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Calendar of Events
May 2014 Events

Compiled by Henderson County Tourism Authority
Information Subject to Change or Cancellation

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May 1
Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium Concert Series featuring Eleanor Underhill, The Melody Room at Two Guys Pizza, 7pm, $10, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-8386


May 1 - 11
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents The Fantasticks, the longest-running production of any kind in the world, Wed-Sat pm; Sat & Sun 2pm, $40, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008



May 1 - December 31
Golden Age - "Coming of the Railroad" Exhibit, a replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade, steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States; Civil War Exhibit features artifacts of military weaponr; and a of a first general store; Henderson County Heritage Museum, Wed.- Sat. 10:00AM-5:00 PM, Sun. 1:00PM-5:00PM, free, Hendersonville, NC 828-694-1619



May 1 - 23
Biltmore Blooms, Biltmore Estate, a steady progression of colorful blooms, Asheville, NC 800-411-3812



May 2
Diana Wortham Theatre presents Cathie Ryan, 8pm, $15-$30, Asheville, NC 828-257-4530



May 2 - 4
Spring Herb Festival, WNC Farmers Market, 60+ growers and vendor, Fri. & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun.10am-3pm, free to the public; free parking; free shuttle service, Asheville, NC  828-301-8968 or



May 3
Sheriff's Mounted Patrol Horse Show, WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC 828-687-1414

68th Block House Steeplechase, the longest running steeplechase in the state of North Carolina occurring continuously since 1947, the National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races with total purses reaching $65,000, FENCE ( Foothills Equestrian Nature Center), Tryon, NC 828-863-0480

Diana Wortham Theatre presents Sierra Hull, 8pm, $15-$30, Asheville, NC 828-257-4530

Blue Ridge Ringers, community handbell ensemble of Henderson County preform at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 4pm, public is welcome; there will be a freewill offering, Brevard, NC 828-692-4910



May 3, 10, 17, 24
Rock ‘n Naturalists Guided Hikes, Chimney Rock Park, 11am, included with park admission, Chimney Rock, NC 800-277-9611



May 4
Tour of Historic Homes, self-driving tour of 8 homes in the Hyman Heights Historic District, 1pm-5pm, $15, sponsored by Historic Preservation Commision, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-3088

Bearwallow Beast 5k Trail Run & Festival, a challenging trail run & a mountain-top festival with spectacular views, music, food & beverages; sponsored by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Gerton, NC 828-697-5777 ext 207

Blue Ridge Ringers, community handbell ensemble of Henderson County preform at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 4pm, public is welcome, Tryon, NC 828-692-4910


May 6
Henderson County Library Youth Programs hosts Mother Goose Troop - Jack and the Bean Tree, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-4725


May 7
Hendersonville Sister Cities presents the program “In Spring We Dream of Paris,” Henderson County Public Library 6pm-7:30pm, open to the public at no charge, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-9072                                                               



May 8
Henderson County Library presents Ed Snodderly - Appalachian music, 6:30pm-7:30pm, free & open to the public, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-4725



May 8 - 25
Flat Rock Playhouse presents the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, utterly hilarious and occasionally touching, Wed-Sat 8pm; Thurs, Sat & Sun 2pm, $40, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008



May 9
Bearfootin’ Public Art Reveal, showcasing original handpainted bears and revenue for local non-profits, First Citizens Bank Plaza on Main St., 4pm-6pm, free, Hendersonville, NC 828-233-3216



May 10 - October 24
Bearfootin Public Art Display, a public art display featuring fiberglass outdoor bear sculptures decorated in different themes on the sidewalks of Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 828-233-3216



May 9 & 10
Diana Wortham Theatre presents The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion, 8pm, $15-$35, Asheville, NC 828-257-4530



May 10
Dog Show, in PNC Bank parking lot on 3rd Ave, 10am-12pm, categories include best pals, fashion & talent -$ 5 to enter each category, sign-up now until 9:30am day of the event, benefits local autistic classrooms, Henderosnville, NC  828-698-1616

Asheville Symphony Orchestra presents Rachmaninoff’s Piano #2, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 8pm, Asheville, NC 828-254-7046



May 10 & 11
Tour de Falls, DuPont State Recreational Forest, 9:00am-2:30pm, buses will be available in the parking lot on DuPont/Staton Rd. to take visitors to High Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia, donation - adults $12, $6 ages 6-17, buses are not handicap accessible, no pets are allowed on the bus, sponsored by Friends of DuPont Forest, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-2929



May 11
Hendersonville Community Band Concert, Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall, 3pm, Adults $10, students free, Flat Rock, NC 715-797-2260

The Community Orchestra of Hendersonville Spring Concert, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3pm, free, Hendersonville, NC  828-693-3081



May 12
Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium Concert Series featuring Chelsea La Bate The Melody Room at Two Guys Pizza, 7pm, $10, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-8386



May 14 - 31
NC Stage Company presents “A Conversation with Edith Head”,  Wed-Sat 7:30pm, Sun. 2:30pm, Asheville, NC  828-239-0263



May 15 - 18
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents Music on the Rock: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, tribute concert featuring the hitsof the artists, 8:00pm, Hendersonville, NC  828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008



May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21 & September 18
Rhythm & Brews Concert Series featuring Broadcast, Azalea Parking on King Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues, 6pm-9pm, free outdoor concert, bring a chair, Hendersonville, NC 828-233-3216



May 17
Barq In The Parq, Mountain Lodge and Conference, wag-filled community event for dog lovers and their best friends, entry fee is $5, over 40 vendors for you and your dogs health in mindů the day will be filled with contests, music, food, art, agility training and more; 10am-6pm, rain or shine, benefits the non-profit organizations Blue Ridge Humane Society, Organizers WTZQ AM and Mountain Lodge & Conference Center, Flat Rock, NC 828-692-1600

WNC Faerie And Earth (FAE) Festival, Highland Lake Cove Retreat & Learning Center, fairy house competition, fairy fashion show, storytellers, faerie music, etc; 0am- 5pm, $10/Adults & $5/Child (5-15), no advance tickets sales - onsite only, proceeds to benefit The Center for Honey Bee Research, Flat Rock, NC 828-243-8918

Saluda Arts Festival, Historic Downtown, 10am-4pm, art media from local & regional artists, enjoy a variety of music from Americana, blues, folk to contemporary and artist demonstrations & a children’s art tent, sponsored by the Saluda Business Association, Saluda, NC

Spring Tour of Homes, 9:30am-5pm, Tickets $30, fundraiser for the Transylvania Community Arts Council’s youth art programs, sponsored by the Transylvania Community Arts Council, Brevard, NC  828-884-2787


May 17 & 18
Asheville Gun & Knife Show, WNC Agricultural Center Event Center, Fletcher, NC 828-687-1414 or 770-267-0989

May 23 - 25
White Squirrel Festival, Downtown, music is the major showcase of the festival... with 14 free concerts, food, art and crafts; Brevard, NC 828-884-3278

May 23 - 26
American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial, WNC Agricultural Center McGough Arena (dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed) Fri - Sun 8am-3pm, Mon 8am-2pm, free admission & spectators are welcome, spectators please leave your dogs comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club, Fletcher, NC 828-713-3278

Blue Ridge Classic of the Carolinas Dog Show,  AKC All Breed Dog Show - Conformation, Obedience & Rally, WNC Agricultural Center Davis Event Center, sponsored by Hendersonville Kennel Club & Spartanburg Kennel Club, general parking $5 – admission to dog show is free, Fletcher, NC 828-693-8353



May 24
Bluegrass & BBQ,Jump Off Rock, performing are"Rocky Flats Bluegrass Band", "Bobby and the Blue Ridge Tradition" and "Appalachian Fire", Pitboss BBQ will be serving pulled pork or chicken & fixings, Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under and free for kids 6 & under, gate opens at 3pm and bands play to 9pm. Come anytime as food will be served throughout the event, bring your chairs, beer & wine welcome for the responsible consumer, Hendersonville, NC

Low Country Boil, 26 Church St, 2pm-9pm, Tickets $15, benefit for the Wounded Warriors, Saluda, NC  2882-699-6679 or 828-606-6460


May 24 & 25
21st Annual Garden Jubilee Festival, Historic Downtown from Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street, 9am-5pm, (over 200 vendor spaces selling 1000's plants, arts & crafts, lawn/garden accessories, garden talks & experts, children's hands-on clinic & food), Lowes’ Expo located at the Visitor Main – 201 S. Main St presents Southern Living Magazine Landscaping expert Bill Slack giving free gardens related clinics – Saturday May 24 11am “Bedazzles by Color – Eye Catching Annuals & Perennials”, 1pm “Facelift for a Tired Landscape” & 3pm “Curb Appeal – Beauty from the Front Walk to The Front Door”; Sunday May 25 – 1pm “Curb Appeal – Beauty from the Front Walk to The Front Door” & 3pm “Facelift for a Tired Landscape”; Lowe’s Kids Clinic 10am-4pm both days; Animals Are Prohibited in the Event Area, Garden Jubilee is an event of Henderson County TDA; sponsored by Lowe's & Hendersonville Visitors Center, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244


May 26
Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival, Carl Sandburg Home, 11am-4pm, the folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of traditional folk music as found in his collection The American Songbag, featuring live music & storytelling, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-4178



May 29 - June 22
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents the contemporary musical The Last Five Years, Wed-Sat 8pm; Sat & Sun 2pm, $40, Adult Situations, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008



May 30 – June 1
Carolina Mountain Classic Horse Show, WNC Agricultural Center McGough Arena, Fletcher, NC  828-687-1414



May 31
Mad Mountain Mud Run, Berkeley Park, teams will race the approximately 3 ½ mile course and traverse mud pits, creeks, gooey crawls, climbing; includes a festival with food, music beer & muddy games games for all ages; benefits Hands On! – A Child’s Gallery, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-8333

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville presents Bluegrass to Bach concert series featuring the Hendersonville Swing Band playing big band music, doors open 6:30pm, concert start 7pm, $15, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-3157



Call phone number listed on each event to confirm dates. times, location & possible cancellations