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2024 Events 


Spring Toe River Arts Studio Tour

Mitchell County

Jump in your car and travel all through Mitchell County and get an inside look to local artists studios and see where they create! 


Spruce Pine Alien Festival

Downtown Spruce Pine

Join alien and UFO enthusiasts at the 3rd annual Spruce Pine Alien Festival  also known previously as the (SPACE) Festival in Downtown Spruce Pine on Oak Avenue. the Spruce Pine Alien Festival is featured as a top 30 festival event in the month of June in North Carolina by NC tripping. Last year’s Alien Festival was enjoyed by over 25 thousand avid Alien and UFO lovers trekking through Spruce Pine looking for Alien life forms and is the largest UFO/Alien Festival in North Carolina! 

(828) 688-1148


NC Rhododendron Festival


The North Carolina Rhododendron Festival draws hundreds of visitors from all over the region and features the 


Rhododendron Festival Pageant, the Craft Fair with food vendors, children's activities, live music throughout the day, as well as a classic car show, a 10K run, and 2 nights of street dancing.  Come discover our Small Town Mountain Paradise!  


Grassy Creek Gem Show

Spruce Pine

The 40th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem show will be from July 28th. to August 4th., 2024. 
The event is put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue as a way to make money to purchase new equipment for the fire stations.



NC Gem Fest

Spruce Pine

Since the early 1950’s Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host of the Festival and welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more!  


NC Mountaineer Festival


Join us October 20th & 21st for an event celebrating mountain culture and adventure in Bakersville.


Spruce Pine
Potters Market

Spruce Pine

Save the date! October 12th and 13th, 2024

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

31 Cross St, Spruce Pine NC 28777

Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique event showcasing the region’s talent in ceramics.

Our show represents a wide range of aesthetic and stylistic interpretations, from functional to sculptural pieces.


Mitchell County

Hilloween, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Mitchell County, NC. This October, Hilloween Inc. will be hosting a long weekend of events highlighting the history and culture of our mountain community. Some of these events will be scary. Some will be educational. Some might make you pee your pants. All of these will be fun, safe, and engaging with opportunities for the entire family.



Fall Toe River Arts Studio Tour

Mitchell County

Jump in your car and travel all through Mitchell County and get an inside look to local artists studios and see where they create! 


Light Up Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine

Light Up Spruce Pine Christmas Marketplace is a grassroots, community Christmas light display with a holiday market.


Journey to the Manger


Each Christmas season in Bakersville, North Carolina churches and individuals across Mitchell County join to present Journey to The Manger.

Christmas 'Neath the Roan


Christmas ‘Neath the Roan is set in the small town of Bakersville, North Carolina just under beautiful Roan Mountain. The month-long celebration provides magnificent events for children and the young-at-heart.

Bakersville is ablaze with beautiful lighting and is a major part of the Mountain Christmas Trail of Lights. The biggest event, Journey to the Manger, takes place along the Creek Walk with more than ten scenes leading to the manger and the birth of the Christ Child

From the Tree Lighting and Concert to the Christmas Parade, there are many traditions. Shopping local or on-line is enhanced by a business directory on the website and merchants are providing items for door prizes from throughout the upper end of the county. And do not forget Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

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