Local Events

January 2022

Thursday January 27 – Sunday January 30

24th Annual Blowing Rock WinterFest

Thursday January 27 – Sunday January 30

Winter Adventure Weekend

Many of the same great field trips and activities are back as well as some new ones. We guarantee the weekend to be jam packed with both outdoor and indoor adventure activities along with workshops led by many professional adventure enthusiasts. This

Thursday January 27

All Day
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

The Asheville Fringe Society is dedicated to cultivating strange and wonderful work that lies outside the mainstream. The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across gen

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Black Bears of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Join BRAHM on January 27th when we learn history and facts about black bears with the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. We will also learn about the life of Mildred the Bear, Grandfather Mountain’s charismatic resident mascot from who …

Saturday January 29 1:00 pm – Sunday March 27 1:00 pm

On Jupiter

“On Jupiter” is an exhibition curated from The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection in collaboration with The Center for Studying Structures of Race and The Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center for Art at Roanoke College. The works selected will focus on in…

Saturday January 29

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Paint the Village Family Activity

Families are invited to create a mural of a snowy village at BRAHM this Winterfest. Paint and collage on a collaborative art piece to be hung in BRAHM’s Education Center. Limited spaces are available. Registration is required. FREE all ages
Mask…

Monday January 31

All Day
Broadway in Roanoke: Jersey Boys

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys.

12:00 pm
International Wine Festival

Sample more than 40 wines from around the world while you enjoy live music and expertly paired hors d’oeuvres and desserts at the Taubman Museum of Art’s Ninth Annual International Wine Festival.

February 2022

Wednesday February 2

All Day
Groundhog Day at Chimney Rock Park

Greta the Groundhog comes out of her den at Chimney Rock Park to search for her shadow to predict our next six weeks of winter weather. Onlookers will gather at 10:30 AM. If Greta sees her shadow, then the prediction is for six more weeks of wintry w

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
17th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration

Join Chimney Rock’s naturalist and our favorite NC rodent to find out if spring is coming early or if we have six more weeks of winter. This fun event includes our resident groundhog seeking his shadow, animal demonstrations with a few of his amb…

Saturday February 5 – Sunday February 6

2022 Appalachian Farm Expo

Join the 2022 Appalachian Farm Expo, with over 60,000 square feet of farming and fun.
Watch the video below to see what made the 2020 so much fun. With over 6,000 attendees you don’t want to miss the Appalachian Farm Expo!

Saturday February 5

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Astronomy For Everyone

Historic Area

Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsi…

7:30 pm
James Gregory Live at the Mac

James Gregory Live at the Mac

Tuesday February 8

All Day
Gordon Lightfoot

Join us February 8th for Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert!

Friday February 11 2:00 pm – Sunday February 13 3:30 pm

Julia Child - Bon Appetit!

Legendary chef Julia Child is coming to stir up our passion for food and make us laugh. How did a six-foot two, 50 year-old woman with a squeaky voice become the first educational TV star? (Her show “The French Chef” was the first public TV show …

Saturday February 12

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Winter Tree Identification Workshop: Botany and Bloom Series

Historic Area.

Even after the chilly breezes of autumn have stripped them of their leaves, trees provide clues to their identification by way of their bark, leaf scars, and other individual characteristics. Explore Sky Meadows’ diverse forests…

Sunday February 13

3:00 pm
Western Piedmont Symphony Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022 at 3pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program introduces elementary age students to the orchestra by helping them to become a part of it. …

Friday February 18 – Sunday February 20

27th Annual Bluegrass First Class

Asheville, NC is one of the most exciting small cities you’ll ever be privileged to visit. It is a trendy haven for musicians, artists and craftspeople from all over the world. Arrive early and enjoy some of the memorable experiences Asheville has to

Friday February 18 – Sunday February 20

35th National and First Virtual Arts & Crafts Conference

Rather than risk sacrificing the momentum of the current Arts and Crafts revival, however, instead of cancelling next February’s conference and shows, we are declaring the entire month of February to be National Arts and Crafts Month. Throughout the

Friday February 18 12:00 am – Sunday February 20 12:00 am

Sautee Nacoochee Art Festival

Come view and buy the best original local and regional artwork that Northeast Georgia has to offer at the annual Sautee Nacoochee Art Festival.

Saturday February 19 10:00 am – Sunday February 20 10:00 am

WinterFest Arts Tour

Helen Arts & Heritage CenterandSautee Nacoochee Centerpresent the 2022 WinterFest Arts Tour. The weekend of festivals includes 100 artists at 2 locations over 2 days.

Saturday February 19

All Day
Asheville Celtic Festival

The Asheville Celtic Festival, a Winter Indoor Celtic Festival bringing the Celtic Spirit of the Seven Nations to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Feel the Vibes of Early Settlers from the Celtic Nations, participate in entertaining Battle

Friday February 25

7:30 pm
Blue Highway Live at the Mac

Blue Highway Live at the Mac

March 2022

Saturday March 5

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Morehead Antiques and Art Market

Local and regional vendors sell and buy antiques. Appraiser on site. $2 admission.

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Astronomy For Everyone

Historic Area

Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsi…

Wednesday March 16 – Tuesday March 22

2022 Virginia Festival of the Book

The annual Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more!

Saturday March 19 – Monday March 21

2022 Pickens Maple Syrup Festival

In late winter, here in our mountains surrounding Pickens, when nights are freezing and days begin to warm, it’s maple sugaring time!

Saturday March 19

9:00 am – 2:30 pm
2022 Rowan County Regional Quilt Show

Rowan County Regional Quilt Show celebrates the art of quilting.

11:00 am
Excerpts from BalletX: The Little Prince

Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11am Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
This 50-minute performance designed for young audience members features excerpts from BalletX’s full-length ballet The Li…

7:00 pm
BalletX: The Little Prince

Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 7pm Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia’s powerhouse contemporary-ballet company BalletX, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, hits the stage with choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s …

Tuesday March 22

7:00 pm
Nobuntu

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afr…

Thursday March 24 12:00 pm – Sunday March 27 12:00 pm

Big Ears Festival 2022

Big Ears is a singular festival experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines.

Sunday March 27

7:30 pm
Richard Marx Live at the Mac

Richard Marx Live at the Mac

Thursday March 31

7:30 pm
Banff Center Mountain Film Festival

Boone celebrates the return of one of North America’s largest screenings of the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival.

April 2022

Saturday April 2

All Day
2022 Chalk Walk

Chalk Walk features over 150 artists and collaborative teams working on-site from 8am-7pm to complete their artwork.

7:30 pm
The Oak Ridge Boys Live at the Mac

The Oak Ridge Boys Live at the Mac

Friday April 8 – Saturday April 9

24th Annual Blue Ridge Writers Conference

Saturday April 9

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hot Slaw Festival

Cleveland, Tennessee, is introducing a fun, unique and totally unexpected food and art festival,Hot Slaw and Art Y’all!

7:00 pm
Rosanne Cash

Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 7pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
One of the country’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations, as we…

7:00 pm
Roseanne Cash

Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and 12 nominations, as well as 21 Top 40 hits, including 11 chart-topping singles.

Sunday April 17

6:30 am – 7:00 am
66th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in western North Carolina. The event is f…

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Food City Dirt Race

The stars of the NASCAR Cup series descend on Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City Dirt Race. This year, The Last Great Colosseum will add yet another historic moment at BMS. Don’t miss any of the action by experiencing all the thrills in person.

Thursday April 21 – Saturday April 23

Hillbilly Days 2022

Y’all be sure to come and enjoy one of the state’s largest festivals. Since 1977, Pike County, Kentucky has been celebrating Hillbilly Days.

Friday April 22 – Sunday April 24

Dogwood Arts Festival 2022

Dogwood Arts Festival on market square formerly known as Market Square Art Fair, several blocks of downtown Knoxville become a dynamic street festival encompassing high-quality visual, performing, and children’s arts.

Friday April 22 – Saturday April 23

Mile Long Yard Sale

Come shop 1 mile worth of treasures at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Free admission. Free Parking!

Friday April 22 12:00 am – Sunday May 1 12:00 am

2022 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Our 95th Festival in 2022 promises the return of fan-favorite events and a more traditional festival.

Friday April 22 10:00 am – Sunday April 24 10:00 am

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

The 24th annual Bear on the Square is an authentic Appalachian Heritage Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music, a juried Artists Market Place featuring traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, free music workshops and demonstrations, l…

Friday April 22 10:00 am – Sunday April 24 4:00 pm

Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show features quilts by community quilters. There will be quilting demos, raffles, door prizes, vendors and more. Plenty of free parking.

Friday April 22 7:00 pm – Sunday April 24 5:00 pm

Spring Thyme with the Appalachian Renaissance Faire

The Noble Banquet is on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. The Faire takes place on Saturday, April 23rd, 10am-6pm & Sunday, April 24th, 10am-5pm. We are celebrating the Renaissance in Tennessee’s Appalachian area. We are co…

Thursday April 28 – Sunday May 1

MerleFest 2022

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. We are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES!

Friday April 29 8:00 am – Sunday May 1 7:00 pm

Asheville Spring Herb Festival

The 32nd Spring Herb Festival at the WNC Agricultural Center near the Asheville Airport April 29 – May 1, 2022 will feature more than 60 WNC and regional herb growers, herbal specialists, medicinal and culinary herbs and products, heirloom vegeta…

Friday April 29

6:00 pm
2022 Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and youth mentor Cal Ripken, Jr., namesake of the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, will lead the way in the 2022 Music in the Mountains Spring Parade on Friday, April 29.

Saturday April 30

All Day
Annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures

The 2022 Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival on April 30 includes family-fun activities and live music (to be announced).

Annual Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival

11 consecutive hours of live entertainment on several outdoor stages (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles), the YMCA FunZone, artisan and food vendors

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Astronomy For Everyone

Historic Area

Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsi…

May 2022

Monday May 2 – Saturday May 7

New River Birding & Nature Festival 2022

It’s our favorite week of the year and we like to think of it as a five-star nature vacation where you nurture your mind and body by connecting with nature in the fresh spring air of the Appalachian Mountains.

Friday May 13

12:00 am
WNC Bigfoot Festival

Don’t miss the thirdannual WNC Bigfoot Festivalthat celebrates the legendary creature.

Saturday May 14

All Day
Southern Skies Music Festival
Georgia Mountain Egg Fest 2022

Calling all Eggheads! Join us for a feast on Saturday, May 14thin beautiful Hiawassee!

Saturday May 21

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park 2022

Blowing Rock Art in the Park – Enjoy arts and crafts from award-winning and acclaimed artisans. Artists are jury-selected and each show features a different set of artists, curated to present a wide variety of mediums.

Friday May 27 – Sunday May 29

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo

Enjoy the best bucking horses, bulls, world class contestants from all over the United States and Canada, and the top of the line specialty acts! This is a family event that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat with live entertainment!

Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29

46th Annual Spring Arts in the Park

Join us for the 46th Annual Spring Arts in the Park festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Saturday May 28

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Astronomy For Everyone

Historic Area

Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsi…

June 2022

Saturday June 4

12:00 am
Liver Mush Festival 2022

The Liver Mush Festival celebrates the local favorite food and its heritage in western North Carolina.

Saturday June 11

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
National Get Outdoors Day

This national holiday celebrates our favorite thing to do… get outdoors! Stop by the Park and meet a variety of outdoor specialists and vendors that will give you information and gear demonstrations on activities such as hiking, rock climbing, ca…

Saturday June 18

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Astronomy For Everyone

Historic Area

Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsi…

Saturday June 25 – Sunday June 26

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival

We will be offering a diversity of wines from around the world, including those made locally in North Georgia and the North Carolina region.

July 2022

Saturday July 30

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Astronomy For Everyone

Historic Area

Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsi…

August 2022

Wednesday August 17 3:00 pm – Saturday August 20 7:00 pm

Fifth Annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival

The Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival is a four-day plein air painting event. It takes place in the beautiful mountainous area surrounding the town of Blowing Rock in western North Carolina. Its aim is to bring painters together from around the wo…

Friday August 19 – Saturday August 27

71st Annual Georgia Mountain Fair

Fun for the whole family!

September 2022

Saturday September 17 10:00 am – Sunday September 18 3:00 pm

14th Annual Flock to the Rock

Grab your binoculars and get ready for our annual feathered frenzy. This event was designed so birders of all skill sets can enjoy one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies – bird watching! Live bird demos, guided walks, activities for kids an…

October 2022

Friday October 7 – Friday October 14

2022 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

Saturday October 8 – Sunday October 9

Fall Arts in the Park

Join us for the Annual Fall Arts in the Park festival held in the beautiful Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge, Georgia. You and your family can shop from over 150 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors, enjoy tasty food, engage in artist…

Saturday October 8 12:00 am – Sunday October 16 12:00 am

53rd Blairsville Sorghum Festival

33rd Annual Sorghum Festival
2022 Sorghum Festival –
October 8th & 9th and October 15th & 16th

Saturday October 22

All Day
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival 2022

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has brought together a host of musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers for a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the region.

11:00 am
2022 Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival

The 2022Appalachian Brew, Stew, & Que Festival brings you great craft breweries from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina & Alabama.

December 2022

Saturday December 3 11:00 am – Saturday December 10 2:00 pm

25th Annual Santa on the Chimney

Chimney Rock has become Santa’s favorite place to train for his big night of deliveries. After a long summer, what better place to prepare and stay in shape than on one of the world’s largest chimneys at Chimney Rock State Park? Write a letter to…