15% Off WInter into Spring Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm Tickets
Jan 21 – Mar 31 all-day
15% Off WInter into Spring Vacation Sale at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm

Enjoy 15% off nightly vacation cottage rental rates and multiple night packages on nights now through March 31, 2019! Call 434-823-5202 or book online today www.montfairresortfarm.com.

Spring Sip & Shop @ Grovewood Gallery Tickets
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm
Spring Sip & Shop @ Grovewood Gallery

Grovewood Gallery celebrates spring with their annual Sip & Shop event, which will take place from 10am – 5:30pm on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Enjoy complimentary wine and treats, craft demonstrations by local artisans, and a 10 percent discount on gallery merchandise. Visitors can shop two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and much more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States.

Say I Do to Hendersonville Bridal Show @ Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall Tickets
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Say I Do to Hendersonville Bridal Show @ Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall

Brides looking to get married in the Blue Ridge Mountains can plan their dream weddings at the Say I Do to Hendersonville Bridal Show.

Hendersonville is a popular choice for local brides, as well as brides planning destination weddings. The area’s natural beauty, variety of venues and myriad businesses that support the wedding industry all contribute to Hendersonville’s popularity. The show features vendors from all facets of the wedding world, such as venues, caterers, photographers, videographers, fashion retailers, florists, bakeries, DJs, planners, hairdressers, makeup artists and more.

There are 65 venues in Henderson County to accommodate weddings of all sizes and styles. Intimate spaces, such as bed-and-breakfast inns, gardens and historic buildings, are ideal for smaller weddings. While several scenic wineries, renovated barns, church sanctuaries, hotel ballrooms and rustic outdoor settings allow for large celebrations.

The bridal show gives couples an opportunity to meet vendors in person, ask questions and sample their products. The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority, which sponsors the show, also has a group services coordinator on staff who offers free consultation services to brides looking to host weddings in the area.

Blowing Rock Trout Derby @ Broyhill Park Tickets
Apr 6 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Blowing Rock Trout Derby @ Broyhill Park

Celebrate the first day of trout season with a friendly competition! Prizes awarded in several categories- no pre-registration required. Free fun for the whole family!

All Together Now: A Pediatric Patients’ Art Show @ Grovewood Gallery Tickets
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 @ 5:30 pm
All Together Now: A Pediatric Patients’ Art Show @ Grovewood Gallery

On April 6 through 28, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host their 3rd annual exhibition of artwork created by pediatric patients and participants in the Arts For Life program at Mission Children’s Hospital. This year’s show, All Together Now, will be celebrated with an opening reception on Saturday, April 6 from 2-5pm, which will include complimentary ice cream, craft activities for kids, and live music by the Haw Creek Sweet Hots (performing 3-4pm). Admission is free, and all artwork will be available for sale, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Arts For Life. Grovewood Gallery will also donate 10% of all regular gallery sales from the exhibition’s opening day.

6th Annual Stuart Food & Wine Festival @ Town of Stuart Tickets
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm
6th Annual Stuart Food & Wine Festival @ Town of Stuart

Taste the regions best at the 6th Annual Stuart Food and Wine Festival! Multiple wineries and food trucks will be set up next to Main Street in beautiful Stuart, Va. Admission is free. There is a $10 tasting fee.

Classic Hike of the Smokies @ Varies Tickets
Apr 9 all-day
Classic Hike of the Smokies @ Varies

Friends of the Smokies is excited to announce the annual Classic Hike Series, offering monthly guided hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Classic Hikes of the Smokies series, starting its eighth year, offers a way to hike trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, learn about the history and ecology of the park, and to meet other hikers.

Classic Hikes are held the second Tuesday of the month, from March through December.

To learn more or register for any Classic Hike visit Hike.FriendsOfTheSmokies.org.

Funds go to support the Trails Forever program that restores popular trails in the GSMNP.

March 12 – Big Creek
4.3 miles | 600 ft climb | Easy
Wildflowers, Cascades

April 9 – Porters Creek
7.4 miles | 1,500 ft climb | Moderate
Wildflowers, Scenic Creek

May 14 – Big, Caldwell, and Rough Fork Loop
9.4 miles | 1,650 ft climb | Difficult
Historic Cataloochee Valley, Old Growth Trees, Wildflowers, Elk

June 25-26 – Gatlinburg Overnight Experience

July 9 – Noland Divide
7.4 miles | 1,700 ft climb | Difficult
Mountain Vistas, Balsam and Hemlock Trees

August 13 – A.T./Sweat Heifer/Kephart Prong
7.4 miles | 300 ft climb | Moderate
Mountain Vistas, Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

September 10 – Trillium Gap
13.1 miles | 3,300 ft climb | Difficult
Historic LeConte Lodge, Trails Forever Project

October 8 – Hyatt Ridge Loop
9.4 miles | 2,200 ft climb | Difficult
Remote Trails, Geology

November 12 – Thomas Divide & Indian Creek
12 miles | 2,600 ft climb | Difficult
Mixed Forest Types

December 10 – Goldmine Loop
4.5 miles | 500 ft climb | Moderate
Historic Home Sites, Holiday Celebration


$20 – Current Friends of the Smokies Member

$35 – New or Renewing Members (includes membership + 1 hike)

Blue Ridge Kite Festival @ Green Hill Park Tickets
Apr 20 all-day
Blue Ridge Kite Festival @ Green Hill Park

The 21st annual Kite Festival held in Green Hill Park is a favorite springtime day of
outdoor family fun! This event offers free admission, free parking, free children’s
t-shirts, and free kites to the first 1,000 children attending with an adult. Awesome
colors and shapes paint the skies as kites take flight. The result is a breath-taking sight
that shouldn’t be missed. For many years the Blue Ridge Kite Festival was quoted as
being “The Richmond Air Force Kite Club’s favorite and a model of planning, efficiency,
and hospitality.” The Richmond Air Force Kite Club provides an entire day of quality
entertainment! On average, over 9,000 spectators come to this annual family festival.
Each year folks return to explore and participate in kiting activities, take a brief kite flying
lesson or just relax and watch the show! Don’t forget to bring your own kite or get there
early and pick up a free one so you can join in all the fun! You will be mesmerized and
revitalized at the end of this spectacular day!
Food and craft vendors are also on site for everyone’s enjoyment. Numerous local
sponsors bring support and enthusiasm to this much anticipated event. Plan on being
intrigued and delighted as you watch championship flyers, quad line kites, participate in
kid’s contests and custom-kite exhibits, have a caricature done by a local caricature
artist and explore the arts and crafts vendors and much more!
The Blue Ridge Kite Festival is presented by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of
Commerce with continuous support from Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and
Tourism and other sponsors

Easter at Lake Junaluska @ Lake Junaluska Tickets
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm
Easter at Lake Junaluska @ Lake Junaluska

Spring in the mountain of Western North Carolina brings a burst of color, with wildflowers evidencing rebirth and renewal.

Gather with family and friends at Lake Junaluska to celebrate Easter with a powerful Sunrise Service and other special activities, including breakfast and lunch buffets and the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt.

The Friend’s of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk will take participants on a route that showcases the beauty of the Lake Junaluska Grounds.

Friends of the Lake 5K Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run @ Lake Junaluska Tickets
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friends of the Lake 5K Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run @ Lake Junaluska

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run is a charitable event to support the recreation opportunities of Lake Junaluska through the Friends of the Lake program.

All profits from this event go to the annual maintenance and improvement of the recreation areas at Lake Junaluska which annually costs over $250,000.

Gifts to the Friends of the Lake help Lake Junaluska continue to be a beloved place where the community can enjoy the walking trail, gardens and breathtaking vistas.