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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      July 23 - 26, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     50th Annual Macon County Gemboree
  The Second oldest gem and mineral show in the Southeast features dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin.
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Date:      June 17 -  July 12, 2015
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse   presents "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying". 
Armed with his handy book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and unbridled charisma, Finch catapults from window washer to Chairman of the Board at the World Wide Wicket Company. However, when his ad campaign goes terribly awry, his job and new romance hang in the balance. Finch must rely on his own wits to save the day. This fun and hilarious musical is a story about the triumph of the common man.  
Date:      June 22 - July 31, 2015
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University  
A month-long arts festival that features events in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film on the campus of Appalachian State University. With award-winning artists from all across the world coming to the High Country in one summer, the festival has become an attraction that appeals to thousands and has been ranked one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There is something for everyone from fine art enthusiasts, to country and bluegrass fans and all those who like a good mixture of both. Get a complete event schedule at the site.
Date:      June 26 - August 8, 2015
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Horn in the West: Legacy Outdoor Drama  
Live performances of the story of the brave settlers of the Carolina Backcountry presented in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. "Horn in the West" is an inspiring account of events centered around frontiersman Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, a thrilling look back at the nation's beginnings. Visit the on-site Hickory Ridge Living History Museum during the pre-show hours, 5:30 - 8:00PM.
Date:      July 1, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Student Piano Recital.
12:30 PM - a FREE event.
Date:      July 1, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    Brevard Music Center Performance:  
Bill Preucil and Friends. 7:30 PM  DVOŘÁK Terzetto in C major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74 ; MOSZKOWSKI Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71; MENDELSSOHN Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
Date:      July 1-31; daily at 2pm
NC City: Chimney Rock
Event:    Family Discovery Programs  
  Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. These resident animal ambassadors are the stars of the family-friendly programs every day at 2 PM which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.
Date:      July 2, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park  This performance features Jeff Santiago.
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 3, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Program of Song.
Brevard Music Center presents their talented high school voice students in recital.  This is a FREE event.  
Date:      July 3, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  6:30 PM Pre-concert Talk;  7:30 PM Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Arnaud Sussmann, violin. SALONEN Helix; TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35; NIELSEN Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, "The Inextinguishable"
Date:      July 3, 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:      July 3, 2105
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:   
 Downtown Asheville Art  District (DAAD) Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Downtown Asheville and see one  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine.  Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  20+ downtown  galleries, studios and museums participate.  A complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and map is available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      July 3, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Wishful Thinkin' / Oldies & Beach 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 3, 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:      July 3, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek - Dashboard Blue 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 3 -  4, 2015
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:     4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure  July 3 offers a Beach Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast. Then on the 4th
enjoy a day and evening of family fun and activities from 8 Am until 10 PM. The Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Sale includes the works of local artists and crafters displaying along the Lake Lure boardwalk near the members' marina. There will also be a Kids Zone at the Beach, Fire truck rides and temporary tattoos, Bingo at the Pavilion and a golf cart parade. The Beach Cookout, Tiki Bar at the Cabana and Ice Cream at the Cabana all open at 11 AM.   Take a fireworks cruise or stay on land and watch the Color Guard and Fireworks display. The remarkable display over Lake Lure is considered one of the most spectacular anywhere in the mountains. 
Date:      July 3 -  4, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Café at Chimney Rock State Park  
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday and Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler.
Date:      July 3-4, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Christmas in July Festival
   One of the best, old fashioned summer festivals in the South drawing thousands to historic downtown West Jefferson each July. Christmas in July is a free-admission event featuring the very best in traditional mountain music and handmade arts and crafts throughout the region while celebrating the farm-grown Christmas Tree industry Ashe County is known for. The Festival begins on Friday night with live music and venders and continues on Saturday form 9 AM - 7 PM with great food, live music, children's activities, civil war re-inactments and the Farmers' Market.
Date:      July 3 - 5, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE 
Events:   40th Annual Cherokee Pow Wow  
A three-day festival of authentic drum, song and dance competitions and spiritual traditions. . Hundreds of world-champion dancers will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes at the Acquoni Expo Center. Watch the explosion of color and motion in the arena with the Traditional, Fancy Shawl, Grass, Two Step and Jingle dance competitions.
Date:      July 3 - 5, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July  
Celebrate an all-American 4th of July at the Nantahala River with rafting, kayaking, zip-lines, mountain biking, family activities and free live music. The event includes the Outfitter's Store Sales: 20 - 30% off select 2015 apparel and equipment.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   96.5 Band / Patriotic Tribute - Special 4th of July Concert 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops.
2 PM. A beloved Brevard tradition, Maestro Kraig Alan Williams will lead the Brevard Symphonic Winds in marches, patriotic songs, and other favorites. The concert's exciting finale will be a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, complete with live cannons. Tickets from $15 - $45.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Boone 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
The Annual downtown Boone 4th of July Parade begins at 11 AM on Kings Street. Following the parade, join the Mayor of Boone for refreshments at the Jones House Community Center located in the heart of downtown Boone. The evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane start at 7:00 PM with live music and fireworks by Zambelli begin at 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Independence Day Festival  
Free events all day in downtown Blowing Rock including the Main Street Parade, live music, a horseshoe tournament with cash prizes, watermelon eating contest, face painting, cloggers, a sing-along, bluegrass concert and more. The day concludes with a fireworks display at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Darren Nicholson & Friends featuring David Holt 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
2 - 4 PM New River Boys performs. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.  
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Events:   Freedom Fest  
Enjoy an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City. This annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and continues with local artisans and crafters, a full day of local entertainment, festival foods, and fun events including a Watermelon Eating Contest, and a Hula Hoop-off. Explore Kids' Street where you'll find a bouncy house and more. From 6-9 PM there will be more music and kids games at Riverfront Park.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Events:   July 4th Fireworks  
 Annual Fireworks Display. The POW WOW will be going on during the Fireworks, and there is an admission price to partake in the POW WOW, but the fireworks display is free to the public if watched fireworks from the parking lot.  The display is held at the Acquoni Expo Center (Old Cherokee High School) in downtown Cherokee.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA
Events:   4th of July Fireworks and Concert  
Enjoy a fireworks display in Sunrise Park visible throughout downtown Sylva along with two FREE concerts at Bridge ParkL from 4 PM to 6 PM by Darren Nicholson with special guest David Holt and Friends; Soul/funk/rhythm and blues band, The Business, will perform from 6:30-9:30 PM.  Heinzelmannchen Brewery will be open normal hours 11 AM - 9 PM for Pints, Flights, Floats and Fills. Fireworks begin at dark.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Events:   Independence Day Celebration at Fontana Village Resort  
Locals, visitors and guests of the resort are all welcome to enjoy an evening filled with patriotic fun. The Fourth of July festivities, which are part of a multi-day celebration, will include relay and field games, a watermelon-eating contest, cornhole competition, beach volleyball, face-painting, a cookout and more. The Chillbillies will perform before and after the fireworks.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Buncombe Turnpike   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 4, 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:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square
  Enjoy live music from some of Asheville's most popular bands along with a variety of family activities. The event begins at 2 PM with the Ultimate Air Dogs and live music at 4 PM and concludes with an amazing fireworks display from 9:30 PM to 10 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - The Jeff Little Trio and New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad
  The Park stays open until 9 PM for one of the most popular annual events in the High Country. Enjoy all the usual Tweetsie fun and a fireworks extravaganza under the stars after the Park closes. An optional dinner and fireworks at the Hacienda is available including a special chick and BBQ buffet with all the Trimmings.
Date:      July 4, 2015 
NC City:  FRANKLIIN
Event:     4th of July Parade, Celebration  and Fireworks   The celebration begins at 10 AM with the annual parade in historic downtown Franklin and continues at Macon County Recreational Park with food, fun and a cornhole tournament. A fireworks display begins at dark, ending the day with a bang.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
  Celebrate Independence Day on the Freedom Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Ride the Fireworks Freedom Train and view one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays in Western North Carolina. The train departs at 8 PM, but you can arrive early to enjoy live music, local crafts and the downtown Freedom Fest.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  RUTHERFORDTON
Event:    
Freedom Fest 4th of July Celebration   The fun begins at noon with a walking parade and continues throughout the day with a car/bike show, soap box derby, dunking booth, watermelon eating contest, cornhole, kids area, games, lots of food and more. The fireworks display begins at dark.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Patriot Pops Concert   Performed by the Brevard Community Band with Transylvania Symphonic Band at the Brevard Music Center at 2 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th of July Festival in Downtown Brevard
   Activities include: 5K/10K Firecracker Run, Fine Arts and Craft Showcase, All Star Pet Show, Declaration of Independence Reading, Memorial Flag Raising, Classic Automobile Show, Old Time Fair, day-long music, Kids’ Bike Parade, Hot Dog Eating Contest, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities and end the day with the wonderful July 4th Fireworks. 
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Elkland Art Center's Liberty Parade
   Elkland Art Center  hosts an annual arts parade called The Liberty Parade. Participants become the parade by wearing costumes and carrying large puppets that represent the local environment, environmental concerns and current creative impulses. Each year community members add a segment or theme in workshops with local artists, environmental advocates, environmental specialists and anyone else who wants to come.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 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:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  COLUMBUS
Event:     52nd Annual Fabulous 4th 
The celebration begins at 10 AM to 10 PM in downtown Columbus concluding with a fireworks display. the event includes  family fun, food, and entertainment.
Date:      July 4, 2015
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN 
Event:     47th Annual Roasting of the Hog  
Celebrate Independence Day at this Beech Mountain annual event. The hog is roasted all day to perfection and cut up right in front of the crowd. With music, moon pies, games, and fireworks, this is a family affair that you won’t want to miss. The roasting will begin at 5;30 PM and the fireworks at dark.
Date:      July 5, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performances: Sleeping Beauty.  2 PM pre-performance talk, 3 PM Concert begins. Ken Lam, conductor Xavier Foley, double bass.  BACH/SCHOENBERG Prelude & Fugue in E flat, BMV 552; ROTA Divertimento Concertante; SMETANA The Moldau; TCHAIKOVSKY Suite from Sleeping Beauty. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 5- 11, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Traditional Song Week   A comprehensive program completely devoted to traditional styles of singing. Unlike programs where singing takes a back seat to the instrumentalists, it is the entire focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene.  This year’s program has several new features. The week’s first night will feature the Gathering’s own Grand Ole Opry, with folks who have performed regularly on the Nashville stage. “Too Slim” from Riders in the Sky will emcee the evening with his hilarious Opry humor and his upright bass.
Date:      July 6, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL New Songs Concert.
12:30 PM. Brevard Music Center’s College Division students perform chamber music at the Transylvania County Library in downtown Brevard. The first concert in this series features new songs written by composition students.  FREE event.
Date:      July 6, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Shanghai Quartet.
7:30 PM. Brevard Music Center presents Haydn’s String Quartet No. 34, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F major. Tickets $25.
Date:      July 7, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Master Class.
7:30 PM.  The members of the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet present a masterclass with Brevard’s talented students. FREE event.
Date:      July 8, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Student Recital. 12:30 PM
Date:      July 8, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Ancient Call . 7:30 PM. World premiere performance and live recording project. Brevard Music Center presents Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 and Reza Vali’s The Ancient Call. Keith Lockhart, conductor; Marjorie Bagley, violin; Corinne Stillwell, violin; Erika Eckert, viola; Alistair MacRae, cello. Tickets $25
Date:      July 9, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: WNC Film Society: Melody Drives Story in Short Films.  7:30 PM. Brevard Music Center and WNC Film Society partner to present an evening of film shorts with a musical connection. A panel discussion with industry experts will provide insight into the vital role that music plays in movies.
Date:      July 9 - 10, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Wings Over The Smokies Convention  
One Mile to the Blue Ridge Parkway - come ride the mountain roads, enjoy the scenery, renew friendships and make new friends. Events and entertainment include: Rally Pin (first 2000 registered), Access to All Vendors, Seminars: Rider Ed, Leadership Training, & Membership Enhancement, Motorist Awareness seminar, Guided and Self-Guided Tours, Light Parade, Free Ice Cream Social, On-Bike Field Events, NC Precision Drill Team Exhibition, 1 Free Grand Prize Ticket Included in Each Adult Pre-Registration, 1 Free Door Prize Ticket, Hospitality Room, & Entertainment. Admission charged.
Date:      July 9, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park  This performance features Red Honey.
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 9 - 12, 2015 
NC City:  LINVILLE / BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
The 60th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans   Join 1000s of Scots in 85 clans decked out in their finest plaid for the annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Live Celtic music, tradition heritage events and Highlands games. A Saturday night Celtic Rock Concert. Admission charged.
Date:      July 9 -  26, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse presents Driving Miss Daisy.
Atlanta, 1948. After demolishing yet another car, Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old, wealthy, Jewish woman is forced to rely on the services of a hired chauffer; a thoughtful and good-natured man named Hoke. Despite her rancor at the loss of her independence and initial prejudice toward her new driver, Daisy and Hoke develop a close, mutually dependent relationship spanning 25 years. Driving Miss Daisy is an evocative tribute to friendship and human dignity. Brilliantly absorbing and tender, this engaging and timeless story demonstrates the healing powers of love and friendship.
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Ashby Stokes Trio
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Carolina Rex / Classic Rock & Blues 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show  corvette night sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Erica Nicole"  (country).  Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated. 
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: New Music.  12:30 PM. Brevard Music Center presents premiere performances of new works written by composition students. FREE event.
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Piccolo Opera.  4:30 PM. Brevard Music Center’s talented High School voice students present opera scenes. FREE event.
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: A Night at the Movies.  6:30 PM PreConcert - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. 7:30 - Brevard Music Center presents a night for all movie lovers to enjoy themes from some of the greatest Hollywood music scores. Ken Lam leads the Brevard Sinfonia in a one-of-a-kind night under the stars. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 10, 2015  
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series   This concert features Hackensaw Boys, Jon Stickley Trio, Grits & Soul. 
This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District of Asheville. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites.
Date:      July 10, 2015
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance  
  This dance features the Stuart Brothers Band,  J Creek Cloggers and JAM: Junior Appalachian Musicians. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July 10, 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.
Date:      July 10 - 11, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Café at Chimney Rock State Park  
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday and Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler.
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Heroes & Legends: The Music of R. Strauss.  6:30 PM PreConcert Talk- An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty.7:30 - The Brevard Music Center Orchestra—led by Artistic Director, Keith Lockhart with cellist Johannes Moser—performs Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Don Juan, and Don Quixote.. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Town Mountain   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 11, 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:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Laurelyn Dossett & Friends with John Hofmann's AcousticA   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
The Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains feature locally hand-crafted beer from Heinzelmannchen Brewery and Nantahala Brewing Company. plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque. The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and travels through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket prices from $69 (adults over 21 only) and includes a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and a meal of pulled pork, homemade coleslaw and apple pie. Additional beer will be available for purchase.
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:    
Hot Doggett 100 Bike Bike Ride   6th Annual Hot Doggett 100 and Devil's Fork Metric Century Ride with the same challenging 100 mile and 100 kilometer closed loop courses as last year. The 100 mile course covers some of the most scenic and lightly traveled roads anywhere in western North Carolina. If you are seeking a challenge, you will find it in the 9,600 feet of ascension on this course.
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 12, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Sunday Music in the Park    This week presenting Lyric - Soul, R&B. 
Free performances by local musicians at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 4  PM - 6 PM and sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association..
Date:      July 12, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: As Good As He Ever Was.  2:00 PM PreConcert - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty..3:00 - .In his role as “discoverer” of the now classic P.D.Q. Bach, Peter Schickele is acknowledged as one of the great musical satirists. This special, once in a half-century, musical extravaganza will feature the crème de la crème of history’s most justifiably neglected composer. This event is presented by the Brevard Festival Orchestra—led by Ken Lam.. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 11, 2015
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Historic Home and Garden Tour   The 28th annual (self-guided) tour takes place from 10 AM to 4 PM and includes St. John in the Wilderness Church & Churchyard. Tickets are $25 pre-purchase (no children under ten please), and $30 at each private home on the tour day. Proceeds will support preservation of historic properties in the Village of Flat Rock.
Date:      July 12, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    The Big Crafty returns to the Asheville Art Museum. The event celebrates and showcases the fine wares of over 100 independent indie crafters, artists and makers. The complete line up of participating artists is now available online. This is a free, family-friendly event.
Date:      July 12 - 18, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Celtic Week   This year’s lineup features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Danú, Ossian, Solas, Dervish, Battlefield Band, The House Band, Skylark, and Cherish the Ladies, several other exciting new faces, and the return of some old friends. The week will feature classes, potluck sessions, concerts, jams and dances.
Date:      July 13, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL  12:30 PM Brevard Music Center’s college division students perform chamber music at the Transylvania County Library in downtown Brevard. FREE event.
Date:      July 13, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Just Brass  7:30 PM - BRITTEN Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury, COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man, SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude No. 14 in E flat minor for low brass (arr. Jackson), DZUBAY Brass Quintet, STRAUSS Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare EWAZEN Grand Canyon Octet for horns, YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND Round One, RUSSEL Abstracts No. 2 for Trumpet Ensemble (arr. Rudd), REED Symphony for Brass and Percussion. Tickets $25
Date:      July 13 - 14, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Alzar School’s Camp Cup Challenge at NOC  
The Alzar School invites summer camps from across the region to make friends on and off the river at the Camp Cup Challenge. Campers enjoy two days of paddling, group activities and community building while practicing the Olympic ideals of Friendship, Fair Play and Doing Your Best. Over 120 campers meet for good-natured competition and camaraderie during this tri-discipline event, including beginner-friendly downriver, freestyle and slalom.
Date:      July 14, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Brevard Symphonic Winds 7:30 PM - The Brevard Symphonic Winds—led by Kraig Alan Williams—performs works of the luminary composers of American Jazz, including Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and George Gershwin. FREE event.
Date:      July 15, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital 12:30 PM - FREE event.
Date:      July 15, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Christopher Rex and Friends. 7:30 PM - Brevard Music Center presents Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2, and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2. Brevard welcomes 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award-winner Christopher Rex, principal cello of the Atlanta Symphony, as he joins BMC’s artist faculty for an evening of Romantic chamber music. Tickets $25.
Date:      July 16, 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:      July 16, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park This performance features Jeff Thompson.
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 16, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Così fan Tutte.  6:30 Pre-performance Talk - An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty. 7:30 - Brevard Music Center Present’s Mozart’s beloved opera buffa Così fan Tutte. It provides great entertainment and laughs as its story weaves an intricate web of love, and truly tests the ties of two engaged couples. Così fan Tutte is the final collaboration of Mozart and the gifted librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Tickets $45.
Date:      July 16 - 19, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Semi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment bring Asheville's Civic Center alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Both levels of the Center offer artisans exhibiting and selling works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.  The Fair  showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild with members living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama.
Date:      July 16 - 26, 2015
NC City:  Various WNC Cities
Event:     
Folkmoot 2015  Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival, will kick off this summer’s celebration  at the  Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley with the Folkmoot Gala & Performance for Friends of Folkmoot, donors and sponsors. On the 17th performances open to the general public begin with The Folkmoot Parade of Nations, a feast of swirling color and excitement, on North Main Street In Waynesville and finishing at the historic Haywood County Courthouse. Additional performances and events are held in a variety of WNC cities though the 26th.
Date:      July 17, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Deano and the Dreamers / Oldies 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 17, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Mozart and Bruckner.  6:30 Pre-performance Talk - An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty. 7:30 - The Brevard Music Center Orchestra—led by guest conductor Matthias Bamert with violinist Stefan Jackiw—performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets $15 -  $45.
Date:      July 17, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market starting in April and concluding in August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      July 17, 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:      July 17, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Lisa Price Band
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:    Alleghany Fiddler's Convention 
  Traditional mountain music that is sure to get your toes tappin’. 40 to 60 bands and over 200 individual compete each year,  The convention is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds with sites available for camping. The convention is held every year on the weekend of the third Saturday in July. Friday night: AM Superstars, Saturday night: An Evening with Elvis.
Date:      July 17,  18, 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.  
Date:      July 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Café   
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday and Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
19th Annual Chalk It Up   The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Hendersonville become the canvas for some outstanding works of art. The event is free and open to five age categories from age 5 and under to age 21 and over. This is an all day event.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Così fan Tutte. 1:00 Pre-performance Talk - An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty. 2:00 - Brevard Music Center Present’s Mozart’s beloved opera buffa Così fan Tutte. It provides great entertainment and laughs as its story weaves an intricate web of love, and truly tests the ties of two engaged couples. Così fan Tutte is the final collaboration of Mozart and the gifted librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Tickets $45.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Grieg Piano Concerto. 6:30 - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. 7:30 - The Brevard Sinfonia—led by guest conductor Matthias Bamert with pianist Norman Krieger—performs Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Tickets  $15 - $45.
Date:      June 18, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO

Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours   Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM 
Date:      July 18, 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:      July 18, 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:      July 18, 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:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre: Kenny Rogers (Mark Hinds) and Dolly Parton (Karen Donaldson)    
 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:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM Amantha Mills performs. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.  
Date:      July 18, 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:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Dog Day Trout Tournament 
   $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Prize redemption for tagged fish will be at the Water beetle stage, a pavilion next to the Cherokee Welcome Center on US 441. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. $11 entry fee.
Date:      July 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:     Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival
  The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, a wings contest, public tastings, live bluegrass music, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, craft vendors, BBQ equipment and supplies vendors, local food vendors, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, a kids play-area.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Art in the Park   A juried arts & craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Jeanette & Johnny Williams Band with Strictly Strings   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - The Snyder Family   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 18, 2015
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK (near West Jefferson)
Event:     Winefest
   The Annual River House Winefest includes a Winefest wine glass, tastings from all the wineries, lots of music, and, of course, great River House food. The highlight of the festival will be wine samplings from nine North Carolina wineries: Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, McRitchie, RagApple Lassie, RayLen and Round Peak. The musical lineup is one you won't want to miss from bluegrass to Jazz to soft rock and blues.
Date:      July 18, 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:      July 19, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:      July 18 - 26, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Frisbee Dogs at Tweetsie Railroad  
For 9 days the famous K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs will perform at the Park their high energy shows. The team of dynamic canines do acrobatics in their freestyle routines. Showa are included with Park admission and seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and a special 7 PM on Saturday.
Date:      July 19, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Dvořák 7. 2:00 - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. 3:00 - The Brevard Concert Orchestra—led by conductor Ken Lam with pianist Gleb Ivanov—performs Britten’s The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, Dohnanyi’s Variations on a Nursery Song, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7.. Tickets  $15 - $45.
Date:      July 19 - 25, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Old Time Week   Old-Time Music & Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering explores the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff.
Date:      July 20, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:    
Maggie Valley Concert Series  Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band the third Sunday of each month from May through October. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public.
Date:      July 20, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL  12:30 PM Brevard Music Center’s college division students perform chamber music at the Transylvania County Library in downtown Brevard. FREE event.
Date:      July 20, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  International Contemporary Ensemble 7:30 - Brevard Music Center presents an exciting evening with one of this country’s most adventurous new music ensembles. Tickets $25.
Date:      July 21, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: New Music.  12:30 PM. Brevard Music Center presents premiere performances of new works written by composition students. FREE event.
Date:      July 21, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: A Celebration of the American Songbook.  7:30 PM. International opera and Broadway star David Pittsinger performs patriotic anthems and selections from South Pacific, Sound of Music, Camelot, and more! A captivating program highlighting iconic music and celebrating the themes of democracy, the American human spirit and the resilience of the United States of America. Standard repertoire includes patriotic anthems like The House I Live In (Frank Sinatra version), American Anthem, and America, My America, as well as selections from classic musicals including South Pacific, Camelot, and The Sound of Music, among others. In between musical excerpts, Mr. Pittsinger will share behind the scenes moments and relevant anecdotes of his extensive performance history with the Met, on the Broadway stage, and at opera houses, noted theaters and symphonic halls around the world.. Tickets $25. event.
Date:      July 21 - July 26, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division I. The 90th annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged. This year several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics are being introduced both weeks along with Classics for Children, Adults, Ponies and Juniors
Date:      July 22, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital 12:30 PM - FREE event.
Date:      July 22, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Brevard Camerata 7:30 PM - Brevard Music Center’s Brevard Camerata presents Bach/Webern’s “Ricercare” from The Musical Offering, Hindemith’s Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp, and Orchestra, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, “Linz.”  Tickets $25.
Date:      July 23, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park  This performance features Aaron La Falce.
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 23, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Falling Angel  1:00 PM - Pre-opera Talk - An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty. 2:00 - Brevard Music Center presents Falling Angel, this season’s Opera in a Box, which is based on the classic, thrilling horror-mystery novel of the same name, by William Hjorstberg. Tickets $45.
Date:      July 23, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Piano Competition Finals 7:00 PM - Brevard Music Center presents the five finalists chosen for the annual Piano Competition.. Tickets $10.
Date:      July 23 - 26, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     50th Annual Macon County Gemboree
  The Second oldest gem and mineral show in the Southeast features dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin.
Date:      July 24, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   WestSound / Oldies, Blues & Country 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show corvette night sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 24, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  The Buchanan Boys
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 24, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Falling Angel 2:00 PM - Brevard Music Center presents Falling Angel, this season’s Opera in a Box, which is based on the classic, thrilling horror-mystery novel of the same name, by William Hjorstberg.. Tickets $45.
Date:      July 24, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Program of Song  4:30 PM - Brevard Music Center presents it’s talented high school voice students in recital.  FREE event.
Date:      July 24, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Beethoven, Bartók, and Bronfman Pre-concert Talk -  6:30 PM - An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty.. 7:30 - The Brevard Music Center Orchestra—led by guest conductor Christoph Konig with pianist Yefim Bronfman—performs Nicolai’s Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”. Tickets $15 -  $45.
Date:      July 24,  25, 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: John Emil Montagnino, Saturday night: AM Superstars.
Date:      July 24 - 26, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Whitewater Junior Olympics
   Nantahala Racing Club hosts the 2015 Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP free paddle and yard games. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers,
Date:      July 24, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Symphony by the Lake at Chetola 
Gates open at 5:30 with opening bands at 5:45 and the main performance at 7 PM  Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.  Admission is charged.
Date:      July 24 - 25, 2015
NC City:  LINVILLE
Event:    
The Grandfather Campout   A special opportunity to camp in MacRae Meadows and take part in day and night activities led by Grandfather’s naturalists and interpretive rangers. Additional cost, reservations required. On-line registration begins May 1. For more information and registration details: 828-733-4326.
Date:      July 24 - 25, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Café at Chimney Rock State Park  
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday and Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler.
Date:      July 25, 2015
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - The Church Sisters and Pike City Bluegrass   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 25, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 25, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Falling Angel  1:00 PM - Pre-opera Talk - An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty. 2:00 - . Tickets $45.
Date:      July 25, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Shostakovich 6  6:30 PM - Pre-concert  - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty.  7:30 - The Brevard Sinfonia—led by guest conductor Christoph König with violinist Stephan Waarts—performs Respighi’s Belfagor Overture, Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6.. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 25, 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:      July 25, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - The Walking Roots Band   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 25, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 26, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:    
Off-road Assault on Mt Mitchell  The assault is a 55-mile, mostly off-road bicycle route with 11,000 ft. of accumulated climbing. The route begins and ends in Old Fort climbing to the Blue Ridge Parkway and on to Mt. Mitchell. Entry fee/cash prizes.  Registration is NOT available the day of the event.
Date:      July 26, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Soloists of Tomorrow   2:00 PM - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty.  3:00 - The Brevard Music Center Orchestra—led by Ken Lam—showcases the winners of the 2015 Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition take the stage to perform with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Celebrate the Music Center’s educational mission as we shine a spotlight on some of our most talented young musicians.. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 26, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Supersonic   7:00 PM   Brevard Music Center’s percussion students and faculty in concert. FREE event
Date:      July 26 - August 1, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors.  New instructors this year include Clive Carroll, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Cooley, Allen Shadd, Jonathan Brown and Josh Goforth. Classes will be offered in a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic and bossa nova to jazz and blues.  Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 23rd Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands.
Date:      July 27, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL  12:30 PM Brevard Music Center’s college division students perform chamber music at the Transylvania County Library in downtown Brevard. FREE event.
Date:      July 27, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Mendelssohn Piano Trio   7:30 PM Brevard Music Center presents Connesson’s Sextuor, Schulhoff’s Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Double Bass, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2. Tickets $25
Date:       July 28  (August 15, September 5, 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:      July 28, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Chamber Music Platform   7:30 PM   Brevard’s talented students perform chamber music prepared throughout the summer and coached by BMC’s artist faculty.  FREE event.
Date:      July 29, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital 12:30 PM - FREE event.
Date:      July 29, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Soloists of the American Spiritual Ensemble   7:30 PM - Brevard Music Center presents The American Spiritual Ensemble – a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classical spirituals and Broadway numbers.  Tickets $25.
Date:      July 29 - August 2, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division II. The annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged.
Date:      July 30, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park This performance features The Get Right Band.
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 30, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  The Ballad of Baby Doe   7:30 PM - The Ballad of Baby Doe is one of the most popular and beautifully melodic American operas in the standard repertory! Baby Doe is based on the story of Horace Tabor, Elizabeth “Baby” Doe Tabor, and Augusta Tabor - all real historical figures. The action takes place in Colorado and Washington, DC…even President Chester Arthur and William Jennings Bryan make an appearance.  Tickets $45.
Date:      July 30 - August 2, 2015
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:     The Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event
features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  This concert features Dane Michael Group (Pop/Rock).
Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held every Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      July 31, 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:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Robertson Boys
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: New Music.  12:30 PM. Brevard Music Center presents premiere performances of new works written by composition students. FREE event.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Piccolo Opera.  4:30 PM. Brevard Music Center’s talented High School voice students present opera scenes. FREE event.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  A London Symphony  6:30 PM - Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty.  7:30 - The Brevard Concert Orchestra—led by conductor Keith Lockhart with violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley—performs Higdon’s blue cathedral, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, and Vaughan Williams' A London Symphony. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Blind Lemon Philips / Blues, Funk & Soul
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock Café at Chimney Rock State Park  
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday and Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler.
Date:      July 31 - August 2, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Dinosaur Train™ at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  
This event is based on the popular PBS-Kid television series, created by Jim Henson. This adventure filled train ride is packed full with music, stories, entertainment, and activities. PLUS all children will receive their very own Nature Trackers Club guidebook and membership card. Kids will have the opportunity to meet the popular T.rex, Buddy.
Date:      July 31, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     World Ranger Day at Chimney Rock State Park   World Ranger Day
commemorates rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect our resources. In honor of rangers worldwide, the Park is offering special programs and activities all day on July 31. Kids will have the opportunity to take part in Jr. Ranger activities, and a showing of The Thin Green Line throughout the day.  Included in admission.
Date:      July 31  - August 1, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby  
A free fishing event for children. On day one there will be pre-registering available and guests can enjoy a full day of fun with many attractions and eligibility for prizes at the end of the day. On day two there will be four hours available to fish, free breakfast, and lunch will be provided for registered children. Prizes will also be given away worth up to $20,000.00 on the second day (only to registered children) Also on the second day (Saturday) children will be able to enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food and more.
Date:      July 31,  August 1, 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:
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A36 Band, Saturday night: Eastern Blue Band.
Date:      July 31 - August 2, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    8th Annual Art & Antiques Show
  at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum   This sale and show offers heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. Vendors from across the East Coast bring a variety of items.  Preview Party 7/31 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, $40 per person (including wine and hors d'oeurves). Tickets are $10 and good for the entire show.

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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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