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Beginning with the delightfully quirky Easter Hat Parade and ending with its famous Christmas Lights and Luminaries event, Dillsboro offers some of the Smokies' most colorful and entertaining outdoor festivals.

      Highlighting Dillsboro's festival season are special weekend events celebrating the Carolina mountains' arts, crafts, antiques and pottery. These are great times to visit Dillsboro and the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT

Tuesday, October 31

 

Trick or Treat around downtown from 5 - 7 pm. Enjoy games at Dogwood Crafters and hayrides provided by Jarrett Memorial Church. This event is a real treat!

 

WNC POTTERY FESTIVAL
First Saturday in November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 4


Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events - including the Clay Olympics - will be held on Friday. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free. Website

 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Thanksgiving Saturday

Saturday, November 25

 

Show your love for small businesses. Dillsboro is celebrating with sales and demonstrations; 8 great restaurants and over 20 shops.

 

LuminaireDILLSBORO LIGHTS & LUMINARIES
First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December

December 1, 2, 8, 9
5 - 9 pm each night

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park.

 

 

DILLSBORO EASTER HAT PARADE
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Parade starts at 2 pm


Easter HatsCome at 10:30 am to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street) – or bring your own. Get your face painted!. Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 11 am. Parade starts from Dillsboro Town Hall at 2:00 pm. Antique cars from the Old Timers Model A Club lead the parade. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. Grab your hat and join in the fun during Dillsboro’s delightfully unpretentious annual Easter Hat Parade!

View Our State Magazine's video of recent Easter Hat Parade here. Video by Jerry Wolford.

          Plenty of prizes are are announced after the Parade. Ribbons are given for the Prettiest, Funniest, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, Most Easter-like, Best Smelling, Cutest, Most Outrageous, Best In Show and "Poofiest" hats among other unusual categories. There is even a ribbon awarded to the Best Animal in Show! Check us out on UNC TV, NC Weekend Show.

 

Also, Dogwood Crafters will present an Authentic English Tea at the Jarrett House at 1 pm. Tea, finger sandwiches, fruits and savories will be served on fine china, with the artisans from Dogwood preparing the delicacies. Wearing of hats is encouraged! $15 per person; reservations & payment in advance required. Learn more

 

 


 

YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 16, 2018
9 am - 3 pm

 

Free art activities for the whole family, such as sidewalk chalk, mural painting, weaving, tile mosaics, chalk pastel drawing, take-home art projects, and more. Professional artists will be demonstrating their crafts. Entertainment and food. No pets please. Parking is limited; carpooling recommended. Bring your imagination and creativity and have FUN! Held at Jackson County Green Energy Park. Come watch demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, printing, gem cutting, torchworking and raku kiln firing. We'll have live entertainment, good food and fun! And the Dancing Trash Dragon will wind its way through the festival. More info


Check these local website calendars for more events:

 

Jackson County

Macon County / Franklin
Swain County/Bryson City

Cherokee

 

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