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EVEnts & FESTIVALS
Hillbilly Days, April 19-21. Hundreds of food and craft booths,
a large carnival and music throughout the town. Main Street,
Pikeville. 432-5063. hillbillydays.com.
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, May 24-27. One of
Kentucky's oldest festivals with events featuring the Mountain
Laurel Festival Queen Coronation. Pikeville. 337-6103. kmlf.org.
Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival, June 19-23. Featuring Lonesome River Band Reunion and many more artists. Poppy
Mountain, Morehead. 316-6677. rudyfest.com.
Nelson County Fair, July 16-21. Talent contest, petting zoo,
motorized events and more. Fairgrounds, Bardstown.
Lawrence County Septemberfest, September 7-8. More than
100 food vendors, entertainment, and a craft show and sale.
Downtown Louisa. septemberfestlouisa.com.
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, September 14-16. Five
days of music on 2 stages, over 100 bands, and over 1,400
acres for camping. Poppy Mountain, Morehead. 784-2277.
Christmas in the Park, December. Christmas lights, refreshments, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Archer Park, Prestonsburg.
NORTH CAROLINA AReA CODe 828
Blowing Rock Winterfest, January 25-28. A weekend of
culinary delights, live music, a bonfire and the Polar Plunge.
Blowing Rock. 295-7851.
23rd Annual Bluegrass First Class Festival, February 16-18.
Featuring many of the area's finest musicians as well as new,
up-and-coming bands and nationally known performers.
Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort, Asheville. 275-8650.
63rd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, July
12-15. Traditional music and dancing, athletic events and children's activities. MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain.
Asheville Wine and Food Festival, August 17-18. Featuring
more than 300 wines and creations by local chefs and artisans. Downtown Asheville. ashevillewineandfood.com.
Dirty Dancing Festival, August. Celebrating the classic film
with dance lessons, watermelon games, and the fan-favorite
"Lake Life Competition." Lake Lure. 286-9977.
Historic Morganton Festival, September. A mile and a half of
arts and crafts, free outdoor concerts and more. Morganton.
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Pickens Azalea Festival, April 20-21. Celebrate the blooming azaleas with live music, art and more. East Main Street,
Mayberry Days, May 5-6. Historic Main Street comes alive
with faces, vehicles and characters from "The Andy Griffith
Show." Westminster. 647-3200. westminstersc.org.
Artisphere, May 11-13. Each year the Artisphere Festival
attracts tens of thousands of visitors and residents. Enjoy
demonstrations, exhibits and live performances. Greenville.
Greenville Scottish Games, May 25-27. Traditional events
and competitions celebrating Scottish heritage. Furman
University, Greenville. gallabrae.com.
South Carolina Festival of Stars, June 28-July 4. Annual
Independence Day celebration and fireworks show. Ninety
Six. 543-3396. scfestivalofstars.com.
Montford Music and Arts Festival, May. The largest one-day
music and arts festival in Western North Carolina. Montford
Avenue, Asheville. 777-1014. montfordfestival.org.
Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival, July 4. The
premiere 4th of July event with one of the largest fireworks
displays in the state. Downtown Greenville. 232-2273.
Garden Jubilee Festival, May 26-27. More than 200 vendors
selling thousands of plants, arts and crafts, garden talk and
clinics, garden accessories, and food. Downtown Hendersonville. 693-9708. visithendersonvillenc.org.
South Carolina Apple Festival, September 4-8. Arts and
crafts, antique shops, live music and food. Westminster.
Blue Ridge Fiber Fest, June 2-3. An annual festival in Sparta
NC providing education in the art of fleece preparation,
spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet; to promote the use
of fiber shorn from animals raised in the region. Alleghany
County Fairgrounds, Sparta. blueridgefiberfest.com.
euphoria: Food, Wine & Music Festival, September 20-23.
Four-day festival with tasting events, cooking demonstrations,
wine seminars and more. Greenville. 233-5663.
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