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21 November, 2018 By Steve Wike

Southern Highlands Craft Fair Asheville NC

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC | Phone: 828-298-7928
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held four days each July and October at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. Discover fine traditional and contemporary crafts by over 200 craftspeople who fill two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.


Asheville, NC

Asheville Wine & Food Festival (Late summer)
87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Held at the US Cellular Center
Taste wines and sample local delicacies provided by culinary professionals. For more info click here.

Montford Music & Arts Festival (Spring)
Held in the Montford Historic District in Asheville, NC.
A large, one-day event with over 100 vendors of art, crafts, and food. For more info click here.

Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Held at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
Mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dancers and others perform. For more info click here.

Mountain Sports Festival (Spring)
Located at Carrier Park on Amboy Road along the French Broad River in west Asheville.
A weekend music and sports festival that celebrates community, athletics and local business, and showcases the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville, NC. For more info click here.

Oktoberfest (Fall)
Held on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, NC.
Beer tastings from local breweries and Oktoberfest games. For more info click here.

River Arts District Studio Stroll (Summer & Fall)
Held in the River Arts District - Clingman Avenue at Lyman Street - Asheville.
Locally handmade arts and crafts are on display in 19 historic buildings, with hands-on activities. For more info click here.

West Asheville Art Walk
The West Asheville Art Walk is a free, self-guided event showcasing local artists' work inside businesses along Haywood Road. Visit artists' booths at your own pace, meet the artists and purchase some great local art. For a map of the West Asheville Art Walk click here. For a list of the local artists who are participating click here. For additional info visit the West Asheville Art Walk website.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show (Early Summer)
Held in historic Black Mountain, North Carolina
Over 65 juried artists and crafters. For more information click here.

LEAF - Lake Eden Arts Festival (Spring & Fall)
Held at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, LEAF is a multicultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures event. For more info click here.

Sourwood Festival (Mid-Summer)
Located in downtown Black Mountain. Good music, fun, and great mountain food. For more info click here.

Boone-Blowing Rock

Appalachian Summer Festival (Boone)
Held in July, the Appalachian State University's summer attraction features the finest music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film.

Art in the Park (Blowing Rock)
A series of art and fine handcraft shows featuring juried artisans. Held since 1962, Art in the Park features 100 exhibitors in each of six shows May through October.

Blowing Rock Art & Antique Show
An annual show offering heirloom-quality furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal, silver and more.

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show
The annual show is held at Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve. This event attracts annual international exhibitors and is the oldest continuous outdoor horse show in America.

Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Offers fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers, May-October.

Blowing Rock Winterfest
An annual event offering a wine auction, live bluegrass, chili cook-off, kid's activities,and the Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake. Free hot chocolate and hayrides.

Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival (Blowing Rock)
A five-day festival showcasing over 30 wineries from North Carolina and around the world. Includes a wine tasting, wine seminars, cooking classes, and winemaker's dinners.

Concerts on the Jones House Lawn (Boone)
Fridays, June through September, a free concert is held at the Jones House Community Center, 604 W. King Street in downtown Boone. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a picnic basket.

Horn in the West
The Horn in the West drama is based on our nation's heritage and offers thrilling outdoor entertainment in a beautiful outdoor theatre in Boone.

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola (Blowing Rock)
Sit by the lake in the cool mountain breeze, and watch the swans drift by; bring a picnic, or sample the cuisine prepared by Chetola's chef; enjoy the Symphony of the Mountains, and the spectacular fireworks.


Mountain Song Productions & Looking Glass Entertainment
P.O. Box 1308, Brevard, NC 28712
Phone: 828-243-3496
Looking Glass Entertainment produces concerts and festivals for many genres. Venues include Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center and The Porter Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. They are involved with the following events:
White Squirrel Festival (Spring)
Mountain Song Festival (Fall)
Song Smith Gathering (Summer)


Spring and Fall Arts & Crafts Fair
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley presents two Arts & Crafts Fairs annually on the Village Green: in the Spring over Memorial Day weekend, and in the Fall over Labor Day weekend. Both events showcase some of the finest arts and craftspeople in the Southeast. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.


NC Mountain State Fair
1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone: 828-687-1414
The North Carolina Mountain State Fair is held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. The annual event includes horse and livestock shows, competitions, craft exhibits, amusement rides, conferences, trade shows and more. For a complete schedule of events click here.


Art On Main Festival (Fall)
Held in downtown Hendersonville, Art on Main brings artists from far and wide to display their creative arts and crafts while the public strolls by. For more info click here.

Garden Jubilee (Spring)
Held in downtown Hendersonville with over 200 vendors promoting art, crafts, and landscaping items. For more information click here.

North Carolina Apple Festival (Fall)
The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville. Enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the best known street fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food and free entertainment at the historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s Main Street. For more info click here.

Old Fort

Arts Marts and Crafts Shows
Old Fort Train Depot, Visitors Center and Museum
25 West Main Street, Old Fort, NC
Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) exhibit the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 4 pm. Members include over 40 local artists who produce original work ranging from paintings and sketches to baskets, wood turned bowls and pens, fine jewelry, pottery, fiber art and more.


Apple Harvest Festival
Held in downtown Waynesville, the Apple Harvest Festival hosts more than 130 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees. Handmade crafts, local food, and continuous live entertainment by local mountain musicians, cloggers and characters. For more info click here.

There are many other festivals and events to enjoy in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please click the appropriate location below for more information on them...

Blairsville & Union County Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge & Fannin County Festivals
Clayton & Rabun County Festivals & Events
Dahlonega Calendar of Events
Ellijay & Gilmer County Calendar of Events

Alleghany County - Sparta Festivals & Events
Asheville Seasonal Fun
Avery County Calendar of Events
Black Mountain & Swannanoa Valley Calendar of Events
Boone & Watauga County Calendar of Events
Brevard & Transylvania County Events Calendar
Cashiers Events
Chimney Rock - Lake Lure - Rutherford County Events Calendar
Deals Gap, Tail of the Dragon Events Calendar
Great Smoky Mountains Calendar of Events
Hendersonville Events Calendar
Highlands Calendar of Events
Hot Springs Events
Lake James - Burke County Events Calendar
Lake Junaluska Calendar of Events
Little Switzerland  Events
Madison County - Mars Hill Events Calendar
Maggie Valley Festivals & Events
McDowell County Calendar of Events

Abingdon - Damascus - Calendars
Albemarle County and Charlottesville Calendars
Bedford County Calendar of Events
Blacksburg - Calendar of Events
Botetourt County Calendar of Events
Carroll County - Galax - Laurel Fork EventsCraig County - New Castle Calendar of Events
Fauquier County - Warrenton Calendar of Events
Floyd - Franklin County Events
Front Royal Events Schedule
Galax Events Calendar
Grayson County Events
Green County Calendar of Events
Highland County Calendar of Events
Loudoun - Leesburg - Middleburg Events
Luray Caverns - Page County Events Calendar
Massanutten Resort Calendar of Events
Nelson County - Wintergreen Calendar of Events
Orange County Schedule of Events
Pulaski County Calendar of Events
Rappahannock County - Little Washington Events
Roanoke County - Salem Calendar of Events
Rockbridge County - Lexington - Natural Bridge Events
Rockingham County - Elkton - Harrisonburg - Massanutten Events
Scott County Schedule of Events
Shenandoah County - Mount Airy - New Market EventsSmith Mountain Lake Calendar of Events
Smyth County - Marion EventsStaunton Schedule of Events
Warren County - Front Royal Schedule of Events
Washington County - Abingdon Calendar of Events
Winchester - Frederick County Events
Wise County - Big Stone Gap Events Calendar
Wythe County - Bland - Wytheville Calendar of Events

Gatlinburg Calendar of EventsJohnson City - Events Calendar
Pigeon Forge Calendar of Events


Written by

Steve Wike

Steve Wike launched BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com in 2008 - now a leading online travel resource. He also published the Blue Ridge Travel Guide coffee table book with hundreds of breathtaking photos by professional photographers - over 40,000 in print!

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