ASHEVILLE — Sip and stroll through the gardens of the N.C. Arboretum during the glow of the golden hour while being serenaded to live music during Arbor Evenings.
WAYNESVILLE — Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and enjoy live outdoor theater of Billy Goat Gruf with various matinee performances running through July 4 at Haywood Arts Regional Theater.
ASHEVILLE — It’s impossible to overstate the wow-factor invoked by an astounding walk-through maze of willow-branch sculptures at the Biltmore Estate.
AROUND WNC — WNC is home to a plethora of labyrinths — at parks, churches, private gardens, spiritual retreats, you name it.
WAYNESVILLE — More than 100 local vendors of specialty, boutique and handmade items will be packing the Smoky Mountain Event Center from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19.
BAKERSVILLE — The two-day N.C. Rhododendron Festival is jam packed with action, from a pageant and classic car show to square dancing and craft vendors.
FOREST CITY — A two-day festival named for a favorite local moonshine kicks off with a free concert by Acoustic Syndicate Friday, June 18, followed by a street fair and more live music on Saturday, June 19.
ASHEVILLE — Join an outdoor hammock yoga session with a chance to win some epic outdoor gear giveaways from 12-2 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Carrier Park in Asheville.
CHEROKEE — More than six million people have witnessed the heart-wrenching action and soaring triumph of “Unto These Hills” over the past 70 years, and the legacy lives on in 2021.
SMOKIES — Cyclists can enjoy the magic of Cades Cove every Wendesday this summer without jockeying with cars along the tranquil valley loop road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
ASHEVILLE — An Outdoor Living Tour, complete with a hop-on trolley and storytellers, will feature homes in the Grove Park-Sunset Mountain neighborhoods on Sunday, June 13.
PISGAH FOREST — See the teaming raceways churning with the silver flashes and splashes of brook, brown and rainbow trout while learning about the impressive hatchery operation at the Pisgah Wildlife Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12.
ASHEVILLE — A two-day cornhole tournament featuring more than 200 pro players in the cornhole circuit — including a televised championship round — will be held June 11-12 Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville.
LAKE JUNALUSKA — The annual Lake Junaluska Flea Market is coming Saturday, June 12, with every imaginable item under the sun — furniture, home décor, tools, art, women’s clothing, luggage, electronics, housewares, toys, games/recreation, holiday items, books, baked goods and more.
ASHEVILLE — The Historic Montford Garden Tour is back after a 17-year hiatus, with 12 gardens on the self-guided tour happening Saturday, June 5.
ASHEVILLE — Kids can borrow a ukulele, disc golf set and games through a new “Take & Play” program at Pack Library in Asheville.
CANTON — A two-day botanical art workshop will be held at Lake Logan Conference Center — the ultimate “outdoor studio” for exploring nature-themed art — on June 14-15.
CLYDE — Upcoming workshops on making your own knife sheath, tomahawk or knife blade will be held at Haywood Community College this summer.
CHEROKEE — Spend the long weekend with the boys — rainbow, brook, golden, and brown — during the Cherokee Memorial Day Trout Tournament with $10,000 in cash winnings for the anglers who snag tagged trout.
HENDERSONVILLE — Indulge your green thumb with a Memorial Day weekend visit to Hendersonville for the Garden Jubilee Nurseries & Orchards Tour.
LAKE TOXAWAY — Nestled in the middle of a pristine mountain forest is a tour experience like no other — the Killer Bees Honey Bee Farm & Honey Tasting Tour.
FLAT ROCK — A yoga class every Tuesday at Highland Lake Resort offers a chance to commune with the onsite goats before or after each session — with classes for both adults and kids.
WAYNESVILLE — A gardener exchange to swap starter plants is the latest off-shoot of the seed library — a repository for seeds that lives in the old card catalog cabinet of the Waynesville library.
HOT SPRINGS — Dressed in period clothing with sketchbooks in hand, two intrepid artists are following in the footsteps and brushstrokes of early American landscape artists — with five stops in Hot Springs between May 14-17.
The strawberry crop has finally come in across WNC. Baskets brimming with sweet, juicy berries are turning up at local markets and farmers with u-pick fields are now open to the public.
ASHEVILLE — Soar through the treetops or scramble through aerial obstacles suspended from the treetops at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, offering a free experience for moms with paying family members on Mother's Day.
HAYWOOD — Stock up on hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs at one of several greenhouse sales being held in Haywood County this week.
ASHEVILLE — Biltmore Gardens Railway brings the estate to life in miniature with a model train exhibit located in the Conservatory.
FLAT ROCK — Round up the family for half-day camp experience of games and activities — including paddle boats and putt-putt — at Camp Pinnacle on Saturday May 1.
CANTON — Grab a pint and jump behind a canvas with a paint night hosted by WNC Paint Events at BearWater Brewing Riverside location in Canton from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29.
ROSMAN — Go behind the scenes of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute with a free open house at the 200-acre former NASA station tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 1.
ASHEVILLE — The Uncommon Market, Asheville’s largest curated pop-up market, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Foundy in the River Arts District.
ASHEVILLE — Peruse the offerings of more than a dozen WNC camps at a summer camp expo from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Asheville Outlets.
PISGAH FOREST — The popular twilight tours to see the rare Blue Ghost firefly — the visual equivalent of a tribe of fairies carrying blue candles through the forest — are expected to fill up fast again this year.
WAYNESVILLE — Dozens of costume pieces from past theatrical productions at Haywood Arts Regional Theater are getting sold off to free up the theater's wardrobe space.
SWANNANOA — Have some fun by the water with a spring kids fishing tournament at the small lake at Charles D. Owen Park along the Swannanoa River from 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17.
ASHEVILLE — Yoga sessions at The Asheville Art Museum are held one Saturday morning a month, with the next one coming up Saturday, May 15.
HENDERSONVILLE — Serenity Moss Garden is allowing the public to tour the privately-held hillside moss garden between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 17-18.
CHIMNEY ROCK — Awaken your spring senses with a sunrise yoga series held four Saturdays at Chimney Rock State Park, from 6:45 a.m to 7:45 a.m on April 17, April 26, May 9 and May 26.
BREVARD — See a working dog tag machine from WWII, the newest addition to the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas in Brevard.
CHIMNEY ROCK — Learn to take better photos on your phone with a beginner photography class from 9 a.m to 12 p.m Saturday, April 10, at Chimney Rock Park.
WNC provides a perfect spiritual backdrop for outdoor Easter Sunrise Services, with many being live streamed to worship virtually from your own living room.