Events & Festivals in the Western Mountains

July 12 & August 9, 2024


Waynesville, NC

The Summer Mountain Street Dances in Waynesville, NC, take place on select Friday evenings: June 14, July 12, and August 9, 2024, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. These free events feature traditional mountain music and dancing, inviting locals and visitors to join in the fun on Main Street. For more details, visit Waynesville Street Dances.

July 20-28, 2024

The Annual Folkmoot Festival

Waynesville, NC

The Annual Folkmoot Festival in Waynesville, NC, is a vibrant international folk festival held from July 20-28, 2024. It features performances by cultural groups from around the world, showcasing traditional music, dance, and crafts. This week-long celebration fosters cultural exchange and offers a rich, immersive experience for all ages. For more details, visit Folkmoot USA.

July 20, 2024

Dillsboro Art Walk

Dillsboro, NC

The Dillsboro Art Walk in Dillsboro, NC, will take place on July 20, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This annual event features local artists displaying their works along the streets and in shops and galleries, offering a vibrant mix of art and community spirit. For more details, visit Dillsboro Art Walk.

July 26-27, 2024


Maggie Valley, NC

The Hillbilly Jam in Maggie Valley, NC, will be held on July 26-27, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM each day at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. This event features live music, food vendors, crafts, a car and bike show, and appearances by TV celebrities and moonshiners, offering a fun-filled experience celebrating backcountry mountain culture. For more details, visit Hillbilly Jam.

Aug 2-3, 2024

80’s Flashback Weekend

Franklin, NC

Franklin, NC’s 80s Flashback Weekend is a vibrant and nostalgic festival that celebrates the music, fashion, and culture of the 1980s. Held annually, this weekend-long event features live 80s tribute bands, a classic arcade, retro costume contests, and themed dance parties. Attendees can enjoy food vendors, craft stalls, and interactive experiences that transport them back to the iconic decade. It’s a fun-filled event for all ages, bringing together the community and visitors for a memorable trip down memory lane in the heart of Franklin. More About 80s Flashback Weekend

Aug 2-4, 2024

Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride

Murphy, NC

The Cycle NC: Mountain Ride, hosted by Murphy, NC, takes place from August 2-4, 2024. This three-day cycling festival features various route options highlighting the beautiful landscapes of Western North Carolina. The event includes camping along the Valley River and offers a perfect weekend getaway for outdoor enthusiasts and families. For more details, visit Cycle NC Mountain Ride.

Aug 10-11, 2024

Blue Ridge Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival

Waynesville, NC

The Blue Ridge Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival in Waynesville, NC, takes place on August 10-11, 2024, at the historic Shelton House. This event showcases local artisans and crafters, offering a variety of handmade arts and crafts, live music, and food vendors. It’s a great opportunity to experience Appalachian culture and support regional artists. For more details, visit Shelton House.

Aug 31 – Sep 1, 2024

Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts & Craft Show

Maggie Valley, NC

The Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts & Craft Show in Maggie Valley, NC, takes place from August 31 – September 1, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. This event features a large gathering of artisans and crafters selling handmade treasures, seasonal items, yard art, and more, along with festival food vendors. For more details, visit Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

Sep 1-2, 2024

Canton Labor Day Festival

Canton, NC

The Canton Labor Day Festival in Canton, NC, will take place on September 1-2, 2024. This historic event features live music, a craft market, an antique car show, food trucks, and the iconic Labor Day Parade. It’s a celebration of community and the region’s blue-collar heritage. For more details, visit Canton Labor Day Festival.

Sep 14, 2024

Social District Celebration

Sylva, NC

The Social District Celebration, formerly known as Brew Hop, in Sylva, NC, will be held on September 14, 2024. This event celebrates the town’s vibrant brewery scene, allowing participants to enjoy tastings at local breweries, live music, and food vendors within the designated social district. For more details, visit Main Street Sylva.

September 28, 2024

Mountain Heritage Day

WCU in Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day is a vibrant annual celebration held on the last Saturday of September, showcasing the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians. This free, family-friendly event features live music, traditional arts and crafts, dance performances, and historical demonstrations. Attendees can enjoy a variety of food vendors offering regional cuisine, participate in a 5K run, and explore an antique car show. With activities for all ages, Mountain Heritage Day offers a unique opportunity to experience and celebrate the mountain heritage of Western North Carolina. More about Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day

October 1 – 5, 2024

Cherokee Indian Fair

Cherokee, NC

The Cherokee Indian Fair in Cherokee, NC, will be held from October 1-5, 2024. This annual event features traditional dance performances, arts and crafts displays, cultural demonstrations, authentic Cherokee cuisine, and carnival rides, celebrating the rich heritage and culture of the Cherokee people. For more details, visit Cherokee Indian Fair.

October 19, 2024


Franklin, NC

Franklin, NC’s Pumpkinfest is a beloved annual event that transforms the town into a festive autumn celebration. Held in late October, the festival features a variety of family-friendly activities, including the famous Pumpkin Roll down Phillips Street, costume contests, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and delicious seasonal food. Attendees can also enjoy a chili cook-off, pie-eating contests, and interactive games, making it a fun-filled day for all ages. Pumpkinfest brings together the community and visitors to celebrate the fall season in the heart of Franklin. For more details, visit 828 Vibes.

Exploring the Quieter Side of the Smokies

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