Carolina Calendar: November 2016
photograph by Peter Harholdt, Courtesy of the NC Museum of Art


Exploring Joara Exhibit • Morganton • November 1-January 31
New discoveries from the excavation of the 16th-century Spanish fort of San Juan and the Native American village of Joara, just outside of Morganton, will be on display at Morganton City Hall.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or

Fiddler on the Roof • Franklin • November 4-5, 11-12
This classic Broadway musical, presented by the Overlook Theatre Company, tells the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman trying to instill traditional Jewish values in his five daughters while living in anti-Semitic czarist Russia.

Learn more: (828) 524-1598 or

WNC Pottery Festival • Dillsboro • November 4-5
This annual festival opens Friday with the Clay Olympics, in which potters compete in various events. On Saturday, see the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states on display.

Learn more: (828) 631-5100 or

Quilt Workshop • Hiddenite • November 5
Learn quilting techniques from one of four classes. Registration fee includes a morning coffee break, lunch, and a visit to Lucas Mansion for the Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild Exhibition.

Learn more: (828) 632-6966, brushymountainquilters, or

Folk Life Festival • Huntersville • November 5
Latta Plantation’s grounds, museum, farm buildings, and house will be open to the public as local craft and folk art vendors sell handmade and homegrown products.

Learn more: (704) 875-2312 or

Assemblaggio! Grande Riserva Blending Trials • Ronda • November 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Hone your winemaking skills in a two-hour educational session led by Raffaldini Vineyards owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini. Each blend created will be sampled and analyzed to inspire the winery’s new red wine blend.

Learn more: (336) 835-9463 or

Statesville Pumpkin Fest • Statesville • November 5
Pumpkin smashing, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin pie eating — plus food, music, arts and crafts, classic cars, and a craft beer garden — make this event fun for everyone.

Learn more: (704) 878-3436 or

Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop • Chimney Rock • November 6
Photographer Chuck Hill teaches participants how to capture fall foliage, waterfalls, and mountain views in an individualized workshop great for any skill level.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

Trinity Artist Series: Tryon Street String Quintet • Statesville • November 6
The Trinity Artist Series seeks to explore God’s beauty through art and music. This month, see the Tryon Street Quintet, a classical group comprising members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. A meet-the-artist reception follows the program.

Learn more: (704) 872-6314 or

Vessels of Merriment Opening Reception • Asheville • November 12-December 31
Featuring the works of 14 ceramic artists from across the country, this exhibit at Grovewood Gallery showcases drinking vessels from beer steins to porcelain sake sets. Meet participating artists and enjoy wine and local beer at the opening reception November 12.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Holiday Craft Show • Murphy • November 12
This annual show features locally made jewelry, wreaths, wood carvings, soaps, candles, birdhouses, baskets, and more. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be prepared by Peachtree Community Club.

Learn more: (828) 557-8335.

Handmade Holiday Gallery Hop • Hendersonville, Flat Rock • November 18
Visit 14 fine-art galleries in Hendersonville and Flat Rock on the WNC Art Gallery Trail. Refreshments are served at participating galleries, and a free raffle will be held for a piece of art donated by one of the galleries.

Learn more: (828) 808-1567.

Christmas in the Mountains • Alleghany County • November 19-December 24
Participating choose-and-cut tree farms in Alleghany County offer hayrides, hot chocolate, and farm animal encounters as you shop for the perfect Christmas tree.

Learn more: (336) 372-5473 or

Toys, Games & Trains • Kings Mountain • November 19-January 7
Railroad memorabilia and model trains with interactive features, as well as antique toys and games, return to the Kings Mountain Museum for this annual exhibit.

Learn more: (704) 739-1019 or

Lenoir Downtown Christmas Festival • Lenoir • November 19
Get in the Christmas spirit with crafts, entertainment, Christmas decorations, kids’ activities, visits from Santa, and a musical light show. Proceeds benefit Caldwell County Rotary Club’s scholarship fund.

Learn more: (828) 260-0492 or

Downtown West Jefferson Holiday Parade • West Jefferson • November 19
Local floats, musicians, dance groups, churches, businesses, vintage cars, rescue vehicles, and Santa ring in the holiday season.

Learn more: (336) 846-9550 or

The National Gingerbread House Competition & Display • Asheville • November 21-January 5
Participants of all ages build houses and more out of gingerbread and other edibles. Judging takes place November 21, and the display runs from November 27 through January 5 at the Omni Grove Park Inn.

Learn more: (800) 413-5778 or

Thanksgiving at High Hampton Inn • Cashiers • November 23-27
The High Hampton Inn’s Thanksgiving House Party features entertainment ranging from magic shows to world-class square dancing and clogging.

Learn more: (800) 334-2551 or

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town • Blowing Rock • November 25-26
This family holiday event includes music, hot chocolate, and Santa, with the lighting of the town tree at 5:45 p.m. on November 25, and the annual Christmas parade on November 26 at 2 p.m.

Learn more: (828) 295-5222 or

100 Years of Christmas • Huntersville • November 25-26
See how Christmas festivities changed from the colonial period to the antebellum period at Latta Plantation. The buildings will be decorated in 1800s holiday decor, with costumed reenactors demonstrating old-fashioned holiday preparations.

Learn more: (704) 875-2312 or

Stecoah Valley Arts & Crafts Drive-About • Graham and Swain Counties • November 25-26
NOV 25-26 A free, self-guided driving tour of the galleries and working studios of Graham and Swain counties allows visitors to meet the artists and see them at work.

Learn more: (828) 479-3364 or

Thanksgiving Kiln Opening • Blowing Rock • November 26
Shop for traditional wood-fired pottery items such as Santa face jugs, swirl vases, pitchers, and candlesticks. Lunch will be served.

Learn more: (828) 295-5099 or

Sparta Christmas Parade • Sparta • November 26
See homemade floats, a marching band, classic cars, fire trucks, horseback riders, Santa, and more parade down Main Street.

Learn more: (336) 372-5473.


Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars of the 1930s and ’40s • Raleigh • Now through January 15
Industrial design meets modern art in an exhibit featuring elegant, innovative vehicles from the 1930s and ’40s. Fourteen cars and three motorcycles inspired by the Art Deco movement will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art through January 15. Sleek designs, luxurious finishes, and bold colors make these cars more than just modes of transportation — they’re works of art.

Learn more: (919) 839-6262 or

Art at 123 Studio Art Exhibit & Reception • Nashville • November 1-30
Wilson painter Andrea Horton-Morton and a guest artist will display their work this month at Nash County Arts Council. There will be a reception with an artist meet and greet November 11.

Learn more: (252) 459-4734 or

Holly Day Fair • Fayetteville • November 3-6
Now in its 50th year, the largest holiday gift and craft show in eastern North Carolina offers an extensive selection of holiday decorations, handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, toys, and specialty food items.

Learn more: (910) 438-4100 or

Bourbon: It’s in the Barrel • Pittsboro • November 3
Learn about the history and production of bourbon in this class taught by sommelier and barman Chetan Reddy. Ticket price includes bourbon and a cheese plate.

Learn more: (919) 542-2121 or

Brews & Barrels for Belle • Greensboro • November 4
This beer, wine, and food tasting raises money and awareness for the Belle Raisers Foundation, a charity for cystic fibrosis research and patient care.

Learn more: (336) 423-8585.

GO FAR Family 5K and Fun Run • High Point • November 5
“Go Out for a Run” teaches healthy habits, good character, and goal setting. Run through downtown High Point on a five-kilometer or one-mile course and stay for the food and music.

Learn more: (336) 508-4380 or

Kernersville Moravian Church Shopping Spree • Kernersville • November 5
More than 30 vendors will be selling Moravian chicken pies, Moravian stars, baked goods, handmade crafts, cookbooks, and more.

Learn more: (336) 993-3620 or

Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour • Orange County • November 5-6, 12-13
More than 80 Orange County artists will participate in the 22nd annual open studio tour, a free event where visitors have the opportunity to see artists at work in their studios.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

The American Music Jubilee Christmas Show • Selma • November 5-December 20
This classic Christmas show at the Rudy Theatre includes music, comedy, and a tribute to veterans.

Learn more: (919) 202-9927 or

Old Fashion Day • Albemarle • November 6
This festival at Morrow Mountain State Park features old-fashioned children’s games, storytelling, gold panning, pottery, apple cider pressing, Native American crafts, live music, and more.

Learn more: (704) 982-4402 or

St. Paul’s Episcopal Bazaar and Luncheon • Winston-Salem • November 9
The 70th annual bazaar and luncheon features a raffle, a food booth, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international charities.

Learn more: (336) 723-4391 or

Sandhills Woman’s Exchange: Star Works Glass • Pinehurst • November 10
The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange hosts Joe Grant, of Star Works Glass, as the lecturer for this month’s program, which features Grant’s hand-blown glass works, a discussion, and lunch.

Learn more: (910) 295-4677.

Charlotte Folk Society Concert featuring John Doyle • Charlotte • November 11
See Dublin-born singer-songwriter John Doyle perform traditional and original Irish guitar music in a free concert at the Great Aunt Stella Center.

Learn more: (704) 563-7080 or

Carolina Artisan Craft Market • Raleigh • November 11-13
Presented by the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, the 47th annual craft market features the works of more than 100 American fine craftspeople, including glass, jewelry, wood, leather, furniture, and more.

Learn more: (919) 460-1551 or

Antiques Show and Sale • Salisbury • November 11-12
Shop for fine antiques from across the Southeast in a fund-raiser for Rowan Museum’s four historical sites.

Learn more: (704) 633-5946 or

Cary Unity Walk & Fun Run • Cary • November 12
Fit & Able Productions introduces its inaugural Unity Walk & Fun Run, an event to encourage citizens to work together to support local first responders and create a safe and unified community.

Learn more: (919) 673-4685 or

Corks for Kids • Durham • November 12
The UNC Children’s Hospital’s 10th annual fund-raiser features more than 60 top wines from around the world, silent and live auctions, and local food.

Learn more: (919) 968-1884 or

Durham County Pottery Tour • Durham County • November 12-13
Two teaching facilities and 19 professional potters in Durham County open their doors to the public to demonstrate a variety of pottery techniques and products.

Learn more: (919) 544-2451 or

NC Dance Festival • Greensboro • November 12
Presented by the Greensboro-based Dance Project, the NC Dance Festival closes its 26th season with a concert featuring professional modern dance performances by North Carolina choreographers.

Learn more: (336) 373-2727 or

The Art of Giving • Hillsborough • November 14-December 31
See the holiday-inspired works of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts’ 21 artists, including paintings, sculptures, photography, fiber art, glass art, pottery, turned wood, and jewelry. A reception will be held November 25.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Clayton Food & Shopping Tour • Clayton • November 17
Sample food and beverages and meet the owners of local restaurants and event venues at a progressive-style dinner.

Learn more: (919) 585-4498 or

Tanglewood Festival of Lights • Clemmons • November 18-January 1
From storybook scenes to holiday themes, enjoy light displays by car, horse-drawn carriage, or hayride in one of the largest holiday light shows in the Southeast.

Learn more: (336) 703-6400 or

Celebration of Seagrove Potters • Seagrove • November 18-20
This exhibition of Seagrove pottery kicks off Friday evening with a gala that includes entertainment, food, pottery sales, and an auction. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a potters market, educational talks and demonstrations, food, and an auction.

Learn more: (336) 517-7272 or

American Indian Heritage Celebration • Raleigh • November 19
Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight recognized tribes gather for a celebration of Native American culture.

Learn more: (919) 807-7900 or

PlayMakers presents The May Queen • Chapel Hill • November 23-December 11
Kingston High’s May Queen of ’97 returns to her hometown as an office temp, where she is hilariously reunited with her former classmates.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

A Dickens Holiday • Fayetteville • November 25
Enjoy tasty treats, carriage rides, a candlelight procession, and fireworks, and see Father Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge.

Learn more: (910) 323-1776 or


Down East Holiday Show • Greenville • November 3-6
Kick off the holiday season with the 14th annual holiday show, featuring more than 180 exhibitors selling gifts and food at the Greenville Convention Center.

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Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show & Sale • Wilmington • November 4-6
The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild’s 10th annual holiday sale at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center kicks off Friday with an artist reception featuring live music by the Tallis Chamber Orchestra.

Learn more: (910) 270-1675 or

“Que” for the Kids • Dudley • November 5
Enjoy eastern North Carolina barbecue, a concert by the Malpass Brothers Band, and fireworks at the Wayne County Fairground to support the KW Methodist Children’s Home.

Learn more: (919) 583-4366 or

Holly Days Arts and Crafts Festival • Southport • November 5
Handcrafted items including jewelry, wood crafts, baskets, art, leather goods, floral arrangements, food, and more will be for sale. All proceeds go toward local and international church missions.

Learn more: (910) 457-4365.

NC Pecan Harvest Festival • Whiteville • November 5
Celebrate North Carolina pecans at this festival featuring food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, a pecan-cooking contest, a car and tractor show, an art show, craft demonstrations, and educational exhibits.

Learn more: (910) 770-1991 or

Whirligig Festival • Wilson • November 5-6
This downtown Wilson arts festival, inspired by Vollis Simpson’s famous whirligig sculptures, includes craft and food vendors, live music, a kids’ zone, and a cake dive competition.

Learn more: (252) 243-8440 or

Peace by Piecing Quilt Show • Wilson • November 5-6
See displays of old and new quilts, demonstrations of quilting techniques, craft and food vendors, and the Viewer’s Choice Awards at the Wilson County Agricultural Center.

Learn more: (252) 230-4361.

Donald Sinta Quartet • Oriental • November 6
This internationally renowned, award-winning saxophone quartet plays a variety of works by Dvorak, Schubert, Shostakovich, and modern composers — all from memory.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Veterans’ Day Parade • Goldsboro • November 11
The Wayne County Veteran’s Association hosts its annual Veterans’ Day Parade, starting at 11 a.m., in honor of all those who have served in the U.S. military.

Learn more: (919) 735-4959 or

Artisans Holiday Boutique • Southport • November 11-12
Start your holiday shopping at this fine-arts and -crafts boutique, which includes textiles, jewelry, paintings, pottery, and more.

Learn more: (910) 253-7029 or

Mrs. World War II Wilmington: We Fell in Love at the USO • Wilmington • November 11-13
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Hannah Block Historic USO Building, the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition presents an original musical directed by Anthony Stimac.

Learn more: (910) 251-1788 or

The Road to Bethlehem • Edenton • November 15
NOV 15 Following a buffet-style meal at Leon Nixon Catering, hear the story of Jesus’ birth in The Road to Bethlehem, an original musical by Gloria Emmerich.

Learn more: (252) 482-4621 or

Soup & Sandwich Day • Murfreesboro • November 16
Support the Murfreesboro Historical Association in a tribute to veterans by purchasing a meal of homemade vegetable beef soup, crackers, a pimento cheese sandwich, iced tea, and dessert.

Learn more: (252) 398-5922 or

OBX Flippers Arcade Fall Pinball Bash • Grandy • November 18-20
Test your pinball skills in this Professional & Amateur Pinball Association Circuit Event at Flippers Arcade, which has more public pinball machines than anywhere in the state.

Learn more: (252) 453-4386 or

Living History and Reenactment Program • Currie • November 19
Enjoy demonstrations of 18th-century cooking, blacksmithing, gardening, and musket and cannon firing; militia reenactors; and food.

Learn more: (910) 283-5591 or

Terry Barber • Oriental • November 19
The Old Theater hosts singer Terry Barber, an international countertenor who performs classical and popular music.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Cape Fear Festival of Trees • Kure Beach • November 21-December 4
Wander through a winter wonderland of decorated trees — each sponsored by area businesses and individuals to benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice — at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Learn more: (910) 796-8099 ext. 6 or

The Lighting at the Lake Celebration • Carolina Beach • November 25
Carolina Beach Lake kicks off its monthlong Island of Lights with a lighting ceremony. Walk the one-mile loop around the lake to view the displays, visit Santa, and enjoy free refreshments.

Learn more: (910) 612-2487 or

Garden to Hearth: Heritage Cooking and Food Preservation • Manteo • November 25-26
Learn how Roanoke Island families prepared for winter during the 1850s by participating in hearth cooking, food preservation, candle making, and ox-drawn wagon rides at The Island Farm.

Learn more: (252) 473-6500 or

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla • Wrightsville Beach • November 25-26
Enjoy live music, a tree-lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa, a festival in the park, and the flotilla — a nighttime holiday parade on the water, featuring boats decorated with Christmas lights.

Learn more: (910) 256-2120 or

Crystal Coast Oyster Festival • Morehead City • November 26
At this inaugural festival, see live music and local arts and crafts vendors, and talk to farmers about preparing, selling, and serving oysters.

Learn more: (252) 726-8148 or

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