April 23-26: North Wilkesboro. Stars and up-and-comers in folk, bluegrass and other Americana music take the spotlight at North Wilkesboro College. Details: www.merlefest.org.
May 22-June 7, Spoleto Festival USA: Charleston. Famed and emerging artists of all stripe perform or display at various venues. Details: www.spoletousa.org.
July 9-12, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Grandfather Mountain (near Linville). Traditional Scottish/Gaelic music, culture and athletics at one of the largest Higlander events in America. Details: www.gmhg.org.
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April 25, Mount Olive. N.C. Pickle Festival. Details: www.ncpicklefest.org.
May 2, Smithfield. Ham & Yam Festival. Details: www.hamandyam.com.
May 16, Elkin. Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. Details: www.yvwf.com.
May 16-17, Little River, S.C. Blue Crab Festival. Details: www.bluecrabfestival.org.
June 6, Winston-Salem. Salute! The N.C. Wine Celebration. Details: www.salutencwine.com.
June 20, Burgaw. N.C. Blueberry Festival. Details: www.ncblueberryfestival.com.
July 10-19, Gaffney (S.C.) Peach Festival. Details: www.scpeachfestival.net.
July 11, Lenoir. N.C. Blackberry Festival. Details: www.ncblackberryfestival.com.
July 17-18, Pageland (S.C.) Watermelon Festival. Details: www.pagelandwatermelonfestival.com.
Aug. 20-22, Asheville. Asheville Wine & Food Festival. Details: www.ashevillewineandfood.com.
Flower & garden
April 17-18, Pickens, S.C. Pickens Azalea Festival. Details: www.pickensazaleafestival.org.
April 17-18, Cherryville. Cherry Blossom Festival. Details: www.cherryvillechamber.com.
May 22-24, Sumter (S.C.) Iris Festival. Details: www.sumtersc.gov.
May 7-9, Denton. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s Bluegrass Festival. Details: www.farmpark.com.
May 25, Flat Rock. Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival. Details: www.nps.gov/carl.
June 5-6, Mount Airy. Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention. Details: www.mtairyfiddlersconvention.com.
June 6, Carolina Beach. Carolina Beach Music Festival. Details: www.pleasureislandnc.org.
July 18, Kings Mountain. Beachblast. Details: www.cityofkm.com.
Aug. 6-8, Asheville. Mountain Dance & Folk Festival. Details: www.folkheritage.org.
Aug. 13-15. Marion. N.C. State Bluegrass Festival. Details: www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com.
May 1-9, North Charleston. North Charleston Arts Festival. Details: www.northcharlestonartsfest.com.
May 8-9, Greenville, S.C. Artisphere. Details: www.artisphere.us.
May 15-17, Raleigh. Artsplosure. Details: www.artsplosure.org.
June 6-7, Black Mountain. Black Mountain Arts and Crafts Show. Details: www.olddepot.org.
June 27-Aug. 1, Greensboro. Eastern Music Festival. Details: www.easternmusicfestival.org.
July 16-19, Asheville. Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. Details: www.southernhighlandguild.org.
Aug. 7-8, Burnsville. Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair. Details: www.yanceychamber.com.
May 1-3, Maggie Valley. Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally. www.handlebarcorral.com.
May 22-24, Asheville. Mountain Sports Festival. Details: www.mountainsportsfestival.com.
June 5-7, Nags Head. Rogallo Kite Festival. Details: www.kittyhawk.com.