Rutherfordton, N.C. Kicks Off Spring with Three-Day Celebration this May 5-7 - NC Blue Ridge

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (April 4, 2016): Downtown Rutherfordton is welcoming spring with a major three-day celebration that starts on Thursday, May 5 with a 20th anniversary fiesta followed by Rutherfordton’s spring music series on Friday, and wraps with a full-day street festival on Saturday. From civil war history and antebellum homes to eclectic restaurants and an amazing museum for kids of all ages, downtown Rutherfordton is one of the several small towns in the Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills’ family. Make plans to enjoy one, two or all of these exciting events.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo & 20th Anniversary of Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant
Enjoy authentic Cinco de Mayo festivities and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant in Rutherfordton on Thursday, May 5 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Patrons can enjoy flamenco performances and dance lessons, a photo booth with beads and fake mustaches, plus free face painting and balloon animals! As a thank you for the years of support, Mi Pueblito is giving away loads of promo items to patrons throughout the evening including 200 tumblers, 200 beer openers, and 500 Mi Pueblito t-shirts. The fiesta continues on both Friday and Saturday night with live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May 6: F.U.N.C. – Fridays UNplugged on Central
Starting at 7 p.m., downtown Rutherfordton’s Central Street will feature the firstF.U.N.C of the season – Fridays UNplugged on Central! Cruise up and down the street, which turns into a temporary promenade for F.U.N.C. nights on the first Fridayof every month, May through October. Watch acoustic, live music and let the kids play street games while enjoying drinks and local food vendors at this family-friendly jam session. The winners of the Rutherford County Visual Arts Guild 2016 Topic Contest will also be announced at the beginning of the night.

Also happening Friday night is the Crazy 4 Colby obstacle course fundraiser to benefit six-year-old Colby Whiteside, who was diagnosed last year with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, the second most common form of childhood leukemia. The event starts at 5 p.m. in downtown Rutherfordton. To register, visit As an added bonus, participants in the Crazy 4 Colby fundraiser will receive a $1 off coupon to Mi Pueblito on Friday night.

May 7: MayFest
An annual tradition for nearly 20 years, MayFest takes place the first Saturday of every May from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Grab a fresh-squeezed lemonade, some roasted corn and search out the latest fried treats. Stroll the streets of historic downtown Rutherfordton, shop for local arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and family entertainment. The morning kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Gears & Gables Cycling Event to benefit the Rutherford Housing Partnership. Riders can cruise through our scenic foothills on a 24-, 41- or 62-mile route.

May 28-30: Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival
Come back on Memorial Day Weekend to shop the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival– three days of fine arts and crafts from more than 70 artisan vendors. Local food and refreshments and live entertainment round out this three-day festival that takes place right across from gorgeous Lake Lure Beach in the Arcade Plaza.

To view a gallery of images from these events in past years, click here.

About Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills of Rutherford County, N.C.
Have the time of your life in Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills, the famous film site of “Dirty Dancing.” Here, retreat to a destination where simple pleasures outshine the digital-age spectacles – a place where Main Streets reign over mega malls; where nature delivers the best adventures; and where history lives boldly and visibly in architecture, story, song, and spirit.

Experience these journeys and more when you visit the majestic Blue Ridge Foothills of Rutherford County, N.C. Home to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City and Bostic, there is a world waiting for you to explore, enjoy and love. More info, visit or call 800-849-5998.

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