Mountain Heritage Day

at Western Carolina University

Photo above Mountain Heritage Day Facebook page
A Premier Late Summer Event in Western North Carolina

Held on the last Saturday of September

Sept 28, 2024

Event Overview:

Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is a beloved annual event that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Appalachian region. Held on the last Saturday of September, this festival draws visitors from near and far to enjoy a day filled with traditional music, crafts, food, and activities. The campus is transformed into a bustling fairground where mountain life’s sights, sounds, and flavors come alive, offering a fun and educational experience for all ages.

One of the highlights of Mountain Heritage Day is the live music, featuring a lineup of talented local musicians playing bluegrass, old-time, and folk tunes that get everyone tapping their feet. The festival also hosts traditional dance performances and storytelling sessions that provide a glimpse into the area’s history and folklore. For those interested in crafts, dozens of artisans showcase their skills in pottery, blacksmithing, weaving, and more, with many offering hands-on demonstrations. Visitors can browse the booths, meet the artists, and purchase unique handmade items to take home as souvenirs.

In addition to the music and crafts, Mountain Heritage Day offers a variety of family-friendly activities and attractions. Kids can enjoy pony rides, face painting, and interactive games, while adults might participate in traditional competitions like the Cherokee stickball game or the chainsaw wood-cutting contest. Food vendors serve up delicious regional specialties, including barbecue, fried apple pies, and freshly churned ice cream. The festival’s warm, welcoming atmosphere and diverse activities make it a perfect way to spend a fall day immersed in the rich traditions of the Appalachian mountains. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University celebrates community, culture, and the enduring spirit of the mountains.

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