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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.

Bites & Brews Festival Sponsored by iHeart Media-Asheville

Asheville Outlets

iHeartMedia Asheville presents the Bites & Brews Food Truck Festival! Enjoy the local food truck scene, craft brews, and local music that will grace the entertainment stage over the course of the day for a fun, family-friendly atmosphere! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Eblen Foundation. Bites & Brews will be at Asheville Outlets […]

North Carolina Apple Festival

Downtown Hendersonville

Celebrate the fall harvest in NC apple country. Henderson County leads the way in apple production in the state and is the seventh-largest producer in the country. The town of Hendersonville honors this special time of year with the NC Apple Festival each Labor Day weekend. The four-day street festival includes arts and crafts, live […]

Free

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Burnsville Town Center

Lovers of reading indulge their inner bookworm at the 13th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in downtown Burnsville. The three-day festival includes more than 50 free and ticketed events, such as readings, talks, discussions, book signings and workshops. This year’s Saturday night keynote speaker is Gail Godwin. She is the author of 14 novels and is […]

Old Timey Fall Festival

Burnsville Town Square

Enjoy a good old-fashioned fall festival on Burnsville's beautiful Town Square. The Yancey History Association invites everyone near and far to come out and be a part of the fun-filled day. Heritage crafters will demonstrate the old-timey methods of producing their crafts so that the younger generations can see how their ancestors made these wonderful items. […]

No Place Like Homeplace Beer Fest

Nu Wray Inn

The inaugural No Place Like Homeplace Beer Fest debuts in downtown Burnsville. Fifteen breweries will participate in the event, which also includes live music and local food vendors. The festival, hosted by Burnsville brewery Homeplace Beer Co., will take place at the Nu Wray Inn and along South Main Street. Tickets cost $25 and include […]

$25

Asheville Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Asheville Outlets

Asheville Outlets (www.shopashevilleoutlets.com) and Food Truck Festivals of America are excited to present the 2nd Annual Asheville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival Saturday, October 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (VIP hour 11 a.m. – 12 noon). While some of regions most popular food trucks dish out fan favorites, craft ales and beers […]

TGIF Summer Concert Series – The Extraordinaires + Cruise In

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn

Friday, May 3 Band: The Extraordinaires - Variety The Extraordinaires kick off the TGIF Concert Series on Friday, May 3rd! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this FREE performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm offering a selection of dining and drink options. Then music starts at 7:00pm. […]

Free

Georgia Mountain Eggfest

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Enjoy great food cooked on the "Big Green Egg", talk to the cooks....

$30

Bears Banter + Brews

UpCountry Brewing Comapny

Bears Bees + Brews and UpCountry Brewing are celebrating National Black Bear Day, Saturday, June 1st. Join us for a fun and educational evening with two live interactive brewery talks, trivia, and much more: > NC Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Ashley Hobbs: Coexisting with Black Bears > Wildands Network scientist Liz Hillard: The Importance of […]

Free

TGIF Free Summer Concert Series: Surf Cavalier + Morganton Motor Cruise In

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn

Friday, June 7 Band: Surf Cavalier - Indie Rock Surf Cavalier hits the TGIF stage for the first time on Friday, June 7th! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this FREE performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm offering a selection of dining and drink options. Then music […]

Free
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RockFest at Emerald Village

Emerald Village

Bring your friends Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th, 2019 and enjoy RockFest at Emerald Village, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland, NC. Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! There will be great food and live music, with performances by […]

Free

RiddleFest

Burnsville Town Center

RiddleFest promises musical excellence with a talented lineup performing for the annual event honoring the legacy of Yancey County native and musician Lesley Riddle. Grammy-winning musician Dom Flemons headlines the concert. Flemons was a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops who won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010. In 2014, Flemons […]

$20

Morganton TGIF Summer Concert Series – Buick MacKane

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn

Friday, July 26 Band: Buick MacKane - Southern Rock Buick MacKane closes out the 2019 season of the TGIF Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 26th. Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy this free performance on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00pm offering a selection of dining and drink […]

Free

North Carolina Apple Festival

Downtown Hendersonville

The North Carolina Apple Festival is the official Apple Festival in the state, and includes a street fair, arts & craft vendors, free live entertainment, children's activities, carnival rides, the King Apple Parade, festival food, the Apple Festival 8k/team5k/mini moo mile, vintage car show, special events going on throughout the county & much more. Apple […]

Free

NC Mountain State Fair

WNC Agricultural Center

The third largest fair in North Carolina celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, livestock displays, competitions, and midway amusement rides.

Free – $10
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38th Annual Morganton Festival

Come Play In Our Streets at the 38th annual Morganton Festival, Downtown Morganton September 6 & 7. Beginning Friday at 12:00pm enjoy a sampling of fine arts & crafts, festival cuisine, kid & teen zones. If you are up for some exercise, be sure to sign up for the annual Sunrise Run on the Greenway […]

2nd Annual WNC Bigfoot Festival

Historic Downtown Marion

Celebrate all things Bigfoot in Downtown Marion. The festival opens at 9:00 am with opening ceremonies at 10:15 am, followed by a Bigfoot Calling Contest, Town Hall Meeting with Cliff Barackman, and more. With 190 Bigfoot vendors, the day is packed with research-related vendors, food, music, and more. Visit with Marion’s Bigfoot Team to discuss […]

Free

Fiesta Hendersonville

Hendersonville Visitor Center

Fiesta Hendersonville gives Hendersonville a unique opportunity to experience the best of Latin American countries in their own backyard. Patrons can journey through over 20 represented countries and experience their people, live music, art, food and culture. Located between Allen & Caswell Streets in Hendersonville, NC.

Free

Old Timey Fall Festival

Burnsville Town Square

The OLD TIMEY FALL FESTIVAL is held on September 28th, 2019 in Burnsville, NC. On Burnsville’s beautiful Town Square, this is a good old fashioned, “Old Timey” local Festival. This annual event is used to invite heritage-crafters to come out and demonstrate the old timey methods of producing their crafts. Antique tractors and cars are […]

Free

Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival

Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC

The 60th annual Art on Main brings more than 90 juried artists from the Southeast region to show and sell their exceptional artwork. Media includes work in clay, fiber, wood, painting, glass, photography, jewelry, metal, and more. Enjoy artists demonstrations on historic Main Street in Hendersonville NC, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge […]

Free

Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft Festival

Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC

The 60th annual Art on Main brings more than 90 juried artists from the Southeast region to show and sell their exceptional artwork. Media includes work in clay, fiber, wood, painting, glass, photography, jewelry, metal, and more. Enjoy artists demonstrations on historic Main Street in Hendersonville NC, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge […]

Free

73rd Annual Tryon Block House Races

Green Creek Race Course

For generations, thousands of spectators can be seen annually at the event, with recent numbers exceeding 9,000. The Tryon Block House Races now feature an expanded lineup of races, resulting in an increase of entries chasing larger purses and delivering top sport to spectators. The 2019 edition is set to break records once again, featuring […]

Prices vary

Woodcarvers & Whittlers Festival

Historic Courthouse Square

"To promote the unique history of Columbus, carved out of the wilderness, and encourage the continuance of the handmade arts through education, public display, and civic involvement." The Discover Columbus Committee announces an event for the whole family. We are hosting a Woodcarvers and Whittlers Festival on October 19, 2019. The festival promises to be […]

Free

Bears Bees + Brews

New Belgium Brewing

We're celebrating and learning about human-wildlife coexistence and conservation from trusted organizations, while enjoying lively, family-friendly entertainment, sweet+savory bites, and tasty brews, all in one place.

Free

October Oyster Outing

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn

Saturday, October 19, 2019 Where: Courthouse Square When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 12-7pm The Annual October Oyster and Shrimp Festival, an annual fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council, will take place on Saturday, October 19th on the Old Court House Square and the Burke Arts Council property at 115 E Meeting Street in Downtown Morganton. […]

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Tryon Festival Horse Show

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort, host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, is one of the world’s ultimate equestrian lifestyle destinations with first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines and showcasing hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, fox hunting, polo, reining and multidiscipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of […]

Halloween Spooktacular

Thursday, October 31, 2019 Where: Courthouse Square When: Thursday, October 31 3:00-6:00pm Calling all goblins, vampires, super heroes, princesses and gypsies and everything in between! Come to Downtown Morganton Thursday, Oct. 31, and enjoy the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Spooktacular! We'll have trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3-5pm. When the trick-or-treaters have collected their […]

Free

Asheville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Asheville Outlets

20+ food trucks and 40+ craft beers will roll into the Asheville Outlets for a day of eating, drinking...and eating some more! BBQ, sushi, burgers, italian, cuban, macaroni and cheese and dozens more! All can be washed down with a cold one from 12 Bones, Dogfish, Ballast Point, Aviator, Hi Wire, New Belgium..to name a […]

$5 – $10

Tryon Beer Fest

Tryon Depot

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 […]

$35 – $75
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The Festival of the Hunt

Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Festival of the Hunt, highlighting the history and tradition of fox hunting and working field hunters, will be welcomed back to the venue November 12-17, 2019. With opportunities to hunt with local hunt clubs, mock hunts, the TIEC Field Hunter Championships and Carolina Performance classes, the Festival of the Hunt is a beloved fall […]

Winter Carnival and Memorial Tree Lighting

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn

Saturday, November 23, 2019 Where: Courthouse Square When: Saturday, November 23 5:00-8:00pm Join downtown Morganton on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for a holiday celebration for the entire family! Come out to the Courthouse Square at 5:30pm for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony and then stick around until 8pm for the Winter Carnival. From 5-8pm the […]

Free

Saluda Arts Festival

Downtown Saluda, NC

The annual Saluda Arts Festival attracts many local artist showcasing their crafts. Stretching along Main Street in Historic Downtown Saluda, NC. Every media in art will be represented to explore and for sale. Free family fun festival! https://www.saluda.com

Free

Dynamite Days

Emerald Village

Emerald Village invites you to our “Dynamite Days” celebration in Little Switzerland, NC! Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2020 (Memorial Day weekend) from 9AM to 6PM both days, plus a special nighttime Blacklight Mine Tour Saturday at 9PM. Festival activities include a kid’s Treasure Hunt, living history demos by mining re-enactor “The Salt […]

Free

Fabulous Fourth of July Festival

Downtown Columbus

The Town of Columbus is celebrating it's 58th Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration. The festival is 10am-10pm. Come join the crowd for this family oriented event. The day is filled with family fun, food, and entertainment, ending with spectacular fireworks.

Free

Coon Dog Day

Downtown Saluda, NC

57th Annual Coon Dog Day A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more. Come enjoy this homecoming event in Downtown Saluda, NC. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people […]

Free

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Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville Town Square

The 64th Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair August 7-8, 2020. 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. This free event runs from 9am to 5p both days. 100 Town Square, Burnsville, NC 28714 Yancey / Burnsville […]

Free
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Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville Town Square

The 64th Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair August 7-8, 2020. 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. This free event runs from 9am to 5p both days. 100 Town Square, Burnsville, NC 28714 Yancey / Burnsville […]

Free

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Earl Scruggs Music Festival

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Celebrating the legacy of an American music legend, the Earl Scruggs Music Festival will bring together artists from bluegrass, Americana, blues, and other roots music genres to celebrate the pioneering vision of Earl Scruggs. The festival will feature 20 artists over two days, plus music workshops, in a setting at the foot of the Blue […]

50th LEAF Festival

Lake Eden

LEAF prepares to celebrate a 25-year landmark tradition with the 50th LEAF Festival and we’re going SOLID GOLD for the occasion! From Thursday May 14th to Sunday May 17th, 2020 we will be welcoming world music, art, culture, and community into the heart of the beautiful WNC Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout its storied history, this […]

The Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Take a driving tour through the myths and legends of the Swannanoa Valley. This approximately two hour tour will take you to some of the most haunted, historical and mythological places in the Valley. Learn about the ghosts who haunt the windows of Black Mountain homes, the mystery skeleton of the McKoy Building, the Spanish […]

$125 – $150

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37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
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37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
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37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
Recurring

37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
Recurring

37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
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NC Mineral and Gem Festival

Spruce Pine Commons

Since the early 1950's Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host of the Festival and welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more! Even celebrities have been spotted at the Festival selecting their jewelry, gemstones and gifts! The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral […]

$4.00

NC Mineral & Gem Festival

NC Mineral and Gem Festival

The 62nd annual NC Mineral & Gem Festival located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. One of the oldest running and most popular mineral and gem festivals in the country. Hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday Hours are 12:00 to 5:00 PM.

$4.00
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37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
Recurring

NC Mineral and Gem Festival

Spruce Pine Commons

Since the early 1950's Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host of the Festival and welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more! Even celebrities have been spotted at the Festival selecting their jewelry, gemstones and gifts! The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral […]

$4.00
Recurring

37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
Recurring

NC Mineral and Gem Festival

Spruce Pine Commons

Since the early 1950's Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host of the Festival and welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more! Even celebrities have been spotted at the Festival selecting their jewelry, gemstones and gifts! The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral […]

$4.00

Recurring

37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show! The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossils, […]

free
Recurring

NC Mineral and Gem Festival

Spruce Pine Commons

Since the early 1950's Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host of the Festival and welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more! Even celebrities have been spotted at the Festival selecting their jewelry, gemstones and gifts! The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral […]

$4.00
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Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville Town Square

After missing last year due to the pandemic, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair returns to Burnsville’s Town Square Aug. 6-7. The fair, now in its 64th year, is a perennial favorite that showcases handmade art of all kinds. From wood carvings and sculptures to pottery, jewelry, yard decor and clothing, vendors present their varied talents. […]

Recurring

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville Town Square

After missing last year due to the pandemic, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair returns to Burnsville’s Town Square Aug. 6-7. The fair, now in its 64th year, is a perennial favorite that showcases handmade art of all kinds. From wood carvings and sculptures to pottery, jewelry, yard decor and clothing, vendors present their varied talents. […]

Recurring

Black Mountain Fall Garden Sale

The Monte Vista Hotel

Get ready for fall planting and holiday decorating by attending the Black Mountain Fall Garden Sale. This sale will feature trees, shrubs, native plants, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Get ahead of the holidays and pre-order holiday greenery. This gardener's event will have specialty plant vendors, raffles, food, and drinks. We look forward to seeing you […]

Free
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Black Mountain Fall Garden Sale

The Monte Vista Hotel

Get ready for fall planting and holiday decorating by attending the Black Mountain Fall Garden Sale. This sale will feature trees, shrubs, native plants, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Get ahead of the holidays and pre-order holiday greenery. This gardener's event will have specialty plant vendors, raffles, food, and drinks. We look forward to seeing you […]

Free