Past Events – NC Blue Ridge

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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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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 […]

Recurring

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 […]

Recurring

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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

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

Santa Claus Comes to Town

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

The town of Burnsville fills with the Christmas spirit as carolers take to Town Square to share some favorite Christmas tunes. Just off of Town Square at Burnsville Town Center, Santa greets children with an open lap for pictures and a listening ear for Christmas wishes. Cookies and hot chocolate will also be available.

Free

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 […]

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

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 […]