Spring 2023

Spring in Highlands is when Mother Earth awakens and unfurls with unique flower and fauna as the mountains green from the valleys to the peaks. Click here to learn more of what you can experience in a Highlands Spring and join us for our season of events.  

Our complete event calendar may be found here.

Plateau Pickup

Saturday, April 15, 2023 

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Plateau Pickup VolunteersEach year, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands leads the area’s “spring cleaning” by hosting Plateau Pickup. This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 15, from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Volunteers will begin at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street, where they will receive their geographic assignment. Groups, individuals, and families are welcome!   

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and participants will receive a free t-shirt. Volunteers will also receive gloves, pick up tools, safety vests and garbage bags.  

The project includes parts of U.S. 64, N.C. 28, N.C. 106 and streets in downtown Highlands. Plateau Pickup is part of Litter Sweep, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide roadside litter removal initiative traditionally held the last two weeks of April and September.  

To participate, send an email to or call 828-526-2112. 


Bear Shadow Music Festival 

Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2023 

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands is delighted to support Bear Shadow Music Festival, a weekend of celebration that highlights world-class music acts and outdoor experiences as we emerge from winter’s hibernation.  

Brought to you by Highlands Festivals, Inc., the three-day festival will take place at Winfield Farm. Headliners include Spoon, The Head and The Heart, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. Bear Shadow is a sister event of the bespoke Highlands Food & Wine Festival.  

For more information and tickets, visit or email  


Meander in May 

Saturday, May 20, 2023  

11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.  

Meander our vibrant downtown where refined taste is packaged in a small-town atmosphere. Enjoy live performances, artisans, craftsmen, and demonstrations – all courtesy of Visit Highlands and the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.  

Shops will be waiting to greet you, while restaurants keep you fueled for exploration. 

This free, self-guided event takes place Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., culminating with a 6 p.m. concert in Kelsey Hutchinson Park. You won’t want to miss this immersive and interactive arts experience. 

CLICK HERE for a map and schedule.

For more information, call 828-526-5841 or send an email to


Volunteer Fair

Thursday, June 1, 2023  

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Are you looking to get involved with a Highlands community organization? Are you part of a nonprofit agency that could use some helping hands? If so, then mark your calendar for the first-ever Highlands Volunteer Fair. 

This free event will bring together those willing to volunteer with the nonprofit organizations that need them. It will take place Thursday, June 1, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Community Building, 71 Poplar Street. 

Those looking to get involved are invited to stop by any time during fair hours, browse the tables of information provided by the organizations, and speak with representatives who can share more about the volunteer opportunities. Light refreshments will be served.

Organizations that would like to participate in the event are encouraged to contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands.

For more information, call 828-526-5841 or send an email to