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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.

artistic birdhouses and street festival

COLORFEST!

First Saturday each October
Saturday, October 5, 2019
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. For more information, contact Brenda Anders 828-506-8331 or brendaanders@frontier.com. Vendor Application (pdf)

 

SPIRIT OF THE SMOKIES CAR SHOW
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10 am - 3 pm

 

Annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show in Dillsboro, Sponsored by Sylva Rotary Club and Smoky Mountain Cruisers to benefit local non-profits. Categoreis include classic cars, motorcycles, special interest vehicles, modivied street machines, trucks, street rods and farm equipment, with trophies in each category. Last year's event had 100 participants from the region.

 

jack-o-lanternHALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT

Thursday, October 31, 2019
5 - 7 pm

 

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

 

small business saturday posterSMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Thanksgiving Saturday

Saturday, November 30, 2019

 

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

 

LuminaireDILLSBORO LIGHTS & LUMINARIES
Fridays & Saturdays

December, 6, 7, 13, 14, 2019
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 of Easter Weekend

Saturday, April 11, 2020
Parade starts at 2 pm


Easter HatsFashion your own hat (10:00 am - 1:30 pm at Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street) – or bring your own. Get your face painted!. Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunt begins at noon on Webster Street. Registration for the parade begins at 11 am, and the 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.

 

 

AIRING OF THE QUILTS
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Appalachian Women's Museum at Monteith Park
100 West Hometown Place
11 am - 5 pm

 

Airing of the quilts is a mountain tradition where women would take family quilts off the beds and hang them in the spring sunshine to freshen. This year's featured quiltmaker is Laura Nelle Goebel, a nationally known quiltmaker and teacher. She will be at the museum throughout the day with an exhibit of traditional quilt methods and an ongoing demonstration for visitors to observe and ask questions.There will also be children’s quilting activities, the popular fabric scrap exchange, a quilt pattern and book exchange, raffle and music. Free event.

 

street festival and vendor booth

 

FRONT STREET ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Third Saturday each June
Saturday, June 20, 2020
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! For more information, contact Brenda Anders 828-506-8331 or brendaanders@frontier.com.

 

 

child learning to weave and child making pottery

 

YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL

Third Saturday each September

Saturday, September 19, 2020
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.

 


Check these local website calendars for more events:

 

Jackson County

Macon County / Franklin
Swain County/Bryson City

Cherokee

 

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