May 2017 Events

March thru May

  • Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern HighlandsRural 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 HoltLocated 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.

April 26 through October 25

  • Luthier's Craft Exhibit at the Smith-McDowell House Museum.  The exhibit is free with house admission: $9 Adults; $5 students, and WNCHA members free.  10:00 am-4:00 pm Wednesday-Saturday.

Through May 19

May 5-6

  • “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.

May 5-7

  • 85th Annual Ramp Convention, American Legion Field, Waynesville. 828-456-8691

May 5-26

May 6

  • 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 19Peacock 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.

May 11

May 12, 2018

  • Cherokee Heritage Day: Anisgvti (Planting Moon), at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  Family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting.  The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme.  Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits. 

May 12

  • 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.

May 12-13

  • 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.

May 13

  • 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.
  • Cherokee Heritage Day at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Check the link for information on free activities.     

May 13-14

  • Fiber Weekend, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville.  Free, Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm.

May 19

  • Highway 64 at Fletcher Feed & Seed, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Free, donations appreciated. 

May 19-June 18

  • Carts & Horses! Antique Toy Exhibit, Zachary-Tolbert House, Cashiers Historical Society, Cashiers. Featuring children's games on the grounds.

May 20

  • 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.
  • Split Rail at Fletcher Feed & Seed, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Free, donations appreciated.

May 21

May 25

  • Etta Baker Statue Dedication at City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, Free, 5:30 p.m.  Friends of Etta Baker Memorial Concert, 6:30 p.m., tickets required.

May 26

  • 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.

May 26-28

  • White Squirrel Festival, downtown Brevard.  Live music, street vendors, live music, free concerts, family activities, and much more!  Go to link for weekend schedule and time.
  • 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.

May 27

May 27-28

  • 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.

May 27-29

  • Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival, across from the beach at Lake Lure.  Free admission.  Music, dancing, food, and hand-made crafts.  Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 29

  • 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.


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