The Focus 2022 Summer Guide Features Local Events & Live Music! The events are sorted by community and date, and we have only included information that we could confirm. We hope that you enjoy your summer!


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Blowing Rock Art in the Park

Shindig on the Green, Asheville Downtown, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/13, This free mountain bluegrass music and dance festival is a summer favorite, held in its longtime home in the center of downtown Asheville on the Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park in front of City Hall. Locals and visitors gather “along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch. Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region’s stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions. Join them to celebrate their 56th year in 2022! Don’t miss one of our favorite authentic music events of the year. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the “green.” But don’t sit in your chair the entire time. Parking is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6 PM). Across College Street from Pack Square Park is Buncombe County’s Charlotte Street Parking Deck. Street address: 121 College St, Asheville.

75th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Summer Edition, 7/21-7/24; downtown Asheville’s Harrah’s Cherokee Center; Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm; Admission is $10. Children under 12 can enter for free.Over 200 juried artisans of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will fill both the concourse and arena levels of the venue. Visitors are invited to explore a variety of fine American craft ranging from contemporary to traditional works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with the region’s finest makers. Asheville Street Parking, 700 metered spaces, $1.50 per hour, and FREE on Sunday. Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce also has available parking for visitors.

Mountain Folk Festival, 8/4-8/6,Watch and listen to some of the finest Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams at the nation’s longest running folk festival. Beginning back to 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival presents three nights of authentic bluegrass music and dance with a different line-up each night. The indoor performances are held at Lipinsky Hall on the University of NC-Asheville campus (GPS address: 300 Library Lane) at 6:30-9:30 PM each evening. Tickets on sale in advance on their website ( or at the door starting at 5:30 PM if seats remain. Advance: Adult $20; Children 6-12 $5; 3-night package $50. At the door, $25/adult and $5/child.

Banner Elk

See Art in the Heart of Banner Elk at Four Summer Shows, May 28-29, July 2-3, Aug. 6-7, Sept. 3-4, Four times this summer, Art on the Greene brings original artwork in a variety of media to the green at the Historic Banner Elk School, 185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, NC 28604. More than 50 artists are scheduled to participate in every show. Each installment of Art on the Greene has a unique lineup, including local artists from the surrounding High Country, as well as artists from throughout the Southeast and beyond. While some exhibitors make repeat appearances, visitors are sure to meet different artists if they attend multiple shows. Hours for Art on the Greene are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit or call (828) 898-5398.

45th Annual Woolly Worm Festival, 10/15 & 10/16, on the grounds of the Banner Elk Elementary School, 185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk, 28604. /

Blowing Rock

Art in the Park, 6/11, 7/16, 8/13, 9/10, 10/1, Outdoor, downtown art shows, 10am-5pm, rain or shine, Free admission, Free parking shuttle, 90+ jury-selected artists at each show. Enjoy arts and crafts from award-winning and acclaimed artisans. Artists are jury-selected and each show features a different set of artists, curated to present a wide variety of mediums. More information at

4th of July Parade 7/2, 10:00 am, Join the town of Blowing Rock for the best small-town Main Street parade you’ll find anywhere! Local families, musicians, organizations, and characters celebrate the holiday with a patriotic procession. The parade is usually 40 minutes to an hour long. To make parking easy, a complimentary shuttle service will run from the parking lot at Tanger Outlet to Main Street, beginning at 8:00am. The shuttle will run continuously through 5:00 pm. For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation at 828-295-5222.


Appalachian Summer Festival, 7/1 – 7/30/22 – Boone, NC. This annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. See full schedule at Tickets for festival events range in price & may be purchased by calling (800) 841-2787.


Circle K Speed Street, 5/27-5/29, The electrifying music festival in the Fan Zone kicks off Coca-Cola 600 weekend, with world-class concerts joining driver appearances, interactive games and displays, food trucks and more! Musical acts include: Flo Rida (Friday, May 27, 9:30-11 p.m.); Steve Miller Band (Saturday, May 28, 8:30-10 p.m.)Speed Street is open to any fan with a ticket to the Coca-Cola 600, Alsco Uniforms 300 or North Carolina Education Lottery 250!

Taste Of Charlotte, NC Sept 30-Oct 2, Truist Field, 324 South Mint St. Charlotte, 28202, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am-6pm; Taste of Charlotte is a three-day food festival in Charlotte, NC. It features samples from area restaurants and various performances and activities that will surely delight the festival-goers. Aside from that, a large variety of local, regional, and national partners will provide information, coupons, and free stuff! Admission to Taste of Charlotte is FREE. Purchase festival coins to use for restaurant samples, beverages and kid’s activities. You can purchase your coins on site at booths located throughout the festival or or go contactless with the new Taste of Charlotte App!


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Garden Jubilee in Hendersonville

Reevestock Music Festival, 8/5 & 8/6, Downtown Elkin,NC;Friday: 5:30 p.m. in Downtown Elkin, including Reeves Theater, 129 W. Main Street, Elkin, NC 28621; Saturday: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Elkin’s Hidden Amphitheater, 357 Ivy Circle Elkin, NC 28621. Cost: Saturday: $25-$45; This grassroots festival has grown into a vibrant two-day celebration of music in both Downtown Elkin and Elkin’s Hidden Amphitheater. It’s not only a signature annual event for Elkin, but a much-anticipated gathering for guests from all over the Carolinas and beyond. Its tag-line is “Keep Yadkin Valley’s Music Alive (and Kickin’)” and it more than delivers, starting with the Downtown Get-Down Block Party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, in downtown Elkin. During this free outdoor kick-off party, featuring the guitar-driven blues-influenced singer/songwriter duo, Luke Mears and Robert Holthouser, the Reeves Theater will be open for drink purchases and food trucks will be on hand for dinner. Following the Block Party, a ticketed show at the Reeves Theater will feature the genre-bending Stillhouse Junkies and Clyde Williams. The party continues with a free late-night jam at Angry Troll Brewing with Pennsylvania’s Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers. The main event, on Saturday, August 6, from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., gives the public the rare opportunity to visit Elkin’s Hidden Amphitheater, a privately-owned entertainment venue nestled in the wooded, gentle North Carolina foothills. The headlining artist on Saturday, performing at 8:05 p.m., is Hiss Golden Messenger, led by Durham-based songwriter M.C. Taylor.
Also performing on Saturday will be Momma Molasses (1 p.m), Handmade Moments (2:15 p.m.), Dreamroot (3:40 p.m.), host band Time Sawyer (5 p.m.), and Daniel Donato (6:30 p.m.) MC of the festival is award-winning broadcaster, producer, promoter, singer, musician, writer, and photographer Cindy Baucom, whose radio show, “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” is broadcast weekly in nearly a hundred markets. This relaxed, family-friendly festival features children’s activities during daylight hours, plenty of shade, and free nearby parking, with free shuttle service. Local vendors will offer food, beer and wine. The festival benefits the Reevestock Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to seniors at Elkin High School, East Wilkes High School, and Starmount.


Garden Jubilee, 5/28-5/29, Hendersonville, NC, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. One of the largest gardening shows in the region, the two-day celebration of all things green fills Main Street with plants, yard tools and outdoor accessories. The past two years saw an altered event due to the pandemic, but this year’s festival brings back favorite features, such as vendors lining Main Street and a speaker series on the Visitor Center stage. For additional information about the event, including a full schedule of guest speakers and weekend lodging options, go to or call (828) 693-9708.


Sails Original Music Series, 5/27, 6/3, 6/17, 9/2, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, Downtown Hickory under The Sails on the Square. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. every Friday evening in May, two Fridays in June (the 3rd and 17th), and every Friday in September. Now for the bands. Check out this incredible lineup of diverse music! Music Lineup: May 27 – The Wildmans; June 3 – Reliably Bad; June 17 – Alexa Rose Band; Sept 2 – Greg Humphreys Electric Trio; Sept 9 – Miss Tess; Sept 16 – Jake Blount; Sept 23 – Randall Bramblett Band; Sept 30 – Lonesome Ace Stringband.

Hickory Music Factory’s annual “Swingin’ Under the Stars”, 5/29, Downtown Hickory at the “Sails on the Square,” from 6:30-9:30pm. This FREE OUTDOOR event features the Hickory Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of founder Rick Cline. The big band will perform classic 1940s era big band arrangements from the great American songbook. For more information about the “Swingin’ Under the Stars” or how you can support the Hickory Music Factory, please contact 828-308-5659 or visit their website:

Rock Feeds The Need, 6/4, Coe Gallery, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC (243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601), 6pm-9pm; Join us for our first ever “Rock Feeds the Need” event. Hickory Museum of Art is jamming with 2020 rock band in concert. Beer vendors and food trucks will be onsite, and 50% of ticket proceeds will be donated to support local partner, Hickory Soup Kitchen. Tickets are $30 per person. To purchase online, please visit:

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Crawdads Independence Day Extravaganza, 7/3, LP Frans Stadium, 2500 Ctlement Blvd NW, Hickory, NC 28601; 6:00 PM game, Hickory Crawdads VS Greensboro Grasshoppers. Independence Day Extravaganza Fireworks after the game!

Skate Jam Competition, 7/16, Competition for skaters 4 and up, starts at 10am at Stanford Park located at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE, Hickory. Competitions include: Skate Jam and Game of S.K.A.T.E. $10 for a contest or $15 for both. Contact Lance Riddle for more information at 828-261-2254 or

Crawdads Game and Post-Game Christian Concert featuring Ryan Stevenson, 7/30, 5pm; Hickory Crawdads VS Rome Braves with post game concert.

City Walk Summer Celebration, 8/20, 4pm – 9pm, We are excited to announce that the City Walk Summer Celebration will return this year! Food trucks and Live Music! Festival is on the new Hickory City Walk. See website for more information

Hickory American Legion Fair, 8/31- 9/5, Join us for the 109th Annual Hickory Fair for lots of fun, family entertainment. Attractions are midway rides, local agricultural products and livestock exhibits, craft barn, exhibit hall with all kinds of vendors, live music, and entertainment. Visit for admission and updates on entertainment.

Hickory’s Oktoberfest, 10/7-10/9, Downtown Hickory, NC Hours: Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm, Food service begins at 12 Noon with the full festival opening at 5pm; Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm; Sunday: 12 Noon – 5 pm. Outdoor festival on the second weekend of October, in Hickory, North Carolina, featuring three stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors. The Hickory Oktoberfest festival started in 1985, and has grown to become one of the premiere festivals in Western North Carolina. Free (828)322-1121

Downtown Hickory Fall Art Crawl, 9/15, 5-8pm; 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


Lenoir Downtown Cruisers – June Cruise-In, 6/4, 3 PM – 9 PM, Downtown Lenoir, NC; Our third cruise-in of the 2022 season! All cars, trucks, bikes, and rat rods welcome. Free, family-friendly environment. Drivers tickets, ladies tickets, veterans tickets, and 50/50 tickets. Tell your friends and family and plan to join us!summer guide

NC Blackberry Festival, 7/15 & 7/16, Downtown Lenoir NC; The Blackberry Festival in Downtown Lenoir is an a 2 day festival that brings in upwards of 25,000 people from all over the state and is one of North Carolina’s premiere street festivals. Festival includes: The Blackberry Cobbler Brigade, The Blackberry Eating Contests, “Blackberry Patch” Kids Zone, Food & Art Vendors, Live Music, Blackberry Glow 5K & Fun Run, The Blackberry Pageant, Black“Beer”y Beer Garden. Check website for updates and schedules at


Lincolnton Alive After Five Concert Series, 5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25, 9/15; Each concert features a different Beach Music Band and a car show where we welcome any car or bike that you’d like to show off! The concert and car show are free and open to the public, food and beverages are available for purchase. We now how a rain location at the Lincoln County Farmer’s Market! Music Lineup: May 26th: On The Border – Eagles Tribute Band; June 23: Black Water Band; July 28: Jim Quick and Coastline; August 25: Too Much Sylvia; Sept 15: Silk Groove.

Maggie Valley

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Mayberry Days

Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Shows, 7/9 – 7/10, 9/3-9/4, 10/22 -10/23, Maggie Valley’s largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food. Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured. Visit


Memorial Day Car Show, 5/28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Marion Tailgate Market, 67 West Henderson Street, Marion, NC; Celebrating 20 years of downtown Marion cruise-ins, join these “motorheads” as they display their prized vehicles, of all types, and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Bring your wheels and be one of the first 50 owners to register and receive cool goody bags! Organizers created fun activities and give-aways for attendees, there will be a 21 gun salute performed by McDowell High School NJROTC, a patriotic dance presentation by Above the Barre Dance Studio and so much more!


TGIF Summer Concerts, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, Free, Courthouse Square, Morganton, NC, 6:00-10:00pm, Come dance under the stars on the newly designed Courthouse Square during the inaugural season of performances on the new amphitheater stage. Food and Beverage vendors will open at 6:00pm and music starts at 7:00pm each Friday. In addition to great live entertainment on the stage, during the first Friday concert of each month, be sure to join Morganton Motor Club along South Sterling Street for Cruise Ins at the Square. Music Lineup: 5/27 – Marcel Portilla Band (Latin); 6/3 – Extraordinaires (Classics, Rhythm & Blues) + Morganton Motor Club Cruise-in; 6/10 – Sweet Revenge (Classic Rock); 6/17 – The Legacy Motown Revue (Motown Tribute); 6/24 – Urban Soil (Americana); 7/1 – Ace Party Band (Variety) + Morganton Motor Club Cruise-in; 7/15 – Red Dirt Revelators (Americana); 7/22 – Tony Eltora (Blues, Rock & Jazz); 7/29 – Throwdown Jones (Rock & Roll). For more information, visit

Historic Morganton Festival 9/9 & 9/10, 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. Friday Main Stage: 8:00-9:00pm Madeline Edwards, 9:30-11:00pm Crawford & Power; Saturday Main Stage: 8:00-10:00pm The Artimus Pyle Band. Don’t forget to sign up for the Sunrise Run on the Greenway and Student Fitness Challenge. This 5k, 10k and 1-mile Fun Run takes place at Catawba Meadows Park on Saturday, September 10 at 8:00am. (828)438-5252

Mount Airy

Mayberry Days, 9/19 – 9/25, Celebrating The Andy Griffith Show in Mount Airy, NC, Mayberry Days® is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans who long for the days when life was simple and the sheriff didn’t carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with and performed on The Andy Griffith Show.

From the first concert to “The Emmett” golf tournament on Thursday to eating a porkchop sandwich to singing along on the last song at the Blackmon Amphitheatre on Sunday evening, there is something for everyone in the family. The Surry Arts Council and City of Mount Airy welcome fans of all ages and from all around the world to Mayberry Days. Make plans now to attend this family-friendly festival and enjoy days filled with the Mayberry spirit. For more information, visit guide


Music On Main, 6/2, 7/14, 9/8, 10/20, Downtown Newton will host Music on Main. Bring a chair for the Thursday Night Concert Series starting June 2nd with On The Border – Eagles Tribute Band!!! Concerts begin at 6:00 pm. There will be Music, 2 beverage Gardens, Food Trucks and Patriot Axe Throwing. Check music lineup on facebook at


Shelby Alive Summer Concert Series, Third Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm, June • July • August • September. The Uptown Shelby Association is excited to kick off summer once again with our homegrown concert series! Join us at the Bobby Bell Pavilion on the Third Thursdays of May, June, July, August, and September from 6pm to 9pm, for a night of live music, cold beers, and tons of fun! Stay tuned for more information, and check out our event page on Facebook: 2022 Lineup: June 16: The Dancing Fleas, July 21: 80z Nation, August 18: Java Band, September 15: Donna the Buffalo
The Bobby Bell Pavilion is located at 126 W Marion St, Shelby, NC 28150


Coolin’ Out Concerts On Main, Stanley, NC, 6/10, 6/25, 8/6, 10/15, The 2nd Annual “Coolin’ Out Concerts On Main” stage is located on S. Main Street at W. Plum Street intersection. Come out and enjoy the live music along with entertainment, food trucks, beer garden and more! DJ starts at 6pm and bands play from 7pm – 10pm.
Music Lineup: 6/10 – Band of Oz, 6/25 – Cat5 Band, 7/16 – Jim Quick & Coastline Band, 8/6 – The Entertainers, 10/15 – The Extraordinaires. For more information on Stanley, NC, please visit the towns website at


Friday After 5 Summer Concert Series, 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 8/5, 9/2, The popular Friday After 5 Summer Concert Series offers FREE entertainment to residents, neighbors, and visitors in Downtown Statesville May through September and features music genres of all styles.
The concerts are held in Downtown Statesville on West Broad Street in front of Mitchell Community College from 6 –8:30 pm. Beer, wine, soft drinks and food will be available for purchase beginning at 5pm. Bring your chairs and enjoy a night of music.
No dogs, pets, coolers, outside beverages or containers are allowed.
Lineup: 6/3 – The Catalinas, 6/17 – SOULWATT, 7/1 – Tribute to Journey, 8/5 – Phatt City, 9/2 – Red Dirt Revival


Valdese Family Friday Nights Concert Series, May 27 – September 2nd. Concerts are held at Temple Field at 400 Main Street West Valdese, NC 28690. Get ready for an unforgettable Summer in Valdese! The Annual Independence Day Celebration and the 47th Annual Waldensian Festival will be held in conjunction with the series, with those performances taking place at Main Stage Downtown, at the intersection of Rodoret St and Main. Festival Headliners include Cat5 Band and The Catalinas.For more information about the Family Friday Night Summer Concert series or a full event calendar for Valdese, go to or call 828-879-2129.
2022 Season Lineup:
May 27th – The Tim Clark Band – Variety; June 3rd – Little Johnny Trailer Trash – Country & Americana; June 10th – Southside Saints – Classic Rock; June 17th – The Super 60’S- Everything 60’S; June 24Th – Fracxured – Classic Rock & Variety; July 1st – Independence Day Celebration Downtown: Too Much Sylvia – Variety; July 8th – Shelby Rae Moore – Blues & Rock; July 15th – Michael Cosner – Country & Variety, July 22nd – Shakedown – Beach & Dance; July 29th – Randy Clay Band – Variety & Dance; Aug. 5th – Night Move Band -Beach & Dance; Aug. 12th – 47th Annual Waldensian Festival Downtown – Cat 5 Band- Beach & Dance; Aug. 13th – Festival Saturday – The Catalinas – Beach & Dance; Aug. 19th – Cassette Rewind – Everything 80’S; Aug. 26Th – Skaterink Jukebox – Variety & Dance; Sept. 2nd – The Tonez – Beach & Variety.