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This Weekend in North Carolina events are pulled from August’s Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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Woody’s Original Mountain Music • Marion • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

Enjoy the melodies of the North Carolina mountains at this weekly Friday event off of U.S. Highway 70. Bluegrass and gospel bands will share their tunes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Learn more: (828) 290-2377 or

Concerts on the Creek • Sylva • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

Bring a chair, a blanket, and some friends to Bridge Park Pavilion for free Friday concerts. Folk, rock ’n’ roll, and R&B bands are scheduled for the final stretch of summer.

Learn more: (828) 586-2155 or

Printmaking with Matt Strawn • Morganton • August 6-September 21

Printmaking artist Matthew Strawn will show his etchings, woodcut prints, and watercolors at Morganton City Hall, located in the renovated National Register Garrou-Morganton Full-Fashion Hosiery Mill.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or


Phatt City • Mount Airy • August 10

The best of beach music and R&B will get your feet moving and your hips swinging. Bring a blanket or chair and get your groove on with some friends at the Blackmon Amphitheatre.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or

The Crossing of Lake Gaston • Littleton • August 11

Swim, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard your way across Lake Gaston during this annual fund-raiser that begins at Morningstar Marina. If you prefer to forgo your sea legs, you can also travel the one-mile route on the adjacent Eaton Ferry Bridge. The event starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Registration is required.

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Crape Myrtle Festival • Scotland Neck • August 11

Enjoy food, arts and crafts, and live music at the 31st annual festival in celebration of these colorful trees — there are more than 500 crape myrtles in Scotland Neck.

Learn more: (252) 826-3152 or

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