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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:      August 1-31, 2016; daily at 2 PM
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Family Animal Discovery Programs  
  Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. These resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the family-friendly programs every day at 2 PM which 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.
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Date:      June 25 - August 6, 2016
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 26 - August 6, 2016
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:      July 26 - August 7, 2016
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. This year several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics are being introduced both weeks along with Classics for Children, Adults, Ponies and Juniors
Date:      July 28 - August 20, 2016
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Dolly Parton's 9 to 5.  
Based on the hit 1978 movie, 9 to 5 is the story of three secretaries who devise a plan to overthrow their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. The lively and inventive score features the hit song 9 to 5 written by Dolly Parton. seats from $15 - $40
Date:      July 31 - August 6, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:   
Swanannoa Gathering - Mando and Banjo Week and Fiddle 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 include Clive Carroll, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Cooley, Allen Shadd, Jonathan Brown and Josh Goforth. 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:       August 1. 2016
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances    Band: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; Dancers: Lake Lure Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:      August 1, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL
College division students perform chamber music at Brevard's Transylvania County Library. Free Event.
Date:      August 1, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Artist Faculty IV. 
Intimate ensemble performances by esteemed BMC faculty - this is chamber music at its very best.
Date:      August 2, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Piano Competition Finals.  The compelling finale featuring BMC's gifted high school and college pianists.
Date:      August 1-31, 2016; daily at 2 PM
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Family Animal Discovery Programs  
  Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. These resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the family-friendly programs every day at 2 PM which 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.
Date:      August 3, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:   Student Piano Recital. BMC piano students in recital. Free Event.
Date:      August 3, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Brevard Camerata.  Small in size, but big in sound, this chamber orchestra remains a Brevard favorite for its thoughtful interpretation of classic and contemporary works.
Date:      August 4, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Some Enchanted Evening - The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Delight in this enchanting collection of iconic hits from the team who revolutionized the American musical.
Date:      August 4, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series This performance features Gavin Conner. 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:       August 4 - 6, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival   The nation’s longest running folk festival. The 89th 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. A different show every night, beginning at 7:00 PM nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
Date:      August 4 - 7, 2016
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:    
The 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:      August 5, 2016
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:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Erica Nicole " .  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:      August 5, 2016    
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Downtown Waynesville galleries remain open for Art after Dark featuring demonstrations, artist receptions, and special music. Enjoy the Gallery Stroll from 6 PM - 9 PM with live music and great food. Free admission. Art After Dark happens the first Friday evening of each month from May until December..
Date:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 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:       August 5, 2016
NC City:   BOONE
Event:      First Friday Art Crawl
   Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at Boone shops and galleries and stay late for live music, food and drinks at one of the many fine restaurants. The Jones House Galleries are open Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 PM.
Date:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: New Music.  Premiere performance of new works written by BMC composition students. Free Event.
Date:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Piccolo Opera. 
High school voice students present opera scenes. Free Event.
Date:      August 5, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Lockhart conducts Sibelius.  A grandiose and uplifting piece to mark the final weekend of BMC's 80th anniversary season. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      August 5 - 6, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby  
A free fishing event for children. On day one there will be pre-registering available and guests can enjoy a full day of fun with many attractions and eligibility for prizes at the end of the day. On day two there will be four hours available to fish, free breakfast, and lunch will be provided for registered children. Prizes will also be given away worth up to $20,000.00 on the second day (only to registered children) Also on the second day (Saturday) children will be able to enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food and more.
Date:      August 5 - 6 2016
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event: 
   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair   Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 60th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. Quilt squares appear not only on local barns and buildings but are for sale by some of the best quilters since Betsy Ross. Handmade clothes, purses, and vests, are just some of the items that adorn the beautifully decorated booths. There will also be homemade jams and jellies as well as Barbeque and Southern tea. The event is free to the public with bluegrass and cloggin entertainment throughout the day.
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: Brevard Symphonic Winds. Wind and percussion high school students in concert. Free event.
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance: The Firebird Suite. Experience pure joy and emotion in this magnificent work of artistic beauty by Stravinsky. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba & the Mason Via Band   
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:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market and Quilt Day in West Jefferson 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM through October on Backstreet.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission charged.
Date:       August 6, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Wood Day at the Folk Art Center  An annual celebration of wood crafts including  craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 14th Annual Carve Off Competition takes place between 1 - 3 PM. For the contest, participants have two hours to turn a simple block of wood into a work of art. Carvers must sign up by 12:30 to participate. Demonstrations include flute making, wood turning, broom making and furniture design and construction. FREE admission
Date:      August 6, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper   
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:       August 6, 2016
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series - Melissa Reeves 6 - 8 PM   A FREE summer music series held at Cook Park in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:       August 6, 2016
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:     Paddle Grapple    Canoe, Kayak, Sup or Surfski in the inaugural Paddle Grapple - a multi-discipline 3 or 6 mile race on beautiful Lake Fontana.   Onsite registration at Tsali Recreation Area Boat Ramp. Open to all ages and awards will be given to top finishers in each class.. All proceeds will be donated to the Nantahala Racing Club (a nonprofit organization that provides access and training to whitewater sports in the local area).
Date:       August 6 - 7, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Village Art and Craft Fair   Held on the grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village this year's Fair, the 42nd,  will include 120 juried exhibitors, making it one of the highest quality outdoor show of the year.  View and shop for all types of fine art and crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM. Hosted by New Morning Gallery and Bellagio.
Date:      August  6 - 7, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Riders in the Sky Perform at Tweetsie Railroad  
Come hear America's Favorite Cowboys and Grammy award-winning singers. The shows are included in the Park admission but seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes at noon and 3 PM.
Date:      August 7, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performance:  Season Finale: Beethoven 9.  Keith Lockhart, BMCO, and a rousing choral ensemble bring our captivating 80th anniversary season to a close with one of the best-known works in classical music. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:       August 8. 2016
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances    Appalachian Fire; Dancers: Lake Lure Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:       August 9 - 13, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Annual Laugh Your Asheville OFF   One of the largest and most respected stand-up comedy events in the country. The event attracts top comedy producers and representatives that will be in attendance to scout the hottest new comedic talent.
Date:      August 10. 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Centennial Campfire Celebration: National S’mores Day     Come celebrate National S’mores Day at Chimney Rock.  Join some of Chimney Rock State Park’s awesome rangers for a campfire, free s’mores and ghost stories by the Rocky Broad River. Guests should park in Chimney Rock Village and meet at the fire ring behind the Old Rock Café. *This event is part of a once-a-month series of Centennial Campfire Celebrations hosted by the Chimney Rock State Park Rangers in honor of NC State Park’s centennial year. Contact (828) 625-1823 for more information.
Date:      August 11, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series This performance features Chris O'Neill and Chris Kew.  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:      August 12, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios. Gallery Crawl is a free event and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association, the West Jefferson TDA and is funded, in part, through a Grassroots Arts Program Grant of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Date:      August 12, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 12, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 12, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " The Buchanan Boys " .  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:      August 12, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Ol' Dirty Bathtub  
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:      August 12, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Biltmore Concert Series:  Casting Crowns with special guest Jeremy Camp Contemporary Christian Rock  
 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:      August 12 - 13, 2016
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    
Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival   BBQ, Music and Car Show. This two-day event features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment ,a car show, cornhole tournament, crafters and tastin’ tent.  This is an official North Carolina State BBQ Championship with over $11,000 in cash and awards. Gate Entrance: $5 one day; $8 both days, Children 12 & under Free. Held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, 1436 Georgia Road in Franklin.
Date:      August 12 - 13, 2016
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:     Annual School of Crafts Benefit Auction   
This gala weekend is a celebration of creativity and community made possible by the many artists, volunteers, and friends who support Penland. Tickets are required for the event.
Date:      August 12 - 14, 2016
NC City:  LAKE LURE 
Event:     Lake Lure Olympiad 
A family-friendly sports festival for all ages and athletic abilities that raises money for area non-profits.  Major races include the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock (25-mile bike or 5k run).  Die-hard athletes can do all three as part of the Olympiad's "3 Races in 3 Days" challenge.  Presented by Rumbling Bald Resort and Rutherford Regional Health System, this year’s festival is hosting the U.S.M.S. National 1 Mile Open Water Swim Championship.  Other events include the Jr. Olympiad, water-ski show, golf tournament, dragon boat races and more.
Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - The Walking Roots Band   
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:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
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Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Blueberry Festival  Sponsored by the North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA), the Blueberry Festival features fresh berries, delicious recipes, blueberry products, and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free to the public. Vendor space available.
Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:       August 13, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      Annual RiverFest    Crafts, kid fun, a raft race, music and more.  RiverFest is an event especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Craft vendors sell local handmade goods, there are kids parades and activities and the popular Anything That Floats Raft Parade also takes place that afternoon. Live music continues into the evening. 1 PM - 7 PM.
Date:        August 13, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Anything That Floats Parade   Teams of adults and/or youths build anything that floats without a motor with creativity, innovation and zaniness are encouraged. Rafts can represent a business, organization, group, or any personal theme. The parade begins at Hominy Creek Park and finishes at Jean Webb Park. The home-made crafts will be competing for the titles of Most Creative, Green Machine, Ugliest, Funniest, and Most Unique Design.
Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - The Walking Roots Band   
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:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON 
Event:    Annual Blue Ridge Brutal 100 Bike Race  
This ride tours Ashe and Alleghany Counties and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning and ending in front of the Ashe Civic Center, in the shadow of Mount Jefferson, the ride offers 100 miles of varied and challenging terrain. The Blue Ridge Brutal features three ride options: 57 mile, 76 mile and 102 mile. The ride is fully supported by SAG wagons, rest stops, mussette stops, Ham radio communication and fire and rescue squad. A hot meal, t-shirt and chip timing is included
Date:      August 13, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green
   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:       August 13 - 14, 2016
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     39th Annual Sourwood Festival   
Great music and lots of fun for all ages fills downtown Black Mountain.  Held each year in August, it's a time for good food, good fun and good friends. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, super food, kid's rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family.
Date:      August 13 - 18, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse  
An insider look into the Cashiers Community home showcase. The featured home for 2016 is Burt Farm. Interior Designers representing the Southeastern region will not only bring trending design to Cashiers but will again create the magic that is The Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Leading area landscapers are involved in redefining the areas surrounding the home and in turn creating serene and evocative late summer mountain gardens for Showhouse strolling. The event is presented by the Cashiers Historical Society.
Date:      August 14. 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     10th Annual Race to the Rock (5K run or 25-mile bike)   A challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it. This is the ONLY TIME ever you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock.
Date:       August 15, 2016
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event:      Street Dances    Appalachian Fire; Dancers: Lake Lure Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:      August 18, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:       August 18 - 20, 2016
NC City:   MARION
Event: 
    41st Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival   Featuring dozens of bluegrass musicians.. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance by calling 706-864-7203. The event is held  "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavilion. The cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch, with hot food and other concessions also available. Bring your lawn chairs - no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area.
Date:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Presents:  An Evening with Gillian Welch. Gillian Welch, along with partner and collaborator Dave Rawlings, blends bluegrass, Americana, and Appalachian roots music to create a singular and unforgettable sound. Produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions.
Date:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Julie Gribble " .  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:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.
Date:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson 
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 19, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Porch 40 "   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:      August 19 - 20, 2016
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:    Dirty Dancing Festival  A dance and music festival for all ages celebrating the classic American movie filmed in Lake Lure, NC. Fans can relive their favorite "Dirty Dancing" moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, special guests, games and more. Fans from more than 24 states and two foreign countries have attended previous festivals.
Date:       August 19 - 20, 2016
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Asheville Wine and Food Festival   The festival begins with "Sweet" on the 19th, a decadent evening of desserts, sparkling wines, and beer at The Historic Grove Arcade. The Grand Tasting  is held at the US Cellular Center. Experience a remarkable variety of local and international wineries, local Beer City and area breweries, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan beverage makers, as well as regional crafters. Culinary events will take place throughout the day including Blind Wine & Beer Tasting and Winery Competitions. At this festival you will see why Asheville is rated among the best food and wine experiences in the country. The Asheville Wine and Food Festival helps fund the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association.
Date:       August 20, 2016
NC City:   CHEROKEE
Event: 
    KOA Mid Season Tournament   compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Cherokee KOA Summer Fishing Tournament this August. Fishing permits are required for Cherokee streams or ponds and are available at a variety of business entities within Cherokee or can be purchased online. $10 entry fee.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  DILLSBORO 
Event:     Dillsboro Arts and Crafts Market  The second of three Arts and Crafts Markets will line Front Street in charming downtown Dillsboro NC. This market will showcase demonstrating crafters located inside the shops of Dillsboro, as well as in the tents on Front Street. Enjoy live music from 11 AM - 12 PM and 1 PM - 2 PM along with Little Jimmy's Ices and homemade baked goods. Craft demonstration in a variety of media, including heritage crafts, will take place throughout the day.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA  

Event:    Blue Ridge Breakaway  
Take your passion for cycling to a new level during the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce's Annual cycling event.   The Blue Ridge Breakaway is an adrenaline-pumping ride through county lanes, scenic byways and the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The ride begins at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center which is conveniently located off of Interstate 40 and Highway 23/74. With a variety of routes specifically designed for riders of all skill levels, the Blue Ridge Breakaway is sure to please. Beginners and avid cyclists alike will find challenging rides to meet their individual needs.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - The Church Sisters & Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer   
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:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  FOREST CITY
Event:    Hot Nights, Cool Rides  
More than 350 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles line downtown, drawing both engine enthusiasts and the curious. The events includes food, dancing, and music. One of the largest car, truck and motorcycle shows in the Southeast, Forest City's 22nd annual "Hot Nights, Cool Rides" event attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of dynamite vehicles. The eclectic display of antique and modern vehicles, combined with the authentic, 1930s buildings of Forest City's Main Street, leaves people feeling like the decades have collided. The event runs from 11 AM. - 9 PM. and features live music, vendors, prizes and more. Registration is $25 per vehicle and the event is free for spectators
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in  Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Jeff Little Trio   
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:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:       August 20, 2016
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series - The Tillers 6 - 8 PM   A FREE summer music series held at Cook Park in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Shindig on the Green
   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      August 20. 2016
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche Series: Mountaintop Excursion    Hickory Nut Gorge is home to 36 rare plants and 14 rare animals, making it one of North Carolina’s most significant centers of biodiversity. Bring a lunch and follow a naturalist Off the Beaten Path to see some areas of the Park not normally accessible to the public, and learn about the amazing species that live here. Dress appropriately for the weather. This hike is strenuous; wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot.
Date:      August 20, 2016
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:      August 20, 2016
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 ticket price is $80 (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:      August 20 - 21, 2016
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:      August 26, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson 
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October. 
Date:      August 26, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Mountain Faith  
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:      August 26, 2016
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:      August 26, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River  Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 26, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 26 - 27, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain - A State Park Centennial Celebration   
This two-day celebration offers you several ways to explore Grandfather Mountain. On Friday, the host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan will present a moving and inspiring lecture about the 5,946-foot mountain, which is home to more than 70 threatened or endangered species. On Saturday there will be special expeditions on Grandfather Mountain, guided hikes on the Nuwati and Cragway Trails. Naturalists, scientists and environmental educators will be stationed along the way to enliven your hike with spirited presentations. This is a free event.
Date:      August 26 - 28, 2016
NC City:  Burnsville / Spruce Pine
Event:     Mount Mitchell 100th Anniversary Celebration  
The 100th Anniversary Celebration of NC State Parks. A variety of educational programs, exhibits and hikes will be offered throughout the weekend. Saturday will be a day-long celebration of music, mountain crafts, storytelling, history and fellowship will be staged at the summit of Mount Mitchell, where the state parks system began 100 years ago.
Date:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen   
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:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Lonesome River Band & Carson Peters & Iron Mountain   
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:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    
Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  POPlAR (near BURNSVILLE)
Event:     
10th Annual Carolina PushRodz Car Show   Run for the Hills for your "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:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Shindig on the Green
   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Concerts in the Park
   Biltmore Park Town Square offers FREE live concerts from June through October. Brings a blanket and enjoy the best performers in the area from 60s Oldies to contemporary jazz.  7 PM - 9 PM.  Terry Lynn Queen Bee and The Stingers performs this concert.
Date:      August 27, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market   
Where our family traditions become your family heirlooms: the Open Air Indian Art Market showcases traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts. Come to shop for authentic and unique gifts but stay for the music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations. This outdoor event is held in the Cultural District of Cherokee next to Oconaluftee Islands Park. A traditional Cherokee meal will be for available for purchase..
Date:      August 27 - 28, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Railroad Heritage 2016 at Tweetsie Railroad   
 A once per year event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy a very special weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET & WNC Railroad and mountain culture. Traditional dance and craft demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Program will also be featured on Saturday.
 
 
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9/2-3 Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival    Lake Junaluska
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9/2-5 Labor Day Weekend at Fontana Village
9/3-4 RockFest at Emerald Village   Little Switzerland
9/3-4 Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park 
9/3-4 Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show
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Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

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