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John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

October 1 - October 2

Visit fine craft exhibitors, tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with traditional roots music, and tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and other dance performances. Fall Festival tickets are now available for purchase online. Avoid the lines and buy your tickets in advance, with single-day and multi-day pass options! Tickets will also be available for purchase in person on the days of the event. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm…

BBQ for Books with a Side of Bluegrass

October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are happy to announce that for 2022, BBQ for Books with a Side of Bluegrass will be held in its traditional format, live and in person! This popular event is an annual fundraiser to benefit early literacy hosted by Stokes Partnership for Children. This year the event will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Poplar Springs Elementary School in King, NC. We are so excited to announce that the award winning Lonesome…

An Appalachian Folk Festival

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

An Appalachian Folk Festival will be held on October 8th, 10 am - 3 pm., at the Allison Deaver House in Pisgah Forest. Enjoy a tour of the oldest frame house west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as craft booths, artisans at work, mountain music, presenters, and children's activities.  Featuring the Junior Appalachian Musicians Ensemble Ravenwood Road, Skyward Blue, and Lynn Goldsmith and the Jeter Mountain Band. Bring the family, a blanket, or chairs, and join us for…

2022 Harvest Festival

October 14 - October 15

On the third weekend of every October this event begins with a free Friday evening campfire to roast marshmallows, and storytelling. Hot dogs, hot cocoa and soft drinks for sale. The Festival gets underway Saturday at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Saturday admission is just $5/adult and free for kids K-12 and younger; parking is free. Enjoy music and dancing on the outdoor stage. Local artists offer their handmade crafts and foods for sale, and demonstrations of corn-grinding, blacksmithing and butter…

Valle Country Fair

October 15

An overgrown church bazaar set in a picturesque North Carolina mountain valley during the peak of the fall color season. The gathering is an authentic harvest-season community celebration that revolves around top quality hand-made crafts, home-cooked food and mountain music. All proceeds go to help people in need. Free admission, $10 parking per vehicle www.vallecountryfair.org 828-963-4609

2022 Mush, Music & Mutts Festival – North Carolina’s Official Fall Liver Mush Festival

October 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Mush, Music & Mutts Festival - North Carolina’s Official Fall Liver Mush Festival on Saturday, October 15th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in beautiful Uptown Shelby! Recognized in regional and national media including Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods, this festival celebrates the unique regional delicacy and local food staple known as liver mush. Festival highlights include a liver mush eating contest, recipe contest and cookoff, live music, and more than 80 craft, food, and…

Farm Fun Day at Historic Johnson Farm

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Historic Johnson Farm will be hosting a Farm Fun Day on Saturday, October 15 from 1-5 PM. This family-friendly event will entertain people of all ages. Admission to the event is $20 per family. A family is up to 4 people of any age. If a family has more than 4 people, each additional member is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Games and crafts for children are included with admission. Farm animals will be available for petting,…

WNC Fermenting Festival

November 6 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cultivate Our Community with this uniquely tasteful event to be held from 11:00am to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6th, at the Madison County Fair Grounds, 258 Carolina Lane. Tickets are $5 to attend, with proceeds benefiting the local food pantry Beacon of Hope Services. Local and regional fermenters will be presenting their products with several hosting free fermenting demonstrations and sharing skills in preparing beneficial food and drinks such as jun, koji, gluten free sourdough, ciders/fruit wines, animal food, chocolates,…

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The holidays truly become a family affair when married duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy — two of the globes best and brightest fiddle players — invite their children onstage for an unforgettable evening of holiday fun. “Nothing short of jaw dropping … There are performances here that will raise you up and performances that will leave you misty-eyed.” —The Guardian Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 Faculty/Staff, $10 Student

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