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The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

May 28 - June 4

From May 28 through June 4, daily, short, guided strolls will highlight Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and blooms. The weeklong rambles culminate on Sunday, June 5, during which the park will host a special speaker and activities throughout the day. Included with admission.

White Squirrel Weekend 2022

June 3 - June 4

Heart of Brevard is excited to announce a new date and focus for the White Squirrel Festival - White Squirrel Weekend 2022! White Squirrel Weekend will take place June 3-4, 2022. The Heart of Brevard Board and Events and Marketing Committee considered a wide variety of factors before deciding on a date shift and refreshed focus for the 2022 event. “The pandemic related pause in large-scale downtown events allowed our organization to strategically evaluate the programming for 2022 and beyond,”…

Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival

June 18 - June 19

Stretching out over 8 acres, the Shelton House "Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend" will be held Saturday and Sunday June 18th & 19th, 2022 on the beautiful grounds of Shelton House just 3 blocks off Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Don't Wait... Plan your trip NOW! The two day Arts & Crafts Fair will feature many artists and crafters, a variety of food, drink, demonstrations, and several local bands…

Blue Ridge Blueberries: U-Pick Farm

June 19 - September 4

We are launching our U-Pick Blueberry farm this year:  www.blueridgeblueberries.com.  We are located about 1.5 miles off the parkway at mile marker 327 where Altapass Hwy intersects the parkway between North Cove overlook and the Altapass Orchard:  267 Altapass Church of God Rd.  Our farm (Revival Farm and Art) is also home to Plumb Art (deborahkolp.com). U-Pick takes place from late June to early September Parking and public restrooms are available! Hours Monday - Friday, 8am - 3pm Saturday, 8am -…

Grandfather Glows: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Have the rare opportunity to see Synchronous Fireflies, Blue Ghost Fireflies and Glowworms, weather and conditions permitting (rain dates provided). Tickets go on sale May 23 at 10 a.m. The Photinus carolinus is the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize their lighting display, meaning they can flash in unison. The Grandfather Glows nighttime viewing events will take place on the lower half of mountain. “The light show that the synchronous fireflies put on is actually…

Grandfather Glows: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Have the rare opportunity to see Synchronous Fireflies, Blue Ghost Fireflies and Glowworms, weather and conditions permitting (rain dates provided). Tickets go on sale May 23 at 10 a.m. The Photinus carolinus is the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize their lighting display, meaning they can flash in unison. The Grandfather Glows nighttime viewing events will take place on the lower half of mountain. “The light show that the synchronous fireflies put on is actually…

Grandfather Glows: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Have the rare opportunity to see Synchronous Fireflies, Blue Ghost Fireflies and Glowworms, weather and conditions permitting (rain dates provided). Tickets go on sale May 23 at 10 a.m. The Photinus carolinus is the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize their lighting display, meaning they can flash in unison. The Grandfather Glows nighttime viewing events will take place on the lower half of mountain. “The light show that the synchronous fireflies put on is actually…

75th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: Summer Edition

July 21 - July 24

In its 75th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s Harrah’s Cherokee Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. Admission $10, Children under 12 free. Thursday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Reevestock Music Festival

August 5 - August 6

Reevestock Music Festival, slated for August 5-August 6, 2022, enters its second decade with an exciting music lineup. This grassroots festival has grown into a vibrant two-day celebration of music in both Downtown Elkin and Elkin’s Hidden Amphitheater. It’s not only a signature annual event for Elkin, but a much-anticipated gathering for guests from all over the Carolinas and beyond. Its tag-line is “Keep Yadkin Valley’s Music Alive (and Kickin’)” and it more than delivers, starting with the Downtown Get-Down…

Heritage Day

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us from 10 am-4 pm for a celebration of Southern Appalachian culture on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This festival has old-time music and demonstrations of the crafts of yesteryear. Activities: Chairmaking, quilting, heirloom apples, sheep shearing, cornshuck dolls, woodcarving, blacksmithing, weaving, stone carving, soap making, crocheting, knitting, spinning, rifle making, natural dyeing, basketry. Band Schedule:TBA Don’t Miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition at 2:00 pm!!

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