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Black Mountain: Sourwood Festival

What: Bring your “honey” to this sweet festival, where you’ll enjoy live music, dancing, arts and crafts, face painting, made-to-order ice cream creations, and other summertime fare.

When: August 10-11

Where: 201 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711

For more information, visit sourwoodfest.com.


Brevard: Burning Can

What: This beer-meets-music festival at Oskar Blues Brewery will boast more than 70 craft breweries, food trucks, a camp site, and music headliners like Moon Taxi and Here Come the Mummies.

When: August 9-10

Where: 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

For more information, visit oskarblues.com.


Spencer: Brew & Choo Festival

What: All aboard! Take a train ride with specialty brews, purchase food truck fare, sip beer from regional craft breweries, and listen to live music at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

When: August 10

Where: 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, NC 28159

For more information, visit nctrans.org.


Oriental: Dragon Boat Race

What: Watch or participate with teams of dragon boat paddlers. Enjoy food, music, kids’ activities, and a parade.

When: August 9-10

Where: 465 East Harborside Road, RiverDunes, Oriental, NC 28571

For more information, visit orientaldragonboat.com.


Seagrove: Tea with Seagrove Potters

What: Find a pitcher and tumbler perfect for cold sweet tea at this pottery gallery crawl, which includes participating shops along NC Highway 705.

When: August 10

Where: NC Highway 705, Seagrove, NC

For more information, visit teawithseagrovepotters.com.


Valdese: Waldensian Festival

What: Enjoy food and browse crafts from more than 170 vendors in downtown Valdese during this festival, which celebrates the “Glorious Return” of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689.

When: August 9-10

Where: 100 Main Street W, Valdese, NC, 28690

For more information, visit townofvaldese.com.


For our full list of August events, check out our Carolina Calendar.

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