Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mountain Mitchell Craft Fair this Weekend in Burnsville

August 2-3   Mount Mitchell Craft Fair  Hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 56th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. 

The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. The event is free to the public with entertainment throughout the day.

Get complete local visitor information including cabin rentals on the Burnsville NC Guide.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blue Ridge Parkway Section Closed from Storm Damage

The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed to all traffic, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic, from Milepost 376 at Ox Creek Road to Milepost 355 at Mt Mitchell State Park due to structural damage from recent heavy rains.

Three different detours are available. Get a map and specific details HERE.

As of this writing thatis the only closure on the Parkway. Be sure to always check the Blue Ridge Parkway Road Closure Map before embarking on your adventure.

Mary Chapin Carpenter Performs at ASU's Appalachian Summer Festival

August 1   An Appalachian Summer Festival: An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter  and Shawn Colvin featuring special guest Suzanne Veg Acclaimed songwriters (and longtime friends) Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin share the stage as an intimate duo, performing material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs. These two iconic singer songwriters will be joined by legendary folk-singer Suzanne Vega for a special one-night only appearance.

Get a link for the Appalachian Summer Festival, local lodging and visitor information on the Boone NC Guide.

Monday, July 29, 2013

29th Annual Grassy Creek Gem Show in Spruce Pine

July 29 - August   29th Annual Grassy Creek Gem Show   An outdoor gem show featuring dealers from around the world. Items for sale include jewelry, raw minerals and jewels, equipment, gemstones, fossils and more. There are 72 dealers who have all kinds of gemstones, mineral specimens, jewelry, beads, fossils, and lots more. Admission is FREE. Parking is FREE.

The event is held at the Parkway Fire and Rescue Department at 12966 Hwy. 226 South, in Spruce Pine, NC, halfway between US 19E and the Blue Ridge Parkway (exit 331). 

Get complete local visitor information on the Spruce Pine NC Guide. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Blue Ridge Music Center Features Balsam Range and Cullen's Bridge

August 4 - The Blue Ridge Music Center Special Music on The Mountain Concert featuring two notable bluegrass bands, Balsam Range and Cullen's Bridge from North Carolina, kicking off a week of great music and the beginning of the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA.

This is the third special concert programmed at the Blue Ridge Music Center to celebrate the region's bluegrass music before the activities at the Fiddlers convention begin - giving locals and visitors alike, more opportunity to hear the highest caliber, mountain music.

Balsam Range is a band of five, outstanding musicians and singers from Haywood County featuring: Tim  Surrett - lead vocals and bass,  Buddy Melton - tenor vocals and fiddle,  Caleb Smith - guitar and vocals, Darren Nicholson - mandolin and harmony vocals,  as well as Marc Pruett - bluegrass banjo and vocals. The group is known for their fine musicianship, original song-writing and their tight arrangements. 

Balsam Range has seven National #1 Songs. Including: "Last Train To Kitty Hawk," "Caney Fork River," "Trains I Missed," and others. Recently, they were presented the "keys to the city" in Canton, NC where they were honored with an official declaration of "Balsam Range Day" in their home county for their positive contributions to our community. Since the start of Balsam Range, they have raised tens of thousands of dollars for regional and national charities. Balsam Range has quite a following of loyal fans and when you hear them you will know why they are so popular!

Cullen's Bridge is a bluegrass band formed by Mickey Galyean and other hot pickers from Lowgap that honors the music of Mickey's father, great songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Cullen Galyean. The group's musical experience combines a century of rich bluegrass and gospel music. From pure gospel to traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Cullen's Bridge is known for precision picking, great harmonies, and their warm stage presence.

The Music on the Mountain concert starts at 7 PM. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Tickets: $15. Children 12 and under are free. All ticket sales support the daily free programs and non-profit traditional music concert series. Advance tickets are available at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Barrs Fiddle Shop, the Galax Visitor Center, online at or by calling (276) 236-5309 x112.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Symphonic Pops: A Night at the Movies at The Brevard Music Center

July 27   Symphonic Pops: A Night at the Movies at The Brevard Music Center   Conductor and virtuoso trumpeter Jeff Tyzik returns to the Music Center to lead the Brevard Sinfonia in an evening of music from the movies.

Film buffs and music lovers alike will enjoy hearing the themes from their favorite films such as Superman, Casablanca, and Star Wars performed live on stage. PreConcert at 6:30 PM. Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty. 

"Speed Dating Tonight" at 3 PM with pre-opera talk at 2 PM. Program of Song FREE Concert at 11 AM.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Grandfather Mountain Campout and Activities this Weekend

July 26-28   The Grandfather Mountain Campout  A special opportunity to camp in MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain and take part in day and night activities led by Grandfather’s naturalists and interpretive rangers. Additional cost and reservations required.

Both day and evening activities are planned including Campfire programs and Night adventures, Nature programs and behind the scenes tour, on the Black Rock Cliffs, Climate and Weather Program and Tree and Shrub Program and Birds, bugs and bitterfly Programs.

Grandfather Mountain, towering 5,946 feet high in northwest North Carolina, is one of the world's most environmentally diverse nature preserves. The Mile-high Swinging Bridge, Wildlife Habitats, Nature Walk and Hiking Trails make Grandfather Mountain a "must do" for any mountain vacation. Help preserve Grandfather Mountain with your tax-deductible donation

Grandfather Mountain is located on US 221 2 miles north of
Linville NC.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Piano Competition Finals at The Brevard Music Center

July 28   BMC Piano Competition Finals at The Brevard Music Center   Soloists of Tomorrow 3 PM Winners of the 2013 Jan & Beattie Wood Concerto Competition take the stage to perform alongside the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Help celebrate the Music Center's educational mission as we shine a spotlight some of our most talented young musicians. PreConcert at 2 PM- Special pre-concert performances one hour before curtain, featuring BMC's students and artist faculty.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Brevard Music Center Festival Continues with the Brandenburg Concerto

July 24   The Six Brandenburg Concerti at The Brevard Music Center    BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 Student Piano Recital at 12:30 - FREE!The Brevard Music Center is renowned for its Summer Festival and top level educational experiences - Each summer more than 400 students, ages 14 through post-college, join professional musicians to eat, breathe and sleep music for seven weeks. In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than eighty public performances.

Get a link for the Brandenburg Concerto Concert, the Brevard Music Center and complete visitor information for Brevard NC HERE.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gemboree this Weekend in Franklin NC

July 25 - 28   48th Annual Macon County Gemboree   The Second oldest gem and mineral show in the Southeast features dealers from across the United States. Rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin.

Franklin North Carolina is a center of history, heritage and the NC mountain way of life. Franklin celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2005 and continues to honor it's heritage while embracing the future. Nestled in North Carolina’s southernmost mountains, the foothills of the Great Smokies, the Franklin area offers both a slower pace and a abundance of things to do.

The area is famous for is rural beauty, but not isolated with access to major highways US 23/441 and US 64, and major interstates I-40, I-26 and I-85. Atlanta, Georgia is just 127 miles to the south, while Asheville is 65 miles to the east.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Campanion come to the Brevard music Center

July 23    A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at The Brevard Music Center   A Prairie Home Companion's Radio Romance Tour 2013 hits the road coast-to-coast this summer, starring host and writer Garrison Keillor, singer Aoife O'Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.

Aoife O'Donovan, of Boston and Brooklyn NY, is the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why and sang on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. She collaborated with the Dave Douglas Quintet on Be Still, My Soul, listed by many jazz critics as one of the best albums of 2012. The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band is an all-purpose roots quintet covering blues, jugband, primitive jazz, good timey, R&B, swing, and hillbilly, with occasional ventures into classical, romantic, French cafe, music hall, surfer, spa, and Scandihoovian. Fred Newman is a storyteller and sound-effects artist and author of the best-selling MouthSounds.
New Music
at 12L30 PM - a free concert.

Get complete visitor information about Brevard NC HERE.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Old TIme Week Begins at The Swanannoa Gathering

July 21 - 27    Swanannoa Gathering - Old Time Week   Explore the rich music, dance, and singing traditions of the southern Appalachian region through a wide variety of classes taught by an experienced and supportive staff. Evening activities include jam sessions, singing, square dances, clogging, concerts, and the popular Late-Night Honky-Tonk Dance.

For those students bringing their families, we also offer a program for kids, but space is limited. The Children's Program for ages 6-12 features kids' activities scheduled during all the daytime class sessions, and evening childcare for ages 3-12 is provided at no additional cost.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ghost Tour Tonight in WIlkesboro

July 20    Candle Light Ghost Tours   Come out for an evening of tales, mystery and haunts at the Candle Light Ghost Tours. Learn about the ghosts that haunt the old buildings that make up downtown Wilkesboro. Visit a cemetery where Civil War Soldiers are buried, stand in the jail cell Tom Dooley spent his last days, and listen to the stories of the haunted Smithey Hotel. Tickets will be sold on the Courthouse lawn at the Wilkes Heritage Museum and at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market the Friday before. Tours start at 8 PM.

Get a link for the Candle Light Ghost Tours and other Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro NC events HERE

Friday, July 19, 2013

Last Minute Asheville Weekend Getaway

Brookstone Lodge in Asheville - rooms with mini-fridge and microwave, heated indoor pool and hot tub, complimentary breakfast, fitness center, business center and facilities, WIFI. Packages offered. Current rates from $90.

Business amenities at this 3-star property include a business center and small meeting rooms. Additional amenities include gift shops/newsstands, dry cleaning/laundry services, and self parking. Guest parking is complimentary. This is a smoke-free property.

The Residences at Biltmore - 114 Studios to 3 bedroom suites, apartment-style accommodations, kitchens, WIFI, fireplaces, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Pet Friendly. Convenient location for all Asheville attractions.

Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site. There is a 24-hour business center on site. The staff can provide concierge services and tour/ticket assistance. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a video library, and a fireplace in the lobby. Self parking is complimentary. This is a smoke-free property.

Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville  -  A "boutique" hotel one block from the Grove Arcade in the heart of downtown Asheville. 100 rooms with hardwood floors, plush bedding, unique decor and  wonderful view of the mountain city.  

Dining: Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning in the bistro between 6 AM and 11 AM. One Fifty One Boutique - Overlooking the city, this bistro serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).  Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Get complete visitor information for Asheville NC HERE.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Begins Today in Asheville

July 18 - 21   Semi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment bring Asheville's Civic (Cellular) Center alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Both levels of the Center offer artisans exhibiting and selling works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

The Fair showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild with members living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama.

Get links for Asheville lodging, attractions and restaurants on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival

July 19 - 20 Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival  This event features a sanctioned professional barbecue competition, a wings contest, public tastings, live bluegrass music, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, craft vendors, BBQ equipment and supplies vendors, local food vendors, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, a kids play-area.

The Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival is hosted by Spruce Pine Main Street and the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, and is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs for the live music performances.

DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE will be the headline act on Friday evening, and BALSAM RANGE, Winner of the IBMA Song of the Year in 2011 for “Trains I Missed", will be back by popular demand to perform Saturday evening on the Festival Stage. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stories of Mountain Folk for 7/13/13

Stories of Mountain Folk is produces by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia and archived at Western Carolina University. The program for July13 2013:

Storytelling: Amy’s story is called “Gathering of the Stories”—a step back to the time she began to write her trilogy of family stories. Background music: “Shout to the Lord” by David Bauer.

Creative Corner: Doreyl’s guest is Dan Pattillo from Cane Creek in Cullowhee, who talks about discovering the flora of Western North Carolina. Music: “Cullowhee” by Henry Queen.

Stories of Mountain Folk: Amy welcomes 88-year-old Sally Gwinn Kesler from the Cartoogechaye community of Franklin, NC, who tells some of the story of her life. Music: "Abiding in the Vine” by Betty Brown.

Black Roots of Appalachia: Victoria visits with Reva Dorsey from Sylva, who remembers some of her life and family. Music: "High, Low and Wide” by the Golden Gate Quartet.

Down Another Road: (Reprisal from August 18, 2012) Judy interviews Ted White from Asheville, and they talk about some Asheville history. Music:“Trouble” by Banjo Mania

Closing Song: "Look at My Arm" by Mark Winchester.

Listen to this week's Stories of Mountain Folk HERE. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the radio box below the green box.) 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Celtic Week at The Swanannaoa Gathering

July 14 - 20     Swanannoa Gathering - Celtic Week   This year’s lineup features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Danú, Ossian, Solas, Battlefield Band, The House Band, and Cherish the Ladies, several other exciting new faces, and the return of some old friends.

New this year are more song and flute classes, and sean-nós and set dancing. The week will feature classes, potluck sessions, concerts, jams, dances and a ‘Food Songs Night,’ with delicious fare provided by the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts.

"Slow Jams" and Songs Swaps take place from 6 - 7 PM. Public concerts, dances, jams begin at 7:30 PM.

Find links for the Swanannoa Gathering Celtic Week and more Asheville Events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Carolina Mountain Ribfest this Weekend in Asheville

July 12 - 14   Carolina Mountain Ribfest   Enjoy World Class professional barbecue rib vendors from across the country, plus live entertainment, amusement rides, arts and crafts and more. Enjoy mouth watering, award winning BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken, with all the traditional side dishes.

The Carolina Ribfest is now in its 7th year
at the WNC Agricultural Center in the Asheville suburb of Fletcher NC.
The festival is packed with fun for the whole family including a full schedule of top name live entertainment daily featuring national, regional and local acts.

Additional activities include the Ribfest Karaoke Challenge, Piggy's Kids Fun Zone, The Ribfest Arts & Crafts , Commercial Exhibits, Custom and Classic Car Show on Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Get a link for the Carolina Ribfest and other local events and attractions on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Old Fort Mountain Gateway Museum Second Saturday Program

July 13    2nd Saturdays - Heart and Soul   This program will feature the "Heart and Soul: Black Churches of McDowell County" exhibit. Jakia Probst, District Winner of the National Poetry Out Loud competition will have two performances over the course of the day.

The Addie's Chapel Choir will be performing at 1 PM. The event is held on the grounds of Mountain Gateway Museum. The 2nd Saturdays summer programs are sponsored statewide by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources ( at all 37 of its history museums, art museums and historic sites.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Maggie Valley RoadRunner Magazine Touring Weekend

July 11 - 12    RoadRunner Magazine Touring Weekend at Wheels Through Time   Established in 2006, the RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend is held each year in memory of the magazine’s founder, Christian Neuhauser.

RoadRUNNER team members, subscribers, and anyone with a passion for motorcycles and for fun is encouraged to attend. This year the event is expecting around 500 participants from all across the country.

Get links for local information on the Maggie Valley Visitor Guide.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cherokee Hosts Trout Fishing Tournament this Weekend

July 12 - 14    Mid-Summer Trout Fishing Tournament   $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters.

When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize.

Get a link for the Cherokee Summer Fishing Tournament and  local events, attractions and lodging on the Cherokee NC Visitor Guide.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mountain in Bloom Festival this week in Higholands NC

July 11 - 14    The 14th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival in Highlands NC   Over 1,000 garden and nature lovers from across the US come together to celebrate. The event features a tour of majestic mountain gardens in the Ravenel community, a flower show that includes flower arrangement, horticulture and photography divisions, an exclusive Benefactor tour of the Southern Highlands Reserve and the always elegant Benefactor Party.

Proceeds support The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center. Friday-Saturday July 13th -14th Flower Show, Garden Tours, and Luncheon. Sunday July 15th Southern Highlands Reserve Tour and Benefactor Party--For Benefactor Donors Only.

Get a link for the Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival, The Bascom and other Highlands NC events and attractions on the Highlands NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Grandfather Mountain Hosts the 58th Annual Highlands Games

July 11-14    The 58th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans   Join 1000s of Scots in 85 clans decked out in their finest plaid for the annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Live Celtic music, tradition heritage events and Highlands games.  New this year is a Saturday night Celtic Rock Concert.

The Gathering begins on Thursday with a picnic, sheep herding and Celtic music. At 7:30 PM
The Bear: Assault on Grandfather, a five-mile footrace climbs 1,568 feet in elevation from the town of Linville to the summit of Grandfather Mountain. Over 800 runners will start up the Old Yonahlossee Road from Linville at 7 PM, circle the Highland Games track around 7:15, and head up the Grandfather Mountain summit road. The evening concludes with a torchlight ceremony.

Friday begins with a mountain bike race and continues with a Preliminary athletic competition, sheep herding, music/dancing exhibitions. Celtic Groves will be open and other activities will highlight the day. The official opening ceremony will be held.

Events throughout the weekend range
from the Scottish Fiddling Workshop & Jam Session to Highland Wrestling to the Highland Dancing Atlantic International Championship, piping, drumming, Scottish athletic events, track & field events, Scottish country dancing, Scottish fiddling, and Scottish harp. Get a complete calendar of events online.

Find lodging near Grandfather Mountain on the Linville NC Visitor Guide, the Blowing RockNC Visitor Guide or the Banner Elk NC Visitor Guide.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Les Miserables Begins this week at The Flat Rock Playhouse

July 10 - August 18   Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Les Misérables " Perhaps the most popular musical in the world, this all-new production will feature a cast of thirty performers and a new production design that will make this musical a can’t-miss summer event!

Evenings Wed-Sat 8:00 PM, Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun 2:00 PM

This international sensation is epic, grand and uplifting.  Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences for a generation, and now for the first time, it will be on the Flat Rock stage.

Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant of abnormal physical and moral strength, and his never-ending quest for redemption. After serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for starving relatives, Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and his cohorts get swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Get links for lodging, restaurants and attractions in Flat Rock NC HERE.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

27th Annual Christmas in July Festival in West Jefferson this Weekend

July 6   27th Annual Christmas in July Festival   Visit historic downtown West Jefferson in beautiful Ashe County for the Annual Christmas in July Festival. Friday night  live music features the best in bluegrass, old time, gospel and country music from The Buck Haggard Band and Wolf Creek Band, street dance and food vendors from 6-10 PM.

Saturday brings the full festival to life with art and crafts, music acts featured all day long, civil war reenactments, food and fun, fun, fun from 9 AM - 7 PM. Christmas in July is a FREE event featuring the very best in traditional mountain music and handmade crafts from throughout the northwest mountains of North Carolina.

Get visitor information for West Jefferson NC HERE.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains Rail Road BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

July 6    BBQ and Brews Dinner Train    The First ever Barbeque and Brews Dinner Trains featuring locally hand-crafted beer from Nantahala Brewing Company and Heinzelmannchen Brewery plus slow-cooked authentic North Carolina Barbeque.

The train departs Bryson City Depot at 7 PM and returns at 9 PM traveling through the scenic mountain countryside to the Fontana Trestle for a spectacular sunset. The base ticket price is $69 (adults over 21 only) and includes a souvenir tasting glass with three beer samples and a meal of pulled pork, homemade coleslaw, kettle chips, fruit and key lime pie. Additional beer will be available for purchase.

Get a link and visitor information for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and Bryson City NC HERE.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July Events: Dillsboro Independence Day Celebration

July 4   Dillsboro Independence Day Celebration   Enjoy a fun-filled Fourth in Dillsboro. Free play at games around town like checkers, corn hole and horseshoes. Entertainment begins on Front Street around 7 PM with the Hoss Howard Band (7:30 - 9:30 ). Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show.

Fireworks will begin at dark from Harrison Quarry. There are plenty of good places to watch the fireworks - just ask a local.

Learn more about Dillsboro NC HERE


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

4th of July Events: Annual Brevard 4th of July Festival

July 4     4th of July Festival in Downtown Brevard   Activities include: 5K/10K Firecracker Run, Fine Arts and Craft Showcase, All Star Pet Show, Declaration of Independence Reading, Memorial Flag Raising, Classic Automobile Show, Old Time Fair, day-long music, Kids’ Bike Parade, Hot Dog Eating Contest, inflatables, face painting, children’s activities and end the day with the wonderful July 4th Fireworks.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Last Minute 4th of July Rental in Asheville NC

Asheville cottage rental - 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps up to 6. Screened porch with dining, swing and hammock, full kitchen, gas log fireplace. Pet Friendly. Located in a private wooded setting only minutes to downtown or Biltmore. $180 night, $900 week.  See rental photos, details and availability

Find more Last Minute 4th of July mountain rentals and cabins HERE.

Monday, July 1, 2013

NC 4th of July Events: Asheville's Second Annual Carnavalito Music Festival at Pisgah Brewery

July 3-4  Second Annual Carnavalito Music Festival   Held at the Pisgah Brewing Company Outdoor stage, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Toubab Krewe will host and headline this 2-day celebration of Independence Day.

The Lineup: July 3rd - Toubab Krewe with Gates opening at 8:00 PM and the show starting at 9:00 PM. July 4th - Toubab Krewe, Sol Driven Train, The Broadcast, DJ Camero and Chompin’ At The Bit (Indoor late night show 11 PM). Gates open at 2:00 PM with the show beginning at 3:00 PM.

4th of July Events: Lake Lure NC Fireworks and 4th of July Celebration

July 4 - Rumbling Bald Resort's 4th of July Celebration at Lake Lure    Enjoy a day and evening of family fun and activities from 8 AM until 10 PM on Independence Day.

The Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Sale
includes the works of local artists and crafters displaying along the Lake Lure boardwalk near the members' marina.
The Show and Sale will be held from 9 AM - 5 PM. 

There will also be a Kids Zone at the Beach, Fire truck rides and temporary tattoos, Bingo at the Pavilion and a golf cart parade.  KIDS GAMES INCLUDE:
  • 10:30 am - Water Balloon Toss (all ages) game court
  • 11:30 am - Rubber Ducky Sprint (under 12) Trout Stream Bridge
  • 12:30 pm - Frozen T-shirt Contest (all ages) game court
  • 2:00 pm - Water Balloon Toss (all ages) game court
  • 3:00 pm - Rubber Duck Sprint (under 12) Trout Stream Bridge
  • 4:00 pm - Frozen T-shirt Contest (all ages) game court
  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - BINGO
The Beach Cookout begins at 11 AM and continues until 3:30 PM. Choose from hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches or combos including chips and a drink.

The Tiki Bar and Ice Cream at the Cabana both open at 11 AM
and continue through 10 PM. Enjoy your favorite beverage or the traditional 4th of July treat, ice cream.

Evening Dinning includes a Pasta Dinner on the Terrace and a Prime Rib Buffet at Lakeview Restaurant. The pasta dinner includes
 Caesar Salad, Macaroni and Ham Salad, Seasoned Italian Snow Peas, Breadsticks, Vegetarian Lasagna, Blackened Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Baked Meatballs and Marinara - with Fresh Fruit, Cookies and Brownies for dessert. (Adults $14/Children $7.00).  The Prime Rib Buffet is  $24.95 for adults, Children 12 and under $12.95

End your holiday watching one of the best fireworks displays anywhere in the mountains. Take a fireworks cruise and view the display from the middle of Lake Lure, or, stay on land and watch the Color Guard
Presentation of Flags and Colors to the Star Spangled Banner followed by the Fireworks display over Lake Lure beginning at 9:20 PM. 

Get a link for Rumbling Bald's Lake Lure 4th of July Celebration, Lake lure lodging and other visitor information HERE