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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.

Burnsville Classic Movie Club presents “Hoosiers”

Yancey Theatre 119 W Main St, Burnsville, NC

The Burnsville Classic Movie Club will celebrate March Madness by screening one of the best basketball films to ever come out of Hollywood: "Hoosiers." Sports Illustrated and ESPN share the opinion that it is the finest sports motion picture ever made. This 32-year-old film is based on the true story of a small Indiana high […]

Fit Families 5K

Burnsville Town Square 100 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

Each spring, this community race through downtown Burnsville brings together friends and family for a fun fitness event. Businesses, civic leaders, church groups and community citizens are invited to cheer on the runners as they make their way through town. People often dress in costumes, ring bells, blow bubbles and give high fives to support the […]

$25

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Boeing Boeing

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time. Following […]

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Friendraiser

Rescue Dog Cafe 240 E. Main St., Burnsville, NC

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival and Rescue Dog Cafe present Ash Devine in concert. Devine is an award-winning songwriter and folk-Americana-country musician who is based the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville. A portion of proceeds benefit the upcoming Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, held in downtown Burnsville Sept. 6-8. Two drawings will be held, one for […]

RiddleFest

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

Once a year, musicians, historians and music fans gather in Burnsville to honor the legacy of Yancey County native and musician Lesley Riddle. This year’s RiddleFest takes place Saturday, June 30, with an afternoon seminar and evening concert. Songstress Laura Boosinger and fiddler Josh Goforth headline the concert. Boosinger, an award-winning performer and recording artist […]

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Oliver!

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance among a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, […]

$13 – $24

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Community Viewing Night

Bare Dark Sky Observatory 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville, NC

Join us for an evening of stargazing as you've never seen before! You will have the opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars through our 34" diameter Sam Scope, as well as our smaller planetary telescope. With the assistance of our observatory manager, up to 25 people will spend two hours viewing and learning […]

$5 – $15

Horsin’ Around with the Mt. Mitchell Road Kill Band

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

The Mt. Mitchell Road Kill Band — a local group of guys who love playing music from the '60s, '70s and '80s — puts on an evening of entertainment to benefit the Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center. In addition to music, the event includes a silent auction, dancing, desserts and coffee. Proceeds benefit the riding center, […]

$20

High Peaks Stroll to Swinging Footbridges

Burnsville Town Square 100 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association and local author Katey Schultz for a rare treat. Schultz leads a tour of one of the area’s unique and alluring features, its swinging footbridges. A product of the area’s steep topography and limited transportation network, the bridges once were a vital link for rural families cut off […]

$5

Early Morning Stargazing

Bare Dark Sky Observatory 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville, NC

Are you an early bird? Join us for a morning of stargazing as you've never seen before! You will have the opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars through our 34" diameter Sam Scope, as well as our smaller planetary telescope. With the assistance of our observatory manager, up to 20 people will spend […]

$10 – $20
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Godspell

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

Parkway Playhouse continues its MainStage season with the musical "Godspell." A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' […]

$13 – $24

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

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 […]

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

The cultural touchstone that is "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London’s longest-running comedy after a decade at […]

$11 – $22

Old Timey Fall Festival

Burnsville Town Square 100 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

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 102 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

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

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Murder in the Moonshine

Nu Wray Inn 102 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

The Nu Wray Inn and Parkway Playhouse team up for a fun murder mystery dinner. A local treasure hunter, known for his underwhelming finds, is hosting a roaring '20s themed dinner event to celebrate locating a treasure that’s been hidden for 90 years. He claims to have found the stash of a Chicago gangster who bought moonshine at […]

$45

Community Viewing Night

Bare Dark Sky Observatory 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville, NC

Join us for an evening of stargazing as you've never seen before. You will have the opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars through the 34-inch diameter Sam Scope, as well as our smaller planetary telescope. With the assistance of our observatory manager, guests will spend two hours viewing and learning about the dark […]

$5 – $15

A Killer Investment: Murder Mystery Dinner

Nu Wray Inn 102 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

You received a cryptic message from your financial adviser, Felix Venture, inviting you to a special investors’ dinner at the Nu Wray Inn. His invitation said that he’d reveal the most amazing opportunity that he’s ever seen in all his years of investing. Of course you were interested because you’ve got a lot of money […]

$45

Star Party 2019

Bare Dark Sky Observatory 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville, NC

Join Mayland Earth to Sky Park and Bare Dark Sky Observatory to take part in the statewide NC Star Party. Watch the groundbreaking for the new planetarium, and enjoy astronomy activities, a food truck, and plenty of stargazing hosted by the MCC Astronomy Club.

Free

Homeplace Supper Club

Nu Wray Inn 102 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

Homeplace Beer Company and Twisted Laurel present the next in an ongoing series of pop-up beer dinners at the historic Nu Wray Inn in Burnsville. Twisted Laurel of Weaverville prepares a four-course, beer-themed menu. Each course is paired with unique Homeplace beers. Guests take home a seven-ounce commemorative glass. First Course: Beer Cheese Soup, Mini […]

$55

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Along About Sundown

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

When an aspiring musician, Ethan, happens into Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the Minstrel of Appalachia, he embarks on a musical and historical journey. Along about sundown, several musicians meet up on Lundsford’s porch for storytelling, and more importantly, a chance to make music together. Lunsford’s life and songs inspire musicians and appreciators of Appalachian music everywhere. This original musical, written […]

$13 – $24

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Dixie Swim Club

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

The heartwarming comedy "The Dixie Swim Club" comes to Parkway Playhouse. Written by Jamie Wooten (longtime writer and producer on "The Golden Girls"), Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope, "The Dixie Swim Club" tells the story of five southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. The five set aside a long […]

$11 – $22

RiddleFest

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

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
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Summer Outdoor Movie Series

Bare Dark Sky Observatory 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville, NC

Enjoy out-of-this-world movie experiences all summer long at the Earth to Sky Park. From June through September, the Mayland Community College Foundation hosts space-themed movie nights on the lawn. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs, purchase some popcorn and a drink, and sit back to watch. All movies are rated PG. June 22nd: "Hidden Figures" […]

$5

Patriotic Concert

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

Acclaimed pianist and vocalist Brian Gurl brings his rollicking rendition of patriotic hits to Burnsville to kick off the holiday weekend. Gurl and his six-piece band present “America the Beautiful,” a compilation of classic tunes to celebrate Independence Day. The family-friendly concert includes such standards as “This Land Is Your Land,” “An American Triology,” “God […]

$10 – $30
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Amélie

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in […]

$13 – $24

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The Humans

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for best play, "The Humans" by Stephen Karam is a dark comedy that will leave audiences laughing and crying for the entire evening. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake brings his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, […]

$11 – $22

Farm to Fork Dinner

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

Locally sourced food from Burnsville and surrounding mountain communities will be the centerpiece for the fourth annual Farm to Fork Dinner. Agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR hosts the event and has partnered with Taylor Montgomery, executive chef at Mountain Air Country Club, to prepare the dinner. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on […]

$125

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Dark of the Moon

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of “Barbara Allen.” Set in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange “witch boy” who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she […]

$11 – $22

Yancey County Dream Home Tour

Tour four beautiful homes in Yancey County and support student scholarships all on the same day. The 10th Yancey County Dream Home Tour takes place on Friday, Oct. 4, and features homes across Yancey County. This year’s homes include: The Mountain Air Home of Warren and Larissa Bare: Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views from this newly constructed […]

$25

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Community Viewing Night

Bare Dark Sky Observatory 66 Energy Exchange Drive, Burnsville, NC

Enjoy an evening of stargazing as you’ve never seen before. Through the 34-inch diameter Sam Scope, you can see the craters of the moon in detail, as well as Saturn's rings and the eye of Jupiter. Take part in fun astronomy trivia and gain a greater knowledge of the night sky. No parking is allowed […]

$5 – $15

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Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour

Toe River Arts Gallery 102 W Main St, Burnsville, NC

Whether you’re shopping for stylish home decor, a statement piece to add to your wardrobe or something functional for the kitchen, you’ll find it at the Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour. The tour includes more than 100 artists in a variety of media. Potters, painters, glassblowers, textile artists, jewelry makers, blacksmiths, sculptors, carvers and […]

Free
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Elf Jr.

Parkway Playhouse 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York […]

$6 – $12

Holiday Concert

First Baptist Church Burnsville 11 Town Square, Burnsville, NC

Toe River Arts is pleased to present the Toe River Chamber Ensemble’s free annual holiday concert. The Toe River Chamber Ensemble and Toe River Community Chorus team up for a free holiday presentation of Part 1 of Handel’s "Messiah" at First Baptist Church in Burnsville. "Messiah," by George Frideric Handel, is an oratorio with a […]

Free

Christmas Bird Count

Burnsville, NC

The sixth-annual Audubon Christmas Bird County organized for Yancey County by High Peaks Birders takes place on Saturday, December 28. What is a Christmas Bird Count? It's an opportunity to join in the largest citizen science census, now in its 120th year. The data collected by volunteer CBC participants over the past century have become […]

Burnsville Wedding Expo

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

The Burnsville Wedding Expo invites brides-to-be, and their fiances, family and friends, to meet local vendors and explore area options for WNC weddings. A favorite expo tradition returns with brides digging through a tiered cake to find a wedding band hidden inside. The lucky participant who uncovers the ring gets to keep it. The expo […]

$5

Burnsville Metric

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

The annual Burnsville Metric kicks off the riding season in the idyllic Yancey County countryside. Cruise through the Toe River Valley on a 60.7-mile ride. The ride begins and ends on Burnsville Town Square, passing through the communities of Huntdale, Red Hill, Loafers Glory and Bakersville along the way. For less-experienced riders, a 43-mile loop […]

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Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational

Burnsville Town Center 6 S. Main St., Burnsville, NC

The second annual Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational celebrates hand-built stringed instruments with an emphasis on the artists who craft them and the musicians who play them. Featuring some of the most talented luthiers in the region, the three-day event includes concerts, exhibits, workshops and more. Jay Lichty of Tryon, NC, once again serves as host luthier. Festivities […]