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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

Snoopy: The Musical • Brevard • August 16-19, 23-26

Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they take the stage in this musical looking back on some of the most memorable Peanuts moments.

Learn more: (828) 884-2587 or

Hot Nights Cool Rides Car Show • Forest City • August 17-18

More than 400 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will line Main Street on Saturday, accompanied by live music and local food vendors. Plus, don’t miss the chance to see the vehicles in action — Friday will feature a cruise-in from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Learn more: (828) 247-4417 or

The Corey Anne Celebration of Women in Arts Symposium • West Jefferson • August 17-18

An arts workshop and a free concert will kick off this event, hosted by the Florence Thomas Art School, which features artist talks and keynote speaker Gayle Winston.

Learn more: (336) 846-3827 or

Franklin Area Folk Festival • Franklin • August 18

This festival at the Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center features everything Appalachia, including bluegrass music, pottery, hands-on crafts, Civil War reenactors, and Cherokee history.

Learn more: (828) 524-6564 or


Reflections of Elegance: Kenneth Paul Block and the Masters of Fashion Illustration • Graham • August 16-October 20

Original and influential works by the former chief features artist for Women’s Wear Daily will be displayed at the Captain James and Emma Holt White House.

Learn more: (336) 226-4495 or

Big River • Wadesboro • August 17-19, 24-26

You’ll be swept down the Mississippi River with Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and friends when the Anson Players perform Mark Twain’s timeless classic at the Ansonia Theatre. Their adventures will come to life on the stage with humor and suspense.

Learn more: (704) 694-4950 or

RiverDance • Salisbury • August 18

Celebrate conservation in North Carolina at this fund-raiser, which will feature local farms, food, spirits, raffles, and lots of dancing at the F&M Trolley Barn downtown. Tickets are required.

Learn more: (704) 647-0302 or

Old-Time Dance • Mount Airy • August 18

Let loose to the sound of award-winning bands Zephyr Lightning Bolts and The New Smokey Valley Boys as they perform at the Historic Earle Theatre. These two groups continue to keep the old-time dance tradition alive in North Carolina.

Learn more: (336) 786-7998 or


Ocracoke Fig Festival • Ocracoke Island • August 17-18

This festival celebrates local fig history and culture with all kinds of fig-infused fun. Vendors offer fig-inspired foods, artwork, and more. The event includes live music, a traditional Ocracoke square dance, activities for kids, and a fig cake bake-off.

Learn more: (252) 928-7375 or

Cemetery Flashlight Tour • Wilmington • August 18

Bring your flashlight and explore Oakdale Cemetery at night with Dr. Chris Fonvielle, Robin Triplett, and Eric Kozen. These historians will speak on the history of the cemetery and the funerary art seen throughout.

Learn more: (910) 762-5682 or

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