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Easter Saturday
March 26, 2016
2:00 pm
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.


3rd Saturday in June
June 18, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm

Over 50 juried regional artisans, food, music & dance! Jewelry, pottery, staqined glass, fiber art, leather craft watercolors, felting and more. Enjoy the J Creek Cloggers, Sugar Barnes, The Sea Notes, Andrew Danner, Dusk Weaver, and the Junior Appalachian Musicians, and Dillsboro community Drumming. Silent auction benefitting The Community Table of Jackson County; hourly raffle for items and gift certificates from merchants.

Third Saturdays in July, August, September
2016: July 16, August 20, September 17, 10 am - 4 pm

Vendors line Front Street and shops are open. Come experience the best of the region's arts, crafts and culinary delights.

3rd Saturday in September
September 17, 2016
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

October 17, 2015
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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015
5-7 pm

Trick or treat around downtown, enjoy games at Dogwood Crafters & hayrides provided by Jarrett Memorial Church.

1st Saturday in November
November 7, 2015
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

1st Two Fridays &
Saturdays in December
December 2015: 4, 5, 11, 12
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.

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