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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      July 3 -  4, 2016
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:     4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure  July 3 offers a Beach Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast. Then on the 4th
enjoy a day and evening of family fun and activities from 8 Am until 10 PM. The Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Sale includes the works of local artists and crafters displaying along the Lake Lure boardwalk near the members' marina. There will also be a Kids Zone at the Beach, Fire truck rides and temporary tattoos, Bingo at the Pavilion and a golf cart parade. The Beach Cookout, Tiki Bar at the Cabana and Ice Cream at the Cabana all open at 11 AM.   Take a fireworks cruise or stay on land and watch the Color Guard and Fireworks display. The remarkable display over Lake Lure is considered one of the most spectacular anywhere in the mountains. 
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Date:      June 16 - July 19, 2016  
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:    
The Flat Rock Playhouse presents The Music Man     The great American masterpiece, The Music Man is the story of the fast talking con artist Harold Hill who plots to swindle the folks of River City Iowa by posing as a band instructor. The long awaited, highly requested musical features such Broadway standards as Til There Was You and 76 Trombones. Admission from $15 - $40.
Date:      June 25 - August 6, 2016
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Horn in the West: Legacy Outdoor Drama  
Live performances of the story of the brave settlers of the Carolina Backcountry presented in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. "Horn in the West" is an inspiring account of events centered around frontiersman Daniel Boone and the fight for American Independence, a thrilling look back at the nation's beginnings. Visit the on-site Hickory Ridge Living History Museum during the pre-show hours, 5:30 - 8:00PM.
Date:      June 26 - August 6, 2016
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Appalachian Summer at Appalachian State University  
A month+ long arts festival that features events in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film on the campus of Appalachian State University. With award-winning artists from all across the world coming to the High Country in one summer, the festival has become an attraction that appeals to thousands and has been ranked one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There is something for everyone from fine art enthusiasts, to country and bluegrass fans and all those who like a good mixture of both. Get a complete event schedule at the site.
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. One of the world's most popular piano concertos in the classical repertoire - a triumphant and electrifying masterpiece. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:     Murphy Art Walk
First Fridays from May through November,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances.
Date:      July 1, 2106
NC City:  ASHEVILLE 
Event:   
 Downtown Asheville Art  District (DAAD) Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Downtown Asheville and see one  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine.  Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  20+ downtown  galleries, studios and museums participate.  A complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and map is available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market and 1st Friday Dance   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market events series continues starting in April and concluding in August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Wishful Thinkin' / Oldies & Beach 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 1, 2016    
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Downtown Waynesville galleries remain open for Art after Dark featuring demonstrations, artist receptions, and special music. Enjoy the Gallery Stroll from 6 PM - 9 PM with live music and great food. Free admission. Art After Dark happens the first Friday evening of each month from May until December.
Date:       July 1, 2016
NC City:   BOONE
Event:      First Friday Art Crawl
   Shop, mingle and meet local artists from 5:30 - 8:30 PM at Boone shops and galleries and stay late for live music, food and drinks at one of the many fine restaurants. The Jones House Galleries are open Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 PM.
Date:      July 1, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek - Dashboard Blue 
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 1-2, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Christmas in July Festival
   One of the best, old fashioned summer festivals in the South drawing thousands to historic downtown West Jefferson each July. Christmas in July is a free-admission event featuring the very best in traditional mountain music and handmade arts and crafts throughout the region while celebrating the farm-grown Christmas Tree industry Ashe County is known for. The Festival begins on Friday night with live music and venders and continues on Saturday form 9 AM - 7 PM with great food, live music, children's activities, civil war re-inactments and the Farmers' Market.
Date:      July 1 - 3, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     41st Annual Cherokee 4th of July PowWow   
Enjoy an explosion of  more than just the usual fireworks with authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. The dance competitions, with more than $60,000 in prizes, begin the excitement and the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color.  Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Admission is $12 daily or just $10 when you bring and donate three cans of food.
Date:      July 1 - 5, 2016
NC City:  LAKE JUNALUSKA
Event:     Independence Day At Lake Junaluska 
A spectacular weekend of activities for a family-friendly celebration featuring live music by the award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range and the Lake Junaluska Singers, a hometown-style parade and activities on the water such as a boat race and family Olympics. The barbecue lunch includes bouncy houses, face painting, balloon art and bluegrass music. A fireworks show over the lake begins immediately following the Lake Junaluska Singers’ July 4th performance, around 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     July 4th Fireworks   
Enjoy a brilliant display of fireworks over the Acquoni Expo Center as we celebrate Independence Day. Though admission to the 4th of July Powwow is by ticket only, viewing of the fireworks is free to the public and spectators are encouraged to watch from the parking lot.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Buncombe Turnpike   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
2 - 4 PM   Wayne Henderson and Friends perform. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN 
Event:     47th Annual Roasting of the Hog and Mile High 4th of July  
Celebrate Independence Day at this Beech Mountain annual event. The hog is roasted all day to perfection and cut up right in front of the crowd. With music, moon pies, games, and fireworks, this is a family affair that you won’t want to miss. The roasting will begin at 5;30 PM and the fireworks at dark.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    Brevard Music Center Performance:   Falling Angel - World Premiere.  
Dramatic opera noir based on the thrilling, classic mystery novel by William Hjorstberg. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    Brevard Music Center Performance:   Mozart and Wagner.  
Majestic symphonic works by two of music's most revolutionary composers. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Independence Day Festival  
Free events all day in downtown Blowing Rock including the Main Street Parade, live music, a horseshoe tournament with cash prizes, watermelon eating contest, face painting, cloggers, a sing-along, bluegrass concert and more. The day concludes with a fireworks display at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 2, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Bryan Sutton Bluegrass Band & New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 2 - 3, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     NOC’s Sizzlin’ 4th of July  
Celebrate an all-American 4th of July at the Nantahala River's Nantahal Outdoor Center with rafting, kayaking, zip-lines, mountain biking, family activities and free live music.  Activities for all-ages on and off the water. The event includes the Outfitter's Store Sales: 20 - 30% off select apparel and equipment.
Date:      July 3, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: A Gospel Celebration  
A joyous and reverent afternoon of soulful gospel music, featuring The Rance Allen Group and NC A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir.
Date:      July 3 -  4, 2016
NC City:  LAKE LURE
Event:     4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure  July 3 offers a Beach Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast. Then on the 4th
enjoy a day and evening of family fun and activities from 8 Am until 10 PM. The Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Sale includes the works of local artists and crafters displaying along the Lake Lure boardwalk near the members' marina. There will also be a Kids Zone at the Beach, Fire truck rides and temporary tattoos, Bingo at the Pavilion and a golf cart parade. The Beach Cookout, Tiki Bar at the Cabana and Ice Cream at the Cabana all open at 11 AM.   Take a fireworks cruise or stay on land and watch the Color Guard and Fireworks display. The remarkable display over Lake Lure is considered one of the most spectacular anywhere in the mountains. 
Date:      July 3 - 9, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Traditional Song Week   A comprehensive program completely devoted to traditional styles of singing. Unlike programs where singing takes a back seat to the instrumentalists, it is the entire focus of this week, which aims to help restore the power of songs within the larger traditional music scene.  This year’s program has several new features. The week’s first night will feature the Gathering’s own Grand Ole Opry, with folks who have performed regularly on the Nashville stage. “Too Slim” from Riders in the Sky will emcee the evening with his hilarious Opry humor and his upright bass.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops.  
Celebrate Independence Day at this USO-themed show featuring patriotic favorites and the rousing 1812 Overture with live cannon in the grand finale.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BOONE
Event:     Boone 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
The Annual downtown Boone 4th of July Parade begins at 11 AM on Kings Street. Following the parade, join the Mayor of Boone for refreshments at the Jones House Community Center located in the heart of downtown Boone. The evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane start at 7:00 PM with live music and fireworks by Zambelli begin at 9:30 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Special 4th of July concert with Fireworks. 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  4th of July Celebration with Joe Lasher Jr and Groovetown and FIREWORKS.   
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Elkland Art Center's Liberty Parade  
Elkland Art Center  hosts an annual arts parade called The Liberty Parade. Participants become the parade by wearing costumes and carrying large puppets that represent the local environment, environmental concerns and current creative impulses. Each year community members add a segment or theme in workshops with local artists, environmental advocates, environmental specialists and anyone else who wants to come.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Events:   Freedom Fest  
Enjoy an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City. This annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and continues with local artisans and crafters, a full day of local entertainment, festival foods, and fun events including a Watermelon Eating Contest, and a Hula Hoop-off. Explore Kids' Street where you'll find a bouncy house and more. From 6-9 PM there will be more music and kids games at Riverfront Park.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Ingles 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square
  Enjoy live music from some of Asheville's most popular bands along with a variety of family activities. The event begins at 2 PM with the Ultimate Air Dogs and live music at 4 PM and concludes with an amazing fireworks display from 9:30 PM to 10 PM.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad
  The Park stays open until 9 PM for one of the most popular annual events in the High Country. Enjoy all the usual Tweetsie fun and a fireworks extravaganza under the stars after the Park closes. An optional dinner and fireworks at the Hacienda is available including a special chick and BBQ buffet with all the Trimmings.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
  Celebrate Independence Day on the Freedom Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Ride the Fireworks Freedom Train and view one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays in Western North Carolina. The train departs at 8 PM, but you can arrive early to enjoy live music, local crafts and the downtown Freedom Fest.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  WILKESBORO and NORTH WILKESBORO
Event:     July 4th Fireworks  
The annual fireworks display at North Wilkesboro’s Memorial Park will at 9:00 pm after the parade. Fireworks display sponsors are the Wilkes Law Enforcement Officer’s Association, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot and the governments of Wilkesboro, North Wilkesboro and Wilkes County.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:     Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration 
The parade heads down Main Street and ends with a Party in the Park. Nine bands perform at various spots throughout the weekend and Banner Elk hosts an arts and crafts show all four days. Other options include Lees-McRae summer theatre and scenic chairlift rides to the skybar on Beech Mountain. These events are part of the "Mile High 4th of July" weekend-long celebration at Banner Elk and Beech Mountain.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Annual Independence Day Parade  
Join the Town of Franklin on Monday, July 4th, for our Annual Independence Day Celebration. Activities are from 10 am to 1 pm. Participate in our annual parade at 10 am and bring your pets all decked out for the Patriotic Pet Contest at 11 am and free watermelon (as long as it lasts).
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     4th of July Fireworks in the Park  
Food, Games, Cornhole Tournament, Kid’s Fun Land, entertainment and fireworks at dark. Donations accepted and appreciated at the gate. Free shuttle services from Franklin High School beginning at 5 PM until after the fireworks display Presentation of colors at 9:20 and fireworks begin at 9:30.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  RUTHERFORDTON
Event:    
July 4th Freedom Festival   The fun begins at noon with a walking parade and continues throughout the day with a car/bike show, soap box derby, dunking booth, watermelon eating contest, cornhole, kids area, games, lots of food and more. The fireworks display begins at dark.
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th of July Festival in Downtown Brevard
   Activities include: 5K/10K Firecracker Run, Fine Arts and Craft Showcase, All Star Pet Show, Declaration of Independence Reading, Memorial Flag Raising, Classic Automobile Show, Old Time Fair, day-long music, Kids’ Bike Parade, Hot Dog Eating Contest, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities and end the day with the wonderful July 4th Fireworks. 
Date:      July 4, 2016
NC City:  COLUMBUS
Event:     Annual Fabulous 4th 
The celebration begins at 10 AM to 10 PM in downtown Columbus concluding with a fireworks display. the event includes  family fun, food, and entertainment.
Date:      July 5, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    
Brevard Music Center Performances:    Norman Krieger and Friends. An intimate ensemble performance featuring internationally celebrated pianist and BMC faculty member Norman Krieger.
Date:      July 6, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  
Student Piano Recital. BMC piano students in recital. Free Event
Date:      July 6, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Shanghai Quartet.
7:30 PM. One of the world's foremost chamber ensembles brings their "wonderfully ferocious and illuminating performance" to BMC
Date:      July 7, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series This performance features Lyric
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station
Date:      July 7 - 10, 2016 
NC City:  LINVILLE / BLOWING ROCK
Event:    
The 61st Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans   Join 1000s of Scots in 85 clans decked out in their finest plaid for the annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Live Celtic music, tradition heritage events and Highlands games. A Saturday night Celtic Rock Concert. Admission charged.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance  
  This dance features Travis Stuart and Friends, Dixie Darlin’s Cloggers and The Trantham Family. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Program of Song.
High school voice students in recital. Free Event.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  An Alpine Symphony.  A truly majestic orchestration depicting an epic journey climbing an alpine mountain. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Colby Deitz Band  
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Dashboard Blue. 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show  corvette night sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 8, 2016 
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     RiverMusic Concert Series     5:30: Tim Easton -  6:45: Aaron Lee Tasjan -  8:15: Patrick Sweany  This is a Series of five Friday nights of live concerts by the French Broad River in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Date:      July 8, 2016
NC City:  CASHIERS 
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Hurricane Creek".  Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Front Country   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Jeanette Williams Band & Zoe and Cloyd   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  A Night at the Movies.  Movie lovers unite in this musical anthology of the great Hollywood film scores. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Jeanette Williams Band & Zoe and Cloyd   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews  
The Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains feature locally hand-crafted beer from Heinzelmannchen Brewery and Nantahala Brewing Company. plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque. The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and travels through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket prices from $69 (adults over 21 only) and includes a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and a meal of pulled pork, homemade coleslaw and apple pie. Additional beer will be available for purchase.
Date:      July 9, 2016
NC City:  MARS HILL
Event:    
Hot Doggett 100 Bike Bike Ride   6th Annual Hot Doggett 100 and Devil's Fork Metric Century Ride with the same challenging 100 mile and 100 kilometer closed loop courses as last year. The 100 mile course covers some of the most scenic and lightly traveled roads anywhere in western North Carolina. If you are seeking a challenge, you will find it in the 9,600 feet of ascension on this course.
Date:      July 10, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  A Suite Afternoon. Three suites. One oh so sweet afternoon. An inspired Sunday concert infused with the sounds and colors of brilliant melodies and dramatic rhythms. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 10 - 16, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Celtic Week   This year’s lineup features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Danú, Ossian, Solas, Dervish, Battlefield Band, The House Band, Skylark, and Cherish the Ladies, several other exciting new faces, and the return of some old friends. The week will feature classes, potluck sessions,
Date:      July 11, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC@TCL - New Songs Concert.  College division students perform chamber music at Brevard's Transylvania County Library. This first concert in the series features new songs written by BMC composition students.
Date:      July 11, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: International Contemporary Ensemble. Experience a new definition of concert music through this contemporary, innovative, modular, artist-driven ensemble.
Date:      July 11 - 12, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Alzar School’s Camp Cup Challenge at NOC  
The Alzar School invites summer camps from across the region to make friends on and off the river at the Camp Cup Challenge. Campers enjoy two days of paddling, group activities and community building while practicing the Olympic ideals of Friendship, Fair Play and Doing Your Best. Over 120 campers meet for good-natured competition and camaraderie during this tri-discipline event, including beginner-friendly downriver, freestyle and slalom.
Date:      July 12, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:   Just Brass. A brass-travanganza with BMC faculty and students.
Date:      July 13, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital.  BMC piano students in recital.
Date:      July 13, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Alumni Reunion.  BMC faculty and alumni reunite to celebrate the 80th anniversary in a one-of-a kind performance. 
Date:      July 14, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  The Magic Flute.  Mozart's captivating, playful story of a love-struck prince's journey to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter. Sung in German with English dialog. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. 
Date:      July 14, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series This performance features Stevie Lee Combs
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  WILKESBORO
Event:    
Wilkesboro Open Air Market   Historic Downtown Wilkesboro's popular Open Air Market starting in April and concluding in August.  Events will feature downtown merchants, food vendors, local wineries, musicians, regional farms and produce, arts and crafts, demonstrators, as well as non-profit and civic organizations. Each Third Friday Open Air Market will be themed with live music, children's activities, contests, and more. The Regular Friday markets will happen every Friday and will feature the freshest produce and handmade crafts of the surrounding area
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  New Music. Premiere performance of new works written by BMC composition students.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Piccolo Opera.  High school voice students present operatic scenes.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Mahler 5.  Exquisitely beautiful in sound and subtlety, Mahler's great symphonic achievement explores a depth of energy and emotion you won't soon forget. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available.
Date:      July 15, 2016 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ages.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center. This concert features Mountain Laurels.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  Robertson Boys   
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 15, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Flashback 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE
Date:      July 15 - 16, 2016 
NC City:  BANNER ELK 
Event:     Annual Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival in July  
This juried festival has been serving the community with a unique array of art for over 24 years. Enjoy an eclectic gathering of mountain and international fine artists and master crafters,plus great food and family fun.
Date:      July 15 - 16, 2015
NC City:  SPARTA
Event:    Alleghany Fiddler's Convention 
  Traditional mountain music that is sure to get your toes tappin’. 40 to 60 bands and over 200 individual compete each year,  The convention is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds with sites available for camping. The convention is held every year on the weekend of the third Saturday in July.
Date:      July 15 - 16, 2015
NC City:  Spruce Pine
Event:     Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival
  The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, a wings contest, public tastings, live bluegrass music, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, craft vendors, BBQ equipment and supplies vendors, local food vendors, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, a kids play-area.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: The Magic Flute.  Mozart's captivating, playful story of a love-struck prince's journey to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter. Sung in German with English dialog. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance.  
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Symphonie Fantastique.  BMC Alumni Robert Moody and Mason Bates light up the WPA stage in one of the season's biggest reunion moments! Sit back and explore Berlioz's "musical expedition into psychedelia," after Bates shares his pair of electronica compositions that take "open-eared listeners to wonderful new places." Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      June 16, 2016
NC City:  WILKESBORO

Event:     Candle Light Ghost Tours   Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM 
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Art in the Park  
A juried arts and craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a  month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Carlene Carter & the Reed Island Rounders   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  GRASSY CREEK (near West Jefferson)
Event:     14th Annual Winefest
   The Annual River House Winefest includes a Winefest wine glass, tastings from all the wineries, lots of music, and, of course, great River House food. The highlight of the festival will be wine samplings from nine North Carolina wineries: Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, McRitchie, RagApple Lassie, RayLen and Round Peak. The musical lineup is one you won't want to miss from bluegrass to Jazz to soft rock and blues.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Mac Arnold   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
20th Annual Chalk It Up   The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Hendersonville become the canvas for some outstanding works of art. The event is free and open to five age categories from age 5 and under to age 21 and over. This is an all day event.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in
  Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 16, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 16 - 17, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     The Tim Hill Memorial trout Tournament
   This event is held in honor of long-time hatchery employee Tim Hill. Fish and compete in this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. A portion of the $11 entry fee will be donated to a charity (yet to be determined) to help pay tribute to Tim. You’ll be fishing for your share of $10,000 by catching fish in rivers all across the Qualla Boundary. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold.
Date:      July 17, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition Finals. Gifted BMC high school and college musicians compete for the coveted spotlight positions at BMC's Soloists of Tomorrow concert. 
Date:      July 17, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:    The Big Crafty returns to Pack Square. The event celebrates and showcases the fine wares of over 100 independent indie crafters, artists and makers. The complete line up of participating artists is available online. This is a free, family-friendly event.
Date:      July 17, 2016
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY

Event:     Maggie Valley Concert Series   Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public. Held each 3rd Sunday from May through October at 6:30 PM.
Date:      July 17 - 23, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Old Time Week   Old-Time Music & Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering explores the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff.
Date:      July 18, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Artist Faculty III.  Intimate ensemble performances by esteemed BMC faculty - this is chamber music at its very best. 
Date:      July 18, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: BMC@TCL College division students perform chamber music at Brevard's Transylvania County Library.
Date:      July 19, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Apollo's Fire - Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Gathering.   Cleveland's Baroque orchestra "that is setting the classical world aflame!"
Date:      July 20, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital.   BMC piano students in recital. Free Event
Date:      July 20, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Bill Preucil and Friends.  Bill Preucil, BMC faculty member and Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, shares the stage with an array of talented friends, including former BMC Dean and distinguished pianist Bruce Murray. 
Date:      July 21, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Brevard Symphonic Winds.  Wind and percussion high school students in concert. Free event.   
Date:      July 21, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC Presents: Harpeth Rising.  The acclaimed all-female trio noted for their distinct "Chambergrass" sound, blending improvisatory-feeling jazz with newgrass, classical, and folk rhythms.  
Date:      July 21, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available
Date:      July 21, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series This performance features Stevie Lee Combs
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 21 - 24, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Semi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment bring Asheville's Civic Center alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Both levels of the Center offer artisans exhibiting and selling works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.  The Fair  showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild with members living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama.
Date:      July 21 - 31, 2016
NC City:  Various WNC Cities
Event:     
Folkmoot 2016  Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival, will kick off this summer’s celebration  at the  Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley with the Folkmoot Gala & Performance for Friends of Folkmoot, donors and sponsors. Then  performances open to the general public begin with The Folkmoot Parade of Nations, a feast of swirling color and excitement, on North Main Street In Waynesville and finishing at the historic Haywood County Courthouse. Additional performances and events are held in a variety of WNC cities though the 31st. Get a complete schedule online.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2.   Former BMC Artistic Director David Effron makes a triumphant return to the WPA stage, leading pianist Conrad Tao in this seductive and lyrical concerto. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Mountain Street Dance  
  This dance features the Darren Nicholson Band, Southern Appalachian Cloggers and Special Guest: Folkmoot dance group will be performing at 6:30 The Trantham Family JAM: Junior Appalachian Musician. Put on your cloggin' and square dancin' shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoedown. Live mountain music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Refreshments are available for purchase. Limited bleacher seating available so feel free to bring a chair or blanket for the Courthouse lawn. 6:30 - 9 PM.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -  PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)   
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 22, 2016 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ages.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center. This concert features Mountain Laurels.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   Deano and the Dreamers 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show corvette night sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 22, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Symphony by the Lake at Chetola 
Gates open at 5:30 with opening bands at 5:45 and the main performance at 7 PM  Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Take your seat on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Bring a picnic to enjoy with friends and family, or purchase meals from caterers at the event. The performance ends with a spectacular fireworks show.  Admission is charged.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Snyder Family   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Ooh La La Curiosity Market   An outdoor market in Pritchard Park  featuring works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with up three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic, and jazz acts.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Shindig on the Green   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM Amantha Mills performs. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Event:     Black Light nighttime Mine Underground Tour   Black Light is the common name for ultraviolet light because it is invisible to human sight. Be amazed by the bright colors in the Bon Ami Mine revealed with short-wave ultraviolet lights. Bon Ami Mine is one of the few places in the world where you can visit an underground mine at night and see brightly flowing fluorescent Hyalite Opal and other rare minerals. No reservations needed. Admission: $15/adults; $10/students and seniors.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Five Mile Mountain Road & Hard Cider   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 23, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Daphnis and Chloé.   The mythical love story of goat-herder Daphnis and shepherdess Chloé, brought to life in this joyful and tumultuous "choreographic symphony" by Ravel. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 23 - 31, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Frisbee Dogs at Tweetsie Railroad  
For 9 days the famous K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs will perform at the Park their high energy shows. The team of dynamic canines do acrobatics in their freestyle routines. Showa are included with Park admission and seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and a special 7 PM on Saturday.
Date:      July 24, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Franck Symphony in D Minor.    Hauntingly beautiful movements and melodies blend to create one of Franck's most colorful musical tapestries. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 24 - 30, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors.  New instructors this year include Clive Carroll, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Cooley, Allen Shadd, Jonathan Brown and Josh Goforth. Classes will be offered in a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic and bossa nova to jazz and blues.  Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 23rd Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands.
Date:      July 25, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  BMC@TCL  College division students perform chamber music at Brevard's Transylvania County Library.
Date:      July 25, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Dvořák in America Festival: Dvořák’s American String Quartet.  One of the most popular quartets in the chamber music repertoire.
Date:      July 26, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: New Music.    Premiere performance of new works written by BMC composition students. Free Event
Date:      July 26 - August 7, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Blowing Rock Horse Show
  Hunter / Jumper division I. The 90th annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse show events in the country and has been a Blowing Rock tradition since 1923. Admission is charged. This year several new Classics including Pre Green Incentive Classics are being introduced both weeks along with Classics for Children, Adults, Ponies and Juniors
Date:      July 27, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Student Piano Recital.  BMC piano students in recital. Free Event  
Date:      July 27, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Dvořák in America Festival: Kevin Deas in Recital.   Acclaimed bass-baritone Kevin Deas brings his rich, resonant voice to Brevard.
Date:      July 28, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: A Midsummer Night's Dream.    Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, featuring BMC alumnus and world-renowned countertenor David Daniels in the role of Oberon. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 29, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Program of Song.   High school voice students in recital. Free Event.
Date:      July 29, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Dvořák in America Festival: Bernstein and Copland.    Love is in the air as soloist and orchestra interpret an epic theme in this stunning evening of romance and music. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 28, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pritchard Park Singer/Songwriter Series This performance features Douglas McElvy
 Free performances by local singer/songwriters each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Held from 6 PM - 8 PM and sponsored by 98.1 The River radio station.
Date:      July 28 - 31, 2016
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     51st Annual Macon County Gemboree
  The Second oldest gem and mineral show in the Southeast features dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin.
Date:      July 28 - August 20, 2016
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Flat Rock Playhouse Presents: Dolly Parton's 9 to 5.  
Based on the hit 1978 movie, 9 to 5 is the story of three secretaries who devise a plan to overthrow their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. The lively and inventive score features the hit song 9 to 5 written by Dolly Parton. seats from $15 - $40
Date:      July 29 - 31, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Whitewater Junior Olympics
   Nantahala Racing Club hosts the 2015 Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP free paddle and yard games. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers,
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  A Midsummer Night's Dream.    Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, featuring BMC alumnus and world-renowned countertenor David Daniels in the role of Oberon. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Dvořák in America Festival: New World Symphony. Dvorák's final symphony is the centerpiece of a multimedia program hosted by Joseph Horowitz, providing the dramatic finale to BMC's Dvorák in America Festival. Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - Bill and the Belles & the South Carolina Broadcasters   
The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 31, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance: Soloists of Tomorrow.   A perennial audience favorite, featuring the winners of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concert Competition. Celebrate BMC's mission as we shine a spotlight on some of our most talented young musicians. Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.  
Date:      July 29, 2016 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON  
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series 
FREE summer concert series held  from May/June - August, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, every 3rd and 4th Friday. Bring your chair, blanket or picnic and enjoy the sounds of traditional, old time, and bluegrass music for ages.  Rain locations: the Farmer's Market or the Ashe Arts Center. This concert features Mountain Laurels.
Date:      July 29, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 29, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 29, 2016
NC City:  SYLVA 
Events:   Concerts on the Creek -   Darren Nicholson Band   
Live concerts held every Friday night between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day. The free outdoor performances take place at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 PM. All shows are family-friendly, drawing diverse audiences comprised of locals and visitors alike.
Date:      July 29, 2016
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     Music on Main Street   A Social Function 
The annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June through August. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music with room to dance. There will also be a classic car show sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.
Date:      July 29 - 31, 2016
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 29 - 31, 2016
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Whitewater Junior Olympics   
Nantahala Racing Club hosts the 2016 Whitewater Junior Olympics on the Nantahala River. This national-level youth event featuring slalom, downriver and freestyle competition as well as just-for-fun on- and off-the-water events such as duckie-cross, SUP free paddle and yard games. Family-friendly and fun for beginner through advanced paddlers, the Whitewater Junior Olympics are a great opportunity to meet young paddlers and families from around the country and get inspired about whitewater. Ages 18 and under.
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Tweetsie Railroad Cool Summer Nights 
 Tweetsie Railroad stays open until 9 PM on Saturday nights. The park will feature special train show rides at dusk producing cool summer memories for families and kids of all ages. Cool Summer nights is included in regular park admission.
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Music on the River  
Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Bonfire   Spend the evening by a roaring bonfire among Cherokee storytellers and dancers as they tell tales and dance traditional dances of days gone by. Stories often feature native myths, survival skills, and history passed down through generations of the Cherokee people. Dances showcase authentic 17th-century dress and traditional Cherokee music. Enjoy marshmallows for roasting and beverages. 
Date:      July 30, 2016
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Balsam Range   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.
Date:      July 31, 2016
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Brevard Music Center Performance:  Supersonic. BMC's percussion students and faculty don't miss a beat in this energetic concert. Free Event
Date:      July 31 - August 6, 2016
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  

Event:    Swanannoa Gathering - Mando and Banjo Week and Fiddle Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors.  New instructors this year include Clive Carroll, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Cooley, Allen Shadd, Jonathan Brown and Josh Goforth. Classes will be offered in a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic and bossa nova to jazz and blues.  Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 23rd Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands.
 
 
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Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center&  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All 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
WWhere: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park.
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
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Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
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