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Third Saturday in September
September 21, 2019
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

Saturday, October 5
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 12
10 am - 3 pm

Annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show, sponsored by Sylva Rotary Club and Smoky Mountain Cruisers to benefit local non-profits. Categoreis include classic cars, motorcycles, special interest vehicles, modivied street machines, trucks, street rods and farm equipment, with trophies in each category.

Thursday, October 31
5-7 pm

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

Thanksgiving Saturday
Saturday, November 30

Show your love for small businesses. Dillsboro is celebrating with sales and demonstrations; eight great restaurants and over twenty shops.

Fridays & Saturdays, December
6, 7, 13, 14
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.

Easter Saturday
April 11, 2020
2 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!

Fashion your own hat, 10 am - 1:30 pm at Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street. Easter egg hunts (by age group) also start there beginning at noon. Registration for the parade starts at 11 am, with parade at 2 pm.

View Our State magazine's video of a previous Easter Hat Parade here. Video by Jerry Wolford.

Check us out on UNC TV, NC Weekend.

Appalachian Women's Museum at Monteith Park
May 2, 2020
11 am- 5 pm

Airing of the quilts is a mountain tradition where women would take family quilts off the beds and hang them in the spring sunshine to freshen. This year's featured quiltmaker is Laura Nelle Goebel, a nationally known quiltmaker and teacher. She will be at the museum throughout the day with an exhibit of traditional quilt methods and an ongoing demonstration for visitors to observe and ask questions.There will also be children’s quilting activities, the popular fabric scrap exchange, a quilt pattern and book exchange, raffle and music. Free event.


Third Saturday each June
June 20, 2020
10 am - 4 pm

The Front Street Arts & Crafts Show features some of the best regional artisans.  There are over 40 booths to display the hand-made craftsmanship of artists from around the region, along with family entertainment and festival food.

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