The North Carolina Mountains are a beautiful place to spend a weekend or just a day. Not only are the sights worth seeing, there are many festivals and events in the Spring and Summer. I will list some of my own favorites and some information about them.
An Appalachian Summer Festival
This annual event offers musical, theatre and dance guests. Their mission is to improve the cultural lives of all who attend. The events take place at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina. For a list of events and dates check their site.
Blue Ridge Barbeque Festival
The festival was started in 1994 and takes place in beautiful Polk County in the town of Tryon. They invite judges from all over to judge the food and award the winners of the contests. Not only is the plenty of good food but there is also musical entertainment provided. There is also a crafts fair, a carnival, beach bingo and wine tasting and grape stomping at the vineyard.
Downtown Boone Art Crawl
On the first Friday of each month art lovers are invited to Boone North Carolina. They invite you to visit the art galleries as well as the fine eating and shopping establishments. Call 828-262-4532 for more details. While I am not much of an art person, Boone is one of my favorite places to visit.
Foothills Highland Games
A favorite of people from all over the world. The Highland Games call attention to the rich Scottish heritage shared by a lot of our Western North Carolina residents. There will be sword demonstrations, musical entertainment (Celtic music) feats of strength and a parade. The annual event takes place in Hendersonville North Carolina.
Possibly the most famous event in Western North Carolina, this is the official North Carolina international festival. People will demonstrate their cultures through dance, music and costume. More than 200 groups from over 100 countries have attended past events. Folkmoot takes place in Haywood County North Carolina.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
These Highland Games have been going on for over 50 years! You will see people compete in traditional Scottish Games, as well as enjoy many other fine things. They also have many games for kids to play and or compete in. See the site for event dates and details.
Old Fort’s Pioneer Day is my hands down favorite event to attend. It’s located near Interstate 40 so it’s easy to find as well. I go every year and take the kids who love it as much as I do. It’s a one day event held at the Mountain Gateway Museum, and it’s a mountain heritage festival. The food is worth the trip all by itself. But there are displays as well as arts and crafts, and games for the kids to play.
Downtown Blowing Rock North Carolina has been putting on the Trout Derby for over 25 years. There is a big fish fry to start the event off. Prizes and cash are awarded in several categories in the catching of tagged trout.
No matter what event you attend, please take the time to enjoy the scenery our beautiful mountains have to offer. Thanks for reading this article about North Carolina Mountain Festivals onAssociatedcontent.com.