Spring has sprung in the Western North Carolina mountains, making it a fantastic time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. One of best ways of doing just that is by attending the popular Greening Up the Mountains festival in downtown Sylva. Now in its 22nd year, this highly-anticipated annual event celebrates the arrival of spring, making it the perfect time for a spring weekend getaway.
What to Expect
Celebrating Earth Day, sustainability and the arrival of spring, this free heritage arts festival brings together both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food and beverages that recognizes and honors not only local artisans, but also the community as a whole.
Each year, nearly 12,000 attendees come out to peruse the wares of up to 175 vendors showcasing everything from paintings and pottery to locally-made jewelry, stained glass ornaments, soaps and more.
But wait! There’s more! The festival also features a full schedule of activities that starts with a 5K run and includes live music on two stages all day, cultural demonstrations and a youth talent contest.
In addition to a varied selection of food and drink vendors, Jackson County’s craft breweries will participate in a craft beverage arts area that showcases the county’s best local beer.
Sponsored by both the Town of Sylva and the Main Street Sylva Association, the festival will take place in historic downtown Sylva along both Main Street and in Bridge Park on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free and paid parking will be available throughout downtown Sylva. A shuttle service will be available from both locations to the festival for $1 per person, each way. In addition, several downtown businesses and organizations will offer “pay to park” locations in closer proximity to the festival.
A drop-off location will be provided for visitors with disabilities, along with parking in front of the Sylva Police Station on West Main Street.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome, provided they are on a leash.
Plan Your Trip
Greening Up the Mountains is the perfect addition to any spring weekend getaway itinerary. Take advantage of the area’s natural attractions by hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, relaxing at Lake Glenville, or exploring the neighboring towns of Dillsboro and Cashiers, where you’ll find a wealth of boutiques, art galleries and fun shops.
Jackson County is also home a thriving culinary scene that includes local restaurants and craft breweries. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find something for every palate and appetite.
You’ll have the perfect variety of accommodations to choose from in Jackson County. Choose between an intimate bed-and-breakfast, a cozy hotel, a large cabin for bigger parties, and so much more. No matter which you select, it will be the perfect spot for your weekend getaway.
To help you plan your ideal weekend trip, request a free Visitor Guide today.