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Local Events Near Cashiers, North Carolina

High Hampton Resort

In the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau, every season offers it's own unique and special happenings. Whether you're dancing barefoot outside and enjoying the local flavor at the Cashiers Groovin' on the Green concert series, or enjoying one of our classic Southern Appalachian Farmer's Markets - you'll find that our area is rich in both mountain culture and community. 


Groovin' on the Green

May 31st - August 23rd at 6:30pm

Gather at the Village Green Commons each Friday for Groovin' on the Green Summer Concerts featuring popular local and regional artists. At least one food and beverage option will be available for purchase during each event. Bring your own chair or blanket. Coolers are permitted. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. 

Locally Grown on the Green

Mid May - Early September, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Locally Grown on the Green extends the mission of The Village Green to enhance the quality of life for area residents and visitors by offering a tailgate market featuring fresh, locally grown food. 

This highly anticipated weekly market begins May 22, 2019 and operates during the growing season from 3:00-6:00 p.m. every Wednesday at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road, next to the Cashiers post office.

Village Nature Series

May - September

The Village Nature Series will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month from May through September at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. Learn about a variety of topics including wildlife, local plants, and natural habitats. For 2019 event topics, Click Here.

Dive-In Movie

at Highlands Recreation Pool

Come have a night on the water at the Highlands Pool for our Dive-In movie nights! Dive-Ins are on the first Friday of every month from 6:30pm-9pm, movie plays at 7pm. Float in our 83-degree pool or enjoy your free bag of popcorn and relax on the side while watching great family friendly movies.

Call (828)526-1595 for movie titles and more info.


MAY 2nd 

Trace Adkins Live

7:30pm At the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC. A Nashville icon for more than two decades, Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry. 11 million albums sold. Time-honored hit singles. Momentous, fiery and always memorable live performances.

MAY 18th-19th

Art in the Park

Join the 2nd annual Art in the Park, a part of the Experience Gorges series of events at Gorges State Park. Held over two days, the event will allow as many as 20 regional, fine art artists who focus in wildlife and natural scenes to offer their creations to the public. The exhibitors will display and offer for sale their artwork in the auditorium and classroom areas of the Park’s Visitors Center.

MAY 26th

Art for a Cause

The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley presents ART FOR A CAUSE: two Arts & Crafts Fairs that take place in the Spring over Memorial Day weekend and in the Fall over Labor Day weekend. Both events showcase some of the finest arts and craftspeople in the Southeast. Event will take place at the Village Green in Cashiers 10am-5pm. Suggested Donation $3-5.


Bee Farm Tasting & Tours

Throughout the month of June and July. The Bee Farm Tour & Honey Tasting: Step into a traditional bee suit, covered head to toe and participate in a personal “meet & greet” with the bees, followed by a delightful honey tasting & food pairing. 

Killer Bees honey tests 100% TOXIN FREE. 

Reservations Only Event. Click Here for more information!

JUNE 5th

Face Jugs with Collete Clark at The Bascom 

10:00am-Noon. All skill levels welcome. Learn how to create a Face Jug using pictures as guides. Students are given one small vase to work on for the class. Pick a glaze at the end of the class! Products ready in 2 weeks. Visit www.thebascom.org for more information.

Price: $75/Bascom Member, $125/Non-Bascom Member

JUNE 8th

High Falls Dam Release 10:00am

Experienced paddlers from throughout the southeast turn out fot the West Fork annual recreational releases. During the summer months, the Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. 

JUNE 21st

Elvis Presley Tribute

8:00pm At the Highlands Performing Arts Center, Elvis fans can see Travis LeDoyt offer his tribute to the man who shaped a generation, Elvis Presley. For more information, Click Here!

Prices: $70, $55 & $40

JULY 2nd

Fireworks on Lake Glenville

9:00PM. Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display Sponsored by the Friends of Glenville Lake. Enjoy the show by boat or land and celebrate the 4th of July with friends and family!

JULY 5th and 6th

Zoller Hardware Independance Day Sale

Not your average Hardware Store, Zoller Hardware is filled with great gifts and is a local favorite. The Independence Day Celebration Sale, will include Cooking Demonstrations and Live Music!

JULY 5th

Fireworks on the Green

Starting at 6:30pm. Celebrate the 4th of July with music, food and fireworks at the Village Green Commons. Groovin' on the Green live concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a spectacular display of fireworks just after dark. Bring your own chair or blanket. Coolers are permitted. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. For band lineup Click Here

JULY 12th-13th

Mountain Wildlife Days

Mountain Wildlife Days is an annual event that features unique opportunities for both children and adults to get up close and learn more about "wildlife and wild places".  It is held at the Sapphire Valley Resort, located 3 miles east of Cashiers. For more information, Click Here.


Thrown and Altered with Jen Mecca

At the Bascom, 10:00am-Noon & 1:00pm-5:00pm. All levels welcome. In this workshop, students will explore taking a thrown vessel and manipulating it in various ways. We will work together to brain-storm how to come up with our own voice, aesthetic and what embellishment or surface makes our work unique. Through demonstrations and hands-on participation you will learn a variety of surface techniques such as stamping, Mishima, paper resist and sprig molds.

Tuition: $300 Member, $350 Non-Member


Breaking Down the Landscape with Chris Groves

Experimenting with Cold Wax Medium as an addition to oil paint will be covered as a way to add texture, layering, and mark making. Using all the basics of landscape painting as a foundation toward abstraction will be heavily discussed while adding a variety of tools and Cold Wax Medium achieving beyond the basics allowing artists to explore new directions in their own artwork.

Tuition: $450 Member, $500 Non-Member


High Falls Dam Release

From 10:00am-4:00pm. Experienced paddlers from throughout the southeast turn out fot the West Fork annual recreational releases. During the summer months, the Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. 


Alcohol Inks with Dottie Bruce

Levels: I, II. Alcohol Inks is a relatively new medium to fine art. Instruction will include demonstrations of easy-to-follow techniques to create vibrant, beautiful and interesting works of art. Then ample time will be provided for students to experiment with each technique. Students will work on Yupo paper, Ampersand Claybord, and ceramic white and black tiles. At the end of class, student will have several pieces of original artwork to take home! Click Here for more information.

Tuition: $175 Member, $225 Non-Member.


Saints & Sorcereres with Colette Clark

All levels, 10 am – 1 pm. Create a Garden Saint or Sorcerer in this 2 day workshop.

September 3rd: Build your figure complete with accessories, ie. Brooms, shovels, hats and furry friends! September 10th: One week later, glaze your creation and leave it to be fired.        

Tuition: $150 Member, $200 Non-Member 


Tour de Cashiers

Cyclists from across the country follow routes across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania County roads riding steep climbs and fast descents. Runners are invited to participate in a 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m.

The mountainous route features stunning scenery and challenging ascents with total elevation gains of up to 10,500 feet for the century and 7,000 feet for the metric century.

For more event informaiton including registration Click Here.


Fly Fishing 101 with Headwaters Outfitters

Join the Guides at Headwaters Outfitters for an immersive 101 class. Learn the basic casting, rigging and wading skills to help you jump start your journey into Fly Fishing. Our guides work one on one with you until you are comfortable with your new skills. This class will help you understand how to read water, safely handle fishing and techniques in landing fish. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a pair of thick socks to wear with boots and waders.

Click Here for more information!


Mountain Heritage Day

Named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, Mountain Heritage Day is a festival not to be missed! Each year more than 15,000 visitors experience this one-of-a-kind event featuring three stages of live entertainment, 130+ food and craft vendors, tons of family-friendly activities, interactive kids area and stage, along with performances and demonstrations celebrating the Southern Appalachian mountain culture. Admission and parking are free.

Click Here for Event Information!


Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

This fall festival (held each year on Columbus Day weekend) celebrates the leaves beginning to change in the beautiful mountain village of Cashiers. This popular and free event welcomes 100 artisans and merchants to the park. Visitors will find unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more on display and for purchase throughout the weekend. Food, drink, live music and a juried art show add to the festive spirit of this event.

Click Here for more event information!


Fall into Winter Event

Not your Average Hardware Store, Zoller's is a local favorite. Fall into Winter at Zoller Hardware with Seasonal Discounts, Live Music, and a Cooking Demonstration!

Click Here for more information!


Gorgeous Gorges Colors

Gorgeous Gorges Colors is a celebration of the art show Mother Nature provides to us along the Blue Ridge Escarpment. Gorges State Park hosts and the Friends of Gorges State Park sponsor a family-friendly fun day of hayrides, face painting, food and music at the Gorges State Park Visitors Center. Admission is free. Please come and prepare for a day of surprises! Click Here for more information!


Paddling 101

Headwaters Outfitters will be hosting a series of Paddling 101 classes in 2019. The focus is to promote paddling skills an safety practices for beginner paddlers. This event is FREE to the public with reservations. Spaces are limited. Head Paddling Guide Danielle Mathews Ennis will go over entry level strokes for canoeing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Boarding along with safety tips, how to utilize your PFD’s, and more. This is a great chance to work in a small group and meet other paddlers in the area. Click Here for more event information!

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