The 27th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides Car Show, one of the largest car shows in the southeast, begins Friday night with a cruise in at the newly constructed Burnt Chimney Amphitheater located just off historic Main Street in Forest City, NC. The Ocean Boulevard Band will be performing from 6pm-8:30pm in the amphitheater. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music. Cruise In cars should park in the parking areas around the Rutherford County Farmers Market. Others can park along Main Street or in any of the lots located between Main Street and Trade Street. On Saturday from 9am-2pm, groove to live music from Jack Roper and the Weatherman Band, Wiregrass, and Night Move Band. Lots of great food will be available from vendors and Main Street restaurants! For more information call 828-247-4417.
The Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Event is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, bringing people together in the spirit of friendly competition for the benefit of charitable giving. Over the past 13 years, the Lake Lure Olympiad has given back over $315,000 to area charities and service organizations.
Test your mettle with the Slam the Dam 10K, Race to the Rock (5K run or 25K bike), Triathlon...or all three! There's also a Pickleball Tournament and Golf Tournament to keep everyone enjoying exercise in the outdoors.
Old-growth stands can be found in rare pockets throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. One of those small areas is right here in Chimney Rock State Park. This moderate hike rambles through an area typically not open to the public in order to introduce participants to characteristics of old growth forests and native trees. This hike is considered moderate.
Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes. Hikes are geared for adults.
Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder; advance registration required. Cost includes Park admission for the day.
This long-time annual fireworks display--sponsored by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge, the Town of Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock Village can be seen from two ideal spots, both walking distance from The Arbor:
Gorgeous Morse Park Meadows
The public beach at Lake Lure
The beach opens for public viewing at 8 p.m, with the fireworks getting underway at dusk.
Visitors are encouraged to come early to enjoy the area's dining, shopping, parks and water-based activities. Or, pack a picnic, chairs and blankets to make a day of it at the beach and in Morse Park. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome in the park.
(Sorry, but no alcohol is allowed anywhere on public property, including the beach. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars well within walking distance of the park and beach.)
The Forest City Owls Baseball team is a member of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league featuring top notch college players from throughout the nation. The Coastal Plain League has fourteen teams in cities throughout North and South Carolina and Virginia. The Owls play at McNair Field, a state of the art baseball park which opened in May 2008.
Bring your friends and a lawn chair down to Central Street, just off Main, to hear a wide variety of up and coming artists and local legends jam out to the community. Root for your favorite performer each month to receive the traveling trophy. This great family friendly event features local music, kids games, food, drinks, and much more. Enjoy specialty brews from Ruff’ton Brewery or try a cup of joe from Small Town Coffee Roasters. For more information, visit https://www.visitncsmalltowns.com/event/f-u-n-c-live-outdoor-summer-music-series/63047/
The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Our area is known as The Crest of the Blue Ridge! It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 70 years. From September 1-September 4, 2017 you can enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.
The 13th annual Lake Lure Olympiad offers a full weekend of challenging events in a stunning natural setting. From Friday night's 10K Dam Run to Saturday's Triathlon, and culminating in Sunday's Race to the Rock 5K Run/25K bike, athletes from all over the country can enjoy testing themselves and enjoying a getaway at the same time.
Nestled in the our picturesque mountain backdrop, the Lake Lure Beach offers the perfect venue for this signature annual community event, which features an expansive Hawaiian buffet with slow-roast pulled pork, chicken and baked fish. The event kicks off with The Pig Parade. There will be entertainment by The Big Kahuna Hawaiian DJ and the Spirit of Polynesia Dance Troupe performing and teaching traditional Hawaiian hula dancing. Along with the cash bar, the Lurau offers plenty of fun Hawaiian activities for the kids and young at heart.
The Mystic Waters Production Team, Lake Norman Ski Club and the best drivers in the world team up again to bring you the 2015 Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament. Grab your lawn chairs and sit lakeside at the Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament and family health & wellness festival at Mystic Waters in Lake Lure, N.C. on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event continues on Sunday, Aug. 23 with professional ski lessons. Mystic Waters is a private, 162 acre farm and retreat center, featuring a unique combination of a tournament water-ski lake and extraordinary views adjacent to endless outdoor explorations located in beautiful Lake Lure, NC. Mystic Waters venue is used for training, health and wellness and corporate retreats.
For additional information please visit https://www.facebook.com/mysticwaterslakelure
About The Dirty Dancing Festival
The Start of The Festival
The Dirty Dancing Festival was founded in 2010 in the beautiful town of Lake Lure North Carolina, where much of the classic film Dirty Dancing was filmed. With the support of Lionsgate Films, the blessing of Eleanor Bergstein (the original writer of the film), and several of the film's cast and crew, we are keeping the event alive for it's sixth year! Founded by former dancer-turned-event producer Jo Beyersdorfer of JNB Events, and PR-guru Michelle Yelton of The McConnell Public Relations (Michelle is also a full time resident in Lake Lure!), the festival kicked off with over 1,000 attendees in 2010. In 2011 JNB took over the direction of the festival, and still produces the event today.
Our Cause: Charitable Contributions
In 2013, the Dirty Dancing Festival became an official event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN)! A percentage of all ticket sales as well as onsite fundraising efforts will be donated to help find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer.
The Dirty Dancing Festival would like to thank The Town of Lake Lure, The Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Lionsgate Films, and of course all of our sponsors and fans for their continued support of the festival.
We look forward to seeing you for The Time of Your Life - for years to come!
Celebrating its 11th year, the Lake Lure Olympiad is a nonprofit organization that has given back nearly $250,000 to area charities. Hosted by Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake Lure, Rutherford Regional Health System, and Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, we warn you that the it's not only the athletes, but the picturesque mountains and pristine lake views that will compete for your attention in breathtaking Lake Lure, North Carolina.
Named one of “America’s Best Lakes” by USA TODAY in 2012, Lake Lure, North Carolina is home to the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival. Anchored by the USAT sanctioned Lake Lure Triathlon, which is part of a “3 Races in 3 Days Challenge,” athletes every year say it is the scenic beauty and abundance of welcoming volunteers that make the Olympiad’s triathlon special and unique.
This 3 day sports festival showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Compete in a sprint triathlon, 10K Dam Run, race to the rock and a 2 mile open water championship! Try 3 races in 3 days! Not to mention games, beach BBQ, fireworks display, and a free water ski show!
For more information or to register for the race visit lakelureolympiad.com
An authentic Hawaiian beach luau on the shore of Lake Lure nestled in the picturesque mountain backdrop of the Hickory Nut Gorge. A giant Hawaiian food buffet featuring Hawaiian-style pulled pork, chicken and baked fish. Entertainment by The Big Kahuna Hawaiian DJ and the He'olina Leo Ka Ke Aloha Dance Troupe performing and teaching traditional Hawaiian hula dancing. Lots of fun Hawaiian games for kids and the young-at-heart. A wonderful evening of great food and fun!
Price is $30 per adult
Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats?' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.
Celebrate the 4th of July by relaxing outdoors to the beat of Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Blues and other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats?' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.
Relax outdoors to the beat of Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Blues and other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-try Burgers across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats?' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh-baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.
Summer night in the Vineyard is a Rumbling Bald HOA sponsored event!
Burnt Shirt vineyards in Hendersonville is in a wonderful setting, perfect on a Summer night in June.
priced at $35 per person
Price includes wine tastings (red or white) with appetizer pairings, a buffet dinner, music and dancing
Buffet includes Beef Brisket, Chicken Florentine, accompaniments and a cheesecake bar with toppings
Entertainment by Moody and Johnson Duo
Wine-master presentation by Justin Taylor
discounts on wine by the glass and bottle.
For reservations (required) please call 904.403.7412
Gate opens at 7:30pm; movie starts at 9pm Cost: $10 per car; $8 per car Annual Passholders
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a day of family-friendly guided hikes and programs, then join us for America’s favorite pastime to watch Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” on a giant outdoor movie screen surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and under a canopy of stars. Presented by Ingles Markets. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or camping chair and a flashlight.
Lake Lure’s “Lure of the Dragons” race and festival combines fun festivities with team building and exciting competition! With drums pounding out stroke cadence, up to 34 corporate and community teams will paddle 250 meters down the Rocky Broad River in 30-foot long dragon boats dressed out in dragon heads, tails and scales! All competing for first place and all in the name of children's charities!
Exciting? You bet! The inaugural “Lure of the Dragons” festival attracted 22 teams, 264 paddlers, and 2000+ spectators. The Lure of the Dragons is the only race in the United States to exclusively feature the thirty-foot, 10 paddler, small boats. We race to raise funds for our charitable partners: Camp Lurecrest and The Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center, to promote the sport of Dragon Boat Racing in Western North Carolina, and finally to provide a free and fun family event!
Presented by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is considered one of the most popular sanctioned barbecue competitions in the United States. All proceeds benefit the Chamber's operating budget and help fund the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation.
But it's far more than that. There's something fun for everyone here.
Remember: For your health and safety, NO pets or coolers allowed. NO BACKPACKS. ALL bags are subject to inspection.
The 2015 Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. The Festival is held each year at Harmon Field in Tryon, N.C.
Admission is FREE for everyone on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All other times, adult tickets are $8, with children 12 and under admitted free.
FREE – we have lots of signs to direct you to ample field parking. Buses run continuously between the Main Gate and parking area to carry you quickly and conveniently back and forth. Spacious for all your purchases and handicap accessible, this free service is just another way for us to thank you for visiting us!
You must convert your dollars to BBQ Bucks. You can purchase food ONLY with BBQ bucks. Your cash and credit cards are good only at the gate, the merchandise tent and the craft fair. There is an ATM machine on the grounds for your convenience. There are several BBQ Bucks booths, so if you see a long line at one booth, look for another
Festival Entertainment - Music on Two Stages!
Located right in the heart of the festival, the Main Stage hosts the big acts and headliners. There’s lots of space to dance in front of the stage and, when the sun goes down, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on! The Riverside Stage, located in an idyllic spot along the Pacolet River, is a more intimate venue. It features a variety of entertainment including some Main Stage performers who enjoy being closer to their audiences, some “Up-and-Comers,” just trying out their wings, and also the occasional specialty act - like a magic show aimed at the children, for instance.
For more information on the Festival's entertainment schedule and lineup, visit our Festival Music page. This year's lineup hasn’t yet been announced, but you can get the flavor by reading about last year’s entertainers.
Foothills Craft Fair
Bring your canvas shopping bag and prepare to be delighted by the fine items in the Foothills Crafts Fair. Dotted along the Pacolet River, many of our artisans demonstrate their skills and enjoy chatting with you about their craft. We know of one of our guests who comes back year after year to accomplish most of her holiday shopping at the Fair! If you’d like to participate, visit the Crafts page and download an application.
All food vendors are located in the infield area on the big oval in front of the main stage, and all food is purchased with BBQ Bucks, so look for the booths that sell the bucks first.
If you like your food cooked low & slow, then step right up and order some of our BBQ. The folks selling you your ‘Q in the infield area are also competing for prizes and championship status in our contest, so you know you’re getting the best of the best! We only invite a small handful of our cookers— most of whom are also professional restaurateurs and caterers—to vend to our festival goers.
What would a food event be without delicious sweets and treats? Every year we invite many different food vendors to apply and then we cull the cream of the crop to offer you all of your favorites and maybe a few new delights, too! Thirsty? You can find exotic beers as well as wine by the glass in the Beergarden/Vineyard Tent. Our BBQ vendors have tea, and please check out our Non-BBQ Food Vendors for other beverages such as fresh-squeezed lemonade. The festival also sells bottled water, sodas and beer throughout the infield area; perfect for a fine summer day!
Vendors, be sure and visit the Vendors page.
The heart and the soul of the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is where our competition cook teams set up their rigs to vie for prestige, cash prizes and awards in this, the North Carolina State Barbecue Championship. The top ranking team from North Carolina also wins the coveted Governor’s Trophy. Teams must compete in all four Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned categories; Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork and Beef Brisket to be considered for Grand Champion. The judging for the main event is on Saturday afternoon and awards are announced in the late afternoon in the Open Air Gym area.
Judging is by KCBS certified judges and we use a double blind system to ensure a fair and equal contest. Although the smell of sweet and spicy smoke will make your mouth water in anticipation, there is no food sold to the public in the competition area—only in the infield area.
On Friday, the teams that wish may compete in our annual “Anything But” and “Dessert” events (Anything But refers to any entrees other than the four categories required in the Main event—chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef brisket). Celebrity judges (special friends of the Festival) are invited to participate under the direction of KCBS certified judges. These events take place in the Open Air Gym late Friday afternoon.
Cookers, be sure and visit Cookers page.
Many of our cook teams offer their sauces and rubs to you through our Cooker Store. Come, pick out your favorites to take home—and pick up a few extras to give as gifts, too. Cooker Store is located alongside the BBQ Merchandise Tent.
Rides & Games
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Kids Fun Park, with age appropriate rides and amusements. Unlimited ride bracelets are available for each ride session. There are two sessions each day— from opening until 4 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. We’ll post the 2015 info as soon as it is available.
Come browse our Main Street vendors for a diverse offering of goods and services. For information on becoming a Main Street Vendor, visit the Vendors page.
Stroll of Fame
As you enter the Festival grounds, just beyond Main Street, notice the colorful and informative banners hanging on the fence. These banners represent dozens of local businesses who support the Festival. If you would like to become a Banner Sponsor, visit our Sponsors page and download a Sponsor Brochure or banner application.
Special Events (SATURDAY ONLY)
- Hawg Run - This is a Poker Run originating in Greenville and terminating at the Festival on Saturday. There will be a prize for the best poker hand. Visit the Hawg Run page to learn more and to enter.
- Classic Car Show, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance - Come enjoy a stroll back in time as antique car owners share their lovingly restored/maintained cars. Great fun for the whole family! To learn more, of if you have a car you'd like to display, visit the Car Show page.
Going Green – Our Recycling Initiative
We set a goal, starting with Festival 2006 to reduce our landfill waste by 75% in three years. We fell only slightly short of that substantial goal in 2008, and in 2009 did succeed in an 80% reduction insofar as the festival goers were concerned. Great cooperation all around.
Finding the Festival
The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival is held each year at Harmon Field in Tryon, N.C. Use Google Maps to plot a course from any address to the Festival grounds or click here for more directions.
"Festival of the Carolinas - Asheville Area Craft Brewery Series"
Saturday, June 6, 4:30pm - 9pm
Join Tryon International Equestrian Center for their inaugural
"Festival of the Carolinas" series featuring Asheville area craft breweries!
Tickets are $40 in advance online and $50 at the door and include:
- Unlimited 4-ounce pours from all participating craft breweries
- Dinner buffet
- Souvenir cup from Tryon International Equestrian Center
- VIP seating in Grand Prix arena
- Private restroom facility for beer festival attendees
- Only people ages 21 years and older permitted inside the beer festival tent
- Pick up tickets and wristbands at will call.
Plenty of free, family fun is also planned for the evening as part of TIEC's ongoing
"Saturday Night Lights" series held on Grand Prix Saturdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. such as:
- Free face painting, airbrush tattoos and rides on a hand-painted Venetian carousel
- Sky-high ballet performances by the Asheville Aerial Artists
- Bubble and juggling tricks by The Fettuccine Brothers
- Live music
Admission and parking for TIEC are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE GRAND PRIX COMPETITION:
The highlight competition of the Tryon Spring 8 show is the $210,000 Grand Prix CSI 4*, which will be held on Saturday, June 6, in the evening under the lights in the George Morris Stadium. The week of competition offers the highest level of distinction for jumpers of the Spring Series with CSI 4* classes, which are held under international guidelines of the Federation Equestre International (FEI), the sport's international governing body. Top American show jumpers, including Olympians, will compete against riders from Canada and around the world in this prestigious event.
After 20 years of successful recording and touring with his band Garry & the Moodswingers, bandleader Garry Segal set off on a solo career. Seeking a more personal connection with his audience, Garry got back to basics with a guitar, his voice, harmonica, paper, pencil and the insights gained from many years on the road ...taking notes along the way. The new CD "Taking Notes" is an eclectic mix of Americana styles featuring Garry's sly & wry lyrics detailing his world of failed dreams, humor & hope. His soulful singing, acoustic guitar and harmonica are featured throughout. http://www.reverbnation.com/garrysegal