august calendar
photograph by Chris Hannant


Festival of Wisdom and Grace • Lake Junaluska • August 1-4
Adults “in the second half of life” are invited to attend a weekend of workshops, professional training, worship, and fellowship designed specifically for older adults.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts • West Jefferson • August 4-31
This annual exhibit highlights the works and contributions of female artists. There is a reception on August 12, and a symposium featuring artist talks and a guest speaker on August 20.

Learn more: (336) 846-3827 or

Our Day of Hope: A Summit for WNC Women • Asheville • August 5-6
Women discuss how to be healers and peacekeepers in their communities through a workshop, a keynote speaker, a readers’ theater, and a concert by Womansong.

Learn more: (828) 450-5462.

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair • Burnsville • August 5-6
In its 60th year, the oldest and largest craft fair in the Blue Ridge Mountains features quilts, pottery, jewelry, woodworks, and more. The Burnsville Town Center will provide a cool place to eat and relax.

Learn more: (828) 682-7413 or

Reevestock Music Festival • Elkin • August 5-6
After accomplishing its original goal of raising awareness to rebuild the Reeves Theater, Reevestock now funds scholarships for local high school seniors. Enjoy a weekend of live music, food from local restaurants, and kids’ activities.

Learn more: (336) 469-0371 or

Murphy Art Walk • Murphy • August 5
In the Valley River Arts Guild’s monthly event, galleries, restaurants, and other businesses in downtown Murphy will feature regional artists at work, live performances, and fine dining.

Learn more: (828) 321-9541 or

VFW Car Show • Sparta • August 6
Head to the NAPCO parking lot on Trojan Street to see your favorite cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors, plus vendors, door prizes, a DJ, and the Alleghany Jubilee Dancers.

Learn more: (336) 372-5473.

Season Finale: Beethoven 9 • Brevard • August 7
Artistic director Keith Lockhart and a rousing choral ensemble bring Brevard Music Center’s 80th-anniversary season to a close with one of the best-known works in classical music.

Learn more: (828) 862-2105 or

Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival • Asheville • August 9-13
One of the largest stand-up comedy events in the country, this non-competitive showcase encourages comedians of all experience levels to perform their routines for the public and talent scouts.

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Lake Lure Olympiad • Lake Lure • August 12-14
Western North Carolina’s largest sports festival involves three days of competitions around Lake Lure, including races on foot, on bikes, and in the water; a golf tournament; and a Junior Olympiad competition.

Learn more: (828) 286-9977 or

Sourwood Festival • Black Mountain • August 13-14
Gourmet sourwood honey isn’t the only thing that’s sweet at this annual festival. Nearly 200 food and craft vendors, music, dancing, kids’ games, carnival rides, and honey and bee demonstrations make for a fun, family-friendly event.

Learn more: (828) 669-2300 or

Wine and Art • Blowing Rock • August 13
Enjoy a glass of wine while viewing more than 150 original paintings by local, regional, and national artists at Reinert Fine Art Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 414-9580 or

Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride • West Jefferson • August 13
Challenge yourself with a 57-, 75-, or 100-mile bike ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Begin and end your ride at the Ashe Civic Center, where you’ll be treated to beer brewed by Boondocks Brewing and lunch.

Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or

Soldiers’ Reunion Week • Newton • August 14-21
A weeklong celebration of veterans in downtown Newton includes a car show, a beauty pageant, live music, and the 127-year-old Soldiers’ Reunion parade.

Learn more: (828) 464-3906 or

North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival • Marion • August 18-20
Enjoy bluegrass performances from talented musicians such as Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder, Dailey & Vincent, Balsam Range, and more.

Learn more: (828) 724-4105 or

Craft for Critters: Benefit and Adoption Drive • Asheville • August 20
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Grovewood Gallery host an annual benefit to help Asheville’s animals in need. Tour art studios, buy discounted pottery, enter a raffle, or take home a pet at the adoption drive.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Naturalist Niche: Mountaintop Excursion • Chimney Rock • August 20
Hickory Nut Gorge, partially located in Chimney Rock State Park, is home to dozens of rare plants and animals. Hike through areas not usually accessible to the public, and learn about the gorge’s biodiversity.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

Summer Arts and Crafts Market • Dillsboro • August 20
More than 40 local artisans display and demonstrate their crafts alongside food vendors and other entertainment in historic downtown Dillsboro.

Learn more: (828) 506-8331 or

Franklin Area Folk Festival • Franklin • August 20
Celebrate Appalachian heritage with crafts, music, demonstrations, Civil War
reenactors, storytelling, an antique car show, kids’ activities, food, and tours at the Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center.

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Quilters Reunion Quilt Show • Granite Falls • August 20
Each year, The Cotton Quilt hosts an outdoor show with more than 100 quilts on display. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy bluegrass music and refreshments.

Learn more: (828) 244-7797 or

Waiting for MacArthur • Blowing Rock • August 27-September 4
During World War II, an Army nurse in the Philippines corresponds with her mother, teacher, and best friend. The four women tell an uplifting tale of life during the war in this Ensemble Stage production.

Learn more: (828) 414-1844 or

High Country Beer Fest • Boone • August 27
Sample craft beer and food, listen to live music, and attend seminars on topics like beer tasting, brewing, and food pairings at the High Country Fairgrounds.

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Qualla Arts and Crafts Open Air Indian Art Market • Cherokee • August 27
Traditional, handmade Cherokee arts and crafts will be for sale at the market, which will also feature music, food, storytelling, and craft demonstrations.

Learn more: (828) 497-3103 or

The Kruger Brothers in Concert • Mars Hill • August 28
Based in Wilkesboro, brothers Jens and Uwe, along with bass player Joel Landsberg, blend classical and folk in an innovative musical style.

Learn more: (828) 649-1301 or


Matisse Drawings • Greensboro • August 1-September 18
Forty-five drawings from across 50 years of French master Henri Matisse’s career will be on display at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. From rough sketches to detailed drawings, much of this work has never before been exhibited.

Learn more: (336) 334-5770 or

Pigs & Pedals Weekend • Asheboro • August 5-6
Head downtown for a weekend of barbecue competitions and bike races. Test your cooking and pedaling skills, or simply enjoy the beer garden, local music, and food.

Learn more: (336) 626-1277 or

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival • Cary • August 5-6
Choose from 60 types of beer and 40 types of bourbon to sample. Plus, get your fill of delicious barbecue and check out the seminars, exhibits, live music, and the Cary Classic BBQ Competition.

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Summer Sip Craft Beer Festival • Salisbury • August 5-6
Sample beer from local breweries during a craft beer crawl in downtown shops on Friday, and during a live music event on Saturday.

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Cape Fear River Presentation and Boat Tour • Fayetteville • August 6
Learn about the history of boating on the Cape Fear River before hopping onto a real boat for a sunset river tour from Campbellton Landing to Rockfish Creek.

Learn more: (910) 433-1457 or

Swan Creek Riedel Wine Tour • Hamptonville • August 6-7
Receive a collector’s edition Riedel wine glass to sample white wine and a food pairing at each stop on a tour of Swan Creek’s vineyards. Tickets are limited and should be ordered in advance.

Learn more: (336) 468-9463 or

BikeFest 2016: Rural Heritage Tour • Hillsborough • August 6
A free Fun Ride takes bikers through seven miles of historic sites in and around Hillsborough. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, sign up for the 31-mile, 62-mile, or 100-mile tour.

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Revolutionary War Battle Reenactment • Sanford • August 6-7
See a reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle in which loyalists riddled the House in the Horseshoe with bullet holes and attempted to set the building on fire. Wander through militia encampments, watch period demonstrations, and observe military drills.

Learn more: (910) 947-2051.

Christiane and The Strays • Wake Forest • August 7
This Americana group’s music ranges from bluegrass to alternative rock to neo-soul, and offers a mix of original music and unexpected covers. See them in a free concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park.

Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or

Friday Night Live • Mocksville • August 12
For a night of live music and good food, head to RayLen Vineyards & Winery to sip wine as you listen to a performance by Jessica Mashburn.

Learn more: (336) 998-3100 or

Charm City Junction • Cary • August 13
A quartet featuring a fiddle, a banjo, an accordion, and an upright bass, Charm City Junction puts a spin on old-timey bluegrass and Celtic music. They perform in a free public concert at Bond Park.

Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band • Durham • August 13
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, who has won four Grammy Awards, the Americana Music Association’s Trailblazer Award, and the title of Texas State Musician.

Learn more: (919) 680-2787 or

Planting the Fall Organic Vegetable Garden • Raleigh • August 13
As summer comes to an end and the temperature begins to drop, learn about planting and caring for cool-weather vegetables in this free class at Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop.

Learn more: (919) 828-5337 or

Union Street Live Concert & Block Party • Concord • August 18
See beach music favorite Band of Oz, starting at 6 p.m., and Americana rock singer Mike Strauss, at 7 p.m., live in historic downtown Concord at this two-stage event.

Learn more: (704) 784-4208 or

Bee Friendly to Bees Day • Greensboro • August 20
At the Master Gardeners’ annual festival, visitors can see a working hive, make a bee hotel, talk to beekeepers, try some honey, and take a stroll through the demonstration garden to learn about these precious pollinators.

Learn more: (336) 641-2400.

Matheson’s Children • Winston-Salem • August 20-21
Based on the novel by Vivian Bivins, this dramatic comedy, performed at the Hanesbrands Theatre, follows the lives of five house slaves as they fight against their enslavement in a rather unconventional way.

Learn more: (336) 747-1414 or

Dreaming in Color • Hillsborough • August 22-31
See the vibrant work of North Carolina artists at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. The exhibition includes paintings by Lolette Guthrie, textiles by Alice Levinson, and handblown glass by Pringle Teetor.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Southern Women’s Show • Charlotte • August 26-28
Join a cooking class and try some gourmet treats, or catch a runway fashion show or expert makeup presentation after a full day of shopping for the latest trends at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Learn more: (704) 376-6594 or

Black Mountain College Festival • Laurinburg • August 26-November 19
For the first time since 1974, St. Andrews University welcomes more than 30 artists, writers, musicians, inventors, and dancers to its campus for a semester’s worth of performances, exhibits, and lectures that are free and open to the public.

Learn more: (910) 277-5555.

Food and Wine Weekend: Flavors of Spain • Pinehurst • August 26-28
Pinehurst Resort hosts a Spanish-themed weekend retreat including a two-night stay, a welcome reception with Spanish food and beverages, a walking tour, culinary demonstrations, a wine dinner, and two breakfasts.

Learn more: (855) 235-8507 or

Preserving Our Heritage Festival • Burlington • August 27
Watch demonstrations of a variety of 19th-century trades and crafts. There will also be food, live music, and a car show with antique tractors, trucks, cars, and engines.

Learn more: (336) 229-2410 or

Home Grown Arts Festival • Kernersville • August 27
From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., local artisans set up on the lawn of Körner’s Folly to showcase and sell their creations. Visit for the festival and stay for a tour of the historic house.

Learn more: (336) 996-7922 or

Carolina Sky Music Festival • Mount Airy • August 27
Live music begins at noon and goes until 9 p.m., with bands playing throughout the day at Round Peak Vineyards. Bring a picnic, use the grills, and enjoy the beer, the wine, and the atmosphere.

Learn more: (336) 352-5595 or


Warrior Twos and Brews • Wilmington • August 1, 15, 29
Every other Monday, join Front Street Brewery in an all-levels yoga flow practice led by Yoga Village. The class is free, and donations benefit various community organizations.

Learn more: (910) 251-1935.

National Night Out Street Food Festival • Greenville • August 2
For the third year, the Greenville Police Department and Uptown Greenville will host a Street Food Festival for National Night Out, an event promoting police-community partnerships.

Learn more: (252) 561-8400 or

Hatteras Island Arts & Craft Guild Summer Show • Buxton • August 3-4
Outer Banks artists and craftspeople display and sell their work at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in one of two art shows held each year.

Learn more: (252) 995-3440.

NC Watermelon Festival • Murfreesboro • August 3-6
This festival in downtown Murfreesboro has entertained watermelon lovers for the past 30 years. Try your hand at a watermelon-eating or seed-spitting contest, watch the parade, or join the 5K run.

Learn more: (252) 398-7695 or

John Michael Montgomery • Manteo • August 4
This country music star has turned out 36 hit singles, with 15 at No. 1. See him perform with bluegrass bands Flatt Lonesome and Sideline at Island Opry.

Learn more: (252) 423-3039 or

Topsail Craft Market • Topsail Beach • August 4, 11, 18, 25
Browse arts and crafts from more than 25 local artists during Topsail Beach’s Summer Plunder Days, held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Thursday in August.

Learn more: (910) 541-0274 or

Shrimp by the Bay • Edenton • August 5
Sponsored by the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce, the 15th annual Shrimp by the Bay event includes a dinner, a silent auction, a raffle, and live entertainment.

Learn more: (252) 482-3400 or

1st Friday on the Lawn • Wilson • August 5
See diverse musical performances on the Wilson County Library Lawn for the town’s 1st Friday concert series. Visitors can also enjoy educational community booths, a Kids Zone, and food vendors.

Learn more: (252) 399-2308 or

Rock the Block 8 — Community Health Fair • Wilmington • August 6
This annual block party at MedNorth Health Center promotes health education and offers free screenings to the community, plus live music, food, kids’ activities, and arts and crafts vendors.

Learn more: (910) 343-0270 or

National Lighthouse Day Celebration • Edenton • August 7
Celebrate National Lighthouse Day by touring Edenton’s own Roanoke River Lighthouse for free. Enjoy refreshments and activities, and follow the Albemarle Riverlight Trail to visit river lighthouses in nearby Plymouth, Columbia, and Manteo.

Learn more: (252) 482-2637 or

Outer Banks Pirate Festival • Nags Head • August 10-11
Pirates invade Jockey’s Ridge Crossing to teach visitors about the history of pirates on the Outer Banks. Young pirates can see if they’re fit for Blackbeard’s crew at the Scallywag School.

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Ocracoke Fig Festival • Ocracoke • August 12-13
The annual event, including a bake-off, cake tastings, vendors, and an Ocracoke square dance, will be held at the Historic Community Square.

Learn more: (252) 928-6711 or

Roanoke Rapids Seafood and Shag Festival • Roanoke Rapids • August 12
Enjoy all-you-can-eat seafood and learn to shag while listening to the beach music of Band of Oz. Proceeds benefit Main Street Roanoke Rapids, a nonprofit supporting the historic preservation of the downtown Main Street district.

Learn more: (252) 676-9686 or

The Crossing of Lake Gaston • Littleton • August 13
Swim, paddleboard, kayak, canoe, raft, or walk on the bridge across Lake Gaston in the annual fund-raising event sponsored by the Organization to Support the Arts, Infrastruc-ture, and Learning on Lake Gaston.

Learn more: (252) 586-5711 or

Antique Automobile Club of America Southeastern Fall Meet • New Bern • August 13
Historic downtown New Bern closes the streets for vintage automobiles from across the country. Admire classic cars, participate in a youth automotive education program, and see a 1917 Ford Model T disassembled and reassembled in minutes.

Learn more: (336) 869-8158 or

Oriental Dragon Boat Race and Festival • Oriental • August 13
Watch paddlers race dragon boats — the world’s largest flat-water racing canoes — and enjoy food, music, kids’ activities, and a parade of teams.

Learn more: (252) 675-9424 or

Crape Myrtle Festival • Scotland Neck • August 13
Scotland Neck is home to more than 500 crape myrtles. The town honors the colorful trees with food, flowers, arts and crafts, amusement rides, carnival games, and a petting zoo.

Learn more: (252) 826-3152 or

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival • Sneads Ferry • August 13-14
The Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina is an annual event featuring live entertainment, art and food vendors, fireworks, educational displays, an amusement area, a parade, a touch tank, and a shrimp-heading contest.

Learn more: (910) 327-3335 or

New World Festival of the Arts • Manteo • August 17-18
This outdoor art show includes original pieces by more than 75 East Coast artists, including several that are new to the show this year.

Learn more: (252) 473-5558 or

National Aviation Day • Kill Devil Hills • August 19
Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial for free as it celebrates North Carolina’s legacy of flight. Hands-on activities and displays educate visitors on the science of aviation and the story behind Orville and Wilbur Wright’s successful first flights.

Learn more: (252) 475-9402 or

National Honey Bee Day Celebration • Goldsboro • August 20
The Beekeepers of the Neuse invite you to Old Waynesborough Park to learn about beekeeping, antique farm equipment, and master gardeners. There will also be family activities such as candle-making, plus a variety of foods and homemade ice cream.

Learn more: (919) 920-0637.

Missouri Star Quilt Company Trunk Show with Jenny Doan • Jacksonville • August 20
Company founder and quilter Jenny Doan heads to Jacksonville for a two-hour trunk show to celebrate the Carolina Pine Needle Quilters Guild’s 25th anniversary. Doan will share how she started quilting and offer her best tips and techniques.

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Life on Campaign Summer Artillery Program • Four Oaks • August 27
Experience the daily life of a Civil War soldier with demonstrations, cannon fire, and infantry displays at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site.

Learn more: (910) 594-0789 or

Lumina Daze • Wrightsville Beach • August 28
The Wrightsville Beach Museum’s annual event includes historical presentations, live big-band music and dancing, and a silent auction to benefit the museum.

Learn more: (910) 256-2569 or

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