CHEROKEE — Gather round the bonfire for an evening of Cherokee mythology, music and culture shared by native storytellers.
ASHEVILLE — It’s impossible to overstate the wow-factor invoked by an astounding walk-through maze of willow-branch sculptures at the Biltmore Estate.
ASHEVILLE — Kids can borrow a ukulele, disc golf set and games through a new “Take & Play” program at Pack Library in Asheville.
ASHEVILLE — Biltmore Gardens Railway brings the estate to life in miniature with a model train exhibit located in the Conservatory.
AROUND WNC — WNC is home to a plethora of labyrinths — at parks, churches, private gardens, spiritual retreats, you name it.
AROUND WNC — Step out with the kids for a StoryWalk and enjoy an interactive book+walk, where families stop to read the pages of a storybook posted at interval along a path.
ASHEVILLE — With the summer Olympics finally upon us, the Asheville Art Museum is celebrating the triumph of human spirit with three Olympic-themed exhibits now on display.
MAGGIE VALLEY — Prowl through antique gas cans and pumps, vintage license plates and signs, and old-timey gas station collectibles at the Southeastern Gas & Petroleum Expo coming to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
WAYNESVILLE — The Waynesville Charity Horse Show is underway at the Smoky Mountain Event Center, with nearly 300 riders competing in dozens of events over the three-day run from July 15-17.
CANTON — Nothing says summer like an outdoor screening of the iconic summer movie classic Dirty Dancing, so grab a lawn chair or blanket and head up to Lake Logan on Saturday, July 17, for a drive-in showing.
SMOKIES — The overwhelming popularity of vehicle-free Wednesdays in Cades Cove — giving cyclists and walkers a chance to experience the idyllic valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park without cars in the picture – has now gotten even better.
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN — Immerse yourself in the Celtic spirit of competition with the four-day Grandfather Mountain Highlands Games July 8-11, featuring contests of brawn, bravery, piping and dance, along with workshops, vendors, Celtic food and a dizzying live music line-up.
MAGGIE VALLEY — Pack your picnic basket and round up those cornhole and croquette sets for a community Fourth of July celebration leading up to a fireworks show at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
LAKE JUNALUSKA — While July Fourth festivities at Lake Junaluska aren’t back to full-tilt yet, its statewide accolades as a July Fourth destination are showing through again following last year’s suspension due to COVID.
FAR WEST — From honey and cheese to pottery and woodcarvings, explore the local makers of rural Appalachian on a self-guided drive about June 25 and 26.
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.
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.
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.