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43rd annual Mountain Heritage Day festival is Sept. 30
Join our friends and members at Western Carolina University for the 43rd annual Mountain Heritage Day festival on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cullowhee. This is always one of the most popular festivals in Western North Carolina.
Mountain Heritage Day is a not-for-profit, one-day FREE festival where approximately 20,000 visitors descend onto the Western Carolina University campus to enjoy multiple stages of live entertainment, over 130 juried arts and crafts, non-profit and food vendors and tons of family friendly activities to celebrate Appalachian mountain culture. The event is always held the last Saturday in September.
This year's Mountain Heritage Day will be dedicated to Steve Sutton, a WCU alumnus and longtime festival performer and supporter, who passed away unexpectedly May 13. The dedication will honor Steve’s memory and celebrate his musical legacy, with a special presentation scheduled at 1 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage, followed by a performance by some of his many fellow musicians from throughout the years.
Local and international favorite Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band will also be performing. This is a bluegrass/gospel band that performs with passion and enthusiasm like you’ve never seen before. With three Grand Ole Opry performances and sold-out shows to their credit, this is a one of a kind performance you don’t want to miss!
For more information, call (828) 227-3039 or visit http://www.mountainheritageday.com.
Colorfest returns to Dillsboro on Oct. 7
The ninth annual Colorfest will again fill the streets of Dillsboro on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., bringing together an eclectic mix of music, food and arts and crafts.
Over 60 juried fine artisans and crafters will be displaying and demonstrating authentic Cherokee art, pottery, jewelry, photography, loom beading, hand-made soaps, chair caning, many kinds of needle work, Christmas ornaments, baskets, and much more.
The festival will be located on Front Street in Dillsboro, at the intersection of Highways 23/74 and 441.
The festival is presented by the Dillsboro Merchant's Association. For more information, visit www.visitdillsboro.org or call 828-586-1439.
Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping.
Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses.
Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.