NC Mineral and Gem Festival Celebrates 60 Years - NC Blue Ridge

Discover beautiful jewelry, gemstones, and mineral from around the country at the NC Mineral and Gem Festival in Spruce Pine on August 1 – 4, 2019. This year marks a milestone for the festival – it’s the 60 year anniversary, and to celebrate there are many new additions to the weekend’s festivities.

Mineral and Gem Festival Events

Attend the festival’s kickoff at a special VIP event on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. This event is a one night only exclusive event and first look of the Festival. Guests will enjoy live music, food, drinks, a silent auction and a 60 year anniversary “swag bag”.

Take part in the popular mine tours this year on Thursday and Friday, August 1 – 2, 2019. These tours are sponsored by The Quartz Corporation and visitors can visit a local working mine and dig for treasures to their hearts delight. Anything they find they can keep! The tours are a ticketed item and require reservations. Space is limited and these tours are very popular so reserve spots early! Reserve space at www.ncgemfest.com.

Shop for fine jewelry from the top jewelers in the country, watch as custom jewelry is designed on site, and shop for minerals, gemstones, fossils and beads.  Local gem mining establishments offer special mine tours as well as well as special events at their business locations.

Also plan to attend the Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show, sponsored by the Parkway Fire Department. This event is held the entire week from Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 and is just a few miles down Hwy 226 from the NC Mineral and Gem Festival. A visit to the Museum of NC Minerals in Spruce Pine is also a “must do” during the week.

The NC Mineral and Gem Festival will be held August 1-4, 2019 at the Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center, 12085 South Hwy 226, Spruce Pine, NC. The location boasts a beautiful space and will also host food vendors, a gift shop and a special exhibit from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  The times are Thursday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12:30-5:00.  Admission is $4 with Senior Citizens admitted on Thursday for $2 and Mitchell County Residents admitted on Sunday for $2.

About Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been deemed the most important mining district in the world and has celebrated nature’s resources in this mountain area for decades.  “The world would come to a slow crawl without the rich minerals from the Spruce Pine area,” said Patti Jensen with the Mitchell County Chamber. “Spruce Pine provides over 90% of the world’s purest quartz for the production of computer chips among many other uses.  And did you know that the “sand” at the Master’s in Augusta is trucked in from Spruce Pine?”

For more information contact the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce at 765-9033 or visit www.ncgemfest.com. Find other events happening around the Blue Ridge by using our events calendar.