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Dear Traveler:


The official opening day of Sliding Rock was this past weekend, and I’m here to tell you that I came, I saw and I slid right straight into summer. First impressions? Still a bit chilly, but showing all signs of warming up.


Every season in Transylvania County is its own gift, but none is quite so thick with absolutely anything and everything as the summer months. You’d be hard pressed to pack in even a fraction of all there is to do, but for anyone looking to maximize their fun, get ready to dive on into June. It’s all happening. Don’t miss it.


Stay cool, 

The Adventurist

Smokin' Riffs

The Brevard Blues N' BBQ Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center
June 3-4
A celebration of blues, brews and barbecue, this rockin’ festival offers all the swagger and heartbreak you can squeeze into a 12-bar scale and still call it family friendly. The blues ain’t nothing but a chance to have a beer, eat some delicious food and revel in the music. Grammy-nominated blues and soul queen Bettye LaVette, the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, Joe Nemeth, and Nikki Hill head a truly dazzling line-up.
 Get your mojo working here.
Ready Oar Not, Beer We Come

Cruise Then Booze
Oskar Blues Brewery
Fridays, throughout June

Take a two-hour paddle down the French Broad River at twilight and then refresh yourself with a beer and a brewery tour. This collaboration from Headwaters Outfitters and Oskar Blues promises an almost too-good-to-be-true combination every Friday night this summer. Pick your (paddle) poison with a choice between canoe, kayak and paddleboard. Reservations required.


Follow the current here for more details. 

All The Single Ladies

The Odd Couple (Female Version)
Brevard Little Theater
June 3-19
Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sundays 3pm
Neil Simon’s comedy famously pits fastidious Felix against boorish Oscar to hilarious ends. This new version, directed by Carol Hamann and Terry Moore, reimagines Felix as Florence and Oscar as Olive for a gender-swapped take on this classic tale of roommates from hell.
Pick up your keys to the apartment here.
Bird Is The Word

Falconry: The Sport of Kings
Pisgah Field School
Cradle of Forestry
June 9

Get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures at this amazing afternoon workshop. Licensed falconers will give participants a short lesson on the history and art of falconry before a flying lesson with live raptors on the Cradle of Forestry grounds. 
Beak your interest here.
Gear Up

Looking Glass Tour Road Cycling Event
Saturday, June 11; 9am
Start: Oskar Blues Brewery
342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard

Grab your spandex and head out on one of the finest road cycling events in western North Carolina. The Looking Glass Tour offers 50 and 100 mile options that take in many of Transylvania County’s most scenic landmarks and challenging roads.

Pedal on over here for more info.

Wiggle Room

Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
June 18; 1-3pm

Ages 8-13

Kids are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind workshop that explores aquatic macro invertebrates (aka slimy things in creeks) and learn just how important they are in mountain trout ecosystems.


Splash off here.

Go With The Flow

Upper French Broad River Fest
June 18; 10am-3pm
Champion Park, Rosman

This fun-filled family festival has it all: tubing rides, corn hole competition, an adventure games-style triathlon, horse shoe pitching contest, canoe relay race (pre-registration required), live music by local bands, crafts, exhibits and even a live reptile exhibit starring a real Hellbender. In short, it’s the perfect way to spend an early summer Saturday. 

Get wet here

Get Inspired

Arts and Culture Celebration
Throughout Brevard
June 24-July 4

For those inclined to dry off and wander out of the woods, the last week of June features a wealth of activities of an artistic nature. Kicking off the grand opening concert of the Brevard Music Festival’s 80th season and featuring a week of gallery events, live music, street dances, jams, art sales and a live radio variety show, this informal event culminates with an all-day (Bang!) Independence Day celebration on July 4.
Find your passion here.
The Hills Are Alive

Brevard Music Festival Opening Weekend
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center
June 24-26

The Brevard Music Center Summer Festival kicks off its 80th anniversary with a full schedule of spectacular performances. Tickets for all of these performances are available here.

An American in Paris
Friday, June 24

Internationally celebrated pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will join Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra for this performance of Gershwin’s classic. 

80th Anniversary Spectacular
Saturday, June 25

Six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant takes the stage with Keith Lockhart and the Festival Orchestra for this landmark performance celebrating eight decades of the Brevard Music Center. 

Shostakovich 5
Sunday, June 26

The Brevard Sinfonia, conducted by Keith Lockhart, accompanies violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian for a performance of this rousing favorite.


A Thing Of Beauty

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk and Transylvania Art Guild Show
Downtown Brevard
June 24

All great art collectors start somewhere. So grab your favorite connoisseur and take a stroll through the shops and galleries of downtown. Sip wine, have a bite and find the perfect piece to add to your soon-to-be-storied collection. Those eager to try their hand at art criticism may want to drop by the Transylvania Art Guild Show at the Transylvania Community Arts Council to vote for their favorite work of art.
Appreciate the finer details here.
Never You Fret

BMC Presents: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center
June 28

Grammy-winning, “new-grass” banjo innovator Béla Fleck and his celebrated wife and collaborator Abigail Washburn bring their signature sound to Brevard Music Center for this extraordinary performance. They’ll be playing the “Impostor Concerto” with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra as well as a full bill of bluegrass duets.


Pick up more information here

Drama on the Wing

"Falling Angel"
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
June 30-July 2
Hold on for a night of soaring music and high drama with this opera noir based on the classic mystery novel by William Hjorstberg. This world premiere event is guaranteed to create a buzz on the aria circuit and is a can’t-miss for fans of opera and great storytelling.
Dust off those opera glasses and gaze over here for tickets and more.  
Coming in July
Great concerts, street festivals, fireworks and say, does that star spangled banner yet wave? Put July 4 on your calendar. We’re celebrating with a Bang!
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