Looking to fill your social calendar? We've got the rundown on what to do and explore
Red, White and 'Que
Enjoy an evening The Farm at Old Edwards for the return of favorites Fox Bros. BBQ. This award-winning Atlanta restaurant is owned and operated by twin brothers and co-pitmasters Jonathan and Justin Fox, who will both be on hand to serve Texas BBQ, ribs, brisket, Texas-style sausage, and prepare all the fixings to go along with the ‘que. To round out the festivities enjoy a DJ, dancing, craft beer, and fine wines. 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $155 plus tax and gratuity. 336 Arnold Road, Highlands. Book tickets online at www.oldedwardshospitality.com/calendar-of-events/food-dining/foxbrothers.
Locally Grown on the Green Market
Fill your basket with naturally raised meat and dairy items, fresh eggs, jams, pickles, freshly baked bread and delicious granola from local growers. Set your table with flowers fresh-cut that morning or plant your entryway with locally-grown perennials. Wednesdays, 2 – 5 p.m. The Village Green Commons, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. Free
Friday Night Concerts
Presented By the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands NC, these free summer concerts feature mountain music from regional artists. 6-8:30 p.m. at Highlands Town Square, 343 Main Street, Highlands.
Groovin’ on the Green
Groovin' on the Green is a popular Friday night concert series that features a variety of regional musical talent. Bring a chair or blanket, friends and family to The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers (next to the post office.) Tents may be rented by visiting www.villagegreencashiersnc.com. All shows start at 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays on Pine
Presented by Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands NC, these free concerts at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park will feature the Firecracker Jazz Band, Silly Ridge, The Swingin' Richards, Back Porch Orchestra, The Wobblers, Russ Wilson Big Band - 12 piece and Bill Mattocks over June and July. 411 Pine Street, Highlands. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Honoring Highlands Heritage - Bagpipes at Town Square
First Saturday of every month
Enjoy Bagpipes from 4:30-5 p.m. at Highlands Town Square, 343 Main Street.
Gardens on the Hoof!
Join members of the Center for Life Enrichment for a live garden study and a tour of favorite gardens in Highlands and Cashiers. The tour will discuss applying the principles of design in real time and engaging discussions of how to choose the right plant for the right place. Boxed lunch will be provided. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is $120. Meet at the CLE building, 348 S. 5th St., Highlands. www.clehighlands.com.
2022 Mountain Heritage Lecture Series by Cashiers Historical Society
Calling all history buffs! Enjoy a talk by Dr. Gordan McKinney on the Inner Civil War in Western North Carolina during the Mountain Findings of Highlands. 11 a.m. Free, donations encouraged. Dowden Pavilion, 1940 Hwy. 107 S., Cashiers. www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
Sapphire Valley Resort Arts & Crafts Festival
June 18 & June 19
Love home-made crafts? Enjoy collecting local art? Love mountain music and NC barbeque? Then plan to attend the two-day Sapphire Valley Resorts Arts and Crafts Festival from 10- 4 p.m. on both days. This arts and crafts festival has a great selection of homemade items. Pets on a leash are welcome. Sapphire Valley Resort, 127a Cherokee Trail. www.sapphirevalleyresorts.com
Sip & Swine
A fundraiser for the Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, enjoy fantastic BBQ, bourbon, beer and wine at Sip & Swine. Acoustic music will be played by the Darren Nicholson Band. Bascom Campus, 323 Franklin Rd., Highlands. 5-7:30 p.m. $150. www.thebascom.org.
Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Arts & Craft Show
Now in its 17th year, the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Art & Craft Show showcases talent from the area and features fine art, folk art, crafts and furniture. Attendance is free, dogs are allowed, and food will be available for purchase. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Park, 411-499 Pine St., Highlands. www.mountaintopshow.com
Concert on the Slopes featuring “The Embers”
Bring a folding chair or a blanket, a cooler with food and drinks and relax under the beautiful Western North Carolina skies for a terrific night of live music with The Embers playing beach music and songs of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. The audience sits on the main ski slope, creating a “natural” amphitheater-type setting, with a great view from any seat. Tickets are $20 and available at the Sapphire Valley Community Center, 207 Sapphire Valley Rd., Sapphire. Children’s tickets also available. Music begins at 7 p.m. Event address is 127a Cherokee Trail. www.sapphirevalleyresorts.com
Fireworks over Lake Glenville
The 24th annual Friends of Lake Glenville Fireworks Over The Lake will begin at approximately 9 p.m. Watch from your watercraft or on land to enjoy this spectacular celebration. The fireworks will be launched from The Pointe, just north of Trillium on the west side of Lake Glenville. www.friendsoflakeglenville.com
The Highlands Rotary Duck Derby
The Highlands Rotary Duck Derby is the most exciting five minutes in Highlands! Yellow rubber ducks will be launched from the Bridge at Mill Creek with cash prizes for the winning ducks. Tickets can be purchased at The Christmas Tree, Highland Hiker, Highlands Welcome Center, from any Highlands Rotary Club member and online at www.highlandsduckrace.com. Tickets are $10 each and it will get you a chance to win the following cash prize: 1st place: $250, 2nd thru 4th place: $100, 5th thru 10th place: $50. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Highlands charities. 2 p.m. launch. 445 N 4th St., Highlands.
Concert & Fireworks
Presented by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands NC, a concert featuring The Business will be held at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park from 6-8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Bring a lawn chair! Free. 411 Pine Street, Highlands.
Fourth of July Extravaganza with Continental Divide
Celebrate America’s birthday in Cashiers when The Village Green presents the “Cashiers Fireworks Extravaganza” at The Village Green Commons. The evening entertainment features a concert by rhythm and blues band Continental Divide and a special appearance by the Victory Belles. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Local food and beverages will be available for purchase and picnics and coolers are welcome. 6:30. No dogs. Free. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com/concerts
Lowcountry Shrimp Boil Benefit for Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
Enjoy a Lowcountry Shrimp Boil to benefit Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Proceeds help to maintain, landscape and add color to the beautiful park! Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Event starts at 5 p.m. with dinner from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $70 and include dinner, dessert and two drinks. Purchase at The Dry Sink or online at www.foundersparkhighlands.org. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park Plaza, 411-499 Pine St., Highlands.
Join the Highlands Biological Foundation for its biggest annual fundraiser at a soiree to raise money in support of promoting biological research and education in the southern Appalachians. Enjoy an evening reception with food, drinks and more. Tickets will be available at www.highlandsbiological.org. Highlands Biological Foundation, 265 North 6th Street, Highlands. 6 p.m. until dark.
11th Annual Studio Barn Pottery Show
July 22 & 23
Enjoy beautiful handmade pottery including both functional wares and sculpture at the 11th annual pottery shows at The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts All work is made by studio members and made in the Dave Drake Studio. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. Dave Drake Barn, 323 Franklin Rd., Highlands.
ALHC Summer Colors Fine Art Show
July 23 & 24
The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers’ Summer Colors Fine Art Show is an indoor exhibition and sale of works by well-known and talented local artists featuring original paintings, watercolors, mixed-media, photography as well as wood turning, unique jewelry, textiles and glass. The artists will be present during show hours to meet the public and discuss their work. 10 - 5pm both days. Donation-only admission and free parking. Sapphire Valley Community Center, 207 Sapphire Valley Rd., Sapphire. www.artleaguehighlands-cashiers.com