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Unto These Hills

May 29 - August 14

The season premiere of “Unto These Hills” signals an exciting, new day in Cherokee—one with extra considerations and safety precautions for you and your family. More than six million people have loved the heart-wrenching action and soaring triumph of this telling of the Cherokee story. Since its debut on July 1, 1950, “Unto These Hills” has told the tale of Cherokee life from 1780 to the twenty-first century. This is the original production, the Kermit Hunter version, performed again under…

94th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®

August 5 - August 7

Are you ready to be part of the 94th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®? On August 5, 6, 7, 2021, 6:30-9:00 pm, a different show will be presented live on stage each evening allowing you to appreciate the talent and dedication of the hundreds of musicians, dancers, and storytellers who are preserving the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These traditions involve not only the hand-clapping, toe-tapping rhythms of Bluegrass, the style and stories of century-old ballads, the high energy…

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 6 - August 7

The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair returns to Burnsville’s Town Square Aug. 6-7. The fair, now in its 64th year, is a perennial favorite that showcases handmade art of all kinds. From wood carvings and sculptures to pottery, jewelry, yard decor and clothing, vendors present their varied talents. This year’s show, which is always juried, places a particular emphasis on locally made crafts. The Toe River Valley is home to a large concentration of artists. Decades ago, the fair was born…

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair Returns After Pandemic Pause

August 6 - August 7

The beloved Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, forced into a pandemic pause last August after 63 years, returns to Burnsville’s Town Square, Aug. 6-7, 9:00 am-5:00 pm each day. The event retains its Friday-Saturday format and focus on high-quality handmade crafts. However, a new executive director brings different ideas and a fresh perspective for 2021. “Everybody is ready to hit the road and take part in something they missed out on last year, and we’re excited to have them come to…

Friday Night Concert with the Lindsay Beth Harper Band

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

Bring your favorite lawn chair, your sweetheart and family, and come out for our FREE summer concerts on the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Hayesville! No registration or tickets required! Red Bucket Donations appreciated. Food and beverage service available at 6pm and music gets underway at 7pm. 

Music on Main Street Concert Series Features the Marsha Morgan Band

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

The Music on Main Street concert series features the Marsha Morgan Band.  Marsha was born in Asheville North Carolina where she began singing in church. She performed in “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson at the direction of Quincy Jones which led to a performance on the American Music Awards show in Los Angeles.  The family-friendly event offers concessions such as hot dogs, ice cream, pretzels and lemonade for sale. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy…

Friday Night Concert with Train!

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bring your favorite lawn chair, your sweetheart and family, and come out for our FREE summer concerts on the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Hayesville! No registration or tickets required! Red Bucket Donations appreciated. Food and beverage service available at 6pm and music gets underway at 7pm.  

Music on Main Concert Series Features Emporium

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate a beautiful Friday evening at the Music on Main concert series. The concert features the band Emporium playing hits from classic rock, disco, funk and beach music, as well as current hits “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Uptown Funk,” “Summertime,” “My Girl,” “Disco Inferno” and “Tracks of My Tears” just might be on the docket. The concert, held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street, is a great way to kick off the weekend. The…

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55th Season of Shindig on the Green

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2021 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location — formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m.…

Fridays in the Park at Ashe Park

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Arts Council programming returns with Fridays in the Park Concert Series at Ashe Park. Every third Friday, May-August, the outdoor concerts will feature well-known local and regional musicians. The concerts are free and start at 7:00 pm. The outdoor concerts will have a limited audience and participants must sign up in advance at www.ashecountyarts.org. The concert series on August 20, Wayne Henderson from Rugby, VA will bring his musician friends and a surprise guest or two. Wayne specializes in a…

Photo by Aaron Dahlstrom

55th Season of Shindig on the Green

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2021 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location — formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m.…

Music on Main Presents Deano and the Dreamers

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The season finale of the popular Music on Main concert series will conclude on Friday, August 27th. The evening features the sounds of the band Deano and the Dreamers.  They play favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s as well as the standards. The Annual Music On Main concert series is at the Visitors  Center, 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the music from 7-9 pm. The seating…

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