Summer Festival Event Guide

The best festivals combine music, food, crafts, and more to create an unforgettable experience for you! 2018 brings us festivals ranging from top tier music headliners to a festival featuring hilarious biker games. No matter what your interests are, there’s sure to be a festival for you. Check out our quick summaries below to plan your next trip to the NC Smokies.

June 8-9 Cold Mountain Music Festival

This year’s 2018 lineup features Shovels & Rope, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless & The Steel Wheels, Jon Stickley Rio & the Broadcasts, and Jenny George Band. Camping will be available as well as a kids area, beer, and food vendors.



June 29 – July 1 Thunder in the Smokies

Every Spring, Summer, and Fall you can head to Maggie Valley for the largest motorcycle rally in the Great Smoky Mountains of NC. Bike games, bike shows, and nightly concerts are just a few of the reasons thousands come to each rally!

Thunder in the Smokies in Maggie Valley

July 3-4 Independence Day Celebration

Don’t miss this year’s July 4th parade to show your American pride. The weekend also features a cookout, concert performances by Balsam Range, fireworks shot off at the lake and many more family friendly activities all weekend long.

Lake Junaluska 4th of July

July 7-8 Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Festival

Free event featuring local handmade arts & crafts with a variety of food vendors on site at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Festival

July 19-29 Folkmoot Festival

This 2 week long festival bring cultures from around the world together for celebration of international folk, filled with dancing performances, live music demonstrations, theater acts, and interactive music and dancing experiences throughout WNC.

Folkmoot Festival

July 27-28 Hillbilly Jam

Grab your best pair of jorts or cowboy boots and head to this festival featuring live rockin’ music, TV moonshiner meet & greets, food vendors and a hillbilly good time.

Hillbilly Jam in Visit NC Smokies

Aug 31 – Sept 1 Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

Celebrating all things Appalachian this festival featuring clogging performances, dancing lessons, mountain music and more at the beautiful destination of Lake Junaluska.

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival at Lake Junaluska

Sept 2-3 Canton Labor Day Festival

Grab your lawn chair and head to Canton for the 2 day Labor Day festival featuring bluegrass, americana, and folk music. The festival takes place in the heart of downtown Canton and you’ll be walking distance to Bear Waters Brewery and other great shops and restaurants!

Canton Labor Day Festival in Visit NC Smokies

That’s it for our Summer Festival Event Guide, we hope you find the perfect event for you! When you attend make sure to tag us on social media using #haynow and @visitncsmokies.

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