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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…

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

July 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets The Tony Awards. Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It is all improvised and it’s all funny. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Have you heard of the TONY awards? Well, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is…The PHONY Awards! Audience members write down made-up song titles and master improvisers gather the suggestions and present them as “nominated songs” for the coveted award, creating spontaneous…

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Hayes School of Music Faculty Chamber Players

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Conducted by Dr. Régulo Stabilito, the chamber orchestra — which features faculty from the university’s Hayes School of Music — performs a concert of diverse works by Martinů, Castellanos and Copland.

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Imani Winds

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The twice Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors. The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live. The evening’s program is titled “The Beauty of Strife,”…

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Hayes School of Music, the festival proudly presents the 11th annual Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists, known for the pivotal role it has played in launching the careers of some of our region’s most promising young artists. During this final live round, three distinguished conductors will choose a First, Second, and Third Place winner. The competition’s audience will also select an Audience Choice Award winner. In addition to a cash prize, the first-place winner…

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Rolston String Quartet

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

With their debut album Souvenirs, an all-Tchaikovsky release that was named Recording of the Year by BBC Music Magazine, the Rolston String Quartet continues to receive acclaim and recognition for their musical excellence. The quartet, which will perform a program of Haydn, Thomas and Beethoven, was awarded First Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, and was the recipient in 2018 of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award.

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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