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Dear Traveler: 

Though it won’t be official for a few more weeks, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: summer is here! The sun is out, the days are long and warm, there’s a distinct splashing sound in the general direction of Sliding Rock and the white squirrels are rumored to be trying out the season’s newest swimsuits. 

This time of year it feels like everything is happening, which is both awesome and daunting if you’re trying to schedule a little me time to chillax, stick your feet in the water and summer it up over in DuPont State Recreational Forest. But no worries! We can point you toward some highlights as you try to get a handle on the many amazing things to do this time of year in Transylvania County. So, clear your calendar, point your compass in our direction and don’t forget the sunscreen. It’s going to be an amazing summer.


Onward to July!

The Adventurist

Board Meeting

SUP on Lake Julia 
White Squirrel Paddle Boards

June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
8:30 AM, 11 AM & 3 PM 

The stunning 99-acre Lake Julia is one of DuPont State Recreational Forest's most beloved locations. Though usually accessible only by hiking, White Squirrel Paddle Boards will shuttle interested paddle-boarders to its shining shores for a fun two-hour session of trying to find your balance atop a board.


Hop on over here for more details. 

Pint-Sized Adventure

Cruise Then Booze
Oskar Blues Brewery
July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

5:30 PM

Take a two-hour paddle down the French Broad River at twilight and then refresh yourself with a beer and brewery tour. This collaboration between Headwaters Outfitters and Oskar Blues promises an almost too-good-to-be true combination every Friday night this summer. Reservations required by 12 PM the day of trip.
Pour over the details here.
Devil Got My Short Ribs

4th Annual Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival
Whittington-Pfhol Auditorium 
Brevard Music Center

June 2-3 
Trouble in mind? Well, fortunately for you, the 4nd Annual Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival should lift your spirits with outstanding music, great food and frothy local brews even if the sweet riffs are in a minor key. This year’s event is headlined by Roomful of Blues, Tinsley Ellis, Mojo Brothers Blues Band and Anson Funderburgh and many others.  The two-day line-up features a little something for anyone that’s ever been down at the crossroads in the dark of the moon.
Get your mojo working here.
Books & Music

Summer Concert Series
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St, Brevard 
June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Take in the glorious warm evenings at Transylvania County’s open-air amphitheater in historic downtown Brevard during these free, family friendly concerts featuring a wide variety of artists performing many styles. Performers include:


June 2 — Letters to Abigail (Americana)
June 9 — The Way Back Wanderers (Chicago-based Americana)
Jun 16 — Hannah Kaminer & The Heartbreak Highlight Reel (Asheville songwriter)
June 23 – Harpeth (Chamberfolk)
June 30 — Aaron Burdett Band (Americana songwriter)


Check out the full schedule (with no late fees) here.

Net Positive

Orvis Fly Fishing 101
Davidson River Outfitters

49 Pisgah Hwy #6
June 3, 10, 17
9-11 AM

Anglers of all skill levels seeking to seriously up their fly-fishing game need look no further than this introductory course taught by the masters at Davidson River Outfitters. They will walk you through rigging and fly-casting, putting you one step closer to catching that killer trout you’ve always dreamed of.


Reel ‘em in this way for more info. 

Fly Me to the Moon

WNC Flyer
Oskar Blues Brewery
Sunday, June 4
8 AM - 5 PM 

Though we’ve yet to get to a flying bicycle, this all day collection of rides (full century, metric century, half century and half metric) will make participating cyclists feel like they’re riding on air as they cruise through the gorgeous, scenic landscapes of Western North Carolina. The “least hilly ride” in western North Carolina, this event offers a little something for nearly everyone and a raucous, bluegrass inflected after-party with delicious food and Oskar Blue brews for just about everyone else. 

Fly over here for more info.

Night Watch

The Cradle Creeps at Night
Cradle of Forestry
June 23 & 30

8:30 PM-10:30 PM

It’s a marvelous night for a moondance. Or so say the creatures that only come out after dark at the Cradle of Forestry. Learn more about what happens after the lights go low and the stars come out with Pisgah Field School at this fun, informative, family-friendly event.


Aim your flashlight here.

River Deep, Mountain High

Upper French Broad Riverfest
Champion Park, Rosman
Saturday, June 24
10 AM- 5 PM

Come out and celebrate the beautiful French Broad River from Rosman’s scenic Champion Park. This all-day family-friendly, river-themed festival will feature live music, free tubing rides, vendors, food, trucks, Gear Swap and a 20-mile Paddle Relay race.


Wade in here for more information. 

Beethoven Lives!

Brevard Music Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center

Friday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 27

The Brevard Summer Music Festival will kick off its 81st season with a spectacular opening weekend featuring classical favorites, big name talents and some pretty remarkable country music. It’s an exciting opening weekend for what promises to be an extraordinary season all beginning this June. For a complete list of performances go to

Beethoven's 5th
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Friday, June 23
6 PM
BMC Artistic Director and Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart conducts the BMC Orchestra as they play Beethoven’s rousing “Symphony No. 5.” The program will also feature internationally-celebrated pianist Garrick Ohlsson joining the orchestra for Brahms’ “Concerto No. 1.”

BMC Presents: Saturday Spectacular with Lee Ann Womack
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Saturday, June 24 
7:30 PM

Country and Americana fans have something to celebrate at this very special event that puts the Grammy, CMA, and ACM award winning Lee Ann Womack and her band on stage for an unforgettable performance.  
BMC Presents: Ricky Skaggs with Orchestra
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Tuesday, June 27 
7:30 PM
The legendary bluegrass artist and his all-star Kentucky Thunder take the stage in Brevard — with the Brevard Festival Orchestra led by Ken Lam — for a genre-blending, evening of fingerpicking, toe-tapping and soaring symphonic sounds. 
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