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An Evening on the Block: Noir Collective AVL

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join our celebration with our neighbors as we reflect on another year in business. We are very grateful for your continued support and patronage. Schedule  4:00 Small bites from the Diaspora all natural vegetarian dishes by Soce 4:20 Chamber of Commerce Ribbon cutting ceremony 4:30 Black Diamond Enterprise performs select pieces from Raising Black (performing at LEAF in Nov.) New Art by Jenny Pickens, Jessica Montañez, Jerrie Settles, Micah Mackenzie Free samples | New Books | Product launch 5:30 Funk N Around With Garfield Jazz @ The Workshop Lounge at The Foundry hotel  (cash…

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…

Music at the Market Concert: The Country Boys

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

The Country Boys have played in most of the regional fiddler’s conventions, and they have won the coveted first place in the Galax Fiddlers Convention competition several times. The band also placed second runner-up in the old Union Grove Fiddlers Convention. The band specialized in fiddle tunes and receives a lot of their repertoire from Kenny Baker and Lester Flatt. More recent influences have come from the Country Gentlemen, while adding their own modern twist. Food, agriculture and bluegrass picking…

Dinner Theater – To Kill a Mockingbird

October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Director Keith Smith presents To Kill a Mockingbird. Multi-Day Event: Oct 13-15 & Oct 20-22 Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories, and muse about their mysterious…

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,…

Music at the Market Concert: Gap Civil

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gap Civil is an Appalachian Mountain Music band built on their motto of honor and innovation. They honor the mountain traditions that have shaped and rooted their music, yet they take great pride in innovative and exciting original songs, tunes and arrangements. Fluidly blending the genres of old-time, country, bluegrass and Americana, their music is sure to make you want to dance - whether that's hitting the floor with a driving flatfoot or pulling that special someone close with a…

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,…

Music at the Market Concert: Slate Mountain Ramblers

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Slate Mountain Ramblers is a family old-time band from Mt. Airy. They formerly lived in Ararat, Va., a small community at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For many years, Richard Bowman, his wife Barbara and their daughter Marsha have spent weekends playing music. Richard plays fiddle, Barbara the bass and Marsha the claw-hammer banjo. The band has a winning tradition at fiddler’s conventions throughout the years. Richard, on fiddle, and Marsha, on claw-hammer banjo, have received many…

Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

November 18 - December 31

Winter Lights is a spectacular open-air walk-through light show made from over one million lights! Located at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina, this year’s event features favorites like the famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden, along with enchanting new details designed to delight and surprise.

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