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FOCUS SWIMSUIT & SUMMER GUIDE 2014

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Maggie Valley Labor Day Craft Show, 8/30-8/31/14 Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Sat. & Sun., 9am to 5pm daily, Open to the public with $1 admission or one-1, non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank; Children’s admission is free.100+ Talented Craft Vendors from throughout the Southeast present a variety of unique handmade crafts and jewelry. 828-497-9425 www.maggievalleycraftshows.com

29th Annual Sculpture Celebration, 9/6/14 9am-4pm. T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Circle, Lenoir NC. Sculpture Celebration brings over 70 sculptors with over 150 sculptures from all over the eastern U.S. 828-754-2486 or info@caldwellarts.comwww.caldwellarts.com

Downtown Hickory Art Crawl, 9/18/14, 5:30-8pm. The Art Crawl is held twice a year & features local artists showcasing their talents in downtown businesses. Over 20 businesses hosted artists last year. A map is provided & participants are welcome to browse the artwork, enjoy refreshments & meet with the artists. Artwork is available for sale. (828)322-1121 www.downtownhickory.com

2014 Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Invites you to visit the downtown galleries and the 2014 Art Walks: First Friday Every month thru December. 5-8pm. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org

CAR SHOWS

Corvette Auto Show, 5/24/14, 10am-6pm. 286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson, NC. Display your beautiful Corvette on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards! Free (336)366-4724 www.sheltonvineyards.com

Big Rigs Antique Truck Show, 10/11/14, Trucks big and small pour into Cherokee for this unique event. Show and shine like you have never seen it before. This event comes complete with a parade of trucks in downtown Cherokee. You must see it to believe it!! Gates open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. General admission is $5; children twelve and under admitted free of charge. For information, contact Bill Ashe at (828) 421-9399. www.aths.org

Maggie Valley Swap Meet & Car Show, June 27 - 29, 2014, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds 828-736-2217 www.maggievalleyswapmeet.com

2014 Maggie Valley Swap Meet & Car Show, September 26 - 28,  Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 423-623-4644  or Vendors 423-623-2723 www.maggievalleyswapmeet.com

FAIRS

Annual Summer Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, July 17 - 20, 2014 & October 16 - 19, 2014, 2013 US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC. Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm. Admission: $8; Children under 12 free. Info: 828-298-7928 www.southernhighlandguild.org

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, August 1st & 2nd, 2014, Burnsville, NC. People who have a true appreciation for traditional crafts know this fair. Historic downtown Burnsville. Beautiful handmade quilts, pottery, woven baskets, or most any other handmade craft. (828)682-7413 www.mtmitchellcraftsfair.com

42nd Annual Village Art & Craft Fair, 8/2-8/3/14, 10am-7pm.Held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village near the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, the fair hosts 120 artists from 14 states representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more. Free. Fair hours are Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday Noon to 6 PM, rain or shine. There is no admission fee. Homemade refreshments are available at church sponsored concession booths with proceeds benefiting the Cathedral’s Outreach program. www.biltmorevillage.com (828) 274-8788

Hickory American Legion Fair, Aug 27 - Sept 1, 2014 Hickory, NC. Theme this Year: One Great County, One Great Fair! (828)464-5433 www.hickoryfair.com

Mountain State Fair, 9/5-9/14/14, Fletcher, NC. FREE parking www.mountainfair.org

Cabarrus County Fai,r 9/5-9/13/, Concord, NC (704)920-4751. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center.

67th Annual Chowan County Regional Fair, 9/24-9/28/13, Edenton, NC (252)482-4057 American Legion Post # 40 Fairgrounds.

Dixie Classic Fair, 10/3-10/12/14, The second largest agricultural Fair in NC, owned & operated by the City of Winston-Salem, NC. (336)727-2236 www.dcfair.com

FAMILY

Salisbury Historic Trolley Tours, Every Sat. Through Oct. - 11am., Downtown Salisbury, NC. Experience Authentic Salisbury-Rowan County by taking the Salisbury Historic Trolley Tour. Learn about what makes Salisbury-Rowan County historically significant. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 5-10 and under 5 are free. For more info, call 1-800-332-2343 www.visitsalisburync.com

12th Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival 6/7/14 9am-4pm. The finest in hand-crafted pottery from the Triad & southern Virginia. Over 100 potters. Demonstrations & door prizes. Former Goodwill Store, Kingsway Plaza, King’s Hwy, Eden, NC. Free admission. 336-612-8049 www.edenspecialevents.com

Summer Fiber Retreat, June 20-22, Friday 9:00AM-6:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 9:00PM-4:00PM. 3 Spectacular days of classes/workshops and FREE demonstrations! Artist and Vendors from all over will feature workshops in Felting, Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Knitting, Crocheting and much more! NO ENTRY CHARGE for the Retreat-Pay only for the classes you take. Located in the Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville, NC. Free.Contact: Kim Gough (828) 633-2500 www.friendsandfiberworks.com

FESTIVALS

Food Lion Speed Street, 5/22-5/24/14, Charlotte: Food Lion Speed Street is an outdoor, multi day music and entertainment festival that leads up to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Memorial Day weekend. Interactive games, giveaways, and product samples. Free. The festival opens each day at noon. www.600festival.com or www.facebook.com/FoodLionSpeedStreet

Annual Mountain Sports Festival, 5/23-5/25/14, Amboy Rd in Asheville, NC. Free. The Mountain Sports Festival is a weekend music and sports festival that celebrates community, athletics and local business. The festival showcases the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountains. The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well balanced series of events that encourages participation on all levels. www.mountainsportsfestival.com

Annual Aurora Fossil Festival, 5/23-5/25/14, 10am-5pm. 400 Main Street, Aurora, NC. Expanded food vendors, games for kids, amusement rides, classic car show, street vendors, local live entertainment, helicopter rides, a sanctioned “lawn mower” tractor pull, Sunday gospel service/ singing, & a street dance. Festivities include the ever-famous Fossil parade featuring local marching bands & the crowd favorite, Shriner units of Eastern NC, along with floats & fun. 252-322-4238 www.aurorafossilfestival.net

White Squirrel Festival, 5/23-5/25/14, Heart of Brevard Historic District in Brevard, NC. Running of the popular Squirrel Box Derby. Back this year is the Brevard Rotary’s Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race. Free musical acts over two days. (828) 884-3278 www.whitesquirrelfestival.com

14th Annual NC Wine Festival, 5/24/14, at Tanglewood Park. 4061 Clemmons Rd, Clemmons, NC. The largest wine festival in North Carolina. Ticket provides tasting from all wineries, artist & crafter displays, great food choices & music all day. Purchase wine by glass & case. Tickets now online. (336)733-5836 www.ncwinefestival.com

21st Annual Garden Jubilee Festival, 5/24-5/25/14, 10am-6pm. Main Street from 6th Ave - Caswell St in Hendersonville, NC. The Garden Jubilee Festival offers over 200 vendors selling thousands of plants, arts & crafts, garden talks & clinics, garden accessories, & food. The festival covers 8 blocks of Main Street from Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street. Downtown from 10am-6pm, both days. Memorial Day weekend. 800.828.4244 www.historichendersonville.org

First Friday Concert & Livermush Festival, 6/5/14, 6:30-9pm. Activities include music & a livermush cooking contest. Free. Main St, Historic Downtown Marion, NC. Contact Freddie Killough (828) 652-2215 www.mcdowellnc.org

NC Gold Festival, 6/6-6/7/14, 12-9pm, Old Fort, NC. Free. Annual event, featuring gold exhibits, gold mining techniques & demonstrations, treasure & scavenger hunts, geo-caching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts & crafts, raffles. (800)959-9033 www.ncgold.org

29th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival, 6/7/14, 10am-6:30pm. The Beach Music Festival hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is billed as the biggest & only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the NC coast. No carry-in alcohol or pets permitted. Beverages, including beer, are available. Ocean Front Beach Stage, Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC. (910) 458-8434 www.pleasureislandnc.org

17th Annual Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show, 5/31-6/1/14, 10am-5pm Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday. Free. Historic Downtown Black Mountain. Over 65 Juried Crafters/Artists. The purpose of the show is to promote the highest quality crafts. Enjoy food & cold drinks at the west end of town at The Old Depot. (828) 669-4814 www.olddepot.org

Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival, 6/13-6/14/14, 10am-11pm. Free for everyone on Friday from 10am until 2pm. All other times, adult tickets are $8, with children 12 and under admitted free. Active duty service people FREE anytime with military ID. The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival is a nationally recognized, KCBS sanctioned BBQ Competition & Music Festival including the Foothills Crafts Fair with some of the finest regional artisans presenting their arts. Beach Bingo, Kiddee & Teen Parks & fireworks both nights. No pets, no coolers. Free parking. Harmon Field, Tryon, NC. (828) 859-7427 www.blueridgebbqfestival.com

Washington Summer Festival, 6/13-6/14/14, Washington, NC. Annual summer festival on the beautiful Pamlico River in Downtown Washington features music, arts & crafts, children’s entertainment, food & amusement rides! (252)946-9168www.littlewashingtonnc.com/event/31st-annual-washington-summer-festival

19th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival, 6/13-6/14/14, 10am-5pm. Eden Fairgrounds Eden, NC. Honoring Eden’s legendary son, the Charlie Poole Music Festival is a three-day festival celebrating old-time string & bluegrass music indigenous to our area, & recognizing the importance of this music to our cultural heritage. (336) 623-1043 www.charlie-poole.com

16th Annual Edenton Music & Water Festival, 6/6/14, Edenton Harbor - South Broad St., Edenton, NC. Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 with launching from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation along with bringing your own for participation.Saturday, this festival promises to delight with Coast Guard participation, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and and on the water. Free Boat Rides, Free Paddling Demos with the Eastern 4-H Center, Artists @ Work, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors, expanded Kids Area with Games and Crafts and Joy the Clown will all be on site for all to ENJOY!(800)775-0111 www.edentonmusicandwaterfestival.com

NC Blueberry Festival, 6/21/14, 9am-9pm. Burgaw at the Pender County Courthouse Square Burgaw, NC. The Blueberry Festival, held yearly the third Sat. in June, celebrates the historical, economic & cultural significance of blueberries in southeastern NC. Headline entertainment, car shows, antique show & sale, 5K run/walk, Cape Fear Cyclists Fun Ride, children’s activities, arts & crafts, educational events, beer & wine garden, blueberries, baked goods. (910) 259-9817 www.ncblueberryfestival.com

NC Rhododendron Festival, 6/20-6/21/14, 10am-5pm (or until crowd has left). Long running festival celebrating the native rhododendron on Roan Mountain, NC. Featuring street festival, 10K run, street dance, fishing tournament, Miss Rhododendron Pageant, Car Show, Ducky Derby & more. Downtown Bakersville, NC. Contact Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce (828) 688-3456. www.bakersville.com

Fun Fourth Festival Events, Greensboro: 7/4/14, The Fun Fourth Festival has been presented annually since 1975 as a community celebration of Independence Day for Guilford County and the Piedmont Triad. In 2014, the Street Festival will be moving back to its roots in the Historic District of Downtown Greensboro! The Freedom Run & Walk begins and ends at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown and the Fireworks Finale will continue at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. (336) 274-4595 www.funfourthfestival.org

NC 4th of July Festival - For over 200 years the City of Southport has celebrated our nation’s independence. Over 50,000 people attend the festival each year. Festival events include a naturalization ceremony, over 100 arts & craft booths, food vendors cooking everything from shrimp burgers to bar-b-que, 5K Freedom Run/Walk, parade televised live on WECT TV-6, Sea Notes Choral Concert, live stage entertainment, fireworks, Franklin Square Art Gallery’s National Art Show, children’s entertainment & games, the opening of the Old Jail, pancake breakfast, Beach Day events such as sandcastle building, surf, horseshoe, volleyball and Shag contests. June 28th - Freedom Run. July 1 - Beach Day July 2,4 & 4 events will be in downtown Southport For more information contact: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461. 800-457-6964 www.southport-oakisland.com

Appalachian Summer Festival’s 30th Season. ASU annual summer arts attraction, presents a diverse & unique mixture of music, dance, theatre, visual arts & film events & attracts over 26,000 visitors to the High Country each summer. Tickets for festival events range in price & may be purchased by calling (800)841-2787 www.appsummer.org

Independence Day Festival & Parade, 7/5/14, 9am-until: Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, $75 first place, $50 second place) 9:30am-11am: Park Games (prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games!) -Water Balloon Toss -Watermelon Eating Contest -More, plus Face Painting. 11am-4:30pm: Climbing Tower & Bounce Obstacle Course. 10am- 11am: Cloggers. 11am-Noon: Patriotic Sing Along. Noon-1:30pm: Live Music. 2pm: Independence Day Parade. 3-4:30pm: Bluegrass. 9:30pm: Fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Sunday’s Park Dance will live music, 1-7pm, Free!Free. (877)750-4636 www.blowingrock.com

11th Annual RED, WHITE AND BLUEGRASS Festival, 6/26-6/28/14, Morganton, NC. Thursday June 26th: 2:30 Tone Blazers, 4:00 Eddie Rose & Highway Forty, 6:30 The Lost and Found, 8:00 Balsam Range, 9:30 Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. Friday June 27th: 1:00 Detour, 2:30 Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, 4:00 Volume Five, 5:30 Kids Camp & Flatt Lonesome, 6:30 Marty Raybon, 8:00 Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, 9:30 The Grascals. Saturday June 28th: 1:00 Snyder Family Band, 2:30 Claire Lynch, 4:00 Grasstowne, 6:30 The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, 8:00 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, 9:30 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder & The Whites. 9:30pm FIREWORKS (800) 939-SHOW www.redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com

Christmas In July Festival, 7/4 & 7/5/14, 9am-7pm, West Jefferson, NC. Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Adventure & Fun for the Whole Family! (336)846-2787 www.christmasinjuly.com

Carrboro July 4th Celebration, 7/4/13, Carrboro, NC. held at the Carrboro Town Hall on Friday, July 4th. Event kicks off at Weaver Street Market Lawn (Beginning at 9:30am) with a parade from Weaver Street Market to Town Hall. Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage face painters, games, good food, and live music. Town Hall Commons. In case of inclement weather the event may be cancelled. Please check the Recreation and Parks Department weather line for an changes to the schedule. (919)918-7373 www.carrborojuly4th.com

4th of July Festival and Parade, 7/5/14, 9am-10 pm. Downtown Blowing Rock. 9am-until: Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, $75 first place, $50 second place) 9:30am-11am: Park Games (prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games!)-Water Balloon Toss-Watermelon Eating Contest -More, plus Face Painting. 11am-4:30pm: Climbing Tower & Bounce Obstacle Course. 10am- 11am: Cloggers. 11am-Noon: Patriotic Sing Along. Noon-1:30pm: Live Music. 2pm: Independence Day Parade. 3-4:30pm: Bluegrass. 9:30pm: Fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Sunday’s Park Dance will live music, 1-7pm, Free! 828-295-5222 www.blowingrock.com

Blackberry Festival, 7/12/14, Downtown Lenoir, 10am-4pm. In Caldwell County, blackberries are a part of every day life - children beg to go pick from the wild berries lining every bank. The North Carolina Blackberry Festival offers summer fun to all visitors - without the chiggers! www.caldwellcochamber.org

Franklin Folk Festival, 7/19/14, Franklin, NC, 9am-4pm. A celebration of the mountain way of life. From milking cows to shingle splitting to quilting, visitors will have the opportunity to experience what mountain life was like when Franklin was first established some 150 years ago. (828)524-2516 www.franklinfolkfestival.com

NC Peach Festival, 7/19/14, NC Peach Festival is held every year on the third Saturday in July in the Town of Candor. The parade starts at 10am & the festivities take place in the park. Bring your lawn chairs & sit back & enjoy the local live entertainment. Lots of local peaches, peach ice cream & peach desserts. www.townofcandornc.com

Folkmoot USA, 7/18-7/27/14, NC’s Official International Festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music & dance. The festival is headquartered at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, a former elementary school, in Waynesville, about 25 miles west of Asheville. (828)452-2997 www.folkmootusa.org

Winterville Watermelon Festival, 7/21-7/23/14, Winterville, NC.www.watermelonfest.com

Waldensian Festival, 8/8-8/9/14, Valdese, NC. Since 1976, on the second Saturday in August, Valdese hosts an annual festival to celebrate the “Glorious Return” of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689. This celebration is mirrored around the world by other Waldensian communities. Waldensian Festival Weekend. Fri: Kick-off the Festival with an Antique & Classic Car Cruise. Festival will showcase craft, art, novelty foods from vendors from all around the region...children’s rides & more! (828)879-2126 www.visitvaldese.com

37th Annual Sourwood Festival, 8/8-8/10/14, Downtown Black Mountain, NC. There’s always plenty to see & do at Black Mountain’s annual festival. Enjoy great music & lots of fun & of course, lots of great mountain cooking. (828) 669-2300www.sourwoodfestival.com

44th Annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, 8/9 & 8/10/14, Sneads Ferry, NC. Festival begins with a parade followed by two days of fun, fireworks & a street dance on Sat night, top-notch entertainment, browsing the booths for local crafts & artwork & all the shrimp you can eat. sfshrimpfestival@yahoo.comwww.sneadsferryshrimpfestival.org

5th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival, 8/15-8/16/14, Lake Lure, NC. Dirty Dancing Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of the romantic classic film, Dirty Dancing! www.dirtydancingfestival.com

2014 Asheville Wine & Food Festival, 8/21-8/23/14, Asheville, NC. At this showcase of area chefs, wineries, farmers, and artisan food producers, general admission ticket holders will have several hours to sip, sample and shop. Asheville and the surrounding area boast award-winning chefs and restaurants. Wine producers and distributors will be on hand as well, letting guests sample local, regional, and national labels. (828) 777-8916.www.ashevillewineandfood.com

North Carolina Apple Festival, 8/29-9/1/14, Hendersonville, NC. The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with Freshly Picked Apples, Arts & Crafts, Festival Food and FREE Entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s Beautiful Main Street. Labor Day features the King Apple Parade! Please leave your pets comfortably at home, the City of Hendersonville’s ordinance prohibits animals in the event. www.ncapplefestival.org

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, 9/5-9/6/14, Burnsville, NC. Novelists, poets, historians, playwrights, journalists & storytellers gather to read from & discuss their works. Multiple events happening simultaneously in venues throughout the town (all within walking distance). Events for kids on Saturday. FREE and OPEN to the public. (828) 682-4476 www.cmlitfest.org

Historic Morganton Festival, 9/5-9/6/14, Morganton, NC. The festival generally brings in 40,000 to 50,000 attendees throughout the weekend from across the state as well as South Carolina & Virginia. Two major music stages. City Stage performers are national acts featuring country & oldies. Stage II features local & regional bands & two “Zones” are designed for kids from infants to high school! Plus two more stages feature children’s entertainment & demonstrations from local performance groups. (828)438-5252www.morgantonfest.org

Bush Hill Heritage Festival, 9/13/14, 9am-4pm Archdale, NC. This festival was born in 1986 as the bicentennial celebration of the Quaker settling known as Bush Hill. (336)434-2073 www.bushhillfestival.com.

Ahoskie Heritage Festival, 9/12/14,11am-11pm. Ahoskie Recreational Center Ahoskie, NC. The ninth annual Ahoskie Heritage Festival has live bands, children’s rides, fireworks & food. (252) 332-5146 www.ahoskie.org

Benson Mule Days, 9/25-9/28/14, Benson, NC. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts & crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, trail rides, parades, bluegrass shows & more. (919)894-3825 www.bensonmuledays.com

50th Annual Festival in the Park, 9/19-9/21/14, Charlotte, NC. A fun- filled event designed to promote & stimulate interest in the arts. It provides the opportunity for all to see, hear, & learn from over 150 artists & crafts people who actively demonstrate & display their art. Nearly a thousand entertainers provide free ongoing performances at the main band shell & many stages surrounding it. (704)338-1060 www.festivalinthepark.org

NC Spot Festival, 9/27-9/28/14, Hampstead, NC. www.ncspotfestival.com

Annual NC Seafood Festival, 10/3-10/5/14, Morehead City, NC. (252)726-6273 www.ncseafoodfestival.org

Autumn Jubilee, 10/4-10/5/14, Salisbury, NC. Join in on all the fun & activities on Bringle Ferry Rd at Dan Nicholas Park. Saturday & Sunday from 10am until 6pm. 45,000 plus visitors enjoy the this family fun festival. (704)216-7803 www.dannicholas.net

Carolina Renaissance Festival Weekends, 10/4-11/23/14, Sat & Sun 10am-5:30pm Huntersville, NC. The festival is a medieval amusement park with staged theater, arts & crafts, & jousting. (877)896-5544. www.royalfaires.com/carolina

Annual Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival, 10/4/14, Charlotte, NC. Bring friends, family & picnic blankets to Symphony Park & enjoy a day on the lawn listening to favorite tunes while enjoying tasting hundreds of wines from NC. If you enjoy great food & the gourmet lifestyle, then you’ll really enjoy strolling the exhibits or taking in one of the wine & food seminars. hundreds of Wines, over 50 exhibits! Adult Admission & Tasting Glass: $26 advance(online) / $32 on-site Includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine samples, all performances. Designated Driver Ticket: $20 advance online & on-site and includes admission into the event ONLY. Kids - 12 and under are FREE! www.uncorkthefun.com/charlotte-north-carolina/site-info

Oktoberfest 2014, 10/10-10/12/14, Downtown Hickory, Oktoberfest, the most anticipated event in the Unifour area. FREE! This festival offers a weekend of family entertainment. Two stages will present non-stop musical entertainment. Kids will enjoy the Kidsfest area, offering amusement rides & games for a thrill for all ages. Artisans will be selling such items as beautiful pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, woodcrafts, etc. Commercial vendors sell a variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps. There are many food vendors located in the Food Court selling a variety of treats, goodies & great food. Oktoberfest also features the Castle of Cans—the Castle of Caring, which features canned food donated for distribution to the needy by area churches, civic organizations, businesses & individuals. (828)322-1121 www.hickoryoktoberfest.com

Woolly Worm Festival, 10/18-10/19/14, on the grounds of the Banner Elk Elementary School. Downtown Banner Elk, NC. Banner Elk welcomes more than 23,000 people to the community to make family memories & also to win the prestigious title of predicting the High Country weather & the chance to win the $1000 bounty.Over 140 food & craft vendors plus rides, musicians & dance teams. Returning vendors make worm houses & pins, face paint & the festival also includes artists who do photography, pottery, stained glass & much more. Participants wishing to race their worm may register at 9am & shortly after that races begin. 25 worms are in each heat. Saturday’s winning Woolly Worm holds the esteemed honor of predicting the winter weather season & the Woolly Worm wins prize monies of $1000, which we hope the winning worm shares with its owner. Sunday’s winning Woolly Worm wins $500. The Avery County Chamber of Commerce (800)972-2183 www.woollyworm.com

Taylorsville Hometown Apple Festival, 10/18/14, Taylorsville, NC. The streets of Taylorsville fill to overflowing for the Annual Taylorsville Apple Festival which draws an estimated 35,000 attendees and hosts over 250 exhibit booths. The festival provides a fantastic assortment of entertainment, food and vendors. The festival boasts 3 entertainment stages: The Main Stage on the courthouse lawn, the Gospel Stage at the west end of the festival, and the Childrens’ Stage on the east end of the festival. The Kid’s Korner is the biggest draw for our younger attendees. The Kid’s Korner has hosted in the past, pony rides, mechanical bucking bull rides, pitching booths, numerous professional inflatables, puppet shows, music and much more. Food vendors surround the courthouse emitting some of the most wonderful smells and best tasting food you’ll find in the Carolinas. One can find, chopped barbeque, eggrolls, hamburgers and hotdogs, barbeque chicken, Italian sausages, and the list goes on. And don’t forget dessert. Items here include: homemade ice cream, cakes, cookies, and of course fried apple pies. And don’t forget the hundreds of craft vendors lining many blocks of our town that day. (828)632-2999 www.alexandercountyonline.com/applefestival/index.htm

Lincoln County Apple Festival, 9/21/14, The Lincoln County Apple Festival is held annually in downtown Lincolnton the third Saturday in September. 9am- 4pm. The festival provides the community with a family friendly event that serves as an annual reunion for many folks. Entertainment, food, crafts, and much more. If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Dorsey at the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service at 704-736-8452. www.lincolncountyapplefestival.com

LEAF Festival, 10/16-19/14, Set amidst the Blue Ridge mountains, just below Mt. Mitchell and near Black Mountain, the LEAF Festival (Lake Eden Arts Festival) magical site is a short drive from Asheville. Experience wildly spontaneous and great music from many corners of the globe at LEAF. A dizzying array of traditions unite to present music from a diverse range of cultures: African, Latin, Appalachian, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass, French, Texas Sounds and more. Discover new music and enjoy LEAF traditions by the lake, under the sun and stars, in the mountains. three days, four stages, jam tent, healing arts, poetry, african drum circle... continuous wonderment & celebration. Spring 2014: Free Your Funky Self. The 38th LEAF features more Grammy nominated performers such as the harmonious duo, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien (Americana/Roots), Boukman Eksperyans (Hatian Rock/Reggae) and twice-nominated Locos por Juana (Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop/Funk). The lineup rounds out with genre-bending performances from soulful and funky multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy, transcendental folk-rockers Elephant Revival and many more. LEAF Festival musicians provide the soundtrack to a memorable experience filled with cultural treasures and fun around every corner. Combining a great diversity of names and faces with a myriad of community dances including Salsa, Swing, the Waltz and traditional, contemporary and techno forms of Contra; poetry and puppetry slams; healing arts workshops; folk art and handcraft exhibitions, installations and interactive demonstrations; camping, watersports and outdoor adventure; and kid’s activities throughout the festival. Purchase tickets online at theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742. Adult prices start at $41 for the day or $147 for the weekend. Additional discounts apply for local commuting residents and youth ages 10 through 17. Children 9 and younger are always free. Limited car camping, lodge rooms and cabins are available. Funky costumes and festive attitudes welcome! www.theleaf.com

Carolina Balloon Fest, 10/17-10/19/14, Statesville, NC. We invite you to bring lawn chairs and blankets (Pets & Coolers will not be admitted) to enjoy our beautiful Carolina autumn weather. Be amazed by the sights and sounds of colorful hot air balloons and ongoing festivities in the field of our venue at Statesville Regional Airport. Taste North Carolina’s fine wines & craft beers from our state’s vineyards and breweries or stroll the Artisan Village and Marketplace to shop for unique gifts. Our Kids Zone offers fun bouncers and challenges for children of all ages. Live Entertainment. Come experience the beauty and wonder of 50 magical hot air balloons decorating the sky! Weather permitting, hot air balloons will fly near dawn and dusk. Saturday evening, after dark is our traditional Saturday evening Balloon Glow, Hot Air Balloon Rides and Tethered Balloon Rides are available throughout the weekend, weather permitting! www.carolinaballoonfest.com

MOTORCYCLES

Rally to Ridgecrest, 5/23-5/26/14, Ridgecrest, NC. This Memorial Day weekend join Christian bikers from all over the country for one of the most unique experiences available to Christian bikers who want to celebrate their love for Christ and fellowship with other believers who share a passion for motorcycling. (800) 588-7222 www.lifeway.com/motorcyclerally

Ride for a Vet, 5/24/14, Burnsville, NC. The ride begins at Town Square in Burnsville with registration from 10am to 12pm. The ride begins at 12pm as the first wave of the Memorial Day Parade. The ride fee is $20 for the rider and $10 for a passenger. the fee includes food at the end of the ride. The ride ends with door prizes, 50/50 drawing, raffles and food. On Friday night May 23, 2014, 5pm, the Burnsville Town Square will be the place to be! Come enjoy a free concert Rockin’ The Village Green with the bands Red Line and Mid Century Rockers while watching “Cruisin’ the way it used to be.” Please bring your chair and join us! All proceeds will benefit the Mt Mitchell Marine Corps. League 1266, to help veterans who are unable to help themselves. (828) 467-0259 www.rideforavet.com

Hog Happenin’, 6/6-6/7/14, Lincolnton, NC. The event kicks-off Friday night with live bands on the Main Stage, Piglets playpen and swap-meet. The cook-off will start Friday night with judging on Saturday. The Poker Run & WALK, Bike Show, Bike Games and swap meet will be on Saturday. (704)736-8915 www.hoghappenin.org

Asheville Ride for Kids, 8/24/14, WNC Ag Center Expo Hall, Gate 5, 775 Boylston Hwy. (Airport Road) Fletcher, NC. When you join hundreds of other motorcyclists for this scenic ride through the North Carolina countryside, you’ll have a great time while raising funds for the PBTF’s medical research and family support programs! Riders on all makes and models are welcome. Registration opens at 8am and closes at 9:30am. The escorted ride starts at 10am sharp, rain or shine! The ride will loop back to the start point. We’re excited to offer Ride for Kids participants a new incentive program this year. The more money you raise, the more incentives choices you have! Get a collectible event T-shirt for as little as $100 per person. Depending on how much more you raise, you’ll qualify for one additional incentive with choices offered at each fundraising level. Plus, for every $300 you raise, you’ll be eligible for a drawing for a Honda motorcycle and other great prizes (must be present to win). All participants receive free beverages, a light breakfast and lunch. Plus, meet our Ride for Kids “stars,” the local children we help! Online registration is coming! The early bird rate of $40 per motorcycle includes one ticket for the event prize drawing. Walk-up registration (day of event) is $50 per bike. For more information, call 800-253-6530http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1690&pg=entry#.U3wezi-KSHk

Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally, 9/12-9/14/14, Maggie Valley, NC, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. Gates open 11am & at 9am on Sat & Sun. Event includes tour rides, bike games, bike show, vendors, music & more. (828)246-2101 www.thunderinthesmokies.com

4th Annual Biker Blues BBQ Rally & BBQ Classic, 9/18-9/20/14, Salisbury, NC, held at Tilley Harley-Davidson, Sep 19 & 20, with a pre-event party on Thursday night, Sep 18th. This family oriented event is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event. This event will bring together sponsors, vendors, first class entertainment, the general public, and motorcycle enthusiasts for an admission-free event. Not only will we host this event free to the general public, our goal is to have proceeds going to our event charities. Not only will we host this event free to the general public, our goal is to have proceeds going to local charity. (704) 638-6044 www.bikerbluesbbqrally.com

MUSIC

2014 Valdese Family Friday Nights Free, live entertainment on Friday nights, May through September. Local bluegrass, gospel, nostalgic, variety and country music performers are sure to get your toes tapping. The music starts at 7pm at the Town of Valdese parking lot beside Wells Fargo Bank, Main Street. Friday Night Cruise-ins at Myra’s continue throughout the year with vintage cars and trucks around Myra’s Restaurant. Designated Fridays host a car show on Main Street. Jacumin Plaza will be presenting free movie night every Friday night immediately following the Family Friday Night entertainment www.visitvaldese.com

Hickory Alive! 2014 The Hickory Jaycees are pleased to announce the 24th season of Hickory Alive! Hickory Alive is an annual, free concert series located in the City Hall Parking Lot in downtown Hickory. In 2014, Hickory Alive is adopting a new FIRST FRIDAYS schedule with events on the first Fridays in June, July, August, and September. Hickory Alive FIRST FRIDAYS will kick off on Friday, June 6th from 6pm – 10pm and will include the following dates: Friday, June 6th. Friday, July 4th. Friday, August 1st. Friday, September 5th. In addition to the free concert, food, beverage, and craft vendors will be on hand at the event. For those over the age of 21, United Beverage will provide adult beverage sales during the event. Live entertainment will run from 6pm to 10pm. Be sure to come out and enjoy the fun this summer! (828) 322-2080, email hickoryjaycees@yahoo.com or visit www.hickoryjaycee.com

Alive After Five Free Outdoor Concert Series Uptown Shelby Association presents Alive After Five scheduled to begin in June. Concerts will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the summer, from 5:30- 8:30 pm, in Uptown Shelby on the Washington Street side of the Court Square. Excitement fills the air as the highly anticipated concert series schedule promises great entertainment. Come enjoy live music in Uptown Shelby as we celebrate the 18th year of music, festivities and fun. Evergreen will take the stage on June 14th with their rock and roll bluegrass blend that is sure to blow you away. Come and celebrate America’s independence again on July 5th with The Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains, a Concert Band comprised of talented musicians representing the Southeast region of the United States. The Folsom Prison Gang will take the stage on July 19th honoring the music of Johnny Cash and his rockabilly sound. On Aug. 2nd, Skinny Velvet will take one part blues and combine it with one part rock for a southern soul funk sound. Tater Family Traveling Circus will perform on Aug 16th, showcasing songs from their new CD expected to be released soon. Their blend of rock and roll will conclude this year’s concert series with a high energy celebration. Uptown Shelby Association’s Alive After Five season would not be possible without our generous local community sponsors Fox Distributing, Shelby Shopper and Info, Shelby Savings Bank, Star Stage and Sound, Keeter Ford, The Star, The City of Shelby, First National Bank, Personnel Services Unlimited, Wesson Septic Tank Service and WGWG-88.3 The Range. The Kid Zone was such a success last year that Shelby Savings Bank will sponsor this area again with fresh ideas, games and activities for kids of all ages. Come hungry because vendors will line the streets selling hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, orangeades, and Italian ice. Also, new this year is a Craft Beer Spotlight, presented by Fox Distributing in the beer garden. Fun activity will fill the streets of Shelby. You won’t want to miss Alive After Five this season! And remember, Thinking Thursdays? Think Uptown. Alternating Thursdays with Alive After Five in Uptown Shelby’s Summer Cinema series at the Don Gibson Theatre. Admission is $1 accompanied with free popcorn. The family movies start June 14th at 7 pm. www.uptownshelby.org

Bluegrass Music Jam Every Thurs 7-9pm. Historic Marion Depot in Marion, NC. Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors (weather permitting), bring chairs or blankets. Free! 7-9pm. (828)652-2215 www.downtownmarion.org

90th Annual Singing on the Mountain Sunday, 6/22/14, 8:30am-3:30pm.Grandfather Mountain MacRae Meadows. The “Singing” is a day-long gathering held out-of-doors in a meadow at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30am & continues throughout the day, with a break at midday for the sermon. Many families bring lawn chairs & picnics & make a day of seeing old friends & enjoying performances by top Southern Gospel groups. Camping (with no hookups) available on a first come basis. 800-468-7325 www.grandfather.com

SPECIAL EVENTS

Third Annual Studio Glass Exhibition Scheduled for 6/2-7/11/14, Morganton, NC TOpening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 2013 5 - 8pm. The mountains of North Carolina are home to some of the world’s most talented studio glass artists. To recognize the exceptional work of these distinguished artists, and others, an exhibition of work is scheduled in a collaborative effort taking place in four downtown Morganton, North Carolina venues: The Burke Arts Council, Kal? Gallery, John S. Payne Photography, and Hamilton Williams Gallery. The Third Annual Western North Carolina Studio Glass Exhibition is scheduled to start June 2 and run through July 11, 2014. An opening reception for the artists is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 5 – 8 pm at each participating gallery. www.downtownmorganton.com.

Taste Of Charlotte, 6/6-6/8/14, Fri, 11am-11pm. Sat, 11am-11pm. Sun, 11am-6pm. NC’s largest food festival is set to return to the streets of Uptown Charlotte. A mix of family entertainment, unique shopping, live music, kid’s activities, a wide array of specialty beer & fine wine & more than 100 menu items for sampling from a collection of Charlotte’s hottest restaurants. There is no cost for admission to Taste of Charlotte. Food samples can be purchased with festival coins. Center City Charlotte, Tryon St (between MLK Blvd & 6th St), Charlotte, NC. (704)947-6590 www.tasteofcharlotte.com

Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, 6/6-6/14/14, The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is fished by around 100 competitors in substantial cash categories. Big Rock Landing, Morehead City, NC. Contact Crystal Watters (252) 247-3575 www.thebigrock.com

Asheville Kennel Club AKC All Breed Dog Show, 6/7-6/8/14, WNC Agricultural Center Davis Arena, all-breed shows offer competitions for over 150 breeds & varieties of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, Fletcher, NC. (828)687-1414 or (828)258-4833 www.ashevillekennelclub.com

Animals’ Birthday Party, 6/18/14, Grandfather Mountain, Linville, NC.10am-3pm. Grandfather Mountain will host a birthday celebration for all of the animals in the park. Grandfather’s habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests as well as programming to honor & treat its furry inhabitants. (800)468-7325 www.grandfather.com

Annual Antique Show & Sale, 6/26-6/28/14, Times vary. Tickets: $7. Held in conjunction with the Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, this event features more than 40 booths of antiques & collectibles, as well as a gourmet Tea Room. Crystal Coast Civic Center, Morehead City, NC. Contact: Patricia Suggs (252) 728-5225 http://moreheadcity.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/june/antiques-show-and-sale/profile/

Annual Benson State Singing Convention, 6/20-6/22/14, The oldest Southern gospel convention in the nation includes three days of gospel music. Friday night gospel sing. Saturday & Sunday will be competition days for amateur duets, trios, quartets, choirs, and family groups. www.gospelsingingconvention.org.

C & E Gun Shows, 6/21-6/22/14 & 9/13-9/14/14 & 11/01-11/2/14, Sat 9am-5pm & Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $9, Children 12 & Under w/ Adult-FREE. Sat admission good for both days! Hickory Metro Convention Center 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory. Hickory Metro Convention Center 1960 13th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory. www.cegunshows.com

4th of July Celebration, 7/4/14, Downtown Asheville. Pack Square Park, Celebration is an event for the whole family. Festivities start at 2pm & close with fireworks at 9:30pm. The day will feature live music from some of Asheville’s hottest bands along with a wide range of family activities and a variety of food from area vendors. www.romanticasheville.com

July 4th Celebration, 7/4/14, Brevard, NC. 5K/10K Firecracker Run, organized by the Brevard Rotary Club. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks & delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. Organized by the Transylvania Cruisers, entertainers like Elvis & the Blues Brothers have been known to show up & croon while you swoon over these classic beauties. www.brevardnc.org

July 4th Celebration, 7/4/14, Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes daytime celebration runs from 11 AM to 3 PM along Main Street with music and sidewalk sales on July 4. No fireworks in downtown Waynesville, but see them nearby in Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska. www.romanticasheville.com

4th Celebration, 7/4/14, Marion, NC. July 4th Celebration and Parade – 6:00 P.M. – Main Street Music/Street Dance - Main Street – 7:00 P.M. Fireworks – Recreation Department Ballfield 9:45 P.M. (828)652-3551 www.downtownmarion.org

Red, White & Boom! Jul 4, 2014, 4pm-10pm, Charlotte, NC. Memorial Stadium, 310 North Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC. Spend your Fourth of July with friends and family in Center City Charlotte for Red, White & Boom! Taking place at Memorial Stadium, find your viewing area, grab a blanket and claim a spot for the spectacular fireworks show (Time TBD). For the best viewing and wholesome good time, check out the Family Fun Festival! It’s games, food, music, and prizes for children of all ages capped by the best seat in the house for Red, White & Boom! FREE admission, parking fee at Memorial Stadium to be determined. For volunteer opportunities, please email volunteer@findyourcenter.comwww.eventful.com/charlotte

2013 Bookmarks Festival Of Books, 9/6/14, 10am-5pm. In The Downtown Arts District in Winston-Salem, centering on Trade and Sixth Streets. www.bookmarksbookfestival.org

Asheville Quilt Guild Annual, 9/26-9/28/14, WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd Fletcher, NC. (Just off I-26 across from the airport.) 2012 Theme: “Color Your Life With Quilts” www.ashevillequiltguild.org

The Color Run Charlotte, NC, 11/1/14, The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. Our events, are all about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. The Color Run pretty much has 2 SIMPLE rules. 1. White shirts (any mostly white T will work great) mandatory at the start line and 2. Color plastered EVERYTHING at the finish!  The color is a special “elf made” recipe of magical color dust.  All products are 100% natural and safe.  Check out “OUR LOCATIONS” for a Color Run near you. www.thecolorrun.com

THINGS TO DO

Top Places to See Along the Parkway in the Asheville area, beginning north and traveling south: Rough Ridge: (Milepost 302.8) It’s a short hike to this boardwalk with spectacular views along a ridge with sweeping mountain views, overlooking Linn Cove Viaduct and Grandfather Mountain. www.romanticasheville.com/rough_ridge.htm

Linn Cove Viaduct: (Milepost 304) This 1243-foot concrete segmental bridge snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. Drive across it, and stop at the Visitor Center to read about the construction and walk underneath it. www.romanticasheville.com/linn_cove_viaduct.htm

Linville Falls: (Milepost 316) See five viewpoints of the most photographed waterfall in North Carolina via two trails that begin at the Visitors’ Center. www.romanticasheville.com/linville_falls.htm

Crabtree Falls: (Milepost 339.5) Take a 2.5 mile roundtrip woodland hike to this beautiful 70 foot waterfall. You’ll also find a store, picnic area and camping. www.romanticasheville.com/crabtree_falls.htm

Mt. Mitchell: (Milepost 355) Drive to the summit of the highest point east of the Rockies, and take a short paved trail to the observation deck for panoramic mountain views. Tour the museum, have a picnic or dine at their restaurant. Hike on a variety of trails. Remember, it’s usually 15-20 degrees cooler here than in the city of Asheville. www.romanticasheville.com/mtmitchell.htm

Folk Art Center: (Milepost 382) Shop for wonderful art and craft by regional artists with items in all price ranges. Then see the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians with exhibitions in three galleries. www.romanticasheville.com/folk_art.htm

Skinny Dip Falls: (Milepost 417) Take a short hike from the Looking Glass Rock overlook to this refreshing swimming spot in the summer with a series of cascades and pools. And it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy year-round. www.romanticasheville.com/skinny_dip_falls.htm

Graveyard Fields: (Milepost 419) This very popular hiking spot features two waterfalls in a mile-high valley filled with wildflowers and surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountains with 6,000-foot peaks. One waterfall is a short hike from the parking area. Milepost 419. www.romanticasheville.com/graveyard.htm

Battleship North Carolina Takes Green Initiative Strides Earlier this year, the Battleship North Carolina took significant steps to become more energy efficient and environmentally conscious. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on www.Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information.

Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte- Concord’s Water Park Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC is your one-stop-shop for family fun and entertainment. With rides and slides for parents and kids of all ages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at our indoor water park. Dining, lodging, health club, spa. Families, groups & meetings. http://www.greatwolf.com/concord/waterpark/rides

Tweetsie Railroad Blowing Rock, N.C. Seasons - Open Fri-Sun May, 7 days/wk Memorial Day-Mid Aug., Fri-Sun Mid-Aug thru Oct. Hours - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Even in today’s high-tech world, there’s still a place for old-fashioned fun. That place is Tweetsie Railroad. As the Carolina’s original family theme park, Tweetsie Railroad is a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations and a whole lot more. Be a cowboy, cowgirl, Indian, or engineer. Shop along Main Street, pan for gold, or visit the animals in the Deer Park. Tweetsie has amusement rides for all ages and live entertainment thoughout the park. And of course, hop aboard our historic steam locomotive for a fun filled 3-mile Wild West journey through the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. For ticket prices and more information about the 2014 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit www.Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE (877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie on Facebook or follow Tweetsie on Twitter @TweetsieRR.

Antique Vending Company 30 South Main Street, Granite Falls NC; open by appointment only, free admission. Antique vending showcases one of the world’s largest vintage soda machine collections. This expanding museum has over 1,000 soda machines dating back to the 1920s, including one of the original 1925 Coca-Cola vending machines (even Coke headquarters in Atlanta doesn’t have this machine). Visitors can browse the museum while listening to the jukebox & enjoying a cold glass bottle soda dispensed free from one of the machines on display. Adjoining the museum facility is Club Cola, a banquet hall that can be rented for parties with all the old-fashioned bottle soda you can drink. Phone: (828) 962-9783 www.antiquevending.com

Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum 107 Falls Ave, Granite Falls, NC. Operated by the Town of Granite Falls, this museum is housed in the historic home of Andrew Baird, one of the town’s original founders. The restored house dates back to the 1790s & is the oldest structure in Granite Falls. The museum features local transportation memorabilia & Granite Falls history. Free admission. Hours: Sat 12-4pm & Sun: 2-4pm. (828) 396-3131 www.granitefallsnc.com/transportationmuseum.html

Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC. Discover the wonders of Biltmore™ in Asheville. Begin with the breathtaking beauty of 250-room Biltmore House — America’s largest home® — and century-old gardens. Explore the 8,000-acre backyard through a variety of activities from horseback riding to rafting. Experience Antler Hill Village that connects the estate’s present and past, providing a relaxing place for dining, shopping, historical exhibits, and new ways to enjoy Biltmore’s hospitality. Finally, savor the long-lasting benefits of a luxurious getaway at the four-star inn, Inn on Biltmore Estate.828-225-1333 www.biltmore.com

Hudson Railroad Depot Museum The Hickman Windmill Park and Hudson Railroad Depot Museum is in Hudson, North Carolina. The park contains a renovated depot that was built around the turn of the 20th century and was used as a train station up until the 1970s. (828) 728-8272

The North Carolina Transportation Museum • Streamliners at Spencer, A four day festival for lovers of streamlined locomotives of the 1930s through the 1950s. These engines will be gathered around the 37-stall Bob Julian Roundhouse for daytime portraits, special operations, nighttime photos and much more. Two chartered trips will be offered on May 30 and May 31. Call for tickets. S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer, NC. (704)636-2889 www.nctrans.org

Carolina Aviation Museum Charlotte, NC. Spread your wings & soar! Collections of aircraft, helicopters, equipment, gadgets & printed material cover years of aviation history & accomplishments. Located adjacent to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm & Sat: 10am-5pm & Sun: 1-5pm. Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Students & Active Military with ID: $8, Children under 5: Free. 6 to 18: $8 Under 18 not admitted without adult. NOTE: not air conditioned.(704)359-8442 www.carolinasaviation.org

The NC Zoological Park, Asheboro, NC. With more than 500 acres in its African & North American continental regions, this is a place of wonder & discovery. The country’s largest & finest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo. This means that the animals & plants in its exhibits are seen in settings that closely resemble the habitats in which they would live in the wild. Tickets range from $18 to $6; under age two free admission.(800)488-0444 www.nczoo.org

Wet ‘n’ Wild Greensboro, NC. The largest water park in both the Carolinas is the place to cool off, get sun & have fun. Over 36 rides & attractions for all ages from tots to seniors. Family friendly & the young kids will have a great time in Splash Island & Happy Harbor. Wet‘n Wild Emerald Pointe offers an abundance of lounge chairs & shaded areas. All Day Splash: 48 Inches & Over $35.99; All Day Splash Junior: under 48 inches $24.99; All Day Splash Senior: 55 & older $24.99; 2 & under are free. (800)555-5900 www.emeraldpointe.com

Battleship USS NC - Standing with quiet dignity & majesty across from historic downtown Wilmington, the Battleship NC beckons visitors to walk her decks & envision daily life as well as fierce combat situations that her veterans faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Admission Prices: Adult-12 & over $12; Seniors (65 & older) $10; Military (active duty or retired with military ID card) $10; Child 6-11 $6, Child-5 & under Free; ADA $6, Child ADA $3.ADA Staff needed to assist - Free (up to 1 per client) (910)251-5797 www.battleshipnc.com

NC Aquariums - Located on Roanoke Island Pine Knoll Shores & Fort Fisher, the Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, & conservation of the diverse natural & cultural resources associated with NC’s ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, & other aquatic environments. Adults 13-61: $10.95; Seniors 62 & over: $9.95; Children 3-12: $8.95; 2 & under: Free. www.ncaquariums.com

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels & 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a variety of excursions that explore the amazing landscape of Western NC. With the romance & mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys & through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains. For rates & schedule: (800)872-4681 www.gsmr.com

Day At The Farm - Day At The Farm is the site of a 150 year old Craven County farm. Located in Cove City, NC, the farm offers picnic areas, nature trail, animal feeding, an ice cream parlor, maze, guided tours & more. Call ahead to visit. 183 Woodrow McCoy Rd.Cove City, NC, 28523.(252)514-3033 www.ncagr.gov/ncproducts/ShowSite.asp?ID=2467

Woodmill Winery Grape Stomp, 8/23 & 8/24/14. Watch the process of muscadine wine being made from the five acres of vines to the bottling area & wine cellar in the winery’s basement. 1350 Woodmill Winery Lane, Vale, NC. (704)276-9911 www.woodmillwinery.com

Lineberger’s Berry Hill Farm Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, or Christmas tree. Juicy strawberries or blackberry & strawberry cider available. Iron Station, NC.(704)748-1488. Sweet blueberries or Christmas trees available at Helms Christmas Tree Farm (704)276-1835 www.helmschristmastreefarm.com

The New Andy Griffith Museum Mayberry Days- September 25-28, 2014; check website for events, contests, shows and tickets. • Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy, NC, is home to the new Andy Griffith Museum with the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. The collection features hundreds of items from the life & career of Andy Griffith in movies, television & music as well as a variety of memorabilia. The museum also includes items donated by cast members from The Andy Griffith Show as well as a special section on the career of actress & current Mount Airy resident Betty Lynn. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm, Sun 1:30-4:30pm. Closed holidays. A minimum donation of $3 per person required for admission to the Andy Griffith Collection. Children 12 & under will be admitted free of charge. Located at The Andy Griffith Playhouse & Surry Arts Council. The Andy Griffith Playhouse is also home to the TV Land Landmark the Andy & Opie Statue. Admission: $3 a person & Children 12 & Under FREE. 336.786.1604 www.surryarts.org

Squad Car Tours, Mt. Airy, NC. Open Mon-Sat (Jan-Dec) Open On Sun (July-Sep) No visit to Mayberry is complete without a ride in Mayberry’s Squad Car. Located at Wally’s Service Station. Cruise on over to Andy’s homeplace then ride in Mayberry style down Main St past Floyd’s Barbershop & Snappy Lunch. Your personal tour of Mayberry awaits you-climb on in! The Car can hold up to 5 people. Location: Wally’s Service Station, 625 S. Main St, Mount Airy, NC. Please call ahead to reserve your squad car tour: (336)789-OPIE or www.tourmayberry.com

Tour Floyd’s City Barber Shop Mt. Airy, NC. Open for tour: Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri. 7am-5pm. Sat 7am–3pm, Sometimes on Thurs, but never on Sunday! (336) 786-2346 Floyd’s City Barbershop-Free admission-but a hair cut will cost you! Location: Historic Downtown, 129 N. Main St, Mount Airy, NC. www.visitmayberry.com

Pilot Mountain State Park 1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd, Pinnacle, NC (336) 325-2355. Approach from any direction & see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Park Hours: Nov-Feb, 8am-6pm, Mar & Oct, 8am-7pm, Apr, May, Sep, 8am-8pm, Jun-Aug, 8am-9pm. Closed Christmas Day, Park Office Hours 8am-4:30pm weekdays. Closed state holidays www.ncparks.gov

Land Of Waterfalls Brevard & Transylvania County, NC, A place where 250 waterfalls & countless streams have taken centuries to patiently carve the very faces of these mountains. Local bluegrass jams coexist along virtuoso performances by some of the greatest classical musicians of our time. A temperate rain forest supports some of the rarest plant & animal species on the planet and a pair of white squirrels, on the lam from a traveling carnival in the 1950’s, started a family that now spans generations. In short, it is a place like no other on earth. Welcome to the Land of Waterfalls. A world apart. Many events & festivals and things to do year. www.visitwaterfalls.com

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, Providing innovative educational experiences is at the core of The Mint Museum’s mission. Experience Art through Programs & Events! Having two locations provides our visitors with twice as much to see & do. The Mint Museum & their affiliate groups organize a variety of programs & events throughout the year. Education programs are designed to enhance the permanent collections & temporary exhibitions at both locations, while events mix social interaction with informal art appreciation. The Mint Museum welcomes families, children, adults & seniors, offering gallery guides, touchable objects, hands-on workshops & Family Days that enable participants to connect to art & to each other. (704)337-2000 or by mail at: Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, NC. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon, Charlotte, 28202. Call or go online for ticket prices. www.mintmuseum.org

Discovery Place Charlotte, NC From bears to beakers, there’s something for everyone at Discovery Place & Charlotte Nature Museum. Monday-Friday 9:00am-4pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. $15 Adults; $12 kids (for non-members).The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre has multiple shows daily. (800)935-0553 www.discoveryplace.org

Hickory Crawdads LP Frans Stadium 2500 Clement Blvd NW Hickory,NC (828) 211-3000 http://hickory.crawdads.milb.com

U.S. National Whitewater Center Charlotte. The USNWC is only 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte & provides over 300 acres of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors & casual observers share this world-class sports & training center. USNWC is the world’s only multi-channel recirculating whitewater river. The USOC has designated the USNWC an official U.S. Olympic Training Site. The USNWC hosts World Cup competitions & Olympic Trials, & serves as the home of international Olympic athletes. www.usnwc.org

Schiele Museum Gastonia, NC, Spectacular lifelike dioramas filled with live animals, mounted specimens, vegetation and land formations showcase an impressive collection of North American birds, mammals and reptiles as well as installations and interpretations of the history and present day lifestyles of peoples of the region and North America. Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun, 1-5pm. Call for ticket prices, or go online. Prices for special events and festivals vary. Please call 704-866-6908 in advance to verify fees. 1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia,NC.(704)866-6900 www.schielemuseum.org

Gaston County Museum In 1852, Daniel Hoffman built an impressive 44-room hotel on Lot #5 on the southeast corner of the Dallas Court Square. Bricks were made on-site, as were the square-headed nails used in construction of the hotel, which consisted of a basement and an attic, 3 floors of hotel rooms, dining room and family quarters. Step back in time as you view the Greek Revival architecture and Victorian furnishings. The museum houses two floors of changing exhibits, on history and/or art, the Daniel Stowe Carriage House, featuring the state’s largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles, and the permanent Carolinas Textile Exhibit, showing the area’s primary commodity from the late 1800’s to mid-1900’s – cotton mills and the lives that revolved around them. Many, but not all events or exhibits are FREE. Sunday & Monday–CLOSED; Tuesday thru Friday, 10am–5pm; Saturday, 10am–3pm (excluding major holidays) 131 W. Main Street, Dallas, North Carolina. 704-922-7681. www.gastoncountymuseum.org

Hickory Museum of Art Daily admission to the Hickory Museum of Art is FREE. Group tours may be arranged in advance. For information on group tours and school field trip opportunities, call HMA Educator Ginny Zellmer at 828-327-8576. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 1- 4 pm. Closed Mondays and Holidays. 243 3rd Avenue Northeast, Hickory, NC, 28601. (828) 327-8576 www.hickorymuseumofart.org

Catawba Science Center Hickory, NC. Tuesday-Friday 10am until 5pm; Saturday 10am until 4pm; Sunday 1-4 pm. Catawba Science Center is closed to the public on Mondays. Exhibits Admission CSC Member: FREE. Nonmember Adult: $7; Senior (62 & over): $5; Youth (3 to 18): $5; Children under 3: FREE; Student with ID: $5; Active Military with ID: $5; ASTC Reciprocal: FREE. Planetarium Admission: CSC Member: $2; Nonmember: $3, ASTC Reciprocal: $3. Combo Ticket (Exhibits & Planetarium Show) CSC Member (all ages) $2. Nonmember Adult: $8; Senior (62 & over): $6; Youth (18 & under): $6; Student with ID: $6; Active Military with ID: $6; Children under 3: $3; ASTC Reciprocal: $3. 243 3rd Avenue Northeast Hickory, NC 28601 (828) 322-8169 www.catawbascience.org

Hickory Aviation Museum FREE admission! Display aircraft are: Grumman F-14D Tomcat; North American FJ-3 Fury; Douglas A-4L Skyhawk; Northrop F-5E Aggressor; Fokker F-27; Republic F-105B Thunderchief; Lockheed T-33A; DeHavilland Vampire; McDonnell-Douglas F-4B Phantom II; LTV A-7A Corsair II. F-27 & A-7A open to public, so if you’ve ever wanted to sit in the pilot’s seat, here’s your chance! Volunteers available to answer questions. Schedule group tours. (828)323-1963. Veterans program open to veterans of all wars the first Sat of month beginning at 11am. Hickory Regional Airport, just off of Hwy 321, 3101 9th Ave Dr NW. Fri 10-2, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. www.facebook.com/HickoryAviationMusemwww.hickoryaviationmuseum.org.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh, NC: Free Admission. Featuring an array of permanent and special exhibits, live programs and educational films that appeal to audiences of all ages, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences encourages visitors to explore the natural world and their connections to it. Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sunday: Noon-5 pm; Thursdays & First Fridays the Museum is open until 9pm. Special areas are closed on Mondays. 11 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC, 27601. http://naturalsciences.org/

Asheville Art Museum Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast. It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region. Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing life-long opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts. Museum Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day. The Asheville Art Museum is fully accessible. Admission $8 per Adult; $7 per Student (K-12 and college students with valid school ID). $7 per Adult Senior (ages 60+); Children age five and younger: Free. Members are admitted free to the Museum. Additional fees may apply for selected exhibitions. 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, NC, 28801. (828) 253-3227 www.asheville art.org.

Caldwell Heritage Museum The Museum opened in 1991 and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Caldwell County, North Carolina, primarily through about two dozen permanent exhibits and rotating special exhibits. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10am until 4:30pm; Saturdays,10am until 3pm. No admission charge, but donations for the operation of the Museum are appreciated. 112 Vaiden St., SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645. (828) 758-4004, or via email at caldheritmus@aol.com www.caldwellarts.com

History Museum of Burke County The History Museum of Burke County is dedicated to preserving and displaying local heritage for both current and future generations. Special exhibits and events are scheduled during the year and published in a quarterly newsletter and area media. Artifact collections change regularly-so please visit often. Hours of Operation: Old City Hall, Tuesday-Friday,10am-4pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm & Closed Monday. Nearby, the Rail Road Depot: 1pm-3pm, Saturday. Other days and hours available by appointment. Tour groups should schedule several days in advance so that Docents will be able to provide guided tours. Old City Hall, 201 West Meeting St., Morganton, NC, 28655. Telephone: 828-437-1777. www.thehistorymuseumofburke.org.

Old Jail Museum, Taylorsville, NC. TThe Old Jail was built in 1913. Today the Old Jail houses a small museum concerning the former jailers and their families who lived in the jail supervising the prisoners. Located in Downtown Taylorsville, across from Town Hall, 205 Main Ave Drive, SE. Open to the Public: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-3pm. 828-632-6966



SOUTH CAROLINA

 

FESTIVALS

Freedom Weekend, 5/23-5/26/14, Simpsonville, SC. This annual event offers attendees a family-oriented, affordable & fun-filled weekend which includes: more than 80 hot-air balloons, concerts, frisbee dog competitions, rides & games, fireworks, music, great food & much more. Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St., Simpsonville, SC 29681. Ticket and Parking Pricing: $16 in advance, $20 before 4 PM, $25 after 4 PM, $5 for parking, Children under 36 inches in height are free with adult purchase. Smoke-free park. Parking: $5 per car. (864)399-9481 www.aloft.org

The Party In The Pines, 6/12-6/14/14, Whitmire SC. A 3-day festival held in Whitmire, S.C. For three days the Whitmire Jaycees will close Main Street for fun & frolic for the young & young-at-heart. The festival attracts thousands of people from surrounding counties to this small town of less than 2000. One thing that sets this festival apart from others is that it is strictly an evening event. Hours: Thurs: 6-11pm. Fri: 6pm-11pm. Sat: 5pm-11pm. Street dances, parade on Sat, 12pm. Lots of food, arts & crafts, live entertainment each night.www.angelfire.com/sc/pinp

Mighty Moo Festival, 6/11-6/14/14, Cowpens, SC. A four-day event that boasts street dances, a golf tournament, a baseball game, an arts & crafts sale, carnival rides, fireworks, & a parade. The festival is a time for the townspeople to celebrate their history & to honor the veterans & crewmen of the USS Cowpens CVL 25 & the USS Cowpens CG63. www.cowpensmightymoo.com

44th Annual Ridge Peach Festival, 6/21/14, 9am-4pm. Trenton, SC. The Fort Gordon Military Band will lead the parade again this year & kick off the festival with a wonderful park concert. 100 arts & crafts, antiques, carnival rides & inflatables, fresh Titan Farm peaches, homemade peach preserves, jams, & jellies at the Country Store. Parade comes thru at 10:30am. Hands-on demonstrations, such as spoon carving & blacksmiths, Softball Tournament too. peaches, unique crafts, an awesome Parade, vendors, delicious homemade preserves & jellies. The event is on level ground & shuttles will run all day from the parking area to the park. Bring your family, but leave your pets at home. www.ridgepeachfestival.com

Hampton County Watermelon Festival, 6/14-6/22/14, Hampton, SC. Festival highlights: Lake Warren State Park Family Fun Day, Youth Parade, Pet Show, Mud Run, Watermelon Eating Contest, Watermelon Judging Contest, a Melon Miss pageant for all ages, the big Miss Coastal & Miss Teen Coastal Empire Pageants, arts & crafts displays, a Taste of good Hampton County Food, plus variety of musical entertainment, and one of the largest parades in the state! 803-943-8365. www.hcmelonfest.org

The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park on July 4, 2013 from 3pm – 9pm. This year’s event features Common Ground, Coastrunners, Atlanta Pleasure Band, and Ruben Studdard, along with other activities throughout the event, ending a wonderful day with a spectacular fireworks display at dark, coordinated with live music from Equinox Jazz Band. The North Charleston 4th of July Festival boasts the largest fireworks show in the State of South Carolina. The Festival is presented free of charge to the public with all general admission for attendees. Guests attending the Festival are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is no seating provided. No alcohol is permitted within the park. A wide variety of food vendors are always on site. Childrens’ activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain. The City of North Charleston’s 4th of July Festival is their largest sponsored event. Annually held at Riverfront Park, the Festival features nationally reknowned performers, such as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Marshall Tucker Band, and Lee Greenwood. www.northcharleston.org/visitors/events/4thofJuly.aspx or www.charlestonlowcountry.com

South Carolina Festival of Discovery 7/11-7/13/13 Greenwood, SC. Discover what rural America is all about during the award-winning South Carolina Festival of Discovery, in beautiful Uptown Greenwood. Enjoy the weekend rubbin’ elbows with the BEST barbeque cooks from across the country, while listening to the rich sounds of the blues. Festival features fun for the entire family including a Barbeque & Hash Cook-off, a “Blues Cruise,” & much more. www.festivalofdiscovery.com

Beaufort Water Festival 7/18-7/27/14 Beaufort, SC. 10-day event includes music, air show, Blessing of the Fleet, sporting events, crafts, dances, food. www.bftwaterfestival.com

Pageland Watermelon Festival, 7/18-7/19/14, Downtown Pageland, SC. Large Sat morning parade. Savor the delicious variety of foods as the beautiful wares of the crafters lure you. A variety of events throughout the day at the Children’s Stage located in Moore’s Park. Old fashioned seed spittin’ & watermelon eatin’ contests for all ages. Pageants will be held the weekend before the festival, with divisions for adults, teens, youth & children. Classic car & motorcycle show & a rodeo. At the end of each day take in the music & entertainment of live bands. www.pagelandwatermelonfestival.com

South Carolina Peanut Party, 8/7-8/9/14, 951 Pine St., Pelion, SC 29123; Pelion Community Center, across from the fire station & next door to Shumpert’s IGA. No gate fees. Palmetto Amusement Ride costs: armbands ($15). Pelion-bands, carnival rides, parade, peanut butter sandwich eating contest, lots of boiled peanuts. www.scpelionpeanutparty.com

MOTORCYCLES

Atlantic Beach Bike Festival, 5/23-5/26/14, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach & Atlantic Beach, SC. The event will be headquartered at Town Center, 30th Ave & South Ocean Blvd. in Atlantic Beach but various activities will take place around the Myrtle Beach Grand Stand area. Activities will include drag racing, organized rides, custom bike show, poker runs, music & more. Trophies & awards will go to the bike show winners. There are also awards for winners in the drag races. The event is open to all types of riders, & all races. (202) 492-7909 www.blackbikeweek.us

Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally, 9/26-10/5/14, Murrells Inlet, SC. The event headquarters at a welcome tent at Cooter’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 3264 S. Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet. Activities will take place at various locations in & around Murrells Inlet. The event includes bike shows, poker runs, tours, vendors, entertainment & more. (336) 643-1367 www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

THINGS TO DO

Alabama Theatre, 4750 Hwy. 17 S North, Myrtle Beach, SC. The remarkable, multi-talented entertainers, aerialists & world-class musicians deliver two hours of incredible music, dance & comedy. Summer months offer Family Nights, when kids aged 16 & younger are admitted free with paid adults. Guest Artist Concert Series delivers some of the biggest names in show business. The South’s Grandest Christmas show offers the most dramatic & extravagant Holiday production on the East Coast. 4750 Hwy. 17 S North Myrtle Beach, SC. (800)342-2262 www.alabama-theatre.com

Barefoot Landing 4898 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC. Shopping, dining, & entertainment along the Intracoastal Waterway in a relaxed, boardwalk atmosphere surrounding a 27-acre lake. Over 100 shops, 15 restaurants, The Alabama Theatre, Alligator Adventure, Carolina Vineyards Winery, Ghosts & Legends Theater, House of Blues & MirrorMaze. 800-272-2320 Days & Hours of Operation: Open Daily at 10am, closing hours vary by season. Days & Holidays Closed: Christmas Day. www.bflanding.com

Broadway At The Beach 1325 Celebrity CIR Myrtle Beach, SC. Among Broadway at the Beach’s restaurants are Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Broadway at the Beach is also home to three hotels, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn and Holiday Inn Express, plus WonderWorks, Legends in Concert, Ripley’s Aquarium, Palace Theatre, Carmike’s Broadway Cinema 16, the Pavilion Nostalgia Park (featuring nine rides from the former Pavilion Amusement Park), and Celebrity Square, a New Orleans-inspired nightclub district. (800)386-4662 www.broadwayatthebeach.com

Family Kingdom Amusement Park & Oceanfront Water Park 300 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC. Family Kingdom features more than 30 rides including a thrilling wooden roller coaster & South Carolina’s largest ferris wheel with one-of-a-kind views of the ocean. Crank up the fun without breaking the bank. (843)916-0400 www.familykingdomfun.com

Riley Moore Falls Off Cobb Bridge Rd (Co. Rd. 37), on Spy Rock Rd Westminster, SC. Riley Moore Falls is a relatively short cascade of about 12 feet, but is 100 feet wide. It once powered a mill & is now used occasionally by Class VI whitewater paddlers. The 45 minute, moderate, one mile hike is worth the travel time. Watch for clusters of daisy fleabane & fern, plus numerous azaleas adorning the falls during springtime. (864)638-9568 www.sctrails.net

South Carolina Botanical Garden 150 Discovery Lane Clemson University, Clemson, SC. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, & miles of streams & nature trails. Together with distinguished education & outreach programs, a nationally recognized nature-based sculpture collection, & the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, the SCBG is a premier site for experiencing nature & culture. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70-acre arboretum, miles of nature trails & streams, a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow & fern & bog gardens. The Garden is also home to over 400 varieties of camellias, as well as hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias & native plants. Free admission. Days & Hours of Operation: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk, free admission. Visitors Center open Mon- Sat, 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, also free. (864)656-3405 http://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg

Shipwreck Cove 119 S Spencer St., Duncan, SC. Opening Day - Saturday, May 25, 2013! Open Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday thru Monday only. Open every day starting Saturday, June 1, 2013 One of the region’s most exciting, family-friendly water parks & destinations for families & kids of all ages! (864)949-0290 www.shipwreckcovesc.com

Spirit of Lake Murray 1600 Marina Rd., Lake Murray Marina, Irmo, SC. The Spirit of Lake Murray is an 80-foot, steel hulled yacht offering an exquisite way to cruise the waters of Lake Murray in comfort. Located at the Lake Murray Marina & Yacht Club in Ballentine, SC, the charter passenger yacht has an indoor bar & climate controlled deck salons. The Spirit of Lake Murray is available for charters, & provides the ultimate experience for an intimate private cruise, family outing, class reunion, party, wedding, or business meeting. (803)730-3044 http://lakemurraycruises.com/The_Spirit_of_Lake_Murray_Cruises_Charters.html



TENNESSEE

 

FESTIVALS

Covered Bridge Celebration, 6/10-6/19/14, Elizabethton, TN. 47th Music, crafts, kids island, free fishing, free ice cream social, Hillbilly Contest, 5K Run/Walk, Car show,Third Tyme Out. (423)547-3850 www.elizabethtonchamber.com

Uncle Dave Macon Days, 7/11-7/13/14, Murfreesboro, TN. Old time music & dance competitions. National championships buck dance, clogging, old time banjo. juried arts & crafts. Uncle Dave Macon Days will be held July 11-13 at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are permitted free. Sunday is free to all attendees. 615-893-4953 http://uncledavemacondays.com

Southern Fried Festival, 9/26-9/27/14, Columbia, TN. Three music stages, Kid Zone, Arts & crafts, Cooking Challenge, Commercial vendors, Zinghopper Kids performance & more. (888)852-1860 www.southernfriedfest.com

Harvest Street Festival 10/4-10/5/14 Newport, TN. Free two-day, 29th annual event includes local & regional arts & crafts, entertaintment, kiddie land & much much more. (423)623-7201 www.tnvacation.com/events/13232

Oktoberfest Crossville, TN. 10/10-10/11/14 Annual Oktoberfest at Knights of Columbus Activity Park, German/Polka music from 3 Bands, Great German Food. (931)707-7291 www.crossvilleoktoberfest.com

MOTORCYCLES

Knoxville Ride for Kids 7/27/14 Knoxville, TN. Ride starts at Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville. Registration 8-9:45am. Escorted ride starts at 10am. Ride fee is a minimum donation of $35. All bikes are welcome. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® medical research & family support programs. (800)253-6530 www.pbtfus.org/rideforkids or www.curethekids.org/rideforkids

South East Raider Rally 7/30-8/3/14 Johnson City, TN. Registration begins at 4pm at the Holiday Inn, 101 West Springbrook Drive in Johnson City. The rally will have a group ride each day & will benefit Kari’s Heart Foundation. (904) 222-4685 www.raiderrally.com

AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nationals, 8/6-8/7/14, Bristol, TN. Motorcycle racing will take place at Bristol Dragway, 151 Speedway Boulevard in Bristol.www.bristoldragway.com/news_media/dragway_news/ahdra-thunder-valley-nationals-rumble-bristol-dragway-aug.html

West TN Valley Rally, 8/21-8/24/14, Morris Chapel, TN. 2410 Marshall Drive. Events start 8pm on Thurs. Slow race, keg roll, straight line contest, weenie bite, a bike show, burnout contest, poker run, music & more. Bike show will have awards for best paint, most chrome, best modified, smallest street bike, best in show & more. (731) 412-6276 www.westtnvalleyrally.com

THINGS TO DO

Chattanooga Zoo The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to provide an educational & recreational opportunity for all. The Chattanooga Zoo also seeks to provide a dignified & esthetically pleasing environment for the animals. Open daily, 9-5. www.chattzoo.org

Chattanooga Riverboat Company offers fabulous dinner cruises, daily lunch cruises or daytime sightseeing cruises along the scenic Tennessee River aboard the Southern Belle. 201 Riverfront Parkway, Pier 2, Chattanooga TN. (423) 266-4488 www.chattanoogariverboat.com

Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, TN America’s highest underground waterfall open to the public, is located on historic Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Take a guided tour of the caves & the spectacular 145-foot waterfall. Ruby Falls - a memorable experience for all ages. Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway, Chattanooga, TN. Open 8am-8pm, all year. Paid admission. (423)821-2544 www.rubyfalls.com

Tennessee Aquarium World’s largest freshwater aquarium. Journey through a spectacular 60-foot canyon & two living forests, with over 9,000 animals that swim, fly, & crawl in natural habitats. Open daily, 10am-6pm. Paid admission. One Broad Street, Chattanooga TN. (800)262-0695 www.tnaqua.org

Tennessee Valley Railroad The largest operating historic railroad in the South. Restored steam & diesel locomotives pull trains along a historic railroad on 50-minute roundtrip rides. 4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN. (423)894-8028 www.tvrail.com

Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln & Civil War collections in the country. 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN. (423)869-6235 www.lmunet.edu/museum

Museum of Appalachia Opened in the late 1960’s, the museum has grown to 65 acres, including dozens of authentic log structures, a large Display Building, an extensive Craft & Gift & Antique Shop, an Auditorium & the popular Appalachian Hall of Fame Building. 2819 Andersonville Hwy. Clinton, TN. (865) 494-7680 www.museumofappalachia.org

Country Tonite Theatre, Pigeon Forge, TN The same high-energy, non-stop entertainment that has made its Branson & Las Vegas shows so popular. In its fifth year in Pigeon Forge, Country Tonite’s spectacular music & entertainment is presented by America’s largest award-winning cast. 129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN. (800)792-4308 www.countrytonitepf.com

Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN A great place for children to discover themselves & the world they live in. Hands-on, interactive arts & science exhibits wow & challenge children to explore, create & learn. Paid admission. Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN. 423) 756-2738 www.cdmfun.org

Dollywood & Splash Country Escape to the unique world of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain theme park in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy the wholesome fun & entertainment of the music, crafts, attractions & rides at Dollywood. Dolly’s Splash Country offers waterfalls, winding streams & white water adventures for the whole family. Pgeon Forge, TN. (800)365-5996 www.dollywood.com

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre On your next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, head for Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, Gatlinburg´s top entertainment attraction & oldest purveyor of professional, live-on-stage, original musical comedies, outrageous humor & hilarious fun. 461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. (877)388-5784 www.sweetfannyadamstheatre.com

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park A mountain top of fun, excitement, & mountain beauty at the scenic & exciting four-seasons world of Ober Gatlinburg. 1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN. (865) 436-5423 www.obergatlinburg.com

Jon Dee’s Hypnotized Comedy Show Gatlinburg, & Pigeon Forge, TN. Jon showcases the powers of our God given minds in the world’s only permanent comedy hypnosis theater. Volunteer or watch your friends, either way you will laugh hysterically & be amazed. (877)732-5497 www.gatlinburgshow.com

Motion Ride Movie Theater 716 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. Extreme fun in the area’s wildest simulator! Virtual Reality motion simulator features eight awesome movie rides for one low price. Downtown Parkway next to Fort Fun. (865) 430-8985 www.smokymountainfun.com

Mysterious Mansion Of Gatlinburg 424 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg’s scariest & most exciting attraction. Open May-October, 10am-11pm. Call for Spring & Winter hours. (865) 436-7007 www.mysterious-mansion.com


VIRGINIA

 

FESTIVALS

Heathsville Strawberry Festival 5/25/13 5/24/14 9am-3pm. St. Stephens Church, Hwy 360 Heathsville, VA. Near Chesapeake Bay. Over 100 artists & crafters will exhibit their handmade wares. Delicious, freshly-picked strawberries & strawberry shortcake, giant bake sale. Live entertainment. Lunch on the premises. Good Southern hospitality. Call George & Jan Beckett, festival co-chairs at (804)580-5179 for more information & driving directions. Festival held at St. Stephens Church on Hwy 360 in Heathsville. www.ststephensheathsville.org/festival/index.html

The Stone Tower Renaissance Faire, 6/28-6/29/14, Natural Chimneys Park 94 Natural Chimneys Lane Mt. Solon, VA, at the Natural Chimneys Park. Sat 10am-6pm; Masquerade Ball 5pm; & Sun 10am-5pm. Emerging from the myst ascending from the Glenn, rise the spires of the Ancient Castle that gives unto this magical place its name, Stone Tower Glenn. Festive music complements the festive sounds of laughter & merriment that abounds here. While the aromas of delicious foods drift through the Merchant tents filled with wondrous wares, & Knights of Olde clash their swords for Honour & Glory. Amazing performers, & games to test your skills, & more. Admission Fee: $7 per car load. (540) 337-6324 www.medievalfantasiesco.com

Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival, 6/7/14, 10am-4pm. 9431 West St Manassas, VA. Free. Attractions include nine elaborate model railroads; adult stage with live bluegrass and country bands throughout the day; children’s stage with both professional entertainers and local talent, Thomas the Tank Engine Kiddie Train, kid’s rides and face painting. The VRE Excursion Train ride to Clifton and back will be available this year! Tickets are $6.00 (children under 2 years old are free), and are available for purchase at the Visitors Center in the Old Town train depot. The Visitors Center is open 7 days a week from 9am until 5pm. The Excursion Trains are run on the hour at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. The trip is approximately 35 minutes. Admission free. (703) 361-6599 www.virginia.org/listings/Events/ManassasHeritageRailwayFestival

Norfolk Harborfest, 6/6-6/8/14, Town Point Park Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA. Free. Three explosive days of free entertainment, electrifying fireworks display & the biggest outdoor dock party in Hampton Roads. The weekend festivities include over 130 hours of live entertainment on multiple stages, featuring national, regional & local musical acts • Parade of Sail • Battleship • Tall Ship Tours • Fireworks • Pirates • Fireboats • Norfolk Harborfest® Rendezvous • Virginia Wine sampling • The Ultimate Build a Boat, formerly Quick & Dirty Boat Building • Tug Muster • Chesapeake Workboats • Children’s Activities & More! (757) 441-2345 http://festevents.org/events/current-events/38th-annual-norfolk-harborfest-presented-t/

MOTORCYCLES

Virginia Ride for Kids Richmond, Virginia, 6/1/14, The ride starts at 8460 Times-Dispatch Boulevard in Mechanicsville. Registration is from 8am to 10am. The one hour country ride will end with presentations and a box lunch. All money raised goes to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. For more information go to http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1580&pg=entry#.U1lnDihy_8s

4th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show, 6/20 & 21/14, 8am-5pm. Richmond, Virginia.Sponsored by Easter Seals UCP, Page Custom Rods & Restorations. The motorcycle show will be held at Richmond International Raceway, 600 East Laburnum Avenue in Richmond beginning at 8am. An award will be given to the best motorcycle. For more information call (804) 287-1007. www.pagecustoms.com/show

SPECIAL EVENTS

BB&T 4th Of July Balloon Rally, 7/3-7/6/14, Virginia Military Institute Letcher Ave to VMI parade grounds Lexington, VA. Featuring piloted & tethered hot air balloon rides, live musical entertainment, children’s activities, antique appraisals, classic car show, lots of food & a dazzling FIREWORKS display! All activities take place on the parade grounds at Virginia Military Institute. Piloted hot air balloon rides are limited & must be reserved in advance. No reservations required for tethered balloon rides. (540) 464-7207www.sunriserotarylexva.org/BR_2013/balloon.htm

THINGS TO DO

Busch Gardens Williamsburg One Busch Gardens Blvd. Williamsburg, VA 23185. Sensational family attractions and the return of exciting seasonal events. Admission Fee: Adults $72, Kids $62. For more information on Busch Gardens’ exciting offerings, visit http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg (800) 343-7946.

SEE Kiteboarding School 239 Mason Avenue Cape Charles, VA. SouthEast Expeditions Kiteboarding School has your ticket to ride! Kiteboarding is the fastest growing sport on the water, and the SEE Kiteboarding School is the only full service kiteboarding center in Virginia. With our Sunset Beach outpost just blocks from the beach, the SEE crew is tuned into the local conditions. The Cape Charles beachfront is an ideal learning environment with flat, shallow water and consistent side shore breezes. For more experienced riders, SEE offers kiteboarding expeditions through the shallow bays & barrier island breaks of the Seaside of the Eastern Shore. Discover the spot that the Kiteboarder magazine calls “the best kept secret on the East Coast”! Call (757)-331-2680 for more information and reservations. www.southeastexpeditions.com

Skyline Drive Swift Run Gap Elkton, VA. Entrance Rt. 33 & Skyline Dr. 22699 Spotswood Trl. Region Shenandoah Valley Locality Rockingham. The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north & south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park & is the only public road through the park. Enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 & 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, & Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day. Swift Run Gap Entrance Station (Mile 65.7) is accessible via U.S. 33. (540) 999-3500 www.nps.gov/shen

Natural Bridge Zoo, Natural Bridge, VA. It’s Like Animal Planet in 3D. 5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA. The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is home to the most complete collection of animals & birds in the state of Virginia and is a breeding & rescue center for rare & endangered species. African Elephant rides are held on the weekends along with a chance to feed our elephant. At scheduled times, photo opportunities with specific baby animals, such as white baby tigers, are held. Take a walk on the wild side with mountain lions, tigers, bears, serval, zebras, various antelope, alligators, & more. Monkey around with numerous species of baboons, capuchins, gibbons, lemurs, macaques, & spider monkeys. Feed herds of giraffe, llamas, pygmy goats, exotic donkeys, camels, fallow deer, & pot-bellied pigs. Photograph rare cranes, hornbills, & Virginia’s first colony of breeding flamingoes. More than 100 babies are born each year. Picnic area. Paid admission, hours vary. Closed Thanksgiving time and Dec.-mid March. (540) 291-2420 www.naturalbridgezoo.com

Great Wolf Lodge - Waterpark 549 E. Rochambeau Dr Williamsburg, VA. A 67,000-sq. ft. indoor entertainment area featuring its own gigantic waterpark. Four-story, interactive treehouse, Waterfort, 1,000 gallon Tipping Bucket, 8 Waterslides, 4 pools, 2 giant hot tubs, Spacious outdoor pool & Huge Wave Pool. (800) 551-9653 www.greatwolf.com/williamsburg/waterpark

Staunton River State Park, 1170 Staunton Trail Scottsburg, VA. Staunton River State Park is one of the six original state parks that opened in June 1936. The 1,597-acre park’s shoreline is beside the John H. Kerr Reservoir (also known as Buggs Island Lake) & the Dan & Staunton rivers. The largest lake in Virginia is only one of the park’s many attractions, which include a swimming pool, camping, cabins, picnic shelters & nature trails. Call or or check online for fees or reservations. (434) 572-4623 www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sta.shtml

 

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