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Quilt on display2021 QUILT RAFFLE
Tudor Window

This beautiful machine-quilted, 78" by 78"quilt was created by Larry Walther. Come see it in person at the shop and buy a ticket to win.

$1 per ticket; $5 for six tickets and you also get a free handmade wash cloth. The drawing will be December 13. Your presence is not required to win. All proceeds are used to promote interest in local arts and crafts.

outdoor street festival with tents and peopleFRONT STREET ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Third Saturday in July
July 17, 2021
10 am - 4 pm

Just as summer hits its stride, the compact town of Dillsboro will glow with home spun talent, for Front Street will be filled with fine arts and crafts from local artisans. Strewn with vibrant colors, inviting festival aromas, and the warm sounds of guitars, banjos, and bass, Front Street Arts and Crafts Show will once again swing wide its welcome! As you stroll through the town, you can also slip into the shops where you will enjoy the many different items especially chosen with you, the visitor, in mind. At lunch time there are many restaurants from which to choose for dine-in and take-out. Come and join others in sharing the ambiance of a small town festival! Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

two women with child using hand loomYOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
Jackson County Green Energy Park
Third Saturday in September
September 18, 2021
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! Come watch demonstrations of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery, printing, gem cutting, torchworking and raku kiln firing. We'll have live entertainment, good food and fun! And the Dancing Trash Dragon will wind its way through the festival. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing. More info

row of colorful birdhousesCOLORFEST
First Saturday in October
October 2, 2021
10 am - 4 pm

Colors will certainly abound with the Annual ColorFest, as Dillsboro presents regional fine arts & crafts. Within Dillsboro’s mountain landscape, over 50 juried artisans will line Front Street. The artists will be located only a short walk from the entertainment stage. Most musicians have a need to perform/compose through their strong love of music and dance, and this certainly shows with the fine array of local performers lined up for day long entertainment. With this festival, we wish to foster an appreciation for all arts and crafts. Add the autumn colors and exceptional food, and you’ll have a great day in Dillsboro. Restaurants available for dine-in and take-out. We invite everyone to come visit us! Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

small business saturday posterSMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Thanksgiving Saturday
November 27, 2021

Show your love for small businesses. Dillsboro is celebrating with sales and demonstrations with great restaurants and plenty of shops. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

street decorated for Christmas with lights

DILLSBORO LUMINARIES
Fridays & Saturdays
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 2021
5 - 9 pm

Santa with lady and childAdapted 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. Take a buggy ride, go caroling, visit with Santa, visit the shops, enjoy refreshments. Special entertainment on some nights. Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Dogwood Crafters opens its doors and shares homemade cookies from our cookbooks and hot, spiced apple cider. Stop by for some treats and to see all of our one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas.

 

DILLSBORO'S ANNUAL EASTER HAT PARADE
Saturday, April 16, 2022

View Our State Magazine's video of a recent Easter Hat Parade here. Video by Jerry Wolford. (Some of his photos are also in the slide-show to the right.) Check us out on UNC TV, NC Weekend Show.

Bring your Easter Bonnet to wear in the Parade! Meet the Easter Bunny and helpers who will be handing out Easter candies. Egg hut begins at noon on Webster Street. Registration for the Parade begins at 12 noon then join us at Town Hall on Front Street at 2:00 pm on Front Street for the Parade of people and pets wearing unique hats.

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 will be a prize ribbon for most creative mask. There is even a ribbon awarded to the Best Animal in Show! Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

two women with child using hand loomSPRING FLING ART AND CRAFT WALK
Saturday, May 28, 2022
10 am - 5 pm

Celebrating Local Handmade Crafts. Shops will feature hand made items. Local artists will be demonstrating their crafts. There will be live entertainment and restaurants will be serving delicious eat-in or take-out food.