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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:      November 28 - January 4, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas  
This holiday evening entertainment features a custom-designed light show by the Colorado based Holiday Artisans and has been designed to reflect Cherokee stories that were traditionally told during the winter months. There will be synthetic ice skating, carnival rides, a holiday bazaar featuring local craftsmen, local food vendors and, of course, Santa Claus. 
 
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Date:     November 1. 2014
NC City: DILLSBORO
Event:   
WNC Pottery Festival  This event  Showcases the work of more than 40 highly skilled potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented along with demonstrations.  The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free.  10 AM - 4 PM.
Date:      November 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    The Swank 65   Mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills a
nd desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.
Date:      November 3, 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. This month's concert features Craig Nies, piano. November's local charity partners are Rise & Shine Freedom School and Brevard Ballet.
Date:      November 6 - 9, 2014
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:     Highlands 8th Annual Culinary Weekend 
Eat, Drink, and be Merry at this taste-full Annual Culinary event. The Opening Night Gala will be at the Highlands Country Club on Thursday night November 6th. On Friday and Saturday enjoy different events and Dinners throughout Highlands and the Sip and Stroll will be Saturday which will take you throughout town and into the unique shops.
Date:      November 6 - 9, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Cinema Festival   The 4th annual festival with 40 films including a mix of feature-length movies and shorts. Downtown Asheville viewing venues are the Asheville Community Theatre and the Masonic Temple theater. Opening Night Film Thursday Screening: “The Imitation Game” - $25 (Price includes the after party located at the Century Room of Pack’s Tavern where you will receive complimentary appetizers and a cash bar and Previews of the slate of films with be shown) Additionally, there will be a stand up performance by Tom DiMenna, one of the filmmakers whose film, “Bologna Warrior” is included in the line-up. Closing Night Film: Sunday Screening “The Face of Love” - $10. All other screening tickets are $8, $5 for students. VIP passes available.
Date:       November 7, 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. 25 downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:   November 7 - 9. 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE

Event:    The Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament
   $10,000 in prize money awarded to 1st place team ($5,000), 2nd place team ($3,000) and 3rd place team ($2,000) This two person team fly fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of Trophy, Catch-and-Release water on the Cherokee Reservation. A modified fips mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated as only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition and more.
Date:      November 7, 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:      November 7, 2014
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    First Friday Murphy Art Walk    5 PM - 8 PM.
Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exceptional visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, demonstrating artisans, live performances, music, and fine dining. Visit the juried Artist Market locations where you can meet local and regional artists and there will be something for everyone. Free and open to the public.
Date:      November 7 - 8, 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Rod Run 
100's of cars, neatly groomed and highly shined, ready for you to feast your eyes upon. One of the prettiest events in Cherokee. Show and shine, cruise the mountains, music and fun. Held at the Acquoni Expo Center
Date:      November 7, 2014 - January 11, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Christmas at Biltmore   The celebration that began on Christmas Eve in 1895 when George Vanderbilt introduced his family and friends to the newly completed Biltmore home, continues today.  This wonderful celebration allows all visitors to enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments.
Date:      November 7 - 8, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 7 - 11, 2014
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:      Veteran’s Day Special: Free Admission For Vets to Chimney Rock State Park  
Veterans, reservists, retired and active military personnel are our American heroes, so the Park  honors your service with a free visit to Chimney Rock State Park during November 7-11, 2014. Must present military ID or proof of service. Free admission only for military members with ID. Get $2 off per adult and $1 off youth for others in your vehicle, up to 6 people. Military discount on admission available year-round.
Date:     November 8, 2014
NC City: MURPHY
Event:    Kickin' Asphalt Half Marathon and 5 K
    Annual Kickin' Asphalt Half Marathon and 5K will begin at 7:30 AM at the Konehete Park, Murphy, NC. This is a 13.1 mile race. Register or get more information online.
Date:      November 8, 2014
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:    Christmas Ornament Festival in Town Center  
9 AM - 2 PM. An annual Christmas Ornament Festival featuring one of a kind gift items handmade by local crafters and artisans. Admission is free. The Burnsville NC area is home to hundreds of North Carolina's favorite arts and crafters. This is your opportunity to make your holiday gift giving really special with a handcrafted piece from, the mountains.
Date:      November 9 - January 4, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. Your evening admission includes:  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.  
Date:      November 8, 2014
NC City:  TRYON
Event:    
Tryon Beer Fest -
Tap into Tryon    Held from noon until 6 PM  in the Tryon Depot Plaza. Enjoy a variety of the finest craft beers from around the country, including some local ones. An array of ‘craft’ beers will be chilled, ready for sampling. Full servings of beer will be available for sale along with an Oyster Roast, authentic German food, and other treats.  Live Bavarian music will be played during the day and rocking live band later in the afternoon.  Admission is cash-only, but tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Date:      November 8, 2014
NC City:  FERGUSON
Event:     Barn Dance and Chili Cookoff at Leatherwood Mountains  
Local bands will come to Leatherwood Mountains to play NC contra music. The covered pavilion will be set up for an evening of dancing. Tickets are $20 and include dinner, music, dance and a raffle ticket to win 2 nights of camping and two stalls OR 2 two hour trail rides at Leatherwood Mountains.
Date:     November 8 - 9, 2014
NC City: ASHEVILLE
Event:    River Arts District Studio Stroll  
The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. An Information Booth will be located at the 5-points intersection of Depot St. across from the Clingman Café.
Date:     November 10 - 12, 2014
NC City: CULLOWHEE
Event:    Native American Expo   The fifth annual Native American Expo at Western Carolina University including a series of events and presentations centered on Native American values, traditions and culture.
Date:      November 11, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Veteran's Day Parade  
11 AM in downtown Franklin.
Date:      November 11, 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Veterans Day Celebration  
An honors ceremony held at the Cherokee Welcome Center and Fair Grounds.
Date:     November 11, 2014
NC City: Columbus
Event:    Veteran's Day Celebration    The parade begins at 10:00 AM in downtown Columbus, starting on Mills Street (108). There will be a short Memorial Service at 11:00 AM with a wreath laying ceremony and dove release. Spectators are requested to wear red, white and blue and wave their American flags. (there will be hand flags passed out at the parade). Veterans may wear their uniforms and awards and, if desired, join their branch of service comrades in the Staging Area and march in the parade. Bleachers will be available for disabled vets who are unable to march.
Date:      November 14 - 15, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 14, 2014
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Historic Carson House Luncheon and Holiday Bazaar   Held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish House  from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM. St. John's Parrish House is located at 289 S. Main Street in downtown Marion. Join members of the Carson House Partners to purchase crafts, baked goods and peruse a white elephant sale. Enjoy a soup and salad lunch from 11:00 AM. - 2 PM.  All of the proceeds from this bazaar go to benefit the Historic Carson House.
Date:      November 15, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Annual Holiday Parade
   The Holiday parade begins at 3 PM followed by the 1st Annual Light up the Town event starting around 5:30 PM. The Downtown will be lit at dusk with lighted displays and decorations. Businesses will be all decked out for the Holiday season many  will also have extended hours to start your Holiday shopping early. Food specials and live music at will be offered by downtown restaurants. Visit stores for chances to win prizes. End your evening at the WJ Methodist Church Hensley Hall for Coffee House Live with great entertainment and refreshments beginning at 7:30 PM.
Date:      November 15, 2014
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:      November 14, 2014
NC City:  TRYON
Event:     FENCE 30th Anniversary Family Event   FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center) celebrates its 30th year with great music, food, giant slide, bounce house, maze, games, pony rides, hay rides, and much more. This free event has been made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation.
Date:      November 20, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Taste of Asheville   An evening of food, wine and beer tasting with 40+ AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) restaurants, wine sponsors and local brewers.  This sold-out event is a fundraiser for AIR and it's programs, including the "Chef's of Tomorrow" Scholarship at AB Tech and GO! Kitchen Ready.
Date:      November 19, 2014 - January 1, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display  
Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread overload, see the beautiful holiday displays throughout and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.
Date:      November 19 - January 1, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Winter Wonderland at The Grove Arcade  
Asheville's historic downtown arcade displays all the trimmings of the holiday season along with the annual National Gingerbread House Competition display, co-hosted with The Grove Park Inn. Santa will be visiting the Arcade on Saturdays from noon – 4 PM, November 29-December 20. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase. In addition to the Arcade’s restaurants regular evening hours, many shops will be open until 8:00 PM on Fridays, starting November 28 until December 20.
Date:      November 20 - December 21, 2014
NC City:  Flat Rock

Event: 
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents A Christmas Carol   The words of the Dickens classic come to life. This new, adventurous interpretation of A Christmas Carol takes the famous story and infuses it with laughter, love and a brand new score that celebrates the holiday season. With over a dozen new songs and exciting new characters, this world premier is a Christmas event for the whole family. Tickets are $40.
Date:      November 21, 22 23, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 21, 2014
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     Light Up Downtown  
Annually, Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro kicks off the Holiday Season with the lighting ceremony soon after dusk. Main Street is filled with the lights, joys, smells, and sounds of Christmas. Santa will be in the lobby of Wilkes Towers ready for photos with the little ones. Local community groups take part in in providing hay rides, live entertainment, food, crafts, kids activities and more.
Date:      November 21, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Opening Day for Appalachian Ski Mountain  
ASM Opens (if weather permits) for the 2014-2015 season.
Date:      November 22 - 12/20, 2014
NC City:  TRYON
Event:     Holiday Art Show  at Tryon Painters and Sculptures in their new location, 78 N. Trade Street in Tryon NC.
The initial event at the new gallery location will include sculptures, paintings and craft items associated with the Gift Gallery for sale until December 24th.
Date:       November 22, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Holiday Parade  
The 68th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, rolls through downtown Asheville beginning at 11 AM. The parade starts on Biltmore Avenue near South Charlotte Street, makes a left on Patton Avenue, and ends at French Broad Avenue.  Caleb Johnson, winner of 2014 American Idol and Asheville native will be grand marshal, in a float sponsored by Mission Health. Bojangles will have food and beverages available for sale along the parade route.  
Date:       November 22, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:     JingleFest  
Beginning at 12 PM at the US Cellular Center (Civic Center),  JingleFest kicks off with nonstop entertainment with performances from many of the groups that participated in the parade, inflatables and bouncy houses, kid’s activities, and of course, photos with Santa. A handmade holiday craft market will also be held in the concourse area, featuring local crafters and artisans. Parade Grand Marshal, Caleb Johnson, will stop by for a meet and greet with area fans and sign autographs.
Date:      November 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 26 - 30, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Thanksgiving Celebration at the Grove Park Inn  
Enjoy elegant and lavish buffets in addition to The Macy's Day parade and football games on the big screen, plus live music throughout the resort. Other weekend activities include The National Gingerbread House Competition™ display, the traditional tree-lighting ceremony and even a visit from Santa. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a truly classic holiday weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
Date:      November 26 - December 2014
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale 
 f
eatures crafts from local artisans, including woodwork, paintings, photography and various Christmas ornaments. The Show is held at the McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion.
Date:      November 27 - January 1, 2014
NC City:  ENNICE
Event:     High Country Lights  
Northwest North Carolina's premier animated light show features over 100,000 lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5 FM. This free light show, hosted by Glade Creek Volunteer Fire Department, can be seen nightly starting at 6 PM Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.  6374 Glade Valley Road, Ennice NC
Date:      November 28, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town  
Free Live music, caroling in the Park, hot chocolate, cider, bonfire,  live bluegrass music and visits with Santa and the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. Begins at 2 PM.
Date:      November 28, 2014
NC City:  CASHIERS
Event:    
Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa on the Green  The event begins at 6 PM
Date:      November 28, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Tree Lighting Ceremony  and Candlelight Ceremony  
An Annual event in downtown Franklin. Events begin at 7 PM and include free cider, cookies and music.
Date:      November 28, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th Friday Gallery Walk  
Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard, NC as you explore the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm on the 4th Friday from April – November. (December Gallery Walk is held on the 3rd Friday due to the Holidays) Experience art, music and wine. Be sure to look for the animal sculptures and the murals located in downtown Brevard as well. Make an evening of it and stop by and have dinner in one of the downtown restaurants. A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
Date:      November 28 - December 24, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    Festival of Trees  
 Come to historic downtown West Jefferson and enjoy the Festival of Trees at the Ashe Arts Center, participate in the handmade and home-grown Holiday Market at the Farmer's Market and stroll the streets and galleries of the historic downtown area, all dressed up for the Christmas season. To kick the holiday season off right, enjoy the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on November 28 when Santa and friends arrive in an old-fashioned fire engine and hands out treats to all the children.
Date:      November 29 - 30, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Winter Wonderland Night 1  M
erchants will be open late with free refreshments and great gift ideas for the kick-off of the official start to the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday.  Meet Santa and Characters from "Frozen"; take a wagon ride around town; enjoy Historic Franklin's Tree Lighting Ceremony and a special candlelight service at 7 PM.
Sunday 11/30 - Franklin's Annual Christmas Parade begins at 3 PM. “A Winter Wonderland Christmas” is the theme this year with lots of colorful floats and entries.
Date:      November 28, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Holiday Downtown Lighting Celebration  
See Historic Downtown Hendersonville come alive with Santa lighting the community Christmas tree and ushering in the Christmas Season. Featuring entertainment, storytelling, and holiday good cheer.
Date:      November 28 - 29, 2014
NC City:  CULLOWHEE  (near Sylva)
Event:     Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show 
Mountain Artisans presents the 27th Hard Candy Christmas, Arts and Crafts Show. This mountain Christmas Tradition features original arts and crafts at a great price from 100+ artisans. Held at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University - Free Parking. $4 Adult weekend pass.
Date:      November 28 - January 4, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas  
This holiday evening entertainment features a custom-designed light show by the Colorado based Holiday Artisans and has been designed to reflect Cherokee stories that were traditionally told during the winter months. There will be synthetic ice skating, carnival rides, a holiday bazaar featuring local craftsmen, local food vendors and, of course, Santa Claus.
Date:      November 29, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery  
Be present at 10:00 AM to watch the wood kiln be unloaded, and them make your selection. Items in the wood kiln will include work from Bolick’s and from Traditions. With face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens and other traditional wares. Food will be served. Free admission.
Date:      November 29, 2014
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:     Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting   Main Street is closed to traffic so you can walk leisurely down the street and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies as you wait for the for the lighting of the Town Christmas tree located in front of the United Methodist Church. Santa and all his helpers will be there to meet with kids to hear their wish list.
Date:     November 29, 2014
NC City: BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Holiday Market Craft Fair  This is the 7th annual Holiday Market at the Buckeye Recreation Center held from 9 AM - 3 PM. Spend the day with the family or get your holiday shopping done with the unique  arts and crafts that will be offered by local artisans. There is more to do than just shop at the market. Free samples and craft demos add to the fun along with a cookie decorating station. Santa will be on hand for photos and to hear everyone’s wish list. FREE event.
Date:      November 29, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Curb Market Old Timey Christmas  The Henderson County Curb Market Old Timey Christmas includes refreshments, music, carriage rides, holiday gifts and arts & crafts. Come visit the South's most unique Curb Market. All items sold at the market must be either handmade or locally grown.
Date:      November 29, 2014
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:    Sparta Christmas Parade   Begins at 2 PM - Homemade floats, a marching band, old cars, Boy and Girl scouts, fire trucks, horseback riders and others parade down Main Street behind the parade marshal in this traditional small-town event. The official kick-off for the Christmas season.
 
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11/7-1/11 Christmas at Biltmore 
11/7-1/4 The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
11/9-1/4 Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore
11/15 Annual Holiday Parade in West Jefferson
11/19-1/1 The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display
11/19-1/1 Winter Wonderland at The Grove Arcade 
11/20-12/21 The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents A Christmas Carol 
11/21 Light Up Downtown 
11/22 Asheville Holiday Parade and JingleFest 
11/27-1/1 High Country Lights
11/28-11/24 Festival of Trees 
11/28 Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town  Blowing ROck
11/28 Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa on the Green   Cashiers
11/28 Tree Lighting Ceremony  and Candlelight Ceremony   Franklin
11/28 Holiday Downtown Lighting Celebration   Hendersonville
11/28-1/4 Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas 
11/29 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting    Highlands
11/29 Sparta Christmas Parade
11/29-30 Winter Wonderland Night 1 
   
 
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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