Spring into Festival Season in the Smoky Mountains

With Spring finally in the air, the North Carolina Smoky Mountains are buzzing with all sorts of fun happenings.  As the mountains begin to ascend in bright green and colorful blossoms, you can just feel the area bursting with life.  Spring is a wonderful time to be in the mountains for many reasons from abundant outdoor adventures and cool, crisp weather to incredible sightseeing, and of course, the kick off of festival season!  Here in Haywood County, we pride ourselves on our special events and festivals.  I mean, where else can you attend a festival dedicated solely to the official state dog of North Carolina, the Plott Hound or get the opportunity to go back in time to a real mountain street dance?

We may be partial, but we sure think that Haywood County has got it going on when it comes to our wide range of festivals and events.  We hope you’ll check out the events listed below and always check back on our Event Calendar, because we are always adding new, one-of-a-kind events.  We guarantee that if you come visit us for an event, Haywood County will keep you here with the countless other adventures you can launch from our five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde!


5/6 – Art After Dark – Waynesville

5/6 – Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival – Historic Frog Level – Waynesville

5/6 – Pat Donohoe at The Strand – Waynesville

5/13 – 5/15 – Thunder in the Smokies Spring Rally – Maggie Valley

5/13 – Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon – Waynesville

5/15 – Maggie Valley Band Concert Series – Maggie Valley

5/20 – 6/12 – Legally Blonde: The Musical” at The Hart Theatre – Waynesville

5/27 – 5/29 –  Maggie Valley Spring Rally – Maggie Valley

5/28 –  Block Party – Downtown Waynesville


6/3 –  Art After Dark – Waynesville

6/3 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

6/4 – “Quick Draw” Art in the Making – Waynesville

6/10 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

6/10 – 6/12 – MVR – Indian – Victory – Slingshot Rally in the Smokies – Maggie Valley

6/11 – Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration – Waynesville

6/11 – BoojumFest 2016 – Canton

6/17 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

6/17 – 7/3 – Vania and Sonia and Masha and Spike – HART Theatre – Waynesville

6/18 – 6/19 – Plottfest – Maggie Valley

6/19 – Maggie Valley Concert Series

6/24 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

6/24 – Lake Junaluska Singers Premiere Concert – Lake Junaluska

6/24 – Mountain Street Dance – Waynesville

6/25 – Maggie Valley June Swap Meet & Car Show – Maggie Valley



7/1 – Art After Dark

7/1 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

7/1 – 7/4 – Independence Day Celebrations – Lake Junaluska

7/2 – BRACA Freedom Arts and Crafts Show – Waynesville

7/2 – Balsam Range Concert – Lake Junaluska

7/4 – Stars & Stripes Celebration – Waynesville

7/4 – Red, White, & Boom – Maggie Valley

7/5 – Canton Fourth of July Celebration – Canton

7/8 – Mountain Street Dance – Waynesville

7/8 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

7/8 – 7/31 – Jesus Christ Super Star – HART Theatre – Waynesville

7/9 – Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Show – Maggie Valley

7/15 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

7/17 – Maggie Valley Concert Series – Maggie Valley

7/22 – 7/23 – WNC BBQ Festival “Smokin’ in the Valley” – Maggie Valley

7/29 – Pickin’ in the Park – Canton

Visit the NC Smokies Event Calendar for more information on these events and more!

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David Burress
4 years ago

As a native of Haywood County, I enjoy participating in the Appalachian Lifestyles Celebration the most. It is an opportunity to show not just the talents, but also the tenacity of my fellow mountaineers. My ancestors and their neighbors knew how to not only survive in these mountains, but also how to thrive. This festival is the perfect venue to showcase those skills and crafts. I believe it helps dispelled the “hick” stereotype that so many outlander had in the past about our culture. It also provides the opportunity for youngsters to learn about their heritage. You cannot respect another culture until you can take pride in your own. This is a beginning for cross-cultural appreciation to occur.

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