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Murfreesboro: North Carolina Watermelon Festival

What: Sink your teeth into some delicious melon, watch a parade downtown, or compete for the title of Watermelon Queen at this festival in Murfreesboro.

When: July 31-August 3

Where: 110 Sycamore Street, Murfreesboro, NC 27855

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Asheboro: Pigs & Pedals

What: Barbecue, beer, and local bands converge to celebrate summer in downtown Asheboro. Saturday’s festivities will include a “people’s choice” tent, where you can vote for your favorite ’cue.

When: August 2 and 3

Where: 1135 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203

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Morehead City: Taste of the Coast

What: Try gourmet seafood from more than 10 local restaurants at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and enter to win weekend trips to the coast in the silent auction.

When: August 3

Where: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557

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Bald Head Island: National Lighthouse Weekend

What: Celebrate Old Baldy, our state’s oldest standing lighthouse (yes, it’s an appropriate name), during this festive weekend filled with food and fun.

When: August 2-4

Where: 101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461

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Asheville: Village Art and Craft Fair

What: Browse works from 114 artists and vendors at the Cathedral of All Souls. The creations will include clay, wood, metal, fine art, and more.

When: August 3 and 4

Where: 9 Swan Street, Asheville, NC 28803

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Spruce Pine: North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival

What: Gemstones, crystals, fossils, and other treasures will be available for purchase when jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country gather at this festival.

When: August 1-4

Where: 12085 South, NC-226, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

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

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