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Map Call Festival/Event City Founded Rate Range Festival Month
All that Jazz Asheville 1992 $$$ Jan  
Polar Plunge New Years Day Lake Lure 2008 Free Jan  
Explore Boone Boone 1872 Varies Jan-Dec Plan Now
Haywood County Tourism Maggie Valley 1809 Varies Jan-Dec Plan Now
Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers Asheville 1985 $$$ Apr-May  
Garden Jubilee Hendersonville 1994 $$$ May  
Lake Lure Dragon Boat Racing Lake Lure 2007 Free May  
Montford Music & Arts Festival Asheville 2004 $ May  
Saluda Arts Festival Saluda 2003 Free May  
Spring Arts Festival Burnsville Free May  
Spring Herb Festival Asheville 1989 Free May  
WNC History Alive Festival Asheville 2005 Free May  
Cherokee Oconaluftee Indian Village Cherokee 1952 Free-$$$ May-Oct  
Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival Tryon Jun  
Cherokee Bluegrass Festival Cherokee $ Jun  
 
Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering Cherokee 2002 $ Jun  
Cherokee PowWow Cherokee 1975 $ Jun  
Cherokee Unto These Hills Cherokee 1950 Free-$$$ Jun  
 
Rhododendron Festival Bakersville 1946 Free Jun  
Singing on the Mountain Linville 1924 Free Jun  
An Appalachian Summer Festival Boone 1984 $$ Jun-Jul  
Horn in the West Outdoor Drama Boone 1952 $-$$ Jun-Aug  
Music on Main Street Hendersonville 1999 Free Jun-Aug  
Art in the Park Beech Mountain Free Jul  
Bele Chere Festival Asheville 1979 Free Jul  
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - Summer Edition Asheville 1947 $ Jul  
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of the Scottish Clans Linville 1956 $ Jul  
Heritage Festival & Street Fair Robbinsville 2003 Jul  
Independence Day Weekend Celebration Henderson 1992 Free Jul  
Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Craft Show Maggie Valley 1986 Free Jul  
Pig Roast & Firework Celebration Beech Mountain $ Jul  
 
Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival Banner Elk 1992 Free Jul-Aug  
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Highlands 1981 Jul-Aug  
 
Cherokee Festival of Native Peoples Cherokee Free-$ Aug  
Festival of Native Persons Cherokee 2004 $ Aug  
Hot Nights & Cool Rides Car Show Lake Lure 1991 Free Aug  
 
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival Asheville 1928 Aug  
 
Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival Franklin 2009 $ Aug  
 
North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival Marion 1974 $$$ Aug  
 
Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby Cherokee 2002 $ Aug  
Village Art & Craft Fair Asheville 1973 Free Aug  
Waldensian Festival Valdese 1975 Free Aug  
North Carolina Apple Festival Hendersonville 1947 Free Aug-Sep  
Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market Cherokee Free Aug-Sep  
Summer Evening Concerts at the Biltmore House Asheville 1996 $$$ Aug-Sep  
 
Brewgrass Festival Asheville 1997 $$$ Sep  
 
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Burnsville 1956 Free Sep  
Lexington Ave. Arts & Fun Festival Asheville 2001 Free Sep  
 
Southeastern Tribes Festival Cherokee 2006 Sep  
Autumn Festival Lake Lure 2008 Free Oct  
Big Rigs Antique Truck Show Cherokee 2006 $ Oct  
Cherokee Indian Fair Cherokee 1912 $ Oct  
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - Fall Edition Asheville 1947 $ Oct  
Michaelmas: A Celebration of the Harvest Asheville 1947 Oct  
Show, Shine, Shag & Dine Henderson 2001 Free Oct  
 
Woolly Worm Festival Banner Elk 1977 $ Oct  
Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train Halloween Festival Blowing Rock $$ Oct-Nov  
Christmas Ornament Festival Burnsville 2002 Free Nov  
Christmas at the Biltmore Estate Asheville 1976 $$$ Nov-Jan  
Festival of Trees & Craft Fair Robbinsville 2003 $$ Dec  
North Carolina Barbershop Harmony Brigade & Quartet Concert Southern Pines 1992 Jan  
North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events Lexington Jan-Dec  
NASCAR Bush Series, Rockingham 200 Rockingham Feb  
Native American Pow Wow Durham Feb  
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Charlotte Feb-Mar  
North Carolina International Jazz Festival Durham Feb-Apr  
Palustris Festival Southern Pines 2010 $$ Mar  
Spring Craftsmens Festival Fayetteville Mar  
Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Fayetteville 1982 Free Apr  
Newtonfest Springtime Blues Jam Newton 1992 Free Apr  
RiverRun International Film Festival Winston-Salem 1989 $$ Apr  
MerleFest Wilkesboro 1987 $$$ Apr-May  
All American Week Fort Bragg Free May  
Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival Flat Rock 1991 Free May  
Coca-Cola 600 Concord May  
Our Main Squeeze Wine & Music Festival Kenansville 2012 $$ May  
Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival Smithfield 1984 Free May  
The Winston Concord May  
Blues N' Brews Festival Fayetteville 2004 $$ Jun  
 
Charlie Poole Music Festival Eden 1999 $ Jun  
 
Cousins in Clay Seagrove 2009 Free Jun  
Hillsborough Hog Day Hillsborough 1982 Free Jun  
Wilkes Arts & Heritage Festival Wilkesboro 1999 Free Jun  
American Dance Festival Durham Jun-Jul  
Eastern Music Festival Greensboro 1962 Varies Jun-Jul  
 
Oakboro 4th of July Celebration Oakboro Jun-Jul  
Folkmoot USA, International Folk Festival Waynesville 1984 Jul  
Hickorys Heritage Furnishings Festival Hickory 1999 $$ Jul  
National Black Theatre Festival Winston-Salem 1989 $$$ Jul-Aug  
Robbins Farmers Day Robbins 1958 Free Aug  
Taste of the Town High Point 1988 $ Aug  
Apples in Early Carolina Gastonia 1961 Free Sep  
Best of Badin Festival Badin 1995 Free Sep  
Bush Hill Heritage Festival Archdale 1986 Free Sep  
Cane Creek Antique Festival Snow Camp 2004 Free Sep  
Catawba Indian Festival Gastonia 1961 $ Sep  
 
Hollerin' Heritage Festival Spivey's Corner 2013 Free Sep  
International Folk Festival Fayetteville 1978 Free Sep  
Lake Tillery Cast for Cash Albemarle $$ Sep  
Lincoln County Apple Festival Lincolnton 1972 Free Sep  
Malcolm Blue Farm Historical Crafts & Farmskills Festival Aberdeen 1825 $ Sep  
March of Dimes Chili Championship & Rubber Duck Regatta Clemmons 1982 $$ Sep  
Mayberry Days Mount Airy Sep  
Stokes Stomp - Festival on the Dan River Danbury 1974 Free Sep  
Winston-Salem First Flight Centennial Winston-Salem Sep  
Apple Harvest Festival Waynesville 1988 Free Oct  
Art in the Shop Taylorsville 1999 Free Oct  
Autumn Leaves Festival Mount Airy Oct  
Barbecue Festival Lexington 1984 Free Oct  
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival North Wilkesboro 1977 Free Oct  
Cameron Antiques Fair Cameron 2002 Free Oct  
Great Grapes Wine & Music Festival Charlotte 2003 $$ Oct  
Holly Arts & Crafts Festival Pinehurst 1978 Free Oct  
 
International Festival of Raleigh Raleigh 1986 $ Oct  
 
Raleigh Art in the Village Festival Raleigh Free Oct  
Scottish Heritage Festival Gastonia 1961 Free Oct  
Spooky Fun Day Gastonia 1961 $ Oct  
The Raptor Show Gastonia 1961 Free Oct  
Carolina Renaissance Faire Huntersville 1994 $$ Oct-Nov  
A Dickens Holiday Fayetteville Free Nov  
 
Celebration of Seagrove Potters Seagrove 2008 $ Nov  
Craftsmens Christmas Classic Greensboro Nov  
Harvest Day Gastonia 1961 Free Nov  
Tanglewood Festival of Lights Clemmons 1992 $$ Nov-Jan  
Belk Bowl Charlotte 2002 $$$ Dec  
ChristmasTown USA McAdenville 1956 Free Dec  
Hillsborough Christmas Candlelight Tour Hillsborough 1987 $$ Dec  
Salem Christmas Winston-Salem $$ Dec  
Stocks for Tots Mooresville 1989 Dec  
Engelhard Seafood Festival Engelhard Free May  
Wings Over Water Festival Manteo 1997 Varies Oct  
Roanoke Island Festival Park Manteo Free-$  
Intercultural Week & Festival Wilmington Feb  
NC Jazz Festival Cape Fear 1980 $$-$$$ Feb  
Neuse River Music Fest Kinston 1993 $$$ Feb  
Poplar Grove Plantation Herb & Garden Fair Wilmington 1886 $ Mar  
North Carolina Azalea Festival Wilmington 1947 Apr  
Pleasure Island Seafood Chowder Festival Carolina Beach 1996 $ Apr  
Greek Festival Wilmington 1992 $ May  
North Carolina Forest Festival Plymouth 2005 Free May  
Wilmington Greek Festival Wilmington May  
Beaufort Home & Garden Tour Beaufort Jun  
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament Wrightsville Beach Jun  
Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival Carolina Beach 1985 $$ Jun  
Poplar Grove Plantation Down Home Antique Fair Wilmington 1886 $ Jun  
North Carolina 4th of July Festival Southport Jul  
Wright Kite Festival Kill Devil Hills Jul  
 
East Coast Wahine Surfing Tournament Wrightsville Beach 1996 Free Aug  
Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Sneads Ferry 1971 $ Aug  
Riverfest Wilmington 1978 Sep-Oct  
Autumn with Topsail Festival Topsail Beach 1988 $ Oct  
Feast in the East - A Celebration of Eastern NC Barbecue Goldsboro 2004 Free Oct  
Mumfest New Bern 1980 Free Oct  
North Carolina Oyster Festival Ocean Isle Beach 1980 $ Oct  
North Carolina Seafood Festival Morehead City 1987 Free Oct  
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Kure Beach 1993 $$ Oct  
Poplar Grove Plantation Halloween Festival Wilmington 1886 $ Oct  
U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Southport 1978 Oct  
Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington 1994 $ Nov  
Island of Lights Festival Carolina Beach Free Nov  
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Wrightsville Beach 1983 Free Nov  
Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour Wilmington 1974 $$$ Dec  
World of Coca-Cola (b)