JULY 18-29 Waynesville
Explore cultures at Folkmoot
Dancers and musicians in colorful traditional costumes from New Zealand, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Hawaii will appear in more than 70 performances at Folkmoot USA, the two-week event staged annually in Waynesville. There are 24 events scheduled. July 21 is International Festival Day; from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Waynesvilles Main Street becomes a world bazaar with more than 100 crafters displaying ethnic-oriented wares. The Celtic rock group Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans will perform. Event tickets/details: 877-365-5872; http://bit.ly/NksApQ.
JULY 21 Beech Mountain
Suds, scenery, sports on tap
On July 21, Beech Mountain Resort holds its Brews & Views Festival. You can sample from more than 40 craft beers, hear live bluegrass or rock bands, and watch pro and amateur mountain bikers compete in some of the events of the three-day USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships. Tickets: $20/advance, $25 at the gate; designated drivers, free. Tickets/details: 800-468-5506; www.beechMtn.com.
JULY 21-AUG. 5 Flat Rock
Historic Flat Rocks 2012 Designer Showhouse fund-raiser this year features a French-inspired country house, Interlude, at the western edge of Flat Rocks historic district, with some of the Souths top designers decorating the 7,300-square-feet home. Tickets: $25. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Details: www.historicflatrockinc.org.
NOW OPEN Sevierville, Tenn.
Ride slide ride in see-through capsule
Whats billed as only near-vertical, translucent, looping waterslide in the Southeast has opened at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort, in Sevierville, Tenn., just off Interstate 40. Riders board the 66-foot-tall ride in a capsule over a trapdoor; when the door is released, theres a 39-foot vertical free-fall with a 2.5 G-force. The ride lasts seven seconds. In March, the resort opened a family entertainment park that has a three-story ropes course, laser tag arena and more. Details: www.wildernessatthesmokies.com
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