Dear Traveler: 

O say can you see (by the bustling crowds at the ice-cream stand) that summer is well and truly here? Up here in Transylvania County, the heat is on and that cold water at the bottom of Sliding Rock is looking pretty darn inviting. I might even head over there myself, once I work out my Fourth of July schedule. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the Adventurist is a fireworks fan.


Is there any better time to be in Transylvania County? I mean, really. The weather is beautiful. The water is cool. The music is amazing and — I’m serious about this — everywhere.  Plus, there’s great food, cool activities and a lot of incredibly awesome people, places and things just waiting for your discovery.  So let’s raise the flag and get ready for some serious adventure.


Happy Summer, campers!

 The Adventurist

A Thing of Beauty

Transylvania Art Guild's Summer Art Showcase
TC Arts Council
349 S Caldwell St, Brevard
July 1-14 

A leading event of Arts & Culture week, this gallery exhibit by talented members of the Transylvania Art Guild will show off some of the best of the local art scene. Gaze upon the diverse collection and vote for your favorite.


Curate your visit  here.

Stars and Stripes Forever

4th of July Celebration
Downtown Brevard
Tuesday, July 4th

All Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and that there is exactly zero chance you won’t have a good time at these spectacular red, white and blue Independence Day festivities in downtown Brevard. Kicking off bright and early at 9:00 a.m., the 4th will feature a full day of live music, great food, kid events, parades, the TC ARTS duck race and, of course, a crackling good show of fireworks at 9:30. Yankee Doodles of all ages are encouraged to attend, because it’s going to be quite the party.
Pursue happiness (and more info), here.
Of Thee I Sing

Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops 
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

Tuesday, July 4
Come let your (American) flag fly at this triumphant performance of Jenkins’ “American Overture,” Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and Tchaikovsky’s explosive “1812 Overture.” Conductor Kraig Alan Williams leads the Brevard Symphonic Winds and the Brevard Community Band in this thrilling musical celebration.
Mind the music and step this way for more details. 
Phone Home

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Saturday, July 8 

Steven Spielberg’s tale of a friendly alien trying to find his way back home was one of the biggest hits of the 1980s and one of the most beloved films of all time. The Brevard Sinfonia brings this family-friendly classic to life with a screening and live performance of John Williams’ Oscar®-winning soundtrack.


Locate further information at the mothership here.

Night Flight

Winged Creatures of the Night Tour
Cradle of Forestry

Saturday, July 8

With lessons, stories and an enchanted stroll through the woods at dusk, you might not imagine that this all-ages, wheelchair-accessible program would focus on the things that go bump, as well as hoot, flutter, flap and whir, in the night.  Join guides and naturalists for a special look at the nocturnal world and all the creatures that call it home.


Alight here for more details. 

Weill Away the Hours 
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival

Over the length of its 81st festival season, the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival will host an extraordinary “festival within a festival” celebrating the diverse legacy of 20th century composer Kurt Weill. Lovers of great music, opera, musicals and cabaret will find a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get a sense of the scope of Weill’s work. Here are a few events we’re particularly excited about. Get your seats here.

Weill & Schoenberg: From Berlin to Hollywood
Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College
Wednesday, July 5 
7:30 PM
Brevard Music Center faculty will explore the personal and professional journeys of two of the 20th Century’s greatest composers in this marvelous performance. 
"Change the World, It Needs It"
Weill/Brecht/Blitzstein Cabaret
Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College
Thursday, July 6 
7:30 PM

Soprano Lisa Vroman and baritone William Sharp will join pianist Shane Schag for a cabaret performance of some of Weill’s most memorable collaborations with Brecht and Blitzstein. 
Street Scene
Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College
Thursday, July 27 at 7:30PM
Saturday July 29 at 2PM

Kurt Weill believed his 1947 Tony Award-winning Broadway opera “Street Scene” would be remembered after his death as his greatest work. It will be presented in a fully staged production by the Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company.
Hooked On Hops

Free Fly Fishing 101
Oskar Blues
342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard 
Tuesday, July 18

6-8 PM

Headwaters Outfitters’ guides bring their informative beginners session for those angling to learn about fly-fishing to Oskar Blues Brewery, where you can grab a beer and take your first step toward hooking that first big catch.


Wade in here for more details. 

Slip Sliding Away

Family Splash Day
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St., Brevard
Saturday, July 29
11 AM- 2 PM

Slip on a suit and prepare to get soaked at this special, all-ages “water park” springing up on the grounds of the Transylvania County Library lawn.

For more info, splash down here.  

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