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Spring and Summer Events & Activities

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Summer Concert Series
May through October
Various Locations

Get ready for the season of live musical entertainment on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau! Read the latest issue of NC Living’s comprehensive guide to this year’s events. 

Locally Grown on The Green 
Wednesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm
Commons Lawn, The Village Green, Cashiers, NC

This producer-only market features local growers and producers offering everything from farm-fresh meats and produce to honey, flowers, jams, fresh eggs, and more. Always fresh and always local, every Wednesday till October. 

Artist Talk with Jugtown Potter, Travis Owens 
May 4th, 2023, from 4 pm to 5 pm | Free
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts

Join The Bascom for an artist talk with Jugtown Potter, Travis Owens. This event is free and open to the public. “I grew up looking at and making pots, that’s what my family has done for generations. I work with local clays and make pieces that reflect the process. Essentially, a good pot has a definite, simple shape, a continuing line, and a glaze that suits the pot’s character; that’s what I work for with every piece.”  - Travis Owens

Meander in May 
May 20th, 2023 from 11 am to 4 pm
Downtown Highlands, NC

This free, self-guided event in downtown Highlands is hosted by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC. It brings live musical performances, artists, craftspeople, and exciting demonstrations across the town. Throw on your most comfortable walking shoes and get to meandering through the displays of talent. From jewelry making, painting, and woodworking to photography, plein air painting, and more, there will be artists and musicians all over town. End the day with some live musical entertainment at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park at 6 pm. 

Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale
May 27th from 9am to 12 pm
Highlands Baseball Field 

Come support the Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s annual fundraiser and pick out some beautiful plants for your yard. There will be dahlias, ferns, hostas, native plants, shade plants and sun plants available. This popular event raises money for student scholarships.

Highlands Volunteer Fair 
June 1st, 2023, from 11 am to 2 pm
The Community Building, Highlands, NC 

Looking to get involved in some great causes? Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Volunteer Fair. Stop by to browse the tables of information provided by the organizations and speak with their representatives to learn about their available volunteer opportunities. This event will take place at the Community Building at 71 Poplar Street. For more information, call (828) 526-5841 or email

Highlands Motoring Festival 
June 8th to June 11th, 2023
Highlands, NC

This four-day festival in Highlands is sure to ignite the spirit in any car enthusiast with a weekend of events including curated driving tours, a Parade of Main Street, evening social events, and two car shows held in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Read the latest issue of NC Living to learn more about the Highlands Motoring Festival and its featured events. 

Into the Wood: Ed, Philip, and Matt Moulthrop Reception at The Bascom
June 15th, 2023, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm | Free
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts

Join The Bascom for this free public reception. Into the Wood explores the aesthetic and technical breakthroughs of three generations of artist-woodturners who have created a new language of self-expression through form, material, and process. Curated by Marilyn Laufer and Tom Butler, the exhibition focuses on works made from native wood.

The Bascom Gala 
June 20th, 2023 
The Farm at Old Edwards Inn

The Bascom’s signature annual fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, June 20th. Join them for Summer Salon at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn for an experiential evening featuring a unique silent auction, live music by the Mark Miller Band, and a seated dinner amidst lush florals designed by Kirk Moore of Oakleaf Flower and Garden. This event has limited seating, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Carla Funk, Director of Development, at or call (828) 787-2897. 

Mountaintop Art and Crafts Show
June 23rd to June 24th, 2023, from 10 am to 5 pm
Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park

Hosted by the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary, this series of shows brings artisans from across the region together for live music, demonstrations, food, and family fun in the beautiful mountains. Artisans will display their work at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street. These events are free and open to the public. The next show will take place from August 26th to August 27th. For more information, visit


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