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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      September 4 - 7, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE

Event:    
NC Apple Festival  This annual Labor Day Weekend Event features a street fair on Historic Main Street including: entertainment, arts and crafts, apple products, children and youth activities, special exhibits, food and the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Get specific hours and schedule of events on the website. Street Fair - Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-8:00 PM from 6th Ave-Caswell St; mini-festival on Mon. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM from 2nd Ave-Caswell St., King Apple Parade on Labor Day at  2:30 PM
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Date:      September 4, 2015    
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Downtown Waynesville galleries remain open for Art after Dark featuring demonstrations, artist receptions, and special music. Enjoy the Gallery Stroll from 6 PM - 9 PM with live music and great food. Free admission. Art After Dark happens the first Friday evening of each month from May until December.
Date:      September 4, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO 
Event:    Wilkesboro Open Air Market
Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series returns in 2012 starting on April 20 and continues the through August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      September 4, 2015
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
Murphy Art Walk   First Fridays from May through November,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances.
Date:      September 4, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see on  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 25 downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      September 4, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market and FREE Backstreet Concert Series in West Jefferson 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM October.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center.   This Concert featuring  Zephyr Lightening Bolts. 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ALL generations to enjoy.
Date:      September 4 - 7, 2015    
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Labor Day Weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn  Celebrate the holiday and the last of summer with a dive-in movie at the outdoor pool, daily live music throughout the resort, history tours to learn more about this remarkable mountain inn and a variety of family friendly activities. Throughout the weekend, register to win a special Labor day Weekend gift basket and you do not need to be present to win.
Date:      September 4 - 5, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     7 Clans Redeo   
There will be all sorts of skills competitions and top-name riders in this SRA-sanctioned event. Gates open at 6 nightly, with the rodeo starting at 8. Located at the intersection of Highways 19/441. General admission tickets for both nights can be purchased with cash at Cherokee's Chamber of Commerce or at Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn in Cherokee and Asheville locations.
Date:      September 4 - 5, 2015
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA
Event:    Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival   45th Annual Festival.
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center offers two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:00 PM,  both Friday and Saturday, on the grand stage of the Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.
Date:       September  4 - 6, 2015
NC City:  LAKE FONTANA
Event:     Labor Day Weekend, Fireworks, & LakeAlooza Celebration  
Join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina. Enjoy live music with The Josh Fields Band performing a blend of Southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food
Date:      September  4 - 6, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Gem & Mineral Spectacular    
The Gem & Mineral Spectacular features gemstones, jewelry, fossils, lapidary equipment; demonstrations; exhibits and programs.The Gem and Mineral Spectacular & Sale is held during the 4 day Labor Day celebration during the Annual Apple Festival  Admission: Adults $4.00 (Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult). Held at the Whitmire Activity Center on Lily Pond Road.
Date:      September 4 - 6, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     The Qualla Country Trout Tournament 
Compete for  a share of the $20,000 in prizes.  Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. 11 entry fee.
Date:      September 4, 5, 6, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:    Music on the River  
Enjoy open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.   Friday night: David Lambert , Saturday night:  Amazing Grace Ministries 12–6 and An Evening with Elvis 7–9 p.m,  Sunday:  Amazing Grace Ministries.
Date:      September 4 - 7, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE

Event:     NC Apple Festival  This annual Labor Day Weekend Event features a street fair on Historic Main Street including: entertainment, arts and crafts, apple products, children and youth activities, special exhibits, food and the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Get specific hours and schedule of events on the website. Street Fair - Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-8:00 PM from 6th Ave-Caswell St; mini-festival on Mon. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM from 2nd Ave-Caswell St., King Apple Parade on Labor Day at  2:30 PM
Date:      September 5, 2015
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors
Date:      September 5, 2015
NC City:  Little Switzerland
Event:    RockFest at Emerald Village  
Featuring a treasure hunt, hikes to hidden mines, live music and mine tours. Kids tour the mines free of charge. Free kid's treasure hunt featuring minerals and crystals as prizes. Black Light Mine Tour in the Bon Ami Mine,  Food catered by the Switzerland Cafe.  8:30 PM. Admission for the tour: $15/adults; $10/students, reservations recommended.
Date:      September 5, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      September 5, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 5, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      September 5-6, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Labor Day Weekend Family Discovery  at Chimney Rock State Park  
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl.  Resident education animals are the stars of the 2 PM programs at the Outdoor Classroom, with an explanation of each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Try to outwit gravity with one free climb per person on the Park's Climbing Tower from 11 AM - 4 PM. 
Date:      September 5-6, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY 
Event:     Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show  
Artists and crafters from throughout the Southeast will present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. Food vendors will be available to the public. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry, and receive a raffle ticket so you will have a chance to win a handmade item donated by one of the talented artisans
Date:      September 5 - 6, 2015
NC City:  CANTON (just west of Asheville)
Event:     Canton Labor Day Festival   Now in its 109th year this Festival is the oldest in the
South.  A celebration of all things made in the mountains the Festival offers a handcrafted expo where you can meet artisans and buy a piece of their passions. Visit the Stroll the tailgate Farmers' Tailgate Market at Sorrells Street Park, while enjoying the live bluegrass melodies of the WNC Bluegrass Jamboree. Meet the heroic farmers and food producers of WNC that put the "A" in Appalachian grown. There will be tastings and planting demonstrations throughout the day. Soak in an afternoon reminiscent of Labor Days past, complete with 5 bluegrass bands, clogging performances, and dance performances at Turner Stage. 
Date:      September 5 - 6, 2015
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Mile High Kite and Craft Festival  
Over 50 crafters and artisans will be in showcasing their works of art along with great food, music, kite flying, and fun for the whole family. The Richmond Air Force and Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society Kiting Clubs will demonstrate flying techniques, and also display their kites. Contests will be held for the best decorated, smallest and largest kites. The first 150 kids will get a free kite for the competition each day, or kites can be purchased at the event or you can bring your own. There will be a kids’ fun zone with games, face painting and a bounce house  
Date:       September 5 , 2015 (November 28)
NC City:   BRYSON CITY
Event:     The MacNeill Uncorked: Rail Line and Wine   This unique experience will fuse the adventure of railroading with the love of good wine and good company in a special car on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in the MacNeill car with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge of the Western North Carolina wine region and history of the six wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, their choice of a freshly made entrée, and a chef-selected dessert.
Date:      September 5 - 6, 2015
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Cashiers Valley Arts and Crafts Fair 2015  
The Cashiers Village Green will be filled with color and creativity for the 6th annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. The Arts and Crafts Fair will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. The event showcases some of the finest arts and craftspeople in the Southeast, there will be pottery, artworks, furniture, quilts, jewelry, and clothing. The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley will also run a concessions stand, with its special hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and drinks on sale. New this year is the exciting announcement that admission is FREE! Instead of a paid admission, attendees of the arts and crafts fair are asked to consider making a donation to the Cashiers Rotary Club Charities, which support the Club's ongoing efforts to aid and provide assistance for recognized non-profit organizations doing good work in our community. 
Date:      September 5, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 6, 2015
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK
Event:    
Annual New River Blues Festival   A legendary day of bluegrass music in the mountains. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine). Food, mixed and soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the gate.
Date:      September  10-12, 2015
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Carolina Mountains Literary Festival  
This two day festival, held in several venues in downtown Burnsville, provides a unique, intimate setting for readers and regional authors to mingle. Enjoy a fascinating array of talks and workshops that include everything from listening to readings of recently published books to learning how to pen a memorable memoir. Pre-registration, along with a $25 fee is required for the following workshops: Story from Thin Air (fiction), Making Meaning from our Memories, From Concept to Publishing: Learning the steps for Writing a Memoir, and to Dwell in Possibility (poetry). Admission: General sessions free, 3-hour workshops $25 and banquet on Friday September 5 is $30
Date:      September 10 - 27, 2015
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse   presents "Fly". 
An important and inspiring story about the experiences  and challenges of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American flyers in the U.S. military during World War II. Hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa, and the Caribbean each arrive at boot camp with a dream to serve their country as combat fighter pilots. But they find that they must first combat racism and prejudice in the very military they have volunteered to serve.
Date:      September 11, 2015 
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series     This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. This month's performers are: Nora Jane Struthers,  Sweet Leda,  Megan Jean & The KFB.
Date:      September 11, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks at Chimney Rock Park   
11 AM. Be amazed at the variety of fascinating fungi growing along the Park’s trails. Whet your appetite on this guided hike as you identify and learn about a dozen or so of the most common mushrooms among more than 1,000 species that could be growing in Western NC. Led by Karen Johnson, member of State Parks and the Asheville Mushroom Club. Limit first 15 people; meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den.  Included in Park Admission
Date:      September  11-12, 2015
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     Wilkes County Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show  
Handmade quilts display made by guild members. Special exhibits and vendors mall. Quilt challenge, Vintage Quilt Bed Turning and more. The event is held at the Stone Center, 613 Cherry Street in historic downtown North Wilkesboro.
Date:      September 11-12, 2015
NC City:  LANSING - near WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
Greater L.A. Festival    An annual event featuring live gospel and folk music and  great down-home food. The Festival  also welcomes  children of all ages, offering hayrides, face painting and  inflatable attractions.
Date:      September 11-20, 2015
NC City:  FLETCHER (Asheville suburb)
Event:     North Carolina Mountain State Fair 
Held at the WNC Agricultural Center, this is the third largest fair in North Carolina, and it celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions, and midway amusement rides.
Date:      September 11, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios including: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing & Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Broomfields Gallery, CatchLight Gallery, Everything Has a Story, Florence Thomas Art School, French’s Art Gallery, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, Ripples Gallery, RT Morgan Art Gallery, Shoemaker Studio, and The Artists’ Theatre.
Date:      September 11, 2015  
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series   This concert features Nora Jane Struthers, Sweet Leda, Megan Jean & The KFB. 
This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District of Asheville. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites.
Date:      September 11-13, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     9th Annual Mountain Song Festival  
held in the beautiful covered, open-air auditorium by the lake at Brevard Music Center. This foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and newgrass music will feature Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury Band, The Milk Carton Kids, Larry Keel Experience, Shannon Whitworth, Red Wine, Sarah Siskind and Sarah Siskind. The event supports the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County and has become a premier southeastern festival drawing 5000 music lovers annually.
Date:      September 11 - 13, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally  
Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy Tour Rides, Music Concerts, Bike Builders, Bike Games, Bike Show, Prizes, Vendors and much more during our three day rally! All bikes and ages welcomed.
Date:      September 12, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:      September 12, 2015
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     A Blue Danube Evening 
  Enjoy an evening of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and marches by the Strauss family, Mozart, Schubert, Nicolai, von Suppé, and more. Maestro Joiner leads the HSO with baton and bow to recreate the atmosphere of the annual Vienna New Year’s concerts. Dance to the Blue Danube Waltz and clap with the traditional Radesky March, a concert designed as an immersive concert experience from the lobby to the stage–with surprises galore . 7:30 PM at Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall,  180 West Campus Drive Flat Rock, NC
Date:      September  12, 2015
NC City:  LENOIR
Event:    29th Annual Sculpture Celebration  
This Annual Sculpture Celebration features a Blue Jeans Preview Party Friday evening and a competition Saturday featuring sculptors from several states east of the Mississippi River. The Celebration will be open to the public 9 AM-4 PM and judging occurs all day with awards announced about 3:30 PM.
Date:      September 12, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll   This event
showcases 15 gardens with this year's Stroll theme,  "Garden to Table". Gardens on view will display a variety of gardening styles producing vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and flowers for the table.  11 AM to 4 PM, beginning at Hall Fletcher Elementary School , 60 Ridgelawn Avenue, at 10:30 with a short presentation by longtime residents about the role of gardening in the community's history.
Date:      September 12, 2015
NC City:  LINVILLE
Event:     KidFest at Grandfather Mountain  
A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. The events are free with park admission.
Date:      September 12 - 13, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grandparents Day Special at Chimney Rock Park    Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to spend time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Click here to download this special coupon.
Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid September 12 and 13, 2015 only.
Date:      September 15 - 19, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    On The Same Page Literary Festival  
High Country locals and visitors are invited to celebrate the literary arts in Ashe County. The fourth annual literacy will focus on writing about North Carolina people, places and traditions. Events planned for this festival are informative and fun with readings, workshops, a film showing and lots of question-and-answer sessions with the authors.
Date:      September 16 - October 31, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Eliada's Annual Corn Maze  
The maze will open September 5th and remain open each Thursday,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 27th. The maze will open from 4-8 on Thursdays and  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Eliada’s annual corn maze is a 12 acre maze (WNC's largest) with 2 unique trails cut out of a field of corn. Accompanying maps with check points help guide you through 4 miles of maze trails. Also cut into the corn field are two Storybook Trails for children. These trails take you on a fun adventure as you read the stories of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and Ciderella and the Little Glass Sipper! Spookley and Ciderella merchandise are also for sale for children and families to continue to enjoy the stories and characters at home.  Additional activities are also offered.
Date:      September 17, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:      September 16 - 19, 2015
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Annual Macon County Fair  
An authentic agricultural fair featuring crafts, farm animals and festival foods. Held on the Macon County Fair Grounds in Franklin.
Date:      September 18, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: Dolly Parton (Karen Donaldson) and Zac Brown (David Hester)    
Doors open and dinner served at 6 PM - the show starts at 7 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance for a $5 discount for both adults and children. Family owned and operated with professional local and regional performers.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk at Chimney Rock Park    Kick off the Flock to the Rock event with an early birdwalk led by a Park naturalist to see which of our feathered friends are out on trails before the Park opens. Then stick around for Flock to the Rock,
the region’s premier fall migration birding event featuring live Birds of Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Meet at tunnel entrance; advance registration is required by calling 800-277-9611.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     7th Annual Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park   
The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. It features live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds plus family nature walks. Chimney Rock is home to over 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and other birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen winging their way south.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:     Art in Autumn  
This is the eighth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Over 100 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as an exciting array of food and live music. The  festival brings a lively celebration of community and fine art to the Main Street of the 'Mayberry-esque' town of Weaverville.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:     21th Annual Mountain Heritage Festival   
Craft and food vendors line Main Street in celebration of mountain heritage in craft and music. This year's entertainment features Loose Strings and 3 other local bands . With demonstrations of the skills of local ancestors and music that mixes local heritage with modern influences, there is something for everyone. Dancers will be kicking up their heels and  the  Possum Queen will be crowned.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in
   Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      September 19, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Brewgrass Festival  
40 American breweries gather to showcase more than 120 different beers. Live entertainment includes a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that, in the past, has included such notables as Cadillac Sky, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous String Dusters, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Jim Lauderdale, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph. The event also features a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. 1 - 7 PM at Asheville's Memorial Stadium.
Date:      September 19 - 20, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Heritage Weekend
is a two-day celebration of traditional crafts and music. The 35th free festival is sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight of the weekend is the 33nd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition.
Date:      September 25 - 27, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK  
Event:     Take a Child Outside Programs and Hikes  at Chimney Rock State Park.  Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to camp beneath the stars of Chimney Rock on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Date:      September 25, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks at Chimney Rock Park   
11 AM. Be amazed at the variety of fascinating fungi growing along the Park’s trails. Whet your appetite on this guided hike as you identify and learn about a dozen or so of the most common mushrooms among more than 1,000 species that could be growing in Western NC. Led by Karen Johnson, member of State Parks and the Asheville Mushroom Club. Limit first 15 people; meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den.  Included in Park Admission
Date:      September 25 - October 31, 2015  Friday and Saturday evenings
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad  
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. The ghastly special events include Ghost Train Rides Exciting Haunted House, Halloween Shows, 3-D Maze, Black Hole™, Trick-or-treating and the Freak Forest
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:     Art on the Island Festival
   The new and improved arts and music (used to be MAD on Main held in May) has moved the month to September and the location to Blannahassett Island and changed the name to Art on the Island Festival. Still FREE! The new venue allows the festival to put musicians on the new stage and to combine with the Farmer’s Market to offer many more opportunities to enjoy the day. Come out to browse through arts booths, sample local food and buy local produce while listening to musicians perform throughout the day. For questions, contact the Madison County Arts Council at 828 649-1301.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  HOT SPRINGS
Event:     French Broad Brew Fest   
French Broad Brew Fest celebrates craft brewing in Hot Springs where the French Broad River meets the Appalachian Trail. Features 20 area breweries and music to include Bayou Diesel, Black Robin Hero, Underhill Rose, The Fritz, Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R. and more. $75 ticket price includes beer samplings noon – 10 pm on Sept.28 in our exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling).
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: Tim McGraw (Todd Sullivan), Hank Williams Jr., (Travis James), Conway Twitty (Travis James)    
Doors open and dinner served at 6 PM - the show starts at 7 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance for a $5 discount for both adults and children. Family owned and operated with professional local and regional performers.
Date:      September 24 - 30, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK  
Event:     Writers on the Rock for Kids  at Chimney Rock State Park.  Part of Take a Child Outside Week, Writers on the Rock for Kids will feature children’s book author Janie DeVos, author of How High Can You Fly?, Barthello’s Wing and other books. Janie will give an interactive presentation for kids where they'll learn about discovering their special gifts. A selection of her titles will be available for sale and autographs.
Date:      September 25 - 27, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
Guest Appreciation Festival at NOC  Enjoy GAF events all weekend long at NOC's Wesser Campus. It's NOC's way of saying thanks for another great year. There will be a great line-up of live music, beer tastings with Nantahala Brewing Company and fun hands-on activities throughout the day as well as good-natured boating competitions. Families will appreciate multiple educational presentations featuring animals and stories with crowd participation.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    GAF Bike Trials   
This year at NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival, bike trials riders will put on a show on the banks of the Nantahala River. This all-ages bike trials event features classes for beginners through pro riders, with a variety of obstacles suitable for every ability level. Bike trials is an agility-based bicycle sport in which participants negotiate a number of "sections" comprised of natural and man-made obstacles including rocks, logs, water, even scaffolding or automobiles. Riders strive to negotiate each section within a designated amount of time without touching the ground with any part of their body.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Concerts in the Park
   Biltmore Park Town Square offers FREE live concerts from June through October. Brings a blanket and enjoy the best performers in the area from 60s Oldies to contemporary jazz.  7 PM - 9 PM.  Tuxedo Junction performs this concert.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Writers on the Rock for Kids    
Part of Take a Child Outside Week, Writers on the Rock for Kids will feature children’s books about the natural world and special, interactive presentations by children’s authors Janie DeVos (How High Can You Fly?, Barthello’s Wing and more) and Marci Spencer (Potluck: Message Delivered). Janie will lead kids in the discovery of what makes them special during “Your Special Gift” beginning at 1pm. At 2pm, Marci will teach kids how to track a bear and her cub during a “Junior Bear Biologist” program. Both authors will be available to chat with fans and autograph their books, which will be available for purchase through The Fountainhead Bookstore.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Old Timey Festival    
An old fashioned festival filled with arts and crafts, music, farmers market, classic tractor and car show, and lots of fun for the entire family.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     National Public Lands Day  
Thousands of volunteers at various sites around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. What better way to celebrate than getting out in YOUR Pisgah National Forest. Special events include guided walks, gardening and service projects which celebrate conservation and the outdoors. Volunteer opportunities are available for groups and families.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Carolina Craft Day at the NC Arboretum  
A day to celebrate Southern Appalachian traditions as they come alive at The North Carolina Arboretum. The event, now in its seventh year, features craft demonstrations and juried art and craft vendors and plant sales at the Arboretum's Education Center.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville City Market 
   Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around plus local artisan products in two locations for your convenience: downtown and South Asheville. Debit and credit cards are accepted. Also enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs, Kids Corner Market activities, and more.
Date:      September 26, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Art on the Mountain   
Ashe County Arts Council’s Art on the Mountain blends together local history with West Jefferson's flourishing arts district through the work of artists. Art on the Mountain is an opportunity for artists of all media to showcase their artwork. The fine arts show will be held on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center at 303 School Avenue in Historic Downtown West Jefferson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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 yearbr /> Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park 
Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
WWhere: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park.
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
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Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
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