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August 2019

Resounding Change: Sonic Art and the Environment

August 20 @ 10:00 amDecember 6 @ 4:00 pm
WCU Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Free
Resounding Change Sonic Art and the Environment

Featuring contemporary artists who explore environmental issues through sound. The works in the exhibition, which range from a large-scale video installation to more intimate encounters with sound, ask questions about listening, ecology, empathy, climate change, and more. A visiting artist event with Raven Chacon, including a reception and gallery talk, will be hosted on Thursday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m. Above: Alexa Hatanaka, Patrick Thompson, Raven Chacon, Danny Osbourne, Sarah McNair-Landry, Eric McNair-Landry, and Erik Boomer, Gauge, 2013-2015, three-channel sound…

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Chakaia Booker: Auspicious Behavior

August 20 @ 10:00 amOctober 25 @ 4:00 pm
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Reception and gallery talk with Chakia Booker
WCU Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Free
Chakaia Booker

Experience a series of dynamic prints and Booker's signature sculptures made from repurposed tires. Her work addresses African-American identity, racial and economic inequality, and environmental concerns. A visiting artist event with Chakaia Booker will be held on Thursday, October 10 from 5-7p.m. with a reception and gallery talk, following will be a presentation from Booker in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall from 7-8p.m. Above: Chakaia Booker, Splitting Moment, 2007, Recycled Tires, 45 x 26 x 15 inches.

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September 2019

Green Energy Park Youth Arts Fest

September 21 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm
Green Energy Park, 100 Green Energy Park Rd.
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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Free
boy throwing paint and making art in jackson county

A celebration of art, music, green energy & community fun for the entire family! Each year the Green Energy Park host dozens of organizations and regional artists who come to share their knowledge and the love of the arts. Last year we had over 1000 visitors! You and your family can enjoy: • Face painting • Jewelry making • Throwing clay pots • Painting with flip-flops • Handprint painting our logo on canvas • Block printing • Recycled bugs • Live…

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Village Nature Series

September 24 @ 5:30 pm
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The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road
Cashiers, NC 28717 United States
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The Village Green sponsors an exciting series of educational lectures every summer. These fun educational experiences are free and are available for all who want to broaden their knowledge on a variety of subjects such as wildlife, local plants, and surrounding natural habitats. Previous subjects include raptors, black bears and reptiles. The Village Nature Series will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month from May through September at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road.…

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Mountain Heritage Day

September 28 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
Ramsey Activity Center, 92 Catamount Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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The 45th 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. Acts this year include two-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter Becky Buller, Brevard-based bluegrass band Carolina Blue, and NC Folk Heritage Award recipient Bobby McMillon. Festival-goers are invited to join…

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JCGS Cruise-In Car Show

September 29 @ 2:00 pm4:30 pm
NC United States
Free
vintage cars in jackson county

The Jackson County Genealogical Society’s annual Cruise-In, set for Sunday, September 29 in Sylva, will include classic cars (1988 and older), current-day muscle cars and “rat rods” (custom creations designed to express the builder’s take on a retro junk vehicle), as well as music and food. Registration fees, T-shirt donations, food and beverage sales, and a 50-50 raffle raise money to help cover JCGS operating costs. Cars will be displayed from 2 until 4 p.m., when they depart for the…

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October 2019

Colorfest!

October 5 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Front Street, Dillsboro, 42 Front Street
Dillsboro, NC 28779 United States
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This unique historic town welcomes more than 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. Enjoy meeting and talking with local artists. All the while surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the mountains. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths.

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Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show

October 5 @ 10:00 amOctober 6 @ 4:00 pm
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Sapphire Valley Resort, 127 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire, NC 28774 United States
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Handmade crafts, quality folk art, live music, food, fine jewelry, Humane Society adoptions and much, much more! Visit Sapphire Valley for these great arts and craft shows located on athletic field in the heart of Sapphire Valley.

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Sapphire Valley Resort, 127 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire, NC 28774 United States
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women buying art at the arts and craft show in jackson county

Handmade crafts, quality folk art, live music, food, fine jewelry, Humane Society adoptions and much, much more! Visit Sapphire Valley for these great arts and craft shows located on athletic field in the heart of Sapphire Valley.

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Cherokee Indian Fair

October 8 @ 10:00 amOctober 12 @ 10:00 pm
Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, 545 Tsali Blvd
Cherokee, NC 28719 United States
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$10
Cherokee Indian Fair

For over 100 years, the Cherokee Indian Fair has been full of wonders and excitement for the whole family to enjoy. This 4-day event embraces both modern advances as well as traditional heritage such as stickball, blowgun demonstrations, and traditional Cherokee dance. Cherokee invites you to attend this historic event and to treat all of your senses to excitement, entertainment, and heritage. Courtesy of EBCI Destination Marketing

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Chakaia Booker: Auspicious Behavior

October 10 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm
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Reception and gallery talk with Chakia Booker
WCU Fine Art Museum, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Free
Chakaia Booker

Experience a series of dynamic prints and Booker's signature sculptures made from repurposed tires. Her work addresses African-American identity, racial and economic inequality, and environmental concerns. A visiting artist event with Chakaia Booker will be held on Thursday, October 10 from 5-7p.m. with a reception and gallery talk, following will be a presentation from Booker in the Bardo Arts Center Performance Hall from 7-8p.m. Above: Chakaia Booker, Splitting Moment, 2007, Recycled Tires, 45 x 26 x 15 inches.

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Cashiers Leaf Festival

October 11 @ 10:00 amOctober 13 @ 5:00 pm
The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road
Cashiers, NC 28717 United States
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people walking around looking at pottery at leaf festival in jackson county

Some may be sad to see summer go, but the crisp, cool fall air brings lots of fun to the mountain town of Cashiers, NC. The change of seasons calls thousands of “leaf peepers” to our area to enjoy the brilliant fall foliage. The festival is recognized as one of the "Top 20" events in the Southeast for the month of October. The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival has been an annual attraction for over 10 years and is held to celebrate…

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Girls Night Out

October 11 @ 4:30 pm8:30 pm
Downtown Sylva, 773 W. Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
Free

Girls of all ages will enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, door-prizes, drawings and special discounts at the Main Street Sylva Association's Girls Night Out. This special downtown experience offers exclusive after-hour store specials and discounts along with complimentary snacks and beverages. For more information, click here.

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Spirit of the Smokies Car Show

October 12 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm
Front Street, Dillsboro, 42 Front Street
Dillsboro, NC 28779 United States
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vintage car show in jackson county

The 21st annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Front Street in Dillsboro. The show is sponsored by the Sylva Rotary Club with the Smoky Mountain Cruisers and all proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations. Last year’s event had more than 100 participants, with vehicles coming from Western North Carolina, North Georgia, and East Tennessee. Categories include: Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Special Interest Vehicles, Modified Street Machines, Trucks,…

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ETHEL + Robert Mirabal: The River

October 24 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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$15
Ethel + Robert Mirabal

ETHEL, acclaimed adventurous string quartet + Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder, and three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. Their piece, “The River”, immerses the audiences in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry.

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November 2019

WNC Pottery Festival

November 2 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm
Bridge Park, 76 Railroad Ave
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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$5
WNC Pottery Festival - Brian Beam

Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. This year’s festival has 16 new potters from across the country and will be held at Sylva’s Bridge Park. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events – including the Clay Olympics – will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. The event has been named one of the “Top…

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Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

November 2 @ 10:00 amNovember 3 @ 5:00 pm
Cherokee Enterprise Waters Cherokee, NC 28719 United States + Google Map
$250
Rumble in the Rhododendron Trout Tournament

What could be better than a day out on the water with your best friend fly fishing? How about competing together for your share of $10,000 in the Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament. This two-person team tournament has a $250 entry fee and a $10,000 payout for the top 10 teams. Registration is available at the River’s Edge Outfitters in Cherokee, North Carolina, and further information will be available at the opening meeting on November 1 at 7…

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An Evening With David Sedaris

November 19 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Bardo Arts Center, 199 Centennial Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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$25
David Sedaris

New York Times best-selling author and celebrated NPR correspondent, David Sedaris, comes to the WCU Bardo Arts Center stage! With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The evening includes live readings of new material, Q&A, and pre/post-show book signing!

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Sylva Rotary Club Turkey Trot 5K

November 28 @ 7:30 am11:00 am
Western Carolina University, 1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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$30

Do you have what it takes to endure a Thanksgiving meal and a 5K run? With the Sylva Rotary Club Turkey Trot 5K, you can kick off your holiday season by working off your stuffing. This event will kick off right in the middle of Western Carolina University's campus. The race has become a favorite way to make room for the turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving morning!

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Gobble on the Green

November 28 @ 9:00 am11:00 am
The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road
Cashiers, NC 28717 United States
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$25

Cashiers invites you to work off that stuffing at their annual Gobble on the Green 5K. Enjoy the best of the holiday season by embarking on this fun-filled event located on The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Create a new Thanksgiving family tradition this year by attending this special event.

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Christmas in Sylva, a Holiday weekend

November 29December 1
Downtown Sylva, 773 W. Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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Kick off the holidays with Christmas in Sylva, a Holiday weekend. Our event starts with the official tree lighting and concert on the historical courthouse steps Friday night. Storefronts on Main and Mill Streets will be done up for Christmas and open for holiday shopping. Santa will make an early visit Saturday for photos. A Winter Market on Main Street Saturday afternoon will feature local crafters and food. Live music will add a festive touch to the Market. The Sylva…

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Mountain Artisans Hard Candy Christmas

November 29 @ 10:00 amNovember 30 @ 5:00 pm
Ramsey Activity Center, 92 Catamount Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723 United States
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Over a hundred regional artisans have their handmade on display for sale in this folk and heritage craft show. This is a two-day show over Nov. 29 and 30, 2019. 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.

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Santa on the Green & Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29 @ 2:00 pm6:00 pm
The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road
Cashiers, NC 28717 United States
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The park becomes a winter wonderland! Children of all ages are invited to come and tell Santa Claus their Christmas wishes. The Festival of Trees celebrates one of the area's greatest industries and showcases local businesses. After the holiday season, the evergreen trees are planted in The Village Green for continued enjoyment. Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday music, s'mores and more! The highlight will be the lighting of the Cashiers Christmas Tree. 2-5 p.m. Visit with Santa at the Gazebo;…

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December 2019

Event - Sylva Christmas Parade

Sylva Christmas Parade

December 1 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm
Downtown Sylva, 773 W. Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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Downtown Sylva's annual Christmas parade draws hundreds to Historic Main Street for celebration, cheer and a chance to see Santa. The themed parade, featuring 50+ floats usually starts at and ends at Mark Watson Park after a loop through town. The start time is 2 p.m., and the parade  lasts 45 minutes to an hour. For more information please call 828-586-2719 or click here.

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Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

December 6 @ 5:00 pmDecember 7 @ 9:00 pm
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Front Street, Dillsboro, 42 Front Street
Dillsboro, NC 28779 United States
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Free

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides are available each night and shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and there is a live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. The event…

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Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

December 13 @ 5:00 pmDecember 14 @ 9:00 pm
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One event on 12.13.2019 at 5:00 pm

Front Street, Dillsboro, 42 Front Street
Dillsboro, NC 28779 United States
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Free

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides are available each night and shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and there is a live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. The event…

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Cashiers Christmas Parade

December 14 @ 12:00 pm2:00 pm
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Come out and Enjoy the 45th Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade at noon! The parade route starts at Old Cashiers School Road and proceeds on 107 North towards the Crossroads where attendees can enjoy live commentary of the parade on the amplifier system. The parade continues down Hwy 64 West ending at the Cashiers Community Center and Cashiers/Glenville Volunteer Fire Department. Watch a live streaming broadcast of the parade at www.sapphirevalley.com and use #CashiersNCChristmasParade with your own photos and videos. See you…

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February 2020

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Outhouse Races

02.15.2020 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm
Sapphire Valley Resort, 127 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire, NC 28774 United States
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Join us for the exciting Outhouse Races, taking place on February 15, 2020 at 3pm in Sapphire. Crazy? Maybe. Dangerous? Perhaps. Fun? Without a doubt! You won't find Outhouse Races on Snow anywhere else in North Carolina! Dozens of outhouses race to compete for the throne. Spectators come from throughout the southeast to line the course and cheer on those brave enough to see if the outhouse crashes and burns or sails across the finish line. The Outhouse Races have been…

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March 2020

Assault on Blackrock

03.21.2020 @ 8:00 am11:00 am
Pinnacle Park, 2110 Fisher Creek Road
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
$25

Sylva, NC’s extreme trail race The ninth annual Assault on BlackRock trail race has been set for Saturday, March 21, 2020. Trail running is extreme, and trail running in Sylva, North Carolina is no exception. How does running a seven-mile mountain trail race with 2,770 feet of elevation gain sound? Trail runners who compete in the Assault on BlackRock trail race will summit BlackRock at 5,810 feet- and that’s just the halfway point of the race. The trail race weaves…

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April 2020

The Easter Hat Parade

04.11.2020 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Dillsboro, 1 Front Street
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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Come at 10:30 am to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street) – or bring your own. Get your face painted!. Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 11 am. Parade starts from Dillsboro Town Hall at 2:00 pm. Antique cars from the Old Timers Model A Club lead the parade. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. Grab your hat and join…

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Greening up the Mountains

04.25.2020 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
Downtown Sylva, 773 W. Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779 United States
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The Greening Up the Mountains Festival, now in its 22nd year, is a heritage arts festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage which honor our community and local artisans. The festival is sponsored by both the Town of Sylva and the Main Street Sylva Association and will be held in historical downtown Sylva, North Carolina. The Greening Up The Mountains Festival enjoys crowds upwards 12,000 attendees and has…

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