FESTIVALS Through Sept. 29
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s annual RailFest is two days devoted to railroading, food, storytelling, events and special excursions. The big attraction is a visit by a steam locomotive that will offer rides Sept. 14-15 from Bryson City to Whittier throughout the weekend. A Sept. 15 dinner excursion is offered. Sept. 14-15 festivities at the Bryson City depot include a mountain craft fair with live music. Details: www.GSMR.com.
CHARLESTON Through Sept. 15
Great deals during Restaurant Week
The autumn 2013 incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week, through Sept. 15, includes more than 15 new participants among its lineup of more than 130 restaurants. Also new: hotel and inn deals. For Restaurant Week, places listed at the event website offer special three-course dinners for $20 or $30 or $40; eight places will also be offering special lunch options. See the special menus and make your reservations via the website link. Details: www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com (click “Charleston Restaurant Week”).