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QuiltTHIS YEAR'S QUILT RAFFLE
Smoky Mountain Shadows

This beautiful queen-sized 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 in December.

street decorated for Christmas with lightsDILLSBORO LUMINARIES
First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December
December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 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.

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 Before Easter
April 20, 2019
2:00 pm

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 left.) Check us out on UNC TV, NC Weekend Show.

Make a hat and come join the parade! Last-minute entrants very welcome. Registration begins at 11:00 am then join us at 2:00 pm on Front Street , where antiques cars from the Old Timers Model A Club will lead the Parade of people and pets wearing unique hats. Come meet the Easter Bunny. Get your face painted!

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!

craft show tents and peopleFRONT STREET ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW
Third Saturday in June
June 15, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

Just as June 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 to sit and relax. Come and join others in sharing the ambiance of a small town festival!

colorful birdhousesCOLORFEST
First Saturday in October
October 5, 2019
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. We invite everyone to come visit us!

flowers in pottery vaseWESTERN NORTH CAROLINA POTTERY FESTIVAL
First Saturday in November
November 2, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrating the pottery of Western North Carolina. This annual festival takes place along Front Street. It is a juried event that features the work of more than 40 master potters with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Admission is $5 per person and includes a ticket for a day-long raffle. Kids under 12 admitted free!

Come on Friday for the WNC Clay Olympics where 20 contestants compete in three categories: (1) Largest cylinder out of five pounds clay; (2) Widest bowl out of five pounds clay; and (3) Blind-folded two-pound, two-minute throwing contest. Friday also features the lighting of the wood-fired kiln. The kiln is opened Saturday at 2 pm. More info. (photo by Amy Ammons Garza)