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Events & Festivals in Hendersonville, NC

1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, North Carolina is conveniently located to many North Carolina festivals. During your stay, experience festivals celebrating western North Carolina's unique take on music, art, the holidays and more. You will appreciate the comfortable setting of our historic inn as a place to start out from and return to after a day of activities and celebrations. Whether you're visiting with friends or family, the atmosphere at our B&B is uplifting and one that you won't soon forget.

August Events in and around Hendersonville near 1898 Waverly Inn

August 1 - November 3, 2015 Biltmore House - A Gardener’s Place Seminars
Beneath the Conservatory at Biltmore House in A Gardener’s Place Gift Shop daily free demonstrations featuring gardening and floral topics.

1:00 p.m. -  Decorating Fall Wreaths
Learn how to wreath your door using materials of the season to welcome guests into your home.

2:00 p.m. -  Harvesting and Preserving Herbs
Now that you’ve grown all those flavorful herbs, learn some tips on how to collect and keep your bounty for the winter months.

August 1 - 31, 2015 - Family Discovery Program at Chimney Rock
2:00 Daily at Grady's Animal Discovery Den

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or birds of prey, a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl. Education animals are the stars of the programs, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the Park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife.

Till August 7, 2015 The People's Poet - Live Performance at Carl Sandburg Home
81 Carl Sandburg Lane , Flat Rock NC
Every Wednesday & Friday 10:15 am

Apprentice actors from the Flat Rock Playhouse visit the amphitheater adjacent to the Sandburg Home for a lively 30-minutes of poetry in action. The poetry is a journey through the American experience of love, children, nature and social activism as found throughout Sandburg's collections of poetry and prose. The show is entertainment for all ages with plenty of laughs from silly poems about bugs, thumbs and snakes.

Performances are free and open to the public.
Bench seating is provided in the amphitheater. Shows held rain or shine.

Till August 8, 2015 Rootabaga! - Live Performance at Carl Sandburg Home
81 Carl Sandburg Lane , Flat Rock NC
Every Thursday & Saturday 10:15 am

Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories are woven together with musical tunes from Sandburg’s collection of folk music found in his American Songbag. The result is 30-minutes of zany, toe-tapping stories that delight "children" of all ages. Carl Sandburg created his own version of American fairy tales when he published Rootabaga Stories (1922) and Rootabaga Pigeons (1923). He replaced the European fairy tale cast of princes, princesses, castles and kingdoms with icons American children would recognize -- taxi-drivers, movie actors, skyscrapers, prairies and automobiles.

Performances are free and open to the public.
Bench seating is provided in the amphitheater. Shows held rain or shine.

Till August 8, 2015 The World of Carl Sandburg - Live Performance at Carl Sandburg Home
81 Carl Sandburg Lane , Flat Rock NC
Every Wednesday & Friday 10:15 am

The World of Carl Sandburg is a 30-minute reprise of the 1960 Broadway play. Sandburg collaborated on this production with its creator Norman Corwin, and after its Broadway debut has been a favorite of theaters throughout the country ever since. The narrative is Sandburg's own words as found throughout his collections of poetry and prose, and features music as found in his collection of folk music, The American Songbag.

Performances are free and open to the public.
Bench seating is provided in the amphitheater. Shows held rain or shine.

Till August 16, 2015 Gypsy is at the Flat Rock Playhouse

Curtain up! Light the lights! Ready or not…here comes Mama! Often referred to as the greatest American Musical, Gypsy brings to life the memoirs of real life queen of Burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee, and her ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose. Rose is wildly determined to turn her two young daughters, Dainty June and Louise, into stars – at all cost.
Relive the unforgettable moments made famous by the incomparable Ethel Merman with such showstoppers as Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Let Me Entertain You and the dazzling and dizzying Rose’s Turn. Returning Vagabond Klea Blackhurst stars as Mama Rose.
Seats from $15 - $40

Theater Packages at the Flat Rock Playhouse: Broadway quality plays at The State Theater of North Carolina. Considered one of the "Top Ten Theaters in the Country."

Monday August 3, 2015 97th Annual Street Dances
Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street.
Seating area opens after 5:30

Band: Appalachian Fire
Dancers: Southern Connection Cloggers

Bring a chair and enjoy bluegrass music, clogging and dancing.
People of all ages journey to downtown Hendersonville to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing. Put on your dancing shoes for some good toe tapping music, where there is a dance area in front of the stage.

August 6 - 16, 2015 Music on the Rock: The Music of Carole King & James Taylor - Flatrock Playhouse Downtown
Carole King and James Taylor first collaborated over forty years ago in Laurel Canyon with such hits as You’ve Got a Friend, Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James and You Can Close Your Eyes.  All of these hits and more will be presented in this concert featuring the music of two of the most prolific and inspiring singer/songwriters in all of musical history performed by Music on the Rock favorites Ryan Guerra and Jane Bunting.

Friday August 7, 2015 - Horsefly / Rock & Blues - Music on Main Street

The Music On Main Street concert series has become a favorite summertime event with families of all ages. Music On Main Street features some of the best regional artists performing live on the permanent stage located on the corner of Main and Barnwell Streets. Concerts are held every Friday evening from June 5 through August 14 at the Visitor Information Center, 201 South Main Street.

Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the music from 7:00-9:00pm. Parking lot seating area opens after 5:30, early admission is prohibited.
Admission is free.
In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8pm; if the weather does not cooperate by 8pm the performance will be canceled.

Friday August 7, 2015 - Classic Car Show on Main Street

Corvette Nite

The Hendersonville Antique Car Club host six classic car shows in conjunction with Music On Main Street during the concert season. The classic cars shows are sponsored and coordinated by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.

August 8, 2015 Art & Music on North Main Street
North End of Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Creative Arts Demonstration Noon - 2:00 pm
Music 4:30-6:30pm

Steve Whiteside & Carrie Morrison (Americana)

Free concerts and arts demonstrations on the sidewalk outside The Green Room Cafe at 536 N. Main Street.

Merchants will be open until 7pm or later, including Mast General Store, The Green Room Cafe, Dad's Collectibles, Beverly Hanks & Associates, Silver Fox Gallery & Interiors, All Nations Trading, Case Garden Designs, Kilwins Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream, and The Dugout.

Monday August 10, 2015 97th Annual Street Dances
Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street.
Seating area opens after 5:30

and: Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition
Dancers: Mountain Thunder Cloggers

Bring a chair and enjoy bluegrass music, clogging and dancing.
People of all ages journey to downtown Hendersonville to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing. Put on your dancing shoes for some good toe tapping music, where there is a dance area in front of the stage.

Friday August 14, 2015 - Tuxedo Junction / Variety - Music on Main Street

The Music On Main Street concert series has become a favorite summertime event with families of all ages. Music On Main Street features some of the best regional artists performing live on the permanent stage located on the corner of Main and Barnwell Streets. Concerts are held every Friday evening from June 5 through August 14 at the Visitor Information Center, 201 South Main Street.

Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the music from 7:00-9:00pm. Parking lot seating area opens after 5:30, early admission is prohibited.
Admission is free.
In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8pm; if the weather does not cooperate by 8pm the performance will be canceled.

Friday August 14, 2015 - Classic Car Show on Main Street

The Hendersonville Antique Car Club host six classic car shows in conjunction with Music On Main Street during the concert season. The classic cars shows are sponsored and coordinated by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.

August 14 - 16, 2015 - Annual Lake Lure Olympiad
3-day family sports festival showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Compete in a sprint triathlon, junior Olympiad, 10K Dam run, Race to the Rock and a 2-Mile Open Water Championship. Push your endurance to complete 3—or even 4—races in 3 days for a grueling challenge! Plus, there’s plenty to do and see for families and non-athletes, including games, a beach BBQ, free water ski show and fireworks display.
Watch the Olympiad’s promo video to see what it’s all about!
Visit www.lakelureolympiad.com for details and to register for racing events.

Aug 14 & 28 2015 - Wild Mushroom Walks at Chimney Rock Park
11:00 AM Daily - Meet Grady's Animal Discovery Den

You’ll be amazed at the variety of fascinating fungi growing along the Park’s trails. Whet your appetite on this guided hike to identify and learn about a dozen or so of the most common mushrooms among more than 1,000 species that could be growing in Western NC. Led by Karen Johnson, member of State Parks and the Asheville Mushroom Club.

August 15, 2015 Art & Music on North Main Street
North End of Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Creative Arts Demonstration Noon - 2:00 pm
Music 4:30-6:30pm

Letters to Abigail (Blue Grass and Americana)
Art: Mob Artist

Free concerts and arts demonstrations on the sidewalk outside The Green Room Cafe at 536 N. Main Street.

Merchants will be open until 7pm or later, including Mast General Store, The Green Room Cafe, Dad's Collectibles, Beverly Hanks & Associates, Silver Fox Gallery & Interiors, All Nations Trading, Case Garden Designs, Kilwins Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream, and The Dugout.

August 16, 2015 Annual Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park
7:45am bike, 8am run

A challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it. This is the ONLY TIME ever you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock.

Thursday August 20, 2015 - Big Muddy & King Sized Boogiemen
Rhythm and Brews Concert Series

Azalea Parking Lot adjacent to King Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues in downtown Hendersonville.

"Big Muddy" is a combination of Blues, Soul, Southern Rock and Country music, featuring some of the best musicians in the Southeast. Together, they bring well over a hundred years of musical experience to every show. Each member of the band has been playing music all of their life and have played with everyone from Doc Watson, Delbert McClinton, The David Grisman Quintet to Blues legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. With an ability to jump from a steaming Little Feat cover to an original Larry T. Wilson tune, "Big Muddy" plans to bring a little of that flora-bama sound to WNC this summer!

Free Concert with fantastic music, good food, fine drink and good friends!
Showtime starts at 5:00 pm. The Headliners come on at 7:00 pm.

August 20 - September 6, 2015 - Crimes of the Heart is at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

Meet Meg, Babe and Lenny, the Magrath sisters. Just your typical southern sisters who reconvene in their hometown of Hazlehurst, Mississippi at the home of their Old Grandaddy. Oh, but this is not your typical family reunion. Babe has just shot her abusive husband. And their mother has hung herself…and the beloved family cat. What unfolds is a beautifully rendered, often heartbreaking, often hilarious story of love, compassion and sisterhood. Offered for the first time ever on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage, Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart promises to be a huge hit that you will not want to miss.
Seats from $15 - $40

August 21 - 23, 2015   The Crucible
Hendersonville Little Theatre
229 S. Washington Street , Hendersonville NC

A DRAMATIC THRILLER BY Arthur Miller
An epic tale of sacrifice, betrayal, witchery and deceit based on the Salem witch trials of the 1600’s that is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

August 22, 2015 Art & Music on North Main Street
North End of Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Creative Arts Demonstration Noon - 2:00 pm
Music 4:30-6:30pm

Evalina Everidge & Marty Balash (Jazz & Pop)

Free concerts and arts demonstrations on the sidewalk outside The Green Room Cafe at 536 N. Main Street.

Merchants will be open until 7pm or later, including Mast General Store, The Green Room Cafe, Dad's Collectibles, Beverly Hanks & Associates, Silver Fox Gallery & Interiors, All Nations Trading, Case Garden Designs, Kilwins Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream, and The Dugout.

August 22, 2015 Naturalist Niche Series at Chimney Rock Park

Wild Edibles
Always a popular topic among naturalists and enthusiasts. Learn to identify some local edibles that you might even find in your backyard. This hike will be moderate-to-strenuous. Important: collecting or removing mushrooms and plants from Chimney Rock and all NC State Parks is NOT allowed without a permit.

Advance registration is required by calling 800-277-9611; limit first 20 hikers.

August 23, 2015 Music by the Lake
Blue Ridge Community College
180 W. Campus Drive Flat Rock NC
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Free concert by the lake featuring the Carburetors. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Thomas Auditorium in the Sink Building.

August 29, 2015 Art & Music on North Main Street
North End of Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Creative Arts Demonstration Noon - 2:00 pm
Music 4:30-6:30pm

Lake & Moore (Americana)

Free concerts and arts demonstrations on the sidewalk outside The Green Room Cafe at 536 N. Main Street.

Merchants will be open until 7pm or later, including Mast General Store, The Green Room Cafe, Dad's Collectibles, Beverly Hanks & Associates, Silver Fox Gallery & Interiors, All Nations Trading, Case Garden Designs, Kilwins Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream, and The Dugout.

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September 4-7, 2015 - North Carolina Apple Festival
Downtown Hendersonville, NC.

Includes the King Apple Parade, mountain music jamboree and more. Hendersonville's beautiful Main Street is home to nine block Street Fair with over 200 vendors including quality arts & crafts vendors and that wonderful festival food. You can also purchase fresh apples from one of our 14 local growers or enjoy a caramel apple or fried apple pie! All day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there is free live entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Free. 828-697-4557. www.ncapplefestival.org

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Jump Off Rock

Jump Off Rock is a scenic overlook with a panoramic view of rolling pastures, the Blue Ridge and Pisgah mountain ranges. There are three hiking trails. Take Fifth Avenue West, it becomes Laurel Park Highway, the road dead ends at Jump Off Rock.

Western North Carolina Air Museum
1340 Gilbert Street, Hendersonville, NC.
Wednesday and Sunday Noon until 5:00; Saturday 10:00 until 5:00 pm
Come back in time to the Western North Carolina Air Museum. You won't find airplanes under glass. You won't find velvet ropes to keep you away. You won't find guards and ticket sellers and concessionaires.You'll only find airplanes and people who love them.
Admission and Parking are free.

Golden Age "Coming of the Railroad" Exhibit
Henderson County Heritage Museum
1 Historic Courthouse Square , Hendersonville NC
Apple Valley Model Railroad Club's replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States, will be on display, along with other artifacts; & the Civil War Exhibit, artifacts of military weaponry & uniforms dating back to the war; Henderson County Heritage Museum, free to the public.

Turn of the Century Country Store Exhibit
Henderson County Heritage Museum
1 Historic Courthouse Square , Hendersonville NC
A continuation of The Golden Age with a turn of the century county store. The Shepard store is complete with a video host from the past.

Civil War Exhibit
Henderson County Heritage Museum
1 Historic Courthouse Square , Hendersonville NC
A commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War. An extensive collection of never-before-seen military weaponry & accoutrements, dating back 150 years.

Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium
511 N Main Street, Hendersonville, NC.
Join Team ECCO for a visit under the sea, check out cool fish, and meet some awesome young marine biologists! This local aquarium houses over 75 species of marine and fresh water animals including turtles, tortoises, lizards, geckos, lion fish, eels, sting rays, marine invertebrates, budding soft corals, puffers, clowns, dwarf angels, butterflies, and upside down jellies! A shark research project is monitoring the development of 2 bamboo shark pups. Team ECCO is staffed by volunteers, mostly students, who will answer your questions, guide you, or tell you cool facts.
$3.00 per person

Historic Johnson Farm
3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC
Take a guided tour, visit the animals, wander the nature trails or picnic at Historic Johnson Farm. There are 10 historic structures on 15 acres of forest, fields and streams.
September through May Tuesday - Friday
June through August Monday - Thursday
Tours for the public are at 10:30 am.  Tour fees are $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12, and preschoolers are free.
The grounds are free and open to the public for walking on operating days.

Carl Sandburg Home

Home of Poet and Author Carl Sandburg and Goat Dairy of his wife, Paula Sandburg.  264 acres of pastures, ponds, small mountains, hiking trails and fifty structures.

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