Things To Do, Special Events

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Welcome to The Red Bungalow Downtown Brevard.

We love Brevard. So many exciting things to see and do and places to go. Our local tourism office is only a few blocks away.  The friendly folks there can give you all the info you need for hiking, biking, waterfalls, kayaking, wildlife viewing, fishing, river trips, scenic drives, shopping, etc. VISIT THEIR SITE HERE

Here's a list of some of our favorite festivals and special events:

EVERY SATURDAY  - The Transylvania Farmers Market -   downtown Brevard
A group of over 70 local farmers, producers and artists come together every Saturday to provide area residents and visitors with vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, honey, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms, herbs, flowers, plants, jams & jellies,olive oils & vinegars, mustard, salsa, baked goods, breakfast foods, coffee, and arts & crafts. Throughout the year the market offers numerous events, activities for kids, and weekly live music.

March 15, 16, 17  - BANFF Film Festival -   Brevard College
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the world’s premier showcasing of mountain culture films from around the globe. Each year’s world tour is presented in over forty countries, drawing in huge crowds in big cities from Sydney to Berlin to San Francisco. For over twenty years, Brevard College has been a notable stop on the world tour as one of the smaller host cities, cementing the town’s status as a core mountain culture hub. The Banff Film Festival is a not-to-be-missed event presented by the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education department. Proceeds benefit the Brevard College Outing Club and Cycling Team.

March 16  - Transylvania Adventure Games -   Brevard Music Center
Annual family fun adventure run complete with obstacles like rope webs, rocks to climb, tunnels and more! VIDEO HERE

April 6 thru Nov.10  - Cradle of Forestry Special Events -   Forest Discovery Center, Pisgah Forest
This fascinating family destination is jointly managed by the US Forest Service and the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association. The site is open to visitors everyday from mid-April to early November. As you enter the main gate (4 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 412) you are rewarded with the opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship. These are brought to visitors through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, film, music, drama, guided tours, nature programs, craft demonstrations, and special events. A sustainably designed Forest Discovery Center with its gift shop and café welcomes visitors to the historical structures and a relaxing walk through the woods.

April 6  - Assault On The Carolinas -   Downtown Brevard and The Region
The participants in this massive annual cycling race (1000 + riders) come from far and wide. This gorgeous, challenging and, yes, fun race winds through some of Transylvania County’s most spectacular landscapes. 100K, 60K, and 40K rides offer riders a variety of courses to pursue, while fully stocked, fully supported rest-stops ensure that they’ll be as comfortable as possible along the way. VIDEO HERE

April 9 - 13  - Pisgah Stage Race -   Pisgah National Forest
If you’re looking to test your mettle (or simply watch those that do), you could do worse than this five-day, single-track combination endurance test and adrenaline rush. As an unmatched sampler of some of the best single-track in the country, the course runs 195 miles, tallies over 28,000 feet of climbing and features plenty of thrills, chills and almost certainly spills. The route traverses some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable. VIDEO HERE

May 18  - Songsmith Gathering -   Brevard Music Center
This BRAND NEW music festival - Songsmith Gathering is a “bringing together of songwriters, not specific to genre, in a festival environment conducive to the listening experience.” This exciting event promises to be a wonderful addition to our area’s vibrant music scene. LINEUP OF ARTISTS AND MORE INFO HERE

May 24 - 26  - White Squirrel Festival -   Downtown Brevard
A combination springtime music festival and commemorative event for Brevard’s illustrious furry mascot, this free yearly festival gathers some of the best local and regional bands together for two nights in downtown Brevard. Days are enlivened by costume contests, arts and crafts, food and a “squirrel-box” derby. Voted “Best WNC Spring Music Festival” by the Asheville Citizen-Times, this is a street party worth planning your season around. READ A GREAT REVIEW HERE

June - August  - Brevard Music Center Summer Festival -   Brevard Music Center
Enjoy an exciting mix of Symphony, Opera, Chamber, Pops, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, and Dance!
We invite you to enjoy performances as captivating as the view at Brevard Music Center, one of this country's premier summer music festivals! Join Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, a distinctive community of world-class artists, the next generation of accomplished musicians, and 40,000 enthusiastic music-lovers in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. From June through August, witness 80 performances over 10 weeks. SCHEDULE HERE

July 4  - Fourth of July Celebration -   Brevard
Downtown Brevard’s all-day, multi-faceted celebration of this all-American holiday offers life, liberty and the pursuit of a hot dog for patriots of all stripes. We suspect even committed redcoats might hanker for the stars and stripes and a rousing chorus of “America The Beautiful” after a few hours on Main Street. The Annual Fourth of July Celebration brings music, food, art, classic cars, parades, pet shows and a fireworks conclusion for a big happy Independence Day Event from first trill of the fife to the rocket’s red glare.

July 8, 15, 22, 29  - Songcatchers Music Series -   Forest Discovery Center, Cradle of Forestry
Acoustic, open air concerts in the shady, wildflower-y heart of America’s first forestry school means that music fans inclined to swoon at the perfect harmony of sight and sound might want to bring their smelling salts. The musicians participating in the Songcatchers Series honor the deep roots of Appalachian folk music by preserving its traditions while making it their own. The first of this afternoon concert series always kicks off early in July and features some of the finest folk performers in Western North Carolina.

September 6 - 8  - Mountain Song Festival -   Brevard Music Center
With its outstanding line-ups, extraordinary venue, philanthropic spirit and sweet, laid back early September vibe, it’s not hard to understand how this gem of a music festival has become one of North Carolina’s best (and sold out early!) events. That David Grisman, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Steve Martin and others might share a stage over the course of a couple of nights should be enough to make any bluegrass and Americana fan jump for joy. But that’s the level of performance you can expect. Local bluegrass heroes, the Steep Canyon Rangers, host and curate. PHOTOS HERE

October 5  - Forest Festival Days -   Cradle of Forestry
Meet traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers as they gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage. Deep in the heart of the Cradle of Forestry, at the moment the leaves start showing off their best fall color, this all-day festival celebrates life in the forest and art and history of forestry. Woodsmen and women eager to show off their traditional skills may compete, while visitors can enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations of various arts and crafts and a lush, evocative walk through the past. SCHEDULE OF EVENT HERE

October 31  - Halloweenfest -   Downtown Brevard
We shouldn’t even have to tell you that Halloween is kind of a big deal around here. I mean, it’s Transylvania County, for squirrel’s sake. In the event that you haven’t come up with the perfect venue to try out your costume, consider spending it with the ghosts, ghouls, witches, warlocks, werewolves, vampires, mountain bikers and assorted creepy crawlies of Brevard. Halloween is an all-day affair with fangs, food, fur, fairy tale princesses and (probably) a little fake blood. You can get a little exercise with the Flight of the Vampire 5K, then gather a little candy and head down to hear some live music at the courthouse gazebo. It’s enough to make even the grumpiest werewolf howl with anticipation.

November 2 - Couch Potato Mountain Bike Race - Pisgah Forest
The Couch Potato is epic mountain biking race with a short enough course to make it doable from “off the couch.” Rolling over rugged mining roads, world class Pisgah single track, cursing climbs and giggling descents, this course tests rider’s skills as they explore the intoxicating terrain of the Pisgah National Forest. Burgers, brews and a camp fire will be at the finish line to comfort riders after a long day in the saddle. MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION HERE

December  - Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour -   Downtown Brevard
Though the temperatures may be mild, the holiday spirit settles on Transylvania County like a thick blanket of snow. While finding the perfect gift is a great excuse to stroll Main Street, it’s far from the only reason to visit this time of year. All sorts of seasonal enchantments may be encountered between the annual Holiday parade and Twilight Tour. At the former, see dancing elves, marching bands and an appearance by the Old Kris Kringle himself. The latter finds historic downtown Brevard lit by candles and sparkling lights.

Year Round (almost...)  - Blue Ridge Parkway -  Short drive from The Red Bungalow
The Blue Ridge Parkway travels 252 miles along the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. It offers plenty of things to do, from camping, biking and hiking, to local art, cultural and historic sites. In Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center features a 22-foot interactive map of the Parkway. And no drive along this road is complete without crossing the Linn Cove Viaduct, an engineering marvel seemingly suspended in midair along the southern face of Grandfather Mountain.  Snow in the winter months sometimes closes certain sections so check ahead.