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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:      April 3-5, 2015
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:  
Appalachian Trail Founders Bridge Festival   Enjoy trail-steeped speakers sharing their experiences, a vendor village staffed by industry representatives, skills clinics, as well as some great product giveaways and door prizes and live music nightly. Held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)  
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Date:      February 27, 2015 - season end
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:    
Spyder 2014 Sample Sale   2015 Spyder samples are 30% off retail prices only at Sugar Mountain Resort. Quantities and sizes are limited, so come early. Prices you won't find anywhere else! Spyder is the World's leading winter apparel company.
Date:      March 1, 2015
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:    The BIGBIGBIG One Day Season Pass Sale  
All season passes will be on sale for the lowest price of this year and next for this one day only at Catalochee Ski Area,  Ski for the rest of the season and next on the pass you purchase today.  Pass sale will be from 8:30 AM -  4:30 PM only and you can purchase in person, over the phone with a credit card or online.  Seasonal rentals will be available for order for the 2015/16 season at that time as well.
Date:      March 1, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:   
  ArtsMart   is a one-day show held on the first Saturday of every month. It is a great opportunity for artists and artisans to showcase their works, talk with other artists, and interact with the public. Held in the renovated Old Fort Depot and Train Museum, at 25 W. Main Street, ArtsMart is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, and offers a vast and varying array of artist works.
Date:      March 2, 2015 - season end
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:   
March Madness Discount Tickets  Sugar offers up to 25% saving on lift tickets, rental equipment, and lessons. Restrictions apply, visit the site for details.
Date:      March 4, 2015
NC City:  ROSMAN
Event:     Wednesdays at PARI   From 2 - 3 PM The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute offers an unparalleled opportunity for people of all ages to experience the wonders of scientific research first hand.  PARI volunteers share the history and future of the site. They emphasize the opportunities to explore the universe available through PARI to all ages. Reservations recommended. Admission: $5 suggested donation.
Date:      March 5 - 9, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
2015 Southern Conference Tournament  Downtown will be filled with 50,000+ basketball fans, all enjoying Asheville's shopping, dining and drinking during the course of the tournament.  Men and women's games to be played at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena and Kimmel Arena on the UNCA campus. Visit website or call for game days and times.
Date:      March 6, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness Hike Series   This series of hikes is open to the public for 2015  but  reservations are required. Hikes vary in length and difficulty. One or more members of the non-profit group will lead each hike. The hikes are to encourage folks to enjoy the great outdoors, promote health/physical fitness, promote local tourism, and to invite more participation/membership. Donations are welcome.
Date:      March 7, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downtown Dribble    500 kids have been invited to the Vance Monument with free t-shirts and basketballs to participate in a dribble parade to the US Cellular Center. Participants will also get in free to the men’s basketball session at the US Cellular Center that starts at noon.
Date:      March 7, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Park in the Moonlight  
A family-friendly nocturnal event with campfire stories, Creatures of the Night (a naturalist program), star gazing and a hike to and from the top of the Chimney with State Park Rangers! The Outcroppings trail and the elevator will be open so all can experience the beauty of Chimney Rock State Park under the stars. Limited to the first 50 vehicles to pre-register by calling 800-277-9611; $10 donation per car. Friends of Chimney Rock State Park may attend at no charge; please call to register.
Date:      March 7, 2015
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Minor Threat 17 & under Snowboard Competition   CAPiTA Snowboards partners with Coal, Union, and Recess to present a 17 and under snowboard competition at Beech Mountain Resort's Powder Bowl Terrain Park.  Age categories for the competition are: 10 and Under, 11-12 year olds, 13-14 year olds, 15-17 year olds, and Ladies. Registration takes place from 9 AM-11 AM in the Beech Tree Bar and Grille. Warm up laps are from 11 AM - 12 PM and the competition begins at 12:30 PM.
Date:      March 8. 2015
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Richard T. Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup Competition    A giant slalom competition for participants with at least an intermediate or above ability level. 100% of all entry fees goes to the American Cancer Society in memory of Sugar Mountain's former Director of Operations, Richard T. Trundy.
Date:      March 8, 2015
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Sugar Bear's Birthday Celebration     Join Sugar Mountain Resort's resident mascot, Sugar Bear and his friends for a fun birthday celebration. Activities include the Great Bear Race, a magic show, special treats, cake and ice cream. For additional details, please contact the Sugar Bear Ski School.
Date:      March 11, 2015
NC City:  ROSMAN
Event:     Wednesdays at PARI   From 2 - 3 PM The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute offers an unparalleled opportunity for people of all ages to experience the wonders of scientific research first hand.  PARI volunteers share the history and future of the site. They emphasize the opportunities to explore the universe available through PARI to all ages. Reservations recommended. Admission: $5 suggested donation.
Date:      March 13, 2015
NC City:  Hendersonville
Event:    "Mountain Patches" Quilt Show presented by the WNC Quilt GuildThe Guild celebrates National Quilting Day with this special show. Participating quilters has incorporated a special purple fabric into each quilt. Guild Members will be present to answer questions.
Date:      March 13 - 15, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
26th Annual Comedy Classic Weekend at the Grove Park Inn   Join the Grove Park Inn for two days and nights full of laughter as they celebrate this 26th Annual Comedy Classic Weekend. Package holders get access to all of the weekend's laugh-out-loud events including preferred seating for Friday and Saturday comedy shows. Friday's headliner will be comedian Gary Gulman and Saturday's headliner will be comedian John Heffron.  Check Grove Park Inn availability and current rates HERE
Date:      March 13 - 15, 2015
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:    
Our State Magazine Weekend   Experience Highlands from an insider's viewpoint. A Learn and Live Weekend hosted by Our State Magazine and open to the public. Admission: $1475 per couple or $975 single held at The Old Edwards Inn. Two nights lodging, dinners, excursions and more are included.   Book at Old Edwards HERE.
Date:      March 13 - 29, 2015
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:     The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition  at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.
The season kicks off with this Wizard of Oz performance over the rainbow into the merry old land of Oz with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto too as they jitterbug through the haunted forest, tangle with winged monkeys and confront the Wicked Witch of the West.  The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour adaption for Young Performers.
Date:      March 14, 2015
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Naturalist Niche: Creating a Nature Journal   
A nature journal allows you to explore your relationship with the great outdoors by providing a place for interpreting observations and thoughts. Nora visual artist with over 30 years’ experience in developing and leading educational programs for folks of all ages, will demonstrate how to create a journal you can use to document your discoveries in the natural world. Advance registration required.
Date:      March 15, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     St. Patrick’s Park Jam   The third season of the Park Jam will include lots of fun features and some AWESOME prizes for standouts.
Date:      March 14, 2015
NC City:  HAYESVILLE
Event:    
Empty Bowls at John C Campbell Folk School  The event takes place from 5-7 PM and tickets are $30.00 (includes a handmade bowl by a local potter, soup, bread, salad and dessert). Support food banks while sharing a hearty meal with friends and enjoying a fun evening at the Folk School. Extra bowls will be for sale for $20.00 after the event. Enjoy live music by the Dog Branch Cats as well as the company of new and old friends.
Date:      March 14, 2014
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in   This classic car show is held the 2nd Saturday of every month in Spruce Pine. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle or just kick back and enjoy the show. This event is held in downtown Spruce Pine.  It's free and sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers. For more information, call 828-442-5135
Date:      March 14, 2015
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:    
Tribute to Madison County NC Fiddlers at the Madison County Arts Center, 90 S Main Street Marshall NC. Madison County’s premiere event featuring Bobby Hicks, Arvil Freeman, Roger Howell  and The Sons of Ralph.  Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door - 3 PM and 7:30 PM performances
Date:      March 14 - 15, 2015
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:     2015 Fontana Classic Bass Tournament   Presented in partnership with the Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America, the 2015 Fontana Classic will be held March 14-15. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Early registration is $150 per boat and ends on March 5th. The registration fee will increase to $175 for boats registered on or after March 6th.
Date:      March 15, 2015
NC City:  NEBO and nearby cities
Event:    Stop, Sip & Savor Wine Hop   Visit four unique,  boutique wineries. Purchase your ticket online and start your journey by collecting a hop card at any of the participating wineries -- Belle Nicho Winery and South Creek Winery in Nebo, Lake James Cellars in Glen Alpine, and Silver Fork Winery in Morganton. Then sip as you collect a stamp at all four. At your fourth winery you visit, receive a unique crafted gift to savor the memories of your journey. By visiting all four wineries, you will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win four $25.00 gift certificates. All participating wineries are conveniently located off I-40 between exits 94 and 100. Admission: $20.00 a ticket.
Date:      March 15, 2015
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:      Easter Egg Hunt     Dress up in your Easter costume and come join Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear on the slopes in search of prize filled eggs. You may be the lucky winner of a 2013-2014 season pass hidden in the grand prize egg! Or be one of the three contestants awarded a prize for most creative, imaginative and colorful costume. Valid lift/slope tickets or passes are required for participation. This event is for children 12 and under ONLY and begins at 9 AM at the bottom of the Summit #1 lift.  
Date:      March 15, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Asheville Marathon on Biltmore Estate   The 2015 Asheville Marathon takes place on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. It will cover both the east (paved) and west (dirt roads) sides of the Estate. The course will be USATF certified and bib chip timing will be used for the event. Runners will explore 26.2 miles of America’s largest backyard,  winding through a hardwood forest, meadows, gardens and extraordinary views of the Biltmore House and estate.
Date:      March 17 - 22, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Asheville Amadeus Festival 2015 
Enjoy a week-long festival celebrating and exploring the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Asheville Symphony will be joined by world renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, the Brentano Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, the Asheville Lyric Opera and more extraordinary musicians for this remarkable week of Mozart. Concerts and events include: Opening night with the Brentano Quartet; Deconstructing Mozart combining a plated lunch inspired by Mozart’s home country of Austria and prepared by Isa’s executive chef with Mozart’s iconic Serenade No. 13 and exploration of Asheville Symphony Executive Director David Whitehill collection of music letters; Mozart’s The Impresario performed by the Asheville Lyric Opera (debut); Pianoforte: Homages to Mozart; Emanuel Ax in Recital; Mozart Family Concert featuring the Blue Ridge Orchestra; "Amadeus" performed by NC Stage and Asheville Community Theatre; Asheville Amadeus Finale Concert with the Asheville Symphony.
Date:      March 18, 2015
NC City:  ROSMAN
Event:     Wednesdays at PARI   From 2 - 3 PM The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute offers an unparalleled opportunity for people of all ages to experience the wonders of scientific research first hand.  PARI volunteers share the history and future of the site. They emphasize the opportunities to explore the universe available through PARI to all ages. Reservations recommended. Admission: $5 suggested donation.
Date:      March 20 - May 25, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Biltmore Blooms  - The 30th Annual Festival of Flowers.   Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Biltmore Blooms. For the first time, guests will be able to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy a display of exotic orchids intimately, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt's guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. Outdoors, enjoy a beautiful progression of blooms from tulips to pansies, azaleas, and much more.
Date:      March 19, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Pianoforte: Homages to Mozart  
As part of the Asheville Symphony's Amadeus Festival, the Asheville Art Museum is hosting a special evening Pianoforte concert "Homages to Mozart" as several young and esteemed pianists play works inspired by Mozart's career, related to his study or composed by Mozart himself.
Date:      March 20, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     LUNCHTIME (MOZ)ART BREAK at The Asheville Art Museum  
Lunchtime Art Breaks are a series of gallery talks designed to inform and engage you in dialogue with members of staff. For Asheville Amadeus, Asheville Symphony Director David Whitehill will join with a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff to “dissect” works of art. Participants will learn how to analyze both a work of art and a musical work by Mozart. Free with membership or Museum admission
Date:      March 20, 2015
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE
Event:     
Partners of Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness Hike Series   This series of hikes is open to the public for 2015  but  reservations are required. Hikes vary in length and difficulty. One or more members of the non-profit group will lead each hike. First Day of Spring Hike - Slickrock Trailhead to Slickrock Creek and back via Yellowhammer Trail, 5.5 miles moderate to strenuous difficulty…early spring wildflower trip. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station on Massey Branch Rd. at 10 AM.
Date:      March 21, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in   This classic car show is held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle or just kick back and enjoy the show. This event is held in downtown Old Fort from 3-5 PM.  It's free and sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers. For more information, call 828-442-5135
Date:      March 21, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     BRAHM and Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music will partner to present an all-Celtic St. Patrick's Day benefit concert on Sunday at 7:30 PM at BRAHM. The Scots-Irish Bluegrass Forefathers, featuring Champion Fiddler Jamie Laval and his Merry Band of Scottish Players One of the premier Celtic performers on the international music scene today, Jamie Laval enraptures audiences with his intensely passionate performances of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, rendered with hints of classical refinement and ethnic music from around the world.
Date:      March 21 - 22, 2015
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:     Revolutionary War Days  at Davidson's Fort   This event showcases the reconstructed militia fort of 1776 that guarded North Carolina's frontier during the American War for Independence. Civilians, merchants and militia demonstrate life in the colonial era.
Date:      March 24 - 25, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     When the Wolves Came In, performed by Kyle Abraham’s New York-based dance company, Abraham.In.Motion at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Timely and relevant to the current national spotlight on race and equality, Abraham.In.Motion’s When the Wolves Came In takes its inspiration from jazz legend Max Roach’s iconic 1960 protest album, We Insist: Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suit
Date:      March 25 - 26, 2015
NC City:  FONTANA DAM
Event:     Hiker Haze at Fontana   Open to all AT hikers and weekend trail adventurers. Whether you’re coming in off the trail for a couple of “Zero Days” or visiting the Smokies for a weekend in the forest, plan on being at Fontana Village Resort for its second annual Hiker Haze Event. There will be plenty of fun and entertainment scheduled. Check the website for the most up-to-date schedule of events.
Date:      March 26, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Lúnasa performs at Diana Wortham Theatre   Named Performers of the Decade (2010) by liveireland.com, Lúnasa, the most sought-after band on the international Irish music scene, mesmerizes with superb musicianship, intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion. 8 PM - purchase tickets HERE.
Date:      March 26, 2015 with additional weekend events through March 29
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Melange of the Mountains   5 PM - 7 PM. Chef participants will prepare tastings of their favorite recipes and showcase or compete for recognition and awards. The gala evening event will extend into a weekend itinerary filled with an array of specialty dinners, culinary demos, and tastings hosted by Melange of the Mountains participants. Events such as Farm to Table, Hops to Tap, Sip and Stroke, dinner on the Mountain, Champagne & Caviar, Five Course Candlelight Dinner, Wine Pairings will take place throughout the county. Admission: Tickets are $35 for Chamber Members, $40 for Non Chamber Members, $60 for VIP ticket upgrade. The event is held at Laurel Ridge Country Club, 788 Eagles Nest Road in Waynesville NC
Date:      March 27 - 29, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee's Cast Into Spring Trout Tournament    $11 entry fee with a total of $20,000 divided among the winners. Enjoy the renowned trout fishing on the Cherokee Reservation with the first tournament of the year.
Date:      March 28, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     KOA March Fishing Tournament  Some of the finest trout fishing in the eastern United States is located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation adjacent to the Cherokee KOA. Compete with other anglers for thousands of dollars in prizes. Cherokee KOA Trout tournaments are held in March, August and October. Fishing Season is closed in the month of March until the opening day.
Date:      March 28, 2015
NC City:  MILLS RIVER
Event:     Burly Beers and Barleywines Festival   The NC Craft Brewers Guild and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. presents the Burly Beers & Barleywines Festival at Sierra Nevada in Mills River. More than 50 breweries from across the country gather with rare beer, food and live music. Admission: $65 general admission. $30 designated driver. Get tickets online. Must be 21 years or older to attend.  
Date:      March 28, 2015
NC City:  FLETCHER
Event:  
   Fletcher Easter Egg Hunt  This annual Easter Egg Hunt is held at the Fletcher Community Park for children ages walker to 11. The event is filled with  eggs and fun with the Easter Bunny and sponsored by Fletcher Parks & Recreation.
Date:      March 28 - 29, 2015
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Meltdown Games / Neff Beech Bash   Appalachian Ski Mountain's classic end of the season celebration. Enjoy a full weekend of crazy events you won’t see any other time of the year, with lots of snow, sun, and skin.  All events are free with your ski ticket purchase. Take your best shot at tons of prize categories.  Registration will be going on all day in the Alpine Ski Shop.
Date:      March 28 - 29
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
WNC Orchid Society Show   The WNC Orchid Society will host its annual show at The North Carolina Arboretum. The popular juried plant show will also feature award-winning orchid vendors, many of whom are nationally recognized growers and hybridizers. Rare and unusual plants, specialty lighting and orchid supplies will be available for purchase. Admission: Free with parking fee admission ($8 per vehicle).
Date:      March 28 - 29
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    NRC Whitewater Open  at NOC  
Open to all ages with entrance fees of $25 (Downriver), $55 (Slalom). This national-level event hosted by Nantahala Racing Club. Pre-registration: Sign up online by March 25 to avoid late fees. Onsite registration: March 27, 2 - 4 PM at Big Wesser BBQ and Brew. Visit NantahalaRacingClub.com for event details and schedules.

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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
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more./td>
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center&  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All yearbr /> Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park 
Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
WWhere: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park.
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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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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