photograph by Melanie Miller

Feature Image: The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour • Brevard • June 7, 14, 21, 28

On this evening tour, head to the top of Black Balsam Knob on a hike with a Pisgah Field School guide. There, you’ll hear about the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Pisgah National Forest, and enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding beauty as the sky transforms at sunset. Later, on the hike back down, you’ll learn about constellations in the night sky.

Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or


Get Outside Mountain Relay • Glade Valley • June 1-2

Rally a team to compete in this 208-mile relay run in beautiful Alleghany County. Free camping, local shuttle drivers who know the mountain roads, and a loop course are all designed to help runners focus on the race, not the logistics.

Learn more: (336) 363-4984 or

Summer Concerts at the Jones House • Boone • June 1-Aug 31

From the first Friday in June through the final Friday in August, bring a folding chair or picnic blanket to the 1908 Jones House and enjoy a concert on the lawn.

Learn more: (828) 268-6280 or

Toe River Arts Council Open Studio Tour • Spruce Pine • June 1-3

More than 100 artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties will open their studios to visitors for the 25th anniversary of this studio tour. Meet the artists and see beautiful works of art.

Learn more: (828) 682-7215 or

Waterfalls ’N’ Wine • Brevard • June 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

On this tour, Pisgah Field School staff will guide you to five waterfalls, leaving room for a little education and the identification of flora and fauna along the way. Afterward, spend the rest of the day relaxing at the local wine shop.

Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or

Shagging at the Rock • Blowing Rock • June 2

This beach music concert features mountain views and performances by The Tams, Eric & the Chill Tones, and more.

Learn more: (828) 295-7111 or

“Falling” • Asheville • June 9-July 15

This exhibit at Grovewood Gallery will feature paintings from Asheville-based artist Michael Francis Reagan, whose clients include National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon magazines. An artist’s reception will take place on June 9.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble • Linville • June 9

Grandfather Mountain naturalists will provide maps and information on where to find the most beautiful blooms during this annual celebration of the rhododendron.

Learn more: (828) 733-2013 or

Tour de Mountains • Sparta • June 9

Fill up on a continental breakfast before this annual Blue Ridge Mountain bike ride. There will be rest stops every 10 to 15 miles, and a spaghetti dinner at the finish.

Learn more: (336) 372-2944 or

Summer Worship Series • Lake Junaluska • June 10, 17, 24

Listen to guest preachers and enjoy music by the Lake Junaluska Singers during these installments of the summer worship series, which takes place on Sunday mornings at Stuart Auditorium.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Doc Watson Day • Boone • June 15

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning musician Doc Watson lived in Deep Gap and was a frequent visitor to Boone and the Jones House during his lifetime. Every year, the Jones House invites musicians who played with Doc and who are inspired by his work to perform at the annual Doc Watson Day Celebration.

Learn more: (828) 268-6280 or

Daylily Festival • Morganton • June 16

Bear W Daylily Farm will be filled with good food and bluegrass music by Good Ol’ Boys during this annual festival of the daylilies.

Learn more: (828) 584-3699 or 

Made in the Mountains Quilt Event Blowing Rock • June 21-23

The Blowing Rock Quilt Cooperative will offer workshops on creative quilting, sewing, crafting, and making in downtown Blowing Rock. Registration is required.

Learn more: (828) 372-7024 or 

Horn in the West • Boone • June 22-Aug 12

A dozen top gospel groups will perform at MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain. Returning for its 94th year, this all-day event also features a sermon. Camping is available on the field.

Learn more: (828) 264-2120 or

Singing on the Mountain • Linville • June 24

A dozen top gospel groups will perform at MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain. Returning for its 94th year, this all-day event also features a sermon. Camping is available on the field.

Learn more: (828) 733-2013 or

Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama • Kings Mountain • June 29-30, July 1, 4, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22

This drama, which depicts the events that led to the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, will feature action, music, battles, and special effects at the Joy Performance Center.

Learn more: (704) 730-9408 or


Chicken Pickin’ • Butner • June 1-2

This two-day festival at Gazebo Park kicks off on Friday night with a street dance featuring the Konnection Band. On Saturday, enjoy food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, car and tractor shows, live entertainment on two stages, and a barbecue cook-off.

Learn more: (919) 906-7025 or

Freight Train Blues • Carrboro • June 1, 8

This outdoor music series on the Town Common celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont folk music legend Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, who was born in Carrboro in 1893. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live music, food trucks, and beer from a local brewery.

Learn more: (919) 643-2456 or 

Funny Bus Comedy City Tour • Charlotte • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Discover the Queen City through laughter: This 90-minute tour travels through Uptown, NoDa, South End, Plaza Midwood, and The NC Music Factory. Tickets are required.

Learn more: (336) 406-6294 or

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof • Fayetteville • June 1-10

See the classic drama by Tennessee Williams performed at the Gilbert Theater.

Learn more: (910) 678-7186 or

Master Gardener Garden Tour • Lexington • June 2-3

Tour five private gardens in the Willow Creek area near High Point and chat with docents at each location during this 14th annual garden tour hosted by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners.

Learn more: (336) 210-5365 or

Cousins in Clay • Seagrove • June 2-3

Begin (or add to) your pottery collection at this special art event at Bulldog Pottery. Meet the potters and browse works while enjoying light refreshments. On Saturday, watch a pottery demonstration.

Learn more: (910) 428-9728 or

The Raleigh Ringers • Raleigh • June 3

This internationally acclaimed community handbell choir has been performing unique interpretations of popular music since their founding in 1990. See them perform at Meymandi Concert Hall.

Learn more: (919) 847-7574

North Carolina Plein Air Paint Out and Workshop • Mooresville • June 5-10

Attend a three-day workshop on plein air painting hosted by instructor Greg Barnes, or head to one of several outdoor sites to put your brush to canvas. Paintings will be hung in the Mooresville Arts Gallery.

Learn more: (704) 663-6661 or

Hops & Shop: BrewStock • Winston-Salem • June 10

Shop from more than 100 vendors selling handmade, antique, and repurposed items while you listen to live music and feast on offerings from five food trucks at this craft fair.

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North Carolina State Food Truck Championship • Randleman • June 15-16

Food trucks from across the state will compete at this fifth annual event at Commerce Square Park. Enjoy vendors, a beer garden, games, and lots of live music.

Learn more: (336) 495-7525 or

The North Carolina Man Expo • Raleigh • June 16-17

On Father’s Day weekend, head into the “man cave” at the NC State Fairgrounds. See the latest in cars, gaming, gadgets, outdoor adventure, apparel, and more; sample craft beer and spirits; and play games like cornhole and Giant Jenga.

Learn more: (919) 882-3733 or

Caswell’s Steers and Cheers • Yanceyville • June 16

There will be live entertainment, demonstrations, and plenty of slow-cooked beef at this celebration of the region’s agriculture, held in the town square. 

Learn more: (336) 694-4013

Toddler Tour de France • Charlotte • June 16

Watch hundreds of tiny cyclists take over the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the Strider Cup, which gives small children and toddlers a chance to test their skills on two wheels in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

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Monty Python’s Spamalot • Davidson • June 21-24, 28-July 1

This musical twist on the classic comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, will surely have you laughing. Catch a show by the Davidson Community Players at the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College.

Learn more: (704) 892-7953 or

Körner’s Folly Family Fun Day • Kernersville • June 23

Learn about Victorian-era traditions and games while enjoying hands-on activities and crafts at this third annual event. Now a 22-room museum, the historic house was built in 1880 and served as the home of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner.

Learn more: (336) 996-7922 or

Denton Antiques Festival • Denton • June 30-July 4

Calling all collectors: Buy, sell, or browse a wide selection of antiques at this annual festival at Harrison Park.

Learn more: (336) 859-4231 or


Ocrafolk Festival • Ocracoke • June 1-3

Celebrate music, storytelling, and art from North Carolina’s coastal region and beyond at this three-day festival.

Learn more: (252) 921-0260 or

First Friday Gallery Walk • Southport • June 1

At this monthly event, view beautiful art while enjoying wine and appetizers at a number of downtown galleries, including Franklin Square, Ricky Evans, Lantana’s, and the Silver Coast Winery and Tasting Room.

Learn more: (910) 457-1129 or

Heritage Farm Fest • Denton • June 2

See what farm life in northeastern North Carolina was like in the past at this festival, which helps preserve and promote farming, fishing, forestry, family life, and military life of the past. There will be butter churning, wagon rides, a blacksmith, antique farm equipment, demonstrations, kids’ activities, and more.

Learn more: (252) 489-0349 or

Kayak for the Warriors • Pine Knoll Shores • June 2

Kayak or paddleboard a 3.2-mile route along beautiful canals and Bogue Sound. Paddle for fun or take part in the race, and enjoy lunch and a raffle; proceeds will go to Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit that benefits wounded soldiers. Registration is required. 

Learn more: (252) 247-2268 or

NC Black Bear Festival & Blackberry Extravaganza • Plymouth • June 2-3

Coastal North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears as well as one of the world’s highest-density populations. Celebrate and learn more about the bears at this annual festival on the downtown waterfront, where there will be bear tours, live music, boat rides, a classic car show, fireworks, blackberries, and more.

Learn more: (252) 793-6627 or

Sunday in the Park • Greenville • June 3-Aug 19

This summer concert series, celebrating its 45th season, takes place each Sunday evening on the Town Common. A different artist will perform each week, and styles will vary from bluegrass to jazz to beach music to classical to rock.

Learn more: (252) 329-4698 or

Into the Woods • Lumberton • June 8-10, 15-16

In this Tony Award-winning musical written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, classic storybook characters are brought together during an enchanting adventure. See a performance at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

Movie Night • Atlantic Beach • June 13, 20, 27

You can skip the sunscreen for this nighttime event on the boardwalk. Just bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy a movie on the big screen.

Learn more: (252) 726-2121 or

BlueberryFest • Bridgeton • June 15-16

The blueberry is a “healthy superfruit,” so a festival celebrating them should be super, too. Enjoy two days of food, vendors, country music by Bryan Mayer and beach music by The Breeze Band at Vernon Blades Park.

Learn more: (252) 349-5711 or

North Carolina Blueberry Festival • Burgaw • June 15-16

For 15 years, the state’s blueberry capital has been hosting this festival to celebrate the economic and cultural significance of the fruit. There are more than 20 events, including a street fair, recipe contest, barbecue cook-off, fresh blueberry sales, a 5K, and more.

Learn more: (910) 259-2007 or

Flag Day • Wilmington • June 15

With assistance from the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard, learn how to hoist and fold flags on the Battleship North Carolina. You can bring your own or purchase one on the ship.

Learn more: (910) 399-9100 or

301 Endless Yard Sale • U.S. Highway 301 from Weldon to Dunn • June 15-16 

The 301 Endless Yard Sale is a mecca for flea market enthusiasts on the hunt for stand-out finds. For two days, a stretch of highway more than 100 miles long transforms into the state’s biggest yard sale. There’s never been a better time for a road trip.

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Grease • Morehead City • June 29-30, July 1, 6-8 

Whether you’re a greaser or a Pink Lady, you can be a part of Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 at this performance of the classic musical at the Carteret Community Theatre.

Learn more: (252) 497-8919 or

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