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Happy New Year from East Fork Ranch. As guests start planning their 2018 trips, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite events in the mountains during the the next 8 months. Past guests have found our lists and blogs helpful when planning their mountain adventures. We will do second installment in spring devoted to our favorite season in the mountains, FALL.

As of today, January 2, we are off to a cold start in the mountains. The cold weather has been perfect for hitting the slopes at Cataloochee Ski Area, which is just a short 30 minute drive from East Fork Ranch. The mountains received a big snow in December which provided a great base for the hills and the cold air is allowing for lots of snow to be made daily.

Tube World in Maggie Valley is also open Thursday-Sunday and reservations are recommended. For more information visit the Cataloochee Ski Area website for more information including hours and lift tickets.

If heading to the slopes is not for you, don’t worry there is still plenty of things to do. Here’s our list of “must do” events in the mountains for January – August 2018.

January

Asheville Restaurant Week – January 15-26
Asheville has been touted by many as one of the top ten food and wine destinations in the United States. This time is a great way to visit a new restaurant while getting the lowest prices of the year. Most restaurants have a prix fix menu with items ranging in price. For a list of participating restaurants and other info please visit–> https://www.exploreasheville.com/restaurant-week/

Winter Arts Smokies Style – January 13
The Waynesville Gallery Association and Visit NC Smokies are keeping the winter months warm with three unique art events for our community. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.


February

Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie – Feb 98-May 18
See the fabulous costume exhibition inside Biltmore House, featuring 45 costumes and stories about the Vanderbilt family travels and connection to the famous Titanic. For tickets and information visit the Biltmore Estate website.

Asheville Mardi Gras Parade – February 11
New Orleans ex-pats, aficionados of that culture, and … okay, some folks who just LOVE a good party! This event is free and always lots of fun.
http://www.ashevillemardigras.org/

Winter Arts Smokies Style – February 17
The Waynesville Gallery Association and Visit NC Smokies are keeping the winter months warm with three unique art events for our community. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.


March

Beer Tour Weekend At Lake Junaluska – March 9-11
Do you like beer? Enjoy experimenting with different varieties? Want to learn more about how beer is made? Think it would be fun to learn what foods to pair with what beers? Like hanging out with other beer geeks? Lake Logan is partnering with Leap Frog Tours to create a one-of-a-kind experience all about beer.

Winter Arts Smokies Style – March 17
The Waynesville Gallery Association and Visit NC Smokies are keeping the winter months warm with three unique art events for our community. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure – March 18
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. For tickets visit the HART Theater website.

Biltmore Blooms March 20-May 25
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azaleas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House. For tickets and information visit the Biltmore Estate website.


April

Greening Up The Mountains – April 28
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this downtown Sylva street festival featuring live music, art, food and more. Sylva is located about a 45-minute drive west of East Fork Ranch.

Weaverville Art Safari – April 28-29
Drive scenic country roads to visit 35 artists in their studios and galleries about 10 minutes north of Asheville. Buy direct from them – find some great deals.


May

Art After Dark – May 4
Participating galleries & studios in Downtown Waynesville remain open until 9 pm on this evening with special artist’s showings, displays, and refreshments. Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Whole Bloomin’ Thing – May 12
This Haywood County spring festival kicks off the growing season with new excitement each year. The “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” Spring Festival features growers, artists, and musicians in the historic Frog Level in Downtown Waynesville for a day of fun!

LEAF Festival – May 10-13
LEAF is the yearly multicultural musical/dance odyssey and longtime favorite festival held in Black Mountain on a lake with camping and limited tickets. Day passes are also available allowing you to stay in offsite accommodations. For more information visit: http://theleaf.org/

Fiber Weekend – May 12-13
Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demonstrations include quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing, printing design, tapestry weaving and natural dyeing. Two fashion shows on Sunday! For additional information visit http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/folk-art-center/

Downtown Waynesville Block Party – May 26
Dancing in Main Street, 3 live bands, 7pm; “Kids on Main” activity hour, 6-7pm, eats & treats, restaurants open. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Mountain Sports Festival – May 25-27
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a newbie trying an event for the first time, the annual Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville offers something for you. Sports demonstrations, outdoor vendors, live music, craft beer and more in one of the coolest parks, Carrier Park and in one of Asheville’s coolest neighborhoods West Asheville. For more info visit the Mountain Sports Festival website.

White Squirrel Festival – May 26-27
Go nuts at the White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard that features a parade, plenty of live music, food, arts and more. For more information visit http://whitesquirrelfestival.com/


June

Beer City Festival – June 2
Sample brews from 30+ local breweries in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park Hosted by Asheville Brewers Alliance and part of Beer Week this event is outdoors and features food, live music and more. Buy tickets in advance this event typical sells out! For tickets and info visit the Beer City Festival website.

Appalachian Lifestyle Festival – June 9
A full day celebration of traditional mountain craft, food and entertainment in downtown Waynesville. Demonstrations of Appalachian life skills & crafts, storytelling, mountain music & clogging, home-style food vendors. 10 AM –5 PM, Free admission. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Cold Mountain Music Festival – June 8-9
Lake Logan Conference Center will host the second Annual Cold Mountain Music Festival. The event raises funds and awareness for Lake Logan and Camp Henry. In addition to a day of top-notch musical talent, the festival will feature a kids’ area, food and beverage vendors, and an after party at Sit n Whittle Village. For more information visit http://www.coldmountainmusic.org/

Mountain Street Dance – June 22
An old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music & clogging, instructions & demonstrations, concessions, Historic Courthouse in Downtown Waynesville. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Asheville Art In The Park – June 23
See and buy fine arts and crafts from dozens of local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. 10 AM-5 PM.

Shindig On The Green Kickoff – June 30
Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region’s Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park. Bring a lawn chair and sit back for a night of old time music and dance. Takes place June 30 / July 7, 14, 21 / August 11, 18 / September 1. For more info visit http://www.folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm


July

Mountain Street Dance – July 06
An old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music & clogging, instructions & demonstrations, concessions, Historic Courthouse in Downtown Waynesville. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Festival – July 7-8
One of the mountains best Arts and Crafts festival taking place at the Maggie Valley Fairgrounds. They also host two fall festival at the same location, Labor Day Weekend (September 1-2) and October 20-21.

Folkmoot USA – July 19-29
North Carolina’s Official International Festival is a 10-day celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance with performances, a parade and more in Waynesville, Asheville, Sylva and other WNC towns. For more info visit the Folkmoot website.

Mountain Street Dance – July 20
An old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music & clogging, instructions & demonstrations, concessions, Historic Courthouse in Downtown Waynesville. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands – July 20-22
The Craft Fair showcases work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. Members’ work must be juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship.

Parade Of Nations – July 21
Folkmoot, an international music and dance festival, has an annual Parade of Nations taking place on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville. Come check some performers from the festival and their elaborate costumes. For more info visit the Folkmoot website.

International Day – July 28
This annual festival takes place in downtown Waynesville and features international and regional artwork, international dance and music from Folkmoot USA, and great food. For more info visit the Folkmoot website.


August

Art After Dark – August 3
Participating galleries & studios in Downtown Waynesville remain open until 9 pm on this evening with special artist’s showings, displays, and refreshments. Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association. For additional information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.

Mountain Dance & Folk Festival – August 2-4
Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come together the first weekend in August for a showcase of authentic bluegrass music and dancing in Asheville.

LEAF in Downtown Asheville – August 3-4
LEAF’s International music festival at Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville. Featuring three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday until 10 PM. For more info including lineup visit theleaf.org

Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair – August 3-4
The streets around Burnsville’s town square are filled with 200-juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Located 35 miles northeast of Asheville.

Asheville Wine & Food Festival – August 17-18
The finest regional wines, exceptional local chefs, craft beer and spirits, and handcrafted artisanal foods. A weekend of palate-pleasing sampling in downtown Asheville. For more details including tickets visit the Asheville Wine And Food Festival website.

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