Calendar Of Events

Burning CAN (NotjustA) Beer Festival @ REEB Ranch
Jul 21 all-day
Burning CAN (NotjustA) Beer Festival @ REEB Ranch  | Hendersonville | North Carolina | United States

Oskar Blues Brewery’s biggest ever Burning CAN (NotJustA) Beer Festival is back in 2017 with beer and killer music at the scenic REEB Ranch. The weekend-long lawn party includes 50+ craft canning breweries, internationally touring bands, camping, food trucks, and plenty of outdoor sports – all based at the foot of DuPont State Forest. It’s poppin’ off July 21 & 22.

The festival cranks up Friday  with live music from Jacksonville, Florida’s JJ Grey & Mofro. Their soulful sound perfectly distills the salty backwoods of the Florida swamp and will set the tone for the whole weekend. JD McPherson will bring his unique brand of nostalgic rock and roll to the REEB Ranch stage on Friday night with a sound that NPR says harnesses “that genre-defying mix that made early rock ‘n’ roll the sexiest thing on the radio.” Nashville’s genre-challenging Los Colognes kick things off early to get the crowd in the Burning CAN state of mind.

Visitors whose dancin’ shoes are too worn to get home Friday night can camp out overnight before getting after it early Saturday morning. A group mountain bike and group road bike ride will ensue that morning, organized with Pisgah Cycling and REEB Cycles. Wild Bill will lead a trail run on the REEB Ranch property and there will even be a chance to paddle the French Broad. The REEB Ranch bike park will be open for those who want to get rad on the dual slalom course, the pumptrack, or the skillz area. A yoga session will help you strengthen and stretch your core before tasting over 200 beers from the nation’s best canned craft breweries.

Gettin’ after it makes you thirsty. The main event cracks open Saturday afternoon with more than fifty breweries pouring exclusively from CANs at the region’s sole can-only beer festival. Craft beer from all over the East Coast and beyond will be represented. What’s the deal with cans? Oskar Blues Brewery filled the first can of Dale’s Pale Ale fifteen years ago, igniting the craft can revolution that continues today.

The music continues with Portland, Oregon folk-rock quintet Fruition  taking the Burning CAN stage on Saturday night amidst the craft beer jubilation. With a sound wrought with rootsy strings and tight vocal harmonies, they’ll get the crowd movin’ and groovin’. Described as creating “tropical indie rock” tunes, The Hip Abductionwill be taking the stage on Saturday as well (hey, that’s cheaper than a tropical vacay). Saturday’s line-up also features Jon Stickley TrioDead 27sDevon Gilfillian, and The Suitcase Junket.

Weekend Pass: $75

Includes entry to Burning CAN each day –  all live music plus beer festival with samples from more than 50 craft can breweries – over 150 beers to git a taste of!

Friday Pass: $35

Entry to Burning CAN on Friday, July 21 ONLY – includes all live music Friday – JJ Grey & Mofro, JD McPherson, & Los Colognes

Saturday All-Entry Pass (music + beer fest): $55

Entry to Burning CAN on Saturday, July 22 ONLY – includes live music on Saturday AND beer festival with free samples from over 50 craft can breweries – over 200 beers to git a taste of!

Saturday Music ONLY Pass: $30

Entry to Burning CAN on Saturday, July 22 ONLY – includes live music on Saturday ONLY. This ticket will NOT allow you to participate in the beer festival.

Kids 12 and under may enter Burning CAN for free but must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $10 more per ticket.

The Burning Can Fest North Carolina raises money for Can’d Aid Foundation. For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit:

Burning Can Fest with the Lyons Outdoor Games is going down in Colorado on Saturday, June 3.


Folkmoot Festival
Jul 21 all-day
Folkmoot Festival

Folkmoot: North Carolina’s International Folk Festival,
Folk Dance & World Culture in the Mountains of WNC
July 20-30, 2017

 Named by USA Today as one of the Top Twenty Festivals in North Carolina, Folkmoot is a ten-day event, held across the mountains of Western North Carolina in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville, plus a first performance in Greenville, South Carolina. The 2017 festival dates are July 20 – 30 and feature cultural ambassadors/dance performing groups from India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, Wales and local Appalachian and Cherokee dancers and musicians.

Folkmoot is defined as a “meeting of the people” and delivers exuberant, educational and entertaining programs for all ages based on cultural exchange through dance and music.  The festival is designed to build global relationships, foster cultural understanding and develop community prosperity.

2017 International Cultural Groups

In Folkmoot’s 34-year history, upwards of 8,000 performers from approximately 150 countries have visited the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Folkmoot performers are primarily college students who serve as cultural ambassadors for their home countries.  In 2017, Folkmoot anticipates hosting musicians and dancers from India, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, a Canadian group representing Welsh dance, a U.S. group representing African dance, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians performers, plus several regional bluegrass and clogging groups representing Appalachian culture.

What’s New for the 2017 Festival

Gala on the Green, July 20 – 7:00 p.m., Annual Fundraiser for Friends of Folkmoot, $150 per couple. The Gala is the kickoff event for the festival and a fundraising event for Friends of Folkmoot, sponsors and their guests. Held in Waynesville in the field adjacent to the Friendship Center, friends will enjoy specialty foods and beverages while cultural performers take the stage under the stars for their first appearance of the festival. For more information, contact Laura Shepherd, or 828-452-2997.

 Camp Folkmoot – Hands around the Globe, July 21 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., $40. Dancers of all abilities who are inspired by folk dance and live music can learn international folk dance with ambassador performers from around the globe. Learn basic concepts and movements, gain appreciation of the similarities and differences between cultures, and hear the timeless, captivating stories behind the dances of each international group. The day includes “make-and-take” cultural crafts and culminates in a short performance with the groups and community participants. Families and youth groups are encouraged to register. Snacks, lunch, and drinks will be provided. Discounts are available to groups of four or more if pre-registered together. For more information, contact Caroline Brown Williamson, To register, or 828-452-2997.

Cultural Wear Exhibition and Performance – Folkmoot Matinee, July 21 & July 28, 2017 – 2pm, $21.00 for adults / $10.00 children Featuring a panel discussion on cultural attire, historical references of traditional wear and the stories behind the dances, Folkmoot’s HART Theatre performance will feature four groups for two Fridays of the Festival. Tickets available at

 Many Cultures Day, July 22, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., $5 admission This outdoor event is in its second year, scheduled for immediately after the Parade of Nations in downtown Waynesville. The event features 30-vendors, youth activities hosted by community groups, ethnic food trucks, international performers, community dance lessons, a youth performance stage with local youth fiddlers and dancers; additionally, there will be two Cherokee stickball game demonstrations. The cost of this outdoor festival is $5 for individuals over 5 years old.

 Folkmoot Cultural Conversations and Dance Performance, July 23, 2017 – 12:00 p.m., $25.00 for adults; $10.00 for children Facilitated by Folkmoot staff and First United Methodist Church members, local residents and representatives from Folkmoot’s international performance groups will share a meal and discuss current international events while considering similarities and differences between participating cultures. All ages are welcome. Lunch starts at 12:00pm in the Christian Growth Center. Conversation begins at 12:30 p.m. and are followed by a dance and musical performance by one group. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone, 828-452-2997.

 Sunday Soiree Concert Series, July 23, 2017 – 7:00 p.m., $10 adults, $5 students, Under 5 years free. The Festival Soiree will feature American Grammy-award winning, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo ( and Empire Strikes Brass ( These bands offer a wide spectrum of musical genres, are multi-instrumental and musically sophisticated. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Haywood County School band students who wish to attend Western Carolina University and play in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. This event will be held in the green space adjacent to the Folkmoot Friendship Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at, by phone, 828-452-2997, and at the door.

 Cherokee Ambassador’s Day, July 25, 2017 – 10:00 a.m., $35.00 – $65.00 Our friends and neighbors, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, will share with our visiting cultural ambassadors and festival attendees the unique experience and often tragic but ultimately victorious history of the Cherokee people. The Cherokee culture and traditions are among the very richest offerings Western Carolina has to share with the world. The day includes visiting the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Qualla Arts & Crafts and the Museum of the Cherokee Indians, catered lunch at the Fairgrounds and culminating in an all group performance and cultural exchange at Cherokee Central High School, the Chief Joyce Dugan Arts & Cultural Center. Transportation is not included. Enrolled Eastern Band are admitted at no charge. Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount. Please call Cherokee Programs Coordinator, Lisa Spring Wilnoty for more information at 828-452-2997.

Greenville “Center Stage”, July 26 – 7:00 p.m., $31.00 for adults Through a programming partnership with Upstate International, Folkmoot Festival will travel to downtown Greenville SC for an appearance at Center Stage Theater. Tickets are available starting June 1 by calling, 864-233-6733.


2017 Festival Event Schedule*

*This schedule is subject to change. Please visit for additions or cancellations or call the ticket office, 828-452-2997.  The number of performance groups is included for each venue.

Thursday, July 20

7:00 p.m. – Gala on the Green, Friends of Folkmoot Gala, (All Groups).

For the first time, this exclusive event will take place on the grounds of the Folkmoot Friendship Center. This kickoff celebration will include multi-cultural cuisine prepared by premier local chefs to complement breathtaking performances from ten performing groups.  This is an event for the Friends of Folkmoot, donors, and sponsors.

 Friday, July 21

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Camp Folkmoot (3 – 4 groups). Folkmoot Greenspace, $40.

2:00 p.m.- Cultural Wear Exhibition and Performance Matinee, HART Theatre, Waynesville. (4 groups). Adult Seating: $21; Children $10.

6:30 p.m. – Folkmoot Group Guest Appearance at Mountain Street Dance, Main Street, Waynesville. (1 group). Free event.

7:00 p.m. – Folkmoot Grand Opening, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (All groups). Adult Seating: $31-$21.

Saturday, July 22

10:00 a.m. – Folkmoot Parade of Nations, Waynesville. Beginning on North Main St. and finishing at Historic Waynesville Court House. (All groups).  Free Event.

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Many Cultures Kids Day, Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. (All groups): $5, free for ages 5 and under.

7:00 p.m. – Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All Groups). Adult Seating: $31-$21; Students & Children $5.

Sunday, July 23

12:00 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. Cultural Conversations Forum Luncheon (6 panel participants, and performance by one group). Adults:  $25; Children $5.

2:00 p.m. – Drendel Auditorium, Hickory. (4 groups).  Hickory International Council, 828-326-0256. Adult Seating: $16; Children (12 & under): half price.

5:00 p.m. – Drendel Auditorium, Hickory. (4 groups). Hickory International Council, 828-326-0256. Adult Seating: $16; Children (12 & under): half price.

7:00 p.m. – Sunday Soiree Concert Series, Folkmoot Greenspace, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and Empire Strikes Brass. Adult tickets: $10, ages 5 and under are free.

Tuesday, July 25

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Cherokee Ambassadors Day, Cherokee. (All groups). General Admission $65 – $35.

5:00 p.m. – Cherokee, Cherokee High School. (All groups). General Admission: $20 / $5 children. EBCI members are free.

7:00 p.m. – Colonial Theatre, Canton. (5 groups).  Adult Seating: $20; Children $5.

8:30 p.m. – Bearwaters Brewing After Party, Canton (5 groups).

Wednesday, July 26

2:00 p.m. – Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock – Hendersonville. (All groups). General Admission: $31; Children 12 & under: half price.

7:00 p.m. – Civic Pavilion, Maggie Valley. (2 groups) General Admission: $15 adult; $5 children.

7:00 p.m. – Center Stage, Greenville, SC. (5 groups) Adults Seating: $31; Children: $15.

Thursday, July 27

4:00 p.m. – Parade, Franklin. Free Event.

7:00 p.m. – Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin, 828-524-1597 (All groups) Adult Seating: $31-$21.

Friday, July 28

2:00 p.m. – Cultural Wear Exhibition and Performance Matinee, HART Theatre, Waynesville. (5 groups). Adult Seating: $21-$10; Students & children are 50% off adult tickets.

7:00 p.m. – Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, 828-257-4530. (All Groups). Adults Seating: $31; Children 50% off.

Saturday, July 29

9:00 a a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Farmer’s Market Stroll, FREE (1 group)

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – International Festival Day, Meet the World on Main Street, Waynesville. (All groups).  Free event.

1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. – The Strand at 38 Main, Main Street, Waynesville. Storytellers, $10, ages 5 and under are free.

7:00 p.m. – Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All Groups).  Adult Seating: $31-$21; Students & Children $5.

Sunday, July 30

7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Closing, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (All Groups). Adult Seating: $31-$21.

Winged Wonders: Step into the world of Butterflies @ Western North Carolina Arboretum
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winged Wonders: Step into the world of Butterflies @ Western North Carolina Arboretum  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

See the miracle of metamorphosis before your very eyes. On display May 13 – October 29, inside the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk @ Downtown Hendersonville
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am
Bearfootin' Public Art Walk @ Downtown Hendersonville

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk is an annual tradition that brings custom designed bear statutes to the streets of downtown Hendersonville. On October 21 the bears go up for auction with the proceeds going to local non-profit organizations. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-233-3205.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands @ US Cellular Center
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands @ US Cellular Center

70th Anniversary in 2017

Summer Edition — July 21 – 23     |     Fall Edition — October 20 – 22

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 to 6:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Admission: $8.00; Children under 12 free
**Tickets available at the door.**

Please note that our Fairs are moving from 4 days to 3 days, and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday.

Approaching its 70th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will return to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, craftspeople who are masters in their media will be exhibiting. The variety of craft that will be on display ranges from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. After a curation process of two juries, nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highland Craft Guild will carry on the legacy of these Fairs.

Both July and October hold seasonal editions of the exposition as this extraordinary marketplace offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with artisans adept in their craft. The Summer Edition is July 21 through 23, and Fall is October 20 through 22. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the growing spectacular is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. The U.S. Cellular Center is a shift in landscape for this event as it was incepted under canvas tents in 1948 on grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

As an avenue to provide a regional marketplaces for mountain craftspeople, the Fairs have since evolved to a popular epicenter of craft in the country. Alongside local residents is the expanding tourist population. In addition to retail, the Craft Fairs hosts demonstrations, supporting the Guild’s mission – to educate the public about the history of crafts in this region, various craft techniques, and an appreciation for fine crafts.

Collectors and gallery owners visit Asheville to experience and see the biannual shows in July and October, as they are a known destination for shopping and inspiration. Nearly 20,000 visitors to the Fairs each year invest in the regional and local economies while supporting craftsmen and women working in the Appalachian mountains.

Mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage starting Friday. Since the first Fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience. From old time to bluegrass, this tradition is kept alive today. Visit for a complete list of performances.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 with headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. The Guild region covers the mountain counties of nine southeastern states from Maryland to Alabama, representing over 900 craftspeople. The Craft Fairs are one of the ways in which the Guild fulfills its mission which is to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. To learn more about Guild programs, visit

Spink, Skabootch and Swipes – Live Performance at Carl Sandburg Home NHS @ Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Jul 21 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Spink, Skabootch and Swipes - Live Performance at Carl Sandburg Home NHS @ Carl Sandburg Home NHS | Flat Rock | North Carolina | United States

Apprentice actors from the Flat Rock Playhouse visit the amphitheater adjacent to the Sandburg Home for a lively 30-minutes of Sandburg’s works in action. Spink, Skabootch and Swipes – Wednesday and Friday Mornings Take a journey with Sandburg’s daughters, Spink, Skabootch and Swipes (his loving nicknames for them) on a journey through Rootabaga Country. Discover how the letter X made its way in the alphabet, hit the rails with the Great Golden Spike Limited as it speeds from coast to coast and marvel at how Hot Balloons and his two pigeon daughters crossed the Shampoo River! Performances are free and open to the public. Bench seating is provided in the amphitheater. Shows held rain or shine.

Waterfalls ‘n Wine @ Pisgah Field School
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Waterfalls 'n Wine @ Pisgah Field School  | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

With over 250 waterfalls within Transylvania County, it’s no wonder that you don’t know where to start looking for them!  We’ll guide you to five of the most beautiful of the bunch, leaving room for some education on the unique history of Pisgah National Forest and maybe a little flora and fauna ID.  We’ll end the trip in beautiful downtown Brevard with a wine tasting at Broad Street Wines.  Make the most of your trip to the NC Mountains!  Hiking up to one mile and pre-registration are required for this tour.  Bring a sack lunch and rain gear. Please call 828-884-3443 for more information.

Downtown After 5 @ Downtown Asheville
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown After 5 @ Downtown Asheville  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

The Asheville Downtown Association  announced the lineup for the 29th season of Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru. Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month May – September and is held on North Lexington Avenue. Events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hop @ Art Galleries in Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hop @ Art Galleries in Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock | Hendersonville | North Carolina | United States

Gallery Hop, art galleries will be open 5 p.m. until 8pm every third Friday from May thru December, browse historic downtown Hendersonville & Flat rock to visit 12 galleries exhibiting fine art & craft, by local and regional artists, refreshments, monthly raffle.

Classic Car Shows @ Main Street, Hendersonville
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm