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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
NC Mountains Events and Festivals
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      April 26
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.
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Date:      April 1
NC City:  SYLVA and westernmost mountain cities
Event:     Beer Month Event: 
WNC Collaboration Release.  No foolin' the Seven Westernmost Breweries will be releasing their collaboration beer on April Fool's. Enjoy this International Pale Ale Style at any of these breweries.
Date:      April 1
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Face Mug Show at American Folk Art  
Highly anticipated by collectors, American Folk Art [resents a wild and wonderful collection of regional face jugs for its second annual Face Jug Show. With help from some of the most creative and renowned face jug potters of the region including Kim Ellington, Stacy Lambert, A.V. Smith, Walter Fleming, Wayne Hewell, Mike Ball, and Charlie Brown, this show celebrates and honors the tradition of Face Jugs.
Date:      April 1 - 30
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event:
Support Your Local Breweries and Save! Purchase a pint glass from Innovation Brewing or Heinzelmännchen, then take it to the other brewery to show proof of purchase and get $1 off their pint glass. Two is better than one! 414 West Main Street and 545 Mill Street, within walking distance of each other.
Date:      April 3
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event: 
Books, Bites and Brews. Meet Daniel Hartis author of newly published book "Beer Lover's the Carolinas" at City Lights Bookstore, enjoy Delicious Bites from City Lights Cafe and Brews from Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmännchen Brewery.
Date:      April 3 - 6
NC City:  ANDREWS
Event:     Hook, Line and Beer Trout Fishing Tournament  
Fish for trout in the morning then kick back next to the fire with a pint of craft beer at Andrews Brewing Company in the afternoon.  The tournament takes place on Cherokee County waters Friday and Saturday, with an awards celebration on Sunday. Door prizes will be awarded. Music will be provided by the Jeff Sipe Trio. Food (trout, of course) will be available for purchase. And in addition to the purse, the tournament champion will receive the admiration of their peers.
Date:      April 3 - 19
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:  
The Flat Rock Theatre Presents "Laughter on The 23rd"   Predicted to be one of the funniest shows ever produced. Another classic written by Neil Simon and inspired by his early career experiences as a junior writer. The Flat Rock Theatre is North Carolina's official state theatre, located at 2662 Greenville Highway.
Date:      April 4, 2014
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 4 - 5
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Beer Month Event:   Biltmore Village Beer, Bites and Bands   Head for
Historic Biltmore Village for TWO evenings of Asheville's finest craft beers, food, and music. For $25 per person, per night, you get:  Twelve 4-ounce beer samples of any beer on tap at Catawba Brewing Co. and/or French Broad Brewery;  Great food from some of Biltmore Village's finest restaurantsl  A commemorative t-shirt;  Live music at either venue. Wander around the Biltmore Village shops, walk from brewery to brewery, and enjoy the beautiful spring nights.
Date:      April 4 - 5
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Beer Month Event: Beer Camp at Blowing Rock Ale House and Inn   
Stay at the Blowing Rock Ale House for Beer Camp and experience a weekend full of fun. Your package includes a room for the weekend, a gift certificate to the Ale House Restaurant, and a class with our Blowing Rock Ale brewer in the on-site brewery.
Date:      April 4, 2014
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:  Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School : 
The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble.  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. Members also earn academic credit for each semester of participation in the group. The band has toured in Ireland and Japan .
Date:      April 4-5
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 4-6
NC City:  RONDA
Event:  
Vineyards of Swan Creek Herb Festival   Visit each of the five vineyards of Swan Creek and sample a unique food made with each vineyard's signature herb and paired with one of the vineyard's wines. Take home a potted herb from each vineyard to cultivate at home and enjoy with your favorite Swan Creek Vineyard wine.
Date:      April 5
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 5
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 .  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 5
NC City:  ROSMAN (suburb of Brevard)
Event:     Season Kickoff at Headwaters Outfitters   Enjoy the Kick-Off  for the 2014 Season. Sign-up for a river trip before April 4th and receive 10% off your trip. The opening will include: Sales and Specials on Fishing and Paddling Gear; New Boat Demos all day and a special Tenkara casting Clinic Free at 10:30. Come learn how to cast and fish with a Tenkara fly rod, the latest development in Fly Fishing. Tenkara is a traditional Japanese method of fly fishing that is now being used by many fly fisher people with great success in American waters.
Date:      April 5 - 7
NC City:  RONDA
Event:  
Vineyards of Swan Creek Herb Festival   Visit each of the five vineyards of Swan Creek and sample a unique food made with each vineyard's signature herb and paired with one of the vineyard's wines. Take home a potted herb from each vineyard to cultivate at home and enjoy with your favorite Swan Creek Vineyard wine.
Date:      April 5
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event: 
The 35th 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 6
NC City:  MARION
Event:  10th 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 5
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 5
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     ArtsMart   Locally created arts and crafts displayed inside the historic Old Fort Depot. Stop by to chat with the creators of these one-of-a-kind items while you shop for yourself, family or friends. Something for everyone including baskets, paintings, woodwork, wreaths, candles and live demonstrations. Sponsored by Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League.
Date:      April 7
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 Dilshad Posnock, flute and Sandra Shen, piano.
Date:      April 10
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event: 
Local Beer! Local Cheese! City Lights Cafe is the host for Looking Glass Creamery. Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmännchen Brewery when they team up to bring you an evening of cheese and beer, all locally made. City Lights is located at 3 East Jackson Street in historic downtown Sylva.
Date:      April 10 - 13
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event: 
Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival    Enjoy wine tastings, seminars, cooking classes, BRAHM's Cork and Canvas and much more. Look for special Winemaker's Dinners which pair wines with some of the area’s best restaurants fare. Work off all the wine and great food at this year's Chetola Resort Corkscrew  5k run on the 12th.
Date:      April 11
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event: 
Handcrafted Beer, Handcrafted Vessels. It's By Nature Gallery will be featuring a collection of handcrafted mugs and steins created by regional artists along with samples of handcrafted beer by Heinzelmännchen and Innovation Brewing. There will be a prize drawing for a Gift Basket, including items from all three businesses,  at the end of evening. Must be present to win. The Gallery is located at  678 W Main St, in Sylva, NC,
Date:      April 10 -13
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:  Melange of the Mountains Culinary Gala   Experience the culinary talent of some of Western North Carolina's most well regarded Restaurants and Vendors. Attendees are invited to sample delicious items directly from the menus of area Restaurants and to feast their eyes on expertly plated specialties entered in the competition. Coffee, beer and wine will also be available for sampling.
Date:      April 11
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event: 
Tweetsie Railroad    OPENING DAY for the 2014 season. All aboard for NC's oldest theme park and another season of wild-west fun and excitement!
Date:      April 12
NC City:  FLETCHER
Event:  
Fletcher Easter Egg Hunt  This annual Easter Egg Hunt is held at the Fletcher Community Park for children ages walker to 11. The event is filled with  eggs and fun with the Easter Bunny and sponsored by Fletcher Parks & Recreation.
Date:      April 12
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Beer Month Event:  Hop’n Blueberry Farm Tours  
Learn about a variety of hops and how they are grown and managed. Then enjoy a sample of beer made with these varieties from Lookout Brewery, just three miles from the farm. After the Hops farm tour, tour Lookout Brewery and see how beer is made and enjoy their tasting room in Black Mountain. Tours will be offered every Saturday in April starting at 2 PM at the farm. For tickets, call 828-664-1166.
Date:      April 12
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 (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 theGrowing Minds @ Market (June, July, August) activities, and more.
Date:      April 12
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO

Event:    
Black Cat Station Open House  Black Cat Station is home of a large "H.O." Scale Model Railroad operating many trains at one time
Date:      April 12
NC Cit
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 12
NC City:  RONDA

Event:  Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinner The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions will be given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends. The atmosphere will be relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying la dolce vita.  
Date:      April 12
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event: Candle Light Ghost Tours   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 8pm.
Date:      April 12 - 13
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:  
10th 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. More than 25 craftsmen, vendors and musicians will exhibit and entertain both days. The event is held at Painters Greenhouse, approximately 5 miles south of I-40 at exit 73.
Date:      April 15
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:  Asheville Wild and Scenic Film Festival   The Western North Carolina Alliance invites the community to the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. For nearly a decade, the festival has been touring the country and this year the festival will make its third annual appearance in Western North Carolina featuring a selection of short films that put our world and yourself into the broader environmental and social context and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. Free raffle ticket with entry, door prizes, food and drinks available for purchase, speakers. Raffle prizes include rafting trips,  6 - 9 PM,
Date:      April 15
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event:  Beer Pairing. 
City Lights Cafe will provide a 6 course Tapas Menu created specifically to pair with beers from Heinzelmännchen Brewery and Innovation Brewing. Enjoy this triple treat for $45. Max 50 people. Purchase tickets in advance from City Lights Cafe
Date:      April 17 -  May 11
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     "The Fantasticks" at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown   
The Fantasticks opened in 1960 at The Sullivan Street Theatre in New York City and has the distinction of being the longest running musical in the world. This musical tells the story of two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. the Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 Main Street in historic Hendersonville
Date:      April 18 
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.
Date:      April 18
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:  Wilkesboro Open Air Market   The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area.   Third Friday Markets also include downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations are open from 4 PM - 9 PM.. 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:      April 19
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 19
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 at the gate.
Date:      April 19-20
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 19
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 19
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 .  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 19
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 19
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Beer Month Event:  Hop’n Blueberry Farm Tours  
Learn about a variety of hops and how they are grown and managed. Then enjoy a sample of beer made with these varieties from Lookout Brewery, just three miles from the farm. After the Hops farm tour, tour Lookout Brewery and see how beer is made and enjoy their tasting room in Black Mountain. Tours will be offered every Saturday in April starting at 2 PM at the farm. For tickets, call 828-664-1166.
Date:      April 20
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:  
59th 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 59th 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 20
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Easter Sunrise Service at Jump off Rock  
Henderson County Churches are Uniting to invite everyone to an Easter Sunrise Service at Jump off Rock Park in Laurel Park, parking is limited at Jump off Rock Park, a shuttle van will run from the First Congregational Church parking lot on the corner of 5th Ave W. & White Pine Dr; arrive prior to 6:30 AM to catch the shuttle, service begins at 7 AM, shuttles will bring everyone back to the First Congregational Church where breakfast will be served.
Date:      April 20
NC City:  NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:    Wilkes River Run 5K/8K  
The Wilkes River Run 5K/8K route will incorporate the Greenway from Brushy Mountain Dental to the Reddies River trail. The race is sponsored by Celebration Church and Run For God.  828-228-4827
Date:      April 22
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event: 
German Beer Dinner at Lulu's on Main in Downtown Sylva. Enjoy a five course German meal paired with Heinzelmännchen Beers. Don’t miss this delectable evening.  $40, Maximum 32 people. Purchase tickets in advance from Lulu’s, located at 612 W Main Street.
Date:      April 24
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:    Beer Month Event: 
Celebrate 10 years of Heinzelmännchen Beers.   Beer, Soda, Food, Door Prizes and lots of celebration. Held from 5 - 9 PM at the Great Smoky Mountains Train Depot, 119 Front Street in historic downtown Dillsboro.
Date:      April 24 - 27
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 Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, and  Holly Williams. 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.  The Steep Canyon Rangers have announced that they will have several “special guests” as part of their set on Saturday night (April 26) on the Watson Stage.
Date:      April 25
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event: Music Events at John C Campbell Folk School:  David Liden and Martha Owen. 
Brasstown locals and long-time participants in goings on at the Folk School, Martha Owen and her husband David Liden have been telling stories and playing traditional music together for over 30 years. They raised children who knew that if the house was burning down the first things to save were dad's Martin guitar and mom's handmade banjo. After years of leaving instruments "accidentally" laying around each child, now grown, have picked up instruments. They love cowboy songs, silly songs and old-time tunes. They accompany their close harmonies with claw hammer style banjo, guitar, fiddle and jaw harp.
Date:      April 25
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. Be sure to look for the 19 animal sculptures and five murals located in the downtown area.  A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Chamber of Commerce
Date:      April 25 - 26
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
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 25 -27
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:  Grovewood Gallery's 15th Annual Charity Sale   10% of all proceeds from this 3 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 75% on sale items. Everything in the gallery will be marked down.
Date:      April 25 -27
NC City:  MURPHY, ANDREWS,  HAYESVILLE and GA cities
Event:     2nd 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 26
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:  
The Grace Adele Duo Performs at John C Campbell Folk School   Grace Adele performs traditional American roots music drawn from classic country, western swing, bluegrass,and folk.With well over 100 tour dates a year, she charms audiences from Columbus to Jacksonville, Nashville to Asheville and many points between and beyond. Her original tunes and instrumental talent converge with comedic grace as she's a master kazoo player, and blends percussive tap dance into her live show.
Date:      April 26
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     Beer Month Event:  Hop’n Blueberry Farm Tours  
Learn about a variety of hops and how they are grown and managed. Then enjoy a sample of beer made with these varieties from Lookout Brewery, just three miles from the farm. After the Hops farm tour, tour Lookout Brewery and see how beer is made and enjoy their tasting room in Black Mountain. Tours will be offered every Saturday in April starting at 2 PM at the farm. For tickets, call 828-664-1166.
Date:      April 26
NC City:  SYLVA
Event:     Beer Month Event: 
Collaboration Release in the Gardens. Join Innovation and Heinzelmännchen Breweries at McGuire Gardens for Raspalachian Wheat, A Heinz-Syl-Vation Collaboration Ale. This Raspberry Wheat Session Beer will be offered 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 25
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:  Preview Party and Auction for the Weaverville Art Safari  This year’s party will take place at  Weaverville’s Town Hall on South Main Street, 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is $10. The evening includes a silent auction of beautiful artworks donated by each of the participating artists, with all proceeds benefiting the Art Safari. Enjoy tasty hors d’ouevres, desserts, fine fiddle music and more. There will also be door prizes.
Date:      April 26 - 27
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:     Weaverville Art Safari   The Weaverville Art Safari is a free, self-guided tour of artists' home studios in the scenic area surrounding the villages of Weaverville and Barnardsville, NC. This event has been going on, each spring and fall, since April 2001. Find had crafted items including Jewelry, Glass Art, Paintings, Garden Art, Sculpture, Pottery, Furniture, Fiber Arts, woodworking and more.  You can download a copy of the 4-color brochure (which includes a studio map) HERE.
Date:      April 26
NC City:  CULLOWHEE
Event:  
WCU Jazz Festival   The 12th annual Jazz Festival will feature open to public dress rehearsals, clinics, and performances by the WCU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pavel Wlosok with featured artist Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone. Pavel Wlosok will also lead his trio featuring former WCU student Mike Holstein on acoustic bass and guest artist from Bratislava, Slovakia Marian Sevcik on drums to accompany Mr. Caslin during the final concert. Afternoon clinics/masterclasses beginning at 4pm will be free of charge and will take place in the Bardo Arts Center classrooms. Held at the Bardo Arts Center Theatre on the Western Carolina Campus.
Date:      April 26
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 .  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 26
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 26
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Wildflower Walkabout 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. Join an expert naturalist on park trails every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month April-November to learn about wild edibles, plants, wildlife, survival skills, birding, geology or other fun outdoor topics. State Park 
Date:      April 26
NC City:  GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK NEAR CHEROKEE
Event:  
National Junior Ranger Day    Join Park Rangers for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities and earn a junior ranger patch and certificate. The programs will be designed to help children connect with the park and engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship. Activities will be held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, and Cades Cove visitor centers. Ask for details at a visitor center.
Date:      April 26 - 27
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop  Capture spring wildflowers, beautiful landscapes and up to 75-mile views with your camera at one of the region’s most affordable workshops. Pro photographer Les Saucier teaches basic and advance techniques, including tips on iphone photography and apps, while inspiring you to take your best photos yet. Mr. Saucier has led nature photography workshops for more than 28 years and has had his work published in magazines like National Geographic. The 2-day workshop includes classroom time, field time and critique.
Date:      April 27
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:  NC Beer and Cupcake Pairing   Taste NC local brews with dessert. This is a fun, unique event that will pair samples of NC craft beers with cupcakes. Hosted by the Green Park Inn from 2 PM - 4 PM. Reservations ARE REQUIRED, $8.50 per person advanced tickets.
Date:      April 26
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 26
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 including GM Crate Motor and set of 4 tires. There will be food, crafts and a "swap meet" area for treasure hunter.
Date:      April 27
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
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 26 - 27
NC City:  FLETCHER
Event:     Home and Garden Expo at the WNC Agricultural Center Davis Arena.
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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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