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ArborEvenings

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Relax and unwind at the Arboretum’s new “ArborEvenings” after hours series. Held every Thursday, April – October, from 6 to 9 p.m., visitors will see the Arboretum’s gardens come to light after dark while enjoying delicious food and tasty beverages, including beer and wine, in one of Asheville’s most beautiful natural settings. On the last Thursday of each month, live music be played in the Heritage Garden. Entry into ArborEvenings is free and included in non-members’ standard parking fees. Valid…

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The 50th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, to be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, will offer two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:30 p.m. on the grand stage of Stuart Auditorium overlooking beautiful Lake Junaluska. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous…

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

August 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Caldwell Arts Council invites you to experience a perfect Labor Day Weekend on the banks of the Yadkin River, surrounded by mountain music, dance, food, and beautiful scenery. Festival fun begins at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring a community dance with mountain music, cake walks, open caller mic & more. Saturday is packed with great entertainment! Eight categories of music competitions begin at 10 a.m. on the main stage.   The Youth JAM Tent offers performances by talented young musicians. Non-music…

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

August 31

The Caldwell Arts Council invites you to experience a perfect Labor Day Weekend on the banks of the Yadkin River, surrounded by mountain music, dance, food, and beautiful scenery. Festival fun begins at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring a community dance with mountain music, cake walks, open caller mic & more. Saturday is packed with great entertainment! Eight categories of music competitions begin at 10 a.m. on the main stage.   The Youth JAM Tent offers performances by talented young musicians. Non-music…

An Appalachian Evening Concert with Helen White & Wayne Henderson

August 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wayne Henderson a musical legend known worldwide for both his lightning fast “pinch picking” guitar style and the beautiful guitars, mandolins and banjos he crafts. Helen White is respected as an old-time fiddler and folk singer, as well as the founder of the Junior Appalachians Musicians Program.  All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner available for purchase in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm.

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

September 1

The Caldwell Arts Council invites you to experience a perfect Labor Day Weekend on the banks of the Yadkin River, surrounded by mountain music, dance, food, and beautiful scenery. Festival fun begins at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring a community dance with mountain music, cake walks, open caller mic & more. Saturday is packed with great entertainment! Eight categories of music competitions begin at 10 a.m. on the main stage.   The Youth JAM Tent offers performances by talented young musicians. Non-music…

Big Daddy Love- Music on Main

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for our first Music on Main event for 2019! Each first Friday of the month, we welcome you to Downtown Sparta to check out local merchants, favorite restaurants and live performances at our free family-friendly event. The Friday night street party offers music and activities on Main Street.

Tryon Summer Tracks – Queen Bee and the Honeylovers

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

This joyful young swing jazz band from Asheville, NC performs original compositions guaranteed to put a grin on your face and a tap in your toes. They just completed 2 sold out CD release shows at Isis in Asheville, NC and I’m thrilled to have them close out the Summer Tracks season. Whitney Moore is the front Woman for the band and has written a new album, titled “Land of the Sky,” that showcases stores of Asheville’s past. These songs…

Appalachian Women’s Museum

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us at the Appalachian Women’s Museum in Dillsboro, North Carolina on Saturday, September 14th from Noon – 5 p.m. for Music on the Porch: A Celebration of Samantha Bumgarner. The event will feature museum tours, multiple bands performing live on the beautiful wrap-around porch of the old Monteith Homestead (now the Appalachian Women’s Museum). We’ll be honoring the memory and music of Jackson County resident Samantha Bumgarner. In 1924 she became the first woman to record country music for…

Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival

September 20 - September 21

North Carolina in the fall of the year… thinking about it conjures up images of brilliant colors and cooler temperatures. A time when life slows down and nature’s beauty speeds up! With that as a backdrop, Carolina in the Fall™ brings “New Carolina Music” to Wilkesboro, NC, located in the picturesque foothills of North Carolina. On September 20th and 21st, in historic downtown Wilkesboro, the Kruger Brothers will host some of North Carolina’s best folk/ roots music bands during the…

Cherokee Heritage Festival

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Enjoy traditional Cherokee dancing, cultural arts demonstrations, storytelling, frybread, singing and flute music during this free festival at the outdoor 17th century Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, one of five attractions along a 2-mile Cherokee History Trail in Hayesville. Featured Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will include nationally recognized  storyteller and artist Davy Arch, the Oconaluftee Village dancers, and award winning dancers and artisans from Cherokee, North Carolina. Children of all ages will enjoy craft activities, practicing blowgun techniques, and  a scavenger…

Summer Concerts at Cowee School – Mile Twelve

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant. ​“Original bluegrass music, written and played by young people, is very much alive,” says band member Evan Murphy. “I hope people take away that songwriting and arranging really matter. It’s about the material and…

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