Looking to fill your social calendar? We’ve got the rundown on what to do and explore.
The Bascom’s Annual Emergence Exhibit
Running from January 21 to April 29
Come enjoy The Bascom’s Southeastern Studio Programs Annual Emergence Exhibit. One of the Bascom’s most highly anticipated and visited annual exhibits featuring the artwork of emerging artists and their instructors from colleges and universities all over the southeast. The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC. Free.
Happs Place Concert Series every Friday and Saturday night
Enjoy dinner and live music every Friday and Saturday night at Happs Place. Local legends and far away surprises to delight all while eating the delectable cuisine. These promise to be nights to remember. Happs Place, 5914 State Route 107, Glenville.
Bluegrass Wednesdays with Nitrograss at The Ugly Dog Pub
Come and enjoy dinner and music with beloved bluegrass band Nitrograss. Table Reservations required ($10/seat). Call Kellye to reserve your table. 828.318.5762. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m. Music from 6 to 9 p.m. Ugly Dog Pub, 294 S. 4th Street, Highlands.
Thursday Night Trivia at The High Dive
Test your trivia skills at Highland’s funkiest watering hole. The High Dive opens at 4 p.m. Trivia begins at 7:30 p.m. Thirsty Thursday includes pints for $3.50 and pitchers for $12. The High Dive, 476 Carolina Way, Highlands. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday Night Music on the Slopes at Slopeside Tavern, April 27 through June
April 27—Kick off to Summer Party with McIntosh and the Lionhearts; May 4—Seth and Sara; May 11—Christina Chandler Duo; May 18—Jenn & Owen; May 25—Kristin Toole. Music from 6 to 9 p.m. Slopeside Tavern, 217 Sapphire Valley Road, Sapphire.
Kid Zone: Afternoon Fun and Learning at the Hudson Library
Every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. children can enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities at the library. Programs are designed for grades K to 5. On the first and second Thursdays, Hudson Librarian Carlyn Morenus presents a variety of STEM programs, featuring robots, 3D pens, building sets and more. The third Thursday of each month is Lego Club. The fourth Thursday is Kids Zone with The Bascom. In each session, Billy Love of the Bascom will present a different illustrated children’s book and art activity. Just for the Kids: Fun and Learning at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., preschoolers can enjoy Storytime with Ms. KK as she reads fun books and sings silly songs. The second Tuesday of every month at 3:45 p.m. is Lego Club. The third Tuesday of every month at 3:45 p.m. is STEAM Club for children and teens. STEAM includes a wide range of activities from robotics to science experiments. The fourth Tuesday of every month at 3:45 p.m. is Crafternoon. Come and explore different art and craft techniques for the budding artist in us all. Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. Open and free to the public.
Mah Jongg Games every Monday at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library
Come join a friendly game of Mah Jongg every Monday at the Cashiers Library. Players of all levels welcome. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. For more information, call or text Charlene at 828.508.1401. Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. Mondays at 1 p.m. Open and free to the public although a $2 donation is appreciated.
April 15, April 29, May 20
MET Opera at the Highlands PAC
Der Rosenkavalier (April 15) Mezzo Soprano Samantha Hankey makes her Met role debut singing Octavian in Strauss’s beloved opera; The Champion (April 29) Ryan Speedo Green stars as the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion. Composer Terence Blanchard’s much anticipated first opera. Don Giovanni (May 20) Tony Award-winning director Ivo Van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Shows at 12:55 p.m. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. Tickets $32.
Every Wednesday, beginning April 19
The Green Market
Choose the food less traveled at The Green Market, Cashiers’ farm stand market for local growers. Fill your basket with naturally raised meat and dairy items, fresh eggs, jams, pickles, freshly baked bread, delicious granola and fresh cut flowers. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Village Green Commons, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. Free.
Every Saturday, beginning in April
Highland’s Farmer’s Market
Come enjoy a morning at the market. Select from a wide array of fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, plants and other locally sourced products. 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. Free.
April 20 and May 25
The Orchard Sessions Concert Series at The Farm at Old Edwards
Mike Kennebrew (April 20): Settle into the magical setting of The Orchard to enjoy acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike Kinnebrew. A local favorite, Kinnebrew creates passionate stories through song and will leave you wanting more; Martin and Kelly (May 25): This incredibly talented duo has become the next must-see act from New England to Nashville. Standouts in today’s crossover country music scene, their songs bridge the boundary between traditional and new country. The Farm at Old Edwards, 336 Arnold Road, Highlands. Tickets available for purchase online at www.oldedwardshospitality.com/orchardsessions. $25 for hotel guests/members & $40 for the public. Light bites and cash bar available.
Earth Day at the Highlands Nature Center
Come celebrate the beauty and wonders of Earth at Highlands Nature Center’s Earth Day Extravaganza. Grab your family and get ready to explore and appreciate the natural world with a scavenger hunt that will have you searching high and low for Earth’s treasures in the Highlands Botanical Garden. Then, tap into your creative side with nature art and DIY crafts that will inspire you to use recycled materials to make beautiful, eco-friendly creations. Activities begin at 12:00 p.m. and end with a 4:00 p.m. Wildflower Walk through the garden to see which spring blooms are on display. No registration necessary. Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands. Free of charge and open to the public.
April 28 to 30
Bear Shadow Music Festival
Do not miss out on this one-of-a-kind festival. In its third year, Bear Shadow has become one of the most celebrated events on the plateau. Ticket prices vary depending on the type and number of activities you are interested in, with a General Admission 3-day Pass for $325. To see all offerings or to purchase tickets, visit www.BearShadowNC.com. Multiple events, including yoga flow classes and hikes, will be held throughout Highlands. The Base Camp, which includes the main musical stage, is at Winfield Farm, 250 Winfield Farm Road, Scaly Mountain, 10 minutes from downtown Highlands.
May 4 to 6
3 River Fly Fishing Festival
Calling men and women anglers of all ages. Come enjoy fly fishing, comradery and more than 2200 miles of beautiful public streams and rivers. Participants must catch a fish from a native stream, a delayed harvest stream and a hatchery-supported stream within a two-day tournament. This event is fun for the whole family. Includes lunches, opening night reception and closing night banquet with dinner and prizes. To register, go to 3riverflyfish.com. $500 for a two-person team. All money raised will be donated to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. Various locations in Highlands.
Salon Series at Highlander Mountain House & The Ruffed Grouse Tavern: Charlie Worsham
Come enjoy Charlie Worsham, one of Nashville’s most respected and beloved artists. Released to widespread acclaim, his recent EP, Sugarcane, celebrates love, perseverance and personal growth. In what may be his most personal collection of songs yet, Worsham has never sounded more universal. This is an evening that will last a lifetime. To purchase tickets, visit www.highlandermountainhouse.com. Highlander Mountain House, 270 Main Street, Highlands. Tickets $25.
Steep Canyon Rangers at The PAC
Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville’s GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist and comedian Steve Martin. This is a show you will not want to miss! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. 4:00 p.m. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. Tickets $89.
May 18 to 26, various dates/times
Night Watch at The PAC
Highlands-Cashiers Players presents Night Watch. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine sees (or believes she sees) the body of a dead man in the window across the way. Directed by Michael Lanzilotta. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Tickets go on sale May 1. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands.
Meander in May (Downtown Highlands)
Come enjoy an afternoon of festivities including live musical performances from bluegrass to jazz and artists displaying their talents in jewelry-making, painting, woodworking, photography, plein air painting and more. Presented by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC. Festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Locations throughout Highlands. Free to the public.
May 20, 27
Saturdays on Pine Concert Series
Saturdays through October
Presented by Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC, these concerts are not to be missed. In May, the series will feature The Boomers (May 20) and The Swinging Richards (May 27). 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. Free.
Groovin on the Green
Cashiers Groovin on the Green is back! Come enjoy Nitrograss on opening night. Sonically unique and visually appealing in their performances, Nitrograss provides a care-free and exciting atmosphere of pure acoustic ear fodder. Admission is free with the opportunity to purchase a 10X10 tent space (tent provided) to support The Village Green. The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free to the public.