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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.

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Music on Main

Hendersonville Visitor Center 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC

The summer season gets into full swing with the return of the popular Music on Main concert series. People gather at the Visitor Center on Friday evenings throughout the summer to hear some the region’s finest bands. Concerts are held every Friday evening from June 8 through August 17 . Musical genres vary from pop […]

Free

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

Morganton Farmers Market

Morganton Farmers Market 300 Beach St., Morganton, NC

Opening Day: Saturday Market Saturday, April 27 Dates: April 27 - October 26, 2019 Time: 8:00am until 12:00 noon Join us for the opening day of the 2019 season of the Morganton Farmers Market. The Saturday Morganton Farmers Market is located at 300 Beach Street, behind Maria's Italian Eatery and More Lace at Morganton Station. […]

Paddling 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting a series of Paddling 101 classes in 2019. The focus is to promote paddling skills an safety practices for beginner paddlers. This event is FREE to the public with reservations. Spaces are limited. Head Paddling Guide Danielle Mathews Ennis will go over entry level strokes for canoeing, kayaking and Stand […]

Free

TGIF Summer Concert Series – The Extraordinaires + Cruise In

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn 102 East Union Street, Morganton, NC

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

Annual Upper French Broad River Clean Up Day

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

The French Broad River Clean up remains the best volunteer gig in town: a canoe ride down the river, along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and all the garbage bags you can fill. Since the inception of “The Upper French Broad River Clean Up Day” in 1992, the annual river clean-up has netted more than […]

Free

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

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

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn 102 East Union Street, Morganton, NC

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

Free Paddling 101 Clinic

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting a series of Paddling 101 classes in 2019. The focus is to promote paddling skills an safety practices for beginner paddlers. This event is FREE to the public with reservations. Spaces are limited. Head Paddling Guide Danielle Mathews Ennis will go over entry level strokes for canoeing, kayaking and Stand […]

Free

Recurring

Street Dances

Hendersonville Visitor Center 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC

This summer marks the 101st year of Hendersonville's street dances. What began in 1918 as a celebration to welcome the soldiers home from World War I is now a favorite tradition. People of all ages gather in downtown Hendersonville each Monday evening from mid-July through mid-August to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing. People square […]

Free

Morganton TGIF Summer Concert Series – Buick MacKane

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn 102 East Union Street, Morganton, NC

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

35th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Parkway Fire and Rescue show field 136 Majestic View, Spruce Pine NC 28777, NC

The 35th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment. This Gem Show has everything! Over 60 US and International dealers with almost any kind of jewelry, gemstone and mineral specimens, fossil, lapidary equipment and more you might want. Each booth is […]

Free

Free Paddling 101 Clinic

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting a series of Paddling 101 classes in 2019. The focus is to promote paddling skills an safety practices for beginner paddlers. This event is FREE to the public with reservations. Spaces are limited. Head Paddling Guide Danielle Mathews Ennis will go over entry level strokes for canoeing, kayaking and Stand […]

Free

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

Fiesta Hendersonville

Hendersonville Visitor Center 201 S Main St, Hendersonville, NC

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

Free Paddling 101 Clinic

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting a series of Paddling 101 classes in 2019. The focus is to promote paddling skills an safety practices for beginner paddlers. This event is FREE to the public with reservations. Spaces are limited. Head Paddling Guide Danielle Mathews Ennis will go over entry level strokes for canoeing, kayaking and Stand […]

Free

Farm City Day

Jackson Park 801 Glover St, Hendersonville, NC

The farm comes to the city at Hendersonville’s Annual Farm City Day, a celebration of Hendersonville’s rural traditions through introducing the urban population to agriculture. The day includes petting zoo, urban, rural and educational displays, antique and modern farm equipment, live music, food and concessions for sale, and crafters selling their wares, a special youth […]

Free

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

Woodcarvers & Whittlers Festival

Historic Courthouse Square 40 Courthouse Square, Columbus, NC

"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

October Oyster Outing

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn 102 East Union Street, Morganton, NC

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. […]

Free Paddling 101 Clinic

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting a series of Paddling 101 classes in 2019. The focus is to promote paddling skills an safety practices for beginner paddlers. This event is FREE to the public with reservations. Spaces are limited. Head Paddling Guide Danielle Mathews Ennis will go over entry level strokes for canoeing, kayaking and Stand […]

Free

Free Concert at FENCE

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center 3381 Hunting Country Rd, Tryon, NC

Foothills Equestrian Nature Center hosting a concert that is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for making this event possible. In a soundscape rich in folk and americana offerings Tina and Her Pony (Tina Collins and […]

Halloween Spooktacular

NC

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

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

Winter Carnival and Memorial Tree Lighting

Historic Burke County Courthouse Lawn 102 East Union Street, Morganton, NC

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

Downtown Hendersonville Street Lighting & Santa’s Arrival

Historic Henderson County Courthouse 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville, NC

The lighting of Hendersonville’s downtown holiday lights and Santa’s arrival kick off the holiday season in Downtown Hendersonville. The evening features entertainment, sing-along, hot chocolate, carriage rides and an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street after he lights up downtown.

Free

Home Town Christmas

Downtown Columbus Courthouse Square, Columbus, NC

Parade at 4:00PM – Twas the Night Before Christmas festivities at 6:00PM The Columbus Fire Department and Discover Columbus Committee invites people to celebrate the holidays with its Christmas parade through downtown on Mills Street and other activities in Stearn’s Park.

Free

Fly Fishing 101

Headwaters Outfitters 25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, […]

Free

Saluda Arts Festival

Downtown Saluda, NC Main Street, 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

Fabulous Fourth of July Festival

Downtown Columbus Courthouse Square, Columbus, NC

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 Main Street, 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

Swannanoa Valley Museum’s Holiday Open House

Swannanoa Valley Museum 223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC

Come celebrate the holiday season at the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s Holiday Open House! This event will be an opportunity to enjoy our nine-foot tall Christmas tree, listen to holiday music and enjoy our exhibits! As part of the Monte Vista Hotel’s “Deck the Trees” event, our Christmas tree will be richly decorated with the theme […]

FREE but can register online.