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2/14/2013 - Festivals & expos in Asheville area.
by Asheville Citizen Times

This weekend

RiddleFest: These Mountains in Story and Song, seminar 1:30-4:30 p.m. (free), concert 7 p.m. ($10) Saturday, Burnsville Town Center, 6 S. Main St. Keynote speaker is Michael Reno Harrell. Tickets are available by calling 682-9654 or 682-7209. www.tvgnc.org.

Coming up

Annual Mardi Gras Party, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 21, Short Street Cakes, 225 Haywood Road, Asheville. Live music, beads, beer, wine, cakes, raffle, Troy & Sons Moonshine Cake Shop cocktails by Miss Glo. 505-4822.

Comedy Classic Weekend, March 8-9, Grove Park Inn Grand Ballroom, 290 Macon Ave. March 8 with Cy Amundson, Al Jackson, Julie Scoggins, David Crowe and Tom Cotter, $45. March 9 with Caroline Rhea, Don Friesen, nick Griffin and Rocky LaPorte, $50.800-438-5800. www.groveparkinn.com

Easter on the Green, 2-5 p.m March 30, Roger McGuire Green, Pack Square Park. www.ashevilledowntown.org/easter-green-0

Asheville Downtown Arts Walk, 5-8 p.m. April 5. Galleries open for visits. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/

11th annual Hickory Hops beer festival, April 20, downtown Hickory. /www.hickoryhops.com/.


Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival,
1-7 p.m. April 20, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road. Food, music, silent auction. Food available for non-seafoodies. $10 advance, $15 at the gate, free age 12 and younger. Food, beer and wine $6 per serving. www.smokymtnoysterfest.com.

Merlefest, April 25-28, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro. Music by the Avett Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Enter the Haggis, Tift Merrit, Jim Lauderdale, David Holt, many more. www.merlefest.org.

Southeastern Mini Truckin' Nationals, Apriil 27-28, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road. Hundred of mini trucks compete, car show, auto and food vendors.

French Broad River Festival, May 3-5, Hot Sprins Resort and Campground, Hot Springs. Music by Langhorn Slim and the law, Sol Driven Train, Yarn, Jeff Sipde, Col. Bruce Hampton, more. /www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com/.

Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 3, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. May 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road. Tour rides, concerts, bike games, more. 246-2101 or www.HandlebarCorral.com.

LEAF Festival, May 9-12, Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. Music, dancing, drumming, healing arts, workshops. www.theleaf.org

RiverMusic concert series, May 24, RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive. www.riverlink.org.

Maggie Valley Spring Rally, 3-11 p.m. May 24, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. May 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road. Concerts, entertainment, bike shows, barbecue, area tours/rides, more. Contact Sonny at 336-643-1367. Visit www.MaggieValleyRallys.com.

Ole Smokey Tractor Club Spring Farm Fest, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 31-June 1, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road. Education antique tractor & engine show with parts vendors, flea market, tractor rides for kids, farm equipment auction. Parade of 30+ tractors through Maggie Valley on Friday and Saturday. Contact Damon Swanger at 734-1510.

Asheville Downtown Arts Walk, 5-8 p.m. June 7. Galleries open for visits. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/

RiverMusic concert series, June 14, RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive.www.riverlink.org

Bluff Mountain Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 15, Hot Springs Spa and Campground, H ot Springs.

PlottFest, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 22, noon-6 p.m. June 23, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road. Music and heritage festival celebrating North Carolina's official State Dog-the Plott Hound. Dog show, trout fishing, music featuring Balsam Range, food, crafts, clogging. 452-1860 or www.plottfest.org.

89th annual Singing on the Mountain, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23, MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain, Linville.

Shindig on the Green, free mountain music and dance shows, Pack Square Park. Shindigs in 2013 are at 7 p.m. June 29, July 6, 13, July 20, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31. www.folkheritage.org

58th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, July 11-14, MacRae Meadows, n Grandfather Mountain near Linville. www.gmhg.org

RiverMusic concert series, July 12, RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive. www.riverlink.org

Folkmoot USA, international folk dancing festival, July 17-28, different locations in Western North Carolina. Groups invited to perform in the 2013 festival include: France (Stilt-Walkers), United Kingdom (Irish step dance), Japan, Slovakia, Mexico and Paraguay. More groups to be announced over the coming months. 877-365-5872. www.folkmootusa.org

Bele Chere, July 28-28, downtown Asheville. Free concerts, arts exhibits, family fun. www.belecherefestival.com

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Aug 1-3, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place. www.folkheritage.org

Asheville Downtown Arts Walk, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 2. Galleries open for visits. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/

Riverfest, Aug. 10, French Broad River Park. www.riverlink.org

RiverMusic concert series, Aug. 23, RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive. www.riverlink.org

North Carolina Apple Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Hendersonville. www.ncapplefestival.org

RiverMusic concert series, Sept. 13, RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive.

Snuffy Jenkins Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14, Globe Park, 153 Shakespeare Drive, Forest City. Traditional music workshops for young people. Storytelling. Music by The Roger Padgett Band, Phil and Gaye Johnson, Billy Constable and The Wiseman Heritage Band, Dowden Sisters Band, Four Wheel Cab Company and Medicine Show among others. $10. 877-SNUFFYJ OR www.snuffyjenkinsfestival.com.

Asheville Downtown Arts Walk, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 4. Galleries open for visits. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/

LEAF Festival, Oct 17-20, Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. Music, dancing, drumming, healing arts, workshops. www.theleaf.org

Asheville Downtown Arts Walk, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Galleries open for visits. www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/

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