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This Weekend in North Carolina events are pulled from July’s Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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TGIF Summer Concert Series • Morganton • July 6, 13, 20, 27

Celebrate another work week’s end on the Burke County Courthouse lawn. There will be live music and food and beverage vendors; all you need is a chair or blanket.

Learn more: (828) 438-5252 or

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games • Linville • July 12-15

Scottish clans will gather to celebrate traditional Gaelic culture at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain. Blaring bagpipes, dancers, and Celtic music will provide the backdrop as athletes compete in traditional Scottish games.

Learn more: (828) 733-1333 or

Mountain Voices • Franklin • July 13

Mountain Voices, a 55-member chorus, will present “Music by the Decade” at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The program will include show tunes, Top-40 hits, gospel, and patriotic songs from more than 50 years of music.

Learn more: (866) 273-4615 or

Quilting in the Mountains Quilt Show • Sparta • July 13-14

This 22nd annual show hosted by the Alleghany Quilters Guild at the Alleghany Fair Grounds will feature beautiful quilts, viewer voting, vendors, a featured artist, a raffle, a silent auction, and a guild shop.

Learn more: (336) 359-2111 or


Celebrate Liberty Festival • Liberty • July 14

This downtown street festival features a kids’ parade, antique cars, arts and crafts vendors, live music, dancing, food, and amusement rides. End your evening with a fireworks display.

Learn more: (336) 622-4937 or

Cantaloupe Festival • Ridgeway • July 14

Celebrate the pride of Ridgeway at this annual festival, which will feature the town’s famously sweet cantaloupes, a cornhole tournament, a 5K, historical displays, horseback rides, vendors, and refreshments.


Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series • Ocean Isle Beach • July 6, 13, 20, 27

Bring your fold-out chair and enjoy rock ’n’ roll, oldies, and beach music outside the Museum of Coastal Carolina every Friday night as part of this summer concert series. Bands will include The Embers, Band of Oz, The Legacy Motown Revue, and Too Much Sylvia.

Learn more: (910) 508-6874 or

Wright Kite Festival • Kill Devil Hills • July 14-15

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … a kite! At this 40th annual festival at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, you can bring your own kite, take lessons, make your own, or simply observe the giant 30- to 100-foot kites flying above.

Learn more: (252) 441-4124 or

Photography in the Civil War • Kinston • July 14

View and handle a variety of photographs developed during the Civil War era at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. Historian Harry Taylor will give presentations on the history of photography, and visitors will have an opportunity to have a tintype photo taken.

Learn more: (252) 526-9600 or

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