Named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, Mountain Heritage Day is a festival not to be missed. It returns to Cullowhee this year on Saturday, Sept. 28, lasting from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Each year more than 15,000 visitors experience this one-of-a-kind event featuring three stages of live entertainment, 130+ food and craft vendors, tons of family-friendly activities, interactive kids area and stage, along with performances and demonstrations celebrating the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.

Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer.

The 45th 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.

Wagon Rides

Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging.

Acts this year include two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter Becky Buller, Brevard-based bluegrass band Carolina Blue, and NC Folk Heritage Award recipient Bobby McMillon.

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.

Don’t miss the Smoky Mountain Splendor Quilt Show at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on campus, featuring 300-plus quilts, displays, vendors and more.

To see a complete lineup of what the day entails, visit https://www.wcu.edu/engage/mountain-heritage-day/.

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