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COMMUNITY
EVENTS

Heart of Brevard invites locals and visitors alike to explore a variety of independent businesses and top-notch attractions.Between live music, great shopping, gallery tours, delicious food, and special events, there is always something to discover in theHeart! HOB  sponsors special events, street festivals and promotional programs to encourage locals and visitors to the district and create a strong, positive image with the public. Our programs may range from large scale events, to self guided tours, to modest shop local promotional events and public relations efforts. We welcome you to head to the heart!

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White Squirrel Festival (May)

In light of the continued restrictions put into place by Governor Cooper, and after careful consideration for the health and safety of our community we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 White Squirrel Festival.

Combine a stellar live music line-up, a smorgasboard of tasty offerings from street vendors, an inspiring selection of arts and crafts, a mountain of fun activities for kids, and you have the best darn spring festival western North Carolina has to offer. It all happens in beautiful and festive downtown Brevard, named one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America,” by Budget Travel.

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Summer Street Dances (July-August)

A decades-long tradition, our Summer Street Dances celebrate our Appalachian heritage with a free, fun-loving and family-friendly event that’s sure to give you happy feet. A lively bluegrass band and an experienced caller will take you step-by-step through a collection of moves that combine square and contra dancing styles.

Learn more, here.

 

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Art is in the Air En Plein Air Festival (June)

On the weekend of June 25-27, 2021, Heart of Brevard in partnership with The Transylvania Community Arts Council (TCArts) will be hosting Art is in the Air En Plein Air Painting Festival in downtown Brevard, NC.
As an Inaugural event, we will be accepting up to 25 artists on a first come first serve basis with registration opening April 1st. Check-in for artists will be held on Friday, June 25th with painting ensuing upon arrival and continuing through Saturday.
This event will be hosted safely and with all social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and well being of our artists, volunteers and art loving customers.

Learn more and register, here.

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Saturday Stroll (April-November)

We invite you to enjoy a Saturday Stroll in the Heart of Brevard as you explore the art galleries, studios, retail stores and restaurants that make up our vibrant downtown. Saturday Stroll, held on the last Saturday of the month, April-November is the perfect way to experience art, live music and shopping in downtown Brevard.
Each month, this event will take over downtown and fill your favorite businesses with wonderful works of art and highlight all that Brevard’s diverse business community has to offer. This FREE event is open to everyone to enjoy a self-guided tour of shops, galleries, and other locations that have curated events and business promotions. Experience local art, meet artists, enjoy live music and grab a bite to eat as you stroll through beautiful downtown Brevard. Learn more, here.
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July 4th Festival (July)

In light of the continued restrictions still in place by our local government, and after careful consideration for the health and safety of our community we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 July 4th Festival.

The City of Brevard will be hosting the annual Fireworks Show.

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Halloweenfest (October)

Count Dracula may not live full time in Transylvania County, but we’re pretty sure he clears his schedule every year for Brevard’s Halloweenfest, the trickiest, treatiest, most spooktacular celebration around. This fangtastic annual event features a full day of family (and dog)-friendly fun, including the Flight of the Vampire running races, costume contest and parade, old time music at the Courthouse gazebo, a lively street festival with plenty of bewitching vendors and much, much more.

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HeART of the Season (November)

Brevard has long been known as a vibrant hub for the arts. This two-day festival celebrates the best of what our local creators have to offer across the full spectrum of arts expression: visual, performing, writing, culinary, fashion and healing.

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Holiday Events (December)

Heart of Brevard presented a variety of virtual holiday activities that included the Inaugural Holiday Windows Competition and Walking Tour featuring over 30 downtown businesses and the first ever Brevard Variety Show: a series of videos that featured several downtown businesses, a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Mayor Jimmy Harris and holiday performances by several local musicians.

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Arts in March (March)

Arts in March, celebrating local arts and culture in downtown Brevard,  is held at the end of March. After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the annual event returned for its third year in 2021.

Along with gallery open houses, special offers at downtown businesses and artist demonstrations, the event incorporates local musical acts as part of the programming.

Arts in March 2021 celebrated the completion of the crosswalk mural installation located at Broad Street and West Jordan Street. This creative crosswalk designed by local artist Billy Smith depicts brook trout swimming beneath broken pavement and will provide a lively gateway to the Jordan Street District.

OTHER DOWNTOWN EVENTS
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Assault on the Carolinas (April)

In light of the continued restrictions put into place by Governor Cooper, and after careful consideration for the health and safety of our community we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Summer Street Dances.

A decades-long tradition, our Summer Street Dances celebrate our Appalachian heritage with a free, fun-loving and family-friendly event that’s sure to give you happy feet. A lively bluegrass band and an experienced caller will take you step-by-step through a collection of moves that combine square and contra dancing styles.