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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.


      Now accepting vendor applications for our 2017 festivals.


Saturday, June 17
10 am - 4 pm


Just as June hits its stride, the compact town of Dillsboro will glow with home spun talent, for Front Street will be filled with fine arts and crafts from local artisans. Strewn with vibrant colors, inviting festival aromas, and the warm sounds of guitars, banjos, and bass, Front Street Arts and Crafts Show will once again swing wide its welcome! As you stroll through the town, you can also slip into the shops where you will enjoy the many different items especially chosen with you, the visitor, in mind. At lunch time there are many restaurants from which to choose to sit and relax. Come and join others in sharing the ambiance of a small town festival! Vendor Applications




Saturday, August 19

10 am - 4 pm


On this day festivities own the streets in Dillsboro. On Front Street over 50 local vendors will be displaying and demonstrating their arts and crafts. The market offers fused glass and copper, rustic and refinished furniture, needlecraft, jewelry of all kinds, pastel, watercolors and oil painting, basket and chair weaving, wood working, stone carving, photography, gourds, authentic Cherokee art, festival foods and much more. Summer Arts and Crafts Market has expanded its offerings to include children’s activities, so come and bring the children for arts and crafts presented on Church Street especially for them. Be sure to visit the local shops and restaurants. Vendor Applications



Monday, August 21

Area events start Friday, August 18


Experience this extremely rare celestial phenomenon! At 2:35 pm on Aug. 21 Dillsboro residents and visitors will have a chance to watch as the moon moves fully in front of the sun for the first time in 26 years. The Town of Dillsboro will have a stellar view of one of nature's most visual displays followed by a couple minutes of complete darkness. Starting Friday, August 18, you'll find fun events throughout the county – from free concerts to festivals, to merchant specials and even a Midnight Run. Learn More



Saturday, September 16
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

10 am - 4 pm

Colors will certainly abound with the 9th Annual ColorFest, as Dillsboro presents regional fine arts & crafts. Within Dillsboro’s mountain landscape, over 50 juried artisans will line Front Street. The artists will be located only a short walk from the entertainment stage. Most musicians have a need to perform/compose through their strong love of music and dance, and this certainly shows with the fine array of local performers lined up for daylong entertainment. With this festival, we wish to foster an appreciation for all arts and crafts. Add the autumn colors and exceptional food, and you’ll have a great day in Dillsboro. We invite everyone to come visit us! Vendor Applications



Monday, 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!


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



Thanksgiving Saturday

Saturday, November 26


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


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.



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


Check these local website calendars for more events:


Jackson County

Macon County / Franklin
Swain County/Bryson City



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