Looking to fill your social calendar? We’ve got the rundown on what to do and explore.
Friday Night Live
Fridays through October
Presented by Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC, these concerts are not to be missed. Bring your favorite lawn chair and a picnic basket full of good food and drinks and join the fun. June 9, Johnny Webb Band. June 16, Steady Hand Spring Band. June 23, Southern Highlands Band. June 30, Byrds & Crows. July 7, Fox Fire Boys. July 14, Curtis Blackwell Band. July 21, Carter Giegerich & Friends. July 28, We Three Sing. 6 to 8 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. Free.
Saturdays on Pine Concert Series
Saturdays through October
Presented by Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC, these concerts are sure to please. Bring a lawn chair and picnic basket full of good food and drinks and join the fun. June 10, Firecracker Jazz Band. June 17, The Troupers. July 1, Blaze the City. July 8, Bill Mattocks. July 13, Lazrluvr. July 22, Back Porch Orchestra. July 29, Shane Meade & The Sound. 6 to 8 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. Free.
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, fresh cut flowers and more. Wednesdays, 2 to 5 p.m. The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. Free.
Highlands 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.
Groovin’ on the Green
June 9 and 23
July 7 and 21
Cashiers Groovin’ on the Green is back! Grab a lawn chair and a cooler and join the fun. June 9, The Caribbean Cowboys; June 23, Zorki & Jeff Sipe; July 7, McIntosh & The Lionhearts; July 21, Seth & Sara. 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.
July 8 and 29
June 17—The Ultimate Eagles Experience performed by To the Limit. This show captures the spirit of one of the world’s most celebrated bands and takes it to the limit one more time. July 8—The Beatles performed by RCA. Celebrating the final album of the greatest band of all time, RCA will perform all the classics. July 29—Elton John performed by Greggie and The Jets. Come enjoy a complete recreation of the authentic sounds AND sights of Sir Elton, costume changes included. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to cashierslive.com. The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. 7 to 9 p.m. General Admission tickets $35 for adults, $10 for kids (12 & under). VIP memberships available.
Center for Life Enrichment
July 10, 19 & 27
For spectacular lectures and programs that enrich our lives, check out the CLE schedule. Among other great events, do not miss the following: June 21—Pirates, Patriots, Tar Heels and Slaves: Historical Roots of North Carolina; July 10—Meet Don McGahn, White House Counsel to President Trump. July 19—Garden Tour: A Unique Woodlands Garden in Highlands Falls. July 27—Cocktail Reception and Book Talk with Author Carolyn Newton Curry: Sudden Death, A novel. For more details and to register or purchase tickets, go to clehighlands.com. Ticket prices and times vary.
Highlands Motoring Festival
June 8 to 11
Do not miss this premier 4-day classic car show that includes “Cars in the Park,” “High Octane,” a charity auction and gala, “One Lap in the Mountains,” curated driving tours as well as celebrity guest and British racing legend Brian Rodman. Many of the Festival events are free and open to the public. The four driving tours and two evening events require registration and payment. All events are rain or shine. To learn more or to purchase tickets, go to highlandsmotoringfestival.com.
Concerts at The Highlands PAC—Bravissimo Broadway and Jenene
June 11 & July 16
On Sunday, June 11, come enjoy Empire Trio’s show, Bravissimo Broadway. The trio combines classic show tunes from the most beloved Broadway musicals with their own breathtaking and unique arrangements. On Sunday, July 16, come enjoy Jenene. A true crossover entertainer, Jenene is as adept at belting a Celine Dion or Whitney Houston song as she is performing an aria or captivating audiences with Broadway showtunes. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit highlandsperformingarts.com. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. Tickets range from $50 to $110.
Talking Trout: The history and evolution of native trout and flyfishing in Western NC
If you love flyfishing or simply want to learn more, you will not want to miss the 2023 Jan Wyatt Symposium. Speakers include trout historians and authors, outdoor sportsmen and adventurers and custom bamboo fly rod makers, among many others. Activities include fly tying demonstrations, casting lessons and interactive round tables. Presented by the Cashiers Historical Society. To purchase tickets, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org. Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost $100/person. Includes continental breakfast, lunch and a day full of activities.
Mountain Youth Charities 4th Annual Barn Dance
Festivities include live music from Songs from the Road Band, square dancing with caller Joe Sam Queen, line dancing with Danie Beck, a silent auction and a catered meal from On the Side Barbeque. Proceeds benefit Blue Ridge School Education Foundation, Junior Appalachian Musicians, who will also perform, and other youth programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.mountainyouthcharities.org or visit the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. 6-11 p.m. Chimney Pond Farm, 240 Chimney Pond Road, Glenville. Tickets $200/person.
Mountaintop Art & Craft Show
June 23 & 24
Presented by the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary, this art and craft show is sure to delight. Come enjoy the works of regional artists, some of whom will host live demonstrations. Festivities include live music, food and cool mountain air. Wonderful family event. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. Free although donations to Mountaintop Rotary appreciated.
Jersey Boys at The Highlands PAC
June 23 to July 8
Back by popular demand after a sold out run last season, Highlands’ favorite Jersey Boys are back for a special limited engagement. Emanuel Carrero will return as Frankie Valli. To learn more or to purchase tickets, go to mountaintheatre.com. Performances held at Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. Show times vary. Tickets range from $50 to $60.
Village Nature Series—last Tuesday of each month, April to September
June 27 & July 25
Village Nature Series is an annual educational lecture series co-hosted by The Village Green and the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. These programs are free and family friendly. June 27—Dr. Gary Wein, Executive Director of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and botanist, presents Sense of Place: A Final Embarkment. Held at The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. July 25—Lamar Marshall, Research Director of Southeast Heritage, presents Cashiers Valley: Ancient Cherokee Travel Corridor. Held at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. Lectures begin at 5 p.m. Open and free to the public.
9th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza on The Green
Come enjoy a family friendly evening of food, music and dancing, all ending with a colossal fireworks display that will light up the sky. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the live music. The Village Green, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Free.
Enjoy the 42nd Season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
July 1 to August 8
The Highlands performances will be held at the Highlands PAC on Saturdays and Mondays. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. The Cashiers performances will be held at the Village Green on Sundays and Tuesdays. The Village Green, Lewis Hall, 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. For more information or to purchase tickets go to h-cmusicfestival.org. Single tickets $40. Package prices vary. In addition, don’t miss out on the many Special Programs throughout the plateau. Reservation requirements and prices vary.
Diamond River Band at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park
After the daytime festivities at the Town Ball Field on Hickory Street and the annual Duck Derby at the Bridge at Mill Creek, close out your July 4 celebration with the Diamond River Band. Bring your lawn chair and your favorite food and drink and enjoy a band that spans decades. With its Classic Rock, Motown, Country and pop delights, the Diamond River Band will keep you on your feet. Presented by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, 411 Pine Street, Highlands. Free.
Summer Colors Fine Art Show
July 22 & 23
Come meet great artists and see their work in person. Local artists include oil painters, watercolorists, acrylic and mixed media artists, woodworkers, sculptors, potters, glass artists and more. This is an event for the whole family and includes children’s art competitions and live music. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days. Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center, 207 Sapphire Valley Road, Sapphire. Free.
Rock of Ages at the Highlands PAC
July 28 to August 19
This Tony Award-nominated Broadway Musical tells the story of a small-town girl, a city boy and a rock ‘n’ roll romance on the Sunset Strip. To learn more or to purchase tickets, go to mountaintheatre.com. Performances held at Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. Show times vary. Tickets range from $50 to $60.