Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Information about the rich music heritage of North Carolina.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Find Yourself in a Place Beyond Imagination. . . . Find yourself in Blue Ridge!

Experience the Blue Ridge Parkway and National Heritage Area. Ancient landscapes endure and age-old traditions flourish. Be left breathless by waves of blue-misted mountains, graceful waterfalls, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and extraordinary wildlife. The Blue Ridge, where every visit refreshes the spirit and renews the soul.

Established by Congress in November 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area recognizes and celebrates the natural abundance and richly varied cultural history of the North Carolina mountains.

Downtown Waynesville Association

Calendars of events. Listings of businesses, restaurants, lodging, and other information for Waynesville and its downtown area.

NC Smokies Online Activities Guide:

Folkmoot USA

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a celebration of the world’s many cultures through music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade, and workshops by hundreds of performers from a variety of world cultures.

Expect colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. During its 30-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at the Folkmoot Festival.

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House.

North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina had long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama and music when, by executive order in 1964, Governor Terry Sanford created the North Carolina Arts Council to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention and prosperity.

Galleries of Haywood County

Adding to the rich cultural heritage of the Western Carolina Mountains, and the thriving arts community of Haywood County, is the Galleries of Haywood County. The GHC creates opportunities for artists to interact with the public, through its Art After Dark gallery stroll on the first Friday night of the month from May – December and Winter Arts Smokies Style events January – March.

Western Art Agencies of North Carolina

The primary purpose of the organization was to network and to plan cooperative programs, and it was originally known as the Western Arts Councils Organization. The Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina (WAANC) began in the early 1980s as a “support group” for local arts councils and their directors.

The name of the organization was changed to Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina in 1987 in an attempt to broaden the membership base, as the group wanted to provide services and opportunities to organizations other than just arts councils.

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