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Garden Jubilee

May 28 - May 29

Garden enthusiasts converge in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville on Memorial Day weekend for Garden Jubilee, May 28-29.  One of the largest gardening shows in the region, the two-day celebration of all things green fills Main Street with plants, yard tools and outdoor accessories. The past two years saw an altered event due to the pandemic, but this year’s festival brings back favorite features, such as vendors lining Main Street and a speaker series on the Visitor Center…

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,”…

Pop-up Mini Fair at the Folk Art Center

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the lower level parking lot of the Folk Art Center, Guild members will have an opportunity to share their creative efforts with the public in an outdoor carefully-spaced layout. Visitors can shop for a variety of fine craft of different disciplines: bladesmithing, glassblowing, wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics, woodturning, metalsmithing, leatherwork, and furniture making. The public will get to see beautiful craftwork in a fun, casual setting while Guild members have an opportunity to find new homes for their pieces. 

Clay Day

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a celebration of one of the oldest craft mediums and the makers of clay. Clay Day features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests. Watch live demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building, surface design, and many other clay techniques. Join us on Saturday, June 11th from 10am-4pm on the grassy hill behind the Folk Art Center’s auditorium. Bring a blanket and picnic, take a stroll on the mountain walking trails,…

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…

An Appalachian Summer Festival: 36th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To celebrate the 36th anniversary of this annual national juried competition, join competition juror Elizabeth Brim for an educational outdoor tour of the 10 sculptures from this year’s competition. The tour concludes at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception. Made possible by the continued support and generosity of the Rosen Family. 

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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