May 2017 Events
March thru May
- Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern Highlands, Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University. Overview of the unique built environment of the peoples of the Southern Appalachians. Open daily except Mondays, 11 am - 5 pm.
March 27 through May 6
- "Mentors and Heroes" Photography Exhibit by David Holt. Located in the N.C. Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources Western Office, 175 Riceville Road, Asheville. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
- “A Garden of Quilts” Quilt Show, presented by the Western North Carolina Quilters’ Guild, Bonclarken Conference Center, Flat Rock. 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. $5 admission, free parking.The show will feature over 100 quilts, crafts vendors, a Guild boutique shop, and food.
- 85th Annual Ramp Convention, American Legion Field, Waynesville. 828-456-8691
- The Other Side-An Open Art Exhibit, Transylvania Community Arts Council Gallery, 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard. Gallery open M-F, 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
- Garden Day, Cradle of Forestry, 9 am-5 pm. $5 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. Learn about farming and gardening practices that have seen many changes since the time of the Cherokees.
- Songwriters Showcase 19, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville. 7 pm. Rob Tiger hosts Milan Miller, whose guitar picking & trusty tenor voice have garnered him seven #1 bluegrass hits and two nominations for Song of the Year,.Adults $15; Students $12.
- Annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival welcomes a new growing season with wine, craft beer, food and live music in downtown Mount Airy, noon - 6 pm.
- Avery Chamber Golf Classic, Linville Golf Club, LInvillle.
- 14th Annual Tourism Day, I-26 West NC Welcome Center. Mile marker 6 on Interstate 26 in Mars Hill, Friday, May 12 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Fiddler Roger Howell and friends, 23 Time National Clogging Champions the Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill University, exhibitor scavenger hunt and corn hole game.
- Working Writers Workshop Series, Alleghany County Public Library, Sparta. Darnell Arnoult, award-winning poet and novelist will teach a poetry workshop on Friday, May 12, 9 am to noon, and a writer workshop on Saturday, May 13, 9 am to noon. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is recommended.
- Spring Open House, Pine Crossings Gallery, 1/3 mile north of the Parkway on Highway 226, Spruce Pine. 10 am-5 pm. A select group of the finest Appalachian artists working in pottery,wood and glass will be available. 828 765-8400.
- Whole Bloomin’ Thing, Historic Frog Level, Waynesville.
- 2nd Annual Turkey Tail Wine Festival, The Inn at Glen Alpine, 12:00-5:00 pm. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at gate.
- Fiber Weekend, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville.
- Zachary-Tolbert House opens for season. Cashiers Historical Society, Cashiers.
- Growing Greenways Workshop, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the North Carolina Arboretum. Tickets $20
May 19-June 18
- Carts & Horses! Antique Toy Exhibit, Zachary-Tolbert House, Cashiers Historical Society, Cashiers. Featuring children's games on the grounds.
- Pink Beds BioBlitz, Cradle of Forestry, 9 am -5 pm. Free for all ages. An event dedicated toward applying citizen science in order to identify as many species of flora and fauna in a designated amount of time in a defined area. The Pink Beds valley near Asheville, N.C. is part of the Cradle’s 6,500-acre property and home to a diverse set of niches. The Pink Beds BioBlitz promotes outdoor educational opportunities for western North Carolina schools and the public in a fun, outdoor environment.
- Hues and Brews Artist & Craft Beer Celebration, Main Street, Lenoir, NC. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Street festival with food vendors, artists and brewery booths, live music and children's activities for the whole family.
- Crafty Historian at Smith-McDowell House Museum, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Join the Crafty Historian and make your own hand-crafted instruments, mouth bow, a kazoo, and a shaker. $5 for each instrument
- 4th Friday Gallery Walk, downtown Brevard. Art galleries, stores and restaurants open late from 5 - 8 pm on the 4th Friday from April-November. December Gallery Walk on 3rd Friday.
- Concerts on the Creek, Bridge Park Gazebo, Sylva. 7-9 pm. Free Friday night concerts Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- 13th Annual White Squirrel Photography Contest, as part of the White Squirrel Festival Weekend.
- Bogs, Bugs and Beavers, Cradle of Forestry, 9 am - 5 pm. $5 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. Guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail interpret the natural history of beavers, their wetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they create.
- White Squirrel Festival, downtown Brevard.
- Garden Jubilee, Historic Downtown Hendersonville, 9 am-5 pm. Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in the Western North Carolina.
- Butterfly Bonanza, Cradle of Forestry, 9 am - 5 pm. $5 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. Honored passes include America the Beautiful, Golden Age passports and Every Kid in a Park.What do butterflies and books have in common? Author Rita Venable will be at the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center signing her book “Butterflies of Tennessee” and sharing her knowledge.