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Events and Festivals happen throughout the North Carolina mountains both seasonally and year around and include North Carolina Art and Crafts Festivals,  mountain music festivals, horse shows, golf tournaments and outdoor activities and competition.  
    




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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
 
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This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      February 23 - 26, 2017
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Totally Retro 80s Weekend & at Beech Mountain Ski Resort  Each February, the town of Beech Mountain and Beech Mountain Resort come together to create a righteously rad celebration of all things 1980s. TEnjoy live 80s music nightly, retro skiing daily, and plenty of throwback activities in between. Hop in the "ski slope time machine" to revisit the New Wave era of big hair, leg warmers, bandanas and Members Only jackets
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Date:     January 1 - February 28, 2017
NC City: CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Give It Your Best Shot Photo Contest    
Every season, each and every day, offers something new at Chimney Rock. When the leaves are off the trees, the lay of the land is more apparent; rocks and boulders, crevices and views appear that are hidden from the foliage the rest of the year. The sky is clear; you find a special spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scampering through the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in the Chimney Rock seasonal photo contest and tell them about it. They will use the winning entries on their website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes.
Date:      February 2, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    12th Annual Grady’s Groundhog Day    Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park may be closed on Thursday’s during the winter, but that doesn’t mean the woodchucks aren’t busy preparing for spring. On this special day you and your family are invited to come up to Grady’s Animal Discovery Den to see if their resident woodchuck sees his shadow. The Park will open into the Meadows area free of charge from 10:30 AM – 12 PM for a special Groundhog Day Celebration. Please note the *Park itself will not be open this day. Only the area where the event is being held will be accessible.
Date:      February 3 - 5, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Omni Grove Park Inn Events:   Classic Rock n Roll Weekend    Step back to a time where everyone was “feelin’ groovy.” Hear the happenin’ sounds of the 60’s and 70’s at the Classic Rock n Roll Weekend with the ultimate Beatles Tribute: 1964 and We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered.
Date:      February 4 - 12, 2017
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     College Week at Beech Mountain Ski Resort   Incredible discounts, exciting competitions, live music and many memories are just a few of the benefits students will receive.  Daily activities and competitions will be announced throughout the week.  Live music performances in the new Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and the Beech Tree Bar and Grille include local favorite Dr. Bacon, Tony Bailey and Rick Lael and the Beech Mountain Brewing Co.
Date:      February 10, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents: The Booth Brothers   Refreshing humor, inspiring songs, and encouraging words are embedded in every concert. This trio, collectively and individually, has been acknowledged as one of the finest in the business having received many awards, including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Trio of the Year, Male Group of the Year, Best Live Performers, Artist of the Year and others.  SMC is located at 1028 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC.
Date:      February 10 - July 4, 2017
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Biltmore Exhibit: Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics    A daily exhibition included in regular Biltmore admission. Biltmore’s newest exhibition of award-winning costumes and objects from the Biltmore collection. This exhibition was inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library.
Date:      February 11, 2017
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:    2017 Valentine 5K & Kids Fun Run     Annual Valentine Run 5K begins at beautiful Lake Tomahawk Park and visits three of the Town’s Greenways. The course offers several challenging hills and ample flats to gain ground and time. The final 1/2 mile follows the gravel path around the lake and finishes at the Lakeview Center. Registration required:  http://runsignup.com/Valentine5K  Phone: (828) 669-2052 Email: brittany.williams@townofblackmountain.org   Race starts at 10 AM
Date:      February 11, 2017
NC City:  SAPPHIRE
Event:    Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race   Toward the end of each ski season we all get a little restless and look for a bit of excitement, so we decided to do what comes naturally...race outhouses on ski’s down a hill! Crazy? Maybe. Dangerous? Perhaps. Fun? Without a doubt! For a good cause? Definitely! This is an event to raise funds to sponsor ski scholarships for children that don’t have the opportunity to attend our after school ski programs.
Date:      February 11-14, 2017
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Valentine's Day Special   Show your sweetheart some love  by bringing him or her to see beautiful 75-mile views from the top of Chimney Rock. (There have been quite a few proposals on the Rock over the years) Purchase one adult admission ticket and receive a second adult admission ticket free. Coupon required; present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid February 11-14, 2017. February weather can be fickle. Be sure to check our website for weather alerts before your visit. If there is inclement weather, the Park may be closed.
Date:      February 16 - 28, 2017
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    The Flat Rock Theatre Playhouse Downtown Presents: The Music of The Beatles   The Music of the Beatles brings to life the greatest hits of the popular 60’s rock band.
Date:      February 18, 2017
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents: We've Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered   The definitive show celebrating those songs and one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Led by Michelle Berting-Brett and accompanied by a live, 7-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, the show re-creates the Carpenters' original sound. From California to New York City to sold-out performances in Las Vegas, "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" has been met with enthusiasm from Carpenters' fans and reviewers alike..  SMC is located at 1028 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC.
Date:      February 18, 2017
NC City:  SAPPHIRE VALLEY
Event:    11th Annual Sapphire Great Outhouse Race    See outhouses of all shapes and sizes on skis race down hill. Live music, tubing, skiing, barbeque and more. A fun day to chase away all the winter blues.
Date:      February 18 - 19, 2017
NC City:  NEBO
Event:    For the Love of Wine & Chocolate at South Creek Winery  Ah, Amour! What could be better than the lovely pairings of wine and chocolates just for you at the South Creek Tasting Bar? The Winery presents "Diva" to you as they include the new rose' at the bar too. Gourmet Chocolates are complimentary with your purchased wine tasting.  
Date:      February 23 - 26, 2017
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Totally Retro 80s Weekend & at Beech Mountain Ski Resort  Each February, the town of Beech Mountain and Beech Mountain Resort come together to create a righteously rad celebration of all things 1980s. TEnjoy live 80s music nightly, retro skiing daily, and plenty of throwback activities in between. Hop in the "ski slope time machine" to revisit the New Wave era of big hair, leg warmers, bandanas and Members Only jackets.
Date:      February 25, 2017
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN
Event:    Black Mountain Marathon & Mt. Mitchell Challenge    7 AM tp 8 PM   Marathon - 26 miles;  Mt. Mitchell Challenge - 40 miles. Register on-line before the races.
Date:      February 25 - 26, 2017
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    Nantahala Racing Club Glacier Breaker   The Glacier Breaker is a family-friendly slalom (Saturday) and downriver sprint and classic (Sunday) event on the Nantahala River. This fun community event is a great introduction for first-time racers. Participants can use racing or plastic boats. $30 participants. Spectators free.
 
 
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* Upcoming Holiday Special Events:
Valentine's Events
2/11 2017 Valentine 5K & Kids Fun Run   Black Mountain
2/11-14 Valentine's Day Special  at Chimney Rock State Park
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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.
 
 
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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