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Jun 18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hopelands Summer Concert Series

FREE
Aiken, SC
Hopelands Gardens
135 Dupree Place
Event Website

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department is pleased to announce the 2018 Hopelands Summer Concert Series. This year marks the 44th season for the program. The series will begin on Monday, April 2nd and will continue each Monday evening throughout the summer. All concerts will begin at 6:30 pm in April and 7 pm in May and June unless otherwise noted, and will be held at Hopelands Gardens on the Windham Performing Arts Stage. The concert series is intended to bring a variety of performances to Aiken and the surrounding area, admission is free. All those in attendance should bring a lawn chair or blanket to this free concert series. Alcohol/Wine is strictly prohibited. Picnic dinners are permitted. Well behaved pets are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Rd. and the Hopelands Gardens Parking Lot on Dupree Place. All other concert attendees should park at the Green Boundary on Whiskey Rd. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Rd. in Gym 2. For more information, please call 803-642-7631 or visit http://www.facebook.com/ExperienceAiken. Please call the Rain Out Hotline at 803-643-4661 for more information in the event of inclement weather.

Jun 16-21

49th Annual AAUW Book Sale

FREE
Brevard, North Carolina
Boshamer Gym at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Dr, Brevard NC 28712
Event Website

30,000 sorted books in every topic, dealers welcome. No credit or debit cards accepted. Proceeds fund scholarships and educational support for local young women. Sunday Noon-5pm. Tuesday 25% off, Wednesday half price, Thursday $5 a box, nonprofits only 5:15-6:15pm. Left over books available to camps, churches, and schools.

May 21 - Jun 24

Combinations

FREE
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278
Event Website

Pottery by Garry Childs, Photography by Eric Saunders and paintings by Pat Merriman. May 21 – June 24. Opening reception during Hillsborough's Last Friday Art Walk, May 25th 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber art and textile art. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

May 18 - Jun 28

Members' Exhibit

FREE
Hertford, North Carolina
109 North Church Street
109 North Church Street
Event Website

All mediums of art by PAL members

Jun 01-30

Family Animal Encounters

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera! Cost: Included with Park admission. Time: daily at 2pm.

Jun 01-30

Martha Fox Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Downtown Aiken
133 Laurens St. NW Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. Artwork will be displayed until the end of the month. Make sure you stop by and see the talent. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Jun 01 - Aug 18

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

FEE
Brevard, NC
Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane
Event Website

Founded 82 years ago, the Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country’s premier summer classical music training programs and festivals. Each year, 500 gifted students (ages 14 through post-college) come to the Music Center from across the US and around the world to study with a distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists. Each summer, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction and performance led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Brevard’s hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June through August as faculty and students present more than 80 remarkable concerts to summer audiences totaling over 40,000. For more information on BMC, visit brevardmusic.org, call (828) 862-2100, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, stream season highlights via SoundCloud, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

Jun 01 - Aug 26

The Outwin: American Portraiture Today

FREE
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill
101 S. Columbia St
Event Website

Every three years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists to participate in the most prestigious portrait contest in the country: the juried Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. In 2016, its fourth iteration, jurors selected 43 winning works from more than 2,500 entries. The resulting exhibition -- "The Outwin: American Portraiture Today" -- has become a pivotal marker because, for the first time ever, the National Portrait Gallery has sent it on tour. The Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill is honored to host the exhibition as its final tour venue.

Mar 30 - Oct 31

Birds in Flight at the North Carolina Zoo

FEE
Asheboro, NC
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway
Event Website

“Birds in Flight,” is an up-close, fast-paced 25-minute show where you’ll see majestic macaws, sun conures, falcons, hawks, vultures and owls demonstrate natural behaviors and perform aerial acrobatics under an open sky. Show Times are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekends/holidays, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Birds in Flight Box Office, at Zoo Admissions or the Junction Plaza Ticket Booth. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

Upcoming Events
Jun 19
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
868 Persimmon Rd.
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jun 19
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jun 19
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Grits Milling Demonstation

FREE
Charleston, South Carolina
Lower King - Millers All Day
120 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Event Website

Come in, cool off and learn about the Lowcountry's beloved grits. We will demonstrate the grits milling process using our 19th century mill and separator which was built some time between 1909 and 1915 in Columbia, S.C. This fun interactive demonstration is free but space is limited so please RSVP. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time and check in with our hostest. We look forward to seeing you.

Jun 21
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Summer Solstice Experience

FEE
Charlotte, NC
Historic Rosedale Plantation
3427 North Tryon St
Event Website

June 21, 2018 will be the first Summer Solstice Experience hosted by Historic Rosedale. This time honored ritual has transpired in many ways for thousands of years around the globe. On solstice, the sun reaches its northernmost point and throughout time, the year's longest span of daylight has been marked by many different cultures in a variety of ways. This celebration will focus on rituals of the Native American Cherokee tribe. Led by Reiki Master and Cherokee Shaman descendant Faye Wright, the ceremony will honor the four directions, heaven and earth. The evening will include an intimate session (no more than 12 participants) on how to cleanse yourself and your personal space with sage through the art of “smudging.” Participants will form a circle for the actual celebration ritual of cleansing and renewal for the approaching summer season. A connection between the heavens and earth, and grounding participants for their greater purpose in the cosmos is part of this unique celebration. Each participant will leave with some blessed sage for their future use. Whether you think of it as a way to be grounded for a new season, the start of summer, an opportunity for cleansing, or just to participate in a unique ceremony on the longest day of the year; it is certainly a celebration of the season. Come cleanse and balance spiritual, seasonal, emotional and physical energies with Faye!

Jun 21-22

Augusta GreenJackets @ SRP Park

FEE
North Augusta, SC
SRP Park
187 Railroad Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841
Event Website

GreenJackets tickets can be purchased at the GreenJackets Front Office, Lake Olmstead Stadium Box Office, online at http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t478 or by phone by calling (706) 922-9467. Batter's Box Seats (Sections 101-102) - $13.00* Dugout Reserved Seats (Sections 103-106) - $10.00* Reserved Section Seats (Sections 107-112) - $9.00* Standing Room Only/General Admission- $8.00* (Discounted Senior/Military/Youth pricing available) *Ticket prices increase $1 on Fireworks Nights *Ticket prices increase $1 on the day of game SRP Park Parking - There are roughly 1,100 on-site parking spaces adjacent to SRP Park. These lots include the Riverside Village Parking Deck (Green Lot), the Medac Parking Deck (Blue Lot) and the North Augusta Municipal Lot (Purple Lot) and will be $5 per game. Click the following link for a detailed map of Riverside Village Parking Plan: http://www.milb.com/documents/5/2/6/271436526/Riverside_Village_Parking_Plan.pdf

Jun 21
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Music in the Park

FREE
North Augusta, SC
Maude Edenfield Park
426 Brookside Ave
Event Website

Rock, blues, rockabilly and jazz are among the genres that will take center stage during North Augusta's 2018 Music in the Park series. The free hour-long outdoor concerts will be held in North Augusta's Maude Edenfield Park each Thursday May 10 through July 12 at 7 p.m. The park, located at 495 Brookside Ave., is adjacent to the North Augusta Community Center. Sponsors are the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, the City of North Augusta and the University Health Care System. Concerts are moved inside the Community Center in the event of inclement weather. The series is for all ages. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music in this beautiful outdoor setting.

Jun 21
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

42- Coldplay Tribute Band at Alive After Five

FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rooftop 210
210 E Trade St, B320
Event Website

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... Thursday June, 21st, 42 - the International Tribute to Coldplay will rock the stage! This Charlotte band loves Coldplay and who doesn't? So come out and support this local band! Check them out on Facebook @42Coldplay. The best after work party, Alive After Five, has been going for 18 YEARS STRONG! We’re back this year with more live music! Bands will be starting right at 5pm so be sure not to be too fashionably late! That’s right we said BANDS, this year we will be having two bands every Thursday so the live music never stops all night long! Don’t even get us started on our new craft beer line up, we weren’t lying when we said better than ever! With Epicentre’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the convenient parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s #1 weekly event. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment, and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2018. Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more! FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT IG: @aliveafter5 T: @aliveafter5 Snapchat: aa5clt Official after-parties will be held at Rooftop 210, Whisky River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, and StrikeCity.

Jun 21
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

OPERA'S GREATEST HITS (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Exquisite ensemble pieces from the world's beloved operas. Tickets start at $35

Jun 22
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

OPENING NIGHT WITH OLGA KERN (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Artistic Director Keith Lockhart takes center stage with the "mesmerizing" and "dazzling" pianist Olga Kern in Rachmaninoff's much-beloved and eloquent masterpiece. Brevard Music Center Orchestra Keith Lockhart, conductor Olga Kern, piano BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 Tickets start at $20

Jun 23
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friends of the Edisto Blackwater Festival

FREE
Windsor, South Carolina
State Park
1145 State Park Rd. Windsor, SC 29856
Event Website

This event will feature music, food, and an opportunity to learn about and enjoy the beautiful Edisto River.

Jun 23
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Margarita Wars

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rooftop 210
210 E Trade St
Event Website

IT'S TEQUILA TIME! In a city where summers are hot and heavy and the list of things to do start pouring in like salt, when you see salt raise a glass. Join us on June 23 as Charlotte's finest bartender’s battle it out to concoct the best margarita in the city. We're searching for the bartender who can do tequila justice by creating the most tantalizing treat to kick off summer the right way - and YOU get to be the judge! We are looking for the BEST Margaita and the MOST ORIGINAL Margarita. The drinks will be cool and the music will be hot as we celebrate the return of summer! Hope you like Mariachi Bands! Early Bird General Admission $20.00- Includes margarita samplings from competing restaurants. Admission starts at 2:00pm. VIP Admission: 1 Hour Early Admission including featured small batch margartia samples, 2 Food Tickets for the Taco and Salsa Bar, plus margarita sampling all day! Purchase your ticket early and save some dough! Price goes up the day of the event. This is a rain or shine event. All sales are final, NO REFUNDS. Must be 21+ Presented by: Creative Loafing Participating Restaurants will be announced soon!

Jun 23
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Magic Tree House

FEE
Aiken, SC
DuPont Planetarium
471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Travel with brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie go on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This beautifully produced show is based on the beloved Magic Tree House book series. Target audience: Ages 4 - 10. Visit the website below for ticket prices.

Jun 23
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Fire over Aiken

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Fair Grounds
1566 Columbia Hwy. N
Event Website

Food trucks, live music, rides, fireworks & family fun! Exhibitors: 9am Kids Talent Show: noon-2pm Men’s Beauty Contest: 3pm Midway Open: 5pm Fireworks: 9:15pm Patriot Ride Passes available for purchase $20 each must purchase by Thursday, June 21st Grants Unlimited Rides starting at 5pm (no refunds) *Purchase your bands from Atlantic Broadband, Aiken Standard or AllStar Tents and Events.

Jun 23
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seven Wonders

FEE
Aiken, SC
DuPont Planetarium
471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Travel back thousands of years in time and witness spectacular marvels of the ancient world. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's phenomenal SEVEN WONDERS. We will investigate the social forces and technologies leading to the creation of these incredible antiquities and glimpse other sensational spectacles of the universe. This show won four Telly Awards and is narrated by Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings films. Sponsored by Dr. Rose Lee Hayes & Family Target audience: ages 8 and up Visit the website below for ticket prices. Contact email: planetarium@usca.edu Info phone: 803-641-3654

Jun 23
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken

FREE
Aiken, SC
Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
406 Park Ave SE Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Join us every 4th Saturday at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum for live music by The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken.

Jun 23
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Fire Over Aiken

FREE
Aiken, SC
Western Carolina State Fairgrounds
561 May Royal Dr. Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Food Trucks, Live Music, Rides, Fireworks, Family Fun. Exhibitors – 9 am Kids Talent show – Noon – 2pm Men’s Beauty Contest – 3pm Midway Open – 5pm Fireworks – 9:15pm

Jun 23
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

9th Annual Gravatt Fishing Tournament

FEE
Aiken, SC
Gravatt Camp and Conference Center
1006 Camp Gravatt Rd. Aiken, SC, 29805
Event Website

Sign up your two-person team for 9th annual Gravatt Fishing Tournament. This event is a family-friendly so take this opportunity to share to the outdoors with youth you care about. Your 2 person team can choose to fish from the bank, from a Gravatt canoe or your own canoe, or you may bring your own boat (trolling motors only). This tournament will be catch and release only. Awards will be given for a number of different categories. Register early as spots will fill up fast. All registrations include lunch and tournament t-shirt. Keep up to date with tournament news at www.campgravatt.org or on the Gravatt Environmental Education Program Facebook Fan Page. Questions? Call (803) 648-1817 or email program@campgravatt.org. Schedule: 7:30 am; Registration 8:00 am; Fishing Begins 12:30 pm ;Fishing Ends Awards and Lunch http://www.campgravatt.org/events/2018/6/23/fishing-tournament

Jun 23-24

2018 PSJ Highfields June Show

FREE
Aiken, SC
Highfields Event Center
118 Gaston Street Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Hunter and jumper horse show with something for everyone. 2'6" Derby and $2,000 Open Mini-prix. This event is free and open to spectators.

Jun 23
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Blackwater Festival

FEE
Windsor, SC
Aiken State Park
1145 State Park Rd
Event Website

Friends of the Edisto (FRED) invites you to attend the Fifth Annual Blackwater Summer Festival at beautiful Aiken State Park on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Park gates open at nine o'clock AM. Aiken State Park charges $2 for parking. Registration opens at 9:00 AM and the festivities will begin at 10:00 AM. Aiken State Park features swimming and boating facilities, including a canoe and kayak trail along the South Fork Edisto River. There are also hiking trails around the festival area, and camping grounds if you want to make a weekend of it.* We will have a home-cooked BBQ lunch with all the fixins. Bring a cooler (no alcoholic beverages, please) and a picnic blanket for the family — well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join, too. The event is free to FRED members. If you're not a member yet, you can join FRED for special starting annual dues of $10. If you are a member whose membership has lapsed, the renewal fee is $25 for a Basic membership. Non-members can enjoy the all-day activities for a donation of $10. *If you want to camp at the park, please contact the Aiken State Park staff at 803-649-2857 to reserve a spot.

Jun 23
6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Aiken Music Fest

FREE
Aiken, SC
Highfields Event Center
118 Gaston Street Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Come celebrate top bands and bring the greater Aiken community together for a day of family-friendly fun and music in an idyllic outdoor concert setting. 4 Hours of local music & food trucks. Beer sales will go to non-profits.

Jun 23
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC PRESENTS: THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

A swinging evening of "some of the finest vocal harmonizing on the planet" with the acclaimed GRAMMY Award-winning quartet. Lawn seats start at $20

Jun 24
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Carribean-American Heritage Festival

FREE
Fayetteville, NC
Festival Park
335 Ray Avenue
Event Website

Caribbean American Connection of Fayetteville North Carolina (CACOFNC) is hosting their 8th Annual Caribbean-American Heritage Festival. The festival's purpose is to share Caribbean culture with residents and visitors. Every year, the festival features local Caribbean food vendors, cultural performances, traditional games played in the Caribbean, and door prizes. They also provide special cultural activities for children and adults. This year's musician line-up includes DJ Red and Vibestar, One Voice (Trinidad) from New York City, Rohan Da Great Raleigh NC Jahreem Feuratado, Jimmy Roman Ouxaman, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and flags. Wear a costume to represent your country. Parade will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Jun 24
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

BELOVED BERNSTEIN (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC's 2018 Leonard Bernstein Festival officially launches with five of the composer's most vibrant, jazz-tinged and fanciful scores for Broadway, orchestra, and ballet. Brevard Sinfonia Keith Lockhart, conductor BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide BERNSTEIN Fancy Free (complete ballet) BERNSTEIN Three Dance Episodes from On the Town BERNSTEIN Divertimento BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront Ticket holders may attend the PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts

Jun 25 - Jul 22

Mindfulness

FREE
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC 27278
Event Website

Paintings by Eduardo Lapetina and Jude Lobe, sculpture by Jason Smith. June 25 – July 22. Opening reception during Hillsborough's Last Friday Art Walk, June 29th 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber and textile arts. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Jun 25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hopelands Summer Concert Series

FREE
Aiken, SC
Hopelands Gardens
135 Dupree Place
Event Website

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department is pleased to announce the 2018 Hopelands Summer Concert Series. This year marks the 44th season for the program. The series will begin on Monday, April 2nd and will continue each Monday evening throughout the summer. All concerts will begin at 6:30 pm in April and 7 pm in May and June unless otherwise noted, and will be held at Hopelands Gardens on the Windham Performing Arts Stage. The concert series is intended to bring a variety of performances to Aiken and the surrounding area, admission is free. All those in attendance should bring a lawn chair or blanket to this free concert series. Alcohol/Wine is strictly prohibited. Picnic dinners are permitted. Well behaved pets are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Handicap parking is available at the Rye Patch parking lot on Berrie Rd. and the Hopelands Gardens Parking Lot on Dupree Place. All other concert attendees should park at the Green Boundary on Whiskey Rd. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held at the H. Odell Weeks Center at 1700 Whiskey Rd. in Gym 2. For more information, please call 803-642-7631 or visit http://www.facebook.com/ExperienceAiken. Please call the Rain Out Hotline at 803-643-4661 for more information in the event of inclement weather.

Jun 25
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC ARTIST FACULTY: Dvořák Bass Quintet (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC’s esteemed artist faculty open the 2018 chamber music series with one of Dvořák’s most endearing, attractive, and spirited works. Scored for two violins, viola, cello, and bass, this irresistible piece combines old-world grace with Dvořák’s signature Czech flair. $28 General Admission

Jun 26
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
868 Persimmon Rd.
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jun 26
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Banksia Tour

FREE
Aiken, SC
Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken SC, 29801
Event Website

Sign up for this tour and find out just how much the wonderful building known as Banksia has changed in its 86 years. The tour is from 1:00-2:30 pm and is limited to 15. It is FREE, but you must have a reservation. Future tours will be conducted on the 4th Tuesday of every month. For more information, please call 803-642-2015.

Jun 26
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC PRESENTS: STEEP CANYON RANGERS WITH ORCHESTRA

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

The Grammy® Award-winning sextet brings its signature bluegrass, folk rock, pop, and country sound back to Brevard for one unforgettable evening! Tickets start at $20 Produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions

Jun 27-30

Augusta GreenJackets @ SRP Park

FEE
North Augusta, SC
SRP Park
187 Railroad Ave. North Augusta, SC 29841
Event Website

GreenJackets tickets can be purchased at the GreenJackets Front Office, Lake Olmstead Stadium Box Office, online at http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t478 or by phone by calling (706) 922-9467. Batter's Box Seats (Sections 101-102) - $13.00* Dugout Reserved Seats (Sections 103-106) - $10.00* Reserved Section Seats (Sections 107-112) - $9.00* Standing Room Only/General Admission- $8.00* (Discounted Senior/Military/Youth pricing available) *Ticket prices increase $1 on Fireworks Nights *Ticket prices increase $1 on the day of game SRP Park Parking - There are roughly 1,100 on-site parking spaces adjacent to SRP Park. These lots include the Riverside Village Parking Deck (Green Lot), the Medac Parking Deck (Blue Lot) and the North Augusta Municipal Lot (Purple Lot) and will be $5 per game. Click the following link for a detailed map of Riverside Village Parking Plan: http://www.milb.com/documents/5/2/6/271436526/Riverside_Village_Parking_Plan.pdf

Jun 27
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC ARTIST FACULTY: Mozart and Fauré

FEE
Brevard, NC
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Upon its premiere, Mozart described his Quintet for Piano and Winds as “the best thing I have written in my life.” This seminal 18th century gem is paired with Gabriel Fauré’s refined and lyrical Piano Quartet No. 1. $28 General Admission

Jun 27
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

STUDENT PIANO RECITAL (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC piano students in recital.

Jun 28
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Music in the Park

FREE
North Augusta, SC
Maude Edenfield Park
426 Brookside Ave
Event Website

Rock, blues, rockabilly and jazz are among the genres that will take center stage during North Augusta's 2018 Music in the Park series. The free hour-long outdoor concerts will be held in North Augusta's Maude Edenfield Park each Thursday May 10 through July 12 at 7 p.m. The park, located at 495 Brookside Ave., is adjacent to the North Augusta Community Center. Sponsors are the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, the City of North Augusta and the University Health Care System. Concerts are moved inside the Community Center in the event of inclement weather. The series is for all ages. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music in this beautiful outdoor setting.

Jun 28
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Night Years at Alive After Five!

FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rooftop 210 in the Epicenter
210 E Trade St, B320
Event Website

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... Coming to the roof this Thursday June, 28th is Night Years! This fantastic cover band has a Dance/Electronic/Funk/Pop vibe and hails from Raleigh, NC. We love them and we know you will too! Check them out on Facebook @nightyearsofficial. The best after work party, Alive After Five, has been going for 18 YEARS STRONG! We’re back this year with more live music! Don’t even get us started on our new craft beer line up, we weren’t lying when we said better than ever! With Epicentre’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the convenient parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s #1 weekly event. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment, and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2018. Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more! FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT IG: @aliveafter5 T: @aliveafter5 Snapchat: aa5clt Official after-parties will be held at Rooftop 210, Whisky River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, and StrikeCity.

Jun 28
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Puccini’s timeless opera. The gorgeously seductive, yet heartbreaking story of the trusting Japanese geisha and her callous American lover. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Dean Anthony, stage director Brevard Festival Orchestra Michael Sakir, conductor MUSIC: Giacomo Puccini LIBRETTO: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Nancy Crow Trentini, Lead Sponsor Nancy B. Hicks, Sustaining Sponsor, in memory of Jackson E. Hicks and in honor of Margaret Hicks Sargent, BMC Madama Butterfly, 1995 Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. Tickets start at $35

Jun 29
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Independence Day Celebration

FREE
Barnwell, SC
Veterans Memorial Park
State Rd S-6-398, Barnwell, SC 29812
Event Website

Independence Day Celebration - June 29th at Veterans Park. Food, fun, and fireworks. 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Jun 29
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BEETHOVEN'S "PASTORAL" SYMPHONY

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Considered “more an expression of feeling than painting” by the master composer, Beethoven’s affinity for nature and “expressions of a country life” are embodied in this exquisite work. Brevard Music Center Orchestra Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Itamar Zorman, violin WAGNER Overture to Rienzi BERG Violin Concerto BEETHOVEN “Pastoral” Symphony Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jun 30
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jun 30
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jun 30 - Jul 04

July 4th Weekend Family Fun

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

July 4th is the ultimate summer holiday to spend with family and friends and Chimney Rock is the perfect place to do it. July 1 – 4 you can challenge yourself on our 32-foot climbing tower, take in the different views on one of our many trails and even get up-close to some of our wilder staff at the 2pm Family Animal Encounter. Details on family activities can be found on our website. Cost: Included with Park admission. Date/Time: Saturday-Wednesday, June 30- July 4; Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm; Family Animal Encounters 2pm.

Jun 30 - Sep 01

Shindig on the Green

FREE
Asheville, NC
Pack Square Park
80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801
Event Website

Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, Shindig on the Green is FREE and was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun for these eight summer Saturdays. Dates are 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1. Concerts begin at 7pm and end at 10pm.

Jun 30
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Magic Tree House

FEE
Aiken, SC
DuPont Planetarium
471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Travel with brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie go on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This beautifully produced show is based on the beloved Magic Tree House book series. Target audience: Ages 4 - 10. Visit the website below for ticket prices.

Jun 30
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Independence Day Celebration

FEE
Henderson, NC
Satterwhite Point Park Kerr Lake
6254 Satterwhite Point Rd., Henderson, NC 27537
Event Website

Enjoy live entertainment by "Frankie Faucet & The Drips", dancing and a big fireworks display over the water at dark. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch the fireworks under the stars. Food vendors on site. No alcohol allowed. $7.00 gate fee charged by NC State Parks.

Jun 30
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seven Wonders

FEE
Aiken, SC
DuPont Planetarium
471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Travel back thousands of years in time and witness spectacular marvels of the ancient world. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's phenomenal SEVEN WONDERS. We will investigate the social forces and technologies leading to the creation of these incredible antiquities and glimpse other sensational spectacles of the universe. This show won four Telly Awards and is narrated by Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings films. Sponsored by Dr. Rose Lee Hayes & Family Target audience: ages 8 and up Visit the website below for ticket prices. Contact email: planetarium@usca.edu Info phone: 803-641-3654

Jun 30
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sunday Polo

FEE
Aiken, SC
Whitney Field
420 Mead Avenue
Event Website

Aiken Polo Club has matches open to the public every Sunday this spring at 1 pm. These matches are held on historic Whitney Field, 420 Mead Avenue in Aiken's historic horse district. The games usually last an hour and a half to two hours. General admission is $5 per person with free parking in the sand lot next to the field. Fieldside parking (limited availability) is $30 per car. Admission to the Alan Lyle Corey Pavilion is $30 per person and includes refreshments.

Always check the hotline before heading to the field, especially if conditions are wet or the weather is threatening: 803-643-3611. Consider becoming a Social Member: you will get your own named space on the sidelines and access to the pavilion for two all season long. Weekday matches are open to the public and they are free to attend. There is generally no announcer, and the game is tailgating only. The spring season runs from April through mid-June. The fall season runs from September to mid-November For more information, email the Aiken Polo Club at aikenpoloclub@gmail.com or call 803-643-3611.

Jun 30
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Introduction to Drop Spinning

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Pineville
12031 Lancater Highway
Event Website

Fiber Artist Laura Bain of Phun Knits will introduce students to the basic concepts of turning fiber into yarn during this workshop. Participants will receive a drop spindle and wool fiber to practice with during the class and then take home to continue honing their craft. Pre-registration is required

Jun 30
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Puccini’s timeless opera. The gorgeously seductive, yet heartbreaking story of the trusting Japanese geisha and her callous American lover. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Dean Anthony, stage director Brevard Festival Orchestra Michael Sakir, conductor MUSIC: Giacomo Puccini LIBRETTO: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Nancy Crow Trentini, Lead Sponsor Nancy B. Hicks, Sustaining Sponsor, in memory of Jackson E. Hicks and in honor of Margaret Hicks Sargent, BMC Madama Butterfly, 1995 Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. Tickets start at $35

Jun 30
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

ENIGMA VARIATIONS (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Dedicated “to my friends pictured within,” this orchestral work comprises fourteen musical variations on a singular original theme—each containing distinctly different sketches of Elgar’s enigmatic friends. Brevard Sinfonia Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor Dasol Kim, piano MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 ELGAR Enigma Variations ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 01
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 01-31

Family Animal Encounters

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera! Cost: Included with Park admission. Time: daily at 2pm.

Jul 01-31

Ryan Dunbar Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Downtown Aiken
133 Laurens St. NW Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. Artwork will be displayed until the end of the month. Make sure you stop by and see the talent. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Jul 01
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Independence Concert

FREE
Fayetteville, NC
Festival Park
335 Ray Avenue
Event Website

Presented by the City of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform in Festival Park in celebration of Independence Day. The concert will include patriotic and popular works to celebrate our Independence Day, complete with fireworks at the end. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

Jul 01
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition Finals

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Gifted BMC high school and college musicians compete for the coveted spotlight positions in BMC's Soloist of Tomorrow concert. $25 General Admission

Jul 02-04

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

FREE
Southport, NC
Downtown Southport
4433 Long Beach Road, SE
Event Website

The N.C. 4th of July Festival is held annually in the City of Southport July 2nd – 4th and Beach Day in the Town of Oak Island June 30th. The City of Southport first celebrated our nation’s independence in 1792 as the “Festival of Free Men”. Over the years, the name of the festival changed until 1972, when the festival incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival. Today, the festival celebrates our freedom as it remembers the sacrifices with some fun thrown into the mix. This year will be no exception. Join the over 50,000 people who attend the N.C. 4th of July Festival each year. Festival events include: Naturalization Ceremony, Flag Raising Ceremony, Flag Retirement Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony, Over 100 Arts & Craft Booths, Food Vendors, Parade, Live Stage Entertainment, Fireworks, Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, Shine & Show Classic Car Show, Voter Registration, Old Jail Tours, Used Book Sale, Lions Club Boat Raffle Drawing, Cape Fear Yacht Club’s Commodore Regatta, St. Philip Episcopal Chapel of the Cross Open, Children’s Entertainment, Children’s Games, Pancake Breakfast, and Firefighters Competition. Prior to the Festival: Freedom Run, Military Band Concert and Beach Day Events – June 30th (sandcastle building, horseshoe, volleyball and shag contests plus evening concert and fireworks).

Jul 02
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Shanghai Quartet - Beethoven Cycle I

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

One of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, renowned for their passionate musicality and impressive technique, returns to Brevard to launch year one of a multi-year cycle of Beethoven’s iconic string quartets. BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 74, “Harp” BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 $28 General Admission

Jul 03
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
868 Persimmon Road
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jul 03
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Red, White and Brew Crawl 2018

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rooftop 210 in the Epicenter
210 E Trade St, B320
Event Website

Come Celebrate AMERICA With Us!!!! We are taking over the Epicentre Tuesday, July 3rd. Enjoy great craft brews, free cover, & drink specials during the Charlotte Red, White and Brew Bar Crawl! Participating bars include Blackfinn, Whisky River, Strike City, Rooftop 210, Vida Vida, Tin Roof, Wild Wing Cafe, World of Beer, Mortimer's, and Lucky's Bar Arcade. Registration begins at 7pm until 10pm at Rooftop210; T-shirt is included.

Jul 03
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Shanghai Quartet - Beethoven Cycle II

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

One of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, renowned for their passionate musicality and impressive technique, returns to Brevard to launch year one of a multi-year cycle of Beethoven’s iconic string quartets. BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 130 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 $28 General Admission

Jul 04
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 04
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Freedom Train

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

This special train will follow the Nantahala Gorge Excursion route to the Fontana Trestle. Once at the trestle, the train will pause for some spectacular viewing and then will make its way back to Bryson City. Make sure to arrive early to Bryson City for photo opportunities with Uncle Sam, live music, local craftsmanship and the Downtown Freedom Fest! The train will return to Bryson City and rejoin the festival for an awesome fireworks show in the downtown area!

Jul 04
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fort Bragg's 4th of July Celebration

FREE
Fort Bragg, NC
Main Post Parade Field
Capron Street
Event Website

Come out to Fort Bragg and experience one of the most spectacular 4th of July shows in the region. The festivities include some of today's hottest musical acts, parachute free-fall demonstrations, the popular flag ceremony, fireworks, and food and beverages. There will be a mix of country and rock 'n' roll at this year's celebration, with country artist Trace Adkins headlining the concert. The event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early due to heavy traffic flow.

Jul 04
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Hope Mills July 4th Celebration

FREE
Hope Mills, NC
Town of Hope Mills
4975 Cameron Road
Event Website

Celebrate Independence Day in the Town of Hope Mills with your family and friends! The annual celebration kicks off with a traditional parade in the morning. Parade route begins at Hope Mills Middle School (Cameron Road), proceeds down Main Street, and ends at Hope Mills Recreation Center (Rockfish Road). Return that afternoon for the annual Party in the Park, at Hope Mills Municipal Park. Festivities include live music, bounce houses, horseshoe and washer tournaments, water slides, food and craft vendors, and more. This July 4th celebration ends with a beautiful fireworks show, scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

Jul 04
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Independence Day Celebration

FEE
Mcconnells, SC
Historic Brattonsville's Hightower Hall
1036 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
Event Website

Come to Hightower Hall to celebrate our nation's independence and experience the recreation of an authentic19th century backyard family celebration with historically dressed interpreters. This celebration will include games, BBQ for purchase, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front porch steps of the antebellum Bratton home.

Jul 04
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Fireworks Extravaganza

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Celebrate July 4th with a day of family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, and the High Country’s most spectacular fireworks display. The park will remain open until 9:00 pm and fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.

Jul 04
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

STUDENT PIANO RECITAL (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC piano students in recital.

Jul 04
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

An explosive afternoon of family fun! Celebrate Independence Day with a musical extravaganza featuring your patriotic favorites, including the rousing 1812 Overture with live cannon! Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, Sustaining Sponsor Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 05
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Kasey Tyndall at Alive After Five!

FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rooftop 210
210 E Trade St,
Event Website

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... This Thursday July, 5th rising Country star Kasey Tyndall will be finishing up the night! This former ECU student and Greenville, NC native moved to Nashville after winning the opportunity to duet with Keith Urban! Check her out @KaseyTyndallMusic on Facebook. The best after work party, Alive After Five, has been going for 18 YEARS STRONG! We’re back this year with more live music! Don’t even get us started on our new craft beer line up, we weren’t lying when we said better than ever! With Epicentre’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the convenient parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s #1 weekly event. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment, and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2018. Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more! FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT IG: @aliveafter5 T: @aliveafter5 Snapchat: aa5clt Official after-parties will be held at Rooftop 210, Whisky River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, and StrikeCity.

Jul 05
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Just Brass (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

A brass-travanganza with BMC faculty and students. $25 General Admission

Jul 06
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 06
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Program of Song (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

High School voice students in recital.

Jul 06
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Brahms Symphony No. 2 (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Famed Brahms expert Matthias Bamert leads this “grand, majestic, spacious, and warmhearted” work by Germany’s great master of symphonic style. 2017 Van Cliburn Gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo makes his BMC debut in Schumann’s vibrant tour de force. Matthias Bamert, conductor Yekwon Sunwoo, piano BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture SCHUMANN Concerto for Piano in A minor BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 07
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 07
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 07
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

FEE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay Street
Event Website

The Marquis Slam provides poets a creative environment of expression for their voices and fuels artistic growth through competition and workshops, also educating and entertaining the audience through the art of spoken word. This monthly event, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, features poets from North Carolina and around the United States, all competing to qualify in such renowned competitions as Women of the World Poetry Slam. The slam performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. The audience may also purchase dinner to enjoy with the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event starts at 8:00 p.m.

Jul 07-28

Stepping into the Craft - Saturdays in Seagrove

FREE
Seagrove, North Carolina
Pottery shops of Seagrove, NC
NC Pottery Highway 705, Seagrove NC  27341
Event Website

Experience something new and adventurous as you spend a Saturday in Seagrove. During the month of July the pottery shops in Seagrove have something new and exciting planned for you! Observe demonstrations of wheel throwing, carving techniques, raku firing and much more.  Can’t wait to get your hands in some clay?  You can participate in hands-on activities during this special month long event.  Try making pottery on the wheel or learn a hand-building technique. The potters are willing to share behind the scenes activities, so you can join in the fun! Shops are open from 10:00 - 5:00.  Seagrove is located in the central piedmont of North Carolina where more than 100 ceramic artists call home.  Visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway.  Tour the individual shops to experience Seagrove’s pottery tradition.  Visit DiscoverSeagrove.com for a list of participating shops and event details. 

Jul 07
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM

July 4th Festival

FREE
Blowing Rock, NC
Downtown
1036 Main St, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Join the town of Blowing Rock for games, music, and fun! Free entertainment all day, plus the best small-town Main Street parade you’ll find anywhere.

Jul 07-28

Cool Summer Nights

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Every Saturday in July the park stays open late, until 9:00 p.m., so you can make more time for family memories. Enjoy evening train and stage shows, rides at dusk, and fun throughout the park.

Jul 07
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Mike Mills Violin Concerto (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

A “classical-tinged collaboration” between BMC alumnus Robert McDuffie and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills results in a “propulsive, upbeat piece full of weeping violin, driving rhythm guitar and an energetic backbeat” (Rolling Stone). Daniel Hege, conductor Robert McDuffie, violin Mike Mills, guitar/keyboard MILLS Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra BARBER Medea’s Dance of Vengeance DEBUSSY La Mer Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 08
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 09
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

BMC @ TCL: New Songs Concert (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston Street Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

College division students perform chamber music at Brevard’s Transylvania County Library. This first concert in the series features new songs written by BMC composition students.

Jul 09
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Artist Faculty: Bernstein & Friends (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC kicks off “Bernstein Week” with a concert featuring some of Bernstein’s best-loved chamber music. Joined on the program will be works by a few of Bernstein’s close friends and colleagues, all of whom who shaped American music in the second half of the 20th century. $28 General Admission

Jul 10
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Sō Percussion (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

With its “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. $28 General Admission

Jul 11
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Student Piano Recital (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC piano students in recital.

Jul 11
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Brandenburg Concerti 3 & 4 (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Share in an unforgettable evening as BMC faculty member William Preucil—one of the world’s leading concertmasters—leads Brevard’s conductorless chamber orchestra in a program of beloved masterworks by Bach and Tchaikovsky. Brevard Camerata Amy Porter, flute Dilshad Posnock, flute William Preucil, violin BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 12
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

La Cenerentola (Cinderella) - Brevard Music Festival

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Rossini’s bubbly comic opera redefines the classic fairy tale of the innocent girl, her dysfunctional family, and her handsome Prince Charming. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Crystal Manich, stage director Brevard Festival Orchestra Craig Kier, conductor MUSIC: Gioachino Rossini LIBRETTO: Jacopo Ferretti Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. Tickets start at $35

Jul 13
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 13-14

Plein Air Festival

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Artists are invited to take advantage of the beautiful High Country setting, set up their easels, and paint “en plein air.” This festival will culminate with a “Wet Paint Show & Sale” happening on the evening of July 14th at BRAHM, where awards will be announced. Join featured artists Kim Abernethy, Kevin Beck, Joe Miller, Dwight Rose, and Jeremy Sams as they paint beautiful Blowing Rock. Registration required for artist participation.

Jul 13-15

Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants… and now he’s on land for you to see! Join SpongeBob and his best pal Patrick Star for a meet and greet that’s oceans above the rest! Appearances at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm.

Jul 13
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

New Music (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Premiere performances of new works written by BMC composition students.

Jul 13
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Piccolo Opera (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Straus Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

High school voice students present opera scenes.

Jul 13
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

A Bernstein Celebration (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Two Bernstein tone poems and a poignant work by Mahler co-mingle in one unforgettable evening. Keith Lockhart leads BMC faculty member Norman Krieger and the exquisite voices of the Greenville Chorale in a truly celebratory night of music making. Brevard Music Center Orchestra Greenville Chorale Keith Lockhart, conductor Norman Krieger, piano BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms MAHLER Adagio from Symphony No. 10 BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 2 ‘Age of Anxiety’ Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 14
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 14
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 14
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Naturalist Niche: Old Growth Forest Frolic

FEE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. One of those small areas is right here in Chimney Rock State Park. This moderate hike rambles through an area typically not open to the public in order to introduce participants to characteristics of old growth forests and native trees. Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Jul 14
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Art in the Park

FREE
Blowing Rock, NC
Downtown
132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock NC 28605
Event Website

This outdoor arts show features a wide variety of works from 90+ regional artists. Find beautiful — and functional — art to take home with you!

Jul 14-15

4th Annual African World Peace Festival

FREE
Fayetteville, NC
Downtown Fayetteville
Person Street
Event Website

The African World Peace Festival is returning to Downtown Fayetteville for the fourth year to bring together the community for peace and nonviolent social change, using music and social events. The public is invited to come experience a cultural parade, 5K run, local and regional bands, cultural dancers, DJ's, arts and crafts displays, and African cuisine, as well as family-oriented activities and education. Refer to the event website for more details, to include information on the African Trade Fair Show that will be taking place in various locations around Downtown Fayetteville.

Jul 14
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Simple Basket Weaving

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Pineville
12031 Lancater Highway
Event Website

Learn how to weave a basket! Starting off with a simple pattern and shape, Susan Worchester will guide you through the basics of how to weave a basket. Participants will be supplied with the required reeds of varying sizes and colors to complete their project during the class. Pre-registration is required.

Jul 14
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

La Cenerentola (Cinderella) - Brevard Music Festival

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Rossini’s bubbly comic opera redefines the classic fairy tale of the innocent girl, her dysfunctional family, and the handsome Prince Charming. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Crystal Manich, stage director Brevard Festival Orchestra Craig Kier, conductor MUSIC: Gioachino Rossini LIBRETTO: Jacopo Ferretti Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. Tickets start at $35

Jul 14
8:30 PM - 12:00 PM

West Side Story in Concert (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the classic American movie musical comes to the big screen at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, with full symphony orchestra performing Bernstein’s reverent and iconic score. Brevard Sinfonia Jayce Ogren, conductor BERNSTEIN West Side Story Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 14-15

The Battle of Huck's Defeat

FEE
McConnells, SC
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Rd McConnells, SC 29726
Event Website

Battles fought in the Carolina Backcountry were pivotal for the American Revolution - find out more at Historic Brattonsville’s annual event “The Battle of Huck’s Defeat” McConnells, S.C.- An 800-acre living history plantation in York County, SC, Historic Brattonsville is the actual site of the first Patriot militia victory known as the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. As the annual reenactment of the 1780 skirmish between the Patriot militia and the loathed British commander Capt. Huck takes place, the story unfolds of how Martha Bratton, wife of militia commander Col. William Bratton, and Watt, an slaved African American, helped to save the day. Reenactments of pivotal American Revolution battles will take place during the two day event on Saturday, July 14 and on Sunday, July 15. Throughout the weekend Historic Brattonsville will come alive with cavalry and camp life, scripted scenarios and live music of the era. Visitors can shop for period wares from sutler’s row. An 18th-century style church service will be held on Sunday morning. Food concessions will be available for purchase on both days.

Jul 15
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

"Christmas in July" presented by Fifth Street Ministries

FEE
Statesville, North Carolina
Statesville Civic Center
300 S Center St, Statesville, NC 28677
Event Website

The “Christmas in July” event, held annually for the last 18 years, is our largest fundraiser of the year and is designed to help our homeless shelter and ministry get through the lean summer months where we typically receive less in the way of financial contributions and material donations. We are hopeful that you will join us in person on Sunday, July 15th 2018 from Noon until 1:30pm at the Statesville Civic Center for a time of sharing a good meal and to learn more about all the good work we do at Fifth Street Ministries. Tickets are available for $10 each (payable at the event)by calling (704) 872-4045 to reserve a space.

Jul 15
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bernstein the Educator (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

A multi-media program revisiting Bernstein’s fabled Young People’s Concerts. Featuring Gershwin’s An American in Paris and works by great American composers including Copland, Chadwick, and Harris. Brevard Concert Orchestra Ken Lam, conductor Joseph Horowitz, curator Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 16
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

BMC @ TCL (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston Street Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

College division students perform chamber music at Brevard's Transylvania County Library.

Jul 16
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Artist Faculty: Brahms String Quintet (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Brahms’s thoroughly Romantic String Quintet in F major is characterized by a pastoral cheer and kinetic energy that creates a joyous and rhythmic drive. Performed by members of our distinct community of nationally acclaimed musicians. $28 General Admission

Jul 17
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
868 Persimmon Road
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jul 17
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Brevard Symphonic Winds (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Straus Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Featuring dramatic music for winds from stage and screen. Brevard Symphonic Winds Kraig Alan Williams, conductor $25 General Admission

Jul 17
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Presents: Terpsicorps

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Hampton Inn, Series Sponsor Artistic Director Heather Maloy leads North Carolina’s innovative and thought-provoking professional contemporary ballet corps—featuring acclaimed dancers from the most respected companies in the US and Canada. Tickets start at $20

Jul 18
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Student Piano Recital (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC piano students in recital.

Jul 18
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Artist Faculty: Quartet for the End of Time

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Olivier Messiaen’s ethereal “Quartet for the End of Time” is recognized as one of the most significant chamber works of the 20th century. Written while he was a prisoner of war in German captivity and inspired by text from the Book of Revelation, it is scored for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano—the instruments and musicians sharing space in Stalag VIII-A. $28 General Admission

Jul 19
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

WQXR Young Artists Showcase (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation, Inc., Lead Sponsor Now in its 40th year on WQXR, New York City’s only classical music radio station, Young Artists Showcase seeks out and displays the talents of young emerging artists. Long-time host Robert Sherman brings his much-admired show to Brevard to highlight BMC student musicians. (Live show will be taped for future broadcast.) $25 General Admission

Jul 20
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 20
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rox N Roll Cruise-In: Ladies' Night

FREE
Roxboro, North Carolina
Uptown
120 Court Street, Roxboro, NC 27573
Event Website

Snuggled in the heart of an accessible small town, Roxboro’s vibrant and family-friendly Uptown District offers high quality dining (including an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant and a craft brewery), unique shopping (from high-end gifts to thrifty treasures), and an array of artistic experiences (from performances at the Historic Kirby Theater to classes in an inclusive artist’s space). From May through October, on the third Friday of each month, you will discover a host of unique vehicles (from classic cars and trucks to tricked-out bikes and trikes) lining the courthouse square. Guests are invited to “cruise-in” to our Uptown district from 6:00 to 8:30 pm to enjoy the sights and all that Uptown Roxboro has to offer. Each event offers a fun new theme, a variety of prizes, and sales and special offers from our Uptown businesses. Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historicroxboro/

Jul 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Find a Furever Friend Friday

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Join us and FOTAS and possibly meet your new best furry friend. FOTAS volunteers will be here with an adoptable dog from 1:30pm-3:30pm. We will also have free popcorn and photos with fido. Don’t miss your chance to meet these beautiful animals looking for their forever homes.

Jul 20
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Conrad Tao Plays Beethoven (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

CarePartners, Sustaining Sponsor Lauded as “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine), virtuosic pianist Conrad Tao returns to Brevard with the always energetic and compelling conductor, Rune Bergmann. Brevard Music Center Orchestra Rune Bergmann, conductor Conrad Tao, piano MOZART Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 21
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 21
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 21
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Open Studio Art Tour

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

The resident artists at Grovewood Village will open up their studios to the public, allowing visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided and take place from 11am - 4pm. Meet makers who work in a variety of media, and browse original works of art ranging from jewelry to pottery to sculpture.

Jul 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fontana Trestle BBQ & Brews

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience! Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm. Ticket prices include a souvenir GSMR glass can for 3 different samples of finely crafted Western North Carolina beer from that day’s featured brewery. Skilled and knowledgeable brewery employees will be on hand throughout the train ride to educate about the process required for crafting each brew! Additional beer will be available for purchase!

Jul 21-28

K9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

These incredible dogs have delighted audiences nationwide at halftime shows on television. Don’t miss them live at Tweetsie Railroad! Shows at 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Saturday evening show at 7:00 p.m.

Jul 21
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Brahms Double (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Featuring an international roster of acclaimed musicians, this “titanic work” of Brahms ranks among the finest entries in the great repertoire of 19th-century concertos. Rune Bergmann, conductor Sergey Khachatryan, violin Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello SVENDSEN Norwegian Artists’ Carnival TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin and Cello Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 22
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Liberty Mountain, The Revolutionary Drama"

FEE
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
Joy Performance Center
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Event Website

“Liberty Mountain” tells the story of the settling of the Carolinas by hardy Scots-Irish immigrants who came to America to start new lives, raise families, work and worship, and how they became caught up in the conflict of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Their story culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October, 1780, which historians agree was the turning point in the Revolution. In an hour of savage hand-to-hand combat, Patriot militiamen defeated a larger and better-trained force of Loyalists, triggering a series of Patriot victories that led to the British surrender at Yorktown a year later.The play will run for 16 public performances, beginning June 30, indoors at the Joy Performance Center in downtown Kings Mountain.

Jul 22
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pines of Rome (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

An inspired afternoon infused with the sounds of Respighi’s four-movement tone poem for orchestra (depicting pine trees in four locations in Rome at different times of the day) and Waxman’s virtuoso showpiece (based on themes from the opera Carmen). Brevard Concert Orchestra Ken Lam, conductor Annelle Gregory, violin (1st place, 2017 Sphinx Competition) WAXMAN Carmen Fantasy RESPIGHI Pines of Rome Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 23 - Aug 26

Common Ground

FREE
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton Street, NC 27278
Event Website

Paintings by Linda Carmel and Michele Yellin, jewelry by Nell Chandler, pottery by Evelyn Ward. July 23 – August 26. Opening reception during Hillsborough's Last Friday Art Walk, July 27th 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber and textile arts. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Jul 23
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Artist Faculty: Arensky Piano Trio (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Inspired by his Russian compatriots Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 is a rhapsodic memorial to Karl Davidoff—the man regarded as the founder of the Russian school of cello playing. At times lyrical, elegiac, and full of bravura, Arensky’s charming trio provides the cello a prominent and soaring role. $28 General Admission

Jul 24-29

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show- Hunter Jumper I

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Broyhill Equestrian Preserve
1500 Laurel Lane
Event Website

Watch competitors complete the course in various Classic events! Divisions for all ages in this outdoor show adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. $10 per day, free for kids 12 and under.

Jul 24
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
Calabash Town Park 868 Persimmon Road
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jul 24
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

New Music (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Premiere performances of new works written by BMC composition students.

Jul 24
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

U.S. Army String Quartet "Pershing's Own" (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Straus Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

One of the premier ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces

Jul 25
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Student Piano Recital (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC piano students in recital.

Jul 25
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Artist Faculty: Schumann Piano Trio No. 1 (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Intensely personal, and at times brooding and turbulent, Robert Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 stands as a definitive statement in Romantic chamber music. Often symphonic in nature, Schumann’s masterpiece explores the ranges, colors, and rhythmic vibrancy of the violin, cello, and piano, for which it is written. $28 General Admission

Jul 26
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Candide (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Here in Brevard, “in this best of all possible worlds,” be dazzled by Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant American Broadway musical comedy filled with fun and frolic. Based on Voltaire’s satirical story and featuring the arias “Glitter and Be Gay” and the finale “Make Our Garden Grow.” Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Dean Anthony, stage director Brevard Festival Orchestra Michael Sakir, conductor MUSIC: Leonard Bernstein LIBRETTO: Lillian Hellman Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance.

Jul 27
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Blowing Rock Tour of Homes

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Various local homes
140 Chestnut Drive, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

This annual fundraiser opens the doors to 5 of Blowing Rock’s most special private homes to admire the special features and furnishings that have been cherished by homeowners for generations.

Jul 27
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Symphony by the Lake

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Chetola Resort
185 Chetola Lake Drive
Event Website

Experience a moving performance by the Symphony of the Mountains, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge landscape on the grass by Chetola Lake, under the evening sky. Fireworks finale!

Jul 27
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Program of Song (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

High school voice students in recital.

Jul 27
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Tchaikovsky 4 (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Loyal Friends of Brevard Music Center, Sustaining Sponsor Tchaikovsky’s urgent and fateful work unfolds on the WPA stage, led by “one of the finest conductors of her generation” (New York Times), BMC Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta. But first, Asheville-native and Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley, returns for the Brevard premiere of his original klezmer concerto. Brevard Music Center Orchestra JoAnn Falletta, conductor Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture BENDIX-BALGLEY Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 28
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Candide (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Here in Brevard, “in this best of all possible worlds,” be dazzled by Leonard Bernstein’s exuberant American Broadway musical comedy filled with fun and frolic. Based on Voltaire’s satirical story and featuring the arias “Glitter and Be Gay” and the finale “Make Our Garden Grow.” Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Dean Anthony, stage director Brevard Festival Orchestra Michael Sakir, conductor MUSIC: Leonard Bernstein LIBRETTO: Lillian Hellman Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance. Tickets start at $35

Jul 28
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Time for Three (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Jerome and Summey, Lead Sponsor Defying traditional genre classification, this classically trained American string trio performs Bach to Brahms and beyond alongside an uncommon mix of bluegrass, folk tunes and ingenuous mash-ups of hits by The Beatles, Justin Timberlake and more. Brevard Sinfonia JoAnn Falletta, conductor Time for Three SIERRA Fandangos HIGDON Concerto 4-3 TIME FOR THREE Originals and Mashups RESPIGHI Roman Festivals Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 29
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Soloists of Tomorrow (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Always the not-to-be-missed concert of the season! Celebrate BMC’s mission and the next generation of classical musicians as we shine a spotlight on our most talented young students—all winners of the prestigious Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition. Brevard Music Center Orchestra Ken Lam, conductor Ticket holders may attend a The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Jul 29
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Supersonic (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Hypnotic rhythms and spectacular, syncopated drumming combine for a mesmerizing evening of family fun! BMC’s percussion students and faculty don’t miss a beat in this energetic concert for music-lovers of all ages. $25 General Admission

Jul 30
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

BMC @ TCL (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston Street Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

College division students perform chamber music at Brevard's Transylvania County Library.

Jul 30
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Noah Bendix-Balgley and Friends (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

World-renowned violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley is joined by his Berlin Philharmonic colleague hornist Stefan de Leval Jezierski and BMC artist faculty pianist Norman Krieger in the incomparable Brahms Horn Trio. Noah also teams with his BMC friends in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant String Quintet No. 2. $28 General Admission

Jul 31
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
868 Persimmon Road
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Jul 31
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

BMC Piano Competition Finals (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

The Zimmerli Foundation, Sustaining Sponsor The future stars of tomorrow take the stage in this inspired competition, featuring BMC’s gifted high school and college pianists. $25 General Admission

Aug 01-31

Family Animal Encounters

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera! Cost: Included with Park admission. Time: daily at 2pm.

Aug 01-05

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show- Hunter Jumper II

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Broyhill Equestrian Preserve
1500 Laurel Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

94th year! See competitors complete the courses in several Classics and Divisions. Outdoor show on grounds adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. $10 per day, children 12 and under admitted free.

Aug 01-31

Erika Rogers Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of August we will have Erika Rogers. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of August. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Aug 01-31

Erika Rogers Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of August we will have Erika Rogers. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of August. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Aug 01
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Student Piano Recital (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

BMC piano students in recital.

Aug 01
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Brevard Camerata (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Small in size, but big in sound, Brevard’s conductorless chamber orchestra offers thoughtful interpretations of baroque, classical, and contemporary works. Brevard Camerata Adam Holzman, guitar TURINA The Bullfighter’s Prayer VIVALDI Guitar Concerto in D SUK Serenade $28 General Admission

Aug 02
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Sondheim on Sondheim (Brevard Music Festival)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Porter Center at Brevard College
1 Brevard College Drive Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Hailed as a "revelatory revue full of wonderful moments" and a "funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist," Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words... and music. Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center Tickets start at $35

Aug 03-04

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

FREE
Burnsville, North Carolina
Town Square
100 Town Square
Event Website

The 62nd Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. 200 juried crafters with handmade pottery, jewelry, rustic furniture, blacksmiths, candles, and artwork of all mediums. Have lunch and listen to live music on the shaded Square.

Aug 03-04

9th Annual Joedance Film Festival

FEE
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Ballet, Uptown Charlotte
701 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Event Website

Joedance Film Festival, now in its 9th year, honors the late Joe Restaino to raise awareness and funds at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital for rare pediatric cancer research, specifically sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors. Joedance is also committed to raising awareness of the local film industry by showcasing films that have a Charlotte connection. The family chose a film festival to honor their late son because of his love of movies.

Aug 03-05

Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Over 5,000 square feet of gallery space is transformed into a show-floor filled with furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, silver, art, and more on display from antique dealers along the east coast. $15 for 3-day pass.

Aug 03
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

New Music (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Premiere performance of new works written by BMC composition students.

Aug 03
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Piccolo Opera (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Straus Hall at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

High school voice students present opera scenes.

Aug 03
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Planets (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

A truly magical evening under the stars…and among the planets! Enduringly popular and widely performed, each of the seven movements of this orchestral suite reflects Holst’s interpretation of a planet within the Solar System. Multi-media visuals provided by Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). Brevard Concert Orchestra Keith Lockhart, conductor Brevard Symphonic Winds Kraig Alan Williams, conductor BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor MASLANKA O Earth, O Stars for Solo Cello and Winds (Jonathan Spitz, cello) HOLST The Planets Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Aug 04
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

FEE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay Street
Event Website

The Marquis Slam provides poets a creative environment of expression for their voices and fuels artistic growth through competition and workshops, also educating and entertaining the audience through the art of spoken word. This monthly event, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, features poets from North Carolina and around the United States, all competing to qualify in such renowned competitions as Women of the World Poetry Slam. The slam performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. The audience may also purchase dinner to enjoy with the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event starts at 8:00 p.m.

Aug 04
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Krazy with Kudzu

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Friend or foe? It’s amazing how one weed can cause so much controversy. Meet with naturalists, who are working hard to eradicate the noxious invasive that poses a significant threat to the biodiversity in the southeast—Kudzu—as well as fans of the creepy, crawly weed. You’ll not only learn about what methods used to get rid of kudzu, but also how to make Kudzu jelly, baskets and more. Cost: Included with admission

Aug 04
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Storks & Corks

FEE
Jackson, South Carolina
Audubon Center
4542 Silver Bluff Rd.
Event Website

Silver Bluff Audubon Center offers a casual evening of wine with a buffet dinner and best of all, possibly up to 500 Wood Storks, along with a couple hundred of other wading birds and shorebirds. A silent auction runs through the evening as well. The event is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets are $50/person, and reservations are required.

Aug 04
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Pictures at an Exhibition (Brevard Music Festival)

FREE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Inspired by a “promenade” through the exhibition of artist and close friend Victor Hartmann, each movement in Mussorgsky’s rhythmic, powerful masterpiece depicts one of ten distinctively different paintings. Brevard Sinfonia Ken Lam, conductor Zorá String Quartet DZUBAY Ra! LEES Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Aug 05
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Season Finale: Bernstein's Mass (Brevard Music Center)

FEE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Skyland Automotive, Lead Sponsor Imagined by Bernstein “not as a concert, but a fully staged dramatic pageant,” this multi-faceted theatre piece for musicians, singers, and dancers premiered at the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center. Join us as Keith Lockhart, BMCO, and hundreds of artists fill the WPA stage in final tribute to Bernstein’s enduring legacy and centennial. Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Chorus Keith Lockhart, conductor John McVeigh, tenor BERNSTEIN Mass Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Aug 07
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2018 Calabash Summer Concert Series

FREE
Calabash, NC
Calabash Town Park
868 Persimmon Road
Event Website

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a great night of FREE entertainment. This is a free family outing with food trucks and fun for all.

Below is a list of event dates and bands scheduled:

  • June 5th, Embers
  • June 19th, Holiday Band
  • June 26th, The Fantastic Shakers
  • July 3rd, The Tams
  • July 17th, Chocolate Chip & Co. Band
  • July 24th, Jim Quick & Company
  • July 31st, Band of Oz
  • August 7th, The Entertainers
Aug 11
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

FEE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you’ll discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat. This hike is considered moderate-to-strenuous. Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Aug 11
10:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Adult Field Day

FREE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Festival Park
335 Ray Avenue
Event Website

Adult Field Day is bringing people from all across the country to unite communities through activities, food, fun and music. An estimated 40 co-ed teams will be competing in a total of 10 exciting events for trophies and bragging rights. These events will include Tug of War, Sack Relay Race, 3-Legged Race, Balloon Toss and more. Head out to Festival Park and enjoy an assortment of vendors and food trucks. A great mix of music will play all day, and the night will conclude with a concert, featuring local artists and headlined by G. Yamazawa. There will even be fun activities for the kids. Refer to the event Facebook page for the full schedule of events, as well as details on team registration ($75 per team).

Aug 11
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Art in the Park

FREE
Blowing Rock, NC
Downtown
132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock NC 28605
Event Website

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at series of 6 shows throughout summer. Free parking shuttle and free admission. Rain or shine!

Aug 11-12

Riders in the Sky

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Come hear Grammy-winning music and comedy from America’s Favorite Cowboys. Shows at noon and 3:00 p.m.

Aug 11-12

Railroad Heritage Weekend

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

A unique weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET&WNC Railroad, and mountain culture.

Aug 12
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

14th Annual Race to the Rock (5K run or 25-mile bike)

FEE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

The grand finale of the 14th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family sports festival that showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, the Race to the Rock is a challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it! This is the ONLY TIME you can ever run or bike up to Chimney Rock. Cost: Save up to $10 on early registration at lakelureolympiad.com. Cost: Spectators get in free if in the Park before 7:30am.

Aug 16 - Oct 20

Reflections of Elegance: Kenneth Paul Block and the Masters of Fashion Illustration

FREE
Graham, North Carolina
Alamance Arts
213 South Main Street
Event Website

Alamance Arts presents a stunning exhibition of original works by Kenneth Paul Block (1924-2009),the most influential American fashion illustrator of the late 20th century. As chief features artist for the legendary trade paper Women's Wear Daily for over 40 years, Block used pencils and paint to interpret the soul of fashion.

Aug 17
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rox N Roll Cruise-In: Kids' Night

FREE
Roxboro, North Carolina
Uptown
120 Court Street, Roxboro, NC 27573
Event Website

Snuggled in the heart of an accessible small town, Roxboro’s vibrant and family-friendly Uptown District offers high quality dining (including an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant and a craft brewery), unique shopping (from high-end gifts to thrifty treasures), and an array of artistic experiences (from performances at the Historic Kirby Theater to classes in an inclusive artist’s space). From May through October, on the third Friday of each month, you will discover a host of unique vehicles (from classic cars and trucks to tricked-out bikes and trikes) lining the courthouse square. Guests are invited to “cruise-in” to our Uptown district from 6:00 to 8:30 pm to enjoy the sights and all that Uptown Roxboro has to offer. Each event offers a fun new theme, a variety of prizes, and sales and special offers from our Uptown businesses. Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historicroxboro/

Aug 18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fontana Trestle BBQ & Brews

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience! Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm. Ticket prices include a souvenir GSMR glass can for 3 different samples of finely crafted Western North Carolina beer from that day’s featured brewery. Skilled and knowledgeable brewery employees will be on hand throughout the train ride to educate about the process required for crafting each brew! Additional beer will be available for purchase!

Aug 18
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival

FREE
Franklin, North Carolina
Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center, Franklin
52 Cowee School Road
Event Website

The Franklin Area Folk Festival celebrates all things Appalachian! This family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, old-time mountain music & SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) jammin’ sessions, Civil War Re-enactors camped on the grounds with infantry drilling and firing demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, textiles, tours & more! Artisans inside Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center will exhibit Macon County’s rich heritage by teaching us about pottery, textiles, painting, and local history. By linking our future to our past, the Franklin Area Folk Festival sponsors hands-on activities to allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when. These folks learned at their parents’ knee woodcarving, moonshinin’, weaving and spinning, and all the many other heritage skills they’ll be demonstrating. Some additional highlights include special quilts on display (like the famous Cabarras Quilt, The Celebrate America Autograph Quilt, the original World’s Largest Quilt), the village blacksmith, flint napping, woodworking/woodcarving, Border Collies’ demonstrations, farmer’s market, old-time music, Mtn. Youth Talent Show and much more. (828) 524-6564

Aug 18
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

14th Annual Franklin Area Folk Festival

FREE
Franklin, North Carolina
Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center, Franklin
51 Cowee School Drive
Event Website

The Franklin Area Folk Festival celebrates all things Appalachian! This family-friendly festival features live heritage demonstrations, Appalachian crafts, old-time mountain music & SEBA (SouthEastern Bluegrass Association) jammin’ sessions, Civil War Re-enactors camped on the grounds with infantry drilling and firing demonstrations, kids’ activities, food, textiles, tours & more! Artisans inside Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center will exhibit Macon County’s rich heritage by teaching us about pottery, textiles, painting, and local history. By linking our future to our past, the Franklin Area Folk Festival sponsors hands-on activities to allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when. These folks learned at their parents’ knee woodcarving, moonshinin’, weaving and spinning, and all the many other heritage skills they’ll be demonstrating. Some additional highlights include special quilts on display (like the famous Cabarras Quilt, The Celebrate America Autograph Quilt, the original World’s Largest Quilt), the village blacksmith, flint napping, woodworking/woodcarving, Border Collies’ demonstrations, farmer’s market, old-time music, Youth Talent Contest and much more.

Aug 18
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

BMC Presents: Béla Fleck's Blue Ridge Banjo Camp

FREE
Brevard, NC
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
349 Andante Lane Brevard, NC 28712
Event Website

Hampton Inn, Series Sponsor Considered by many to be “the world’s premier banjo player,” the 15-time Grammy® Award-winner marks the culmination of his inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp at Brevard Music Center with a very special, finale concert. Lawn seats start at $20. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D.* *Excludes Opening Night, Season Finale and BMC Presents concerts.

Aug 24-25

Personality Festival

FREE
Roxboro, NC
Uptown Roxboro
211 N. Main Street
Event Website

Amusement rides line Main Street. Craft, merchandise and food vendors from all over bring us unique products & delicious tastes. Entertainment happens Friday night all day Saturday with musicians, singers and dancers. Purchase a wristband Friday night and ride as much as you can until 10:00pm. Times are Friday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Aug 24-25

Dirty Dancing Festival

FEE
Lake Lure, NC
Morse Park Lake Lure
2948 Memorial Hwy
Event Website

Join us in celebrating the iconic movie Dirty Dancing! Enjoy two days of live music and dancing, dance lessons and performances by the Asheville Ballet, plus competitions and games. There will be a food court, a beer, wine and cider garden, and for the third year in a row the artisan village will be filled with local arts and craft vendors showcasing styles from the film.

Aug 24-25

Dirty Dancing Festival

FEE
Lake lure, NC
Morse Park Lake Lure
2948 Memorial Hwy
Event Website

Join us in celebrating the iconic movie Dirty Dancing! Enjoy two days of live music and dancing, dance lessons and performances by the Asheville Ballet, Shag lessons and competition, plus games and the famous Lake Lift. There will be a food court, a beer, wine, cider and spirits garden, and for the third year in a row the artisan village will be filled with local arts and craft vendors showcasing homemade items for styles.

Aug 24-25

Personality Festival

FREE
Roxboro, NC
Uptown Roxboro
211 N. Main Street
Event Website

Personality Festival is a Roxboro tradition at the heart of Person County summer activities. What does it include? Amusements rides line Main Street. Food vendors travel from all over to bring us unique and delicious tastes. Craft and merchandise vendors introduce us to homemade items and wonderful new products. Local businesses interact with residents. Entertainment excites all ages Friday night and all day Saturday in front of the court house with musicians, singers and dancers. It's 2 days of fun, sun, food....and more fun!! Contact the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the Festival.

Aug 27 - Sep 23

ColorFull

FREE
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Event Website

Paintings by Chris Graebner and Lolette Guthrie, blown glass by Pringle Teetor. August 27 – September 23. Opening reception during Hillsborough's Last Friday Art Walk, August 31st 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber and textile arts. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Sep 01
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

FEE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay Street
Event Website

The Marquis Slam provides poets a creative environment of expression for their voices and fuels artistic growth through competition and workshops, also educating and entertaining the audience through the art of spoken word. This monthly event, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, features poets from North Carolina and around the United States, all competing to qualify in such renowned competitions as Women of the World Poetry Slam. The slam performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. The audience may also purchase dinner to enjoy with the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sep 01-03

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Enjoy the last holiday weekend of summer experiencing what makes Chimney Rock the ideal place to play. Hike on one of the Park’s many trails or join Fox Mountain Guides for a real rock climbing experience. Cost: Included with Park admission.

Sep 01
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fontana Trestle BBQ & Brews

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience! September 1 is a STEAM excursion! Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm. Ticket prices include a souvenir GSMR glass can for 3 different samples of finely crafted Western North Carolina beer from that day’s featured brewery. Skilled and knowledgeable brewery employees will be on hand throughout the train ride to educate about the process required for crafting each brew! Additional beer will be available for purchase!

Sep 01-30

Brittany Starnes Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of September we will have Brittany Starnes. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of September. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Sep 01-30

Brittany Starnes Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of September we will have Brittany Starnes. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of September. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Sep 06-08

Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors

FREE
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Downtown
634 W. 4th Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Event Website

The largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, Bookmarks brings writers and readers of all ages together for four days of keynote author presentations, Eat & Greets, and a free Festival on Saturday featuring over 40 award-winning and bestselling authors in conversation and over 65 exhibitors and food trucks. 2017 featured authors included Leigh Bardugo, Jamie Ford, Diana Gabaldon, Alan Gratz. Grace Lin, Margaret Maron, Jason Reynolds, and Javaka Steptoe. This year's schedule announced July 27, 2018.

Sep 07-09

Raleigh Greek Festival

FEE
Raleigh, North Carolina
NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
Event Website

37th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival. Authentic Greek Food. Live Greek music and traditional Greek Folk dances. Portion of proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Fri., Sept. 7, 5pm-10pm. Sat., Sept. 8, 11am-10pm. Sun., Sept. 9, 11am-6pm. General Admission: $3.00 Children under 13 are Free or go to www.raleighgreekfestival for Free Ticket

Sep 08-09

Grandparents Day Weekend Special Admission

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to get quality time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regular-price adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Special online offer only. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid September 8 & 9 only. Cost: Buy one adult admission at regular price and get one free youth admission (ages 5-15)

Sep 08
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Acorn Festival

FREE
Four Oaks , North Carolina
Downtown Four Oaks
202 North Main St., Four Oaks
Event Website

Join us in Downtown Four Oaks for family fun including children's activities, live entertainment, handmade craft vendors, antique car and tractor show, food trucks, and much more!

Sep 09
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Senior Trout Fishing the Rocky Broad River

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

In celebration of National Grandparents Day and State Parks' 2018 theme of Fishing Fun, we invite the senior anglers to bring out their grandkids and try trout fishing together. Have you ever wanted to try fishing but don’t want to invest in all the equipment? You can borrow ours! Meet a ranger down at the Riverwalk Trail behind the Old Rock Cafe to learn the basics of fishing and try your hand at pulling some trout out of the Rocky Broad River. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome. Cost: Free

Sep 13-15

Full Bloom Film Festival

FEE
Statesville, North Carolina
Historic Downtown Statesville
203 S Meeting St, Statesville, NC 28677
Event Website

The 4th annual Full Bloom Film Festival will take place September 13-15, 2018 at select venues in historic downtown Statesville, North Carolina. Over the last three years, filmmakers have journeyed to Statesville from near and far—as far away as Pakistan—to celebrate the artistry of film and the diversity of our global and local communities. The Full Bloom Film Festival offers a curated lineup of feature films and themed short film sessions. In addition to film screenings, guests and filmmakers will have the chance to mingle at panel events and nightly parties throughout the festival.

Sep 14
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Music for a Great Space presents the New Century Saxophone Quartet

FEE
Greensboro, North Carolina
Van Dyke Performance Space
http://www.thevandyke.org/
Event Website

Music for a Great Space is excited to announce the New Century Saxophone Quartet as the opening performance to their Season of North Carolina in Music! These Winston-Salem founded saxophonists have toured internationally and we are thrilled to have them join us in this celebration of NC musicians and composers. Ticket prices are $5 for Students, $15 for people under 30, $20 for Seniors, and $22 for Adults. Each Adult ticket enables TWO people aged 16 and younger for FREE! We hope to see you there!

Sep 15
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

10th Annual Flock to the Rock

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Join us to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of one of Western North Carolina’s most popular Annual events, Flock to the Rock. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds! Cost: Included with Park admission.

Sep 15
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Naturalist Nice: Fall Migration Bird Walk

FEE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

The early bird gets…to see and hear early birds! This special bird walk was designed to start before the Park opens to ensure participants get the best chance to encounter a variety of birds. Taking place during fall migration also enhances the number of species expected to be in our area. This hike is considered moderate and is the prelude to the our 10th Annual Flock to the Rock event which starts at 11am. Click here to see what birds you might see during your hike. Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Sep 15
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Creedmoor Music Festival

FREE
Creedmoor, North Carolina
Main Street
Main Street Creedmoor, Creedmoor, NC 27522
Event Website

The 27th Annual Creedmoor Music Festival will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Creedmoor Music Festival is a community tradition held annually on the third Saturday of September on historic Main Street in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Crowds of fair food aficionados and music lovers converge on to Main Street to join in the festivities and support local shops and restaurants. The festival features family fun for all ages . . . including over 100 food and craft vendors, free children's activities, and all genres of music from talented local and regional artists and bands!

Sep 15-16

CenterFest

FREE
Durham, North Carolina
Downtown
120 Morris Street
Event Website

SAVE THE DATE! The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 44th Annual CenterFest, The Art Lover’s Festival to downtown Durham on Sept 15 & 16, 2018. More than 145 juried visual artists from 17 states will showcase their work and 75 performing arts groups provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday evening entertainment. Add in food courts, hands on activities and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sectors and you have the best way to kick off the fall season! Bring the family, bring your friends, bring the neighborhood! Festival hours are Saturday 10am-6pm, Extended Saturday entertainment 6pm-11pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. In the Heart of Downtown Durham! #centerfest

Sep 15-16

CenterFest Arts Festival 2018

FREE
Durham, North Carolina
Downtown
120 Morris St, Durham, North Carolina 27701
Event Website

SAVE THE DATE! The Durham Arts Council is bringing the 44th Annual CenterFest, The Art Lover’s Festival to downtown Durham on Sept 15 & 16, 2018. More than 145 juried visual artists from 17 states will showcase their work and 75 performing arts groups provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday evening entertainment. Add in food courts, hands on activities and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sectors and you have the best way to kick off the fall season! Bring the family, bring your friends, bring the neighborhood! Festival hours are Saturday 10am-6pm, Extended Saturday entertainment 6pm-11pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. In the Heart of Downtown Durham! www.centerfest.durhamarts.org #centerfest

Sep 19
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fall Homeschool Day

FEE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Homeschool families and associations have been coming to the Park for experiential education opportunities for years. Hands-on programs with naturalists, guided hikes on a variety of trails and the chance to meet new families from around the region are just some of the reasons our annual homeschool events have become so popular. In 2018 we’re teaming up with some of our partners to bring you opportunities for more than one day. So, make a trip of it and take advantage of the many lessons we have planned for you. Cost: $12 Adults (Park admission); no charge Annual Passholder; $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $7.50 Rockin Discovery Passholder.

Sep 21
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rox N Roll Cruise-In: Date Night

FREE
Roxboro, North Carolina
Uptown
120 Court Street, Roxboro, NC 27573
Event Website

Snuggled in the heart of an accessible small town, Roxboro’s vibrant and family-friendly Uptown District offers high quality dining (including an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant and a craft brewery), unique shopping (from high-end gifts to thrifty treasures), and an array of artistic experiences (from performances at the Historic Kirby Theater to classes in an inclusive artist’s space). From May through October, on the third Friday of each month, you will discover a host of unique vehicles (from classic cars and trucks to tricked-out bikes and trikes) lining the courthouse square. Guests are invited to “cruise-in” to our Uptown district from 6:00 to 8:30 pm to enjoy the sights and all that Uptown Roxboro has to offer. Each event offers a fun new theme, a variety of prizes, and sales and special offers from our Uptown businesses. Check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historicroxboro/

Sep 21 - Oct 27

Ghost Train

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Open 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Advance Tickets Required. It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare! Tickets on sale: July 2, 2018.

Sep 22
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Uncorked

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

Join us for Uncorked! This unique Rail Line and Wine experience will fuse the adventure of railroading with the love of good wine and good company. Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. We have carefully selected our wine samples to accompany the meal. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a dessert that’s perfect for the season! This event excursion is apart of the Nantahala Gorge excursion. The featured wines will be Wines from the Old World.

Sep 22
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

FREE
Dillsboro, NC
Jackson County Green Energy Park
100 Green Energy Park Road, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Event Website

A celebration of art, music, green energy and community fun for the entire family! Each year the Green Energy Park hosts dozens of organizations and regional artists who come to share their knowledge and the love of the arts. Last year we had over 1,000 visitors! You and your family can enjoy face painting, jewelry making, throwing clay pots, painting with flip-flops, handprint painting our logo on canvas, block printing and recycled bugs. Come watch demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, printing, gem cutting, torchworking and raku kiln firing. We’ll have live entertainment, good food and fun! All the artists at the festival will enjoy helping children to create their own works of art. One of the highlights of the one-day festival is the Green Energy Park ‘Trash Dragon,’ a gargantuan costume created and built by local artists totally out of trash. Timm Muth, Director of the Green Energy Park, said, “It’s fun and educational when children can see something beautiful being created out of stuff that people throw away.”

Sep 24-30

Take A Child Outside Week

FREE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public.

Sep 24 - Oct 21

Trilogy

FREE
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Event Website

Paintings by Marcy Lansman, textiles by Alice Levinson, turned wood by Michael Salemi. September 24 – October 21. Opening reception during Hillsborough's Last Friday Art Walk, September 28th 6-9pm. Founded in 2006, the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts is owned & operated by 22 artists and features painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, wood, pottery, fiber and textile arts. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Sep 28-29

Liberty Antiques Festival

FEE
Liberty, NC
Pike Farm Road
2855 Pike Farm Road, Staley, NC
Event Website

About 400 dealers from more than 25 states pack this 100-acre farm near downtown Liberty, North Carolina. Dig through the past to find today's treasures amongst 18th to 20th century furniture, accessories, pottery, glass, clocks, dolls, toys, military items, advertising memorabilia, decoys, jewelry, quilts, folk art, and "in the rough" country Americana! It's the way it used to be — NO CRAFTS OR REPRODUCTIONS — just truckloads of antiques and collectibles

Sep 28-30

North Carolina Shell Club Shell Show

FEE
Wilmington, North Carolina
Coastline Conference and Event Center
501 Nutt Street Wilmington, NC 28401
Event Website

The North Carolina Shell Club invites you to its 43th annual Shell Show, this year at the Coastline Conference & Convention Center in Wilmington on September 28-30. See some of the most wondrous works of art found in nature. Perfect for children and adults, casual collectors, as well as the most experienced malacologists and naturalists.

Sep 29-30

Take A Child Outside: Campout

FEE
Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock State Park
431 Main St. Hwy. 64/74A
Event Website

Cost: Included with admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; one free child Park admission ticket with each paying adult. There is no fee for camping, but participants must pre-register with the office at 828-625-9611. Space is limited. Description: Never been camping? Afraid of the dark? You’re not alone. Join a park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park. A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun filled night under the stars! You must bring your own camping gear and dinner. No camping gear or food is provided for this event. Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 2017 - 5:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am.

Sep 29
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Rosewood Art and Music Festival

FREE
Columbia, South Carolina
Rosewood Neighborhood of Columbia
2719 Rosewood Drive
Event Website

Columbia’s micro urban festival, Rosewood Art & Music Festival is a nonprofit, one-day, free admission, outdoor festival. On Saturday September 29th 2018, thousands of visitors will descend into the Rosewood Neighborhood to enjoy a day filled with visual arts and multiple stages of live music and entertainment. Sit and listen, grab your dance shoes or simply enjoy the sounds as you take in the visual arts and celebrate southern arts and culture. The 8th annual Rosewood Art and Music Festival has plenty to see & do. With new hours from 11am to 7pm there will be interactive artistic opportunities for people of all ages and skill-sets to create, observe, collect and celebrate. Exhibiting artists, both homegrown and from around the country will be showing original works of art, with a price range to appeal to every type of collector, from avid to newbie. The competitive fine arts pop-up gallery features unique two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. Jury Show participants will be competing for a share of more than $2000 in prize money. New to the festival this year is a poetry contest and a communal visual arts tent. This shared space is to give an opportunity to artists that may be new to the festival scene, have a smaller body of work , or may prefer to live paint.

Sep 29-30

Art On Main

FREE
Hendersonville, NC
Main Street Downtown Scenic Hendersonville, NC
Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28731
Event Website

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents the 59th annual Art on Main, a fine art and fine craft festival, on September 29 & 30th 2018 10am-5pm. Meet more than 100 juried fine artists who will show and sell their work, see live artist demonstrations, and enjoy charming and historic Main Street Hendersonville, NC, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Sep 29
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Rosewood Art and Music Festival

FREE
Columbia, SC
South East
2719 Rosewood Drive
Event Website

Columbia’s micro urban festival, Rosewood Art & Music Festival is a nonprofit, one-day, free admission, outdoor festival. On Saturday September 29th 2018, thousands of visitors will descend into the Rosewood Neighborhood to enjoy a day filled with visual arts and multiple stages of live music and entertainment. Sit and listen, grab your dance shoes or simply enjoy the sounds as you take in the visual arts and celebrate southern arts and culture. The 8th annual Rosewood Art and Music Festival has plenty to see & do. With new hours from 11am to 7pm there will be interactive artistic opportunities for people of all ages and skill-sets to create, observe, collect and celebrate. Exhibiting artists, both homegrown and from around the country will be showing original works of art, with a price range to appeal to every type of collector, from avid to newbie. The competitive fine arts pop-up gallery features unique two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. Jury Show participants will be competing for a share of more than $2000 in prize money. New to the festival this year is a poetry contest and a communal visual arts tent. This shared space is to give an opportunity to artists that may be new to the festival scene, have a smaller body of work , or may prefer to live paint. Applications open June 1. Review Categories and Rules online at RosewoodFestival.com Organizers create a comprehensive, multi-layered marketing/publicity campaign that draws more than 5,000 attendees from SC, NC, Tennessee and Georgia. Volunteers with the Columbia Opportunity Resource are on hand throughout the day. The festival also supports the Epworth Children’s Home with an on-site booth and the always entertaining free “paint the dumpster”. The festival is dedicated to promoting the Rosewood area by enriching the community identity through a celebration of the arts. It is put on by The Greater Rosewood Merchants’ Association, a non profit organization

Sep 29
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

44th Annual Mountain Heritage Day

FREE
Cullowhee, NC
Ramsey Activity Center
92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee, NC 2872
Event Website

The 44th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions. Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer.

Oct 01-31

Laurie Adamson Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of October we will have Laurie Adamson. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of October. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Oct 01-31

Laurie Adamson Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown
133 Laurens St. NW
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of October we will have Laurie Adamson. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of October. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Oct 04-06

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

FEE
Southport, NC
Southport Marina
606 West West Street
Event Website

The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament began over thirty-five years ago, when a small group of community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing in the Southport-Oak Island area. Today, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament attracts close to 500 boats annually and is one of the largest kingfish tournaments on the east coast. The tournament has a guaranteed prize structure and in 2017, paid out over $271,000 in cash with 470 boats fishing the tournament. The U.S. Open is part of the Southern Kingfish Association Mercury Tournament Trail. Entry Fee Charged. Music, food and beverages. Public Welcome. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Southport Marina and BEMC.

Oct 05-06

Ol' Front Porch Music Festival

FREE
Oriental, NC, NC
Riverfront
South Avenue at Freemason Street
Event Website

The streets of Oriental, North Carolina, come alive with the sound of down-home music every year on the first weekend in October. The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, now in its fifth year, showcases state, local and regional bands performing on the broad front porches of homes throughout the small harbor town. The music ranges from folk, Americana, bluegrass, and country, to gospel, blues, and jazz. Inspired by pick-up music sessions that took place regularly on the porch of Captain Billy and Lucille Truitt’s Ol’ Store, the two-day Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is a tribute to the region’s musical roots. It is free and open to the public. The festival also includes a Village Market featuring artisans and crafts people displaying their work, and a Food Park offering items from local restaurants and delis. For more information about Oriental’s annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, please visit https://olfrontporchmusicfestival.org/

Oct 05-07

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2018! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2018! Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. During your 1 hour and 45 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows coloring station temporary tattoos trick or treating bouncy house hayrides And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. The Train will leave on Friday at 4 pm, The Train will leave Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm

Oct 05-07

Cashiers Leaf Festival

FREE
Cashiers, NC
The Village Green
160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC 28717
Event Website

Come out and enjoy artisans and entertainment at the 9th Annual Cashiers Leaf Festival! Held each year as the leaves begin to change in this beautiful mountain village nestled at 3,487 feet in elevation, this free event has grown tremendously since its inception in 2009. Visitors will find unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend. There will be plenty of food and drinks available in both parking lots behind the two stages of the park, which will be filled with live music throughout the weekend. We will see you there!

Oct 06
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

FEE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay Street
Event Website

The Marquis Slam provides poets a creative environment of expression for their voices and fuels artistic growth through competition and workshops, also educating and entertaining the audience through the art of spoken word. This monthly event, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, features poets from North Carolina and around the United States, all competing to qualify in such renowned competitions as Women of the World Poetry Slam. The slam performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. The audience may also purchase dinner to enjoy with the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event starts at 8:00 p.m.

Oct 12-14

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2018! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2018! Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. During your 1 hour and 45 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows coloring station temporary tattoos trick or treating bouncy house hayrides And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. The Train will leave on Friday at 4 pm, The Train will leave Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm

Oct 19-20

37th Annual Havelock Chili Festival

FREE
Havelock, NC
Walter B Jones Park
Walter B. Jones Park Havelock NC 28532
Event Website

Friday night wing cook off with music a and vendors. Saturday red and green chili cookout with music, food, and vendors

Oct 19-21

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2018! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2018! Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. During your 1 hour and 45 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows coloring station temporary tattoos trick or treating bouncy house hayrides And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. The Train will leave on Friday at 4 pm, The Train will leave Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm

Oct 20-21

Fayetteville ComicCon

FREE
Fayetteville, NC
Crown Expo Center
1960 Coliseum Drive
Event Website

ComicCon is returning to Fayetteville for the fourth year, and this fan-run event is a full weekend of fun, celebrating all forms and fans of American and world popular culture. The con will feature comic book artists and writers, popular voice actors, cosplay with cash prizes, magic and video game tournaments, free panels, top vendors, door prizes, and free comic books (while supplies last). Visit the event website for more details. Event Times: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Oct 26-27

16th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium

FEE
Manning, SC
DuBose Campus / Central Carolina Technical College, Manning, SC
3351 Sumter Hwy., I-95, exit 122, Manning, South Carolina 29102
Event Website

Francis Marion Symposium, hosted by the Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society: Explore "Times of Francis Marion, 1732-1795". Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Revolutionary War & Southern Campaign Enthusiasts!! Register before Sept 26, 2018 for Early Bird discounts.

Oct 26-28

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2018! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2018! Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. During your 1 hour and 45 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include: campfire marshmallows coloring station temporary tattoos trick or treating bouncy house hayrides And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. The Train will leave on Friday at 4 pm, The Train will leave Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 4pm

Nov 01-04

Katydid Combined Driving Event

FREE
Windsor, SC
Katydid Farm
359 State Park Rd.
Event Website

The katydid CDE attracts the best carriage drivers across the country. Whether it’s the elegance and tradition of dressage, the speed and daring of the cross country obstacles, or the precisionand drama of cones competition, there’s something that appeals to everyone.

Nov 01-30

Debbie Black Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown
133 Laurens St.
Event Website

Come check out the Aiken County Visitors Center Monthly Artists Exhibit displaying a new Local Artist each month. For the month of November we will have Debbie Black. Her artwork will be displayed until the end of November. Make sure you stop by and see how talented she is. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Nov 02-03

Winston-Salem Quilts 2018

FEE
Winston-Salem, NC
Gateway YWCA, Downtown
1300 South Main Street, Downtown Winston-Salem
Event Website

Winston-Salem Quilts 2018 will include 150+ juried quilts and 2 trunks shows free with $5 admission. Cindy Page and Patti Cline of Quilter’s Gallery will share 50 quilts on Friday @ 2 pm with Lee Chappell Monroe, an internationally known modern quilt designer, presenting on Saturday @ 2 pm. The four Special Exhibits include: quilts made by professionals, teachers, and members who have had quilts juried in a national show; art quilts by 2017 AQS semifinalist Ania Reich; modern quilts made by the Triad Modern Quilt Guild and Beecasso’s art quilts. Make sure to participate in our 2 for 1 Quilt raffle: 2 quilts, with each ticket eligible for both drawings. In addition, there will be vendor demonstrations of tips and techniques, items for sale (including handmade gifts, Quilts on a Stick, fabric, books, magazines, yarn, craft materials, and completed quilts) a silent auction, door prizes and more!

Nov 03
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

FEE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
301 Hay Street
Event Website

The Marquis Slam provides poets a creative environment of expression for their voices and fuels artistic growth through competition and workshops, also educating and entertaining the audience through the art of spoken word. This monthly event, hosted by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, features poets from North Carolina and around the United States, all competing to qualify in such renowned competitions as Women of the World Poetry Slam. The slam performances are judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. The audience may also purchase dinner to enjoy with the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the event starts at 8:00 p.m.

Nov 03
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Uncorked

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

Join us for Uncorked! This unique Rail Line and Wine experience will fuse the adventure of railroading with the love of good wine and good company. Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. We have carefully selected our wine samples to accompany the meal. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a dessert that’s perfect for the season! This event is apart of the Tuckasegee Rive excursion. The wines that will be featured are Wines from the New World.

Nov 03-04

Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians: the Civil War & the Brattonsville community

FEE
McConnells, SC
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
Event Website

The stories of the American Civil War are abundant in York County, SC. Several of Harriet Bratton’s sons and sons-in-law departed the plantation to fight for the cause. Those left behind were facing far different situations than they had ever known. Confederate and Federal Civil War reenactors will tell the soldiers’ stories and recreate aspects of the bitter fighting between the North and the South. Others will tell the stories of the women and children from the elite planter families to the enslaved and free blacks of the Carolina Piedmont.

Nov 03
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

WNC Pottery Festival

FEE
Dillsboro, NC
Downtown Dillsboro
86 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Event Website

This event will showcase the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events, including the Clay Olympics, will be held on Friday. The event is juried, and the lineup of potters is impressive. A $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle and kids under 12 are admitted for free.

Nov 03
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Carolina Pottery Festival

FEE
Shelby, NC
LeGrand Center
1800 E Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150
Event Website

19th Annual Carolina Pottery Festival Nov. 3, 2018, 10am-4pm Festival Location: LeGrand Center 1800 E. Marion St. Shelby, NC 28152 -Over 100 Potters! -Free, Convenient Parking -All types of pottery -Just in time for Holiday Shopping -$5 Admission (under 12 free) -704-484-2787 Tickets available in advance or at the door.

Nov 09 - Dec 31

The Polar Express

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

PLEASE SEE GSMR.COM FOR SPECIFIC DATES AND TIMES. Over 88,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2017 and we hope to see you in 2018! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

Nov 16-18

Celebration of Seagrove Potters 11th Annual

FEE
Seagrove, North Carolina
Historic Luck’s Cannery
798 NC Pottery Highway 705, Seagrove, NC 27341
Event Website

This premier event is a collectors paradise of unique art pieces, pottery from only Seagrove artists that live and work in and around the town of Seagrove. Festivities kick off Friday night with a Gala, Live Auction of one-of-a-kind pieces and Potters Market. Enjoy an evening full of entertainment with live jazz band, food, craft beer and wine. The festival continues on Saturday (9am-5pm, admission $5) and Sunday (10am-4pm, admission $5) with over 80 Seagrove Potters selling their creations, demonstrations, children's activities, food trucks, silent auction on Saturday and Sunday beer garden. Proceeds from the auctions support the local pottery community's pursuit of art and education. Visit our website www.DiscoverSeagrove.com for tickets, more details and to view the Gala Collaboration pieces.

Nov 16-18

51th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show

FEE
Columbia, South Carolina
near Irmo, SC
Jamil Temple 206 Jamil Rd. Columbia, SC 29210
Event Website

Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver, & tools for sale Geodes sold & cut Club member’s rock collections on exhibit & lapidary demonstrations. South Carolina amethyst on display. Sponsored by The Columbia Gem & Mineral Society $5.00 for adults, Sixteen & under free. All military & their dependents free.

Nov 18
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Christmas Gift Show

FREE
St. James, NC
St. James Community Center
4136 Southport-Supply Road
Event Website

Christmas Gift Show comes to Southport-Oak Island Area highlighting local retailers and restaurateurs bringing convenience to your holiday shopping on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm-5pm at St. James Community Building, locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to shop-till-they-drop in one convenient location all for free admission. In addition to having all your favorite retailers right at your fingertips, attendees will have a chance to win a $300 just for registering at the event. The Christmas Gift Show, an event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has partnered with The Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) to help bring awareness, funding, and resources to the BCLC organization. During the Christmas Gift Show, holiday wreathes and centerpieces will be available at a silent auction where a portion of the proceeds will benefit BCLC. A book drive will also be in full swing, where any book donation will automatically earn you one additional raffle ticket towards the $300 Gift Local Card. Please bring books aimed for children in the 0-12 age range or word searches for our senior citizens. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be on hand as well as a BCLC volunteer to read to all the good little boys and girls while mom and dad peruse and pick out the perfect holiday gift. For those of you who purchase gift cards for your holiday giving, the Christmas Gift Show is a handy and easy way to purchase them in one location.

Nov 23
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Santa on the Green and Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting

FREE
Cashiers, NC
The Village Green
160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC 28717
Event Website

Visitors to The Village Green enjoy twinkling light displays and festive decorations from Thanksgiving Weekend until New Year's Day. The park becomes a winter wonderland! The Festival of Trees celebrates one of the area's greatest industries and showcases local businesses. After the holiday season, the evergreen trees are planted in The Village Green for continued enjoyment. Children of all ages are invited to come and tell Santa Claus their Christmas wishes at the Gazebo from 2-5 p.m. During the Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting there will be Holiday music, s’mores and more! The highlight will be the lighting of the tree from 5-6 p.m. at the Gazebo.

Nov 23-24

‘Hard Candy Christmas’ Art and Craft Show

FEE
Cullowhee, NC
Ramsey Activity Center
92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee, NC 2872
Event Website

Over 100 regional artisans have their handmade on display for sale in this folk and heritage craft show. The show has everything from quilters to soap makers, basket makers, leather craftsmen, master jewelers and more. Started in 1987, the event has grown every year and now takes place at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Children under 12 are admitted for free and parking is free.

Nov 23 - Dec 29

Tweetsie Christmas

FEE
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Open 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Advance Tickets Required. Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train and more. Tickets on sale: August 6, 2018.

Nov 24
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Shop Small Saturday

FREE
Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, NC
Shopping around town
4433 Long Beach Road, SE
Event Website

The holidays are a perfect time to remind visitors and residents to support the small business in their communities. American Express began a nationwide movement to support these businesses during Shop Small Saturday on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Our local small businesses have unique gift items and provide excellent customer service. The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce encourages you to support small business year-round. Chamber Member businesses in the Southport-Oak Island Area will host a Shop Small Holiday Open House in conjunction with Small Business Saturday on November 24th. A Christmas Gift Guide will be posted on the Chamber’s website at www.southport-oakisland.com in November with details.

Dec 01
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Christmas by the Sea Parade

FREE
Oak Island, NC
E Oak Island Drive
4601 E. Oak Island Drive
Event Website

Christmas is perhaps the best time of year to visit the North Carolina coast. The average air temperature is 59.4 degrees and the sun is warm. In a celebration of this wonderful weather and the holidays, the Chamber organizes the Christmas by the Sea Parade, the first Saturday in December on Oak Island. The Christmas by the Sea Parade steps off on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2pm on the 2.4-mile parade route from Oak Island Town Hall, traveling Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street. The parade showcases the businesses and organizations in our community. The hometown feel of the parade makes it a favorite event of locals, second homeowners and visitors. A float decorating contest will be held. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dec 01-15

Holiday Open House in Seagrove, NC

FREE
Seagrove, North Carolina
Pottery Shops of Seagrove, NC
NC Pottery Highway 705, Seagrove, NC 27341
Event Website

Join the Seagrove Potters this season for their Annual Holiday Open House. You’re invited to celebrate the holiday season on a self guided pottery tour. First three Saturdays in December many pottery shops of Seagrove have special events planned. Enjoy decorations and complimentary refreshments as you find something for everyone on your list this year. Experience a hearty does of holiday cheer, feel the warmth of the fireplaces as you venture through the Seagrove community. Shops are open from 9:00 - 5:00. Already have plans on those weekends? Don’t be dismayed, shops are open during the week too! Seagrove is located in the central piedmont of North Carolina where more than 100 ceramic artists call home. Visitors can shop galleries and studios from the town’s center, extending to a 20-mile radius along the scenic NC Pottery Highway.  Tour the individual shops to experience Seagrove’s pottery tradition. Visit DiscoverSeagrove.com for a list of participating shops and event details. Pickup an Area Map and Guide at your first stop. Free and open to the public.

Dec 01
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

AMROC Train Show

FREE
Columbia, South Carolina
Arsenal Hill Building
1800 Lincoln Street (corner of Laurel)
Event Website

Come and see model trains run. Great for kids and the kids at heart. Scales available - N, HO, S, Lionel and G.

Dec 02
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sylva Christmas Parade

FREE
Sylva, NC
Downtown Sylva
West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Event Website

Downtown Sylva’s annual Christmas parade draws hundreds to Historic Main Street for celebration, cheer and a chance to see Santa. The themed parade, featuring over 50 floats usually starts at and ends at Mark Watson Park after a loop through town. The start time is 3 p.m., and the parade lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Dec 07-08

Grovewood Gallery's Annual Holiday Sip & Shop

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Gallery at Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

This holiday season, give the gift of handmade! Grovewood Gallery’s annual Holiday Sip & Shop will take place from 10am to 5:30pm on December 7 and 8. Enjoy complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies while shopping for unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists. All gallery merchandise will be discounted 10 percent during the event, and local makers will be performing craft demonstrations and interacting with guests from 11am to 4pm each day.

Dec 07-08

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries

FREE
Dillsboro, NC
Downtown Dillsboro
Main Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Event Website

Journey back to the days of yesteryear and experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! As you walk past shops and studios, 2,500 luminaries will light your way. Horse and buggy rides are available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be a live nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church and a free shuttle service from Monteith Park.

Dec 14-15

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries

FREE
Dillsboro, NC
Downtown Dillsboro
Front Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Event Website

Journey back to the days of yesteryear and experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! As you walk past shops and studios, 2,500 luminaries will light your way. Horse and buggy rides are available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be a live nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church and a free shuttle service from Monteith Park.

Dec 31
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Uncorked

FEE
Bryson City , NC
Bryson City Depot
45 Mitchell Street
Event Website

Join us for Uncorked! This unique Rail Line and Wine experience will fuse the adventure of railroading with the love of good wine and good company. Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. We have carefully selected our wine samples to accompany the meal. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a dessert that’s perfect for the season! This event is apart of our Tuckasegee River excursion. THIS IS ALSO A STEAM TRAIN! The featured wines will be Wines of the Old World.

Jan 31 - Feb 02

39th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival

FEE
Wilmington, North Carolina
Hotel Ballast
301 Water Street
Event Website

One of the oldest jazz festivals in the country, the North Carolina Jazz Festival, will celebrate its 39th anniversary Jan. 31, Feb. 1 7 2, 2019. This 3 day event, held in the ballroom of the Hotel Ballast (formerly Wilmington Hilton Riverside), features internationally known jazz musicians from across the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Italy. Thursday is Special Event Night featuring different styles of jazz. Opening the event will be Wilmington’s own Grenoldo Frazier, entertainer extraordinaire, followed by Brazilian Jazz with vocalist Maucha Adnet (sang with Joabim for 10 yrs), percussionist Duduka daFonseca and friends. Fri. & Sat. night concerts feature 15 world renown musicians from across the U.S., Australia, Italy, Israel, and Canada. All concerts stat 7:30pm, Thursday is a 3 hour concert, while Fri. & Sat. concerts go until midnight.