Asheville NC
7/1 Shindig on the Green    Asheville NC
7/2 4th of July Park Dance    Blowing Rock NC
7/2-5 Independence Day At Lake Junaluska   Lake Junaluska
7/4 July 4th Fireworks   Cherokee NC
7/4 4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure 
7/4 4th of July Concert and Fireworks  Sylva NC 
7/4 Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration    Banner Elk NC
7/4 Brevard Music Center Performance: Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops
7/4 Music on Main Street   Fireworks on Main Street Special 4th of July Concert    Hendersonville NC
7/4  Boone 4th of July Parade and Celebration     Boone NC
7/4 Todd's Liberty Parade    Todd NC
7/4 Freedom Fest     Bryson City NC
7/4 Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square     Asheville NC
7/4 Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad     Bryson City NC
7/4 Annual Independence Day Parade    Franklin NC
7/4 4th of July Fireworks in the Park    Franklin NC
7/4 July 4th Freedom Festival   Rutherfordton NC
7/4 4th of July Festival in Downtown Brevard 
7/4 Annual Fabulous 4th   Columbus NC
7/4 July 4th Fireworks    Cherokee NC
7/4 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad    Blowing Rock NC
7/4 July 4th Fireworks   Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro NC
7/4 4th of July Fireworks Celebration    West Jefferson NC
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Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

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