Brevard Music Center Summer Festival • Brevard • July 1-August 7
Brevard Music Center honors its 80th anniversary with a series of concerts ranging from classical to folk to pop.
Learn more: (828) 862-2105 or brevardmusic.org.
Independence Day Celebrations • Lake Junaluska • July 1-4
Celebrate American independence with a weekend of fireworks, family activities, and concerts, including the Lake Junaluska Singers and award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range.
Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com.
Art in the Hall: “Character and Expression” • Morganton • July 1-August 31
Works by Blowing Rock mixed-media artist Alan Gordon will be on exhibit in the lobby of Morganton City Hall in July and August as part of a rotating display featuring North Carolina artists.
Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or morgantonnc.gov.
Graham County Heritage Festival • Robbinsville • July 1-2
Celebrate this mountain county’s heritage with activities like lumberjack competitions, greased-pig chases, cornhole contests, a motorcycle show, a parade, and a veterans’ ceremony. Plus, meet moonshiners and listen to local country and bluegrass bands.
Learn more: (828) 479-3250 or grahamcounty.net.
Christmas in July Festival • West Jefferson • July 1-2
In 2015, Ashe County was named the No. 1 Christmas tree producer in the country. Get into the holiday spirit early this year with wreath-making demonstrations; Christmas tree competitions; and local food, crafts, and performers.
Learn more: (336) 846-919 or christmasinjuly.info.
Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Lake Junaluska • Waynesville • July 2
The Tuscola Garden Club presents a tour of five hidden gardens around Lake Junaluska, with trolley rides available for transportation in between.
Learn more: (828) 246-0437 or tuscolagardenclub.org.
Freedom Fest • Bryson City • July 4
This downtown street festival features handcrafted art, live music, a dog show, a watermelon-eating contest, and a Hula Hoop competition. Finish off the day with a fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Learn more: (800) 867-9246 or greatsmokies.com.
TGIF Concert Series • Morganton • July 8, 15, 22, 29
Head to the Historic Burke County Courthouse lawn for food and free music every Friday in July. Performers include Buchanan Boys, The Extraordinaires, Throwdown Jones, and Tim Hall & the Buffalo Country.
Learn more: (828) 438-5252 or downtownmorganton.com.
NC Blackberry Festival • Lenoir • July 9
If “World’s Largest Patchwork of Blackberry Cobblers” doesn’t catch your attention, “free samples” certainly will. Grab a plate before wandering the berry market, perusing arts and crafts, and listening to live music.
Learn more: (828) 726-0616 or ncblackberryfestival.com.
Coon Dog Day • Saluda • July 9
Dogs and their owners gather for a day full of food, music, crafts, street dancing, and a parade. Coon dog competitions include a bench show, treeing, and a night hunt.
Learn more: (828) 749-2581 or cityofsaludanc.com.
Cashiers Plein Air Festival • Cashiers • July 12-16
Painters from across the country set up their easels throughout Cashiers to capture the beauty of the North Carolina mountains. The festival includes art shows and auctions, workshops, lectures, and a gala.
Learn more: (828) 743-3434 or villagegreencashiersnc.com.
Alleghany Fiddlers Convention • Sparta • July 15-16
The annual Fiddlers Convention, sponsored by the Sparta-Alleghany Volunteer Fire Department, features old-time and bluegrass competitions for bands and individuals, a dance contest, and a songwriters’ circle jam.
Learn more: (336) 372-5473 or alleghanyfiddlersconvention.com.
Toyer • Blowing Rock • July 16-24
Ensemble Stage presents Toyer, a thriller that throws a psychologist and a mysterious stranger into a game of cat and mouse, where they must outwit each other to survive.
Learn more: (828) 414-1844 or ensemblestage.com.
Naturalist Niche: Big Basswood Hike • Chimney Rock • July 16
A hidden cove in Chimney Rock State Park is home to North Carolina’s largest basswood tree. A moderate hike will take visitors to see the tree and the surrounding wildlife.
Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or chimneyrockpark.com.
Appalachian Heritage Festival • Franklin • July 16
See butter and hominy being made, watch basket weavers, listen to mountain music, and browse local crafts in this showcase of Appalachian heritage.
Learn more: (828) 524-7766.
Chalk It Up • Hendersonville • July 16
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Narnia Studios’ chalk-art competition. Artists of all ages create chalk drawings that cover the downtown sidewalks until the next rain. Rain dates July 23 and 30.
Learn more: (828) 697-6393 or narniastudios.com.
Bold Rock to Chimney Rock • Mills River, Chimney Rock • July 22
Meet at Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River to travel to Chimney Rock State Park. Then enjoy a wine tasting at Burntshirt Vineyards and a cider tasting back at Bold Rock.
Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or pisgahfieldschool.org.
Ashe County Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention • Jefferson • July 22-23
A weekend of High Country musical heritage kicks off Friday night with an Appalachian barn dance. Band competitions and individual instrument, folk song, and dance competitions are on Saturday.
Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or ashefiddlersconvention.org.
Blue Ridge Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair • Sparta • July 22-23
Visit Crouse Park for this annual craft fair featuring area artists, local entertainment, and food vendors.
Learn more: (336) 372-5473 or sparta-nc.com.
High Country Crank-Up • Deep Gap • July 28-30
See the agricultural tools of the past, including antique engines, models, tractors, and other farm equipment.
Learn more: (828) 264-4977.
Historic Highway 21 Three-Day Road Market • Harmony to Wytheville, Virginia • July 29-31
Take a break from the interstate to visit the antiques stores and thousands of yard sales that will line a 100-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 21.
Learn more: (336) 372-5646 or us21roadmarket.org.
The SeatWeavers Guild Annual Gathering • Asheville • July 29-31
Chair caners from all over the country host workshops, exhibits, and demonstrations. Friday’s open house and Sunday’s road show are free and open to the public. Saturday’s conference is for members only.
Learn more: (828) 707-4553 or seatweaversguild.org.
Quilters Guild Show • Sparta • July 29-30
See more than 100 handmade quilts displayed at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds. The show includes vendors, a Quilts of Valor presentation, and a guild boutique.
Learn more: (336) 372-3027 or alleghanyquiltersguild.com.
David Holt and Josh Goforth in Concert • Mars Hill • July 31
Grammy Award winner David Holt and nominee Josh Goforth perform their mountain music with instruments ranging from a mandolin to a paper bag.
Learn more: (828) 649-1301 or madisoncountyarts.com.
Chihuly Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection • Graham • July 1-October 15
Forty-seven vessels, 12 drawings, and a monumental chandelier by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly will be on display at the Captain James and Emma Holt White House.
Learn more: (336) 226-4495 or alamancearts.org.
Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion • Denton • July 1-5
Denton FarmPark hosts the largest steam gas and antique farm machinery show in the Southeast, which includes activities like tractor, horse, and lawnmower pulls; golf cart games; music; and food.
Learn more: (336) 859-2755 or dentonfarmpark.com.
Festival for the Eno • Durham • July 2, 4
Head to West Point on the Eno River for more than 65 music performances, a craft show, interactive arts, demonstrations, local food, and opportunities to paddle in the river.
Learn more: (919) 620-9099 ex. 207 or enoriver.org.
Independence Day Celebration • Henderson • July 2
An evening of Independence Day festivities including food, live music, and fireworks over the water takes place at Satterwhite Point on Kerr Lake.
Learn more: (252) 438-2222 or kerrlake-nc.com.
Carrboro Community Fourth of July Celebration • Carrboro • July 4
Watch the parade on Weaver Street from the Town Commons, which will have music, food, games, face painting, balloon sculpture artists, roaming magicians, and a scrap exchange.
Learn more: (919) 918-7364 or townofcarrboro.org.
Fort Bragg’s Fourth of July Celebration • Fort Bragg • July 4
Celebrate Independence Day at the U.S. Army installation with live music, food, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a flag ceremony, and fireworks.
Learn more: (910) 396-9126.
Joel Lane Museum House Independence Day Open House • Raleigh • July 4
The Joel Lane Museum House will offer free admission to the house and grounds, where costumed staff members will demonstrate aspects of colonial life. Make rag dolls, write with a quill pen, and play old-fashioned games.
Learn more: (919) 833-3431 or joellane.org.
Pathway to Freedom • Snow Camp • July 7-9, 14-16, 28-30
This outdoor drama written by Mark R. Sumner tells the story of the son of a slave owner who decides to work for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
Learn more: (336) 376-6948 or snowcampoutdoortheatre.com.
Sunset Sounds • Thomasville • July 7, 14, 21, 28
Music in this free summer concert series, held at the Bandstand on Main Street, includes gospel from The LeBeaus, rock from Lauren Light, jazz from the Reggie Buie Group, and Second Chance Bluegrass.
Learn more: (336) 249-2742.
Cedarock Historical Farm Open House • Burlington • July 9, 23
See demonstrations of farm life during the late 19th century at Cedarock Historical Farm, where a restored smokehouse, post office, corncrib, and barn reflect the style of the original 1830s buildings.
Learn more: (336) 229-2410.
The Harris Brothers • Cary • July 9
Reggie and Ryan Harris connect to their western North Carolina roots with music ranging from Appalachian mountain music to rock ’n’ roll to jazz. Their concert is free and open to the public.
Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or pinecone.org.
Lake Gaston Lions Club Cornhole Tournament • Henrico • July 9
Support the local Lions Club at its inaugural cornhole-tournament fund-raiser for its vision-screening program. Two-person teams compete in double eliminations, and prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place.
Learn more: (252) 532-3980.
Liberty’s July Celebration • Liberty • July 9
This downtown Liberty street festival features art and craft vendors, live music, food, and amusement rides, with a fireworks display to end the evening.
Learn more: (336) 622-4937 or celebrateliberty.org.
Organic Herbs for Growing Health, Wellness & Beauty • Raleigh • July 9
Learn about the cleansing and healing properties of herbs — as well as how to grow and prepare them for your health and well-being — in an hour-long workshop at Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop.
Learn more: (919) 828-5337 or logantrd.com.
Shooting Stars Film Camp • Fayetteville • July 11-15
Campers from age 11 to 17 learn about filmmaking as they work in groups to complete a short film in one week. The camp culminates with a red carpet event for friends and family.
Learn more: (910) 309-6580 or shootingstarsfilmcamp.com.
Measure for Measure • Fayetteville • July 14-17, 21-24 F
A duke disguises himself as a friar to observe the people of his corrupt city, and he watches as manipulation, adultery, and trickery unfold. See this dark Shakespearian comedy at the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.
Learn more: (910) 672-1571 or sweetteashakespeare.com.
Wine & Song Concert Series • Gibsonville • July 15, 22
As part of Grove Winery’s concert series, Love & Valor, an Americana indie band from Burlington, and Mason Via, a funky-folk band from Danbury, will perform at the winery’s outdoor venue overlooking Lake Cabernet.
Learn more: (336) 584-4060 or grovewinery.com.
North Carolina Peach Festival • Candor • July 15-16
Juicy peaches and fresh peach ice cream are the stars of this annual festival on July 15 and 16. The weekend kicks off Friday with the Peachy Feet 5K and music by Loaded Dice. Saturday includes a petting zoo, camel rides, inflatables, bungee trampolines, food, crafts, and music with Jim Quick & Coastline. Just peachy.
Learn more: (910) 974-4221 or ncpeachfestival.com.
Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival • Ridgeway • July 16
In its 11th year, this festival honors the “pride of Ridgeway” and features historical displays, kids’ rides, arts and craft vendors, local entertainment, and festival foods, including the famed Ridgeway cantaloupe.
Learn more: (252) 213-0429 or ridgewayhistoricalsociety.com.
Eck McCanless Pottery 5th Anniversary Celebration • Seagrove • July 16
Eck McCanless Pottery celebrates five years in business with carving and pottery demonstrations, including turning multiple colors of clay on the wheel at the same time.
Learn more: (336) 873-7412 or eckmccanless.webs.com.
Violet • Chapel Hill • July 20-24, 29-31
PlayMaker’s Repertory Company’s 2016 Summer Youth Conservatory presents the touching story of a girl with a disfiguring scar who leaves her home in Spruce Pine to seek healing and find her true beauty.
Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or playmakersrep.org.
Bluegrass Fest at The Farm • Selma • July 23
The Farm’s inaugural bluegrass festival features performances by Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, The Grascals, The Malpass Brothers, and Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion.
Learn more: (919) 750-5464 or thefarmnc.com.
Militia Muster at Fort Dobbs • Statesville • July 23-24
Historical interpreters representing the Rowan County militia will perform musket and cannon firings and military camp life demonstrations reminiscent of the French and Indian War.
Learn more: (704) 873-5882 or fortdobbs.org.
Thursday at 7 Concert Series • Graham • July 28
This month’s featured outdoor concert is Blackwater Rhythm & Blues, a beach music, blues, and funk band from Clarkton.
Learn more: (336) 513-5510.
Sisyphus Saturday Music at Zimmerman Vineyards • Trinity • July 30
Enjoy a classic or premium wine tasting and a cheese plate from Goat Lady Dairy while listening to The Bonnie Allyn Band’s Americana sound.
Learn more: (336) 861-1414 or zimmermanvineyards.net.
Alive at 5 Free Outdoor Concerts • Morehead City • July 1, 15
The Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association sponsors this free concert series at Jaycee Park on the waterfront. See Punch on July 1 and Spare Change on July 15.
Learn more: (252) 808-0440 or moreheadcitydowntown.com.
Gardens of North Carolina Exhibit • New Bern • July 1-August 14
Learn about the history of gardening, horticulture, and landscape architecture at New Bern’s Tryon Palace in an exhibit on North Carolina’s kitchen gardens, farms, flower beds, and early landscaping.
Learn more: (252) 639-3500 or tryonpalace.org.
Summer Movies at the Lake • Carolina Beach • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
This month’s movies on the big screen at Carolina Beach Lake Park include The Sandlot, Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur, and Inside Out.
Learn more: (910) 458-8434 or pleasureislandnc.org.
Surf City Independence Day Celebration • Surf City • July 3
Soundside Park is the perfect place to watch fireworks explode over the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy the view with music and food to celebrate American independence.
Learn more: (910) 328-4131 or townofsurfcity.com.
Fourth of July at the Old Bridge • Sunset Beach • July 4
Children with their decorated bicycles, wagons, strollers, and sneakers will parade over the Old Bridge in a patriotic display. After the parade at 9 a.m., activities, games, and light refreshments will be provided.
Learn more: (910) 363-6585 or oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.
Movies on the Sound • Duck • July 5, 12, 19, 26
Watch a movie under the stars on the Duck Town Green. This month’s movies include Jumanji, Soul Surfer, Inside Out, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Learn more: (252) 255-1234 or townofduck.com.
Island Art Show • Rodanthe • July 5
More than 20 artists from the Outer Banks gather at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center to display and sell their work. The show also features live local music, raffle tickets, and food. Donations benefit various local charities.
Learn more: (443) 243-5870 or spinfinitedesigns.com.
Glass Fusion Suncatcher Workshop • Avon • July 6
Learn how to fuse glass into a six-inch suncatcher with Carolyn Schena of Studio 12. Suncatchers are kiln-fired and available to pick up in one to two days.
Learn more: (252) 995-7899 or studio12hatteras.com.
Emily West Concert • Manteo • July 7
Singer Emily West performs at the OBX Island Opry’s Outdoor Pavilion. The show also includes Love Canon, The Malpass Brothers, Boot Rooster, and Jonny Waters & Company.
Learn more: (252) 423-3039 or islandopry.com.
Free Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher • Kure Beach • July 8, 22
Kure Beach continues its summer concert series with performances by Justin Cody Fox, a Southern rock and alternative country artist from Wilmington, and Bounce!, a party band from Burlington that features a full light show.
Learn more: (910) 458-8434 or pleasureislandnc.org.
Ash & Andy • Fountain • July 9
Ash & Andy are an Australia-based musical duo, but Andy’s roots in Greenville have served him well: He is the reigning National Bluegrass Mandolin Champion of Australia. The two will perform at R.A. Fountain General Store.
Learn more: (252) 749-3228 or rafountain.com.
Sand-Sational 8K Beach Run • Jacksonville • July 9
This USAA Grand Prix Series event takes place at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The scenic course on Onslow Beach includes sections of sand, dirt roads, and pavement.
Learn more: (910) 451-0025 or mccslejeune-newriver.com.
Center Street Jam • Goldsboro • July 14, 28
Every other Thursday through August 25, downtown Goldsboro’s free summer concert series features music from regional bands. Band of Oz performs on July 14, and Jim Quick & Coastline performs on July 28.
Learn more: (919) 735-4959 or downtowngoldsboro.com.
Crab Cake Cook-Off • Beaufort • July 15
You’re the judge in this crab cake competition sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Tickets are $30 for Friends members (memberships start at $35) and should be purchased in advance.
Learn more: (252) 728-1638 or maritimefriends.org.
Rockin’ on the Rivers Concert • New Bern • July 15
A night of local music in historic downtown New Bern includes performances by 3 Day Weekend, Bryan Mayer, and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Learn more: (252) 637-3111 or newbernchamber.com.
Pirates in the Port • Bath • July 16
Witness a reenactment of Lieutenant Maynard and his crew returning to Bath after killing Blackbeard at the Battle of Ocracoke, and a memorial service for the members of the British Royal Navy killed there. A pirate encampment will be at Bonner’s Point throughout the day.
Learn more: (252) 923-3971 or nchistoricsites.org/bath.
Wright Kite Festival • Kill Devil Hills • July 16-18
The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a fitting location to try out your kite-flying skills. Kitty Hawk Kites will offer free kite-making at the museum each day, and experts will demonstrate how to fly stunt and power kites. Fliers of all ages are invited to bring their own kites.
Learn more: (877) 359-8447 or kittyhawk.com.
Lumber River Day Festival • Orrum • July 16
Visit Lumber River State Park for a day of canoe rides and races, kids’ contests, a casting contest, bluegrass and country music, and food.
Learn more: (910) 628-4564 or ncparks.gov.
Historical Flashlight Walking Tour • Wilmington • July 16
Historians Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Robin Triplett, and cemetery Superintendent Eric Kozen lead a nighttime tour through Oakdale Cemetery, explaining the town’s funerary art, local history, and prominent citizens.
Learn more: (910) 762-5682 or oakdalecemetery.org.
Highway 17 Pistons, Plugs, and Shocks Car Show • Wilmington • July 16
Visit Poplar Grove Plantation to see classic cars from past decades, which represent the design and ingenuity of the time periods, and the memories they hold.
Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or poplargrove.org.
Hands-on History: Blockades • Kinston • July 30
Learn about Confederate blockade running at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in a one-day, hands-on program celebrating the opening of a new temporary exhibit, “Blockades.”
Learn more: (252) 526-9600 or nchistoricsites.org/neuse.
Rockin’ Classic Auto and Motorcycle Expo • Rocky Mount • July 30
Classic cars and motorcycles will fill the streets of downtown Rocky Mount for competitions including Best Import, Best of Show, Best Sport Bike, and People’s Choice. The show includes live music, food, and a parade.
Learn more: downtownrockymount.com.
Duplin Winery’s Murder Mystery • Rose Hill • July 30
A winery tour and tasting is followed by dinner at The Bistro, in which details of a shocking murder unfold. Guests work in groups to follow clues and solve the mystery, and the winning team will receive a prize.
Learn more: (800) 774-9634 or duplinwinery.com.