Don't fret....summer in the Smokies isn't over yet. Enjoy one last adventure and join us in Haywood County for the grand finale of the summer season: Labor Day Weekend.
As the yellow buses begin to roll and your kids get back to their normal school-year routines, you may feel like summer is officially over. The new school year starts this week in Haywood County and for many of you, school started several weeks ago while some of you are still awaiting the first day back. But regardless of where you are or when school begins, we are here to let you know that summer is not over yet! There are several more weeks left of wonderfully warm weather in Haywood County and there are plenty of adventures still to be had!
Many mark Labor Day Weekend as the official closing of summer as we gather to bid farewell to the long days of sunshine and prepare to welcome the cool, crisp days of autumn. Therefore, what better time is there to plan that one last family adventure? A long weekend in the cool, refreshing mountains of Haywood County not only provides variety of local events to celebrate the grand finale of summer, but there is no better time to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Breathe in one last sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway, catch just one more trout on Jonathan Creek, or take one final plunge into the cool waters of Sunburst Swimming Hole. To learn about more activities, head over to our Experiences page.
If you’re in the mood for an authentic Labor Day Weekend experience, we suggest two events in particular: The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival and the Canton Labor Day Festival. For years, these two festivals have served as the quintessential events of Labor Day here in Western North Carolina. No Labor Day in Haywood is complete without a free slice of watermelon at the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival or waving to Miss.
Labor Day at the Canton Labor Day Parade. Kicking off the weekend is the 45th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival taking place September 4 – 5 at Lake Junaluska. This event offers two days of the finest traditional Appalachian music and dance including a rich variety of the region’s finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of the dulcimer, harmonica, jew’s harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.
Then head over to Canton on September 5 – 7 for the 109th Canton Labor Day Festival, the longest running Labor Day Festival in the Southeast. This FREE three-day music festival features 20 bands, a kids village, awesome vendors, local food trucks, and much more. Saturday hosts the WNC Country Roots & Rock Experience; Sunday hosts the Papertown Bluegrass Jam (featuring Haywood’s own awarding winning boys of bluegrass Balsam Range); Monday finishes up with the Canton Heritage Homecoming complete with the annual Labor Day Parade.
To learn more about other events taking place, visit our Calendar of Events.