Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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Tryon Beer Fest
November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm$35 – $75
The Tryon Downtown Development Association and New View Reality present the 8th Annual Tryon Beer Festival to be held in Downtown Tryon on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Headlining the Tryon Beer Fest will be Asheville’s Empire Strikes Brass. Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. The fat sound of the horns paired with one dirty rhythm section makes the music downright psychedelically nasty! Founded in 2012, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds, from various genres and weaving them together with the common thread of Brass. Find out more about Empire Strikes Brass at www.empirestrikesbrass.com.
Opening the festival is Tryon local, The Rich Nelson Band. Originally from Detroit, Rich has been making music and art in the mountains of North Carolina since 2004. After stints in a number of Carolina bands, including 176 and the Trophy Husbands, he recorded his first solo record “Ever Since Now” in 2018. The Rich Nelson Band features Rich on guitar and vocals, Stephen Cohen on bass, Bob Bencze on keys, Tim McCall on guitar and Robert George on drums. More information on the Rich Nelson Band and his music can be found on www.richnelsonband.com.
The Tryon Beer Fest features local, regional, and national craft beers at the Tryon Depot, overlooking Historic Downtown Tryon during the peak of leaf season along Blue Ridge Escarpment. The small town feel and unique setting of the festival creates a relaxed, fun atmosphere unlike some of the bigger city festivals. Tickets are limited to 1000 attendees to make sure the festival stays comfortable and ensure no lines. Every year, the festival includes a popular oyster roast – purchase by the bucket or try out an oyster shooter.
Saturday, November 2, 1-6pm at the Tryon Depot (22 Depot Street). Tickets: Earlybird pricing available online now for $30 until August 31. Tickets then increase to $35 until November 1, and $40 on the day of. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75, this includes indoor restrooms, snacks, and exclusive VIP beers to sample. All information, including ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.tryonbeerfest.com.
Tryon is conveniently located off Interstate 26 between Greenville and Spartanburg, SC and Asheville, NC. There are a variety of bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, and plenty to do to enjoy a whole weekend in Downtown Tryon, including a number of sites such as the birthplace of Nina Simone. See more and plan your trip at www.exploretryon.com.