Festivals and Events. For exact festival dates, contact the local visitors bureaus here

Map Call Festival/Event City Founded Rate Range Festival Month
Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering Asheville & Mountains Cherokee 2002 $ Jun
Spring Herb Festival Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1989 Free May
WNC History Alive Festival Asheville & Mountains Asheville 2005 Free May
Montford Music & Arts Festival Asheville & Mountains Asheville 2004 $ May
Cherokee Bluegrass Festival Asheville & Mountains Cherokee $$$ Jun
Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1985 $$$ Apr-May
Polar Plunge New Years Day Asheville & Mountains Lake Lure 2008 Free Jan
Lake Lure Dragon Boat Racing Asheville & Mountains Lake Lure 2007 Free May
City of Asheville Outdoor Special Events Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1792 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Garden Jubilee Asheville & Mountains Hendersonville 1994 $$$ May
Horn in the West Outdoor Drama Asheville & Mountains Boone 1952 $-$$ Jun-Aug
Village Art & Craft Fair Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1973 Free Aug
Rhododendron Festival Asheville & Mountains Bakersville 1946 Free Jun
An Appalachian Summer Festival Asheville & Mountains Boone 1984 $$ Jun-Jul
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of the Scottish Clans Asheville & Mountains Linville 1956 $ Jul
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1928 $-$$$ Aug
North Carolina Apple Festival Asheville & Mountains Hendersonville 1947 Free Aug-Sep
Cherokee PowWow Asheville & Mountains Cherokee 1975 $ Jul
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Asheville & Mountains Highlands 1981 $$$ Jul-Aug
Music on Main Street Asheville & Mountains Hendersonville 1999 Free Jun-Aug
Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show Asheville & Mountains Franklin 2009 $ Aug
Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival Asheville & Mountains Banner Elk 1992 Free Jul-Aug
Graham County Heritage Festival Asheville & Mountains Robbinsville 2003 Free Jul
Waldensian Festival Asheville & Mountains Valdese 1975 Free Aug
Singing on the Mountain Asheville & Mountains Linville 1924 Free Jun
Qualla Arts & Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market Asheville & Mountains Cherokee Free Aug-Sep
Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby Asheville & Mountains Cherokee 2002 $ Aug
Roasting of the Hog Celebration Asheville & Mountains Beech Mountain 1973 $ Jul
Summer Evening Concerts at the Biltmore House Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1996 $$$ Aug-Sep
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - Summer Edition Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1947 $ Jul
Hot Nights & Cool Rides Car Show Asheville & Mountains Lake Lure 1991 Free Aug
Cherokee Unto These Hills Asheville & Mountains Cherokee 1950 Free-$$$ Jun
Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Craft Show Asheville & Mountains Maggie Valley 1986 Free Jul
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Asheville & Mountains Burnsville 1956 Free Sep
North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival Asheville & Mountains Marion 1974 $$$ Aug
Woolly Worm Festival Asheville & Mountains Banner Elk 1977 $ Oct
Christmas at the Biltmore Estate Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1976 $$$ Nov-Jan
Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Flat Rock 1991 Free May
John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival Charlotte & Piedmont High Point 2011 $$$ Aug-Sep
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Charlotte & Piedmont Charlotte 1961 $-$$ Feb-Mar
Native American Pow Wow Charlotte & Piedmont Durham 1992 $ Feb
Fayetteville Dogwood Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Fayetteville 1982 Free Apr
North Carolina Harmony Brigade Rally Concert Charlotte & Piedmont Southern Pines 1992 Free Jan
North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events Charlotte & Piedmont Lexington Varies Jan-Dec
RiverRun International Film Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Winston Salem 1989 $$ Apr
Cherokee Indian Fair Asheville & Mountains Cherokee 1912 $ Oct
High Point University Charlotte & Piedmont High Point 1924 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Autumn Festival Asheville & Mountains Lake Lure 2008 Free Oct
Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train Asheville & Mountains Blowing Rock $$ Sep-Oct
Brewgrass Festival Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1997 $$$ Oct
Show, Shine, Shag & Dine Asheville & Mountains Henderson 2001 Free Oct
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands - Fall Edition Asheville & Mountains Asheville 1947 $ Oct
Charlotte Center City Partners Charlotte & Piedmont Charlotte 2011 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Town of Chapel Hill Festivals & Events Charlotte & Piedmont Chapel Hill 1793 Varies Jan-Dec IFEA
Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte & Piedmont Concord 1960 $$$ May
American Dance Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Durham 1934 $$ Jun-Jul
Mayberry Days Charlotte & Piedmont Mount Airy 1990 Free-$$ Sep
Autumn Leaves Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Mount Airy 1967 Free Oct
Lincoln County Apple Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Lincolnton 1972 Free Sep
Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace Charlotte & Piedmont Huntersville 1994 $$ Oct-Nov
National Black Theatre Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Winston Salem 1989 $$$ Jul-Aug
Wilkes Arts & Heritage Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Wilkesboro 1999 Free Jun
Blues N' Brews Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Fayetteville 2004 $$ Jun
Hospice Taste of the Town Charlotte & Piedmont High Point 1988 $ Aug
Oakboro 4th of July Celebration Charlotte & Piedmont Oakboro 1958 Free Jun-Jul
Apple Harvest Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Waynesville 1988 Free Oct
Farmers Day Charlotte & Piedmont Robbins 1958 Free Aug
Celebration of Seagrove Potters Charlotte & Piedmont Seagrove 2008 $ Nov
Malcolm Blue Farm Historical Crafts & Farmskills Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Aberdeen 1825 $ Sep
Eastern Music Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Greensboro 1962 Varies Jun-Jul
Charlie Poole Music Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Eden 1999 $ Jun
Catawba Indian Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Gastonia 1961 $ Sep
Arts at The Mill Fine Arts Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Mooresville 2017 Free Nov
Bush Hill Heritage Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Archdale 1986 Free Sep
Hollerin' Heritage Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Spivey's Corner 2013 Free Sep
Cousins in Clay Charlotte & Piedmont Seagrove 2009 Free Jun
Hillsborough Hog Day Charlotte & Piedmont Hillsborough 1982 Free Jun
Folkmoot USA, International Folk Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Waynesville 1984 Varies Jul
Stokes Stomp - Festival on the Dan River Charlotte & Piedmont Danbury 1974 Free Sep
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Wilmington & Coast Kure Beach 1976 $$ Jan-Dec IFEA
Barbecue Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Lexington 1984 Free Oct
Intercultural Week Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1993 Free Feb
Great Grapes Wine & Music Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Charlotte 2003 $$ Oct
Cameron Antiques Fair Charlotte & Piedmont Cameron 2002 Free Oct
Holly Arts & Crafts Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Pinehurst 1978 Free Oct
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Charlotte & Piedmont North Wilkesboro 1977 Free Oct
Raleigh Art in the Village Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Raleigh Free Oct
ChristmasTown USA Charlotte & Piedmont Mc Adenville 1956 Free Dec
International Festival of Raleigh Charlotte & Piedmont Raleigh 1986 $ Oct
Hillsborough Candlelight Tour Charlotte & Piedmont Hillsborough 1987 $$ Dec
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore VA; Outer Banks NC Manteo 1997 Varies Oct
The Lost Colony Theatre Arts Academy Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore VA; Outer Banks NC Manteo 2015 $$$ Jul-Aug BOOK
Belk Bowl Charlotte & Piedmont Charlotte 2002 $$$ Dec
The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore VA; Outer Banks NC Manteo 2017 $$$ Sep BOOK
Tanglewood Festival of Lights Charlotte & Piedmont Clemmons 1992 $$ Nov-Jan
NC Jazz Festival Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1980 $$-$$$ Jan
Carolina Beach Music Festival on Pleasure Island Wilmington & Coast Carolina Beach 1985 $$ Jun
Mumfest Wilmington & Coast New Bern 1980 Free Oct
North Carolina Seafood Festival Wilmington & Coast Morehead City 1987 Free Oct IFEA
Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1974 $$$ Dec
Island of Lights Festival Wilmington & Coast Carolina Beach 1995 Free Nov
St. Nicholas Greek Festival Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1992 $ May
Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament Wilmington & Coast Wrightsville Beach 1974 $$$ Jun
North Carolina Oyster Festival Wilmington & Coast Ocean Isle Beach 1980 $ Oct
Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1994 $ Nov
Riverfest Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1979 Free Sep-Oct
Poplar Grove Plantation Herb & Garden Fair Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1886 $ Mar
Poplar Grove Paranormal Ghost Tours Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1886 $ Oct
North Carolina Black Bear Festival Wilmington & Coast Plymouth 2015 Free Jun
Wahine Classic Wilmington & Coast Wrightsville Beach 2013 Free Aug
North Carolina 4th of July Festival Wilmington & Coast Southport 1972 Free Jul
Wright Kite Festival Wilmington & Coast Kill Devil Hills 1979 Free Jul
U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Wilmington & Coast Southport 1978 $$$ Oct
Autumn with Topsail Festival Wilmington & Coast Topsail Beach 1988 $ Oct
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Wilmington & Coast Wrightsville Beach 1983 Free Nov
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore VA; Outer Banks NC Manteo 1870 Varies Jan-Dec PLAN
North Carolina Azalea Festival Wilmington & Coast Wilmington 1947 Free Apr IFEA
Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Smithfield 1984 Free May
Cherokee Oconaluftee Indian Village Asheville & Mountains Cherokee 1952 $$ May-Oct
Independence Day Weekend Celebration Asheville & Mountains Henderson 1992 Free Jul
Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival Wilmington & Coast Sneads Ferry 1971 $ Aug
International Folk Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Fayetteville 1978 Free Sep
Mooresville Visitors Bureau Charlotte & Piedmont Mooresville 1856 Varies Jan-Dec PLAN
Explore Boone Asheville & Mountains Boone 1872 Varies Jan-Dec PLAN
Great Chili Cook-Off Charlotte & Piedmont Troutman 2008 $$ Sep
A Dickens Holiday Charlotte & Piedmont Fayetteville 2001 Free Nov
All American Week Charlotte & Piedmont Fort Bragg Free May
Art in the Park Asheville & Mountains Beech Mountain 1962 Free Jul
Beaufort Old Homes Tour Wilmington & Coast Beaufort 1960 $$-$$$ Jun
Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Greensboro 1975 $ Nov
Festival of Food Trucks Charlotte & Piedmont Mooresville 2015 Varies Apr-Oct
Hickory Furniture Festival Charlotte & Piedmont Hickory 1997 $$ Jul
MerleFest Charlotte & Piedmont Wilkesboro 1987 $$$ Apr-May
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Wilmington & Coast Kure Beach 1993 $$ Oct
Saluda Arts Festival Asheville & Mountains Saluda 2003 Free May
Shindig in the Valley Asheville & Mountains Maggie Valley 2010 $-$$ Jun
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