photograph by James Duckworth


Waterfalls ’n’ Wine • Brevard • Every Wednesday, June through August
It’s no wonder Transylvania County is called “The Land of Waterfalls”: It has more than 250. Every Wednesday through August, join the Pisgah Field School in a hiking tour of six area waterfalls while learning about the natural and cultural history of Pisgah National Forest. Then return to Brevard at the end of the day for a private wine tasting at Broad Street Wines.

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“Reimagined” Art Exhibit • Fletcher • June 1-September 4
Asheville artist Elise Okrend captures North Carolina’s natural beauty in her pastel paintings of the state’s mountain and coastal landscapes, which will be on display in the Asheville Regional Airport’s art gallery.

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Belmont Merchants Association Friday Night Live • Belmont • June 3, 17
Join musical performers Ken Knox & Company on June 3 and The Entertainers on June 17 for a free outdoor concert downtown. Set up your chairs and relax, or enjoy the local shops, restaurants, and vendors.

Learn more: (704) 305-2048 or

Toe River Studio Tour • Mitchell and Yancey Counties • June 3-5
Studios between Mount Mitchell and Roan Mountain showcase more than 100 artists, craftspeople, and galleries. A reception will be held Friday evening at the Spruce Pine Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 682-7215 or

Grovewood Rocks! • Asheville • June 4-August 28
Attend an opening reception on June 4 before viewing artisan-made rocking chairs at an exhibition featuring 11 American woodworkers, including six from North Carolina.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions • Saluda • June 4
A deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions of Saluda is at the heart of this oral-history documentary, which premieres in a free screening at the Party Place and Event Center in Saluda.

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Watauga County Farmers’ Market • Boone • June 4, 11, 18, 25
Held every Saturday from May through November, the farmers market features the best in local produce, foods, and crafts, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and a community atmosphere.

Learn more: (828) 355-4918 or

Ang Li Concert • West Jefferson • June 4
Ang Li is an internationally acclaimed pianist whose exceptional talent and charming personality make her one of the world’s rising classical piano stars. Hear her music, ranging from early Baroque to contemporary, at the Ashe Civic Center.

Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or

Gallery Crawl • West Jefferson • June 10
See the innovative works of Ashe County’s leading artists in West Jefferson’s arts district. Visit galleries, view murals, eat at local restaurants, and stroll the streets of downtown.

Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or

Cherokee Voices Festival • Cherokee • June 11
Cherokee culture is best expressed through dance, music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. The 19th annual Cherokee Voices Festival celebrates these vibrant art forms at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

Learn more: (828) 497-3481 or

Bluff Mountain Festival • Hot Springs • June 11
Visit the grounds of the Hot Springs Resort and Spa for a music and art festival featuring performances of old-time music, bluegrass, ballads, and clogging; art vendors; a silent auction; and food. Proceeds go to the Madison County Arts Council and local nonprofits.

Learn more: (828) 649-1301 or

National Get Outdoors Day • Chimney Rock • June 11
Outdoor-themed activities like live-animal encounters and programs on how to enjoy nature responsibly are both educational and fun. End the day with a picnic and a special viewing of The Last of the Mohicans.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

NC Mountain Arts Adventure Studio Tour • Alleghany County • June 17-19
Sixteen local studios and galleries open their doors to the public to show and sell their work. Visitors can interact with the artists in their studios and learn about how to support local and regional visual arts.

Learn more: (336) 372-5473 or

Sirens on the Mountain • Boone • June 18
Three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster headlines this annual mountain music festival featuring performances by award-winning female musicians at the High Country Fairgrounds. This year’s lineup also includes Megan Palmer, Chastity Brown, Laura Blackley, Melissa Reaves, and Diane Durrett.

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Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding • Chimney Rock • June 18
During the summer, dozens of species of warblers breed in Chimney Rock. Join a park naturalist on a moderate hike to see, hear, and learn about the birds.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

Front Street Arts & Crafts Show • Dillsboro • June 18
More than 40 regional artisans will come together to display and sell their jewelry, pottery, leather goods, and more at this year’s market.

Learn more: (828) 506-8331 or

Bear W Daylily Farm Annual Festival • Morganton • June 18
Enjoy a fun-filled day of food, bluegrass, and prizes at Bear W Daylily Farm. Explore the grounds to see animals, antique farm equipment, ponds, flowers, and an old-timey store.

Learn more: (828) 584-3699 or

Summer Solstice House Party • Cashiers • June 20
Celebrate the summer solstice at the High Hampton Inn with a picnic on the green, a bonfire at dusk, and live music. Wear white to symbolize the longest day of the year.

Learn more: (800) 334-2551 or

Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama • Kings Mountain • June 24-July 17
Liberty Mountain brings history to life at the Joy Performance Center. See the powerful Revolutionary War drama of the battle that changed the course of the American Revolution, written by renowned author and playwright Robert Inman.

Learn more: (704) 730-9408 or

Summertime Art & Craft Show • Cullowhee • June 25-26
Visit Western Carolina University to see authentic, handmade crafts from 100 regional artisans, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, ornaments, wood carvings, quilts, and crocheted items.

Learn more: (828) 524-3405 or

The Charlie Daniels Band Live • Forest City • June 25
Since the 1970s, Wilmington-born Charlie Daniels and his band have been making records and performing all around the world. The Grammy Award-winning band heads to McNair Field, home of the Forest City Owls, for an exciting performance.

Learn more: (828) 286-9990 or

Kate Campbell in Concert • Mars Hill • June 26
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kate Campbell’s songs don’t follow music trends, but that’s what has earned her praise from music critics and fellow musicians worldwide.

Learn more: (828) 649-1301 or

Falling Angel • Brevard • June 30, July 2
In a special collaboration with the Brevard Music Center, J. Mark Scearce’s three-act opera Falling Angel, based on the film Angel Heart, will have its world premiere at Brevard College.

Learn more: (828) 862-2100 or


Chartreuse Barn Sale • Thomasville • June 2-4
Custom farm tables and lighting and artistically inspired home and garden furnishings are the highlights of Chartreuse consignment shop’s barn sale, held on the first Thursday through Saturday of each month.

Learn more: (336) 617-7423.

Piedmont Wind Symphony Presents “Gershwin: A Life in Rhapsody” • Winston-Salem • June 2
In its final concert of the season, the Piedmont Wind Symphony performs the music of George Gershwin, who was known for his jazz inflections and adventurous harmonies.

Learn more: (336) 722-9328 or

Always a Bridesmaid • Smithfield • June 3-5, 10-11
The Neuse Little Theatre at The Hut presents Always a Bridesmaid, a comedy that follows the story of four friends who vow on their prom night to be in each other’s weddings — even 30 years later.

Learn more: (919) 934-1873 or

Butner Chicken Pickin’ • Butner • June 4
Downtown Butner’s Chicken Pickin’ is a day of family fun that includes kids’ activities and rides, food and craft vendors, car and tractor shows, and a barbecued chicken cook-off. There will also be live entertainment ranging from local talent to national recording artists.

Learn more: (919) 606-5167 or

Thank You Note Tea Party • Charlotte • June 4
Help your children learn the value of expressing gratitude through thank-you notes while enjoying a tea party in a charming 200-year-old Federal home. Stationery will be provided.

Learn more: (704) 335-0325 or

St. Barbara Greek Festival • Durham • June 4-5
Celebrate and learn about Greek culture through Greek food; music and dance performances; church tours; and a grocery store, café, and taverna.

Learn more: (919) 484-1600 or

Master Gardener Garden Tour • Lexington • June 4-5
Tour five Davidson County Master Gardeners’ private gardens in the Country Club area of Lexington. The tour will also explore the Country Club Oaks Patio Homes, to demonstrate gardening in small spaces.

Learn more: (336) 210-5365 or

Tour D’Coop • Raleigh and Cary • June 4
This family-friendly tour spotlights urban chicken coops, beehives, and gardens throughout Raleigh and Cary. The event showcases the nutritional benefits of local agriculture, promotes environmental sustainability, and teaches humane animal care.

Learn more: (919) 256-2187 or

Cousins in Clay • Seagrove • June 4-5
Meet the potters and watch demonstrations at the Cousins in Clay contemporary ceramic art show and sale, hosted by Bulldog Pottery.

Learn more: (336) 302-3469 or

General William C. Lee Celebration Evening in the Park • Dunn • June 5-11
Celebrate Dunn’s own hometown hero, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, known as the “Father of the U.S. Army Airborne,” with music, fireworks, and more.

Learn more: (910) 892-3282 or

The Merchant of Venice • Fayetteville • June 9-12, 16-19
Shakespeare comes to Fayetteville in a story of justice, love, revenge, and redemption. Follow Shylock’s hunt for the famous “pound of flesh” in this Shakespeare favorite.

Learn more: (910) 672-1571 or

The Honey Dewdrops • Cary • June 11
Americana song-writing duo Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman, also husband and wife, tell engaging stories of their American roots with their music and lyrics.

Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or

Garden Tea Party with Seagrove Potters • Seagrove • June 11
Journey through Seagrove as you meet some of the area’s best potters, while enjoying delicious teas and homemade treats at participating potteries.

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Sara Grey & Kieron Means • Raleigh • June 12
Head to the North Carolina Museum of History for this mother-son duo’s old-time ballads, cowboy songs, and primitive Methodist hymns. Free tickets required.

Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or

Rosedale Adventure Camps • Charlotte • June 14-17
Four half-day adventure camps are sure to entertain young explorers. Kick off the week with Fairy Camp on Tuesday, followed by Pirate Camp, Nature Camp, and an Old-Timey Picnic.

Learn more: (704) 335-0325 or

Singin’ in the Rain • Davidson • June 16-26
Try not to get wet in this faithful adaptation of the movie musical classic. The performance includes every scene, song, and dance from the film — even an onstage rainstorm.

Learn more: (704) 892-7953 or

“Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina” Concert • Fuquay-Varina • June 16
Hip Pocket plays in the heart of downtown as part of Fuquay-Varina’s summer concert series. Enjoy local brews while listening to some beach music.

Learn more: (919) 552-1400 or

A Tribute to Elvis ’56 • Lexington • June 16
A lively tribute commemorates the 60th anniversary of Elvis’s 1956 performance at the Lexington YMCA. The show stars Cody Ray Slaughter, with David Fontana and the Hillbilly Katz, and Samantha Arrowood Chambliss also performing.

Learn more: (866) 604-2389 or

Chick-fil-A 3 Little Pigs Triathlon • Smithfield • June 18
Test your skills in the water, on two wheels, and on foot. Compete individually or in a relay team in a 250-yard pool swim, 14-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run.

Learn more: (919) 631-9847 or

State Annual Singing Convention • Benson • June 24-26
See more than 50 amateur, semiprofessional, and professional groups perform in this free outdoor concert, one of the largest and oldest gospel sings in the United States. Participation is also free, with both competitive and non-competitive events throughout the weekend.

Learn more: (919) 894-4389 or

Denton Pyrate Invasion & Artisan Market • Denton • June 25
Sword fighting, fire dancing, magic, mermaids, and pirates abound in this fun and educational event at downtown Denton’s Harrison Park. Browse the high-quality crafts and interact with more than 100 professional performers and reenactors dedicated to bringing history to life.

Learn more: (336) 859-4231.

Summertime Brews Festival • Greensboro • June 25
More than 140 breweries with more than 500 beers from around the world come to Greensboro for the annual festival. Enjoy your beer with live music and a tasty meal from a food truck.

Learn more: (336) 274-8042 or

Summer Music Festival • Fayetteville • June 27-July 1
Young musicians can learn from the pros in this day camp led by members of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. Students in eighth grade through college level with musical experience can participate. Registration ends June 3.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or


Downtown Alive • Wilson • June 1, 15
Join The Embers, featuring Craig Woolard, on June 1, and North Tower on June 15, as they perform in historic downtown Wilson’s free concert series, held on the grassy lot on Tarboro Street.

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Down East Flick Fest • Greenville • June 3-4
The second annual Greenville film festival features panels, workshops, and screenings of more than 60 short and feature-length films created by independent filmmakers, writers, actors, and artists.

Learn more: (252) 652-8255 or

North Carolina Black Bear Festival • Plymouth • June 3-5
Coastal North Carolina is home to the biggest black bears in the world. Celebrate this North Carolina native with black bear tours, seminars, free boat rides, arts and crafts, live music, carnival rides, and more.

Learn more: (252) 793-6627 or

Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series • Wilmington • June 3, 17
Enjoy the warm summer nights with an outdoor concert series. The Midatlantic Band will play on June 3, and Jack Jack 180 will play on June 17.

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Cape Fear BBQ Festival • Burgaw • June 4-5
Bring out the lawn chairs and relax to live local music as you chow down on delicious North Carolina barbecue. Other activities include a barbecue cook-off, an antique truck and tractor show, food vendors, and kids’ entertainment.

Learn more: (910) 795-0292 or

Carolina Beach Music Festival • Carolina Beach • June 4
Sing and dance at one of the longest-running beach music festivals in the country — and the only music festival actually held on a North Carolina beach — at the historic boardwalk downtown.

Learn more: (910) 458-8434 or

Heritage Farm Fest • Edenton • June 4
Dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of farming, fishing, forestry, and family life of years gone by, the Heritage Farm Fest at John A. Holmes High School offers food, music, and old-timey demonstrations and crafts, as well as a parade of horses and tractors.

Learn more: (252) 489-0349.

Lobster Fest • Wilmington • June 4
The Church of the Servant Episcopal Church hosts its 32nd annual Lobster Fest, where you can order fresh North Atlantic lobsters, available live, cooked, or in a meal. Order in advance for dine-in or carry-out.

Learn more: (910) 990-3331 or

Summer Movies at the Lake • Carolina Beach • June 5, 12, 19, 26
Grab a blanket or a beach chair and head to the lake for free outdoor movie screenings throughout the summer. This month features Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Rio 2, Cinderella, and Home.

Learn more: (910) 458-8434 or

Bourbon & BBQ • Wilmington • June 5
Head to Poplar Grove Plantation for a bourbon tasting, eastern-style barbecue, and live music. Proceeds benefit the Poplar Grove animal sanctuary, which allows people to interact with farm animals, and rescues and rehabilitates abused horses.

Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or

“Small Treasures of Old Wrightsville Beach” Art Show • Wrightsville Beach • June 5
The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History celebrates its 20th anniversary with an art show, in which 15 artists will paint the town’s history through its landmarks and interpretations of old photographs. Unsold art will hang at the museum until August 15.

Learn more: (910) 256-2569 or

Free Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area • Kure Beach • June 10, 14
Kick off this summer concert series with Southern Trouble’s rock, blues, beach, and country music on June 10. Then, on June 24, Liverpool Carolina’s Beatles Experience takes the stage for a Beatles tribute.

Learn more: (910) 458-8434 or

Saturday on the Farm • Fremont • June 11
Visit Gov. Charles B. Aycock’s birthplace to experience North Carolina’s 19th-century farm heritage through a display of vintage farm equipment on the grounds.

Learn more: (919) 242-5581 or

NC Blueberry Festival • Burgaw • June 17-18
More than 20 events celebrate the historic, economic, and cultural significance of blueberries in southeastern North Carolina, including a street fair, recipe contest, barbecue cook-off, and special exhibits.

Learn more: (910) 259-2007 or

Halifax Revolutionary War Days • Halifax • June 18-19
Learn about Halifax’s Revolutionary War history over two days of military encampments, drills, maneuvers, and skirmishes; historic weapons firing; presentations and tours; hands-on activities; craft demonstrations; and period music.

Learn more: (252) 583-7191 or

Wacky Olympics • Jacksonville • June 18
Gather a team of four, think of a creative name and uniform, and compete for prizes in wacky challenges and sports activities.

Learn more: (910) 938-5312 or

Children’s Interactive Theater • Duck • June 21, 28
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island presents two interactive performances: on June 21, “Snakes” introduces the audience to some of the aquarium’s slithery serpents; on June 28, be a part of history in “The Mystery of the Lost Colony.” Live animals will be on stage, and audience participation is encouraged.

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ACO North Carolina State Championships of Cornhole • Goldsboro • June 24
American Cornhole Organization (ACO) members compete in singles and doubles tournaments to claim the state title and advance to the World Championship of Cornhole in Knoxville. Watch them play, and enjoy a day of food, music, and one of North Carolina’s favorite games.

Learn more: (513) 965-8687 or

Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour • Beaufort • June 24-25
Take a walk through Beaufort’s private historic homes, gardens, churches, and meeting halls; hop on a bus for a tour of the historic district; or enjoy live music and an antique car show at Beaufort’s 56th annual event.

Learn more: (252) 728-5225 or

Bridgeton Blueberry Festival • Bridgeton • June 25
Tempt your taste buds with blueberry baked goods, blueberry pancakes, and a blueberry baking competition. The festival also features kids’ activities, musical entertainment, vendors, and displays.

Learn more: (919) 616-6782 or

Birds & Brews • Scotland Neck • June 25
More than 2,000 birds from around the world call the Sylvan Heights Bird Park home. Tour the park before sampling craft beer from local brewers, playing games, and listening to live music by the Martin County Ramblers.

Learn more: (252) 826-3186 or

Brew Bern Beer & Wine Festival • New Bern • June 25
More than 40 American craft microbreweries will bring more than 100 different beers to this annual festival. Several wineries and distilleries also will be offering samples.

Learn more: (252) 637-9400 or

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