Events Calendar

09 Jun 2021

Looking to fill your social calendar?

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


Main Event


Highlands Motoring Festival

June 10 through 13

The fourteenth annual Highlands Motoring Festival® has expanded to eight events spanning four days. June 12, “Cars in the Park” Classic Car Show will be held in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. It is a juried display of approximately 100 specially invited automobiles from around the world, representing a diversity of styles and concepts from the earliest days of the automobile through 1989. The theme for 2021 is “Pure Bloods d’Italia,” featuring classic vehicles from grand marques such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Food will be available and Motoring Festival posters, hats and “One Lap of the Mountain” tour books will be available for purchase at the merchandise table. The morning of June 13 will be a second car show, “High Octane,” at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park which will give owners the opportunity to show off their interesting automobiles and meet up for one final time.



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 “SKATE,” a look at the art of skateboarding, April 6 through July 3; “FreeWheeling,” presented in partnership with Highlands Motoring Festival, May 11 through August 21; “Chamber Music Cover Art,” presented in partnership with the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, June 7 through August 5; “Members Challenge: PLAY!” July 20 through September 4. (828) 526-4949


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


Highlands Playhouse

July 22 through August 14

"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. More than two dozen classic hits performed by a multi-talented cast paint a musical portrait that promises to be a foot-stompin', crowd-pleasin' salute to a unique musical legend!  All tickets are $45. (828) 526-2695




Bridge at Mill Creek


Join the Bridge at Mill Creek for brunch from 8 am to 2 pm for items including Belgian waffles, corned beef hash and omelets. (828) 526-5500


Highlander Mountain House


Join the Ruffed Grouse Tavern from 10 am to 3 pm for brunch favorites ranging from avocado toast and breakfast tacos to omelets, pancakes and chicken biscuits. (828) 526-2590




Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

July - August

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


Concerts on the Commons

July - October

Join the Village Green for limited edition outdoor and indoor concerts. Check online for updated information. (828) 743-3434


Live Music Concert Series, Highlands

Fridays and Saturdays

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


The Ugly Dog, Highlands


Join The Ugly Dog in Highlands for Bluegrass Wednesday, featuring Nitrograss starting at 6 pm. Check online for more information, call for reservations. (828) 318-5762


The Ugly Dog, Cashiers


Join The Ugly Dog in Cashiers for live music Friday nights starting at 7:30 pm. Check online for more information. (828) 743-3000


Town & Country General Store


Join Town & Country General Store for live music Saturday nights from 6 to 9 pm. Check online for more information. (828) 547-1300


Whiteside Brewing Co.

Fridays and Saturdays

Join Whiteside Brewing Co. for live music Fridays with Doug Ramsey and Saturdays with Guided by Pigs, 6 to 9 pm. (828) 743-6000




Highlands Wine Shoppe


Every Thursday from 4 to 7 pm, explore different wines of the world. $10 - $20 per person for 5 to 6 wines. (828) 526-4080


Meritage Bistro


Join Meritage Bistro Thursdays at 4 pm for wine tastings. Call for more information. (828) 526-1019




Trail Workdays

Select Thursdays and Saturdays

Join the Friends of Panthertown for public trail workdays from 9 am to 2 pm on designated dates, with plenty of time left in the remaining afternoon to continue exploring. (828) 269-4453


Nature Center Nights: Starlight Stroll

June 8 and July 6

Unlock the history and mystery of the night sky from 9 to 10 pm! Hear stories of the stars from different cultures and learn to identify summer constellations. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure! This FREE program is weather-dependent; register online. (828) 526-2602


Orchard Sessions at The Farm

June 17

The Farm at Old Edwards invites you for the return of their live concert series, Orchard Sessions. For a small cover charge, you will enjoy light bites and a cash bar. Enjoy an evening with Erick Baker, Emmy Award-winning writer, TV show host and singer-songwriter. (828) 787-2610


The Seldom Scene

June 18

Join the Highlands PAC at 7:30 pm for The Seldom Scene. Since forming nearly 50 years ago, The Seldom Scene has brought both freewheeling joy and immaculate musicianship to their inventive take on bluegrass, offering up spirited interpretations of songs from limitless genres.

(828) 526-9047


Roots of Wisdom

June 18

Join the Cashiers Historical Society from 10 am to 1:30 pm for the 16th annual Jan Wyatt Symposium.

This year the Cashiers Historical Society hosts a panel of experts lending insight on the cultural and ecological significance of rivercane. Restoration and revitalization of rivercane recently has become the focus of various conservancies and statewide institutions. Each panelist will share their unique perspective on this traditional ecosystem, from the environmental conservation of rivercane and aligned ecologies to the artisanal demonstration of traditional Cherokee basketry. Tickets available online. (828) 743-7710


Book Dedication

June 19

The Friends of the Cashiers Greenway Ramble invite you to celebrate the dedication of the first Cashiers Greenway Ramble StoryWalk™ book, “Cashiers, Come Play With Me.” Celebrate with a picnic in the park just like they did back when the Village Play was created; from 11 am to 1 pm at the Village Green. 

(828) 743-3434


Highlands Mountaintop Art & Craft Show

June 26 and 27

Visit Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park from 10 am to 5 pm for top-quality handmade crafts and fine art in a beautiful outdoor venue. Free admission. Pottery, woodwork, jewelry, weaving, basketry, etc. all made by local and regional artisans. Food and drink available on-site. Leashed pets allowed. Sponsored by Highlands Mountaintop Rotary. (828) 526-9227



Joy Garden Tour

July 16 and 17

Benefiting The Village Green, this year’s Joy Garden Tour theme is The Wonders of Waterfalls and Wildflowers. Due to ongoing health concerns, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the community, the 2021 tour has modified to offer private and semi-private in-person tours to patron-benefactors. In addition, a virtual tour will be available; tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. Those who buy the virtual tour will receive a unique link to a beautifully produced video tour of the stunning featured gardens for 2021. (828) 743-3434


10th Annual Studio Barn Pottery Show

July 23 and 24

The 10th annual pottery show will be held in the historic Dave Drake Studio Barn from 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy wonderful and beautiful handmade pottery, including both functional wares and sculpture. All work is made by studio members and made in the Dave Drake Studio. (828) 526-4949


Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner

July 29

Old Edwards Inn and Spa is pleased to welcome Champagne Laurent-Perrier’s executive vice president of sales, Camille Cox, back to the mountains for a summertime soirée and Champagne dinner at The Farm. The Midsummer Night’s Dream pink and white themed evening will include an array of fine Champagne poured from special large format bottles alongside a menu featuring the height of season produce from the Garden at Old Edwards and the ever-delightful talents of Chef Chris Huerta and his team. Cocktails at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm. $185 per person, including Champagne throughout the evening.

(828) 787-2525

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