Events & Festivals in the Central Mountains

May 24-26, 2024

White Squirrel Weekend

Brevard, NC

Brevard’s White Squirrel Weekend is an annual festival celebrating the town’s unique population of white squirrels. Held over Memorial Day weekend, this lively event features live music, arts and crafts vendors, a parade, and various family-friendly activities. Highlights include the White Squirrel 5K/10K, a classic car show, and guided tours to spot the famous white squirrels. The festival brings together the community and visitors for a fun-filled weekend in the scenic town of Brevard, NC​ Visit event website

July 28 – Aug 4, 2024

Grassy Creek Gem Show

Spruce Pine, NC

The Grassy Creek Gem Show in Spruce Pine, NC, will be held from July 28 to August 4, 2024. This annual event features over 60 vendors offering gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, and lapidary equipment. The show, organized by Parkway Fire and Rescue, supports their fundraising efforts. For more details, visit Grassy Creek Gem Show.

Aug 1- 4, 2024

NC Mineral & Gem Festival

Spruce Pine, NC

The NC Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pine, NC, will be held from August 1-4, 2024. This annual event features a wide array of gemstones, minerals, jewelry, fossils, and beads from vendors across the country. Attendees can also enjoy mine tours and various educational exhibits. For more details, visit NC Mineral & Gem Festival.

Aug 2-3, 2024

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville, NC

This annual event features over 200 vendors offering handmade arts and crafts, traditional craft demonstrations, bluegrass and acoustic music, and a variety of food vendors. This fair is a staple of Burnsville’s summer events and draws thousands of visitors to Town Square. Visit event website

Aug 10-11, 2024


Black Mountain, NC

The Annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, NC, will be held on August 10-11, 2024. This lively event celebrates sourwood honey with over 200 vendors, live music, arts and crafts, and kid-friendly activities, attracting thousands of visitors to the charming downtown area. For more details, visit Black Mountain Sourwood Festival.

Summer, 2024


Brevard, NC

The Brevard Music Center Summer Festival, held annually in Brevard, NC, is a renowned event featuring an impressive lineup of classical, opera, and contemporary music performances. Spanning over ten weeks, the festival attracts world-class musicians and offers over 80 concerts, including orchestral performances, chamber music, and fully staged operas. The festival also hosts educational programs for young musicians, providing a vibrant atmosphere for both performers and audiences to enjoy a rich musical experience in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit Their Website

October 5, 2024

BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Spruce Pine, NC

The BBQ & Bluegrass Festival in Spruce Pine, NC, will be held on October 11-12, 2024. This annual event features a delightful combination of barbecue from various vendors and live bluegrass music, creating a fun-filled weekend for all ages. For more details, visit Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass.

October 26, 2024


Mitchell County, NC

Hilloween in Mitchell County, including Burnsville, Spruce Pine, and Buladean, NC, will be held from October 23-28, 2024. This multi-day event features a variety of Halloween activities, including a haunted schoolhouse, street festivals with live music, food, and interactive experiences celebrating Blue Ridge Mountain culture. For more details, visit Hilloween.

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