Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert

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Tree Lighting & Holiday Concert

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

Top Foodie Favorites in Jackson County

Top Foodie Favorites in Jackson County

A growing trend, food travel is becoming increasingly popular as travelers seek out the tastiest eateries and dishes across the country. In the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva, which make up Jackson County, you’ll find a true haven for all things delicious, making it the ideal spot for a culinary adventure. From barbecue to fresh farm-to-table cuisine to handmade chocolates, Jackson County has everything needed for a foodie’s perfect getaway.

Summertime Mountain Artisans Arts & Crafts Show

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Summertime Mountain Artisans Arts & Crafts Show

The Mountain Artisans shows are famous for featuring just the biggest selection of authentic handcrafted art and craft in this area, with dozens of artisans participating in this annual event. There is a wide selection of heritage craft. Several of the old time quilters still make them one at a time just for you. Goat milk soap, pine needle baskets, white oak baskets, hand tied brooms and cotton woven rugs are hard to find and all here. Some of the most skilled doll craft, leather craft, and master jewelers around exhibit with us. Many of the gourd artists have won awards in competitions. You will understand why everyone who attends the shows just says, “Wow” when they attend and plans to come back next year!

Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas

Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas

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.

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

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.

Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Nationally acclaimed painters from throughout the country set up their easels to capture the beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau landscape and quaint mountain lifestyle. This type of outdoor location painting is known as en plein air, French for open air. The Cashiers Plein Air Festival is a biennial event held to raise funds to enhance The Village Green. During this week-long event, artists set up their easels in and around Cashiers to create original art depicting the area. These unique paintings are displayed for viewing and sale at The Village Green Commons. Other highlights include a special patron party, the Palette to Palate Affair, as well as live demonstrations by the artists. The Cashiers Plein Air Festival will take place July 15-20, 2024. For more information, visit www.cashierspleinairfestival.com.

Cashiers Christmas Parade

Cashiers Christmas Parade

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.

Sylva Christmas Parade

Event - Sylva Christmas Parade

Sylva Christmas Parade

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.

Green Energy Park Youth Arts Fest

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Green Energy Park Youth Arts Fest

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.