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Dear Traveller:

Firework preparations are well underway up here in the purple mountains (majesty), as the white squirrels are quietly seeking out red squirrels and blue squirrels to complete a bushy-tailed patriotic trifecta in time for July 4th Festivities. Up in Transylvania County, we take Independence Day pretty seriously. It’s a great party and also the triumphant wrap-up to our Annual Arts and Culture week (which a few of you savvy travelers may be enjoying even as I write).

July is also peak season for summer camping, swimming hole-ing, picnic hosting, music listening and good-time having whether you’re actually up on the mountain tops or down in town. There’s no lack of new things to discover and new places to explore, no matter your age or affinity.  So roll out the stripes, spangle the stars and raise your flags for July.


See you soon,

The Adventurist

Go With the Flow

The "Land of Waterfalls" Tour
Meet at the Brevard/Transylvania Visitor Center
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout July

With more than 250 waterfalls in Transylvania, figuring out which ones to see first can be a daunting proposition. Fortunately, the “Land of Waterfalls” tour will serve as an excellent starting point. Spend three hours with a certified local guide learning about flora, fauna, geology and history at some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the county. All tours include transportation, snacks, beverages and hiking poles.
The trail starts here
Worth A Thousand Words

TC Arts Summer Showcase
349 S Caldwell St, Brevard
July 1-15

Discover your new favorite artist at this diverse show of local talent. Vote for your favorite piece, get inspired to pick up a brush or perhaps just pick up a new piece for your own private collection. Painting by Shirl Thomas


Zoom in here for more details. 

Explore New Heights

Carolina Hike Series: Best of Pisgah
Pisgah Field School
Friday, July 1

Get an insider's view of the very best Pisgah has to offer with this daylong tour to some of the National Forest’s most beloved and breathtaking spots. Journey from waterfalls to peaks to bogs to the beautiful Pink Beds and end up at Pisgah Tavern for a pint and a chance to revel in all that you’ve seen. Hiking required. Transportation included.
Wood-n’t you like to learn more here
All Decked Out

Deck Party At Gorges State Park
Saturday, July 2
Summer Saturdays are a great time to take the party outside, and as it happens, Gorges State Park has some pretty incredible outdoor space. A rollicking line-up of live instrumental groups will fill the Visitor Center’s covered decks with great music. Guests can bring a picnic, enjoy the view and get their toes tapping to celebrate 100 years of State Parks.
Step outside for more details. 
A Little Bit Of Soul

BMC Presents: A Gospel Celebration
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center
Sunday, July 3

Gospel legends and Stax Records superstars the Rance Allen Group have brought their sweet spiritual sound to sanctified and secular classics since the early 1970s. Their deep soul sound and groundbreaking messages of faith and fraternity have earned them a place in the pantheon of great soul artists alongside Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. They will be joined by the North Carolina A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir.


Let the spirit move you this way

All Brews-ed Up

Oscar Blues Brewery
Sunday, July 3

Lovers of classic cars, hot rods and craft beer unite! Here’s a chance to admire the Greased Lightning of your choice while enjoying drinks, food truck snacks and live music at Oskar Blues. It may not cure the summertime blues, but it’ll come close.


Get behind the wheel here.

What So Proudly We Hail

4th of July Celebration
Downtown Brevard and Brevard College
Monday, July 4
All Day

Brevard’s jam-packed Fourth Of July Extravaganza offers a fast track to the pursuit of happiness for patriots of all sizes with (to name a few) a 5K & 10K, arts, crafts, duck races, live music, great food, a pet show, a bicycle parade, a rubber duck race, a hot dog eating contest, and an updated fireworks display that promises to be bigger, better and more spectacular than those before.


Point your cannon this way for more information. 

Let Freedom Ring

Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Monday, July 4

Come let your (American) flag fly at this triumphant performance of classic patriotic marches, anthems, tunes and Tchaikovsky’s explosive “1812 Overture.”
Mind the music and step this way for more details. 
Keep Score

A Night At The Movies
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Saturday, July 9

Classical music fans and the cinema-obsessed unite at this exciting tribute to some of Hollywood’s most memorable melodies as Conductor Ken Lam leads the Brevard Sinfonia through 80 years of Oscar Winning Classics, including “E.T,” “The Godfather,” “The English Patient” and more.
Find your seat here.
No Lack of Dvořák

Dvořák in America Festival 
Brevard Music Center
July 25-30

Join the talented students, faculty and extraordinary guest artists of the Brevard Music Center for the one-of-a-kind festival celebrating beloved composer Anton Dvořák and his travels throughout America. This schedule of events features a little something for everyone, from intimate string quartets to epic orchestral performances. 

Dvořák's American String Quartet
Ingram Auditorium, Brevard College
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Monday, July 25

This program features one of the most popular quartets in the chamber music repertoire.

Kevin Deas in Recital
Ingram Auditorium, Brevard College
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Wednesday, July 27

Celebrated baritone Kevin Deas preforms Dvořák’s thrilling “Goin' Home” along with a program also featuring Brahms, Haydn and Bach. 

New World Symphony
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Saturday, July 30

Dvořák's final symphony, conducted by JoAnn Falletta, is the centerpiece of a multimedia program hosted by Joseph Horowitz, providing the dramatic finale to BMC's Dvořák in America Festival.

For a complete list of performances, check out

Have An Art

4th Friday Gallery Walk
Downtown Brevard
Friday, July 22

Enjoy the summer evenings with a stroll through Brevard’s charming downtown on this beloved monthly event. Stop and shop, sip on a glass of wine and see some of the varied works shown at the many stores and galleries along your route.
Step this way for more information. 
Little Triggers

BB Gun Shooting Range
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
Wednesday, July 20
Eager to stalk big game? Young hunters, aged 8-15, may want to get their feet wet at this informative morning program before they head out on safari. Learn the basics of gun safety and marksmanship with this supervised afternoon of BB gun practice.
Get on target here.
Twinkle, Twinkle

Gazers of Galaxies
Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah Forest
Friday, July 29

Considering setting out with the star fleet? Set your course on this awesome night sky adventure hosted by the professional stargazers of Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (P.A.R.I) at the scenic Cradle of Forestry Historic Site.
Launch here for more details. 
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