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Feature Image: Outer Banks Tiny Home Festival • Nags Head • June 8-9

Tour more than 15 beautifully outfitted tiny homes and learn about the sustainable lifestyle that these small spaces promote at the Soundside Event Site. Many people who helped define the tiny house movement, like Chris Strathy, also known as the Capable Carpenter, will share their knowledge with attendees, who can also enjoy beer and food trucks.

Learn more: (252) 441-8144 or


Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives • Franklin • June 1

Don your best pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots and spend the evening at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts listening to “hillbilly rock” from Grammy Award-winning musician Marty Stuart.

Learn more: (828) 524-1598 or

Rhododendron Ramble • Grandfather Mountain • June 1-8

From June 1-7, a series of 20-minute walks will highlight Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and blooms. On June 8, guests can meet the park’s naturalists and learn more about this High Country jewel.

Learn more: (828) 733-2013 or

Art in the Hall Presents: “Uni4 Artists” • Morganton • June 3-July 24

This exhibit will feature paintings by members of Uni4, an association that encourages and promotes visual artists.

Learn more:  (828) 438-5362 or

Saddlebred Show • Blowing Rock • June 6-9

This charity horse show is nearly 100 years old. Attendees can watch competitions, take classes, eat at restaurants, and chat with vendors at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve.

Learn more:  (828) 295-4700 or

The Blue Ridge Sunset Tour • Brevard • June 6, 13, 20, 27

Join the Pisgah Field School for a hike to one of the most sought-after sunset spots along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Staff members will discuss the flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians and history of the Pisgah National Forest with attendees.

Learn more:  (828) 884-3443 or

TCHG Spring Juried Craft Show • Brevard • June 7-8

Travel to Masonic Lodge and browse a variety of handmade crafts created by Transylvania County artists.

Learn more:  (828) 862-8122 or

TGIF Summer Concert Series • Morganton • June 7, 14, 21, 28

Enjoy a snack and beer or wine on Morganton’s historic courthouse lawn while listening to live music from local talent. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket.

Learn more:  (828) 438-5252 or

Community Yard Sale • Banner Elk • June 8

Purchase a gently used item at the Historic Banner Elk School. Proceeds will benefit the Avery County Rotary Club.

Learn more:  (828) 898-8395 or

Summer Worship Series • Lake Junaluska • June 9, 16, 23, 30

Attend a spirited traditional worship service Sunday mornings at Memorial Chapel, located at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.

Learn more:  (800) 222-4930 or

Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone • Lenoir • June 9

Rebecca Boone, Daniel Boone’s wife, will share her wisdom and memories in this play at the Chapel of Rest, which will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Daniel Boone’s first trek through the Cumberland Gap.

Learn more:  (828) 208-1167 or

Animal Birthday Party • Grandfather Mountain • June 12

At Grandfather Mountain, all animals are celebrated with a birthday party filled with games, contests, crafts, and surprises. Take part in this fun-filled day with the park’s furry and feathered friends.

Learn more:  (828) 733-2013 or

Taste of Scotland Festival • Franklin • June 13-16

Grab your kilt and bagpipes and enjoy a weekend of Scottish festivities in downtown Franklin. Scottish food, fashion, music, and border collie demonstrations will offer participants plenty of activities to enjoy.

Learn more:  (830) 460-0628 or

Cherry Bounce Festival • Forest City • June 14-15

Indulge in cherry-inspired dishes from local restaurants and businesses while listening to live bluegrass music from regional artists at Forest City Pavilion on Park Square.

Learn more:  (828) 247-4417 or

Open Studio Art Tour • Asheville • June 15

View the latest works from resident artists at Grovewood Village and learn more about their creative processes. The tours are free and self-guided.

Learn more:  (828) 253-7651 or

Art in the Park • Blowing Rock • June 15

View art from more than 90 artisans in downtown Blowing Rock. This show is one in a series of six summer shows.

Learn more:  (828) 295-7851 or

Bear Webb Daylily Farm Festival • Morganton • June 15

Purchase daylilies for your garden, dance to bluegrass music, and enjoy a plate of barbecue at The Bear Webb Daylily Family Farm.

Learn more:  (828) 584-3699 or

AAUW Book Sale • Brevard • June 15-20

Browse more than 30,000 pre-owned books, puzzles, and CDs at Boshamer Gymnasium, located on the campus of Brevard College. Proceeds will help the American Association of University Women provide scholarships and educational support for local young women.

Learn more:  (203) 913-6935 or

Summer Youth Events • Lake Junaluska • June 15-30, July 1-3, 10-14

Six multi-day spiritual enrichment programs for sixth through 12th graders will be filled with high-energy worship music, guest preachers, and workshops at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. In the afternoon participants will enjoy rafting trips, mission work, or playing in the pool.

Learn more:  (800) 222-4930 or

Doc Watson Day Celebration • Boone • June 21

Celebrate the late award-winning country, blues, and folk musician Doc Watson during this free concert at The Jones House Cultural & Community Center.

Learn more:  (828) 268-6280 or

Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival • Sparta • June 21-22

Learn about songwriting from Matraca Berg — who was named one of the best songwriters of her generation by the Associated Press — at Muddy Creek Café. Berg has written hits for musicians such as the Dixie Chicks and Mary Gautheir.

Learn more:  (336) 372-5473 or

Shagging at The Blowing Rock • Blowing Rock • June 22

Enjoy an afternoon filled with classical beach music tunes and picturesque mountain views at The Blowing Rock Attraction.

Learn more:  (828) 295-7111 or

A Tale of Two Charlies • Spruce Pine • June 27

The Historic Orchard at Altapass hosts this play based on the real-life history of Charlie and Elizabeth McKinney, and Charlie and Frankie Silvers. Charlie McKinney is well-known in Western North Carolina for having four wives and 48 children.

Learn more:  (828) 592-1230 or

Blowing Rock Garden Club Presents: Mile of Flowers • Blowing Rock • June 28

Take a tour through award-winning gardens with knowledgeable garden hosts, and enjoy gardening demonstrations, shopping at the garden boutique, and afternoon tea.

Learn more:  (770) 301-4127 or

Jeff Little Trio • Elkin • June 28

Listen to a concert featuring pianist Jeff Little, guitarist and banjo player Steve Lewis, and bassist Josh Scott at The Reeves Theater & Café.

Learn more:  (336) 258-8240 or

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone • Franklin • June 28

Peter Noone became the lead singer of ’60s pop band, Herman’s Hermits, at the age of 15, and gained international recognition by singing hits like “I’m Into Something Good.” Listen to this blast from the past at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more:  (828) 524-1598 or

Native American Summer Conference • Lake Junaluska • June 28-30

Learn about the health issues and substance abuse that has often plagued Native American communities as a result of historical trauma. Take a spiritual walk around the lake, participate in a talent show, and enjoy an ice cream social.

Learn more:  (800) 222-4930 or

Liberty Mountain • Kings Mountain • June 28-30, July 4-7, 12-14, 19-21

In this play at the Joy Performance Center, watch North Carolina’s backcountry patriots fight in the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780 — the victory that helped guarantee America’s freedom.

Learn more:  (704) 730-9408 or


Tour D’Coop • Apex, Cary, Raleigh • June 1

Travel through several cities touring homeowners’ DIY chicken coops, beehives, and gardens. The goal of this event is to introduce neighbors to the benefits of local agriculture, environmental sustainability, and humane animal care. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, Urban Ministries of Wake County.

Learn more: (919) 836-1642 or

Chicken Pickin’ • Butner • June 1

Cook a bird for the barbecued chicken cook-off, listen to live music by the Soul Psychedelique Orchestra, and attend tractor and car shows at Gazebo Park.

Learn more: (919) 906-7025 or

State Farmers Market • Raleigh • June 1

Shop local and support North Carolina’s growers and craftsmen by purchasing fresh produce and potted plants. Then, enjoy a meal at one of the market restaurants.

Learn more: (919) 733-7417 or

NC Symphony Summerfest Presents: “A Space Spectacular” • Cary • June 1

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with a performance by the North Carolina Symphony at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Learn more: (919) 462-2025 or

The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute • Carthage • June 1

Listen to a variety of live music from this country music legend’s career at the Cooper Ford Dealership. Country music artist Shawn Gerhard will perform and proceeds will benefit the Moore Buddies Mentoring program.

Learn more: (910) 365-9890 or

Garden Tour • Davidson County • June 1-2

Accompany a master gardener volunteer on a garden tour throughout Davidson County and gather inspiration for your garden. Proceeds from the tour benefit community projects.

Learn more: (336) 242-2091 or

Weekend Pottery Tour • Seagrove • June 1-2

Browse 13 pottery shops in town and learn about the different effects ceramic artists can create using fire. Attendees will take home a ceramic creation fresh from the kiln and meet local artists Saturday evening at the STARworks Café and Taproom.

Learn more: (910) 464-3266 or

Summer Bark Party • Lewisville • June 2

Bring your furry friend to Westbend Winery and Brewery to play games and spoil them with treats from pet-related vendors.

Learn more: (336) 945-9999 or

The Raleigh Ringers Spring Concert • Raleigh • June 2

Listen to a compilation of popular and classical music performed by this handbell choir at the Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Virtuoso Ensemble, an accomplished group of handbell ringers from across the country will accompany the group for this performance.

Learn more: (919) 622-0641 or

First Friday • Greensboro • June 7

Tour GreenHill Art Gallery to see artist Kristen Baumlier-Faber’s new exhibition on salty, sweet, and fatty foods as part of Greensboro’s First Friday event. Enjoy live music and a cash bar.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or

WESTSIDE/LATIN SIDE: Kenton and Bernstein On Fire • Sanford • June 8

The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Gregg Gelb, will perform the works of Stan Kenton and Leonard Bernstein, both of whom used Latin-based rhythms in their music at the Temple Theatre.

Learn more: (919) 774-4512 or

Pimento Cheese Festival • Cary • June 8

Create a pimento cheese sculpture, try a smorgasbord of the South’s favorite cheese from local restaurants, and wash down all that cheesy goodness with a beer from a local brewery.

Learn more: (919) 469-0461 or

Mount Airy Blooms • Mount Airy • June 8

Experience the magic of Mayberry by strolling through 12 private gardens, listening to master gardener presentations, and dining at an outdoor pavilion near the historic downtown district.

Learn more: (336) 786-8745 or

Music Lovers Concert • Winston-Salem • June 11

Join the oldest continuous mixed wind ensemble in the country, Salem Band, to listen to live music selections from Whitney Houston, Brigadoon, West Side Story, and more. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket for the concert at Salem Square.

Learn more: (336) 413-2180 or

Author Talk Featuring Rob Christensen • Roxboro • June 13

Journalist and author Rob Christensen will discuss his book, The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys, at the Person County Public Library. This novel examines the Scotts, an influential political family that led a populist, progressive movement.

Learn more:  (336) 597-7881 or

Pineapple Fabrics Summer Warehouse Sale • Archdale • June 20-22

Browse Pineapple Fabric’s 100 percent cotton, pre-cut fabric warehouse to find some fun, printed material for a new summer dress or shorts.

Learn more:  (336) 434-7000 or

Jane Austen Summer Program • Carrboro • June 20-23

If Mr. Darcy is your ideal Prince Charming, this symposium is calling your name. Listen to experts speak on Jane Austen’s work, participate in discussion groups, and don your finest apparel for a Regency Ball at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Hampton Inn.

Learn more:  (919) 942-5599 or

Mamma Mia! • Davidson • June 20-23, 27-30

In this musical at the Duke Family Performance Hall, Sophie goes on a quest to find her birth father before her wedding day. Enjoy this colorful show filled with songs written by Swedish pop band ABBA.

Learn more:  (704) 892-7953 or

State Annual Singing Convention • Benson • June 21-23

This free, family-friendly event features three days of gospel music from amateur and semiprofessional groups and choirs at the Singing Grove. Mainstage performers include 3 Heath Brothers and Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision.

Learn more:  (919) 894-438 or

Das Barbecü • Winston-Salem • June 21-23, 27-30

Enjoy a new musical comedy at Hanesbrands Theatre about two feuding families in Texas on the hunt for true love and a mythical gold ring.

Learn more:  (336) 725-4001 or

Wonderwall Presents: A Beatles Tribute • Liberty • June 22

Spend an evening listening to Wonderwall, a Beatles tribute band, at the Liberty Showcase Theater. The group will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the album Abbey Road.

Learn more:  (336) 524-6822 or

Arts + Craft Beer • Winston-Salem • June 22

Try your hand at screenprinting and learn about ceramics, digital arts, and woodworking from students and instructors at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, all while drinking a craft beer and eating snacks from food trucks. The students and instructors at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art will sell their handcrafted ceramic bowls, mugs, pictures, and other pieces that didn’t turn out exactly as they planned.

Learn more:  (336) 723-7395 or

Camel City Craft Fair Summer Fling • Winston-Salem • June 23

Meet 75 local and regional vendors selling handmade arts and crafts in the tasting room of Foothills Brewery. Attendees can purchase vintage and repurposed items and enjoy food from vendors.

Learn more:  (336) 997-9484 or

“Full Circle” • Hillsborough • June 24-July 21

Attend the June 28 opening reception of a new exhibit at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, featuring paintings by Linda Carmel and Ellie Reinhold and sculptures by Jason Smith.

Learn more:  (919) 732-5001 or

Annual Horse Show • Raleigh • June 26-30

Watch some of the finest riders and horses on the East Coast compete in various equestrian competitions each day at the Hunt Horse complex. This annual event is hosted by the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association.

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NC Symphony Summerfest presents: Broadway’s Greatest Hits • Cary • June 29

Listen to your favorite showtunes played by the North Carolina Symphony from musicals like Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Les Misérables at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Twenty percent of every rented chair will benefit Cary’s Play It Forward scholarship.

Learn more:  (919) 462-2025 or



Heritage Farm Fest • Edenton • June 1

Learn about the lives of past North Carolinians at John S. Holmes High School by viewing antique farming equipment, watching butter churning demonstrations, riding on a wagon, and observing Heritage Village craftsmen at work.

Learn more: (252) 489-0349 or

Fishing Creek Paddle • Enfield • June 1

Relax on a five-mile float trip through Fishing Creek, starting at Bellamy’s Mill. This year’s float will be extra special: The paddle committee has partnered with private landowners so that participants can see parts of the creek that few have seen.

Learn more: (252) 445-2234 or

Kayak for the Warriors • Pine Knoll Shores • June 1

Paddle a 3.2-mile course that weaves through Bogue Sound and the canals of Pine Knoll Shores. Awards, raffle prizes, and a barbecue lunch will be included. Proceeds will benefit wounded military personnel.

Learn more: (252) 808-2998 or

Blount-Bridgers Arboretum Symposium • Tarboro • June 1

Expand your gardening knowledge with Brie Arthur, an advocate for the suburban foodscape movement, and Mark Wethington, the director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State.

Learn more: (252) 326-9334 or

Wilmington Symphony Masterworks Presents: A Strings & Harp Concert • Wilmington • June 2

Lilac 94, a young harp duo, will perform Karl Jenkins’s “Over the Stone,” and the Wilmington Symphony will perform Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in this concert at the Wilson Center.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

Maritime Day • Beaufort • June 8

Spend the day sailing in a fleet of traditional wooden boats, casting a line with a cane pole, or simply listening to live music and soaking in a waterfront view at Gallants Channel.

Learn more: (252) 504-7740 or

Battleship 101 • Wilmington • June 8, 27

Explore the Battleship North Carolina. Try on helmets, raise signal flags, and tap out your name in Morse code. Get a taste of what living and working on the ship would have been like.

Learn more: (910) 399-9113 or

Annie • Lumberton • June 13-16

Sing “Tomorrow” with America’s favorite redhead in this Tony Award-winning musical at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater.

Learn more: (910) 738-4339 or

NC Blueberry Festival • Burgaw • June 14-15

Purchase locally grown blueberries, handmade arts and crafts, and street fair food while listening to live music. There will be more than 20 activities at this festival, including a car show, 5K race, and kids’ entertainment. On June 14, there will be a blueberry recipe competition and a barbecue cook-off.

Learn more: (910) 789-0096 or

“Savor the Sweet Life” Historic Kitchen Tour • Southport • June 15

Delight in tasting desserts made from turn-of-the-century recipes while touring beautiful Southport kitchens near Keziah Park. A local character will be in each kitchen to chat about the vintage recipes and the history behind them.

Learn more: (910) 457-7927 or

Historical Walking Tour • Wilmington • June 15

Accompany local historian Robin Triplett through the state’s oldest rural cemetery, Oakdale Cemetery. Triplett will regale tour attendees with stories about those buried there.

Learn more: (910) 762-5682 or

Bubbles and Blooms • Wilmington • June 20

Immerse yourself in a cloud of bubbles at this outdoor event at the New Hanover County Arboretum, and enjoy snacks and sweet treats from food trucks and beer, wine, and champagne from Fermental, a local shop. Guests can also enjoy live music from the band L Shape Lot.

Learn more: (910) 786-7660 or

Art Show • Avon • June 27

Browse local artists’ work at the Hatteras Realty Avon Greenspace. Attendees can participate in a raffle that provides scholarships to graduating seniors who show artistic promise.

Learn more: (252) 305-2220 or

Run for the Warriors • New Bern • June 29

Run the Furry 5K or Mile Mutt Strut by yourself or with your favorite four-legged friend at Union Point Park. Proceeds will benefit Hope for the Warriors, a national nonprofit that supports service members and their families.

Learn more: (910) 381-8272 or

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