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Western North Carolina Fourth of July Events

Tues. & Thurs. Canton Tailgate Market will be at the Municipal parking area, 58 Park Street in Canton from 8am-12pm. Call:828-646-3412 Fresh produce & flowers.

Wed. & Sat. Haywood's Historic Farmers Market in HART parking lot off US 276 in Waynesville. Produce, plants, baked goods, cheese, meat, fish and more. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wed. & Sat. Waynesville Tailgate Market - American Legion parking lot near downtown Waynesville Haywood County grown vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, honey and nursery stock. 8 a.m. to noon

Thursday's Maggie Mountain Bingo Bonanza- Enjoy an evening of bingo at the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion. All cash prizes & all money to charity. Early- Bird starts at 5:45. Call: 828- 926-8021

Friday's Pickin in the Park will be held at the Canton Recreation Park. Free event. 7PM - 11PM Call: 646-3412 for more information.

Friday's Concerts on the Creek are held every Friday night from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. beginning Memorial Day and continuing through Labor Day at the Bridge Park in Sylva. All concerts are free to the public. http://www.downtownsylva.org/concerts-on-the-creek/

Saturday's Diamond K Dance Ranch & the Full House Band will be open. For a great evening of music, line dancing and clogging. Call: 828- 926-7735. $8 admission

Saturday's The Jackson County Farmer's Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, May through October. We are located in the municiple parking lot next to Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. The Market is easily visible from Mill Street ("Back" street).

1st " Art After Dark" Downtown Waynesville Galleries & Studios remain open late with demonstrations, artist's receptions, music & more. 6-9 pm. Call 828-452-9284 for more information.

1st "Vince Gill" will be performing at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center. 9PM show. Tickets $45 - $85. Call 800-745-3000

1st Brevard Music Center Festival. The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival and institute, continues its gala 75th anniversary season on the weekend of July 1 with two orchestral programs led by BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart. The weekend concludes with the annual Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops Concert featuring the Transylvania Symphonic Band under conductor Kraig Alan Williams. On Friday, July 1, at 7:30 PM, Keith Lockhart leads the Brevard Sinfonia in a program of orchestral masterworks: Mozart's immortal Symphony No. 39 in E flat, Richard Strauss's tone poem Till Eulenspiegel and the Symphonic Suite from Lieutenant Kije by Sergei Prokofiev. Keith Lockhart, an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center, has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor since 2007. He is also the longtime Conductor of the Boston Pops and served for eleven years as Music Director of the Utah Symphony and Opera.

1st Sylva After Dark is an evening to stroll through downtown Sylva and enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. Come downtown the first First Friday of each May-December from 6:00-9:00 pm to enjoy what our merchants have to offer. http://www.downtownsylva.org/

1st & 2nd Sanford Rodeo (Arena) at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Bull riding and roping festivities. Call 828-456-3575 for more information.

1st - 3rd The 5th Annual Art Market at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Get ready to say Wow! This year more than 100 artists are expected to participate. 800-438-1601

1st - 3rd 44th Annual Antique Auto Show & Flea Market will be held at WNC AG Center in Fletcher. I-26 to Airport exit #40, gate #6. Call 828- 648-2558 for more information.

1st-3rd Shakespeare in the Park The Montford Park Players, North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, opens the Fourth of July holiday weekend with performances by The Asheville Shakesperience, July 1-3, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 PM. All performances will be at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St, near downtown Asheville, and are free to the public. Donations appreciated. For more, contact Montford Park Players at (828)254-5146.

1st - 4th Maggie Valley's RED, WHITE & BOOM will be held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Musical entertainment and carnival rides. Food & crafts available. Wristbands available on line. Fireworks on the 3rd 9:45PM For more information call: 828-926-0866 www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org/rwb/

1st-4th Singing in The Smokies - Southern Gospel Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts - Franklin, NC

http://GreatMountainMusic.com

1st-4th Fontana Village The barbeque pit is ready, the stage lights are up and the fireworks are aimed skyward for this year's annual July 4 Celebration, from July 1 to July 4, at Fontana Village Resort. The event includes entertainment from the Michael Kennedy Band on Friday, the Jay Mathey Band on Saturday night and cover band Neon Bloom on July 3. On Independence Day, a tribal dancing performance by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will start at 6 p.m. The My Highway Band will take the stage at 8 p.m., followed by the evening's headliner, The Chillbillies. Fireworks will start promptly at 10 p.m. in the center of the Village. www.fontanavillage.com.

2nd Shindig on the Green Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather on July 2, starting at 7 PM, to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions-with each other and visitors from around the world-at the Shindig on the Green in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green." Free!

2nd On Saturday, July 2, at 7:30 PM, Keith Lockhart leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in two of the acknowledged masterworks of the twentieth century: Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, regarded as one of the greatest of all compositions by an American composer; and Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the revolutionary 1913 ballet score that changed the course of European music. The program also includes the lyrical, pastoral Oboe Concerto by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The oboe soloist is Eric Ohlsson, BMC's principal oboist and Professor of Music at Florida State University.

2nd Corn Husk Doll and Papermaking Demos with Nora Mosrie. 11:00am. Location: Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Appalachian Mountains native and lifelong artist, Nora Mosrie, finds inspiration in the natural world. Watch as Nora crafts beautiful dolls and paper from corn husks and other natural materials. http://www.rutherfordtourism.com/events/list/2011-07

2nd Cashiers. The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Third Annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on July 2. Headlining the program is Doc Watson and David Holt, along with Sweet Tater, Hurricane Creek, the Harris Brothers, the Darren Nicholson Band and the Rye Holler Boys. Bring a chair or blanket. No coolers, pets or firearms. Fireworks planned at dark on Sunday, July 3. 828.743.5191.

2nd & 3rd Blue Ridge Crafters will be at Haywood County Fair Grounds (A Building). Custom made arts & crafts sale.

2nd & 3rd Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on July 2-3. Fireworks at dark on July 3. For more information or tickets please call 828-743-5191. http://www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com

2nd-3rd Summertime Art & Crafts Show. The annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show is July 2-3 in the Ramsey Center arena on the campus of Western Carolina University. The show is home to some of the most respected and unique artisans in the Appalachian Mountains. This year's event features more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their contemporary and heritage art & crafts. An array of items will be displayed for sale, including: fine art, woodworking, pottery, weaving and gourd art. Heritage crafts such as shaker brooms, pine needle baskets and folk dolls will also be available, along with heirloom fabric items. Soaps and candles are always popular, while master jewelers and bead designers delight attendees with a selection of accessories. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free. Free parking is also available. http://www.mountainartisans.net/

3rd "Thompson Square" Country meets Rock with this exciting duo. Harrah's Cherokee Event Center. $10 - $30, Call 800-745-3000.

3rd Downtown Asheville: Fireworks are July 3rd. The City of Asheville had to move its Independence Day Celebration to Memorial Stadium (behind the Tourist Baseball Stadium on Biltmore Ave) on the south side of downtown Asheville on July 3. An event for the whole family, the festivities start at 4:00 PM and close with fireworks at 9:30 PM. The day will feature live music along with a wide range of activities, and a variety of food from area vendors. The City plans to return the Celebration back to Pack Square Park for 2012.

3rd The Transylvania Symphonic Band presents the Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops Concert, one of the Brevard Music Center's most popular events each season. 2pm. This year the concert features a special appearance by the Brevard Community Band, and for a few numbers the two bands share the stage to create a gigantic wind orchestra. The program features a wide variety of patriotic and other music and concludes, as usual, with the 1812 Overture accompanied by live cannon. The whole extravaganza is led by BMC's Director of Bands Kraig Alan Williams

3 rd& 4th Junaluska Singers Concert at the Stuart Auditorium, a select group of singers and musicians who provide music for various conferences and worship services 7:30pm Call: 828- 452-2881

3, 10 & 17 Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival at the Performing Arts Center. 250 Pigeon Street Waynesville. 7:30pm show. Call 828-452-0593 for ticket information.

4th Stars & Stripes Celebration in Waynesville-Celebrate with the downtown shops & restaurants in Waynesville. Live music & entertainment, sidewalk sales & refreshments. Fun for all ages. Main Street, 11am-3pm, 456-3517

4th Independence Day Celebration at Lake Junaluksa.- Parade, BBQ picnic, dancers, mountain music, children's play area & fireworks. Starts at 11am, fireworks at 9:45pm, Lake Junaluska.828- 452-2881

4th Celebrate America's Independence with a bang at Cherokee's Annual 4th of July Fireworks display, located at the Acquoni Expo Center. The festivities kick off on Monday, July 4th at dark.

4th Brevard: TOP PICK! All festivities on July 4. Morning 5K/10K Firecracker Run. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. The Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks and delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for day-long musical entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 PM

4th Black Mountain/Montreat: Montreat will host a parade on July 4 at 10:30 AM. Black Mountain will have family fun and fireworks beginning at 7 PM on July 4.

4th Orchard at Alta Pass on Blue Ridge Parkway: July 4 11:00-4:30 Covered dish picnic open to all. Live music all day is free! Admission for the meal is a dish to share OR $10 per meal. The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water, iced tea and paper goods. You might want to bring lawn chairs.

4th Hendersonville: The downtown parade starts at 11 AM on July 4. Fourth of July Festival at Jackson Park starts at 2 PM with live music, food/craft vendors, SAWA Lumberjack Series Competition, car show, firework display and more.

4th Maggie Valley: Red White & Boom! July 1-4 with live entertainment, games, amusement rides. Free admission. Fireworks July 3 at 9:45 PM. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

4th Highlands: Fireworks on July 4 at 9:15 PM at Highlands Civic Center.

4th Franklin: 4th of July Parade in Historic Downtown Franklin at 10:30 AM.

4th Franklin Get your arms limbered up and your horseshoes ready for the July 4 Horseshoe and Cornhole Tournaments, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4, and presented by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. The Horseshoe Tournament will kick off the annual 4th of July Fireworks in the Park festivities at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park in Franklin.

The Horseshoe Tournament will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is open to "pitchers" of all ages, both men and ladies. Registration fee is $25 per team. First place is awarded $200, second place earns $100 while third place wins $50.

The Cornhole Tournament will be held later that day at 3:00 p.m. Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags filled with corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a player reaches or exceeds the score of 21. Registration fee for the Cornhole Tournament is $25. The first place team will take home $200 and $100 will be awarded to second place. 828.524.3161.

4th Boardwalk Arts and Crafts Show. July 4th is peak summer season for family fun in the mountains. Join all the celebration festivities at Rumbling Bald Resort at 9:00am. For vendor information contact Mark Dirks at 828-694-3035 or mdirks@rumblingbald.com. Food vendors are not permitted. For a schedule of the day's events go to http://www.rumblingbald.com/events/91-2011-07-04

4th Railroad buffs and families alike will enjoy celebrating on Freedom Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The special train will depart from the Bryson City Depot at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 4.

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