Get Outside Mountain Relay • Glade Valley • June 1-2
Rally a team to compete in this 208-mile relay run in beautiful Alleghany County. Free camping, local shuttle drivers who know the mountain roads, and a loop course are all designed to help runners focus on the race, not the logistics.
Learn more: (336) 363-4984 or getoutsidemountainrelay.com
Summer Concerts at the Jones House • Boone • June 1-Aug 31
From the first Friday in June through the final Friday in August, bring a folding chair or picnic blanket to the 1908 Jones House and enjoy a concert on the lawn.
Learn more: (828) 268-6280 or joneshouse.org
Toe River Arts Council Open Studio Tour • Spruce Pine • June 1-3
More than 100 artists in Mitchell and Yancey counties will open their studios to visitors for the 25th anniversary of this studio tour. Meet the artists and see beautiful works of art.
Learn more: (828) 682-7215 or toeriverarts.org
Waterfalls ’N’ Wine • Brevard • June 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
On this tour, Pisgah Field School staff will guide you to five waterfalls, leaving room for a little education and the identification of flora and fauna along the way. Afterward, spend the rest of the day relaxing at the local wine shop.
Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or pisgahfieldschool.org
Shagging at the Rock • Blowing Rock • June 2
This beach music concert features mountain views and performances by The Tams, Eric & the Chill Tones, and more.
Learn more: (828) 295-7111 or theblowingrock.com
Chicken Pickin’ • Butner • June 1-2
This two-day festival at Gazebo Park kicks off on Friday night with a street dance featuring the Konnection Band. On Saturday, enjoy food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, car and tractor shows, live entertainment on two stages, and a barbecue cook-off.
Learn more: (919) 906-7025 or bcaserves.org
Freight Train Blues • Carrboro • June 1, 8
This outdoor music series on the Town Common celebrates the life and legacy of Piedmont folk music legend Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, who was born in Carrboro in 1893. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live music, food trucks, and beer from a local brewery.
Learn more: (919) 643-2456 or freighttrainblues.com
Funny Bus Comedy City Tour • Charlotte • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Discover the Queen City through laughter: This 90-minute tour travels through Uptown, NoDa, South End, Plaza Midwood, and The NC Music Factory. Tickets are required.
Learn more: (336) 406-6294 or funnybus.net
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof • Fayetteville • June 1-10
See the classic drama by Tennessee Williams performed at the Gilbert Theater.
Learn more: (910) 678-7186 or gilberttheater.com
Master Gardener Garden Tour • Lexington • June 2-3
Tour five private gardens in the Willow Creek area near High Point and chat with docents at each location during this 14th annual garden tour hosted by the Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners.
Learn more: (336) 210-5365 or davidson.ces.ncsu.edu
Cousins in Clay • Seagrove • June 2-3
Begin (or add to) your pottery collection at this special art event at Bulldog Pottery. Meet the potters and browse works while enjoying light refreshments. On Saturday, watch a pottery demonstration.
Learn more: (910) 428-9728 or cousinsinclay.com
The Raleigh Ringers • Raleigh • June 3
This internationally acclaimed community handbell choir has been performing unique interpretations of popular music since their founding in 1990. See them perform at Meymandi Concert Hall.
Learn more: (919) 847-7574
Ocrafolk Festival • Ocracoke • June 1-3
Celebrate music, storytelling, and art from North Carolina’s coastal region and beyond at this three-day festival.
Learn more: (252) 921-0260 or ocracokealive.org
First Friday Gallery Walk • Southport • June 1
At this monthly event, view beautiful art while enjoying wine and appetizers at a number of downtown galleries, including Franklin Square, Ricky Evans, Lantana’s, and the Silver Coast Winery and Tasting Room.
Learn more: (910) 457-1129 or ncbrunswick.com
Heritage Farm Fest • Denton • June 2
See what farm life in northeastern North Carolina was like in the past at this festival, which helps preserve and promote farming, fishing, forestry, family life, and military life of the past. There will be butter churning, wagon rides, a blacksmith, antique farm equipment, demonstrations, kids’ activities, and more.
Learn more: (252) 489-0349 or facebook.com/heritage.association1
Kayak for the Warriors • Pine Knoll Shores • June 2
Kayak or paddleboard a 3.2-mile route along beautiful canals and Bogue Sound. Paddle for fun or take part in the race, and enjoy lunch and a raffle; proceeds will go to Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit that benefits wounded soldiers. Registration is required.
Learn more: (252) 247-2268 or k4tw.org
NC Black Bear Festival & Blackberry Extravaganza • Plymouth • June 2-3
Coastal North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears as well as one of the world’s highest-density populations. Celebrate and learn more about the bears at this annual festival on the downtown waterfront, where there will be bear tours, live music, boat rides, a classic car show, fireworks, blackberries, and more.
Learn more: (252) 793-6627 or ncbearfest.com
Sunday in the Park • Greenville • June 3-Aug 19
This summer concert series, celebrating its 45th season, takes place each Sunday evening on the Town Common. A different artist will perform each week, and styles will vary from bluegrass to jazz to beach music to classical to rock.
Learn more: (252) 329-4698 or greenvillenc.gov