RockFest at Emerald Village @ Emerald Village Tickets
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day
RockFest at Emerald Village @ Emerald Village | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

Bring your friends Saturday September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd, 2018 and enjoy RockFest at Emerald Village, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland. Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! Enjoy a picnic or some music in the tent both days!

Gem mining, mine tours, gold panning and mineral collecting will be available (for a fee) all day long both days from 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM. At 10:00 AM each day kids help feed the Rainbow Trout inside the Bon Ami Mine. A free talk and guided hike each day at 11:00 AM will lead to a small but historic “hidden” mine. Catch a mountain-music concert under the tent at Noon each day followed by others during the afternoon, with 7 great toe-tapping groups over 2 days. Join us at 1:00 each day for a fascinating talk at the entrance to the Big Deal Mine. At 3:00 PM daily a second guided hike leads to another “hidden” mine and to view old mining equipment.

Children (12 and under) will enjoy a free Kid’s Treasure Hunt both days. While at Emerald Village be sure to explore all 10 levels of the Discovery Mill exhibits, including a Music Museum, a Black Light Exhibit, a model railroad display, and lots of good old antique junk!

After a day of fun on Saturday, come back for a special Black Light Mine Tour at 8:30 PM ($15 Adults/$10 Students). Enjoy colors hidden underground that few have ever seen! Bring your camera for some awesome photos! RockFest at Emerald Village is a great way to celebrate the end of summer in a unique setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Art on the Greene @ Historic Banner Elk School Tickets
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Three times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring high-quality, handmade arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. The show includes metal artists, glass artists, potters, jewelry makers, painters, wood carvers and more.

Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Proceeds from the shows are used for restoration of the historic school, built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression.

Open Studio Tour of Henderson County @ Downtown Hendersonville Tickets
Sep 22 – Sep 23 all-day
Open Studio Tour of Henderson County @ Downtown Hendersonville | Hendersonville | North Carolina | United States

What better way to st”Art” your fall adventures in the Western North Carolina Mountains this year than with a free weekend driving through beautiful Henderson County in search of talented local artists? The doors to 36 Henderson County art studios will swing open to welcome guests in the Open Studio Tour from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24. This all-volunteer effort showcases the work of local artists in painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber and metal arts, woodworking, and glass. Now in its 8th year, the Henderson County Open Studio presented by the Art League of Henderson County has grown into one of the largest arts events of its kind in the Carolinas. 100% of all proceeds from art sold during the weekend is retained by the artists.

You can get a jumpst”Art” on your mountain weekend with the free Open Studio Tour Preview Party on Thursday evening September 20 as part of the Rhythm & Brews celebration on Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville. Backup Planet, a progressive funk-rock band based out of Nashville, is the headliner. At the Preview Party guests can sample all the artists’ work in one place and help raise money for the Backpack Program in Henderson County with an art raffle. The good times roll at 5:00 p.m.

Your Henderson County arts weekend also includes the Third Friday Gallery Hop on September 21 when more than a dozen galleries in downtown Hendersonville and Historic Flat stay open late to celebrate the arts with food, wine, live music, and special presentations. And while you’re here why not spend the week? On September 29-30 the Arts Council of Henderson County puts on its Art on Main Fine Art/Fine Craft Festival for the 59th consecutive year. Fine artists and artisans take over downtown Hendersonville on this much-anticipated weekend. Come meet more than 85 juried artists showing and selling their work, plus see many live demonstrations.

To help plan your Tour, the 32-page guide booklet can be viewed online at the Henderson County Open Studio Tour website,

Valle Country Fair @ Valle Crucis Conference Center Fair Grounds Tickets
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Valle Country Fair @ Valle Crucis Conference Center Fair Grounds | North Carolina | United States

The Valle Country Fair is celebrating its 40th anniversary! Join us Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Valle Country Fair in the most picturesque valley of the High Country during the Peak of Leaf Season. The Fair is an authentic harvest-season community celebration revolving around quality hand-made crafts with more than 160 juried exhibitors displaying their art and crafts, plus home-cooked food and mountain music. Enjoy live musical entertainment and story-telling, children’s area offering sample pony rides, face-painting and alpaca corral, plus a variety of foods – BBQ, chili and cornbread, burgers and dogs, sweet potatoes, Brunswick stew, fresh-pressed apple cider, baked goods, home made jams and jellies and apple butter made on site. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and ample parking including handicap parking is available adjacent to the fairgrounds for $10 per car. Parking begins as early as 7:30 a.m. Exhibitors are open before 9am. Please no pets. Church of the Holy Cross in cooperation with the Valle Crucis Conference Center sponsor the Valle Country Fair, and all net proceeds provide grants to local non-profit organizations, and relief to local families with emergency needs.