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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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Animal Enrichment Day • Linville • August 1 

Watch keepers lead park animals in enrichment demonstrations, activities intended to stimulate the animals physically and intellectually. Family-oriented games and crafts will also be available at this Grandfather Mountain event.

Learn more: (800) 468-7325 or

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show • Blowing Rock • August 1-5

Competitors of all ages will complete in classic events at Broyhill Equestrian Preserve, which has hosted this charity event since 1923. The mission behind this event is to support education and local charities while preserving the traditions of horse sports in Blowing Rock.

Learn more: (828) 295-4700 or

North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival • Spruce Pine • August 2-5 

Jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country will gather to display their merchandise at this four-day festival. Gemstones, crystals, fossils, and other treasures will be available for purchase.

Learn more: (828) 765-9033 or

Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert • Lake Junaluska • August 3 

This 16-voice, award-winning ensemble will blow you away with their performance of a diverse selection of classical, gospel, folk, and musical theater pieces at Stuart Auditorium.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Appalachian Antiques Show • Boone • August 3-5 

Shop unique finds from the best antique dealers and interior designers at this free three-day show.

Learn more: (800) 577-9423 or

Blowing Rock Art & Antiques Show • Blowing Rock • August 3-5 

Get ready for a three-day treasure hunt: The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will be filled with furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, silver, and art from antiques dealers along the East Coast.

Learn more: (828) 295-9099 or

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

Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride • Tryon • August 4-5

Explore the foothills on this two-day bike ride. Distances range from 12 to 70 miles, and there are road and mountain routes for every level of biking experience.

Learn more: (919) 361-1133 or


Farmers Day • Robbins • August 2-4

Carnival rides, craft and food vendors, live music, and horse and tractor parades will fill the streets during this 63rd annual festival.

Learn more: (910) 948-2320 or

Pigs & Pedals • Asheboro • August 3-4

Dig into some barbecue for this event’s fifth year, where antique cars, beer, and local bands converge to celebrate summer. Saturday’s festivities will include a “people’s choice” tent, where tastings and voting for the best barbecue will occur.

Learn more: (336) 626-1277 or

Denton Watermelon Festival • Denton • August 4

Practice your watermelon seed-spitting skills for this second annual event at Harrison Park. A day filled with juicy watermelon and cornhole tournaments will be capped by the crowning of the Watermelon Queen.

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Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild Show • Buxton • August 1-2

More than 50 local potters, woodworkers, and other artisans will gather for this annual show at Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Enter the art raffle to benefit a scholarship for aspiring local artists.

Learn more: (252) 489-8573.

NC Watermelon Festival • Murfreesboro • August 1-4

Celebrate summer’s favorite fruit at this 33rd annual event. A parade, amusement rides, crafts, food, fireworks, and, of course, watermelon will make for four fun-filled days.

Learn more: (252) 398-7695 or

Art Workshops in Book Making, Clay, and Metals • Columbia • August 1-5

Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft hosts this five-day workshop located on the Scuppernong River. There will be several classes to choose from, all taught by artist instructors.

Learn more: (252) 796-2787 or

Fireworks by the Sea • Carolina Beach • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 31

After a day of sun and surf, head to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Every Thursday evening in August you’ll find live music on the gazebo stage. Later, a different type of show will start: fireworks. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks display begins at 9 p.m.

Learn more: (910) 458-8434 or

Summer Concerts in the Park • Southport • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 31

Sit under the oak trees at Franklin Square Park and listen to live music, ranging from blues to pop to reggae, every Thursday evening of the month.

Learn more: (910) 457-7927 or

Shrimp by the Bay • Edenton • August 3

Enjoy a seafood dinner, a silent auction, a raffle, and live entertainment at this 17th annual event on the Wharf Landing Pier.

Learn more: (252) 482-3400 or

National Lighthouse Weekend • Bald Head Island • August 4-7

Pay tribute to Old Baldy’s 200 years of maritime history during a weekend featuring a dinner theater, a festival on the lighthouse grounds, a nighttime “Run for the Light,” and more.

Learn more: (910) 457-7481 or

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