Western North Carolina Events Calendar

We find ourselves in a unique time. Each month our newsletter and website are packed with ways for members of our great communities to connect through art, culture, festivals and music. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our connections look a little different right now, but that doesn’t weaken our bond. Please explore the links and resources below. We love this great community of Western North Carolina that we call home. While temporarily distanced, there are countless opportunities for continued connection and finding solidarity in one another. Take heart, take care!

Visit & Bookmark our 2020 Community Connection Page
We are continually updating our 2020 Community Connection page. We hope this serves as a valuable resource for you and if you have information we can add email us at info@4smokys.com!

Brevard & Transylvania County

Shop for farm fresh produce & local goods at the Transylvania Famers’ Market in downtown Brevard!

9/1-29: Firecracker 10K – Brevard Rotary – as part of our “Run Transylvania 2020 series”

9/19: 6th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder – Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville

9/22: Blue Zones Project Cooking Demo with Katina – Blue Ridge Bakery in Brevard

9/26: Art in the Park – Brevard Elementary School

10/2: Pisgah Nights – More Space, Spies & Secrets – The Learning Center at PARI in Roseman

10/10: 7th Annual White Squirrel Cycling Classic – Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard

10/13: Blue Zones Project Cooking Demo with Katina – Blue Ridge Bakery in Brevard

10/16-17: Fall Juried Craft Show – Brevard College Dr

11/2-11/24: Flight of the Vampire 5k, Half and full Marathon – Rotary club of Brevard “Run Transylvania 2020 series”

11/14: Couch Potato Mountain Bike Race – Cove Creek Campground in Pisgah National Forest

11/15: Sycamore Cycles Swank 65 – Cove Creek Campground in Pisgah National Forest

For TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY: (Brevard, Balsam Grove, Cedar Mountain, Lake Toxaway, Pisgah Forest, Rosman) – Brevard & Transylvania County Upcoming Events

For BUNCOMBE COUNTY: (Asheville, Leicester, Black Mountain, Avery Creek, Bent Creek, Biltmore Forest, Fairview, Montreat, Royal Pines, Swannanoa, Weaverville, Woodfin) – Buncombe County Events

Bryson City & Swain County

The Swain County Farmer’s Market is open! Every Friday morning, May – October. Stop by the old barn by the river on Island Street in Bryson City for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, craft items, and more. 828-488-3681. Facebook

The Steam of the Smokies is back!
All aboard! The Great Smokys Mountains Railroad is open! Choose from one of their two scenic round-trips – the Nantahala Gorge Excursion and the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Both are day trips that include a layover. Take in the beauty of the mountains from a different seat, a train seat! It’s a canvas of colors and a breath of fresh air, it’s the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t miss the chance to have a front row seat!

Fall in the Smokies
Check out this complete guide to soaking in the beautiful display of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a scenic drive, waterfall hike, biking trails & more!

For SWAIN & GRAHAM: (Almond, Bryson City, Whittier/Swain, Cherokee, Nantahala, Fontana Lake Estates, Fontana Dam, Robbinsville, Lake Santeetlah) –  Bryson City EventsGraham County – Calendar of Events

For CHEROKEE COUNTY: (Murphy, Beaverdam, Hothouse, Notla, Shoal Creek, Valleytown) – Visit Cherokee County Calendar

For JACKSON COUNTY: (Sylva, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Webster, Whittier/Jackson) – Jackson County – Chamber of Commerce

Waynesville & Haywood County

9/4: Art After Dark – Downtown Waynesville

9/5-6: Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show – Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

9/11-13: Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally – Maggie Valley

9/19: Rockin’ Block Party – Downtown Waynesville

9/24-25: Swap Meet & Car Show – Maggie Valley

10/2: Art After Dark – Downtown Waynesville

10/17: Apple Harvest Festival – Downtown Waynesville

10/17-18: Fall Arts & Craft Show – Maggie Valley

10/30: Shelton House “A Haunting on the Hill”

10/30-31: Hillbilly Jam 2020

For HAYWOOD COUNTY: (Waynesville, Canton, Clyde, Hazelwood, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley) – Haywood County TourismDowntown Waynesvile Calendar of Events

For MACON COUNTY: (Franklin, Otto, Scaly Mountain) – Macon County – Franklin Chamber of Commerce Events

Ongoing Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Brevard & Transylvania County

The Transylvania Farmers Market is located in Brevard, NC, just off East Main Street behind Comporium at the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets. The Market is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (May through November) and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (December through April).

Brevard Flea Market  every Saturday from April 7th through the end of October (not open if it rains). This is a FREE  outdoor family & pet friendly event.

March: BANFF Film Festival

April: Assault on the Carolinas, Pisgah Stage Race

May: White Squirrel Festival

June: Upper French Broad Riverfest

June-August: Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

July: 4th of July Celebration on Main Street in Brevard, Songcatchers Series

September: The Mountain Song Festival

October: Forest Festival Days, Halloween Fest

November: The Couch Potato Mountain Biking Race

December: Christmas Parade & Twilight Tour

Bryson City & Swain County

Live Music Venues – Bryson City and surrounding area entertainment venues.

Swain County Farmer’s Market 9am-1pm, Fridays, May-Oct.

Semi-Annual Arts & Crafts Drive-About, a free semi-annual tour of artists studios and galleries in Bryson City and Swain & Graham counties. 10 am – 5 pm each day.

Movies On Everett Outdoor screen, begins at dusk. Fridays, May – August. Parking lot behind red caboose. Free movies. Bring or rent lawn chair.

Bryson City Annual 4th of July Freedom Fest celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and then continues with local artisans and crafters, festival foods, and fun events including Kids Zone where you’ll find a multiple bouncy houses, a watermelon contest & more, and an evening of incredible, local entertainment.

Fall in the Smokies! A guide to enjoying the peak fall colors, fall festivals and special train rides.

Check out the annual Great Bacon Chase held each fall in downtown Bryson City.

A Bryson City Christmas is not to be missed! The streets are decorated with holiday lights and garlands; and shops offer plenty of gifts and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, as well as tasty foods and wines. You can also board the Polar Express for a seasonal train ride.

Waynesville & Haywood County

The annual May RAMP FESTIVAL has been running for 80+ years highlighting ramps; a native wild onion, harvested in the spring from the mountainsides, which can be eaten raw or cooked. Come out to Waynesville for a full meal featuring ramps, crafts, variety of vendors, live music & more!

Spend July 4th at the annual Stars & Stripes Celebration in Downtown Waynesville! The restaurants and shops are open with sidewalk sales and live music and entertainment is located throughout downtown and on the courthouse lawn. “Kids on Main” children’s parade starts at the courthouse and proceeds down Main Street at 11:00 am. Great family fun for all ages!

When the weather stars to cool, heat things up in the fall at the annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival offering two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region.

Fun continues through the fall with the Annual Church Street Art & Craft ShowApple Harvest Festival and Halloween Treats on the Street.

Magical moments & memories fill the Wayneville downtown district over the holidays. Events include the 12 Days of Christmas, the annual Christmas Parade and “A NIGHT before CHRISTMAS” shopping event. Check out the downtown calendar for this year’s special line-up of events!