WAYNESVILLE HOSTS NUMEROUS FESTIVALS AND EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THAT KEEP WAYNESVILLE FULL OF LIFE AND LAUGHTER, AS WELL AS MONTHLY MOUNTAIN STREET DANCES‘ DURING THE SUMMER. “BLOCK PARTIES” ON MAIN ST. FEATURE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. LOOK ON OUR WEBSITE FOR A LISTING OF UPCOMING EVENTS. COME DISCOVER THE ART & CULTURE OF OUR MOUNTAINS HERE IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA!
Winter Arts Smoky Style: Dec 15 "Jingle Mingle" / January 19 "It's Chili Outside" / February 16 "HeART Warming" / March 16 "Luck of the Art" Downtown Galleries winter promotion of the arts will be held downtown from 3-6 pm. Join the fun on Main Street!
May-Nov, First Friday of each month– “ART after DARK” Gallery Stroll 6PM - 9PM. Downtown Galleries remain open featuring artist’s receptions, demonstrations, & music
May 25- Sat – BLOCK PARTY Dancing in Main Street, 3 live bands, 7pm; “Kids on Main” activity hour, 6-7pm, eats & treats, restaurants open.
June 1- Fri – “ART after DARK” Participating galleries & studios 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.
June 9 – Sat – The 8th Annual APPALACHIAN LIFESTYLE CELEBRATION A heritage themed event. Mountain Music, Clogging, Demonstrations, Art, Craft, Storytelling, Traditional Food 10am-5pm
June 28 / July 12 & 26 / August 9 – Fri – MOUNTAIN STREET DANCE An old-fashioned mountain hoe down! Live mountain music & clogging, instructions & demonstrations, concessions, Historic Courthouse. 6:30-9pm.
July 4 -Tues – STARS & STRIPES CELEBRATION Shops & Restaurants open all day, live music & entertainment, 11-3. Patriotic Kid’s Parade on Main Street 11am; Haywood Community Band Patriotic Concert on Courthouse lawn, 2 pm.
July 20 - 28FOLKMOOT USA INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL NC’s Official International Festival celebrating the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Countries from around the world attend and showcase performances are held in Waynesville and regional venues. www.folkmoot.org
July 20 -Sat – FOLKMOOT USA PARADE of NATIONS International dancers & musicians parade down Main Street to Opening Ceremonies on Historic Courthouse lawn 10 am
July 27 – Sat –INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DAY A Folkmoot USA celebration on Main Street featuring, art & craft booths, dance performances, music, food 10-5
August 31 & September 1 – Fri & Sat – 49th annual SMOKY MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL Two evenings celebrating our mountain folk music. Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska, 828.452.1688.
September 7 – Fri – “ART after DARK” Participating galleries & studios 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.
September 14 – Sat – BLOCK PARTY Dancing in Main Street, 3 live bands, 7pm; “Kids on Main” activity hour, 6-7pm, eats & treats, restaurants open.
October 12 – Sat – The 35th annual CHURCH STREET ART & CRAFT SHOW on Main St! Known as one of the finest one-day juried art shows in the region. An art & craft marketplace with great food & drink, two stages of mountain music, clogging, entertainment & more, 10-5pm.
October 19 – Sat – The 30th annual APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL Music 7 clogging, art & craft booths, delicious food, and apples! 10-5pm
October 31 – Wed – TREATS on the STREET Participating Downtown merchants offer Halloween treats for young children, 5 – 7 pm
December 1-31 – “ALL THROUGH THE TOWN” Holiday happenings all month in downtown businesses and area churches
December 3 – Monday Night – Waynesville CHRISTMAS PARADE Enjoy this annual community tradition as numerous illuminated entries parade up Main Street celebrating the spirit of the holidays. Santa Claus makes a special appearance as the guest of honor! 6pm
December 7-9-2018 / Dec 6-9-2019 – Fri-Sun “HOLLY DAYS” Seasonal holiday events in the Main Street area are held throughout weekend beginning with a Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and “Art after Dark” on Friday evening; “A Night Before Christmas” celebration on Saturday night; and more on Sunday in the festively decorated shops and restaurants.
Dec 15 2019 – Fri – “Winter Arts Smoky Style" ART after DARK” Participating galleries & studios remain open until 7 pm on this evening with special artist’s showings, displays, and refreshments. Dec 14 2019 – Sat –“A NIGHT before CHRISTMAS” A Holiday Tradition in Downtown Waynesville. Live music, caroling, Bethlehem Market Place, Live Nativity, old-fashioned wagon rides, Santa, luminaries line the street. Shops, galleries & restaurants remain open. Join us for an evening of family fun. 6-9pm. December 13-24 – TWELVE DAYS of CHRISTMAS 12 days of magical moments & memories are made here in Downtown Waynesville. Merchants offer dazzling specials in the 12 days preceding Christmas.
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