Florida's Carolina Connection to the Western North Carolina Mountains
  NC Mountains Complete Visitor Guide
NC Events Calendar
HOME NC Mountains Map NC Mountain News Specials and Discounts NC Favorite Places NC Real Estate What to do Where to Stay
The Guides:  NC Attractions   Crafts, Galleries   Fishing   Golf Courses    Hiking and Trail    NC Parks    NC Skiing   NC Visitor Centers    Waterfalls    NC Events Calendar     NC Shops Online
 
NC Newsletter
Sign-up

Be the first to get NC Mountain events, festivals and holiday celebrations
  CLICK HERE
Get daily updates for 100s of NC events and festivals on the
NC Visitor Guide
 BLOG
Events and Festivals happen throughout the North Carolina mountains both seasonally and year around and include North Carolina Art and Crafts Festivals,  mountain music festivals, horse shows, golf tournaments and outdoor activities and competition.  




advertise your NC business on this site 
CLICK HERE
 
 
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:      April 24 - 26, 2015
NC City:  MURPHY, ANDREWS,  HAYESVILLE and GA cities
Event:     3nd Annual Bud Break Wine Weekend  The Mountain Wine Country Cooperative present this 2nd Annual event. Purchase a passport at any of the twelve participating wineries for $20.00 and receive a Mountain Wine Country glass. This passport gives you access to taste wines at each of the twelve wineries and three days of fun. Each winery is offering a special experience to its Bud Break Weekend visitors.
Upcoming NC Events and Festivals
Get more 2014 NC Events:   January    February    March   April   May   June   July
August   September   October   November   December
Date:      March 20 - May 25, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Biltmore Blooms  - The 30th Annual Festival of Flowers  Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Biltmore Blooms. For the first time, guests will be able to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy a display of exotic orchids intimately, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt's guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. Outdoors, enjoy a beautiful progression of blooms from tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more.
Date:      April 1, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness Hike Series   This series of hikes is open to the public for 2015  but  reservations are required. Hikes vary in length and difficulty. One or more members of the non-profit group will lead each hike. Fools Day Hike to a surprise location…we’ll leave from somewhere and eventually end up somewhere…All fools meet Curly Joe Bonnette, Marshall Moe McClung, and Larry Hoot Gibbs at the Cheoah Ranger Station at 1 pm
Date:      April 1, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer and Cheese Pairing at City Lights Bookstore  
Come enjoy the terrific beer from Heinzelmännchen Brewery paired with the amazing cheeses from Looking Glass Creamery.There will also be some other cheeses available for pairing. Tickets $15 by March 31 and $20 on April 1. Limited to 25 folks! City Lights is located at 3 East Jackson Street in historic downtown Sylva.
Date:      April 3, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:  
Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association. 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 venues participate with a complete Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Asheville Visitors' Center or Pack Place. The Walks take place each first Friday from 5-8PM, April through December.
Date:      April 3, 2015
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble  was founded in the fall of 1999 to give Berea College students with background or potential in bluegrass music an opportunity to play in a "working" bluegrass band with weekly rehearsals, performances, travel, etc. Members are selected by audition, and typically remain with the group until they graduate from Berea College. 7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 3-5, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
Appalachian Trail Founders Bridge Festival   Enjoy trail-steeped speakers sharing their experiences, a vendor village staffed by industry representatives, skills clinics, as well as some great product giveaways and door prizes and live music nightly. Held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Easter Egg Hunt  
Held at Jackson Park from noon to 2 PM, this is a family fun event featuring an egg hunt, music, prizes, food, the Easter Bunny and inflatables.
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:     Annual Easter Hat Parade  
Come at 10:30 AM to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street) – or bring your own. Get your face painted.  Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 AM Registration begins at 11 AM. Parade starts from Dillsboro Town Hall at 2:00 PM. Antique cars from the Old Timers Model A Club lead the parade. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. Grab your hat and join in the fun during Dillsboro’s delightfully unpretentious annual Easter Hat Parade.
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Easter on the Green  An annual FREE family-friendly event in the heart of downtown Asheville. Traditional activities include age-specific Easter egg hunts, races, giant inflatables, Bounce house,  music, entertainment, giveaways and more. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and receive a golden egg filled with a prize. A professional photographer will take a family photo that can be downloaded for free.
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     {Re} Happening   The Media Arts Project (MAP) and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) sponsor the fifth-annual {Re}HAPPENING, taking place on in the original dining hall of the former Black Mountain College at Lake Eden in Black Mountain. The evening reimagines Black Mountain College’s tradition of Saturday-night parties and performances, and pays homage to the innovative artists of the legendary College. The {Re}HAPPENING launches a contemporary platform for artists and patrons to experience adventurous art and creativity in the present day. More than 80 artists will come together to create and share art on the grounds of the original campus and in the spirit of Black Mountain College. Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian will again provide the main course for the dinner ticket, with dozens of local restaurants contributing. Tickets are available for $30.00
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Asheville City Open Air Market   will be open on Saturdays 8 AM - 1 PM, April - December at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville NC and on Wednesdays at Town Square Blvd in Biltmore Park Town Square .  Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around and local artisan products in two locations for your convenience, downtown and South Asheville.EBT, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Additional activities include live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. The little ones will enjoy the Growing Minds@Market activities, and more.
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  MARION
Event:    11th Annual Tour De Lure Bike Ride   Two rides  - one  "hard core"  and one for fun. The Dewey Hughes Memorial Ride is a challenging one beginning at Marion's YMCA traveling through rolling farmlands, up Stone Mountain, around Lake Lure, through Chimney Rock and returning to Marion for a total of 71 miles and 5900 feet of ascent. The Fun Ride begins at the same time and place (same fees), but takes you on an exciting 23 mile course through rolling hillsides and farmlands. Applications available online or at the Corpening YMCA in Marion. Free Spaghetti meal for participants after the ride.
Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:     6 Hours of Warrior Creek Bike Race   Come watch riders challenge themselves at the newest and toughest course in our trail system at the 3rd Annual 6 Hours of Warrior Creek Mountain Bike Race.

Date:      April 4, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     36th Annual Trout Derby   The Derby begins at sunrise with awards at 4:30 PM. No pre-registration necessary. Public waters only, no ponds - nearby fishing spots include Price Lake, Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along Highway 321. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street.. Fishing at Mayview Lake (Broyhill Park) for children 11 and under and persons with disabilities. Fish weighed and measured at American Legion Building on Park Avenue.
Date:      April 4 - 5, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Easter Ski Benefit Weekend at Appalachian Ski Mountain   
ASM will stay open an additional weekend to raise funds to help  build the Middle Fork Greenway. Ski and board all weekend or choose a $50 package for a day or skiing plus admission to your choice of two local attractions such as Grandfather Mountain, The Blowing Rock, Mystery Mountain and Doc's Rocks Gem Mine.
Date:      April 4 - 5, 2015
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA
Event:    
Lake Junaluska Easter Celebration   Annual Lake Junaluska 5K & 10K runs will be taking place on Saturday. Come enjoy the beautiful grounds of Lake Junaluska while achieving your personal best. After the race, take your family to the Easter egg hunt. Once the kids have their baskets filled, they can participate in an egg painting contest and other fun Easter activities. Sunday morning experience Easter Sunrise Service at the Lake
Date:      April 5, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     
60th Annual Easter Sunrise Service   Celebrate Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year. This free non-denominational Easter celebration features live instrumental music, spiritual songs and breathtaking scenery. The 60th annual inter-denominational community worship service is a special tradition and a memorable event for the entire family. Guests are invited to eat breakfast at the Old Rock Café and stay to enjoy the Park all day.
Date:      April 5, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Informal Jam on the Porch   
Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition.  The Jam is held at the Mountain Gateway Museum, 102 Water Street in Old Fort NC.
Date:      April 6, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:   
First Monday Concert  This month's concert from The Brevard Music Center's Porter Center starts at 12:30 PM  and features Violinist Jason Posnock .
Date:      April 10, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
Tweetsie Railroad    OPENING DAY for the 2015 season. All aboard for NC's oldest theme park and another season of wild-west fun and excitement.
Date:      April 10, 2015
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Creative Mountain Food Tour   Pub and Grub Crawl.
Experience some of the best pubs and eateries in town with this 2 1/2 to 3 hour guided walk through town. Stop at 5 to 6 places representing pubs, restaurants and a local brewery. At each stop, you will be introduced to local beers and ales paired with great snacks made by local culinary chefs. Historical fun facts and ghost trivia will be a part of each tour. 
Date:      April 10, 2015
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  The Wilson Family from Brasstown has been singing as a group for about nine years. Jimmy Wilson grew up around traditional gospel music, listening to his father and uncle, The Wilson Brothers, winners of a North Carolina Heritage Award. Jimmy sings lead and harmony and plays guitar. His wife, Karen Wilson sings lead and harmony and plays bass. Their daughters Jessica and Anna both sing lead and harmony while playing mandolin and guitar respectively . 7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 11, 2015
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Evening with the Stars at the Flat Rock Playhouse  
Seven local "Celebrities" partner with  Flat Rock Playhouse artists to present an evening of song, dance and theatre to raise money for charities. The Stars compete by acquiring  votes  by raising donations. You can vote (donate) now online or during the event.
Date:      April 11, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Asheville City Open Air Market  will be open at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville NC and Town Square Blvd in Biltmore Park Town Square on Wednesdays from 1 - 4 PM .  Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around and local artisan products in two locations for your convenience, downtown and South Asheville.EBT, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Additional activities include live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. The little ones will enjoy the Growing Minds @ Market (June, July, August) activities, and more.
Date:      April 11, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO

Event:     Take a Kid Fishing Day 
Kid’s fishing day is open to children 12 and under. Kids 13 and older and adults are welcome to fish after 12 PM. Parents or adult guardians must be present. The event begins at 9 AM at Cub Creek Park
Date:      April 11, 2015
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO

Event:     Wilkes County Cruise-In 
 See the best in classic cars in the area from 3 PM to 7 PM on 0th Street in downtown North Wilkesboro. Additional date are 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 10/10.
Date:      April 11, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    Opening Day Celebration: Old time Plowing and Folkways at The Cradle of Forestry  
Step back to the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Meet David and Diane Burnette and their Percheron draft horses. Weather permitting, watch the horses plow the Cradle’s vegetable garden. Try plowing the old way yourself.  Visit with living history volunteers as they bring traditional Blue Ridge culture to life. Event times are 9:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Event admission is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. Included in admission: everything the site has to offer that day,  historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours as available and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that allow the forest to be accessible to all.
Date:      April 11, 2015
NC City: 
MARS HILL
Event:     Fiddlin' 5 K Run for the Music Road Race The race, beginning at 9 AM and ending on the beautiful Mars Hill College campus, will benefit the Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival and the Junior Appalachian Musicians. Sponsored by the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, the Fiddlin' 5k will include live local music performances scattered along the course and, at race end, activities for the whole family on the upper quad of MHC, including a service project with non-profit Sole Hope.
Date:      April 11 - 12, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:    
11th Annual Herb Festival  Savor the smell and taste of fresh-grown herbs with a  selection including several unique medicinal, cooking and ornamental herbs. The herbal combination planters include the Scarborough Fair Combo, the Indoor Herbs Combo, and several other attractive and useful assortments. Browse over 25 talented local artisan's booths, including handcrafted herbal soaps and herbal blends, handmade jewelry, woodcraft & handcrafted furniture, paintings, photography and more. Food vendors offer delicious treats ranging from vegetarian quesadillas to gourmet sausages and hand-squeezed drinks (you can also sample Painters own homemade pesto), and talented local musicians will be performing all weekend. The event is held at Painters Greenhouse, approximately 5 miles south of I-40 at exit 73.
Date:      April 12, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Informal Jam on the Porch   
Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition.  The Jam is held at the Mountain Gateway Museum, 102 Water Street in Old Fort NC.   
Date:      April 17 - 18, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Grovewood Gallery's 16th Annual Charity Sale   10% of all proceeds from this 2 day event will go to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville. During the sale, customers will be able to save 10% on all regular priced crafts, including studio furniture and outdoor sculptures, and up to 50% on sale items. Everything in the gallery will be marked down.
Date:      April 16-19, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:  
  The Blue Ridge Wine & Food Festival   Now in its 10th year, this festival celebrates the excitement of spring in the Blue Ridge with the best in cuisine, wine, and beer. Enjoy pairings, dinners, seminars, entertainments, and the Grand Tasting.
Date:      April 17, 2015
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
Mountain Fling is a four-piece band based in Southwest Virginia that plays traditional old-time material but delves into the recent past for variety. They sing and play autoharp, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and bass. 7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 18, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival   This one day event, held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, boasts all types of oysters, fried, steamed and raw by the dozen or half dozen, as well as fried or steamed shrimp by the pound or half pound, shrimp and grits and a low country boil platter. Food will be prepared by J. Arthur's Restaurant in Maggie Valley. There will non-seafood items as well.  Live music from Mile High Band and Steve Weams and the Caribbean Cowboys and a free kid's zone will round out the day. Admission is $5 in advance, $8 at the gate. 
Date:      April 18, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Asheville City Open Air Market  
will be open on Saturdays 8 AM - 1 PM, April - December at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville NC and on Wednesdays at Town Square Blvd in Biltmore Park Town Square .  Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around and local artisan products in two locations for your convenience, downtown and South Asheville.EBT, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Additional activities include live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. The little ones will enjoy the  Kids Corner Market activities, and more.  
Date:      April 18, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Spring Wildflower Walk at Chimney Rock State Park  
Identify a variety of spring wildflowers with renowned naturalist and author Ron Lance. Grab your cameras and field guides for this informative, moderate hike to find blooming beauties like trillium, mountain laurel, flame azaleas and more unique species. Limited to 15; advance registration required.
Date:      April 18, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:   
3rd Saturday Classic Car Cruise-Ins  Held in downtown, historic Old Fort (at the Hardees on Catawba). Sponsored by the Route 70 Cruisers, all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are invited to join the fun, no entrance or admission fees! There will be food, crafts and a "swap meet" area for treasure hunters.
Date:      April 18-19, 2015
NC City:  RONDA
Event:  
   Vineyards of Swan Creek Spring Wine Release   Visit each of the five vineyards of Swan Creek and sample their new releases.  A much anticipated event each year. This is a fun filled weekend where you can be the first to sample the latest new wines. Noon until 5 PM on Saturday and 1 PM until 5 PM on Sunday. Participating vineyards are: Laurel Gray, Dobbins Creek, Raffaldini, Shadow Springs and Windsor Run.
 
Date:      April 19, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Informal Jam on the Porch   
Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition.  The Jam is held at the Mountain Gateway Museum, 102 Water Street in Old Fort NC.
Date:      April 23 - 26, 2015
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse presents an Elvis Tribute by renowned Donnie Edwards.
 A respected veteran and grand champion of 2 of the biggest Elvis contests in the world, Donny has now officially become a Las Vegas casino headliner act with his own show. During Elvis Week ’13, in Memphis, TN, Donny was given the honor of being the ONLY Elvis tribute artist to have been given permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises since 1977 to perform his show on the estate grounds of Graceland. Advanced tickets recommended for this limited engagement.
Date:      April 23 - 26, 2015
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:     
MerleFest   Celebrate spring and help kick off festival season at MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country. MerleFest is held on the campus of Wilkes Community College. The four-day festival features over 90 artists performing on 14 stages, including the Avett Brothers, Dwight Yokam. Don't miss this year's Midnight Jam, which will bear the stamp of The Bluegrass Situation, a popular hub for everything central to the modern roots community. It is considered one of the more anticipated events at the yearly festival. 
Date:      April 24, 2015
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Fletcher Bright and The Dismembered Tennesseans have appeared on stage with many of the top country music stars and performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV's Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show.  7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.
Date:      April 24, 2015
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard 4th Friday Art Walk   Explore downtown Brevard art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that stay open late from 5-9 PM on the 4th Friday from April through  December. Experience art, music and wine.  A brochure for the gallery walks can be found online or at any of the participating galleries or at the Chamber of Commerce.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Collaboration Release in the Gardens   Join Heinzelmännchen and Innovation Breweries at McGuire Gardens for their collaborative Raspberry Wheat Session Beer plus other favorites from both breweries. This will take place during Downtown Sylva's Annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival. Pick up great handmade crafts from around the region, enjoy a handcrafted beer in the Gardens and listen to great music.
Date:      April 24 - 26, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NOC Spring Fling   
This event is NOC's way of welcoming spring to the Southeast. Come out and be a part of World Kayak's Hometown Throwdown, race in the Boater Cross or push your skills on the Nantahala Cascades. Don't forget to check out the season's hottest gear at the NOC's Outfitter's Store, plus, enjoy free live music and local brews at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew.
Date:      April 25 - 26, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Southeastern Mini Truckin' Nationals  
An open car show with spectators welcome. Hundreds of mini trucks will compete. Auto and Food Vendors will be on site. Held on the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds at 3374 Soco Road
Date:      April 24 - 26, 2015
NC City:  MURPHY, ANDREWS,  HAYESVILLE and GA cities
Event:     3nd Annual Bud Break Wine Weekend  The Mountain Wine Country Cooperative present this 2nd Annual event. Purchase a passport at any of the twelve participating wineries for $20.00 and receive a Mountain Wine Country glass. This passport gives you access to taste wines at each of the twelve wineries and three days of fun. Each winery is offering a special experience to its Bud Break Weekend visitors.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE

Event:    The Asheville City Open Air Market 
will be open at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville NC and Town Square Blvd in Biltmore Park Town Square on Wednesdays from 1 - 4 PM .  Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around and local artisan products in two locations for your convenience, downtown and South Asheville.EBT, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Additional activities include live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. The little ones will enjoy the Growing Minds @ Market (June, July, August) activities, and more.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Historic Johnson Farm Spring Festival   The Historic Johnson farmhouse and outbuildings will be open for touring. There will also be live entertainment, demonstrations, wagon rides, children's activities, farm animals and food.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Earth Day Celebration at Chimney Rock State Park  Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect the beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:    
Greening up the Mountains    This annual spring festival, named for the way the “spring green” creeps up the mountainsides, is a celebration of the local economy, sustainability, and traditional heritage crafts. Three full music stages will feature local bands, children’s performances, and heritage dance, along with the annual Youth Talent Show and more. Storytelling, face painting, an inflatable slide, the recycled materials Superhero Costume Contest, volunteer projects and more. Annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups. It is held on on Main and Mill Streets in historic downtown Sylva from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Mountain Thunder Car Show   Bring the family and enjoy a day of nostalgia at the annual Mountain Thunder Car Show in historic downtown Old Fort. The event is sponsored by the Route 70 Cruisers. All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are invited to join the fun. Registration fee: $10.00; prizes awarded. There will be food, crafts and a "swap meet" area for treasure hunter.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  ANDREWS
Event:     Hook, Line and Beer Mountain Trout Fishing Tournament at the Andrews Brewing Company.   Fish for trout in the morning then kick back next to the fire in the afternoon with a pint of craft beer.The event will finish with a celebration on Saturday evening that will include music, food, door prizes and a whole creel-full of fun. Register on 4/23 or 24 - fishing license required.
Date:      April 25, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Pioneer Day   An annual celebration of mountain heritage. The one-day festival features mountain music in the amphitheater, craft demonstrations such as weaving, black smithing, and pottery turning, “Hit or Miss” engine displays and vendors displaying and selling their wares. All day. Mountain Gateway Museum grounds, Old Fort. For more information, call 828-668-9259.
Date:      April 26, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Informal Jam on the Porch   
Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition.  The Jam is held at the Mountain Gateway Museum, 102 Water Street in Old Fort NC.
Date:      April 30, 2015
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:     Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School
:  Brasstown Ringers' Concert    In keeping with the Brasstown Ringers’ philosophy that “handbells are not just for Christmas,” this spring’s concert will feature some a nice variety of pieces in honor of the celebration of spring.  7 PM - FREE admission, but DONATIONS WELCOME.

Get more NC Events:    January    February   March   April   May   June   July
August   September   October   November   December

NC Mountain City Guides
Get everything you need on ONE easy to use page for each of our 50+ NC mountain cities. We've done the searching so you don't have to. Find a locator map, cabin and vacation rentals, Inns, camping, restaurants, maps, weather, attractions, outdoor activities, galleries, shops and more.  CLICK HERE
Biltmore Tickets  Online Specials
with our Value Rewards Members Program 
Upcoming Special Events:
Mother's Day Weekend
5/10 A Mother's Day Concert at The Flat Rock Cinema
 
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./td>
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.
FastTrack 385ft  
 
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.
Custom Brochure Printing
from PrintPlace.com.
Save Time & Money with Low Prices, Instant Proofs & Same Day Printing!

Full Color Booklet & Catalog Printing 
 
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.
 
Book your lodging online
and don't miss your favorite
event or mountain festival

Get $20 Rebate with a 3-Night Booking at Hotels.com!

 
This site is dedicated in loving memory to Teacher Beth, whose spirit still climbs every mountain  HOME   NC Mountains Map   NC Mountain News   NC Shops online   NC Favorite Places  Events Calendar
What to Do    Where to Stay   Specials and Discounts   NC Cities   Advertise on this Site   NC Real Estate

NC Events Calendar, events and mountain festivals, NC calendar of events,
  What to do in the NC Mountains, Asheville events, arts and crafts shows, Tailgate markets
Headquartered in Jacksonville FL, Copyright Corbin Publications 2008-15 All rights reserved  ClimbEveryMountain.com
CONTACT US
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF USE
visits since 6/08

 

*