Event Calendar

05 Aug 2021

24th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse

August 21 through September 4

From 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays), explore six glamping tents decorated by renowned designers on the beautiful Cashiers Historical Society grounds. Browse the event schedule online for special events, including workshops, panel discussions, tours of the CHS historical buildings, cocktails, yoga and a bluegrass boogie! Enjoy work by artist resident Shannon Whitworth and visit “Roots of Wisdom,” an exhibition on the environmental, cultural and material importance of the restoration of river cane. Visit the Naturalists’ Trail to learn more about the historical and modern themes of biodiversity and conservation on the plateau, the Vendor Village for a curated shopping experience, and the Fieldsmen’s Retreat for outdoor products! Tickets available online and at select retailers. (828) 743-7710 www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org


The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts

Mondays through Sundays

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts has three exhibition spaces open to the public year-round. Current exhibitions include “FreeWheeling,” presented in partnership with Highlands Motoring Festival, May 11 through August 21; “The Art of Chamber Music,” presented in partnership with the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, June 7 through August 15; “Members Challenge: PLAY!” July 20 through September 4; “Craft to Art Series: Mosaics,” September 18 through December 23. (828) 526-4949 www.thebascom.org

Community Coffee

August - October

Community Coffee with Mayor Taylor, a joint endeavor by Hudson Library and the Town of Highlands, is held each month from February through October, usually on the last Friday, at Hudson Library. Every month Mayor Taylor, regularly joined by guest speakers, offers information about topics of interest to the entire Highlands community. (828) 526-3031

Concerts on the Commons

August - October

Join The Village Green in Cashiers for limited edition outdoor and indoor concerts. Check online for updated information. (828) 743-3434  www.villagegreencashiersnc.com

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival


Celebrate the 40th Anniversary season with regular concerts held Fridays and Sundays at the Highlands Performing Arts Center; Saturdays and Mondays at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Visit website for full concert schedule. (828) 526-9060 www.h-cmusicfestival.org

Highlands Historical Society

Thursdays through Saturdays

Join the Highlands Historical Society Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, for nine new or refurbished exhibits this summer. Visitors can learn about Cherokee hunting and legends, the town’s beginnings as a health resort, historic Joe Webb cabins, local moonshiners, George Masa, Bobby Jones, native plants and more. (828) 787-1050 www.highlandshistory.com

Highlands Playhouse

August and September 

Through August 14, enjoy "Ring of Fire." From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family. Then, from August 19 through September 5, visit “Curtains Up!” an all-new, original concert featuring some of your favorite Playhouse performers, exploring the classic musical theatre tunes we all know and love along with today’s Broadway and West End hits!  All tickets are $45. (828) 526-2695 www.highlandsplayhouse.org 

Live Music Concert Series

Fridays and Saturdays

Join the Highlands Chamber of Commerce for Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine from 6 to 8:30 pm. Check online for updated information. (828) 526-2112  www.highlandschamber.org

Zahner Conservation Lecture Series

Thursdays through September 9

Join the Highlands Biological Foundation for their annual Zahner lecture tradition. These lectures feature speakers with expertise in a wide range of topics, held each Thursday evening at 6 pm. Please note that the series will be hosted through a mix of in-person and virtual formats. Research each lecture online to know where it will be held or if it will be virtual. (828) 526-2602 www.highlandsbiological.org



Cashiers Quilters

Wednesdays in August and September

The Cashiers Quilters are a group of full-time and seasonal residents with all levels of quilting expertise, from novice to advanced, who love to get together once a week, share their talents, learn from each other, and socialize. The group gathers every Wednesday at 12:30 at St. Jude and welcomes visitors and new members. Many members lunch beforehand at local restaurants, as scheduled on the website. www.cashiersquilters.com.

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus

August 14

Join the Highlands PAC at 7:30 pm for a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. (828) 526-9047 www.highlandspac.org

Visual Arts Retreat

August 19 through 25

Join internationally recognized artists Melinda Borysevicz and Matt Toole for an all-inclusive four- or six-day retreat at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands. Plein-air landscape painting and found-object sculpture will fill the days and warm, congenial community will fill the evenings with locally made food from the on-site farm. (828) 526-5838 www.themountainrlc.org/visual-arts-week

Along Came a Spider, Village Nature Series

August 31

Join the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at 5 pm and learn all about spiders! Join local spider expert Alyssa Fuller as she explains why spiders are more fascinating than scary and get a chance to meet live spiders! This free, family-friendly program will be in-person at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Kids welcome! (828) 526-1111 www.hicashlt.org



11th Annual Dahlia Festival

September 11 and 12

Benefiting the Highlands Historical Society, enjoy a walk around Highlands from 10 am to 4 pm as you visit historical sites where dahlias and native plants will be attractively arranged. (828) 787-1050 www.highlandshistory.com

Highlands Porchfest

September 19

Hosted by the Center for Life Enrichment, enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment all over town, from Main Street to The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts and the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Festivities last from 1 to 6 pm and include a Singer-Songwriter Session, giving attendees a chance to ask questions of select artists. www.HighlandsPorchfest.com

Oyster Fest at The Farm

September 19

For this annual Old Edwards tradition, guests will gather in The Orchard with lawn games and live music from 4 to 7:30 pm. Passed hors d'oeuvres, a lavish raw bar and creative cocktails from James Beard Foundation award-winner Miles Macquerrie (Kimball House and Watchman's) will set the stage for deliciousness to follow. Chef Brian Wolfe of Kimball House in Atlanta and Chef Sara Prezioso of The Darling in Charleston will serve specialties from their restaurants alongside traditional roasted oysters. Bryan Rackley, Kimball House's oyster expert, will present an array of Southern raw oysters from farmer friends on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The dinner menu will feature an array of festival stations for an informal Old Edwards-style feast accompanied by wines from the Francis Ford Coppola family and great seasonal beers from Wicked Weed. $165 per person, plus tax and gratuity, event for guests 21 and older. www.oldedwardshospitality.com/calendar-of-events/oysterfest (828) 787-2610

10th Annual 3 River Fly Fishing Festival

September 23 through 25

Three River Fly Fishing Festival is looking forward to breaking the fundraising record of $20,000 for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund set in 2019. Limited to 50 two-person teams, tickets are $500 with an early bird rate of $450 for teams registered before August 10. Expect weekend fun for the whole family, including lunch both days, an opening night reception, a closing night banquet with food, prizes and a fishing goody bag. A special performance by Trout Fishing in America will be at the Highlands PAC on September 24. (828) 526-0441 ThreeRiverFest@gmail.com


September 26

Join the Highlands PAC at 7:30 pm for BRAVO Amici. BRAVO Amici has wowed audiences all over the world, from London to LA, Miami to Moscow, St. Moritz to Sardinia, New York to New Zealand. Combining the essential elements of classical crossover - pop, Broadway, the West End and opera - this group of endlessly talented friends and stage stars melts hearts and blows minds in every theater they perform, becoming a worldwide phenomenon over the years. (828) 526-9047 www.highlandspac.org

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