Event Calendar February-March 2024

06 Feb 2024

Looking to fill your social calendar?

We’ve got the rundown on what to do and explore.



Walker Tuft’s Satellites and Salamanders IV Exhibit

Running to May 11

Come to The Bascom to enjoy this thought-provoking exhibit. Tuft explores the intricate tapestry of their legacies as a queer white artist from the southern US. This exhibition turns a pair of satellites that measure the earth’s melting ice into an escape pod, climbing wall and vertical forest. Orbiting around these satellites, cut text works, sculptures and films invite visitors to consider our interconnected histories and cultures. Free Exhibition Reception on March 23 at 5 p.m. The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC. Free.

The Bascom’s Annual Emergence Exhibit

Running to April 27

Come enjoy The Bascom’s Southeastern Studio Programs Annual Emergence Exhibit. One of the most highly anticipated and visited annual exhibits featuring the artwork of emerging artists and their instructors from colleges and universities all over the southeast. A free public reception celebrating the 68 Emergence Artists will be held on March 23 at 5 p.m. The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC. Free.

Ice Skating in the Park

Thursday to Sunday through March

The Highlands Parks & Recreation managed Ice Skating in the Park is a highlight in the winter months on the plateau. Come enjoy this fun, family-friendly adventure. Coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase. Thursdays 3:30 to 8:00 p.m., Fridays 3:30 to 10:00 pm, Saturdays 1 to 10:00 p.m. & Sundays 1 to 5:00 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. $5 with or without skates.

Highlander Mountain House

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Wine Wednesdays—Enjoy ½ off select bottles of wine with purchase of an entrée. Locals receive 20% off. Burgers & Blues every Thursday--$20 burgers and select draft beer with live blues music. Bluegrass Brunch every Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locals receive 20% off. Highlander Mountain House, 270 Main Street, Highlands.

Bluegrass Wednesdays with Nitrograss at The Ugly Dog Pub

Come and enjoy dinner and music with beloved bluegrass band Nitrograss. Seating starts at 6 p.m. Music from 6:30 to 9:30 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 to 10:00 p.m.

Appalachian Writer’s Roundtable

Every 3rd Thursday

Are you a writer, poet, journalist or just someone who likes putting words on paper? Then this group is for you! Meetings in the Regional Room at the iconic City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Enjoy a new discussion topic every month on the craft and art of writing, covering character creation, plot, setting, grammar, syntax and much more. Sponsored by the North Carolina Writer’s Network. 5 p.m. City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva, North Carolina. Free and open to 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 828.508.1404. 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.


Love Letters at the Highlands PAC

February 1-4 & 8-11

A play by A. R. Gurney that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III. Using the epistolary form, they sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards from over 50 years. They discuss the hopes, ambitions, dreams, disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Shows at 7:30 p.m. General Admission tickets $25 & Tables $35.

National Theatre Live at the Highlands PAC

February 3 & 24

The Highlands PAC offers on-screen showings of National Theatre Live performances. Saturday, February 3, SKYLIGHT by David Hare. One of the most successful NTL performances of all times. Featuring Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy. February 24, VANYA. Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Filmed live during its sold-out run at London’s West End. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Shows at 1 p.m. Tickets $20.

Great Art on Screen (GAOS) at the Highlands PAC

February 9 & March 8

On February 9, enjoy THE IMMORTALS: The Wonder of the Museo Egizio, a journey among the most beautiful archeological finds of Egypt. On March 8, enjoy BORROMINI AND BERNINI: The Challenge for Perfection, a journey into the great beauty of Baroque Rome when the city was the centre of modern art and where every ambitious painter, sculptor and architect had to be. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Shows at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $15.

The Great Outhouse Races

February 17

An absolute not-to-be-missed event in Sapphire. The Great Outhouse Races have been named a “Top 20” Event in the Southeast for February by the Southeast Tourism Society. Come watch as Outhouse Teams race down the slopes in homemade outhouses. Festivities include food, a full bar and live music. 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Live music at Slopeside Tavern from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sapphire Ski Lodge, 127 Sapphire Valley Road, Sapphire, NC.



Books & Bites at the Hudson Library in Highlands

March 6

Come enjoy wine and cheese and an author talk with writer Karen Spears Zacharias, who will discuss her latest novel, No Perfect Mothers. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Sponsored by the Hudson Library Board. The Hudson Library, 554 Main Street, Highlands. 4 p.m. Open and free to the public.

MET Opera at the Highlands PAC

March 9 & 23

March 9, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO. Yannick Nezet-Sequin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendetta and family strife with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen. March 23, ROMEO ET JULIETTE. Two singers at the height of their powers. Radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim come together as the famous star-crossed lovers. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Show at 12 p.m. Tickets $26.07.

Squabbles at the Highlands PAC

March 28-31

This hilarious play pits a father-in-law against a mother in a comedic succession of squabbles. Jerry Sloan is a successful writer of advertising jingles married to an equally successful lawyer. Living with the happy couple is the not-so-happy Abe Dreyfus, Jerry’s curmudgeon father-in-law, and Jerry’s mother, Mildred, and the two cannot stand each other. You will enjoy one hilarious confrontation after another. Written by Marshall Karp and directed by Scott Ewing. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Shows at 7:30 p.m. General Admission tickets $25 & Tables $35.

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