Category: Festivals

Family Fun for Free (or almost free)

Looking for ideas for keeping your kids entertained this summer without busting your bank account? Check out my feature for WNC Parent: “Asheville’s free family summer fun.”

“Punkin Festival” at Mast General Store Valle Crucis Annex

The Valle Crucis Annex at Hwy. 194 is putting on a “punkin festival” on October 24, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This should be a lot of good family fun. Games, music, and of course, “punkin” carving.

National Alpaca Farm Days

Alpacas look similar to llamas, and have thick, luxurious coats. September 26th and 27th are National Alpaca Farm Days, during which Alpaca farms around the country are opening their gates to the public, so that everyone can meet these fascinating creatures. In Asheville, Venezia Dream Farm  is hosting the event. Come to this free event, either day, from 11AM to 3PM, and learn all about alpacas and their fiber.

276 Jones Cove Rd, Asheville, NC 28805. PH # 828-298-9166

Organicfest – September 13th

Organicfest is a free festival celebrating everything organic. Enjoy live music, vendors of organic goods, kids’ activities, crafts, parades, and much more.

Battery Park Avenue, Sunday, September 13th, 10AM to 6PM

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is a free event in Burnsville, NC on September 11th and 12th. There is a huge list of authors who will be participating. You can the list here. Most events are free, and you can register online for the ones that are not free. There will be workshops, author talks, kids’ activities, and more.

FREE Storyfest in Hendersonville, NC

The first Do Tell Storyfest is set for July 11, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Hendersonville, N.C. The FREE event will be a day filled with kids activities, laughter, short stories and tall tales.

The main venue features family storytelling by acclaimed folklorists
Louise Bailey, Candler Willis’ Abe Lincoln, Bad Hair Williams. Lloyd
Arneach and Heather Nicely. Performances times are from 1-5 pm. A
workshop titled “Collecting Personal Stories” will be held from 11:00
to noon. This event will also celebrate 100 years of 4-H on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse all afternoon. 4-H alumni are invited to a special cakecutting ceremony at noon at the Historic Courthouse and 4-Hers will stage family activities from 11-5pm.

Children story times will be held at the Heritage Museum from 3-5 pm
with tellers Helen King and Elena Diana. Heather Nicely and 4-Her’s
will entertain children at Mountain Lore Bookstore from 1-3 pm.


11:00 – Noon Workshop with Jim Clark NC Archives -Collecting Personal Stories

1:00 – 6:00 Family Storytelling with Louise Bailey, Candler Willis, Heather Nicely, Lloyd Arneach and Badhair Williams

1:00 – 3:00 Children’s storytelling by Heather Nicely at Mountain Lore Books

1:00 – 5:00 Story
Tour on Main Street at Black Bear, Living Room Cafe’, Arts Council, The
Revolving Arts Gallery, and Piscasso’s Café (See schedule or website
for details)

3:00 – 5:00 Children’s Stories at the Heritage Museum by Elena Diana and Helen King

7:00 – 9:30 Storytelling concert for teens and adults at Piscasso’s Cafe “The Mountains Will Remember Us”

For more details:

Garden Jubilee Festival in Hendersonville

If you love plants, downtown Hendersonville, NC is the place to be for the 16th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival this weekend, May 23 – 24, 2009.

More than 125 vendors will offer handmade arts and crafts, plants and items to enhance your outdoor living area. Nurseries selling many varieties of annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and hard to find plants will be located on every block of the festival from Sixth Avenue to Second Avenue.

Bill Slack, a landscape and gardening specialist with Southern Living Magazine, will make his 7th apperance at Garden Jubilee. He will give clinics in the Lowe’s lawn and garden tent located at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street. Mr. Slack will offer three talks on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

Saturday, May 23:

*11:00 AM “A Picture Perfect Landscape,

*1:00 PM “Pathways, Patios & Plants: Southern Living’s Finishing Touches,”

*3:00 PM “Container Gardening – Secrets of the Pros,

“Sunday, May 24 –

*1:00 PM “A Picture Perfect Landscape” 

* 3:00 PM”Pathways, Patios & Plants: Southern Living’s Finishing Touches.”

The Lowe’s Kids Clinic located at the Visitors Information Center (both days) will offer fun hands-on projects for children ages 4-12.

White Squirrel Festival

The town of Brevard, NC will be hopping this weekend with the 6th annual White Squirrel Festival. Check the website for the lineup of lots of FREE music, fun, and of course, attention on the area’s famous albino squirrels.

The Southeast Tourism Society has named this festival a Top 20 Event for the month of May 2009. Plus, Asheville Citizen-Times readers voted the festival “Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina” in a 2008 poll.

Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival

Looking for some free entertainment on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009? Head to Flat Rock, NC for the annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival.

The event honors Carl Sandburg’s contribution to America’s written history through his collection of folk music found in The American Songbag. The festival features folk musicians from around the country.

Check the schedule for details.

WNC Herb Festival this weekend!

Don’t miss the 20th annual WNC Herb Festival this weekend. Founded by my good friend, Rick Morgan, this is THE place to be for the best herbs, flowers, vegetable plants and more: herbal medicine, holistic treatment, herbal soaps and shampoos, gourmet cooking herbs, cookbooks, and organic gardening information.

Admission is FREE, but get your pocketbook ready to buy plants. Of course, think of all the money you’ll save as you harvest your “recession garden.”

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