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Aug 19
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

GLORY- Pride T-Dance

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

THE HOTTEST T-DANCE in all it's GLORY. Charlotte's Gay Pride post parade party! About this Event Everyone has the right to be who you are. After the Charlotte Pride Parade, the Pride celebration continues at Rooftop 210 to dance and drink with all your friends. Join us live on the rooftop overlooking the Queen City for the SUNDAY T-DANCE - GLORY. Featuring the highly acclaimed DJ Mike Pope, plus Hot Go Gos, Drag Queens and Drink Specials. Social hour begins at 3 pm following parade until 9 pm. Everyone is welcome. Part of proceeds benefit Campus Pride for LGBTQ youth. Tickets: https://glory-pride-tdance.eventbrite.com/?aff=FL

Aug 17-19

ACP Presents ‘Prodigal Son’

FREE
Aiken, SC
Aiken Community Playhouse
126 Newberry St SW
Event Website

From the author of "Doubt", a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He's violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction. Directed by Dave Howard Summer. Prodigal Son, Written by John Patrick Shanley

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.

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

Aug 01-31

Family Animal Encounters

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

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

Aug 01-31

Erika Rogers Exhibit

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

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

Aug 01-31

Erika Rogers Exhibit

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

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

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.

Aug 16 - Oct 20

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

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

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

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
Aug 23-26

Augusta GreenJackets @ SRP Park

FEE
North Augusta, South Carolina
SRP Park
187 Railroad Ave
Event Website

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

Aug 24-25

Personality Festival

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

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

Aug 24-25

Dirty Dancing Festival

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

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

Aug 24-25

Dirty Dancing Festival

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

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

Aug 24-25

Personality Festival

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

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

Aug 24-25

ACP Presents ‘Prodigal Son’

FREE
Aiken, SC
Aiken Community Playhouse
126 Newberry St SW Aiken, SC 29801
Event Website

From the author of "Doubt", a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He's violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction. Directed by Dave Howard Summer. Prodigal Son, Written by John Patrick Shanley

Aug 25-26

2018 PSJ Highfields Event Center

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

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

Aug 25
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Touch an Animal Day

FREE
Windsor, SC
29856
3280 Williston Rd Windsor, SC 29856
Event Website

This family-friendly event gives you an opportunity to touch and learn about animals that are native to the Savannah River Site and the surrounding communities. Taste the culinary delights at the edible plant display, learn about SREL's research, and meet members of our staff. Touch An Animal Day is free and open to the public.

Aug 25
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Last Saturday at the Park

FREE
North Augusta, South Carolina
Living History Park
299 W. Spring Grove Ave
Event Website

Join us for a bit of history on the last Saturday of each month from January through November. Perry Hill, the Backwoods Cabin, will be bustling with activities of the 18th century. This is not a big event and allows for lots of interactions with the interpreters. During moderate weather (90 degrees or less) interpreters will be there from 10:30-4:00. During June, July, and August they will be there from 10:30-1:00. If you want to know what will be happening each month contact Lynn Thompson at lynn@colonialtimes.us or (803) 279-7560. Everyone is welcome to join in. Come in either colonial attire or comfortable dress. As always, this is a free event.

Aug 25
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken

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

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

Aug 25
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Popsicle Fest - 2nd Annual!

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

The Queen City is hot, hot, hot! Come cool off on the roof with our most popular event, Popsicle Fest! Rooftop 210 and King of Pops presents... Second Annual POPSICLE FEST! https://cltpopsiclefest2018.eventbrite.com/?aff=FL Cocktail hour just got a sweet upgrade! Avoid a mid-summer meltdown and beat the heat by coming up to Popsicle Fest at Rooftop 210! Join us as we mix up our favorite alcoholic drinks with your favorite summertime popsicles. Your childhood faves are getting an adult makeover and you get to try them all! You won't find treats like this anywhere else! Enjoy a specific cocktail menu based directly off of the King of Pops' pops. *This event is 21 and up only! This event is rain or shine. General Admission: 6 tickets for samples of Charlottes top POPTAILS VIP Tickets: 8 tickets for samples of Charlottes top POPTAILS and 1 hour early entry!

Aug 27 - Sep 23

ColorFull

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

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

Aug 28
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Banksia Tour

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

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

Aug 30
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Appetite for Destruction at Alive After Five!

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

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... You missed them when they were supposed to perform in May but THEY’RE BACK, this Thursday August, 30th! Appetite for Destruction the ultimate Guns N’ Roses tribute band will be rock the stage and rocking you into the night! You don’t want to miss out on this great band! The best after work party, Alive After Five, has been going for 18 YEARS STRONG! We’re back this year with more live music! Don’t even get us started on our new craft beer line up, we weren’t lying when we said better than ever! With Epicentre’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the convenient parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s #1 weekly event. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment, and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2018. Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more! FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT IG: @aliveafter5 T: @aliveafter5 Snapchat: aa5clt Official after-parties will be held at Rooftop 210, Whisky River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, and StrikeCity.

Aug 30-31

Downtown Aiken Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown Aiken
Laurens St NW
Event Website

Downtown Aiken businesses will have special sales.

Aug 31 - Sep 02

14th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

FEE
Lenoir, NC
Jones Farm, Happy Valley, near mile marker 9
3590 NC-268, Lenoir NC 28645
Event Website

Concerts and music competitions, along with free flatfoot dance, guitar, banjo, fiddle & Cajun workshops, childrens activities, storytelling, instrument makers tent with demos, and Junior Appalachian Musicians showcase stage.

Aug 31
6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Brad Paisley & Kane Brown Belk College Tailgate Concert

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
American Legion Memorial Stadium
1218 Armory Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28204
Event Website

Who’s ready to get their game face on!?! Join us Friday, August 31 for Brad Paisley and Kane Brown with special guests; Davisson Bros Band! Produced by Southern Entertainment! Sponsored by WSOC 103.7. Early Bird tickets for the kickoff concert will go on sale Wednesday, May 9 at 8 a.m. and can be purchased at https://BelkTailgateConcert.eventbrite.com. The event will be held at the American Legion Memorial Stadium located at 1218 Armory Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28204. Gates open at 6 p.m. Wear your school colors and get creative. Check out the FAN SECTION reserve seating as well! Keep an eye out, Southern Entertainment will be hosting several contest leading up to the event for a chance to win backstage Meet and Greets with Kane Brown and Brad Paisley. Listen to WSOC for updates! #BelkTailgate Limited pre-sale tickets available. Once early bird ticket types have met the threshold, ticket prices will go up. Event is rain or shine.

Aug 31
6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Brad Paisley & Kane Brown Belk College Tailgate Concert

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
American Legion Memorial Stadium
1218 Armory Drive
Event Website

Who’s ready to get their game face on!?! Join us Friday, August 31 for Brad Paisley and Kane Brown with special guests; Davisson Bros Band! Produced by Southern Entertainment! Sponsored by WSOC 103.7. Early Bird tickets for the kickoff concert will go on sale Wednesday, May 9 at 8 a.m. and can be purchased at https://BelkTailgateConcert.eventbrite.com. The event will be held at the American Legion Memorial Stadium located at 1218 Armory Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28204. Gates open at 6 p.m. Wear your school colors and get creative. Check out the FAN SECTION reserve seating as well! Keep an eye out, Southern Entertainment will be hosting several contest leading up to the event for a chance to win backstage Meet and Greets with Kane Brown and Brad Paisley. Listen to WSOC for updates! #BelkTailgate Limited pre-sale tickets available. Once early bird ticket types have met the threshold, ticket prices will go up. Event is rain or shine.

Aug 31
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Augusta GreenJackets @ SRP Park

FEE
North Augusta, South Carolina
SRP Park
187 Railroad Ave
Event Website

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

Sep 01
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

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

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

Sep 01-03

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

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

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

Sep 01
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fontana Trestle BBQ & Brews

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

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

Sep 01-30

Brittany Starnes Exhibit

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

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

Sep 01-30

Brittany Starnes Exhibit

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

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

Sep 01
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Boyd Observatory

FREE
Aiken, South carolina
Park
340 Boyd Pond Rd
Event Website

A 16 ‘ id cement block building with a 12 ‘ fully rotating aluminum dome, houses a 17.5 ” Newtonian telescope with support electronics. The observatory accommodates groups of twelve. Saturday programs designed to expose area residents to basic science and astronomy are provided, at no charge, on a regular basis. Although programs are available for adults, emphasis is placed on a younger audience. Elementary school groups, third grade and above, enjoy views of the planets and bright stars. Activities are presented in cooperation with area science teachers. Children’s groups must be accompanied by at least three adults.

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 06
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Cooper Alan at Alive After Five!

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

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... This Thursday September 6th at Alive After Five is up and coming country music star Cooper Alan! This Winston-Salem native describes himself as modern country that mixes great stories and memorable melodies that will make you want to dance the night away! Don’t miss this night! Check the out on Facebook @cooperalanmusic! The best after work party, Alive After Five, has been going for 18 YEARS STRONG! We’re back this year with more live music! Don’t even get us started on our new craft beer line up, we weren’t lying when we said better than ever! With Epicentre’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the convenient parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s #1 weekly event. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment, and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2018. Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more! FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT IG: @aliveafter5 T: @aliveafter5 Snapchat: aa5clt Official after-parties will be held at Rooftop 210, Whisky River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, and StrikeCity.

Sep 06-08

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

FREE
Little Switzerland, North Carolina
Burnsville Town Center
6 S Main Street, Burnsville NC 28714
Event Website

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival takes place this Sept 6-8 in Burnsville, NC. Authors will present talks and readings in venues located around the town square. Most of the events are FREE and open to the public. The free sessions include readings in fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. The Festival opens Thursday night with a free performance by National Poetry Slam Finalist, Kane Smego, international touring spoken word poet and Hip Hop Artist who topped the Spotify Viral 50 Billboard in May 2017 and won Best Music Video at the Hip Hop Film Festival in New York, for a song by G Yamazawa. A locally sourced, catered banquet on Friday night ($35 BYOB) will feature Michael W. Twitty, culinary and cultural historian and creator of the blog afroculinaria.com. He is the author of “The Cooking Gene”, the 2018 James Beard Award Winner for Best Food Writer and Best Book. Saturday’s Keynote speaker, Gail Godwin, is a three time National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and author of more than a dozen books. Tickets are $20. Four three – hour Writing Workshops will be available in Fiction, Memoir, Poetry and Non-fiction at a cost of $30 per workshop. Pre-registration for all ticketed events and workshops is required. Please visit our website, cmlitfest.org, for more details about the authors and events.

Sep 06-08

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

FREE
Burnsville, North Carolina
Burnsville Town Center 6 Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714
Burnsville Town Center 6 Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714
Event Website

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival takes place this Sept 6-8 in Burnsville, NC. Authors will present talks and readings in venues located around the town square. Most of the events are FREE and open to the public. The free sessions include readings in fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. The Festival opens Thursday night with a free performance by National Poetry Slam Finalist, Kane Smego, international touring spoken word poet and Hip Hop Artist who topped the Spotify Viral 50 Billboard in May 2017 and won Best Music Video at the Hip Hop Film Festival in New York, for a song by G Yamazawa. A locally sourced, catered banquet on Friday night ($35 BYOB) will feature Michael W. Twitty, culinary and cultural historian and creator of the blog afroculinaria.com. He is the author of “The Cooking Gene”, the 2018 James Beard Award Winner for Best Food Writer and Best Book. Saturday’s Keynote speaker, Gail Godwin, is a three time National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and author of more than a dozen books. Tickets are $20. Four three – hour Writing Workshops will be available in Fiction, Memoir, Poetry and Non-fiction at a cost of $30 per workshop. Pre-registration for all ticketed events and workshops is required. Please visit our website, cmlitfest.org, for more details about the authors and events.

Sep 07-09

Raleigh Greek Festival

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

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

Sep 08-09

Grandparents Day Weekend Special Admission

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

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

Sep 08
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Acorn Festival

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

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

Sep 08
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Art in the Park

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

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

Sep 08
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

By the Sweat of Our Brows

FEE
McConnells, SC
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Rd
Event Website

“By the Sweat of Our Brows” is an award-winning program that honors African American culture and heritage and is shaped by the descendants of the plantation’s enslaved. The descendants, referred to as the “Seven Sacred Families of Brattonsville,” come together to share their family stories about life in the Carolina Backcountry. This event and includes an array of activities and programs throughout the day. Historically dressed interpreters portray what life was like on the plantation. Cooking over open hearths, demonstrations of traditional agricultural practices, storytelling and playing African-American folk games will be ongoing activities. The annual event will culminate with the ‘calling of the names’ from the 1843 Probate List.

Sep 08
6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Aiken Music Fest

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Highfields Event Center
118 Gaston Street
Event Website

Come celebrate top bands and bring the greater Aiken community together for a day of family-friendly fun and music in an idyllic outdoor concert setting!

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 09
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Almost Heaven Stables "Fun Show"

FREE
Warrenville, South Carolina
Almost Heave Stables
220 Golf Course Rd
Event Website

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***10am exhibitions cloverleaf*** Show begins at 10:30am with Cloverleaf barrels, Texas barrels, Arena race then lunchbreak. After lunch ***exhiitions on poles*** Poles, “Just for the fun of it” class and then awards ceremony… Lead line/walk class only for beginner kids 12 and under, slow, medium and fast running groups!!! Fun for all ages and all rider levels… Ribbons for all classes… The cost is just $20 CASH for all 5 events for competitors… Spectators are free… {{{$3 per exhibition run on Cloverleaf barrels from 10:00 to 10:30am… $3 per Pole exhibitions… Will run after the lunchbreak… Bring the EXACT CASH please… Exhibitions are only for those who have at least one horse running in the show}}} BRING A PICNIC LUNCH FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS… We do NOT have concessions … Call Valeria at 803-663-3001 or 803-646-1021 for more information… Be sure to bring your coggins!!! {{{ Call before you haul if weather is debatable}}}

Sep 10 - Oct 10

People, Places & Things

FREE
Hertford, NC
Perquimans Arts League, Downtown
109 North Church Street, Hertford, NC 27944
Event Website

Unique local artistry! All mediums

Sep 13-15

Full Bloom Film Festival

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

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

Sep 13
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Departure at Alive After Five!

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

The best after work party, Alive After Five presents... For our last Thursday September, 13th, is an Alive After Five staple, Departure! Coming with the sad departure of your favorite Thursday party Departure: The Journey Tribute Band will rock us out in style! Come celebrate another great year with us as we go our Separate Ways till next year. We hope next year you Don’t Stop Believin’ in us and welcome us back with Open Arms! Check them out @thejourneytributeband on Facebook! Thank you all for a great 18 years and here’s to 19! The best after work party, Alive After Five, has been going for 18 YEARS STRONG! We’re back this year with more live music! Don’t even get us started on our new craft beer line up, we weren’t lying when we said better than ever! With Epicentre’s prominent uptown location, whether you are walking, using many of the convenient parking options or hoping the city light rail you can access Charlotte’s #1 weekly event. Come enjoy the best crowd, entertainment, and nightlife that Charlotte has to offer in 2018. Follow us for possible VIP giveaways and more! FB: @AliveAfterFiveCLT IG: @aliveafter5 T: @aliveafter5 Snapchat: aa5clt Official after-parties will be held at Rooftop 210, Whisky River, BlackFinn, SUITE, Vida, and StrikeCity.

Sep 14
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Music for a Great Space presents the New Century Saxophone Quartet

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

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

Sep 15
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

10th Annual Flock to the Rock

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

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

Sep 15
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Naturalist Nice: Fall Migration Bird Walk

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

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

Sep 15
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Creedmoor Music Festival

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

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

Sep 15-16

CenterFest

FREE
Durham, North Carolina
Downtown
120 Morris Street
Event Website

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

Sep 15-16

CenterFest Arts Festival 2018

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

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

Sep 15
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Blowing Rock Fall Classic

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

72 mile bike ride, part of a Triple Crown of rides along with Blood, Sweat & Gears and the Beech Mountain Metric. Elevation gain of over 6000 feet along some of the most scenic roads in the state. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Winter Warmer Project.

Sep 15
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Blowing Rock Music Festival

FEE
Blowing Rock, nc
The Blowing Rock Attraction
432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

Celebrating the best in Americana, Folk, Blues, Rock, & Jazz at the Blowing Rock Attraction. Music all afternoon, multiple performances.

Sep 15
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lincoln County Apple Festival

FREE
Lincolnton, NC
Main Street
116 West Main Street
Event Website

The annual Lincoln County Apple Festival attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year to enjoy crafts, food, entertainment, kids attractions and, of course, the county's signature crop, apples. Prepare for a free, family-friendly event around Lincolnton's iconic Court Square, and don't miss the fresh apples by the bushel, crisp cider, and the homemade apple pie.

Sep 15
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Craig Johnson, Depth of Winter

FREE
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Event Website

McIntyre's is hosting Craig Johnson as he releases his new novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series. In Craig Johnson’s latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the one-hundred-and-ten degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army. Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection

Sep 15-16

Augusta Disc Golf Classic Driven by Innova

FREE
Warrenville, SC
Park
Langley Pond Disc Golf Park 113 Langley Dam Rd.
Event Website

About this tournament $2000 added cash to Pro payout. $500 added cash to Amateur payout. A Pool - MPO, FPO, MP40, FP40, MA1, FA1 B Pool - All other divisions A Pool -- Langley Pond DiscGolfPark all three rounds - Shotgun Start Saturday. Tee times Sunday B Pool -- Riverview Park all three rounds - Shotgun all three rounds There will be a $5 greens fee for use of the facilities and amenities from all registrants entry fee. Refund policy Augusta Disc Golf Association is responsible for all refunds/cancelations. Click the link below for complete event details: https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Augusta_Disc_Golf_Classic_presented_by_Innova_2018

Sep 15 - Nov 04

Rural Hill's Amazing Maize Maze

FEE
Huntersville, North Carolina
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
Event Website

One of the Southeast's largest corn mazes with approximately 3 miles of trails. This maze includes searching for clues to help find your way out of the maze.Fun for the whole family.Rustic yet handicap accessible. Please check the wesite for hours and prices. No pets please.

Sep 19
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Fall Homeschool Day

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

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

Sep 21
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Rox N Roll Cruise-In: Date Night

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

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

Sep 21 - Oct 27

Ghost Train

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

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

Sep 21 - Oct 28

Ashe County Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival

FEE
West Jefferson, NC
Outskirts of West Jefferson
2152 Beaver Creek School Rd. West Jefferson, NC 28694
Event Website

The Ashe County Corn Maze has quickly become a family tradition. It is a perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy. The corn maze itself is around 5 acres, and can take as little as 30 minutes and up to an hour or so. There will also be face painting, knocker ball, hay rides, and much more!

Sep 22
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Uncorked

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

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

Sep 22
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Jackson County Green Energy Park Youth Arts Festival

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

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

Sep 22
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Blue Ridge Conservancy 5k

FEE
Blowing Rock, NC
Mayview Neighborhood
143 Wonderland Trail, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Event Website

19th annual 5K and kid’s fun run in neighborhood roads in Blowing Rock! Benefits the Blue Ridge Conservancy.

Sep 22
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Piedmont Pottery & Pickin'

FEE
McConnells, South Carolina
Historic Bratonsville's Hightower Hall
1036 Brattonsville Rd, McConnells, SC 29726
Event Website

Lovers of bluegrass, barbeque and local hand-made pottery come together to enjoy “Piedmont Pottery & Pickin’.” Traditional and contemporary regional potters, including Catawba Indian potters, will be on site selling their work. The festival features a free drawing for visitors to win pottery. Barbeque will be available for purchase. Live music will be performed by local bluegrass aficionados.

Sep 22
6:30 PM - 12:00 PM

Molly Hatchet Live VIP Concert

FEE
West Jefferson, NC
Outskirts of West Jefferson
313 Old West Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694
Event Website

It’s not just a concert, it’s a party with Molly Hatchet! From the time you turn in the drive, relax and enjoy a worry-free music experience unlike any you’ve had before. Before the show, tour our Old West Town and enjoy complimentary refreshments, then take a seat in our beautiful Saloon while these storied artists “Shake the House Down.” After the concert, you’ll have a chance to chat with Molly Hatchet, ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered, take a personal photo, and have your memorabilia signed. There are only 100 seats, so reserve yours today!

Sep 24-30

Take A Child Outside Week

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

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

Sep 24 - Oct 21

Trilogy

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

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

Sep 25-29

72nd Chowan County Regional Fair

FEE
Edenton, NC
American Legion Fairground
1317 W. Queen Street
Event Website

"Celebrating 350 Years of Regional Growth" The Fair will highlight Chowan's Heritage through exhibits, activities, amusement rides and entertainment with great food at the American Legion Fairgrounds! The Fair will run Tuesday, September 25 - Saturday, September 29.

Sep 27-29

Read It @ Rosedale

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

Reading connects and transports us to a different time and place. That experience becomes even more meaningful when it’s possible to encounter and interact with related historic objects and places while hearing little-known, yet meaningful stories. Join us at Historic Rosedale Plantation for a moderator-led discussion of selected bestsellers. What makes this program unique is that we also provide a specially-designed house tour, bringing to life the past and literature, sharing oral history, and spotlighting artifacts rarely seen outside our archives. Reservations are required and space is limited. Private tours can be scheduled for groups or book clubs at other times and dates. Please email roseedu@historicrosedale.org to schedule yours. Dates- Varina: September 27 & 29, January 24 & 26 Glory Over Everything: November 15 & 17, March 21 & 23

Sep 28-29

Liberty Antiques Festival

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

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

Sep 28-30

North Carolina Shell Club Shell Show

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

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

Sep 28-30

36th Annual Asheville Quilt Show

FEE
Fletcher, North Carolina
WNC Ag Center
765 Boylston Highway Gate 5, Fletcher NC 28732
Event Website

Come join us for an exhibition of over 300 quilts from across the country, vying for more than $10,000 in Prize Money! 25 Vendors + Gift Shop + Silent Auction + Quilts for Sale Other attractions include Demonstrations by Expert Quilters, Special Exhibits, and a Kids Sewing Station. Food available on site. Free Parking. Multi-Day Pass Available. Sponsored by the Asheville Quilt Guild and Moda Fabrics

Sep 28-29

"It's A Green Thing" Festival

FREE
Aiken, SC
Aiken County Fairgrounds
1566 Columbia Hwy N
Event Website

“IT’S A GREEN THING” FESTIVAL will bring companies that care about how they do business into the forefront, allowing them to be found by customers who are looking for environmentally conscious businesses. There will be interactive workshops on Green Building, Wind & Water Power, Solar, Transportation Issues, Heirlooms, Organics and GMOs There will also be an exciting Eco-Kids Zone, as well as, an Upcycled Fashion Show. Join us for the CSRAs first annual Celebration of Sustainability, being held in Aiken County on September 28 & 29, 2018 Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM. Visit www.gardenbliss.biz for more information. “IT’S A GREEN THING” FESTIVAL is free to attend.

Sep 28-30

Stable View's 5th Annual Oktoberfest 3* Horse Trials

FREE
Aiken, South Carolina
Event Center
117 Stable Dr.
Event Website

This year we will, as with previous years, welcome international riders as well as those traveling from the west coast. Upper-level horse showing and many spectator activities, including alcohol tastings, vendors, games, live music, etc.

Sep 28
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Jessica Jane & Niels Duinker’s Magic Variety Show

FEE
Pembroke, NC
Givens Performing Arts Center
1 University Dr.
Event Website

Jessica Jane appeared on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on the CW Network and has performed in over 2,500 shows at Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, TN. She is considered one of the best fire-eaters in the country. Niels Duinker is a comedy juggler from the Netherlands and holds 7 Guinness World Records and is a 3-time receipient of the “Variety Act of the Year” award. Together, they entertain with juggling acts, grand illusions, dangerous escapes and more - all with a flair of comedy and lots of audience participation. See them live during UNCP Family Weekend. There’s a chance YOU may end up being a part of the show.

Sep 29-30

Take A Child Outside: Campout

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

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

Sep 29
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Rosewood Art and Music Festival

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

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

Sep 29-30

Art On Main

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

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

Sep 29
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Rosewood Art and Music Festival

FREE
Columbia, SC
South East
2719 Rosewood Drive
Event Website

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

Sep 29
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

44th Annual Mountain Heritage Day

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

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

Sep 29
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

PSJ Just For Fun Show

FREE
Aiken, SC
Highfields Event Center
116 Gaston Street
Event Website

Hunter and jumper horse show with something for everyone. This event is free and open to spectators.

Oct 01-31

Laurie Adamson Exhibit

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

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

Oct 01-31

Laurie Adamson Exhibit

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

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

Oct 01 - Jan 31

2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island

FREE
Hilton Head Island, SC
Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
PO Box 23019
Event Website

The 2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, hosted by Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, features 20 large-scale sculptures created by artists from across the country, placed along the lush, magnificent one-mile walking path of Coastal Discovery Museum. The event runs four months and is open during regular Coastal Discovery Museum hours. Admission is free to the exhibit.

Oct 04-06

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

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

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

Oct 05-06

Ol' Front Porch Music Festival

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

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

Oct 05-07

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

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

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

Oct 05-07

Cashiers Leaf Festival

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

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

Oct 05-07

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, Northwest School of the Arts
1415 Beatties Ford Rd. Charlotte NC 28216
Event Website

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival When: Fri., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m. Price: $10 www.manhattanshort.com From modest beginnings 21 years ago, the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 100,000 people attending screenings at more than 250 venues across six continents. For the first time in Fall 2018, Charlotte will be part of what has been called the “world’s first and only global film festival.”

Oct 05-07

Symphony Tour of Homes, "Harvest of Homes"

FEE
Greenville, SC
Parkins Mill East and Hollingsworth Park neighborhoods
Parkins Mill East and Hollingsworth Park neighborhoods of Greenville
Event Website

40th annual Symphony Tour of Homes; five outstanding private homes in two premium locations will be available for touring. Ticket price is $25 in advance and $30 on Tour days. Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM-4:00 PM All proceeds benefit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Oct 05-14

2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Arts Festival Oct 5th-14th

FREE
Bryson City, NC
Downtown in Railroad Square
18 Fry Street P.O.Box 2241
Event Website

The 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Arts Festival opens Columbus Day weekend 2018 under the big tent in the heart of Bryson City’s Railroad Square. The festival runs ten full days from October 5th – 14th. It features art, jewelry and gifts by the best local artistic talent in the Great Smoky Mountains alongside internationally renowned artists. In addition, a dozen emerging community artists will showcase their artwork from the Swain Arts Center. Over thirty festival artists will share the exhibition tent and compete for People’s Choice Best of Show in 4 categories; painting, photography, artisan jewelry and best emerging artist. Winners win a cash award. Visitors are encouraged to browse and vote; rain or shine – under the big tent. Musical talent is provided by local favorites Rebecca Wiggins and Joseph Camuglia. Wiggins is best known for her easy listening light jazz and classical performances on keyboard and guitar. Camuglia engages his audiences with his original blue grass songs plus “oldies but goodies” from the seventies and eighties on guitar and harmonica. A culinary arts table has been added this year featuring unique flavors crafted by iconic local restaurants such as Everett Street Diner, Anthony’s Derailed among others. The art exhibited is varied, but the venue has attracted artists that offer low, moderate and high-end art with retail price ranges from $3 art cards, $25 art prints, $100 - $800 limited edition fine art photographs, along-side $500 - $10,000 original paintings and sculpture from $800 to over $5,000. While artwork inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains is a common theme, auto enthusiasts will appreciate exhibitor Michael Pratt’s classic car art while train enthusiasts will enjoy Brian Hannum’s artistic renderings of trestles and trains. Local exhibiting painters include master collagist Wendy Cordwell and painters Melissa Enloe Walter, Patti Gilley, and Thurman Breedlove as well as internationally renowned Eva and son A.B. Makk exhibiting from Honolulu, Hawaii. Photographers include Bryson City’s Drew Campbell, Brian Hannum, George Evans and the 2018 winner of the Swain Arts Center’s competition. Cherokee, NC artists include authentic tribal art jewelry designs by Tseshani and “Booger Portraits” by Bear Allison. Additional regional artists include paintings and photography by Robert Boynton, along with Jamstones art glass by Jennifer Strickland and hand-carved wooden bowls by Roger Strickland both from Carrboro, NC. More carvings and wood burned art are featured by Bryson City’s own Earnest Brundale. Sculpture is featured by internationally renowned master jade sculptor Lyle Sopel and internationally renowned Donnie Wanner from Vancouver, BC and Portland, OR respectively. Major funding for this event comes from Bryson City’s local sponsors including the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Swain County Tourist Development Authority, Bryson City Chamber of Commerce, McKinley Edwards Inn, Everett Hotel and Bistro, Everett Street Diner, Gallery Zella, United Community Bank, Swain Arts Center, Anthony’s Derailed, Fryemont Inn, Sleep Inn, Relax Inn, & Rob Loafman FA Edward Jones Investments, among others.

Oct 06
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

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

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

Oct 12-14

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

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

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

Oct 12-14

Fall for Greenville

FREE
Greenville, SC
Downtwon Main Street, Greenville
206 S. Main St.
Event Website

No guest chefs, no fancy wine dinners- this is all about celebrating Greenville's homegrown culinary scene. More than 40 vendors line the street and offer up samples of their restaurant's most popular dishes. Festival goers enjoy amazing concerts and sampling craft beer from regional breweries. Individual tickets for food/beverage samplings available for purchase.

Oct 13-14

Swansboro Mullet Festival

FREE
Swansboro, North Carolina
Downtown
Front Street
Event Website

Two day festival with parade, crafts, entertainment, and kids area held annually on the weekend of the second Saturday in October. Next scheduled for October 13-14, 2018 . Entertainment includes the Fantastic Shakers, the Swinging Medallions, Liquid Pleasure, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, the Tams. swansborofestivalcommittee@yahoo.com

Oct 19-20

37th Annual Havelock Chili Festival

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

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

Oct 19-21

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

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

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

Oct 19-20

Spirits of Rosedale

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

Join us this Halloween as the Spirits of Historic Rosedale Plantation return to life. Discover why, even today, they remain in this 200 year-old plantation. Let the spirits themselves transport you through the history of this mysterious place. Meet spirits bound here because of tragic epidemics, insanity, greed, and even the hope for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Be careful not to linger too long with the spirits….they are just DYING to meet you! The Spirits of Rosedale takes visitors on an journey through the the plantation home’s first floor, kitchen basement, and gardens. At the outdoor stations you can come & go as you please. Tours of the stations in the house start every 20 minutes beginning at 7:00pm. Rosedale’s theatrical production team presents this family-friendly Halloween production appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up. Last tour begins at 9:20pm. Each group in the home is limited to 20 people.

Oct 19 - Nov 13

Photography Exhibit

FREE
Hertford, NC
Perquimans Arts League
109 North Church Street, Hertford, NC 27944
Event Website

Artists Photography Exhibit

Oct 20-21

Fayetteville ComicCon

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

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

Oct 22 - Nov 11

Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour Preview Show

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

Preview work by the 80+ artists participating in the 2018 Orange County Artists Guild open studio tour before deciding which studios to visit. October 22 - November 11. Reception Friday, Oct. 26th 6-9pm. Owned & operated by 22 local artists the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts features painting, sculpture, photography, glass arts, jewelry, wood, pottery & fiber arts. Hours: 10-6 M–Th, 10-9 Fri & Sat, 12-4 Sun.

Oct 26-27

16th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium

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

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

Oct 26-28

Peanuts Pumpkin Patch

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

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

Oct 26-27

John Lawson Legacy Days

FREE
Grifton, NC
Grifton Historical Museum and Indian Village
437-A Creekshore Drive
Event Website

Celebrate our history and pioneer heritage! Friday night - cannon firings, live music, good food and conversation around the campfire. Saturday - Historical presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations from Native American times through the Civil War. Period reenactors, hourly cannon firings, old-timey toys, and boat rides on the Contentnea Creek if conditions permit. Gift shop, concessions, and sutlers available on Saturday.

Oct 26-28

60th Annual Albemarle Craftsman's Fair

FEE
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Knobbs Creek Recreation Center
200 E. Ward St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Event Website

The Albemarle Craftsman's Fair is one of the oldest craft shows in North Carolina featuring members of the Albemarle Craftsman's Guild. During this three day event you will have the chance to visit with over 60 Craftsmen who will be selling their quality handcrafted items while demonstrating the creation of their wares. Friday & Saturday 10 - 7, Sunday 10 - 5 Weekend Pass $5, Seniors, Students & Military $4

Oct 26-27

Paranormal Grounds Investigation

FEE
Charlotte, North Carolina
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!

Oct 27-28

Boo at the Zoo: North Carolina Zoo

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

Celebrate the excitement of the season with a weekend of safe daytime Halloween fun. Enjoy trick or treat games, storytelling, live entertainment and a children’s costume contest. Boo at the NC Zoo is a family-friendly event, and all costumes must be appropriate for ghouls of all ages. Guests will enjoy interactive games and prizes, face painting, animal encounters with zoo educators, costume contest and all day long entertainment on the stage Admission to Boo at the NC Zoo is $3 per person, in addition to Zoo admission. Tickets may be purchased at the North America or Africa admission gates. Boo at the NC Zoo will happen both days in the African Amphitheater or SOLAR POINTE IN THE CASE OF RAIN.

Nov 01-04

Katydid Combined Driving Event

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

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

Nov 01-30

Debbie Black Exhibit

FREE
Aiken, SC
Downtown
133 Laurens St.
Event Website

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

Nov 02-03

Winston-Salem Quilts 2018

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

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

Nov 03
8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

The Marquis Slam

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

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

Nov 03
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Uncorked

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

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

Nov 03-04

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

FEE
McConnells, SC
Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road
Event Website

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

Nov 03
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

WNC Pottery Festival

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

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

Nov 03
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Carolina Pottery Festival

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

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

Nov 03
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Colfax Persimmon Festival

FEE
Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Historic Stafford Farm
558 N Bunker Hill Road, Oak Ridge NC 27310
Event Website

Celebrating the persimmon and traditional farming for the 11th year. Live music, persimmon products, food & beverage, demonstrations, arts & crafts, history and more. Parking off-site with free shuttle bus service (cars with handicapped tags can park on-site). $10 for age 12 and up; age 11 and under, free.

Nov 04
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Almost Heaven "Fun Show"

FREE
Warrenville, SC
Almost Heaven Stables
220 Golf Course Rd.
Event Website

++++++++++ NOTE NEW START TIME IS 10AM ++++++++++  TRAILERS NEED TO ARRIVE EARLY TO PAY FEES AND BE PARKED BY 10:00AM… THIS ALLOWS ME THE TIME I NEED TO GET THE PAPER WORK READY SO THAT WE CAN START ON TIME

***10am exhibitions cloverleaf*** Show begins at 10:30am with Cloverleaf barrels, Texas barrels, Arena race then lunch break. After lunch ***exhibitions on poles*** Poles, “Just for the fun of it” class and then awards ceremony… Lead line/walk class only for beginner kids 12 and under, slow, medium and fast running groups!!! Fun for all ages and all rider levels… Ribbons for all classes… The cost is just $20 CASH for all 5 events for competitors… Spectators are free… {{{$3 per exhibition run on Cloverleaf barrels from 10:00 to 10:30am… $3 per Pole exhibitions… Will run after the lunchbreak… Bring the EXACT CASH please… Exhibitions are only for those who have at least one horse running in the show}}} BRING A PICNIC LUNCH FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS… We do NOT have concessions … Call Valeria at 803-663-3001 or 803-646-1021 for more information… Be sure to bring your coggins!!! {{{ Call before you haul if weather is debatable}}}

Nov 07-11

Cucalorus Festival

FEE
Wilmington, North Carolina
Downtown
815 Princess Street
Event Website

Cucalorus is internationally recognized as “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World"—a refreshing noncompetitive oasis among film festivals with a growing schedule of music, dance, theatre, and even a multi-day technology conference. With over three hundred events showcasing emerging and innovative filmmakers, North Carolina artists, social justice, student films, films by youth, shorts, and international cinema, the festival has become a creative reunion for filmmakers, performers, innovators, and audiences every fall. An extensive slate of social events makes the festival a great chance to party with thousands of cultural travelers, creative leaders, and emerging artists.

Nov 08-11

37th Annual Dicken's Christmas Show and Festivals

FEE
myrtle beach, Sc
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
111
Event Website

The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a unique national award winning event comprised of a multitude of shopping and entertainment options, for individuals and groups alike. The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the 100,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Here against a Victorian Holiday background, one will find hundreds of period clad vendors hawking everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday decor and much much more. There probably is truly something for everyone on your holiday list. But the fun doesn't stop there. Dickens Christmas Show Holiday ShoppingStrolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Punch & Judy Shows, Shadow Box Displays, a Life Sized Historic Santa through the Ages Exhibit and a real live Santa, each lend their own charm to the show. Plus there are the elaborate Festival displays of Trees, of Tables, of WreaDickens Show Craftsths and the Festival of Worlds that add to the experience too! All displays are available for purchase at silent auction with 100% of the funds going to the sponsoring non profit. Off-site offerings include Victorian Holiday Teas, Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Dinners, Historical Tours and the opening of Holiday Shows at award winning local theaters. Dickens Show Santa CraftsNo matter what your taste or budget, this event offers something for everyone. Whether it's a day's excursion or a long weekend getaway, the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is the perfect way to kick off your Holiday Season... Dickens Style! Make plans to join the thousands that come year after year!

Nov 08-10

Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Art & Gift Show

FREE
Raleigh, NC
Quail Hollow Swim Club
800 Orleans Place, Raleigh, NC 27609
Event Website

The 44th Annual “Visions of Sugarplums” Holiday Art and Gift Show will be held November 8th, 9th and 10th, 2018 at the Quail Hollow Swim Club. One of Raleigh’s oldest holiday shows, this best kept secret is a shopping extravaganza where you will want to do all your holiday shopping for a truly unique, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Skip the mall, skip the crowd...and start your Christmas shopping early! Visions of Sugarplums is FREE and open to the public, with plenty of FREE parking. Quail Hollow Swim Club is located at 800 Orleans Place, Raleigh, NC - just off Millbrook Road at Quail Hollow Drive. Shop Nov. 8th & 9th from 9am – 8pm, and Saturday Nov. 10th from 9am – 3pm. Follow the signs and balloons! For more information check out our website at www.visionsofsugarplumsraleigh.com, or email visionsofsugarplums@nc.rr.com Thank you for shopping and supporting local women (men too) in business!

Nov 09 - Dec 31

The Polar Express

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

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

Nov 10
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Owl Howl

FREE
Belville, North Carolina
Riverwalk at Belville
580 River Road SE, Belville, NC 28451
Event Website

See 12 live raptors, see free flight demonstrations, hold a bird and take a picture, vendors, music, children's activities, silent auction and raffles.

Nov 10-11

Durham County Pottery Tour

FREE
Durham, NC
all of Durham County
various locations
Event Website

Visit the pottery studios and purchase pottery at 22 different locations in Durham County. Visit our web site to download a map and get more information.

Nov 10
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Owl Howl

FREE
Belville, North Carolina
River Walk
580 River Road SE, Belville, NC
Event Website

see live raptors, free flight demonstration, hold a bird and take a picture, shop, children's activities, raffles, music, food truck, silent auction 10 AM - 4PM

Nov 12 - Dec 31

The Art of Giving

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

Art for the holiday season by HGA’s 22 artists. November 12 – December 31. Reception Friday, Nov. 30th 6-9pm. Located at 121 N. Churton Street in Hillsborough NC, the gallery is owned by 22 local artists featuring painting, sculpture, photography, glass art, jewelry, turned wood, pottery & fiber art. Hours: 10-6 Mon–Thurs, 10-8 Fri & Sat, 11-6 Sun.

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 19 - Dec 31

Christmas Shoppe

FREE
Hertford, NC
Perquimans Arts League, Downtown
109 North Church Street, Hertford, NC 27944
Event Website

Great artist gifts for holiday season. Shop early.

Nov 23
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Santa on the Green and Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting

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

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

Nov 23-24

‘Hard Candy Christmas’ Art and Craft Show

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

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

Nov 23 - Dec 29

Tweetsie Christmas

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

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

Nov 23
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Swansboro Holiday Flotilla

FREE
Swansboro, North Carolina
Downtown
Front Street
Event Website

A traditional lighted boat parade with hot chocolate and visit from Santa held annually on the day after Thanksgiving. Next scheduled for November 23. Rain date: November 24.

Nov 24
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Shop Small Saturday

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

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

Nov 24
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

53rd Annual Chitlin Strut

FREE
Salley, South Carolina
Downtown
230 Pine St. NW
Event Website

Come out for family-fun, vendors, live music and the famous boiled or fried chitlins'.

Dec 01
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Christmas by the Sea Parade

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

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

Dec 01-15

Holiday Open House in Seagrove, NC

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

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

Dec 01
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

AMROC Train Show

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

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

Dec 01
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Christmas Candlelight Tours

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

Celebrate the origins of the Carolina Piedmont holiday traditions at the 41st annual Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville. Historically dressed interpreters will portray how the holidays were celebrated during the 18th and 19th centuries. Christmas Candlelight Tours feature visits from Father Christmas, live music of the era and hands-on activities for all ages. Relax around the campfire and enjoy a warm beverage. Food will be available for purchase. Sutlers will be selling period-style goods. The Gift Shop will be well-stocked with seasonal items and locally made goods.

Dec 02
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sylva Christmas Parade

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

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

Dec 07-08

Grovewood Gallery's Annual Holiday Sip & Shop

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

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

Dec 07-08

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries

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

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

Dec 08
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Christmas Candlelight Tours

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

Celebrate the origins of the Carolina Piedmont holiday traditions at the 41st annual Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville. Historically dressed interpreters will portray how the holidays were celebrated during the 18th and 19th centuries. Christmas Candlelight Tours feature visits from Father Christmas, live music of the era and hands-on activities for all ages. Relax around the campfire and enjoy a warm beverage. Food will be available for purchase. Sutlers will be selling period-style goods. The Gift Shop will be well-stocked with seasonal items and locally made goods.

Dec 08
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

A Candlelight Tour of Mendenhall Homeplace

FEE
Jamestown, NC
W. Main St.
603 W. Main St. Jamestown NC
Event Website

Visit two 1800's era homes decorated for the holidays and lit by candlelight on the grounds of historic Mendenhall Homeplace. Stop by the old barn to see Santa's sleigh filled with gifts. Enjoy hot cider, homemade cookies, and Christmas music.

Dec 14-15

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries

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

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

Dec 31
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Uncorked

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

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

Jan 31 - Feb 02

39th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival

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

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

Jun 08
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Arts by the Sea Festival

FREE
Swansboro, North Carolina
Downtown
Front Street
Event Website

A juried arts and fine crafts festival held annually on the second Saturday in June. Next scheduled on June 8, 2019. Entertainment, food, and kids area.

Sep 20-21

The Three Musketeers

FEE
Pembroke, NC
Givens Performing Arts Center
1 University Dr.
Event Website

Set in 1625, d’Artagnan’s quest to become a Musketeer propels him and his sister, Sabine, into a royal scandal comprised of a bitter rivalry between King Louis XIII and the evil Cardinal Richelieu. In a comical, yet fateful twist, d’Artagnan teams up with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, otherwise known as “The Three Musketeers,” to protect the King, Queen and all of France in this action-packed adventure.