OCT. 18-21 Black Mountain
The Lake Eden Arts Festival blends arts, awareness and education. The 57 live performances Oct. 18-21 include Mickey Hart (ex of the Grateful Dead) and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Juried artists will display their work. Per-day tickets (including all shows) are $45; $35 for ages 10-17; multiday packages available. Details: www.theLEAF.org.
OCT. 19-21 Statesville
Carolina Balloon Fest
The skies above Statesville Regional Airport will be colorful Oct. 19-21 at the Carolina Balloon Fest. It will feature a mass ascension of hot air balloons, a fly-in and fly-out/competition followed by a balloon-glow display at dusk. Tethered and free-ranging balloon rides will be offered for a cost. Three to five bands perform each day. Opening day (Friday) festival admission is free; $12 ($6 for ages 6-12) the other days. Balloon activities are contingent on weather. Details: www.carolinaballoonfest.com.
OCT. 20-21 Banner Elk
Wooly Worm Festival
At the Oct. 20-21 Wooly Warm Festival, the worm race Oct. 20 has a $1,000 prize ($500 prize on Oct. 21) for the fastest woolly worm. Bring your own wooly worm, enter for $5 apiece; wooly worms are also available at the downtown event for $1 apiece. Heats are held throughout both days. The event includes food and craft vendors and entertainment. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21. Details: 828-898-5605; www.averycounty.com.
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