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Apr 19
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Annual Herb Plant Sale

FREE
Greensboro, NC
Greek Orthodox Church
800 Westridge Rd. (Corner Westridge & Friendly)
Event Website

NC Unit of the Herb Society of America Annual Plant Sale Featuring hundreds of herb plants for culinary and landscape uses, Heritage Plants, Gardening Tips, Specialty Vendors

Apr 19
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

20 Ride and Greazy Keyz at Alive After Five

FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Uptown
210 E Trade St. Suite B320
Event Website

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... Jason “Greazy Keyz” Atkins is starting the night off right this Thursday April, 19th! And then 20 Ride is coming back to the roof! This Zac Brown Band tribute band is one of Alive After Five's and Charlotte's favorites! Come watch them perform pretend like your toes are in the water. Check them out @20Ride 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! 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.

Apr 12-21

Come-See-Me Festival

FREE
Rcok Hill, South Carolina
Various Locations Rock Hill, SC
725 Crest Street PO Box 4221 Rock Hill, SC 29732
Event Website

For more than 50 years, the Come-See-Me Festival has served as Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring. With nearly 80 events and activities, there’s something for everyone. Join us April 12-21, 2018 and experience our beautiful gardens, friendly folks, and all the fun the festival has to offer.

Mar 26 - Apr 22

Rock - Paper - Scissors

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

Jewelry by Arianna Bara, fiber art by Ali Givens, sculpture by Lynn Wartski. March 26 – April 22. Opening reception during Hillsborough's Last Friday Art Walk, March 30th 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. 121 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Apr 02-25

Silver Arts (senior games)

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

Arts submitted by Perquimans County Seniors

Feb 01 - Apr 29

North Carolina Artists 12 X 12 Group Show Exhibit at SECCA

FREE
Winston-Salem , North Carolina
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art - SECCA
750 Marguerite Drive
Event Website

SECCA's 12 x 12 artist series presents 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State. The twelve artists in the series represent a diversity of artistic practices and cultural backgrounds. This exhibit gives artists from across North Carolina a public platform for continued artistic development and recognition in the place where they live and work, and beyond. An arts initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation. The exhibit is on view at SECCA Feb. 1 - April 29, 2018.

Apr 06-30

Hillside Estate, A Designer Showhouse

FEE
Greensboro , North Carolina
Fisher Park
301 Fisher Park Circle, Greensboro, North Carolina
Event Website

Originally built by famed architect, Charles Hartmann for Julian Price in 1928, the “Hillside” home has created a lasting name for itself. His former home was featured on a 2-hour special of A&E “Hoarders”. This house will be brought back to life once again through the design inspirations of many interior designers ready to do their magic.

Apr 06-30

Hillside Estate, A Designer Showhouse

FEE
Greensboro , North Carolina
Fisher Park
301 Fisher Park Circle, Greensboro, North Carolina
Event Website

Originally built by famed architect, Charles Hartmann for Julian Price in 1928, the “Hillside” home has created a lasting name for itself. His former home was featured on a 2-hour special of A&E “Hoarders”. This house will be brought back to life once again through the design inspirations of many interior designers ready to do their magic.

Jan 20 - May 13

Catawba River Art Guild Exhibit at the Museum of York County

FEE
Rock Hill, SC
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Rd, Rock HIll, SC 29732
Event Website

Come out to the Museum of York County and experience this exhibition of artworks by the Catawba River Art Guild members that highlights Carolina Piedmont landscapes and native flora and fauna. Selected artworks, representing dozens of artists working in diverse styles and media, will inspire appreciation and discovery of the region’s natural beauty, as well as showcase the creative talents and artistic resources thriving in our local community! Dates: Sunday- Monday from 9:00am-5:00pm, starting 1/20/2018 and ending 5/13/2018. Where: The Museum of York County; 4621 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732

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
Apr 20
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Music for a Great Space presents She-e Wu

FEE
Greensboro, North Carolina
Van Dyke Performance Space
200 N Davie St # 7
Event Website

Music for a Great Space will be hosting the internationally recognized percussionist She-e Wu as a close to our Season of Women in Music. She-e serves as Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University and performs internationally as a soloist. Ms. Wu will feature her own works for vibraphone and marimba. Tickets on sale now!

Apr 20-28

ArtFields®

FREE
Lake City, S.C.
Downtown
110 E Main St
Event Website

ArtFields® has emerged as the region’s largest art competition and exhibition, and is open to artists aged 18 and over working in any medium who reside in 12 Southeastern states. ArtFields® will award prizes of $50,000 for the Grand Prize, $25,000 for Second Place Prize and two $12,500 People’s Choice (one each for two- and three-dimensional work) in addition to seven category awards of $1,500 each and ten Merit awards of $1,000 each. Artfieldssc.org.

Apr 20-21

Easels in the Gardens 2018

FEE
Edenton, NC
Gardens in Edenton
505 South Broad Street
Event Website

As we celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Chowan County, make plans to attend Easels in the Gardens with Art, Music, and Garden Party to benefit the 1758 Cupola House. Tours will be offered of fine gardens lush with beautiful spring blooms while noteworthy artists paint interpretations of these horticultural gems en plein air.

Apr 21
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Oak Island Lighthouse Run / Walk

FEE
Oak Island, NC
Middleton Park Extension
SE 46th Street & Dolphin Drive
Event Website

Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Run and 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Run or Walk is a fun and enjoyable event for all fitness levels. The run courses showcase the best scenery on the North Carolina Coast -- with salt marshes, the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful beaches, foot bridges and a lighthouse as a cheerleader. Pair the breathtaking scenery on the courses with the Oak Island beaches and historic Southport you have an event worthy of taking a weekend trip with your friends. The festivities start on Friday, April 20th from 5pm-8:30pm at Packet Pickup & Onsite Registration. It continues with After Run Celebration on Saturday, April 21st at Middleton Park Extension. Participants will be given drink token(s) and be eligible to participate in the many contests – hula hoop, flip flop fling, Mr. Longitude, Miss Latitude with cash prizes. Half Marathon runners will receive a beautiful finisher award. The overall and age group awards are prints by renowned coastal artist Ricky Evans of The Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport. Half Marathon begins at 7:30am, 10k at 8:00am, 5k at 8:15am and 1 Mile at 8:20am on Saturday, April 21st at the Middleton Park Extension in Oak Island. An event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital. Check the run website for additional details and link to register www.lighthouse10k.com.

Apr 21
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Earth Day Nature's Way Storytelling

FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road; Charlotte, NC 28215
Event Website

Members of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild will present stories in honor of Earth Day!

Apr 21
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

10th Annual Dancing with the Fayetteville Stars

FEE
Spring Lake, NC
McCormick Farms
8195 McCormick Bridge Road
Event Website

Head to the "Emerald City" for a night of entertainment, an incredible dinner and fancy footwork, all while supporting an important cause. Dancing with the Fayetteville Stars (DWTFS) pairs local professionals with dance and ballroom pros for a spectacular one-night competition. This event will be held at the all-new event venue on McCormick Farms. Tickets are sold by the table only, so round up your friends and family and make it a night to remember! The theme for the 2018 show is "A Night in Emerald City." Support your dancer, buy a table, and don your fanciest green attire for this gala to beat all!

Apr 21
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Earth Day

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

Help us celebrate the NC Science Festival! Public and private conservationists have been protecting lands in and around Chimney Rock for well over 100 years. Join state park rangers, regional biologists, and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Free. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Cafe, and this event will take place rain or shine. Cost: Free

Apr 21
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

11th Annual Early Bird Wildflower Walk & Plant Sale

FREE
Boone, NC
Next to Horn in the West Outdoor Drama
651 Horn in the West Dr, Boone NC
Event Website

Hike, visit the historic Squire Boone Cabin, find rare blooming plants and meet vendors with unique offerings for your garden. Bird walk and wildflower walks are free.

Apr 21-22

Seagrove Potters Celebration of Spring Pottery

FREE
Seagrove, North Carolina
Participating Seagrove Pottery Shops
contact@discoverseagrove.com
Event Website

10th Annual Seagrove Potters Celebration of Spring Pottery Tour held in Seagrove, NC. Visit individual shops, and galleries located within a 20 mile radius of the town’s center. Over 55 local potters participate in this special event weekend. Throughout this creative community you can see demonstrations, tour workshops, kiln sheds, listen to music and purchase freshly made pieces for springtime! Participate in our Stamp Card program to win a $150 gift certificate! Nestled in the countryside you will find the largest concentration of working potters in the United States. Visitors have the unique opportunity to meet the artists before buying pottery to take home and enjoy. Visit www.discoverseagrove.com for more information.

Apr 21
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Care and Swap Meet

FREE
Four Oaks, NC
Downtown Four Oaks
202 N Main Street, Four Oaks, NC 27524
Event Website

Join us in downtown Four Oaks for a Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Register your vehicle for trophy and cash prizes! Browse the swap meet and enjoy food from local food trucks and restaurants. Take your chance at the 50/50 raffle and enjoy music on the street while you check out all that downtown Four Oaks has to offer! Event free to attend. Swap Meet and vehicle judging registration required.

Apr 21
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Uncorked - A wine and rail pairing experience

FEE
BRYSON CITY, NC
Bryson City Depot
225 EVERETT ST
Event Website

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 local cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. Featuring local Western NC wines 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! Tickets for this experience are $120 per person (Adults 21+ only). Due to the exclusivity of this specialty car, tickets will be selling fast so make sure to reserve your seat today!

Apr 23 - May 20

Trees by Three

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

Carved wood by Larry Favorite, glass art by Susan Hope, paintings by Ellie Reinhold. April 23–May 20. Reception April 27, 6-9pm. Artist-owned gallery features painting, sculpture, photography, glass, jewelry, wood, pottery & fiber. 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough NC, 919-732-5001. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun. HillsboroughGallery.com

Apr 26-29

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival

FREE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Downtown Fayetteville / Festival Park
Hay Street
Event Website

The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is the city's marquee event and one of the largest in the Southeast, featuring a midway/carnival, food vendors, live entertainment, inflatable/bounce houses, arts and crafts, fireworks, a classic car show, street fair with shopping, and lots more fun for the whole family. This year's festival features its first ever Thursday concert, extended Sunday hours, and concert headliners Rodney Atkins, Coolio, Rob Base, Young MC, Jackyl, and Zoso. Event admission and the concerts are free, but some of the activities may charge a fee (ex: carnival rides). Visit the festival's website for more details. Festival Hours: Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Apr 26
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Hot Sauce and Late Night Special at Alive After Five

FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Uptown
210 E Trade St. Suite B320
Event Website

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... This Thursday April, 26th start your night off with Late Night Special! This four man folk/indie rock band is just what you need to start your weekend off right! Then Hot Sauce is coming back to Alive After Five and we are fired up! They specialize in high energy rock, pop, soul and everything in between that gets you dancing, so make sure to put on your dancing shoes! Check them out @latenightspecial and @HotSaucePartyBand 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! 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.

Apr 27
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

3 Redneck Tenors - Down Home Laughs, Big City Music – Mainstage Series

FEE
Lumberton, North Carolina
Historic Downtown Lumberton
Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, 315 North Chestnut Street, Lumberton, NC 28358
Event Website

Mainstage Series: The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the Tenor Genre. Their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall: down home laughs with big city music! Written by opera veteran Matthew Lord, with music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler, 3 Redneck Tenors have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Tickets: Individuals $25, Seniors (65+) and military $22. Students $10, PrivilegesPlus members $20. Group discount rates of $17 each for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance are available by contacting the box office. SEASON TICKETS: Choose 4, 5 or 6 MAINSTAGE Events together for a subscription series discount: Choose 4 for $90, Choose 5 for $106. Choose 6 for $120. The more you buy, the more you save. No Refunds or Exchanges. Please note that BALCONY Tickets require walking up significant stairs.

Apr 27
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Queens Royal Drag Ball

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rooftop 210
210 E Trade ST STE 320B
Event Website

YASS QUEEN! Rooftop 210 presents "A Night for the Queens" — the sassiest Drag Show in town! Watch the Queens of Charlotte werk it down the runway Friday, April 27th. Come through with your Judy and Kiki because this is going to be a night to shine. Drag Show Music & Entertainment Comedy Drag Fashion Charity Event -Portion of Proceeds Benefiting Campus Pride. 21+ Show*

Apr 28-29

Chapel Hill Garden Tour

FEE
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Downtown Chapel Hill and surrounding area
Chapel Hill, NC
Event Website

Highlighting the cooperative relationship between the University of North Carolina and the local Chapel Hill community, we will feature the UNC President’s Garden, current and former UNC official’s private gardens, four distinctive local gardens, UNC’s Coker Arboretum, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Plein air artists, musicians and select garden related vendors will add additional charm to several gardens. A photography contest with multiple categories is open to all.

Apr 28
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Lincolnton Food, Wine & Brew Fest

FREE
Lincolnton, North Carolina
Main Street, Downtown Lincolnton
1 Ct Square SE, Lincolnton, NC
Event Website

A day-long, outdoor festival celebrating all things local! We feature NC wineries, local craft breweries, top-notch food trucks and a mix of fine artists and vendors from the region. You can expect to enjoy an all-day program of live music & entertainment, as well as art & culinary demonstrations, an interactive Kids Zone and a Farmers Market. All of this is set on the backdrop of historic Downtown Lincolnton (located just northwest of Charlotte, NC). The event is free to the public, however you will need to purchase a Tasting Pass of $15 in advance, $20 at the gate in order to sample (or purchase) the wines and craft brews! Want your business to participate, to become a sponsor, to purchase advanced tasting passes, would like more information or simply have a question? Visit our website at http://www.lincolntonfoodwinebrewfest.com and stop by our Lincolnton Food, Wine & Brew Fest page on Facebook. This is a rain or shine outdoor event.

Apr 28-29

From Dusk to Dawn 2-Day Photo Workshop

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

Join Professional Photographer, Chuck Hill, for this two-day workshop focusing on nature’s beauty at all hours of the day. This class will discuss and review panos, types of scenic photography and the equipment needed to make a photo pop. You’ll also have time to take photos in the park during regular hours, shoot both sunrise and sunset photos from the top of the Chimney, and learn about astrophotography. As an added bonus, participants can choose to camp overnight in the Park for an additional fee. Date/Time: Saturday, April 28th, 9am-Sunday, April 29th at 4 p.m. For more information about Chuck Hill, visit http://chuckhillphotography.com/#. Class is limited to 10, so call 1-800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot. Cost: $250 fee. Camping is an additional $8 per person. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday included in Price. All other meals and lodging are at the expense of participants. Workshop attendees are responsible for bringing their own camera, computer with photo editing software, camping equipment and food outside of lunch during this workshop.

Apr 29
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The Great American Musical

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Downtown
120 Chesterfield Street, NE
Event Website

Aiken Choral Society presents "The Great American Musicals Spring Concert. Selections from "The Great American Musicals" under direction of Dr. Maureen Simpson. South Boundary Singers will be joining the chorus plus it will be the first collaboration with North Augusta High School Chorus under direction of Christopher Leyseth. Excerpts from musicals; Wicked, Goodspell, Camelot, Sweny Todd, and more.

May 02
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Guided Tours at Historic Grovewood Village

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

Tucked away amid towering pine trees adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American Craft and textiles, founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday - Saturday at 1pm during April - November. The tour includes a visit to Biltmore Industries’ production facility (aka Dye House), where guests can peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun. Tours operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated.

May 03
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Guided Tours at Historic Grovewood Village

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

Tucked away amid towering pine trees adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American Craft and textiles, founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday - Saturday at 1pm during April - November. The tour includes a visit to Biltmore Industries’ production facility (aka Dye House), where guests can peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun. Tours operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated.

May 03-06

Savor Blowing Rock

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Various venues around town
132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock NC 28605
Event Website

Eat, drink, and savor Blowing Rock and spring in the mountains at this 4-day event! Tastings, seminars, celebrations and more highlight the hospitality and fun to be found in the Crown of the Blue Ridge.

May 03-06

Savor Blowing Rock

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

Eat, drink, and savor Blowing Rock and spring in the mountains at a 4-day festival! Tastings, seminars, celebrations and more showcase the unique flavors and hospitality of this small town on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

May 03
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Chris Winward Band and Spencer Rush Trio at Alive After Five

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

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... This Thursday May, 3rd we can't wait to watch the Spencer Rush Trio do their thing. Following them is the Chris Windward Band this Country/Southern Rock artist hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Check out Chris Winward Band 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! 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.

May 04-05

SRQG Sunny Days and Starry NIghts Quilt Show

FEE
Salisbury, NC
First Baptist Ministries Center Fulton St downtown Salisbury
223 N Fulton St Salsibury NC
Event Website

Biannual quilt show featuring about 200 quilts, vendor mall, demonstrations, boutique with gift items, granny's attic, door prizes, and a tea room serving lunch and desserts. Saturday afternoon salute to area veterans and presentation of quilts. Quilted car and barn quilts. Free parking Handicap accessible. Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-4

May 04
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Guided Tours at Historic Grovewood Village

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

Tucked away amid towering pine trees adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American Craft and textiles, founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday - Saturday at 1pm during April - November. The tour includes a visit to Biltmore Industries’ production facility (aka Dye House), where guests can peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun. Tours operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated.

May 04-06

MCAS Cherry Point Air Show

FREE
Havelock, North Caroline
On Board MCAS Cherry Point
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC
Event Website

Welcome to the East Coast’s Premier Air Show – the 2018 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Air Show! Call your family and friends and mark your calendars for eastern North Carolina’s biggest, baddest, fastest and loudest outdoor event May 4-6, 2018! The commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point invites you to visit the Marine Corps’ largest air base for the 2018 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, featuring the world’s top aviation aerobatic team, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. And for the first time ever, the Cherry Point show will feature two world-class jet aerobatic teams when the Canadian Snow Birds jet team joins the lineup! Beginning with a spectacular night show on Friday, May 4, the skies will light up with jet afterburners, jet-assisted takeoffs, wingtip pyrotechnics, sky-diving demonstrations, incredible speed demonstrations by the jet truck Shockwave, plus the crowd-pleasing “wall of flame,” all culminating with a massive fireworks display. Gates open Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will both have full day shows featuring a dizzying variety of military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations. You and your family will get up close and personal to dozens of historic and modern aircraft displays, as well as a wide array of military vehicles and equipment. The show will offer children’s activities, an outdoor recreational show and much more. Admission and parking are FREE. The air show narrator will talk you through a Marine Air Ground Task Force demonstration as air and ground Marine combat forces simulate an assault on enemy positions right in front of your eyes! Individual demonstrations, such as one by the Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier, will make it clear why the Marine Corps is the finest fighting force in the world. FREE live concert on Saturday night! Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. As always, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will provide the grand finale both days!

May 04
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Movies on the Campus

FREE
Kannapolis, NC
Veterans Park
N Main St, Kannapolis, NC 28081
Event Website

It doesn’t get much better than a warm May evening under the stars with your family … unless you throw in an awesome showing of Disney’s Cars 3 for free. That’s what Movies on the Campus on Friday, May 4 in downtown Kannapolis is all about. Pack a dinner picnic, grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and load the family in the van for a free, fun evening. The slice of cinematic nostalgia begins at 6:30 p.m. in Veterans Park.

May 04-05

Annual Festival of Gardens

FEE
Columbia,, SC
Forest Hills Neighborhood
2710 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29204
Event Website

Tour private gardens in a gorgeous downtown neighborhood of Columbia and help support the grants that make the City a more beautiful and greener place to live. Visit our website to order tickets on line. $20 members/$30 non-members Register at Cricket Newman Designs at 9 am each day. Tour from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

May 05
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.

May 05
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Guided Tours at Historic Grovewood Village

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

Tucked away amid towering pine trees adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American Craft and textiles, founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday - Saturday at 1pm during April – November. The tour includes a visit to Biltmore Industries’ production facility (aka Dye House), where guests can peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun. Tours operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people.

May 05-06

Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout

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

Scouts have explored and investigated Chimney Rock for decades. Our annual Spring Boy Scout Day is one of the best ways to see all that the Park has to offer. Enjoy morning programs, optional afternoon activities and the rare opportunity to spend the night beneath the stars with other scouts. Visit our website for detailed program information. Call 828.625.9611 to register. Registration closes April 28 and is limited to 200 scouts. Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional youth, $8 per camper. Date/Time: Saturday, May 5th-Sunday, May 6th; 9:30am Saturday-9am Sunday.

May 05
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Naturalist Niche: Spring Migration Bird Walk

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

Spring is for the birds! Dozens of species migrate through our area every spring as they head north. Join us to find how many different species you can see and hear that are making their way home. Don’t forget your binoculars. A Park bird list can be found here. This hike is considered easy-to-moderate. Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

May 05 - Jun 03

Interactions

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

Grovewood Gallery presents their newest exhibition, Interactions, featuring richly ornate figurative sculptures and teapots by contemporary ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt, who has drawn attention for her innovative narrative style, influenced by her daily interactions between humans, animals and nature. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 5 from 2 – 5pm, with the artist in attendance.

May 05
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Zucchini 600 - 600 Festival

FREE
Kannapolis, NC
Kids' Zone at Jiggy with the Piggy
125 N Research Campus Dr., Kannapolis, NC 28081
Event Website

Drivers start your Zucchinis! It’s not the normal command to begin a race, but that will be the case on Saturday, May 5 in downtown Kannapolis when the second annual Zucchini 600 rolls off. With a lot of ingenuity and imagination, youngsters construct workable, rolling vehicles out of zucchini for a matchup of Cabarrus County’s young racing talent. Join us in the Kids’ Zone at Jiggy with the Piggy starting at 10 a.m. Races begin at noon.

May 05
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mother Daughter Tea with Curamericas Global

FEE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
The Belmont Village in Fayetteville
1104 Hay Street
Event Website

Curamericas Global invites you to join us for a sweet and savory afternoon tea, silent auction, and photo booth to support mothers and children in high-need communities around the world. Come celebrate and bring your mother, daughter, or a special woman in your life. The dress code is semi-formal and hats and gloves are encouraged.

May 05
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gardening In Charlotte

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

On May 5 from 9:00 AM until Noon, distinguished botanist Larry Mellichamp will be hosting a lecture & hands-on workshop about gardening in the Queen City. Dr. Mellichamp is well known for his involvement with UNC Charlotte’s botanical gardens and as the author of Native Plants of The Southeast. Whether you are new to town or have been here all your life, you will learn something new from this interactive program. Larry will discuss pruning, bulbs, soil types, local weather, and many other topics as well as take your questions. Reservations are required, as space is limited to 15 people. Reservations are only $20*. That is less than half of what some other venues charge for similar events!

May 08-09

Women Build

FREE
Fayetteville, NC
Downtown
310 Green Street
Event Website

Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build is an annual event created by Habitat’s Women Build program in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement. The program invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The event is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women. National Women Build Week is held the week leading up to Mother’s Day with Lowe’s generously donating nearly $2 million dollars and volunteer support. Hosting the event during this week reinforces the message that every woman can make a difference through learning and using construction skills. More than 98,000 women from all 50 states have volunteered at the nine previous National Women Build Week events. In addition to the financial and volunteer support, local Habitat organizations and Lowe’s offer how-to clinics to help prepare volunteers for the build site. Women Build participants receive a Women Build t-shirt, construction how-tos, a chance to make new friends, and a chance to leave a community legacy. Stay posted for more information on site details and clinics.

May 10-12

Greensboro Symphony Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series: Cho-Liang Lin, violin

FEE
Greensboro, North Carolina
Dana Auditorium
5800 W. Friendly Ave.
Event Website

Greensboro Symphony Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series: Cho-Liang Lin, violin May 10 & 12, 2018 CINEMA MUSIC Dana Auditorium 8:00 PM Rogers and Hammerstein: South Pacific Overture Williams: Theme from Schindler's List for violin & orchestra Shifrin: Tangos Concertantes for violin & orchestra Herrmann: Psycho Suite for strings Rosza: The Thief of Baghdad Suite: Cortège, The Silvermaid's Dance & The Market at Basra Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood: Battle, Victory & Epiloque

May 10-13

Hats off To Mom

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

Program Thursday-Sunday May 10-13 at 1:30 & 3:00 PM (Extra Showing 11:00 AM on Saturday) Join us for a special look at hats & headwear through the ages. Our plantation house has seen over 200 years of history and so many different styles & trends have come and gone. You’ll see different hats and examples of how millinery fashion changed as displayed through the many rooms of the home. As part of this special program our prized green silk bonnet, one of the oldest locally made textiles, will be on display for these three days only. We encourage you to wear your favorite hat and come on out to Rosedale for a one of a kind hats off experience. For an extra Mother’s Day treat, those who register by May 10 will get $2 off the regular admission rate. Light refreshment to be served in the English Basement Kitchen for those on these special tours.

May 11
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber Series: Cho-Liang Lin, violin

FEE
Greensboro, North Carolina
UNCG Recital Hall
100 McIver St Greensboro, NC 27412
Event Website

Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber Series: Cho-Liang Lin, violin Friday, May 11, 2018 Cho-Liang Lin, violin Dvorak | Brahms | Prokofiev

May 11-13

Mothers Day Gemboree

FREE
Franklin, NC
Robert Carpenter Building (south of town)
1288 Georgia Road (US441)
Event Website

Rock, gems, fossils, minerals, rough & finished jewelry. Event sponsored by The Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. Hours for Friday & Saturday are 10:00AM to 5PM and Sunday 10:00AM to 4PM. Contact - Norm Holbert (normholbert@comcast.net) 828 634-0350.

May 12
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

13th Annual Mayfest on Main

FREE
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29566
Event Website

Kickoff your summer in North Myrtle Beach during the month of May. The 13th annual Mayfest on Main festival will feature some of the best live musical acts, art, craft and good vendors, a community stage and a children's area. Bring a beach chair to this family event to enjoy a day on Main Street. Browse local shops while strolling the street for one of a kind beach memories.

May 12
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

City of North Myrtle Beach 50th Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with Mayfest on Main

FREE
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Downtown Main Street at the Horseshoe
11 South Ocean Boulevard
Event Website

One of North Myrtle Beach’s most famous, FREE, festivals featuring national entertainment; upscale vendors; a children’s area, arts and crafts and lots of fun. Always the Saturday before Mother’s Day, 11 South Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, S. C. 29582

May 12
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cape Fear BBQ Festival

FEE
Wilmington, North Carolina
Poplar Grove Plantation
20100 US Highway 17 North
Event Website

Fifth Annual Cape Fear BBQ Festival. Over 80 craft vendors. Entry fee $5.00. BBQ tasting tickets available. Be a part of the People's Choice Award for the best BBQ cooked. Live entertainment and Kids area.

May 12-13

Mother’s Day Weekend Special

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

Moms will do anything for their children. Why not return the love by treating your mom to a beautiful day at Chimney Rock to enjoy a wonderful hike with stunning views? Cost: Buy one regular-price adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with our online coupon. Coupon required; download one at chimneyrockpark.com and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid May 12-13, 2018. Make plans to stay after your visit to the Park and enjoy dinner and the Symphony of Rutherford County at the Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village Saturday evening beginning at 6pm. This special concert is the grand finale of the community’s annual SpringGo event.

May 12
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wilmington Cape Fear Rose Society Annual Rose Tour

FREE
Wilmington , NC
City wide
6206 Mallard Drv
Event Website

The WCFRS will host its annual rose tour May 12, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. Gardeners will be on hand to answer your rose questions. There are 11 gardens on the tour. For further information log onto www.wcfrs.blogspot.com.

May 17
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest

FREE
Concord, NC
Union Street
Union Street, Concord, NC
Event Website

The haulers that carry the race cars are loads of fun to watch, too. And on Thursday, May 17 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest presented by Freightliner is going to bring a ton of fun to the streets of Concord. More than 30 MONSTER Energy NASCAR Cup Series car haulers will make their way down Union Street en route to Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s more than a parade, though; it’s a huge free party. Find us along Union Street between Cabarrus and Corban Avenues for live beach music from The Tim Clark Band, activities for children, food, giveaways, race cars on display and so much more.

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

May 18
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rox N Roll Cruise-In: Kick-Off Event with Live Music

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/

May 18-19

20th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival

FREE
Edenton, NC
Colonial Park
510 S. Broad Street-Colonial Park
Event Website

Friday evening will begin with a guided sunset paddle -- 6:30 launching time from Queen Anne Park. Saturday, the Wooden Boat Exhibit, entertainment on the waterfront stage and along Broad Street with roving musicians as well as activities for children on and off the water.

May 18-19

Battle of Camden Barbeque Festival

FREE
Camden, South Carolina
Historic Camden, Broad St, Camden, SC
222 Broad Street, Camden, SC
Event Website

The Battle of Camden BBQ Festival, a barbeque contest to benefit the Camden Jaycees’ Annual Stocking Fund, will take place on May 18th and May 19th of 2018 at 222 Broad Street in Historic Camden, South Carolina. The event will include a Chicken Wing Competition on Friday Night, barbeque from some of the finest BBQ Competitors in the Southeast on Saturday, delicious food and drink from local vendors, and live music both days. There will also be a Mac ‘N’ Cheese competition featuring local restaurants and vendors with the winner decided by the general public and carrying home the Golden Noodle trophy! This is a Battle with a Purpose: The festival is hosted by the Camden Jaycees, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of the most disadvantaged citizens in Kershaw County by providing meals and toys to families during the Christmas season. This past December, the Camden Jaycees delivered toys and clothes to over 270 children and food to 198 families.

May 19
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Open Studios Art Tour

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
Event Website

On Saturday, May 19, 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.

May 19-20

Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout

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

Troops of all ages will enjoy our annual Spring Girl Scout Day. Your scouts will love the hands-on morning programs, adventurous afternoon activities and the incredible opportunity to camp overnight in the Park. More information on programs and activities can be found on our website. Call 828.625.9611 to register. Registration closes May 12 and is limited to 200 scouts. Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional youth, $8 per camper. Date/Time: Saturday May 19-Sunday May 20; 9:30am Saturday-9am Sunday

May 19
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Meet Author Dawn Reno Langley

FREE
Roxboro, North Carolina
Person County Public Library
319 S. Main St, Roxboro, NC
Event Website

Durham author Dawn Reno Langley visits the Person County Public Library to read from her 2017 novel, The Mourning Parade. The reading will be followed by a Q & A session and book signing. The Mourning Parade follows Natalie DeAngelo, a mother who loses everything the day her two young sons are killed in a school shooting. Natalie volunteers as a veterinarian on an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, but soon realizes she may be in over her head. Battling the memories that torment her day and night, Natalie must find a way to heal an angry, injured elephant named Sophie. Through love, acceptance, and gentle care, Natalie and Sophie heal together, finding new ways to enjoy life again. Writer, theater critic, mosaic artist, and educator Dawn Reno Langley is a Fulbright scholar with an MFA in Fiction and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Langley lives in Durham and was dean of General Education and Developmental Studies at Piedmont Community College from 2007 to 2015. Her first published work, an essay on the Cuban missile crisis, revealed a deep sense of social justice that has never waned. Since then, she has written extensively for newspapers and magazines and published more than 30 books for all ages as well as award-winning short stories, essays, and poetry.

May 19
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

6th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival

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

Charlotte's 6th Annual Charlotte Beer Festival is BACK! Sample many flavors of beer and listen to live music while you enjoy craft, import & specialty beers featuring some of your favorite breweries... Soon to be Announced Ticket purchase includes drinking tickets and a 2018 Beer Festival glass! General Admission to Event - Ticket includes all drink sampling tickets and commemorative sampling glass. VIP Admission Ticket Early admission for sampling (2:00pm) All drink tickets included Commemorative sampling Glass Follow link for ticket details: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-charlotte-beer-festival-tickets-42713023804?aff=FL #CLTBeerFestival Limited pre-sale tickets available. Day of event price will go up. Must be 21 or up. Event is rain or shine. No Refunds!

May 19
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Charleston Beer Garden

FEE
Mount Pleasant, South Caroline
Patriots Point
40 Patriots Point Road
Event Website

Carolina craft beer will take center stage at the seventh annual Charleston Beer Garden. Almost 30 breweries from North and South Carolina will serve dozens of craft beers, including IPAs, stouts, reds and ciders. Throughout the day, festival-goers will enjoy vendors, food trucks and can join in the Beer Games with arm-wrestling, pony hops, hands-free pizza eating, cornhole, keg tossing and much more. A crowd favorite is the Homebrewers’ Village, featuring a wide selection of homebrewers from Charleston offering samples of their homebrews. Headlining the festival entertainment is Charleston favorite The Dubplates, whose latest album “Box Full of Steel” topped the Billboard charts as the No. 1 reggae album. Opening for The Dubplates is roots rock band Sol Driven Train, another fan favorite in the Lowcountry. www.CharlestonBeerGarden.com General admission tickets: $25 in advance/$35 day of VIP tickets: $50 in advance Designated driver ticket: $15 Brew Pass: $75, which includes general festival admission plus a commemorative Brew Pass glass and unlimited 2- to 3-ounce tasting from all breweries (does not include VIP access). Limited quantities.

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 22
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Little 600 - 600 Festival

FREE
Mooresville, North Carolina
GoPro Motorplex
130 Motorplex Drive, Mooresville, NC
Event Website

The racing excitement gets real on Tuesday, May 22 when the annual Little 600 takes the green flag at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville. The cars may be smaller, but the stars and the excitement will be huge. Some of NASCAR’s biggest names will battle each other for bragging rights in GoPro Motorplex’s rental fleet of go-karts. The action begins at 5 p.m. but come out early and stay until the last flag flies in the free event. And as an added bonus, there will be a race for some of the top spotters in the sport.

May 25-26

Alumni Weekend Music Megafest: Heart & Soul in the Park

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

Join the National Association of E. E. Smith Alumni and Friends Memorial Day Weekend for a two-day concert in the park. The Alumni Weekend Music MegaFest 2018 is a community event, open to the public. Headlining the Friday show will be The Temptations, and it doesn't stop there. The Gap Experience and Con Funk Shun will warm up the stage! Saturday's show will feature the R&B sounds of BlackStreet, and for Hip-Hop lovers, get ready to rock with Mr. Cheeks, Pastor Troy and the Ying Yang Twins. Food trucks will be keeping the crowds fed well, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Refer to the event website for more details, including ticket purchases. Event Times: On Friday, May 25, gates open at 5:00 p.m., and show starts at 7:00 p.m.; on Saturday, May 26, gates open at 2:00 p.m., and show starts at 4:00 p.m.

May 25 - Jun 10

Spoleto Festival USA

FEE
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Peninsula
14 George Street
Event Website

Since 1977, Spoleto Festival USA has gathered renowned artists as well as emerging performers in dance, music, opera, and theater for a 17-day celebration of the performing arts in Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets for the 42nd season (May 25 - June 10) are on sale now.

May 26-28

Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun

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

Memorial Day is often thought of as the kickoff to summer fun, and Chimney Rock has all the activities to make that happen. Saturday through Monday your family can enjoy exploring the Park’s trails and visiting with our Animal Educators in the Animal Discovery Den. Cost: Included with Park admission.

May 26
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Art in the Park

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

Over 90 regional artisans showcase works in pottery, painting, glass, sculpture, woodworking, and more in this free outdoor show!

May 26
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Midget Wresting at Rooftop 210

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

It is about to get a LITTLE wild at Rooftop 210. Micro Championship Wrestling - ''The Greatest Little Show On Earth" is coming through NORTH CAROLINA. MCW is 90 minutes of high flying midget wrestling action with just the right twist of comedy to make it a fun time for everybody. Show starts at 8:00pm. Get here early to get a good view. Highlight Video: Micro Championship Wrestling Meet The MCW Superstars: MCW Show Intro's This event is Rain or Shine. No Refunds. Must be 21+

May 26
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Midget Wresting at Rooftop 210

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

It is about to get a LITTLE wild at Rooftop 210. Micro Championship Wrestling - ''The Greatest Little Show On Earth" is coming through NORTH CAROLINA. MCW is 90 minutes of high flying midget wrestling action with just the right twist of comedy to make it a fun time for everybody. Show starts at 8:00pm. Get here early to get a good view. Highlight Video: Micro Championship Wrestling Meet The MCW Superstars: MCW Show Intro's This event is Rain or Shine. No Refunds. Must be 21+

May 26
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. Ticket prices include a souvenir GSMR glass can for 3 different samples of finely crafted Western North Carolina beer from the 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!

May 26
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts at Tweetsie Railroad

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Event Website

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts enlivens old-time music with a new time jolt, and a sound that is full, driving and energetic. Shows are at noon and 3:00 pm. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

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 - 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.

Jun 01-02

8th Annual Blythewood DOKO Rodeo

FEE
Blythewood, South Carolina
Blythewood Community Arena
311 Blythewood Road, Blythewood, SC 29016
Event Website

8th Annual Blythewood DOKO Rodeo.Professional, 8 Event Championship Rodeo including Bull Riding, Barrel Racing and Broncs! Food and Fun Vendors with Mechanical Bull and Pony Rides! Family fun under the Carolina Summer Sky. Gates open 5:30, Rodeo at 7:30pm. Ticket info and more at www.blythewoodrodeo.com LETS GO RODEO!!

Jun 02
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.

Jun 02
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Annual Passholder Views and Brews

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

There’s nothing like seeing day turn to night from on top of the Chimney. That’s why we’re keeping the Park open after hours, so that our Annual Passholders can enjoy spectacular views of the Hickory Nut Gorge as the sun sets. Samples of local craft beer, other ice-cold beverages, light appetizers and special animal programs from Park Naturalist are sure to make this an evening you won’t want to miss. Preregistration is required. Deadline to register is Thursday, May 31. Cost: $20 Annual Passholder, free for Rockin’ Discovery Passholders. Preregistration required.

Jun 02
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Naturalist Niche: Fall Creek Exploration

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

Description: Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. A common question we often get from Park guests is “where does the water come from.” This hike offers the rare opportunity to explore the origination of the feeder creek, Fall Creek, and follow it as it leads to the upper cascades of this beautiful waterfall. This hike is considered strenuous. Cost: Includes Park admission: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Jun 02
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Western SC Blueway Festival

FEE
McCormick, South Carolina
Baker Creek State Park
863 Baker Creek Rd, McCormick, SC 29835
Event Website

Outdoor Festival with exhibitors, food vendors, demonstrations, activities for adults and children and live bands 10am to 8pm. Visit Western SC Blueway Festival on Facebook and website www.bluewayfestival.com or go to festivals@mccormickscchamber.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Jun 02
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shagging At The Rock

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
The Blowing Rock Attraction
432 The Rock Road
Event Website

Silk Groove, Eric & the Chill Tones, The Tams, and more at this celebration of shag music! Enjoy live performances at NC's oldest travel attraction.

Jun 06-10

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show- Saddlebred

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

The Saddlebred Shows are full of chrome and flash as competitors move at high speed in the rings. This multi-day event has classes in several age groups and categories.

Jun 08-16

Into the Woods – Mainstage Series

FEE
Lumberton, North Carolina
Historic Downtown Lumberton
Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, 315 North Chestnut Street, Lumberton, NC 28358
Event Website

7pm Friday and Saturday June 8 and 9, 3pm Sunday June 10 7pm Friday and Saturday June 15 and 16 James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word. Tickets: Individuals $25, Seniors (65+) and military $22. Students $10, PrivilegesPlus members $20. Group discount rates of $17 each for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance are available by contacting the box office. SEASON TICKETS: Choose 4, 5 or 6 MAINSTAGE Events together for a subscription series discount: Choose 4 for $90, Choose 5 for $106. Choose 6 for $120. The more you buy, the more you save. Group discount rates of $17 each for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance are available by contacting the box office.

Jun 08-17

Day Out With Thomas™ at Tweetsie Railroad

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

Toot! Toot! Experience Day Out With Thomas like never before at Tweetsie Railroad. Ride the train behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, play in Imagination Station, and enjoy storytelling and live music! PLUS have a full day at Tweetsie Railroad with amusement rides, deer park zoo, panning for gold, live entertainment and more! This event takes place from June 8 to June 17, 2018. Tickets include one ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas & Friends themed activities and admission to the theme park. Free for children age 2 and under, $30 for children age 3-12, and $45 for adults age 13 and older.

Jun 09
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

National Get Outdoors Day

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

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day by bringing your family to explore one of Western North Carolina’s most iconic places. Join Park Naturalist, Fox Mountain Guide rock climbing instructors and other area partners to learn more about how to experience the great outdoors from many different angles. Guided hikes, rock climbing opportunities and special activities will be held 11 – 3. Find more details at our website. Cost: Included with Park admission.

Jun 14-17

21st Annual Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival

FREE
Franklin, NC
Downtown
POB 2216 Franklin, NC 28744
Event Website

Celebration of Scottish culture with live music, Highland Games, Pipe bands, Clans, foods, vendors and much more. A wonderful setting in downtown Franklin, NC. Shopping abounds with our vendors and local shops. Clan Dinner on June 14 at 6pm. Ceilidh on Friday June 15, at 6pm. Saturday, June 16, 9am-4pm. Highland games and live music, great food and fun. Make your plans to attend the 21st Annual Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival, and get your 'kilt' on!

Jun 15
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rox N Roll Cruise-In: Guys' 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/

Jun 15-17

Arts at the Mill

FREE
Mooresville , North Carolina
Downtown Mooresville
500 South Main Street Mooresville, NC 28115
Event Website

Arts at the Mill is a three-day indoor fine arts festival held at the historic Mill in downtown Mooresville. Shop original juried artwork from talented artists of many styles! Artwork includes paintings, photography, mixed media, pottery, fiber art, fine jewelry and more! Plan to spend the day in downtown Mooresville and also visit the NC Plein Air Exhibit at Mooresville Arts Gallery (Arts at the Mill festival coordinators) at 103 W Center Avenue, Mooresville, NC 28115. Visit the website for gallery hours- www.mooresvillearts.com. Arts at the Mill Festival Dates/Times- Friday, 6/15- 4pm-8pm, Saturday, 6/16- 10am-8pm, Sunday, 6/17- 11am-5pm No admission fee.

Jun 15-16

Paranormal Grounds Investigation

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

Join professional ghost hunters as they take groups of no more than 20 guests through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will use the latest technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Their team will lead the investigation. Please wear flat, quiet comfortable shoes and bring a small twist top flashlight. You never know what you may find... or what may find you!

Jun 16
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Open Studios 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.

Jun 16-17

Father’s Day Weekend Special

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

Celebrate dad and all he’s done for you with a getaway to Chimney Rock to enjoy incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. We'll even make it easy for you--buy one regular-price adult admission and dad's or granddad's admission is free with our online coupon. Download the coupon from chimneyrockpark.com and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid June 16-17, 2018 only. Cost: Buy one regular-price adult admission and Dad or Grandpa receives one free.

Jun 16
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Caswell's Steers and Cheers

FEE
Yanceyville, North Carolina
Yanceyville Pavillion
Yanceyville Pavillion, Yanceyville, NC
Event Website

At Caswell’s Steers & Cheers, guests will feast on the mouthwatering flavor of a slowly cooked and locally raised steer while enjoying regional beverages and delicious sides with a local flair – as we celebrate the future of this region's agriculture. Bring a hearty appetite and join us Saturday, June 16 from 2-6 p.m. in historic Yanceyville for an exciting afternoon celebrating rural North Carolina. Watch (and then taste) the grilling of a massive steer and enjoy live entertainment including music and agricultural demonstrations. Local farmers will also have interactive booths showcasing best practices for up and coming agriculturalists and farming enthusiasts. Yanceyville is on the western edge of the Triangle and the eastern edge of the Triad. It's just north of Hillsborough and south of Danville, in the heart of beautiful, largely untouched agrarian Caswell County. Save the Date: Saturday, June 16; ticket information coming soon. Caswell’s Steers & Cheers is brought to you by Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group (PPFG), Caswell County Local Foods Council (CCLFC), and Piedmont Community College (PCC), three local non-profit organizations. Proceeds from Caswell’s Steers & Cheers will benefit their good works building a thriving agricultural future.

Jun 16
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Art in the Park

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

Over 90 regional artists at each show present works in photography, painting, woodwork, jewelry, ceramics, glass, and more. Rain or shine event!

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.

Jun 16
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!

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

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 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 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 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 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 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!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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
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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
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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
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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 07-08

Grovewood Gallery's Annual Holiday Sip & Shop

FREE
Asheville, NC
Grovewood Gallery at Grovewood Village
111 Grovewood Road
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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.