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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.

street festival and vendor booth

 

FRONT STREET ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Third Saturday each June
Saturday, June 16, 2018
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. Download Vendor Application (due April 1)

 

Montheith House and cloggers

 

ART IN MONTEITH PARK
Third Saturday each August
Saturday, August 18, 2018
10 am - 4 pm

 

festival boothsThere will be more than 40 booths of hand-made, local arts and crafts in a park-like setting.  Entertainment will include The Maggie Valley Band, and the J. Creek Cloggers. Spark the Fairy will be there to entertain the children. Also, balloon entertainment, NGN 52 wood fired pizza, Chili Chomper authentic Mexican food, and Frozen Monkey shaved ices.

          The Appalachian Women's Museum will be open to welcome visitors who want to get an idea what life was like back in the day. Free admission to festival and museum. $3 parking at event. For more information, contact Connie Hogan at 828-586-3511 or artinmonteithpark@gmail.com. Download Vendor Application (due June 1)

 

child learning to weave and child making pottery

 

YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL

Second Saturday each September

Saturday, September 15, 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.

 

artistic birdhouses and street festival


COLORFEST!

First Saturday each October
Saturday, October 6, 2018
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. Download Vendor Application (due July 1)

 

jack-o-lanternHALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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!

 

face jugs at festivalWNC POTTERY FESTIVAL
First Saturday each November

Saturday, November 3, 2018

10 am - 4 pm

 

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 posterSMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Thanksgiving Saturday

Saturday, November 24, 2018

 

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

 

LuminaireDILLSBORO LIGHTS & LUMINARIES
First & Second Fridays & Saturdays in December

December 2018: 7, 8, 14, 15
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 20, 2019
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 hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at noon. Registrationfor 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.


Check these local website calendars for more events:

 

Jackson County

Macon County / Franklin
Swain County/Bryson City

Cherokee

 

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