Easter Hat Parade
Led by a fleet of restored antique cars, followed by the many hat contestants and featuring the Easter Bunny, the parade begins in front of the Town Hall on Front Street. Get your face painted! Make a hat and come join the parade! Last-minute entrants very welcome.
Awards are announced after the Parade. Ribbons are given for the Prettiest, Funniest, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, Most Easter-like, Best Smelling, Cutest, Most Outrageous, Best In Show and "Poofiest" hats among other unusual categories. There is even a ribbon awarded to the Best Animal in Show!
Come early at 10:30 am to Dogwood Crafters on Webster St. where you can fashion your own hat. Easter egg hunts (by age group) also start there beginning at 10:30 am. Registration for the parade starts at 11 am.
View Our State magazine's video of last year's Easter Hat Parade here. Video by Jerry Wolford.
Check us out on UNC TV, NC Weekend Show, April 3, 2014.
Youth Arts Festival
Third Saturday in September
9 am - 3 pm
Free art activities for the whole family, such as sidewalk chalk, mural painting, weaving, tile mosaics, chalk pastel drawing, take-home art projects, and more.
Professional artists will be demonstrating their crafts. Entertainment and food. No pets please. Parking is limited; carpooling recommended. Bring your imagination and creativity and have FUN! Held at Jackson County Green Energy Park. More info
First Saturday in October
10 am - 4 pm
This unique historic town welcomes over 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. Enjoy meeting and talking with local artists. All the while surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the mountains. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths. Schedule and more info
Friday, October 31
Trick or treat around downtown, enjoy games at Dogwood Crafters & hayrides provided by Jarrett Memorial Church.
Western North Carolina
First Saturday in November
November 1, 2014
10 am to 4 pm
Celebrating the pottery of Western North Carolina. This annual festival takes place along Front Street. This juried event features the works of more than 40 master potters from across the region. Potters on hand to demonstrate throwing and raku firing. Website
First Two Fridays &
Saturdays in December
December 5, 6, 12, 13
5 pm to 9 pm
Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations.
Shopkeepers hold "Open House" and serve coffee, warm cider, hot chocolate and home baked goodies and stay open late to accommodate holiday shoppers. Horse and buggy rides available. Even Santa Clause fits a trip to Dillsboro into his busy schedule to listen to the children's gift requests. Iceless ice skating (Dec 6) and Grand Finale Fireworks (Dec 14). More info