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Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine hosts its Eighth Annual Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Friday, July 19, from 4–10 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Riverside Park. The event features live music by local and regional musicians, award-winning barbecue, clogging performances, craft vendors and children’s activities.

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Folkmoot International Festival Set for July 18-28

The 36th annual Folkmoot International Festival will take place from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 28. There will be 24 separate events held across the WNC region during the eleven-day festival, including international folk dance performances, live music, parades, and events celebrating food trucks, craft beer and artisans.

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Outdoors: RiverFest 2019

On Saturday, July 20, RiverLink will host the Anything That Floats Parade along the French Broad River. The parade will culminate with RiverFest at New Belgium Brewery. All proceeds from the two events go directly back to RiverLink to support programs that serve the local community.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.