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West Fork Recreational Flow Releases

High Falls 1965 Pine Creek Rd, Cullowhee, United States

This year, gear up for a spectacular display of nature's power and engineering prowess with the High Falls Dam Release at Lake Glenville. As the dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, witness a transformation of the serene High Falls into a formidable force, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. This rare event is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. 2024 Release Dates: April 27-28 June 8 July 6 & 27 August 10 & 24 The event is recommended for experienced boaters only due to the challenging nature of the rapids and the high flows. Duke Energy releases these flows to comply with license requirements and neither encourages nor discourages recreational use of high flows by the public. Visitors are advised to stay out of the water and enjoy the spectacle from a safe distance.

Event Series Groovin on the Green

Groovin on the Green

Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

Music fills the air in The Village Green no matter the season. Groovin’ on The Green remains a vibrant, FREE summer concert series, creating unforgettable music experiences for the community! Groovin’ on The Green concerts will begin at 6:00pm, RAIN OR SHINE, held on The Village Green Common’s Lawn. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Picnics and coolers are welcome! Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and with their owners at all times. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site during each concert! The Village Green will continue offering the opportunity for a group to “Rent a Tent”. The Village Green will be providing fifteen 10×10 tents at $100 per tent, per concert. Tent reservation links will be open in early 2024, and are first come, first serve. May 24th - Darren Nicholson Trio May 31st - Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line June 7th - Nero Simon & The Sunsetters June 21st - Commodore Fox July 19th - The Wobblers August 2nd - Angela Easterling & The Beguilers August 16th - Martin & Kelly August 30th - Pretty Little Goat September 6th - Back Porch Orchestra

Event Series Concerts on the Creek

Concerts on the Creek

Bridge Park 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva, NC

These mountains are known as much for the music that comes out of them as they are for their picturesque vistas, cascading waterfalls and alluring trails. Some of the world’s finest musicians have come from Western North Carolina and that rich tradition carries on today. Here in Jackson County, the Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce team up to produce the Concerts on the Creek series at the Bridge Park gazebo in Sylva every Friday from 7-9 p.m., typically from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The 15th annual season will start on Friday, May 31 (Memorial Day weekend) and end on Friday, Aug. 30 (Labor Day weekend). That will be 15 Fridays of Concerts on the Creek, with the Fireworks Festivities and concert on Tuesday, July 4 sprinkled in for good measure. Here is the 2024 Lineup: May 24, 2024 - TLQ+2 May 31, 2024 - Southern Vantage Jun 07, 2024 - Flashback Band Jun 14, 2024 - Whiskey Mountain Band Jun 21, 2024 - The V8s Jun 28, 2024 - Darren Nicholson Band July 04, 2024 - Gotcha Groove(6:30 PM) Jul 05, 2024 - Arnold Hill Band Jul 12, 2024 - Tuxedo Junction Jul 19, 2024 - Asheville Junction Jul 26, 2024 - PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) Aug 02, 2024 - Natty Love Joys Aug 09, 2024 - Robertson Boys Aug 16, 2024 - Shane Meade and the Sound Aug 23, 2024 - Dashboard Blue Aug 30, 2024 - The […]

Free

Event Series Groovin on the Green

Groovin on the Green

Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

Music fills the air in The Village Green no matter the season. Groovin’ on The Green remains a vibrant, FREE summer concert series, creating unforgettable music experiences for the community! Groovin’ on The Green concerts will begin at 6:00pm, RAIN OR SHINE, held on The Village Green Common’s Lawn. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Picnics and coolers are welcome! Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and with their owners at all times. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site during each concert! The Village Green will continue offering the opportunity for a group to “Rent a Tent”. The Village Green will be providing fifteen 10×10 tents at $100 per tent, per concert. Tent reservation links will be open in early 2024, and are first come, first serve. May 24th - Darren Nicholson Trio May 31st - Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line June 7th - Nero Simon & The Sunsetters June 21st - Commodore Fox July 19th - The Wobblers August 2nd - Angela Easterling & The Beguilers August 16th - Martin & Kelly August 30th - Pretty Little Goat September 6th - Back Porch Orchestra

Sylva’s Brew Hop

Enjoy the Jackson County Ale Trail with Sylva’s Annual Brew Hop! Sylva's 7th annual Brew Hop to benefit the Main Street Sylva Association (a non-profit organization). Visit each of our four breweries and taste our local brews. Tickets include a souvenir glass and two, 4-oz. pours at each of the four locations. The first 150 people to sign up receive a bonus souvenir glass.

$35

Green Energy Park Youth Arts Fest

Green Energy Park 100 Green Energy Park Rd., Sylva, NC, United States

The 14th Annual Youth Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, September 21st. This event is free and geared specifically towards kids with the intention of giving them a space to participate in a multitude of arts and crafts related activities. Our artists as well as community members provide demonstrations and/or activities for attendees to either observe or participate in. Demonstrations in glassblowing, blacksmithing, raku, flameworking, etc. are generally available to watch. Activities range in a variety of media, anywhere from ceramics, face painting, sewing, and so much more. Food is available for purchase on site from local vendors. There will be no on site parking available. There will be free satellite parking available as well as free shuttles running to and from all locations.

Free

Mountain Heritage Day

Ramsey Activity Center 92 Catamount Rd, Cullowhee, NC, United States

The 50th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions. Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer. Don't miss the Smoky Mountain Splendor Quilt Show at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center on campus, featuring 300+ quilts, displays, vendors and more. Mountain Heritage Day is recognized as one of the "Top 20" events in the Southeast for the month of September.

Free

Colorfest! Arts & Crafts

Front Street, Dillsboro 42 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC, United States

This unique historic town welcomes over 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. Meet and talk with local artists, all the while surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the mountains. Sample festival foods, and enjoy indoor and outdoor dining and a brewery. Live entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Event Series Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

The Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

This annual fall festival celebrates the leaves beginning to change in the beautiful mountain village of Cashiers. This popular and free event welcomes 90 artisans to The Village Green park. Visitors will find unique, handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry, fiber, and much more on display and for purchase throughout the weekend. Food truck vendors and live music add to the festive spirit of the event. This is a free community event! Hours are Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.

Free
Event Series Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

The Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

This annual fall festival celebrates the leaves beginning to change in the beautiful mountain village of Cashiers. This popular and free event welcomes 90 artisans to The Village Green park. Visitors will find unique, handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry, fiber, and much more on display and for purchase throughout the weekend. Food truck vendors and live music add to the festive spirit of the event. This is a free community event! Hours are Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.

Free

Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Bridge Park 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva, NC

Join us for a beautiful fall evening at the Second Annual Fall Farm-to-Table Dinner hosted by WNC Farm to Table! Indulge in a delicious feast made from locally sourced ingredients, celebrating the bountiful harvest of the season, along with beer & wine pairings, plus non-alcoholic options. This in-person event will be held at Bridge Park, Railroad Avenue, Sylva, NC, USA. Immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere while relishing the flavors of the freshest produce and savoring the company of local fellow food enthusiasts, plus visitors to our beautiful area in during the gorgeous leaf season. Don't miss out on this opportunity to support local farmers and enjoy a mouthwatering meal in a picturesque setting. Come and experience the true essence of farm-to-table dining in downtown Sylva!

$125
Event Series Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

The Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

This annual fall festival celebrates the leaves beginning to change in the beautiful mountain village of Cashiers. This popular and free event welcomes 90 artisans to The Village Green park. Visitors will find unique, handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry, fiber, and much more on display and for purchase throughout the weekend. Food truck vendors and live music add to the festive spirit of the event. This is a free community event! Hours are Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm.

Free

Treat Street

Downtown Sylva 773 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC, United States

Enjoy Trick-Or-Treating throughout downtown Sylva.

WNC Pottery Festival

Bridge Park 76 Railroad Ave., Sylva, NC

Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states, this year’s WNC Pottery Festival will be held at Sylva’s Bridge Park. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Those who purchase a ticket online will be able to enter 30 minutes early for a special event preview. The festival is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. You won't want to miss it! This event has been named one of the “Top 20” events in the Southeast for November. The $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free. Dogs are not permitted at this festival. Click here for more information.

$5

Gobble on the Green

The Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

Turkey, cornbread dressing, pumpkin pie, football, and family time…there are so many reasons to love Thanksgiving! Each family has their own activities and traditions to look forward to. The Village Green offers a Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot, Gobble on The Green on November 28th, 2024! Registration for the 5K will be open in the summer of 2024.

$35

Mistletoe Market, Santa on the Green & Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting

The Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC, United States

Visitors to The Village Green enjoy twinkling lights displays and the annual Cashiers’ Christmas Tree Lighting from Thanksgiving Weekend until the end of February 2025! The park becomes a winter wonderland to make your spirits merry and bright! To add to the festivities, enjoy an artisan gift market at Lewis Hall! Santa On the Green  Friday, November 29, 2024 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Lewis Hall Reservations are first come, first serve and will open in October 2024. Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, November 29, 2024 5:45pm-6:30pm The Gazebo FREE. The highlight will be the lighting of the Cashiers’ Christmas Tree and Village Lights! Mistletoe Market Friday, November 29, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Lewis Hall

Free

Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas

Ramsey Activity Center 92 Catamount Rd, Cullowhee, NC, United States

Regional artisans have their handmade on display for sale in this folk and heritage craft show. The show has everything from quilters to soap makers, basket makers, leather craftsmen, master jewelers and more. Started in 1987, the event has grown every year and now takes place at Western Carolina University's Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Children under 12 free & free parking.

$5.00

Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert

Downtown Sylva 773 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC, United States

Kick-off the holidays with Christmas in Sylva, a Holiday weekend. Experience the joy of the town's holiday centerpiece as it is brought to life with twinkling Christmas lights. The event takes place downtown a the foot of the Historic Courthouse at 6:30 p.m

Sylva Christmas Parade

Downtown Sylva 773 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC, United States

Organized by the Main Street Sylva Association, downtown Sylva's annual Christmas Parade takes place along Historic Main Street and offers plenty of holiday cheer along with marching bands, floats featuring community organizations and a chance to see Santa! The start time is 3 p.m., and the parade lasts approximately one hour. For more information please call 828-586-2719 or click here.

Event Series Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Front Street, Dillsboro 42 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC, United States

Celebrate the enchanting Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival, a dazzling holiday tradition held annually during the first two weeks of December in the quaint town of Dillsboro. This remarkable festival beckons visitors from all corners to experience the magical ambiance created by the illumination of 2,500 candles and twinkling white lights. This festive event, which started as a one-night showcase of luminaries in 1983, has since blossomed into a highly anticipated multi-day festival, drawing both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in the festive cheer and camaraderie. Explore the glowing downtown streets, where the air is filled with the harmonious sound of carolers and the sweet scent of cider and cocoa, generously offered by the welcoming shop owners. Enjoy live music while the children will experience a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Indulge in the nostalgia of the season with complimentary horse and buggy rides, offering a charming perspective of the twinkling surroundings. Whether you’re a longtime local or a first-time visitor, the Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival invites you to partake in the delightful festivities and create wonderful holiday memories in this charming locale. The allure of this radiant festival extends beyond the sparkling lights and warm melodies; it’s an annual gathering of joy, tradition, and community spirit, inviting one and all to bask in the glowing warmth of the holiday season.

Free

Cashiers Christmas Parade

NC Highway 107, Cashiers 6 NC 107, Cashiers, NC, United States

The 49th Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade is almost here, and Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Cashiers! Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, December 2, at 3:00 PM. We're excited to showcase over forty festive floats and this year's Grand Marshal, Mark Kay Andrews, whose novel Bright Lights, Big Christmas inspired the parade's theme. There will be live coverage from the Cashiers Crossroads by The HighSouth https://thehighsouth.com/ The parade route starts on Highway 107 South from Cashiers School Road and heads north to the crossroads, where our parade Emcees, Drew English, and Sarah Jennings, will announce the participants and Spirit Award recipients to the crowd. The parade will turn left to head west on US Highway 64 to Frank Allen Road and the Cashiers Community Center.

Free
Event Series Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Front Street, Dillsboro 42 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC, United States

Celebrate the enchanting Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival, a dazzling holiday tradition held annually during the first two weeks of December in the quaint town of Dillsboro. This remarkable festival beckons visitors from all corners to experience the magical ambiance created by the illumination of 2,500 candles and twinkling white lights. This festive event, which started as a one-night showcase of luminaries in 1983, has since blossomed into a highly anticipated multi-day festival, drawing both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in the festive cheer and camaraderie. Explore the glowing downtown streets, where the air is filled with the harmonious sound of carolers and the sweet scent of cider and cocoa, generously offered by the welcoming shop owners. Enjoy live music while the children will experience a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Indulge in the nostalgia of the season with complimentary horse and buggy rides, offering a charming perspective of the twinkling surroundings. Whether you’re a longtime local or a first-time visitor, the Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival invites you to partake in the delightful festivities and create wonderful holiday memories in this charming locale. The allure of this radiant festival extends beyond the sparkling lights and warm melodies; it’s an annual gathering of joy, tradition, and community spirit, inviting one and all to bask in the glowing warmth of the holiday season.

Free
Event Series Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Front Street, Dillsboro 42 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC, United States

Celebrate the enchanting Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival, a dazzling holiday tradition held annually during the first two weeks of December in the quaint town of Dillsboro. This remarkable festival beckons visitors from all corners to experience the magical ambiance created by the illumination of 2,500 candles and twinkling white lights. This festive event, which started as a one-night showcase of luminaries in 1983, has since blossomed into a highly anticipated multi-day festival, drawing both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in the festive cheer and camaraderie. Explore the glowing downtown streets, where the air is filled with the harmonious sound of carolers and the sweet scent of cider and cocoa, generously offered by the welcoming shop owners. Enjoy live music while the children will experience a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Indulge in the nostalgia of the season with complimentary horse and buggy rides, offering a charming perspective of the twinkling surroundings. Whether you’re a longtime local or a first-time visitor, the Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival invites you to partake in the delightful festivities and create wonderful holiday memories in this charming locale. The allure of this radiant festival extends beyond the sparkling lights and warm melodies; it’s an annual gathering of joy, tradition, and community spirit, inviting one and all to bask in the glowing warmth of the holiday season.

Free

Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes Open

Sapphire Valley Resort 127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire, NC, United States

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Sapphire Valley offers the area’s finest skiing facility, boasting a state-of-the-art quad lift, a learning center slope and newly expanded, multiple lane, 500-foot snow tubing run. The actual open date is weather dependent but typically around the second to third week of December. Just above 3,400 feet elevation, Sapphire Valley offers a 1,600-foot main run with a vertical drop of 200 feet and a 500-foot snow tubing run. And now, Sapphire Valley Ski Area offers a moving carpet to quickly transport you back to the top of the slopes for multiple runs throughout each 1.75 hour session.

Event Series Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

Front Street, Dillsboro 42 Front Street, Dillsboro, NC, United States

Celebrate the enchanting Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival, a dazzling holiday tradition held annually during the first two weeks of December in the quaint town of Dillsboro. This remarkable festival beckons visitors from all corners to experience the magical ambiance created by the illumination of 2,500 candles and twinkling white lights. This festive event, which started as a one-night showcase of luminaries in 1983, has since blossomed into a highly anticipated multi-day festival, drawing both locals and travelers to immerse themselves in the festive cheer and camaraderie. Explore the glowing downtown streets, where the air is filled with the harmonious sound of carolers and the sweet scent of cider and cocoa, generously offered by the welcoming shop owners. Enjoy live music while the children will experience a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Indulge in the nostalgia of the season with complimentary horse and buggy rides, offering a charming perspective of the twinkling surroundings. Whether you’re a longtime local or a first-time visitor, the Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries festival invites you to partake in the delightful festivities and create wonderful holiday memories in this charming locale. The allure of this radiant festival extends beyond the sparkling lights and warm melodies; it’s an annual gathering of joy, tradition, and community spirit, inviting one and all to bask in the glowing warmth of the holiday season.

Free
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