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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:      August 23, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
 Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays.  
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Date:      July 24 - August 24, 2014
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Miss Saigon  
Broadway’s international hit musical is based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The story takes place during the upheaval of war in Viet Nam in the late 1960s and early 1970s and follows the lives of American GI—Chris, and the young, innocent, Vietnamese girl.
Date:      July 27 - August 2, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors.  New instructors this year includne Beppe Gambetta, Gerald Ross, Tim Thompson and Toby Walker. Classes will be offered in a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic and bossa nova to jazz and blues.  Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 23rd Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands.
Date:      July 27 - August 3, 2014
NC City:  SPRUCE PINE
Event:    The 30th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show   This popular event
features 60 dealers from all over the world with gem stones, mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads and lots more. If it is made of stone, you should be able to find it here. There will be a BBQ (great food!) on Saturday, a fundraiser for the  the Parkway Fire and Rescue and new equipment. Come help out the fire department. Open 10 AM to 6 PM daily at 12966 South Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine, NC. Admission and parking are FREE.
Date: July 29 - August 4, 2014
NC City: BLOWING ROCK
Event: Blowing Rock Horse Show
Hunter / Jumper division II. The 90th annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged.
Date:      July 31 - August 2, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival   The nation’s longest running folk festival. The 87th annual edition of this three-day event showcases the best of the region’s old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers, and ballad singers. Shows begin at 7:00 PM nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville.
Date:      July 31 - August 3, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     8th Annual Art & Antiques Show  at The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum   This sale and show offers heirloom-quality antique silver, furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal and more. Vendors from across the East Coast bring a variety of items.  Preview Party 7/31 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM, $40 per person (including wine and hors d'oeurves). Tickets are $10 and good for the entire show.
Date:      July 31 - August 2, 2014 and August 7 - 9, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Music on the Rock Series: Music of the Sixties.
The turbulent 60s featured the Counterculture, Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements that revolutionized society and the music of the time. Experience the evolution of pop music through the decade with a unique Music on the Rock tribute concert that brings the music of the 60s to life.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    New Music  12:30 PM     FREE event.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Piccolo Opera  4:30 PM     FREE event.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     The Pre-concert  6:30 PM     Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. FREE event.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Saint Saëns Organ Symphony   7:30 PM     Brevard Concert Orchestra with Ken Lam, conductor and Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin. KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto in D minor; SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, "Organ". $15 - $45
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Whitewater Bluegrass  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Music on Main Street: Blind Lemon Phillips and a Car Show.  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Whitewater Bluegrass  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 1, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      August 1, 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:      August 1. 2014
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Gallery Stroll  Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Cedar Hill Studio, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Main Street Artist’s Co-op, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, and the Village Framer
Date:       August 1 - 2, 2014
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event: 
   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair   Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 56th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. The event is free to the public with entertainment throughout the day.
Date:       August 1 - 2, 2014
NC City:  JEFFERSON 
Events:   Old Time Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention  
This bluegrass and old-time music competition is typical of the many fiddlers conventions. There will be lots of jamming and socializing among the musicians‚ and visitors are welcome to listen. This event is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council‚ and advance tickets are available from the Ashe County Arts Center or at the gate the days of the performances.  The events will be held in the Ashe County Park. Camping is available on a first come basis.
Date:      August 1 - 3
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Asheville Antiques Show and Sale
 
Reputable dealers from several states will offer for sale a wide variety of antiques that will appeal to everyone from the beginning collector to the well seasoned investor. The dealers were selected for this show based on their knowledge, professionalism and overall integrity. Find antique furniture in styles ranging from American country to English formal, hand painted porcelains, art glass, cut glass and pottery. Idecker Books will have an amazing display of very fine and rare old books. There will be antique prints as well as beautiful old oil paintings and a huge display of oriental rugs. Exquisite antique jewelry, estate jewelry and designer costume jewelry will be offered for sale along with silver holloware and flatware. Held at the US Cellular (Civic) Center in downtown Asheville.
Date:      August 1 - 3, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Dinosaur Train™ at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  
This event is based on the popular PBS-Kid television series, created by Jim Henson. This adventure filled train ride is packed full with music, stories, entertainment, and activities. PLUS all children will receive their very own Nature Trackers Club guidebook and membership card. Kids will have the opportunity to meet the popular T.rex, Buddy.
Date:      August 1. 15, 29, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks in Chimney Rock Park   Mushrooms can be found popping up all over Chimney Rock in the summer and early fall, especially after rainfall. Enjoy a casual Friday hike seeking a variety of fascinating fungi along the Four Seasons or Great Woodland Adventure trail. Meet by Grady's Animal Discovery Den in the Meadows - limited to 20 participants, first come basis
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Paddle Grapple at NOC    Choose from SUP, surfski, marathon, kayak or canoe classes in this race on beautiful Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a 3 and 6 mile race option, the Paddle Grapple offers an option for every boater, whether recreational or elite. Awards will be given to top finishers in each class. After the race, participants and families are invited to try Whitewater SUP for free at NOC at the Big Wesser BBQ + Brew after the race at 12 PM.
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Brevard Symphonic Winds   10:30 AM     FREE event.
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Pre-opera Talk   1 PM   An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the opera faculty.     FREE event.
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Sweeney Todd   2 PM   Sondheim's dark tale of violence, revenge, and pies has remained popular since its Broadway debut in 1979. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score, Sweeney Todd sets the compelling story of the title character's obsessive search for revenge against Sondheim's characteristically complex and angular score. Join us as we close our 2014 opera season with this truly memorable performance. Tickets $40.
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Pre-concert   6:30 PM   Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty.   FREE event.
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Brahms 1   7:30 PM  Brevard Sinfonia with  JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Norman Krieger, piano.   DZUBAY Snake Alley;  MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491;  BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. Tickets $15 - $45.
Date:       August 2, 2014
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:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Talking Trees Children's Trout Tournament  
This free children’s fishing event is held in August and is great for families. The event lasts two days. On day 1 people pre-register and enjoy a day full of fun with attractions at the fairgrounds, and are eligible for prizes at the end of the day. On Saturday participants fish for four hours after a free breakfast and lunch. There will also be $20,000 worth of prizes given away to registered children. On Saturday the kids may enjoy listening to music, meeting celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food, and more.
Date:       August 2, 2014
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series - Elkville String Band   A FREE summer music series held at Cook Park in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market and Backstreet in West Jefferson 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM through October on Backstreet.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August 2, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    32st Annual Crafts on the Green   Approximately 85 vendors from all over the mountains will have their crafts and art work available for purchase. This annual event is located at a cool 5056 foot elevation. Food venders will also be available.
Date:       August 2 - 3, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Annual Village Art and Craft Fair   Held on the grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village this year's Fair, the 41st,  will include 118 exhibitors.  Enjoy high quality art and crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry and more. Hours are Saturday 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM.
Date:      August 3, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:     Pre-concert Talk   2 PM   An informal talk one hour before curtain, conducted by a member of the artist faculty. .   FREE event.
Date:      August 3, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:    Season Finale: Pictures at an Exhibition   3 PM    Brevard Music Center Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Conrad Tao, piano. TCHEREPNIN La Princesse Lointaine, Op.4;  RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18'  MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition.   Tickets $15 - $50.
Date:      August 3 - 9, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Mando and Banjo Week and Fiddle Week    Classes in two of the instruments that are at the core of several of the most popular folk genres, including bluegrass, old-time, Irish and Scottish, as well as some of the more adventurous blendings of traditional and jazz flavors known variously as ‘newgrass’ or ‘new acoustic’ music. Fiddle Week at the Swannanoa Gathering celebrates the universality of the fiddle with classes in traditional and contemporary styles ranging from Irish to Mexican, from Cajun to blues.
Date:      August 4, 2014
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse: Dark Night Revue Unforgetable   This one-night-only event is the Playhouse’s official fundraiser and a joyful collaboration between volunteers and staff. The Supporting Players host a Gourmet Picnic for 300 attendees along with exciting Silent and Live Auctions.. The Playhouse Company produces an evening of performance including music, dance and lots of laughs.
Date:       August 4, 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
    Street Dances    Band: Appalachian Fire;  Dancers: J. Creek Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:      August 7, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
Ben Wilson Featured    Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      August 8, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Asheville's 96.5 House Band  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 8, 2014
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance
  Put on your cloggin' & square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn.
Date:      August 8, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.
Date:      August 8 - 9, 2014
NC City:  JEFFERSON
Event:    Ashe County Barn Quilt Tours  
Vans depart at 10 AM from the Ashe Arts Center. You will enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains, learn about the history of the county and see Barn the local Quilts all along the way.  The cost for tour is adults $15 and $10 for children under 12. Reservations are required and special tours can be made for groups of 8 or more.
Date:      August 8, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Asheville's 96.5 House Band  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 8, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Music on Main Street: Dashboard Blue and a Corvette Car Show.  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      August 8 - 9, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival   BBQ, Music and Car Show. This two-day event features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment ,a car show, cornhole tournament, crafters and tastin’ tent.  This is an official North Carolina State BBQ Championship with $11,000 in cash and awards.
Date:      August 8 - 9, 2014
NC City:  LANSING
Event:     Ola Belle Reed Music Festival  A showcase of top notch local and visiting musicians  honoring Ola Belle Reed, a local legendary bluegrass and gospel musician. Free event with donations welcomed. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Date:       August 8  - 10, 2014
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:     37th Annual Sourwood Festival   
Great music and lots of fun for all ages fills downtown Black Mountain.  Held each year in August, it's a time for good food, good fun and good friends. Music, dancing, arts & crafts, super food, kid's rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family.
Date:      August 9, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours  
Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM 
Date:      August 9. 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Gingerbread Demonstration Day at the Omni Grove Park Inn   Learn to create magic and fun during this one day demonstration. With the National Gingerbread Competition™ right around the corner, this event is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills and get ready for the competition.
Date:      August 9. 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series    “Soldier’s Heart,” “Ashley Heath” and Plankeye Peggy.  This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites for this popular summer event.
Date:       August 9, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event:      15th Annual RiverFest    Crafts, kid fun, a raft race, music and more.  RiverFest is an event especially for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Craft vendors sell local handmade goods, there are kids parades and activities and the popular Anything That Floats Raft Parade also takes place that afternoon. Live music continues into the evening. 1 PM - 7 PM.
Date:        August 9, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Anything That Floats Parade   Teams of adults and/or youths build anything that floats without a motor with creativity, innovation and zaniness are encouraged. Rafts can represent a business, organization, group, or any personal theme. The parade begins at Hominy Creek Park and finishes at Jean Webb Park. The home-made crafts will be competing for the titles of Most Creative, Green Machine, Ugliest, Funniest, and Most Unique Design.
Date:       August 9, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    Wood Day at the Folk Art Center  An annual celebration of wood crafts including  craft demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 14th Annual Carve Off Competition takes place between 1 - 3 PM. For the contest, participants have two hours to turn a simple block of wood into a work of art. Carvers must sign up by 12:30 to participate. Demonstrations include flute making, wood turning, broom making and furniture design and construction. FREE admission.
Date:      August 9, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
 Shindig on the Green    Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays.
Date:      August 9, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
 Arts of Appalachia: Painting Your Story Quilt at Chimney Rock State Park   Learn and develop quilt-making techniques to illustrate your own story through color, texture and pattern with a narrative painting. Share your story by creating a unique wall hanging for your home or a friend. Talented local artist Nora Mosrie leads the workshop. No previous art or sewing experience required. Materials provided, but participants may also bring their own keepsakes to incorporate in the art. End the day listening to a live performance on the mountain dulcimer.
Date:      August 9, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON 
Event:    Annual Blue Ridge Brutal 100 Bike Race  
This ride tours Ashe and Alleghany Counties and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning and ending in front of the Ashe Civic Center, in the shadow of Mount Jefferson, the ride offers 100 miles of varied and challenging terrain. The Blue Ridge Brutal features three ride options: 57 mile, 76 mile and 102 mile. The ride is fully supported by SAG wagons, rest stops, mussette stops, Ham radio communication and fire and rescue squad. A hot meal, t-shirt and chip timing is included.
Date:      August 9, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market and Backstreet in West Jefferson 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM October.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August  9 - 10, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Riders in the Sky Perform at Tweetsie Railroad  
Come hear America's Favorite Cowboys and grammy award-winning singers. The shows are included in the Park admission but seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes at noon and 3 PM.
Date:      August 9 - 11, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Whitewater Junior Olympics at NOC   Nantahala Racing Club hosts the 2014 Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP Head-to Head and a cornhole tournament. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers, the Whitewater Junior Olympics are a great opportunity to meet young paddlers and families from around the country and get inspired about whitewater.
Date:       August 11. 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
    Street Dances    Band: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; Dancers: Lake Lure Cloggers   Hendersonville's Street Dances have been a tradition for 92 years. The Street Dances features mountain heritage music and dance on Monday evening during the summer. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing from 7:00-9:00PM. Seating area opens after 5:30.
Date:       August 13-16, 2014
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
    7th Annual Laugh Your Asheville OFF   One of the largest and most respected stand-up comedy events in the country. The event attracts top comedy producers and representatives that will be in attendance to scout the hottest new comedic talent.
Date:      August 14, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park 
Kellin Watson Featured    Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:       August 14 - September 14, 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents The Mystery of Erma Vep   Two actors take on numerous characters and even more costume changes in this hilarious satire of theatrical and literary genres. The Playhouse Downtown. Tickets are $40.
Date:       August 14 - 16, 2014
NC City:   MARION
Event: 
    40th Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival   Featuring dozens of bluegrass musicians.. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance by calling 706-864-7203. The event is held  "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavilion. The cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch, with hot food and other concessions also available. Bring your lawn chairs - no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area.
Date:      August 15, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Biltmore Concert Series: Three Dog Night and 38 Special  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      August 15, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Porch 40  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 15, 29, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks in Chimney Rock State Park   Mushrooms can be found popping up all over Chimney Rock in the summer and early fall, especially after rainfall. Enjoy a casual Friday hike seeking a variety of fascinating fungi along the Four Seasons or Great Woodland Adventure trail. Meet by Grady's Animal Discovery Den in the Meadows - limited to 20 participants, first come basis
Date:      August 15, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Music on Main Street: Tuxedo Junction and a Car Show.  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      August 15, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Porch 40 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 15 - 16, 2014
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:    Dirty Dancing Festival  A dance and music festival for all ages celebrating the classic American movie filmed in Lake Lure, NC. Fans can relive their favorite "Dirty Dancing" moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, special guests, games and more. Fans from more than 24 states and two foreign countries have attended previous festivals.
Date:      August 15 - 17, 2014
NC City:  LAKE LURE 
Event:     Lake Lure Olympiad 
A family-friendly sports festival for all ages and athletic abilities that raises money for area non-profits.  Major races include the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock (25-mile bike or 5k run).  Die-hard athletes can do all three as part of the Olympiad's "3 Races in 3 Days" challenge.  Presented by Rumbling Bald Resort and Rutherford Regional Health System, this year’s festival is hosting the U.S.M.S. National 1 Mile Open Water Swim Championship.  Other events include the Jr. Olympiad, water-ski show, golf tournament, dragon boat races and more.
Date:      August 16, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Art in the Park  
A juried arts & craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:       August 16, 2014
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series - The Tillers   A FREE summer music series held at Cook Park in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      August 16 - 17, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    NOC Canoe Club Challenge #3 
Join local paddling clubs for this community whitewater event on the Nantahala River, featuring downriver and slalom races, as well as family-friendly games and activities. All ages welcome - $5 fee.
Date:      August 16, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
 Shindig on the Green     Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays.
Date:      August 16, 2014
NC City:  FOREST CITY
Event:    Hot Nights, Cool Rides  
More than 350 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles line downtown, drawing both engine enthusiasts and the curious. The events includes food, dancing, and music. One of the largest car, truck and motorcycle shows in the Southeast, Forest City's 22nd annual "Hot Nights, Cool Rides" event attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of dynamite vehicles. The eclectic display of antique and modern vehicles, combined with the authentic, 1930s buildings of Forest City's Main Street, leaves people feeling like the decades have collided. The event runs from 11 AM. - 9 PM. and features live music, vendors, prizes and more. Registration is $25 per vehicle and the event is free for spectators
Date:      August 16, 2014
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA  

Event:    Blue Ridge Breakaway  
Take your passion for cycling to a new level during the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual cycling event. The ride features 2 routes that transverse scenic mountain roads, county lanes and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The event offers a variety of routes specifically designed for riders of all skill levels.
Date:      August 16, 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:      August 17, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
 8th Annual Race to the Rock  at Chimney Rock State Park   5K Run or 25 mile bike race. Take the challenge and get ready to climb 900 feet over the last 3 miles to finish at the base of Chimney Rock with 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure. This is the ONLY TIME ever you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock. Medals are awarded in age groups. Check out a past year's race photos on Facebook. Register online at www.lakelureolympiad.com.
Date:       August 21 - 23
NC City:   ASHEVILLE
Event: 
   Asheville Wine and Food Festival for 2014  Held at the US Cellular Civic Center in downtown Asheville. The festival begins with "Elixir", a craft cocktail experience and mixology competition. "Sweet" is a decadent evening of desserts, champagne, wine, spirits and shopping. The Grand Tasting offers a delicious celebration and sampling of a wide variety of Asheville's food and beverages. The finals of the WNC Chef's Challenge is the conclusion of this popular competition.
Date:      August 21, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Biltmore Concert Series: Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      August 21, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park  Aaron “Woody” Wood, The Sufi Brothers
  Featured    Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      August 22, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Mangus Colorado  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 23
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     WNC Chef Challenge Finals 2014 
The grand finale will kick off the WNC Magazine Asheville Wine & Food Festival.  Chefs battle for the championship and dinner guests will receive six courses (3 from each team) and will participate in scoring the dishes to determine the winner of the Chef Challenge Semifinals.  Special wines are selected based on the "Secret" ingredient and are available for purchase along with beers and cocktails.
Date:      August 23, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Biltmore Concert Series: Boston - Heaven on Earth Tour  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      August 23, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    World Kayak Pro-Am at NOC   This beginner-friendly event teams pro freestylers with amateur paddlers to support First Descents. All proceeds benefit First Descents, a non-profit that offers young-adult cancer fighters and survivors free outdoor adventure experiences designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with other doing the same.
Date:      August 23, 2014
NC City:  CANTON (just west of Asheville)
Event:    Pigeon River Fest   A relaxing, family walk down the Pigeon River along with  heritage crafts, antique show, antique tractor show, kids areas, wildlife skills demonstrations and various home made food to enjoy. Car Show by Sunset Cruisers and Focus from 11 AM - 2 PM and live music by Gray Wolf at 6 PM.
Date:      August 23, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Ashe County Farmers Market and Backstreet in West Jefferson 
  The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country. Open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM October.   Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center
Date:      August 23, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
 Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays.
Date:      August 28, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Biltmore Concert Series: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band and EmmyLou Harris  
 Enjoy performances by award-winning artists at Biltmore with stunning views of Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a perfect place to see a show under the stars.
Date:      August 28, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Homegrown in Pritchard Park  Molly Rose (of Underhill Rose)
 Featured    Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      August  29, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Wild Mushroom Walks in Chimney Rock Park   Mushrooms can be found popping up all over Chimney Rock in the summer and early fall, especially after rainfall. Enjoy a casual Friday hike seeking a variety of fascinating fungi along the Four Seasons or Great Woodland Adventure trail. Meet by Grady's Animal Discovery Den in the Meadows - limited to 20 participants, first come basis
Date:      August 29, 2014
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Remnants  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      August 29. 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series    Classic Rock and Blues hit the stage with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and member of Lynard Skynard, “The Artimus Pyle Band.” Opening act is “Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats.” .  This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. RiverLink has teamed up with Heira Productions to assemble a top-notch mix of quality national acts and local favorites for this popular summer event.
Date:      August 29, 2014
NC City:  WILKESBORO 
Event:    Wilkesboro Open Air Market  
Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series returns in 2012 starting on April 20 and continues the through August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      August 29 - 30, 2014
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA
Event:    Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival  
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center offers two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:00 PM,  both Friday and Saturday, on the grand stage of the Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.
Date:      August 29 - September 1, 2014
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     NC Apple Festival  This annual Labor Day Weekend Event features a street fair on Historic Main Street including: entertainment, arts and crafts, apple products, children and youth activities, special exhibits, food and the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Get specific hours and schedule of events on the website. Street Fair - Fri-Sun 10:00 AM-8:00 PM from 6th Ave-Caswell St; mini-festival on Mon. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM from 2nd Ave-Caswell St., King Apple Parade on Labor Day at  2:30 PM
Date:      August 29 - September 1, 2014
NC City:  CANTON
Event:     The Canton Labor Day Celebration
  
The 107th Labor Day Celebration in Canton (just west of Asheville). Rides, music, and concessions on Thursday thru Monday night at the Canton Recreation Park. The Parade will be on Monday Morning through downtown Canton with music, rides, concessions, and entertainment after the parade at the recreation park.
Date:      August 29 - September 1, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Labor Day Beach Music Weekend at The Grove Park Inn 
A annual  festive Labor Day party with live beach music, a coastal seafood buffet, dancing and a variety of family activities all  celebrating the last days of summer. Events include shag dance lessons, pool games, crafts, a grilling demonstration from one of the Resort's talented chefs and incredible live music throughout Inn.
Date:      August 30, 2014
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Open Air Indian Market  
Fine Cherokee art, made as you watch by master artisans, using age-old techniques, in broad daylight. Shop for the piece that speaks to you. Purchase the genuine article, made by Cherokee in the tradition ways.
Date:      August 30, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
 Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays.
Date:      August 30, 2014
NC City:  Little Switzerland
Event:    RockFest at Emerald Village  
Featuring a treasure hunt, hikes, live music and mine tours. Kids tour the mines free of charge. Free kid's treasure hunt featuring minerals and crystals as prizes. Black Light Mine Tour in the Bon Ami Mine, 8:30 PM. Admission for the tour: $15/adults; $10/students, reservations recommended.
Date:      August 30, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market  
An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      August 31 , 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN 
Event:     Mile High Kite Festival   A family friendly fun event and a wonderful tradition on Beech Mountain as the community welcomes back the Richmond Air Force and Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society Kiting Clubs. The first 300 kids will get a free kite for the competition. Kites can also be purchased. Two kite clubs are available to demonstrate flying techniques, and will also display their kites.
Date:      August  30 - 31, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY 
Event:     Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show  
Artists and crafters from throughout the Southeast will present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. Food vendors will be available to the public. Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry, and receive a raffle ticket so you will have a chance to win a handmade item donated by one of the talented artisans
Date:      August 30 - 31, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    
 Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park    Bring the whole family to hang out with some of Grady’s live woodland friends or the birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, and learn about their natural habitats. Program at 2 PM. Try to outwit gravity with a free climb per person on the climbing tower open 11 AM–3 PM.
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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.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
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Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
Classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown at the visitor center.
 
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