September 2017 Events
- Music on Main, Sparta. First Friday of each month June-October. 6 pm. Downtown Sparta’s merchants, restaurants, and attractions welcome visitors with music in six or more venues. Performers can be found at BlueRidgeMusicNC.com. Free and family friendly.
- Concerts on the Creek, Bridge Park Gazebo, Sylva. 7-9 pm. Free Friday night concerts Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- Groovin’ on the Green Summer Concert Series, Cashiers Village Commons. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Free Friday night concerts.
- Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Lake Junaluska, 800-222-4930.
- 71st North Carolina Apple Festival, Downtown Hendersonville. Friday - Sunday 10 am - 8 pm, Monday 10 am - 5 pm. Street fair, arts & crafts, entertainment, children's activities, parade, food & more. King Apple Parade on Labor Day, 2:30 pm.
- Sentimental Journey Orchestra, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville. 7 pm. This 18-member big band with two vocalists has delighted audiences in Atlanta and the Southeast for 40 years. Adults $30; Students $20.
- Shindig on the Green, Pack Square Park, Asheville. 7 pm. Free. Traditional mountain music and dance performances under the stars. Bring chairs and instruments if you wish to participate in casual jams.
- Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 9 am-4 pm. Free. Handmade Arts and Crafts, Chainsaw Art Demos, Festival Foods.
- Afternoon Tea with Llamas, Cradle of Forestry. 11 am - 4 pm. $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. Meet these fascinating pack animals, each with their own “personality.”
September 15-October 28
- Faces & Places Exhibit, Cashiers Historical Society, more information to come.
- 4th Annual Blowing Rock Music Fest, at the Blowing Rock in Blowing Rock.
- 7th annual Cherokee Heritage Festival, Cherokee Homestead Exhibit and Clay County Museum, downtown Hayesville. Free. The festival features Cherokee demonstrators, dancers, artists, Cherokee food, and activities for children of all ages. For information call 828-389-3045.
- Mountain Heritage Festival, Main Street, Sparta. 10 am-4:30 pm. 23rd annual celebration of craft and music with food, juried crafts, kids activities and the Possum Queen Contest.
- Green Energy Park Youth Arts Fest, 100 Green Energy Park Road, Dillsboro. A celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun for the entire family.
- Heritage Weekend, Folk Art Center, Asheville.
- Bring Back the Monarchs, Cradle of Forestry. 9 am - 5 pm. $5 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. Migratory monarch butterflies are heading south this time of year. You can learn how to help them survive through their big journey.
- 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.
September 22-October 20
- “As the Crow Flies,” Transylvania County Arts Council. An invitational art exhibit with well-known clay artist Christine Kosiba and her talented friends focusing on pottery, wood and paintings. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday, September 22 during Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk. Gallery open Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
- Songwriters Showcase 21, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville. 7 pm. Rob Tiger hosts Ben Danaher, who draws inspiration from the writers he looks up to as he writes honest - not trendy - songs with personal roots, and Alice Peacock, a Nashville-based artist who has released five albums on major and independent labels. Adults $15; Students $12.
- National Public Lands Day, Cradle of Forestry. Free admission. Guided walks, gardening for biodiversity and service projects celebrate our national forests, conservation and the outdoors.
- 43rd Annual Mountain Heritage Day, Ramsey Activity Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. A combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion.