Smoky Mountain Folk Festival • Lake Junaluska • August 31-September 1
This annual festival offers two nights of the traditional music and dancing of southern Appalachia. Both nights will include a variety of the region’s fiddlers, string bands, ballad singers, square dance teams, and more.
Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com.
Mile-High Kite Festival • Beech Mountain • Sep 1-2
Watch kites fly high over a meadow that sits more than 5,000 feet in elevation. In addition to soaring kites, there will be races, face painting, and craft and food vendors at the kite field.
Learn more: (800) 468-5506 or beechmtn.com
Rockfest • Little Switzerland • Sep 1-2
All that glitters might be gold at this two-day festival at Emerald Village: Try gem mining and gold panning, enjoy live music and a kids’ treasure hunt, explore free exhibits, and on Saturday, take a special black-light mine tour.
Learn more: (828) 765-6463 or emeraldvillage.com
“ColorFull” • Hillsborough • August 27-September 23
The artist-owned Hillsborough Gallery of Arts will feature paintings by Chris Graebner and Lolette Guthrie, and blown glass by Pringle Teetor. An opening reception will be held on August 31.
Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com.
Corks and Crafts • Lewisville • Sep 1
Find more than 50 vendors selling handmade, antique, and repurposed items at this arts and crafts event at Westbend Winery and Brewery. Live music, food trucks, and other surprises await.
Learn more: facebook.com/corksandcraftsatwestbend
Fireworks by the Sea • Carolina Beach • August 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 pleasureislandnc.org.
Summer Concerts in the Park • Southport • August 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 southportnc.org.
Turtle Trots • Bald Head Island • Sep 2
Find out whether slow and steady wins the race in this 5K, where proceeds go to support the Bald Head Island Conservancy’s Sea Turtle Protection Program.
Learn more: baldheadisland.com