Events Calendar

Jan
13
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jan
15
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Jan
20
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jan
22
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Jan
27
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 1 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jan
29
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Feb
3
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Feb
5
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 4:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Feb
10
Fri
Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics @ Biltmore Estate
Feb 10 – Jul 4 all-day
Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics @ Biltmore Estate  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

A collection of classic literary works and the popular movies that brought them to life will be celebrated in “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics,” Biltmore’s newest exhibition of award-winning costumes and objects from the Biltmore collection. Set for Feb. 10 through July 4, 2017, the exhibition is inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume library.

Photo credit: Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Alicia Vikander in a scene from “Anna Karenina.” Costumes from the film will be on display in Biltmore House when “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics” opens on Feb. 10, 2017. © 2012 Universal Pictures Limited

Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Feb
12
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Feb
17
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Feb
19
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Feb
24
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 29 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Feb
26
Sun
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 4:00 pm
Informal Jam on the Porch @ Mountain Gateway Musuem | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Almost every Sunday, Harold and Carol Harless and a band of Old Fort pickers hold an all-skill level music session on the porch of the Mountain Gateway Museum. Bring an instrument or just your ears for this foot-tapping Sunday tradition!

Mar
3
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Mar 3 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 5 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Mar
10
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Mar 10 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 12 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Mar
17
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Mar 17 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 19 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Mar
18
Sat
Classic Car Cruise-In @ Hardee's, Old Fort
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm
Classic Car Cruise-In @ Hardee's, Old Fort | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Held the 3rd Saturday of every month at Hardee’s in Old Fort. Classics, Street Rod, Muscle Car, Antiques, Sports Cars, and Motorcycles welcome. 3-6 p.m.; free. Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers. For more information, call 828-442-5135 or visit route70cruisers.com.

Mar
24
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Mar 24 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 26 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Mar
31
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Mar 31 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 2 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Apr
7
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Apr 7 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 9 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Apr
14
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Apr 14 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 16 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Apr
21
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Apr 21 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 23 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Apr
28
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Apr 28 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 2 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Apr
29
Sat
Mountain Thunder Car Show @ Historic Downtown Old Fort
Apr 29 all-day
Mountain Thunder Car Show @ Historic Downtown Old Fort | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Bring the family and enjoy a day of nostalgia at the annual Mountain Thunder Car Show in historic downtown Old Fort. The event is sponsored by the Route 70 Cruisers. All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are invited to join the fun. Registration fee: $10.00; prizes awarded including GM Crate Motor and set of 4 tires. There will be food, crafts and a “swap meet” area for treasure hunters.

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration @ Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site
Apr 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration @ Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site | Pisgah Forest | North Carolina | United States

The spring forests and fields are alive with song as migratory birds arrive from their tropical winter homes to summer habitats in our mountains. Join the Cradle of Forestry in honoring this amazing annual phenomenon of nature. Begin with a morning bird walk with naturalists, enjoy and afternoon live program, and learn more about you can accommodate migratory birds in our yard.

Burnsville Metric @ Burnsville Town Square
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am
Burnsville Metric @ Burnsville Town Square | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

Riders mark the opening of the spring and summer cycling season with the 23rd riding of the Burnsville Metric.

The Metric is known for being one of the most scenic rides in the region. This year’s event includes a shorter 43-mile ride, as well as the usual 60.7-mile loop. The casual ride is not a race.

Three well-supplied rest stops will be located along the route. Roving SAG support vehicles will patrol the course to provide mechanical assistance.

After the cyclists return to town square, the Nu Wray Inn will serve a post-race meal on its deck. Barbecue plates consist of pulled pork, bread, potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans. Blind Squirrel Brewery, a Plumtree-based brewery that opened its Burnsville Outpost taproom this past summer, will provide craft beer.

The post-race meal is included in the registration fee; additional plates may be purchased for $12 each. Day-of registration and packet pickup begin at 7:15 a.m. at Burnsville Town Center.

Live Music & More @ Historic Orchard at Altapass
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am
Live Music & More @ Historic Orchard at Altapass | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly.

Macro-Invertebrates Study @ Lake James State Park
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am
Macro-Invertebrates Study @ Lake James State Park | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

Aquatic life in our creeks and rivers go far beyond the fish and crawdads you see with a casual glance. The ecosystem of moving water can be incredibly diverse, depending on water quality and other factors. At Lake James State Park, we are lucky to have a waterway of fantastic biological diversity and this program showcases many of the hidden animals that call Paddy’s Creek home. Armed with nets, seines and buckets, participants will collect aquatic insects, crustaceans, fish, amphibians and more with Park Ranger Jamie Cameron. This program is suitable for all ages, especially those who are willing to get wet and have a great time. Meet in the parking lot for the Holly Discovery Trail at the Paddy’s Creek Area at 10 a.m. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet and water shoes or waders if you have them.

Pioneer Day @ Mountain Gateway Museum
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pioneer Day @ Mountain Gateway Museum | Old Fort | North Carolina | United States

Annual celebration of mountain heritage. The one-day festival features mountain music in the amphitheater, craft demonstrations such as weaving, black smithing, and pottery turning, “Hit or Miss” engine displays and vendors displaying and selling their wares. All day. Mountain Gateway Museum grounds, Old Fort.

South Creek Vineyard Deck Music Series – Skiffle Creek @ South Creek Vineyards & Winery
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
South Creek Vineyard Deck Music Series - Skiffle Creek @ South Creek Vineyards & Winery | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

Come on over, give a listen to this great local group and raise a glass to original and cover tunes. Freddy Bradburn, who has released several CD’s including critically acclaimed “Cartoonland”, heads up the trio. Tasting room opens at 11 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m. provided to South Creek customers at no charge.

Boat Tour @ Lake James State Park
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm
Boat Tour @ Lake James State Park | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

Lake James is particularly beautiful as the trees put out fresh green buds and blossoms. There’s no better way to enjoy it than by boat. Ranger Earl Weaver is captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat to search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas. The weather could be blustery, so dress warmly. Registration is required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 828-584-7728. Meet at the Paddy’s Creek Area East Picnic Shelter at 1:45 p.m. for a briefing and prompt 2 p.m. departure.

Apr
30
Sun
Flea for Y’all at Asheville Outlets @ Ashevile Outlets
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Flea for Y’all at Asheville Outlets @ Ashevile Outlets | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) is pleased to host the 3rd season of Asheville’s Flea for Y’all, kicking off Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location, just 6 miles from downtown Asheville, offers easy access from I-26, mountain views and ample parking for patrons and vendors alike. The Flea will take over the tree-lined lot next to Field and Stream. Asheville Outlets Flea for Y’all dates are Sunday April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, Sept 24 and October 29, 2017. Adult entry is $2, children are free. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets.

Live Music & More @ Historic Orchard at Altapass
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am
Live Music & More @ Historic Orchard at Altapass | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

Live music, food, gift shop, hayrides through the orchard, storytelling, plus awesome views along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Orchard is open Mon., Wed-Sat 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Sun 12-5:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays. The Lunch Wagon is open weekends. Musicians change weekly.

Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) and Franklin School of Innovation will team up to host Kids Day Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the center for an afternoon of balloon art, stilt walking, unicyclist riding, face painting, crafts, live music and MORE! Kids Day will be held monthly from April 2017 through August 2017 also featuring giant board games for youths. At each event, kids can play the games and enter to win a $500 Asheville Outlets shopping spree that will be drawn in September 2017. The Franklin School of Innovation will be the benefactor of a donation made on Kids Day. The afternoon is FREE to spectators and open to the public. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets.

Asheville Outlets Kicks-Off Healthy Hikers Walkers Club @ Asheville Outlets Mall
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Asheville Outlets Kicks-Off Healthy Hikers Walkers Club @ Asheville Outlets Mall | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) and Anytime Fitness – Patton Avenue will kick-off the Healthy Hikers Walkers Club Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12 noon. This on-going walkers club is FREE and open to the public. The first one hundred walkers to sign up will receive an Asheville Outlets water bottle. Healthy Hikers is a weekly set your own pace, track your mileage club with health assessments and educational seminars each Wednesday morning. Weekly participants will be entered to win a special gift bag full of valuable prizes from Anytime Fitness and Asheville Outlets retailers. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets

The Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race @ Camp Ton-A-Wandah
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm
The Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race @ Camp Ton-A-Wandah | Zirconia | North Carolina | United States

Join us for, the 6th annual Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race (THE GNAR) offers kids, ages five through 14, the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. Teams of two will work together to navigate a variety of challenges. The course is TOP SECRET! Challenges may include mountain biking, running, a low ropes course, problem-solving, a climbing wall, and a grand finale obstacle guaranteed to leave a perma-grin smile for your ride home.

May
5
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
May 5 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 9 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

May
6
Sat
Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festiva @ Downtown Rutherfordton
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festiva @ Downtown Rutherfordton | Rutherfordton | North Carolina | United States

Stroll downtown Main Street to find one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors, exhibits, and interactive booths. Try our local flavor at the food tents and check out the dance presentations, watch RS Central Band perform and enjoy the old fashion dunking booths. Kids will have tons of fun inside “Play Land”, an activity center filled with inflatables, rock climbing, pony rides and more! Live entertainment will feature local bands. Plus mechanical rides, face painting and other activities in front of KidSenses.

May
12
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
May 12 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 16 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

May
13
Sat
11th Annual Plein Air Paint Out @ Burnsville TRAC Gallery
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
11th Annual Plein Air Paint Out @ Burnsville TRAC Gallery | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

Come spend the day painting in and around Burnsville, NC in the 11th annual event. Arrive at 8am then go out and around and capture the beauty that is this community. Return at 5 to hang your completed pieces the attend an awards ceremony with $1000 in prizes, that evening. Exhibit continues through June 17

Burnsville Fit Families 5K @ Burnsville Town Square
May 13 @ 9:00 am
Burnsville Fit Families 5K @ Burnsville Town Square | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

The eighth annual Burnsville Fit Families 5K is a fun, family-friendly community race. Those who want to get involved can run, walk, push a stroller, cheer from the sidelines or volunteer to help with the race. With encouragement, competition and athletic camaraderie, race organizers and volunteers hope to grow young runners and promote healthy living, exercise and good health habits for life. The race is held on a USATF certified course.

Mama’s Day 10K & 1K Stroller Push @ Carrier Park
May 13 @ 10:00 am
Mama's Day 10K & 1K Stroller Push @ Carrier Park | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Come out and celebrate Mother’s Day weekend by also Support Safe Motherhood with a 10K run beginning at Carrier Park and continuing along the French Broad River. Proceeds benefit Mama Maisha, an Asheville-based non-profit making motherhood safer in Tanzania. Pregnancy complication-related deaths are rare in developed countries, but in Tanzania, one mother dies every single hour.

May
19
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
May 19 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 23 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

May
20
Sat
12th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale @ The Monte Vista Hotel
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
12th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale @ The Monte Vista Hotel | Black Mountain | North Carolina | United States

12th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale is set for Saturday, May 20, from 9 am to 4 pm at The Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC. This event is the season’s most scenically situated garden show. The Garden Sale selection of plants cover perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, native trees, shrubs, maples, iris, daylilies, hostas and garden accessories.
Garden related workshops will be conducted throughout the day. Come early to purchase items from the Clothesline Fundraising Event which supports the Black Mountain Beautification Committee. Parking is free, food available at the hotel, and favorite, returning vendors and new vendors make this an annual event not to be missed. See more details at blackmountainbeautification.org.

May
21
Sun
Biltmore Kiwanis 15K or 5K Classic @ The Biltmore Estate
May 21 @ 7:45 am
Biltmore Kiwanis 15K or 5K Classic @ The Biltmore Estate | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Come out and participate in either the 15k or 5k challenge! This is one of three races to complete the Royal Trifecta Challenge, those who complete the challenge will have a special prize awaiting them at the finish of the final race of this series.

May
25
Thu
Wild On Film @ Highland Brewing Company
May 25 all-day
Wild On Film @ Highland Brewing Company | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us as we roll out the red carpet for a one of a kind fundraising event at Highland Brewing featuring a special premier of our new promotional films- Seasons at the Nature Center and Animal Voices. Admission includes heavy appetizers from Homegrown and popcorn bar from Poppy Popcorn. There will also be live music from the Nature Center’s own Ben Wilson, live painting from Ryan O’Sullivan, a silent auction, photo booth, and a meet and greet with a few of our “VIP” educational animals.
Adults: $20
Youth (age 3-16): $16
VWP (“Very Wild Person”): $40. Our VIP ticket, a $100 value, includes:
• two beer tickets
• seating at front table
• one Wild Walk pass
• Adopt package with mini-plush
• two day passes to Nature Center
• Nature Center tote bag

May
26
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
May 26 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 30 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

May
27
Sat
NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride @ Carrier Park
May 27 @ 7:45 am
NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride @ Carrier Park | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is hosting a half century bike ride in honor of Collier Lilly. The ride offers a beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain route, the 50-mile half century with 3,600 feet of climbing, that will start and end at Carrier Park in Asheville. In keeping with Outward Bound’s bedrock principles of “challenge and discovery,” the Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS will take riders over challenging mountain passes and allow them to discover scenic roads for the first time. This exciting event is being held on Memorial Day Weekend and in conjunction with the ever-popular Mountain Sports Festival.

Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival @ Arcade Plaza
May 27 @ 10:00 am – May 29 @ 4:00 pm
Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival @ Arcade Plaza | Lake Lure | North Carolina | United States

80+ Artisans
12 Food & Refreshment Vendors
Continuous Entertainment
Gorgeous Mountain Setting on Lake Lure

May
28
Sun
Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) and Franklin School of Innovation will team up to host Kids Day Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the center for an afternoon of balloon art, stilt walking, unicyclist riding, face painting, crafts, live music and MORE! Kids Day will be held monthly from April 2017 through August 2017 also featuring giant board games for youths. At each event, kids can play the games and enter to win a $500 Asheville Outlets shopping spree that will be drawn in September 2017. The Franklin School of Innovation will be the benefactor of a donation made on Kids Day. The afternoon is FREE to spectators and open to the public. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets.

Jun
1
Thu
OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present Malcolm Holcombe @ OOAK Art Gallery
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present Malcolm Holcombe @ OOAK Art Gallery | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

OOAK Art Gallery and Maples present Malcolm Holcombe, Thursday June 1, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 in the Gallery. Cost for this special event is $15.00. Reservations are recommended, and tickets are being presold.

Malcolm Holcombe is an acclaimed singer/songwriter in the insurgent country/folk vein. Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm is being recognized by the contemporary U.S. and European folk/Americana community as a performer of national stature, and an uncommonly unique guitarist/vocalist about whom Rolling Stone Magazine says: “Haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk all meet [here]…”

David Wiseman will be performing a short opening set at 6:30. David is a singer/songwriter from Burnsville, creating “Blues, Folk, and Ballads; Truths and Lies.” David’s songs are topical and timeless, songs that will touch a nerve, sound an alarm, start a revolution, and make you laugh or cry.

Micaville is located 4 miles east of Burnsville, 14 miles north of BRP milepost 344 at the intersection of Hwy 80 S and Micaville Loop on the Mt Mitchell Scenic Byway. Parking is available in front of the church, across the street in the empty lot and in the old Taylor Togs parking lot.

Jun
2
Fri
Toe River Studio Tour @ Toe River Arts Council
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm
Toe River Studio Tour @ Toe River Arts Council | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

First of two bi-annual open studio tours featuring the works of over 80 artists in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, WNC. Free self-guided tour of some of the most prestigious artists in the country, who open the doors of their studio for this weekend event, kicked off with a gala reception on Friday, June 2 at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jun 2 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 6 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jun
4
Sun
WNC Flyer @ Oskar Blues Brewery
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am
WNC Flyer @ Oskar Blues Brewery | Brevard | North Carolina | United States

The 14th annual WNC Flyer (formerly called Fletcher Flyer) will be held in the “Cycling Capital of the South”, Brevard, NC. The start/finish will be at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC. What better way to spend the day than with a Bike Ride, Bluegrass, BBQ and a complimentary first Brew!
Riders will have their choice of a full century, metric century, half century, and half metric rides which wind through the valleys south of Asheville, NC. Although it is the least hilly ride in Western North Carolina, it has plenty of rolling hills to keep all riders interested. There is beautiful mountain scenery without the long mountain climbs. The Flyer is a ride for everyone from first-time riders to experience riders.

Jun
9
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jun 9 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 13 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jun
16
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jun 16 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 20 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jun
17
Sat
Better Dads Festival @ Roger McGuire Green, Pack Square Park
Jun 17 @ 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Better Dads Festival @ Roger McGuire Green, Pack Square Park | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Kick off Father’s Day weekend with the Better Dads Festival taking place on June 17 in downtown Asheville. This free, family-friendly event welcomes men, women, and children from Asheville’s diverse communities to come explore and celebrate fatherhood in all its forms. Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, a poetry slam, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers will invite everyone (festival goers) to consider how men show up in their lives, the challenges they face, and the many possibilities that exist. For those seeking deeper connection, there will be sharing circles. Musical guests will include LYRIC (who performs with her father), Billy Jonas, and David LaMotte. Come join us for the music and the play and the zest of community. www.BetterDadsFestival.com

Jun
23
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jun 23 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 27 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jun
25
Sun
Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) and Franklin School of Innovation will team up to host Kids Day Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the center for an afternoon of balloon art, stilt walking, unicyclist riding, face painting, crafts, live music and MORE! Kids Day will be held monthly from April 2017 through August 2017 also featuring giant board games for youths. At each event, kids can play the games and enter to win a $500 Asheville Outlets shopping spree that will be drawn in September 2017. The Franklin School of Innovation will be the benefactor of a donation made on Kids Day. The afternoon is FREE to spectators and open to the public. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets.

Jun
30
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jun 30 2017 @ 7:00 pm – May 4 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jul
7
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jul 7 2017 @ 7:00 pm – May 11 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jul
9
Sun
LPC Retro Triathlon & Kid’s Splash ‘N Dash @ Lelia Patterson
Jul 9 @ 8:00 am
LPC Retro Triathlon & Kid's Splash 'N Dash @ Lelia Patterson | Fletcher | North Carolina | United States

The 5th annual Hunter Subaru LPC Throwback Triathlon is the perfect event in which to challenge one’s self, regardless of competition experience or athletic prowess. It features a 200-yard outdoor pool swim, a 17.5 mile bike on quiet country roads, and a rolling 5k run with an on-track finale in which to summon your mighty kick to the tape! The Kid’s Splash N’ Dash, which begins at 10:30, means even budding athletes can participate in the throwback thrills without adults towering overhead!

Jul
14
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jul 14 2017 @ 7:00 pm – May 18 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jul
21
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jul 21 2017 @ 7:00 pm – May 25 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jul
23
Sun
Asheville Triathlon @ Asheville Recreational Park
Jul 23 @ 7:45 am
Asheville Triathlon @ Asheville Recreational Park | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course which is super event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner tri-athletes love this race! The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites.

Jul
28
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Jul 28 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 1 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Jul
30
Sun
33rd Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show @ Parkway Fire and Rescue show field
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm

33rd annual gem and mineral show put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise funds for new equipment.
60 worldwide vendors with gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, lapidary equipment and much more.
Dates are July 30th to August 6th, 2017.
Hours are from 10 to 6 with some vendors open earlier or later.
Admission and parking are free.
Address is 136 Majestic View, Spruce Pine NC 28777. This is at the new fire station on top of the hill above the old fire station and show field.
Contact Donna Collis at 828-765-5519 or collisdonna@yahoo.com.
Website is http://wwwgrassycreekgemshow.org. Applications are available on the website.

Directions from Asheville is to go North on I-26 to Exit 9 and take US 19 north 30 miles to Hwy 226 South to the right. Follow Hwy 226 to Skyview Circle and turn right and follow Majestic View to the top of the hill to the new fire station.
From Marion take Hwy 226 north towards Spruce Pine. When you pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway is will be on your left above Skyview Circle at the new fire station on Majestic View.

Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Asheville Outlets Announces Kids Day @ Asheville Outlets Mall | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) and Franklin School of Innovation will team up to host Kids Day Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the center for an afternoon of balloon art, stilt walking, unicyclist riding, face painting, crafts, live music and MORE! Kids Day will be held monthly from April 2017 through August 2017 also featuring giant board games for youths. At each event, kids can play the games and enter to win a $500 Asheville Outlets shopping spree that will be drawn in September 2017. The Franklin School of Innovation will be the benefactor of a donation made on Kids Day. The afternoon is FREE to spectators and open to the public. Leary PR for Asheville Outlets.

Aug
4
Fri
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair @ Burnsville Town Square
Aug 4 @ 9:56 am – Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair @ Burnsville Town Square | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

The 61st Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair
August 4-5. 200 juried crafters with handmade pottery, jewelry, rustic furniture, blacksmiths, candles, and artwork of all mediums. Have lunch and listen to live music on the shaded Square.
100 Town Square, Burnsville, NC 28714

Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Aug 4 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 8 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Aug
11
Fri
Speaking of Gardening Symposium @ Folk Art Center
Aug 11 all-day
Speaking of Gardening Symposium @ Folk Art Center | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

Join us, in our new location, for our 19th year of inspiring lectures by renowned plantsmen on creative design, innovative horticulture and great plants. This two-day symposium includes book signings, plant auctions, sponsor displays and lunch. Network with professionals & enthusiasts, earn CEU’s, purchase plants and products from our sponsors. Register soon for this annual sell-out event!

Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Aug 11 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 15 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Aug
18
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Aug 18 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 22 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Aug
25
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Aug 25 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 29 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Sep
1
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Sep 1 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 6 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Sep
8
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Sep 8 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 13 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Sep
10
Sun
Asheville Off-Road Series @ The Biltmore Estate
Sep 10 @ 7:45 am
Asheville Off-Road Series @ The Biltmore Estate | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

For the French aristocrat in all of us, this rough-cut, crown-emerald of a race sweeps participants through a mystical journey, back to a time, when the estate might have resembled an 15th century countryside plantation, complete with a game-stocked forest, working vineyards, and a cold mountain river rushing by. Racers on this day will be lords of the land they claim under fast plowing feet & spokes. The Asheville off-road series of multi-sport events at Biltmore Estate consists of 3 main events, each come with various privileges for participation.

Sep
15
Fri
Woody’s Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House
Sep 15 2017 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 20 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Woody's Original Mountain Music @ Woody's Original Mountain Music House | Marion | North Carolina | United States

FREE bluegrass music each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians, bands and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop! For more information, call 828-290-2377.

Sep
30
Sat
Old Timey Fall Festival @ Burnsville Town Square
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am
Old Timey Fall Festival @ Burnsville Town Square | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

An Old Timey Fall Festival with arts and crafts, music, classic tractors and cars, a Farmer’s Market, children’s games and activities and fun for the entire family.

Oct
21
Sat
Trick or Trail 5-Mile & 1-Mile Spooky Sprint @ Dupont State Forest
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm
Trick or Trail 5-Mile & 1-Mile Spooky Sprint @ Dupont State Forest | Hendersonville | North Carolina | United States

The only race of its kind in the region, participants will strap on headlamps and light up the night as they duke it out in the dusk. The twists and turns of DuPont’s famous trail system will dare them to push forward, not knowing what bogies and specters might lurk around each corner! The One Mile Spooky Sprint will be Halloween themed, and a great chance for kids and kids-at-heart to break in their costumes a day early, without stressing about time limits, as this event is untimed!