Visit Historic Dillsboro YESTERDAY'S VILLAGE

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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 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.

First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December

2016: December 2, 3, 9, 10
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.



Saturday, April 15, 2017
Parade starts at 2 pm

Come 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, April 3, 2014.

Also, Dogwood Crafters will present an English Tea at the Jarrett House. Tea and food will be served on fine china, with the artisans from Dogwood preparing the delicacies. There are two seatings - 1 pm & 3 pm. Cost is $12 per person.



Saturday, June 17, 2017
10 am - 4 pm


The Front Street Arts & Crafts Show features some of the best regional artisans.  There are over 40 booths to display the hand-made craftsmanship of artists from around the region, along with family entertainment and festival food. Silent aucton to benefit the Sylva Garden Club Scholarship Fund.

Food Vendor Application   Crafts Booth Application




Saturday, August 19, 2017

10 am - 4 pm


Over 40 artisans displaying and demonstrating their hand made arts and crafts. Family entertainment and food. Food Vendor Application   Crafts Booth Application



Saturday, September 16, 2017
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




Saturday, October 7, 2017

10 am - 4 pm

This unique historic town welcomes over 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. Enjoy meeting and talking with local artists, all the while surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the mountains. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths. Food Vendor Application  Crafts Booth Application



Monday, October 31, 2016


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!


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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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



Thanksgiving Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2016


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


Read The Dillsboro Dish for community news, events and articles highlighting local merchants and artisans.


Check these Chamber of Commerce website calendars for more local events:


Jackson County

Macon County / Franklin
Swain County/Bryson City



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