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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:
October 25 - November 1, 2014
NC City:   CHEROKEE
Event:     
Cherokee Haunted Adventure  Four haunted attractions in one location. A "Scare Free" Kids Zone will be open for all ages who like to have Halloween fun, but don’t like the scary things that go bump in the night.  Haunted Theatre Walk through one of the most haunted outdoor theatres as the most terrifying acts take place behind the scenes. Horror Dorm Hide or die. See if you can survive a horrific game of hide n seek in a dorm filled with your worst nightmares. If found, we will drag your dead body to the mortuary for a toe tag. Ghost Walk  - The guides will walk you through the historically haunted Oconaluftee Indian Village. Along the way you can capture the lost souls that occupy campus while listening to the stories Cherokee ancestors passed down. "
Upcoming NC Events and Festivals
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Date:      September 21 - October 15, 2014 
NC City:  MARION  and various locations
Event:     Overmountain Victory Trail Annual March
   Part of the National Historic Trail marking march from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC during the Revolutionary Way.  2014 Annual Reenactment March of the Overmountain Men to the Battle at Kings Mountain. The Encampment features period clothing and historical re-enactments. Check the calender for specific locations and activities.
Date:       October 2 -  26, 2014
NC City:   FLAT ROCK
Event: 
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  Broadway’s greatest farce by Stephen Sondheim is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest. Tickets are $40.
Date:      October  3, 2014   
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:      October 3. 2014
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark  
Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music.
Date:      October  3, 2014   
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO 
Event:     Brushy Mountain Apple Jam  
A musical event held at the corner of 10th and Main in downtown North Wilkesboro, the Friday evening preceding the Apple Festival. This year Taylon Hope Miller joins the Apple Jam for special performances.
Date:      October  3, 2014   
NC City:  BOONE
Event:    First Friday Art Crawl in Downtown Boone   
Experience the thriving Boone arts community, see an array of different performers and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Shops and businesses remain open to the public for an after hours art reception.
Date:       October 3-12, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      American Craft Week  
A celebration of the wonders of American craft and its contribution to the culture and economy of the country. Dozens of participants in Western North Carolina host special events from open studios to major gallery exhibits. This year's events kick off with an address by Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer and a reception at 5:30 PM. Get a complete list of participants and events on the website.
Date:      October  4, 2014   
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO 
Event:     
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival and Apple Jam   This event is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast and features a variety of arts and crafts, food and entertainment. It is preceded on Friday evening by The Apple Jam, live music beginning at 6 PM and continuing until 9 PM at the corner of 10th and Main Streets.   Sponsored annually by the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Club and held on the 1st Saturday of October since 1978.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
  Asheville Art in the Park   The finest handcrafted art in the area is on display and for sale at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park. Held 3 consecutive Saturdays in October.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Art in the Park  
A juried art and crafts show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May through 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:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  OLD FORT 
Event:     ArtsMart   Locally created arts and crafts. Stop by to chat with the creators of these one-of-a-kind items while you shop for yourself, family or friends. Something for everyone including baskets, paintings, woodwork, wreaths, candles and live demonstrations. Sponsored by Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:    ColorFest, Art and Taste of Appalachia   Autumn's colors and flavors take center stage  during this popular annual festival. This arts and food event fills the sidewalks of Dillsboro with a variety of mountain artisans demonstrating their skills, plus food vendors serving up a taste of the North Carolina mountains.  Local musicians and street entertainers add music to festivities, while restaurants and shops are open to serve the crowds throughout the day.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Friends of the Jackson County Library Used Bookstore takes place during the Taste of Sylva from 1-5PM. While supplies last - spend $5 and receive a free Friends of the Library tee shirt; notecards and ornaments are half-price ($5). All revenues support the Library.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:   
  Bascom Lamar Lunsford  Music Festival   An all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second oldest folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of cofounder Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Lunsford was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. Through his work he became known as “Minstrel of the Appalachians.” The festival, which is now in its 46th year, brings out the region’s finest musicians and dancers. Numerous music and dance performances, jam circles, and a ballad and story swap will occur for free throughout the day. Concert at 7 PM has a $10 fee for adults and $5 for children.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:   
  Farm City Day at Jackson Park   Farm City Day features both antique and modern farm equipment, music, square dancing, clogging, arts and crafts, children's activities, games, demonstrations and plenty of food. Free family fun!
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  MARS HILL  
Event:     Madison County Heritage Festival   Traditional mountain music and old-time craft demonstrations, local arts and crafts fill the town of Mars Hill and the Mars Hill College campus at this family-friendly festival. Food available from local vendors. 10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD  
Event:     Forest Festival Day and John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet  More than 80 traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate forests and forest heritage. Highlights include wood carvers, weavers, a blacksmith, fly fishing, archery, horse drawn wagon rides, and the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, a lumberjack competition, organized by Haywood Community College. For those needing assistance, onsite transportation will be provided by Accents On Ashville. Admission to the Cradle of Forestry for this event is $6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth 4-15 and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders, free for children under four years old.  
Date:      October 4, 2014
NC City:  LINVILLE  / BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain   Families will enjoy this rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain after dark. Get your Halloween juices flowing while listening to scary stories told by firelight and keep a tight hold on your loved ones' hand as you set off on a rare after-dark tour of the Mountain that includes a nocturnal animal prowl.  Must be age 8 or older. The cost is $20. Reservations required: 828-733-8715.
Date:      October 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grady's Wildlife of WNC at Chimney Rock State Park  
Come meet some of Grady the Groundhog's live woodland friends and learn about their natural habitats. Or marvel at our Birds of Prey, including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. The family-friendly Grady’s Wildlife of WNC programs vary and are offered at 2 PM at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Best of all, the programs are included with your Park admission. All you need to bring are your kids and their curiosity about the natural world.
Date:      October 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     The Colors of Grandfather Mountain  
A guided walk led by Grandfather Mountain's education staff takes guests out onto the trails of Grandfather to discuss fall color. Topics include the reasons trees change color and the different forces that affect fall color. The different species of trees around the trail will be identified. “The Colors of Grandfather” will visit various locations around Grandfather Mountain to showcase a spectacular contrast of stunning autumn hues. The programs begin at 1 PM and are included with regular admission. For more information about “The Colors of Grandfather,” call 800-468-7325
Date:      October 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN  
Event:     Autumn at OZ   Follow  the yellow brick road to the annual Autumn at Oz party. Be sure to dress warm, you never know when a twister will come through. Visitors can tour Dorothy's House, Uncle Henry's Barn, and a mini Oz museum. There will be food, crafters and games, plus chairlift rides up to Oz for those who prefer not to go by shuttle. Get tickets online.
Date:      October 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY  
Event:    Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express   The PEANUTS gang return the the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch for this annual family fun favorite. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz's classic story "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will be departing from the Bryson City Depot and arriving at the Pumpkin Patch. Event activities include campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. Two trips per day at 12 PM and 3:30 PM.
Date:      October 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE  
Event:     Art on Main   This is the 55th annual  fine arts and fine crafts show again held in Historic Downtown Hendersonville. The Downtown area is transformed into a giant outdoor art gallery featuring the finest artists and artisans from the southeast. Art on Main attracts 3,000-4,000 art lovers each year.
Date:      October 4 - 5, 2014
NC City:  BRASSTOWN  
Event:     John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival   Celebrate the rich heritage of Appalachia at the 41th annual Folk School Fall Festival, featuring over 200 juried and non-juried craftspeople. Handcrafted items for sale include jewelry, woodturning, pottery, weaving, ironwork, photography, rugs, woodcarvings, furniture, paintings, baskets, and much more. Live music and dance on two stages, great food, craft demonstrations, and kids' activities including pony rides are just a few more reasons why the John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival is one of the most popular events in the region.
Date:      October 5, 2014
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Yancy County Big Fall Flea - Helping Hands Fun Flea  
Don't miss the Yancey County annual “Fall Flea” sale. If you are looking for furniture we have it! If you need pictures we have them by the dozens! We have just about anything imaginable: antiques, clothes, pottery, kitchenware and utensils, home decor, furniture, Christmas/seasonal, kids' toys/clothes, books/tapes, electronics, small appliances, tools, outdoor, sporting goods, jewelry, craft supplies and more. Benefits The Family Violence Coalition and Yancey Hospice Palliative Care. FREE and open to the public.
Date:      October 6. 2014
NC City:  BREVARD 
Event:     First Monday Concerts at Brevard College  
The Brevard Music Center, in partnership with Brevard College, presents free concerts to the public on the first Monday of each month from October through May. The concerts begin at 12:30 PM and are performed at The Porter Center of Brevard College.
Date:      October 7 - 11, 2014 
NC City:  CHEROKEE 
Event:    102th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair
   Part carnival, part art exhibit and agriculture show, this annual fair features artwork, traditional Cherokee food, nightly musical entertainment, rides and games, and of course, fireworks. You’ll find Cherokee white oak baskets, pottery and beadwork, and you’ll marvel and the traditional Cherokee contests and competitions like the infamous Cherokee Stickball games. While you’re on the Ferris wheel, be sure to take in the gorgeous fall foliage that engulfs the Great Smoky Mountains this time of year.
Date:       October 9 - 11, 2014
NC City:   FRANKLIN
Event: 
    Autumn Leaves Craft Show   Unique, hand-made crafts by local skilled artisans in Western North Carolina. Enjoy great food and more. Bring a can of cat food for Catman 2 Shelter.
Date:       October 9 - November 20, 2014
NC City:   WEST JEFFERSON
Event: 
    Best of the Blue Ridge   Annual juried exhibit including artists from six counties. The exhibit is held at the Ashe Arts Center. 336-846-ARTS. Artist reception is Oct. 11 from 5-8 PM.
Date:      October 10, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.
Date:      October 10 - 12, 2014
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    
Cashiers Leaf Festival   Each year, the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (known locally a GCAMA, or G-comma) sponsors the Cashiers Leaf Festival. This 3-day event celebrates the beauty of the season that's particularly unique to this area. Featuring arts and crafts from local and regional artisans, food from area restaurants, music from a variety of bands on two main stages, and activities for all ages at various locations throughout the Cashiers Valley, the Cashiers Leaf Festival serves as the centerpiece of the area's Leaf Season.
Date:      October 10 - 13, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY  
Event:    Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express   The PEANUTS gang return the the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch for this annual family fun favorite. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz's classic story "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will be departing from the Bryson City Depot and arriving at the Pumpkin Patch. Event activities include campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. Two trips per day at 12 PM and 3:30 PM.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  BURNSVILLE  
Event:    Yancey County Dream Home Tour   Tour five custom homes with exceptional views of the fall folliage during this 5th Annual event, benefiting the scholarship fun at Mayland Community College. The Tour is self-guifed and includes the Sabri home, a 58-acre estate that includes a gatehouse, stables and a sprawling craftsman-style home of 4,500 square feet. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.maylandfoundation.org. For details call (828) 766-1233. .
Date:      October 11 - 12, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grady's Wildlife of WNC at Chimney Rock State Park  
Come meet some of Grady the Groundhog's live woodland friends and learn about their natural habitats. Or marvel at our Birds of Prey, including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. The family-friendly Grady’s Wildlife of WNC programs vary and are offered at 2 PM at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Best of all, the programs are included with your Park admission. All you need to bring are your kids and their curiosity about the natural world.
Date:      October 11 - 12, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Camping in the Old Style at The Cradle of Forestry  
Turn back the clock and visit  with a small group of re-enactors in a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900’s. Return to the time in history when the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. It was a time when camping meant sleeping under canvas and cooking over an open fire. Here in the wood smoke, surrounded by the outdoor gear of a by-gone day, the traditional skills of camp and trail will be practiced in their proper setting. Visitors can see fire by flint, steel, and friction, old style campfire cookery, four different styles of period shelters, and traditional camp tools in use.
Date:      October 11, 31, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Candle Light Ghost Tours  Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM  
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     
Hey Day Fall Family Festival at the WNC Nature Center   Enjoy the 37th annual Hey Day Festival featuring live music and dance performances, special animal encounters, educational programs, arts and crafts for the kids, and delicious food from local vendors. Hey Day is the Nature Center's biggest event of the year.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
  Asheville Art in the Park   The finest handcrafted art in the area is on display and for sale at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park. 3 consecutive Saturday’s in October.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  MARION
Event:     31th Annual
Mountain Glory Festival  The festival covers the court house lawn and 3 blocks of downtown Marion. Browsers and shoppers looking for original handicrafts or handspun enjoyment will find plenty of choice among more than 125 artists, crafters and food booths and a variety of entertainment, from local bluegrass bands playing traditional mountain music to haunting melodies of Native American music. 9:30 AM - 5 PM.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Annual Todd New River Festival  
This FREE festival features multiple music performances, storytelling, bluegrass jams, puppet shows, athletic competitions and other recreational events for all to enjoy. More than 30 vendors offer a variety of arts and crafts. Enjoy plenty of  NC barbecue and great food.   Admission is free. Parking and a shuttle ride to the festival are available for $5 at the field just off Railroad Grade Road from the Highway 194 entrance to Todd.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     River Arts District Second Saturday   Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Oktoberfest  
Downtown Asheville's Wall Street will transform into "Little Germany" for the Asheville Downtown Association's 6th Annual Oktoberfest. Internationally-renowned "oompah" band, The Stratton Mountain Boys, returns to the stage with happy yodeling songs, shoe-slapping dances and lively spirited Polka music sure to incite dancing in the street and rousing cheers of "ein Prosit!" The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries including Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, Boojum Brewing Company, Noble Cider, Catawba Brewing Company, Craggie Brewing and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers.  Oktoberfest Games are back as well with some old favorites like the Stein Races and Keg-rolling contests as well as some new ones.
Date:      October 11, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Big Basswood Hike with Ron Lance at Chimney Rock State  Park  
Hike up and down slopes, between boulders and shrubs and weave beneath towering fall foliage and into a hidden forest cove. Renowned naturalist Ron Lance will guide you to where the state’s largest basswood tree lives, with a circumference of more than 13 feet. This 2-hour-plus hike is moderately strenuous and not suitable for children under 12. Limited to 15; advance registration required.
Date:      October 11 - 12, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Carolina Bonsai Expo  
The juried work of bonsai enthusiasts from bonsai clubs in a six-state region of the United States is on exhibit. Every year the Expo includes free educational programming, workshops, a bonsai marketplace featuring plants, pots, tools and books for sale, ikebana displays and a live auction of bonsai and bonsai-related items.
Date:      October 11 - 12, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     The Colors of Grandfather Mountain  
A guided walk led by Grandfather Mountain's education staff takes guests out onto the trails of Grandfather to discuss fall color. Topics include the reasons trees change color and the different forces that affect fall color. The different species of trees around the trail will be identified. “The Colors of Grandfather” will visit various locations around Grandfather Mountain to showcase a spectacular contrast of stunning autumn hues. The programs begin at 1 PM and are included with regular admission. For more information about “The Colors of Grandfather,” call 800-468-7325
Date:      October 11 - 12, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     October Leaves Craft Show  Come and spend the day at the October Leaves Craft Show enjoying the panoramic view of the mountains in Maggie Valley.  A variety of fine handmade crafts created by artisans from throughout the Southeast including furniture, jewelry, knitting, pottery, quilted items, painted shirts, floral arrangements, leather work, scroll work, crochet, soaps and plenty of Food Vendors will be serving all your favorites. The event will also be hosting a food drive to benefit the local community.
Date:      October 12, 2014
NC City:  BOONE
Event:    Boone Heritage Festival   Celebrate Appalachian heritage with living history demonstrations, "yarn-spinners," music jams (bring your instrument) and old-time music on stage. Hear award-winning musicians and storytellers of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area perform in the cozy setting of the Coffey Cabin porch. Historical interpreters in period clothing will demonstrate 18th century skills such as spinning and weaving, throwing a tomahawk, shooting a flintlock rifle and more. Make-and-Take Crafts include cornhusk crafts, toddler-size scarecrows, "tin" lanterns, jack-o-lanterns and more. Craft vendors offer authentic items such as alpaca wool apparel, turned wooden bowls, handcrafted soaps, candles, jewelry, handblown glass ornaments, crocheted hats and baby items, books, quilts, wooden furniture, leather items, prints and more. Non-profit exhibitors include conservation, farming and education organizations. Snack on fried apple pies, kettle corn, cotton candy, Scotch eggs, hot dogs and more. Admission, music and storytelling are free. A small fee for hands-on craft activities helps cover the cost of materials.
Date:       October 16 - 19,  23 -  26, 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Music on the Rock Series: John Denver  Enjoy The Music of John Denver. With his unique style of songwriting, Denver composed over 200 songs including “Take Me Home Country Roads.” These amazing nights of music will feature some of his greatest hits, performed by an extraordinary singer. Tickets are $24.
Date:      October 16 - 19, 2014  
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:    
LEAF - Lake Eden Art Festival   LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the southeast. Held annually at  at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, a weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey to "recharges your batteries". A few aspects that make LEAF popular is the family friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the beautiful setting, and the intimate size.
Date:      October 16 - 19, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands  
This 65th annual event includes over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment. Both levels of the  Civic Center are filled with artisans selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry. The Fair showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and includes craft demonstrations and, beginning on Friday, local musicians performing traditional and bluegrass mountain music live on the arena stage.
Date:      October 17 - 19, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY  
Event:     Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express   The PEANUTS gang return the the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch for this annual family fun favorite. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz's classic story "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will be departing from the Bryson City Depot and arriving at the Pumpkin Patch. Event activities include campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. Two trips per day at 12 PM and 3:30 PM.
Date:       October 17 - 19, 2014
NC City:   ROBBINSVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Harvest Festival    Mountain traditions come alive at the annual Harvest Festival in beautiful Stecoah Valley at the Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of the historic Stecoah School. The former community school was built in 1926, and today is the home of the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, an organization dedicated to preserving Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Tickets for evening concert are on sale now.  Admission-adults $15.00 Students k-12 $5.00 Performing this year will be the Dismembered Tennesseans.
Date:       October 17 - 19, 2014
NC City:   FRANKLIN
Event: 
   Annual Leaf-Lookers Gemboree    An Annual Gem Show with dealers from all over the southeast offering fine jewelry, costume jewelry, beads, rough and cut gemstones. For more information contact the Franklin Chamber at 828-524-3161
Date:      October 18, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
  Asheville Art in the Park   The finest handcrafted art in the area is on display and for sale at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park. 3 consecutive Saturday’s in October.
Date:      October 18, 2014
NC City:  VALLE CRUCIS
Event:     The Valle Country Fair
  Enjoy an old fashioned County Fair at the peak of fall color leaf season. Activities include crafts, food, mountain music, 150 juried fine art and crafts booths, an activity area for kids, freshly pressed apple cider , Hot-out-of-the-kettle apple butter, Homemade jams & jellies, Brunswick stew, chili and barbecue.
Date:      October 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:     Wooly Worm Festival   The 37th Annual Festival includes the infamous worm races along with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and amusement rides.  A family-oriented weekend and one of the most popular NC mountain annual events.
Date:      October 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     The Colors of Grandfather Mountain  
A guided walk led by Grandfather Mountain's education staff takes guests out onto the trails of Grandfather to discuss fall color. Topics include the reasons trees change color and the different forces that affect fall color. The different species of trees around the trail will be identified. “The Colors of Grandfather” will visit various locations around Grandfather Mountain to showcase a spectacular contrast of stunning autumn hues. The programs begin at 1 PM and are included with regular admission. For more information about “The Colors of Grandfather,” call 800-468-7325
Date:      October 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    Tour De Falls in Dupont State Forest 
 A favorite annual event providing easy access  to the falls without strenuous trail walking  9:00AM-2:30PM, buses will be available in the parking lot on DuPont/Staton Rd. to take visitors to High Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia, donation - adults $12, $6 ages 6-17, under 6 free, sponsored by Friends of DuPont Forest
Date:      October 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grady's Wildlife of WNC at Chimney Rock State Park  
Come meet some of Grady the Groundhog's live woodland friends and learn about their natural habitats. Or marvel at our Birds of Prey, including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. The family-friendly Grady’s Wildlife of WNC programs vary and are offered at 2 PM at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Best of all, the programs are included with your Park admission. All you need to bring are your kids and their curiosity about the natural world.
Date:      October 18 - 19, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show   
A popular annual judged show presents hundreds of chrysanthemum blooming in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges and strict NCS standards  highlight the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers.
Date:     October 23 - 25, 2014
NC City: ASHEVILLE
Event:    Fall Harvest Days 27th Annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show
  Held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. This is the largest show in Western NC featuring crafters, demonstrations, farm tools, antique engines, antique tractor pulls & swap meet. The event will be held rain or shine, 8:00AM-5:00PM, Admission $8/day, Children under 12 free with paid adult,
Date:      October 24 - 25, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    The Legend of Tommy Hodges outdoor drama at the Cradle of Forestry  
Enjoy this legendary mystery about the disappearance of a 1906 Biltmore Forest School student. The Cradle of Forestry will present this outdoor drama along the paved, one-mile Biltmore Campus Trail. As the audience walks the trail from scene to scene it meets characters from the historic Pink Beds community and hears stories, some based on the diaries of students who attended the Biltmore Forest School from 1903-1907. Warm clothing, walking shoes and flashlights are recommended.
Date:      October  24 - 26, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY  
Event:    Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express   The PEANUTS gang return the the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch for this annual family fun favorite. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz's classic story "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will be departing from the Bryson City Depot and arriving at the Pumpkin Patch. Event activities include campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment. Two trips per day at 12 PM and 3:30 PM.
Date:       October 24 - 26, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair  Hosted by the  Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, in the McGough Arena,  The event includes 100’s of animals, crafters, workshops and demonstrations,  See spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and much more! Join a workshop class to improve your skills or just enjoy browsing and shopping the beautiful and unique apparel and wearable art at SAFF! Fri. and Sat. 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sun. 9:00AM-4:00PM, Admission $3/person, Youth under 13 yrs. old free,
Date:      October 25, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NOCtoberfest   Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water.
Date:      October 25, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK / LINVILLE
Event:     Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain   Celebrate Halloween early at Grandfather Mountain with a full day of crafts, nature programs, trick-or-treating in the animal habitats and a costume contest. Participate in an interactive program titled “Going Batty for Bats.” Children in costume enter park for half-price. Events are included with park admission.
Date:      October 25, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    How-O-Ween at the WNC Nature Center  
This family-fun annual event offers spooky arts and crafts, games, and face painting, a hay maze, snacks and hot chocolate, and educational animal encounters throughout the day. All are welcome to come in costume. Regular admission rates apply.
Date:      October 25, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Ridge Hike at Chimney Rock State Park  
Immerse  yourself Western NC's legendary fall colors on the most scenic hike of the year. Venture high atop the ridges of Chimney Rock State Park some 1,500 feet above the valley floor, where you'll enjoy dramatic views surrounded by a sea of stunning fall leaf colors. Led by renowned naturalist Ron Lance, this 3-hour hike is moderately strenuous. Limited to 15; advance registration is required.
Date:      October 25 - 26, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Grady's Wildlife of WNC at Chimney Rock State Park  
Come meet some of Grady the Groundhog's live woodland friends and learn about their natural habitats. Or marvel at our Birds of Prey, including a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. The family-friendly Grady’s Wildlife of WNC programs vary and are offered at 2 PM at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Best of all, the programs are included with your Park admission. All you need to bring are your kids and their curiosity about the natural world.
Date:       October 25, 2014
NC City:   BREVARD
Event: 
   Halloweenfest in Transylvania Held in Downtown Brevard, 10:00AM-6:00PM. Activities include a street festival with arts and crafts, Pumpkin Town, Boo-ville, Transylvania Boulevard, Tailgate Market, Ghoulish Golf, Spooky Hay Maze, Face & Hair Painting,  costume parade, Downtown trick-or-treat and more.  The Music Mash ( formerly known as the Old Time Music Competition) includes an old time bluegrass music with skilled musicians from throughout the region.  
Date:       October 25, 2014
NC City:   BREVARD
Event: 
   Annual Halloween OctoberFest and Osktoberfest  in Downtown Brevard   The festival will showcase Oskar Blues' locally-brewed craft beers, locally-made brats and live music from 6 PM-10 PM. The event will be held on East Main Street (near Water Oaks Suites), after Brevard's annual Halloweenfest. The new East Main Street Stage will showcase these live music acts: Soldier's Heart, Faded Jade, and headliners Leigh Glass and the Hazards. There will be a few fun elements from Halloweenfest continued into the evening including a costume contest.
Date:       October 25, 2014
NC City:   FLETCHER
Event: 
    Halloween Carnival   Held at Fletcher Community Park - Costume Contest,  Age groups will be as follows: 4 and under, 5-7 and 8-11. Awards will be given in three categories, Best Traditional Costume, Most Creative Costume and Best Homemade Costume. Costume Contest will begin promptly at 4 PM, if interested in participating please sign up at the registration tent no later than 3:45 PM.  Other activities include Halloween Carnival Games such as Pumpkin Putt-Putt, Halloween Hoops and Dizzy Bat Race. This year’s event will feature 2 inflatables, a Bounce House for the littlest pumpkins and an inflatable obstacle course for the older monsters.
Date:       October 25, 2014
NC City:   BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event: 
    Halloween Celebration   Trick or Treating begins at 6 PM at City Hall. The Little ones can trick-or-treat at local businesses and the whole family can enjoy the festivities that follow at Buckeye Lake and Recreation Center.  The Halloween party includes food, drinks, fun games, and a haunted egg hunt.  For those who enjoy chills and thrills, the haunted hayride is a spooky experience.
Date:       October 25 - November 1, 2014
NC City:   CHEROKEE
Event:     
Cherokee Haunted Adventure  Four haunted attractions in one location. A "Scare Free" Kids Zone will be open for all ages who like to have Halloween fun, but don’t like the scary things that go bump in the night.  Haunted Theatre Walk through one of the most haunted outdoor theatres as the most terrifying acts take place behind the scenes. Horror Dorm Hide or die. See if you can survive a horrific game of hide n seek in a dorm filled with your worst nightmares. If found, we will drag your dead body to the mortuary for a toe tag. Ghost Walk  - The guides will walk you through the historically haunted Oconaluftee Indian Village. Along the way you can capture the lost souls that occupy campus while listening to the stories Cherokee ancestors passed down. "
Date:       October 28, 2014
NC City:   MARION
Event: 
    Fall Festival and Trick or Treat   Celebrate the last day of the Tailgate Market season. For the kids there will be Trick or Treating with downtown businesses, a costume contest, pumpkin painting and craft activities. Growers will have fall crops for sale. Hours are 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Market Shade Shelter.
Date:       October 30, 2014
NC City:   BRYSON CITY
Event: 
    Downtown Trick or Treat   Enjoy a fun, safe and small town trick or treating experience this Halloween. With the streets closed, the kids are out in full force to fill their bags with candy from the costumed downtown merchants. And don't forget the costume contest open to all ages with the winner in each class receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops (the local ice cream shop). For more information please contact the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, 800-867-9246
Date:       October 30 - November 2, 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
    The Haunted Farm   If you dare... come visit this spooktacular farm sitting on a mysterious, blood-soaked stretch of land where the deranged Missy Mae Lively eternally pines for her lost groom. The Farm is  frightful fun with three main parts: The Woods, The Farm and The Haunted Hayride. New for 2014 - more than 1000 square feet of inside terror, bringing it to more than 8000 square feet) Admission: Admission $16 (cash only); $3 parking
Date:       October 31, 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
    Trick-or-Treat Street in Historic Downtown Hendersonville  Beginning at 5:30 PM you can come enjoy our wide sidewalks & friendly merchants for some of the safest most enjoyable trick or treating in the area. Other events include a dance party extravaganza with returning DJ, Sid the Surf, as well as a Halloween costume contest held in the 400 block of Downtown Main Street.
Date:       October 31, 2014
NC City:   WAYNESVILLE
Event: 
    Treats on the Street   Participating downtown Waynesville merchants open their doors for trick-or-treaters on Halloween evening. This is a safe and fun adventure for costumed children and their parents to stroll the sidewalks in search of delicious candy and special treats. Waynesville Fire & Police Departments and First Baptist Church join in the fun.
Date:       October 31, 2014
NC City:   HIGHLANDS
Event: 
    Highlands Downtown Halloween   Trick-or Treat in a safe environment in Downtown Highlands. The streets are closed to vehicles with foot traffic only and children, parents, and even pets may walk around in customs collecting goodies from local merchants.
Date:       October 31, 2014
NC City:   BOONE
Event: 
    Boone Boo!  Ghosts, ghouls and goblins hit the streets of Downtown Boone for the Annual Downtown Boo Boone.  The fun begins at 4:00 PM at the Watauga County Library with crafts and activities for the kids. At 4:30 pm there will be a parade to the Jones House Community Center followed by a "haunted house" with prizes, games and candy and concluding with Trick or Treating at the Merchants in Downtown Boone.
Date:      October 31, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Candle Light Ghost Tours  Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM  
Date:      October 31, 2014
NC City:  NEBO
Event:    Halloween Eve Wine, Fish Fry and Costume Party  
South Creek Vineyards will be serving up local fish or letting the brave catch their own - if they dare. You can avoid the terror and wine down on the vineyard deck while listening to live music by Rory Kelly. Wicked, scary and scandalous costumes welcome but optional. Your purchased ticket includes: Fishing and you keep the fish from the stocked lagoon - you will need to bring your own fishing gear and lawn chair; Catered fish and chips dinner, fried fresh on site; A glass of South Creek wine. Costume Contest 7 PM with the voted best winning a bottle of South Creek Wine. Live music by Rory Kelly, acoustic rock. Whether you will fish or not, an advance ticket purchase for each person is required to attend this event. No one under age 21 permitted. Admission: $15/person.
Date:       October 31 - November 1, 2014  Friday and Saturday evenings 7:30 PM
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad  
Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. Fun for the whole family this ghastly special event admission includes: all the nighttime activities in the park - the ride on the Ghost Train, trick-or-treating for the kids, Haunted House, Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular, the rides in the Creepy Carnival, and the attractions in "The Boneyard” section, featuring the Black Hole, 3-D maze, and the “Freaky Forest.”
Date:       October 31 - November 1, 2014 
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial
    All-breed agility trails. Dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed and then race home. Sponsored by Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and held at the WNC Agricultural Center.
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NC Corn Mazes
9/21/14
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10/27/14
 The Ashe County Corn Maze in the West Jefferson Area takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes to hours! There are six "stations" in the maze to explore. Additional games and activities offered.
Open
Sat & Sun 
9/27-10/26
Blue Mountain Farms in Glade Valley NC   Corn Maze, hayrides, refreshments, kids halloween tattoos and restrooms. Pick your own pumpkins.
now to
1o/31/14
Blue Ridge Corn Maze in Brevard offers 6 Acres of "corn~fusion" where you can lose it and it's all right. Includes the 15th Annual Shock in the Corn on 10/17-18, 24-25, 31 form 7 PM - 10 PM. Large festival tent available for your group special events.
9/20/2014
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11/1/2014
Canton Corn Maze at Seasonal Produce Farm  in Canton (Suburb of Asheville).  This year's maze is a salute to Veterans. Additional activities include a mini-maze, campfires, hayrides, corn box, the pumpkin patch and the Haunted Maze. Field trips and birthday parties available
contact for dates and times Darnell Farms in  Bryson City is a true "Agritourism" farm with horseback riding, wagon rides, camping, bluegrass music, educational tours, pick-your-own seasonal produce and an 8+ acre corn maze that opens in mid August. Also hayrides and the Haunted Maze. Call for reservations
9/6/2014
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10/26/2014
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Eliada's Corn Maze in Asheville, the largest maze in WNC, is inspired this year by the Asheville Tourists Baseball Club, and features the local team's mascot in the nonprofit's maze design.  “Get Lost” in corn mazes over 12 acres of twisting trails.  Eliada's includes activities for kids of all ages including corn cannons with pumpkin men targets, a cow train, hayride, pumpkin patch, giant sandbox filled with corn kernels, haybale maze, spider-web net climb on and giant slides.  All of proceeds benefit Eliada's children.
contact Fodder Trot Trails at Gamble Farms in Sparta NC    336-372
August through November, 7 days a week,
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Grandad's Apples and Such  in  Hendersonville NC   5 acre corn maze on a 70 acre working family farm. Additional activities include meeting the barnyard animals, photo opps with backdrops, ride the cow train, pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and more. Visit Grandad's Barn and Country Store.
open year around contact for current hours Hickory Nut Gap Farm in the Asheville area lets you wind your way through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, fill your bag with organic apples, hold a baby chick, visit the animals and enjoy a day with your family.
9/1/2104 to 10/31/2104 New River Corn Maze  on The Brown Family Farm near Boone   Corn maze and pumpkin patch - pick your own if you like. 5 acres set on the banks of the scenic New River. Train rides. Groups welcome.
   
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Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Apples,
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Stepps Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville NC   You-pick apples , pumpkins, grapes or buy pre-picked at the country store. 4th generation 40 acre working farm with farm tours and birthday parties.
 
Year Around & Season-long Events:
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
Where: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All year
Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park  Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
Where: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park./td>
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
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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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