Step up to the mic in the brand-new Haywood Idol competition held in conjunction with the Haywood County Fair, where people’s choice voting will narrow down constants to the top finalist who wins a one-night trip to Nashville.
WAYNESVILLE — Hundreds of dogs and their owners will take to the streets for the Downtown Dog Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, organized by Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
HENDERSONVILLE — Two of country music’s brightest young stars will showcase their music at Hendersonville’s free Block Party on Main on Saturday, July 31.
WAYNESVILLE — A monthly market featuring handmade arts and craft and vintage finds will be held at Haywood Square in downtown Waynesville from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1.
CHEROKEE — The blueberry is certainly having a moment. So grab your fellow blueberry lovers and enjoy the freshest you can find during the Cherokee Blueberry Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 24.
HAYWOOD COUNTY — Witness cultural performance troupes from across the U.S. during the Folkmoot festival from Thursday, July 22, through Sunday, July 25.
ASHEVILLE — The music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia are once again taking over downtown Asheville with Shindig on the Green — a perennial favorite since 1967.
DILLSBORO — The quaint village of Dillsboro will be transformed into an outdoor art market place during the annual Front Street Arts & Crafts Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday, July 17.
CASHIERS — Make your kids next bathtime fizzy, fun and fabulous with a make-and-take bath jar session at the Cashiers Village Green at 1 p.m. Friday, July 16.
MAGGIE VALLEY — Nearly 100 artisans from across the Southeast will converge for the Maggie Valley Arts and Craft Show from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10-11 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
WAYNESVILLE — The Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters are back with the annual Freedom Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11, at the Smoky Mountain Event Center.
CHEROKEE — Hundreds of Native dancers and drummers from tribes across the United States will converge on Cherokee for the annual Fourth of July Powwow July 2-4.
BRYSON CITY — The annual Freedom Fest festival will take over downtown Bryson City on Saturday, July 3, capped off by a fireworks show — making it possible to turn your weekend into a two-day doubler header of fireworks and revelry.
LAKE JUNALUSKA — The bell on the grounds of Lake Junaluska will toll 108 times on Friday, June 25, to honor the 108th anniversary of the conference and retreat center.
ASHEVILLE — Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, a professional ballet company known for its vivid cutting-edge dance, is ready to wow audiences again for the first time since COVID with a triple header weekend.
LAKE JUNALUSKA — A Juneteenth celebration marking the anniversary of the end of slavery will be held at Lake Junasla from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.
ASHEVILLE AND AROUND — Catch a screening of the new WNC-produced documentary “The Spirits Still Move Them: Moonshining in the Mountains,” with the first one coming up Thursday, June 17, at The Orange Peel.
ASHEVILLE — Come together in peace and harmony during the Asheville Juneteenth Celebration from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Asheville.
ASHEVILLE — GRINDfest, a weekend-celebration of Juneteeneth hosted by Grind Coffee Shop, will feature a poetry slam, storytelling, lip sync battle and more over three days from June 18-20.
BRYSON CITY — Take a trip out to Darnell Farms for the annual Gospel Jam on Saturday, June 12, and load up on the bumper crop of mountain-grown strawberries while you're at it.
HENDERSONVILLE — The 30th annual Hendersonville Antique & Vintage Show will be held Saturday, June 12, with dozens of vendors stretched along five city blocks of Main Street.
MAGGIE VALLEY — A jeep rally featuring group rides, a festival atmosphere and camaraderie with fellow jeepers will be held Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
ASHEVILLE — A one-day celebration of local + indie craft, design, and vintage-themed wares will be held from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Rabbit Rabbit in downtown Asheville.
WAYNESVILLE — Cowboys and cowgirls will take to the arena in a professional rodeo competition at the Smoky Mountain Event Center June 4 and 5.
ASHEVILLE — A weekly skate jam for roller skaters and roller bladers from around WNC is held every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Carrier Park in Asheville.
DILLSBORO — Stroll the quaint streets of downtown Dillsboro where shops are rolling out the red carpet on Saturday, May 29, for the annual Art and Craft Walk.
WAYNESVILLE — The WNC Button Club will host the Appalachian Button Jamboree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa.
WAYNESVILLE — Preppers and back-to-the-landers will convene for three days of workshops on survival practices and self-sufficient living during the annual Heritage Life Skills convention May 21-23 at the Smoky Mountain Event Center.
CASHIERS — Catch hive demos, bee exhibits, bee games and crafts for kids — plus local honey, of course — during a celebration of World Bee Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Village Green in Cashiers.
WAYNESVILLE — The Francis Grist Mill will fire up its old millstones for milling demonstrations during its annual Cars & Cornmeal event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.
BRYSON CITY — The sweet taste of WNC-grown strawberries has arrived, and to wit, Darnell Farms is throwing its annual Strawberry Jam from 10 a.m.-midnight on Saturday, May 15.
WAYNESVILLE – Engines will be revving this weekend at the Smoky Mountain Events Center, with dozens of antique tractors and semi trucks on display May 7-8.
FRANKLIN — Aliens, dinosaurs, zombies and monsters are taking over a public park in Franklin Sunday, May, 9, and it’s up to kids and their parents to stop them.
HENDERSONVILLE — A team of master balloon artists are teaming up to create a massive sea-themed balloon display — with a pirate ship no less — culminating in a parade down Main Street at noon on Saturday, May 8.
WAYNESVILLE — Celebrate the fabled WNC ramp, including a ramp eating contest and the crowning of the ramp king and queen, during the annual Ramp Convention from noon.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the outdoor field of the American Legion.
MAGGIE VALLEY — The annual Thunder in the Smokies spring motorcycle rally will roll into the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds April 30-May 2.