Spring Events


Earth Day

Spring is glorious in the mountains as mother nature awakes and there are many events and festivities celebrating the re-birth.

Naturally, conservation has been a driving force in the development of Highlands, dating back to the Foundation of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in 1909. Over the last century, the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust has set aside 3200 acres of forests, wetlands, and vistas that are home to the greatest number of rare and endemic plants and animals in the Southern Appalachians.

Earth Week 1The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau sits at the headwaters of six different watersheds so conserving land here protects drinking water throughout the Southeast. Reinforcing that conservation ethos is the presence of the Highlands Biological Station, which draws researchers from across the globe to study the area’s unique biological richness and shape strategies to preserve natural treasures everywhere.

With all that, Earth Day is a big deal here. In fact, the celebration can’t be contained on a single day, with activities spilling across an entire week sometimes.       


Plateau Pick-Up

Earth Week 2

The Visit Highlands, NC / Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Plateau Pickup on Saturday, April 10th and 17th this year.


Litter Sweep, the state's project name, is conducted the last three weeks of April every year. It's the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s bi-annual statewide roadside litter removal initiative.  In 2019 North Carolina residents, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the US Forestry Service, picked and bagged roadside trash into recyclable bags, then loaded them onto trucks for a grand total of 245 tons (489,000 pounds). Previously known locally as the Gorge Road Clean-up, the project now includes Highways 64, 106, 27 and the downtown Highlands streets.  Over 80 volunteers from the plateau assisted in the clean-up in 2019.

Volunteers will meet this year at Kelsey Hutchinson Park at 8:30 a.m. to get area assignments.  Social distancing will be practiced during the pickup.  Bagged breakfast and lunch will be served to volunteers and everyone will be supplied with gloves, pick up tools, safety vests, garbage bags, and a “thank you” tee shirt.

For more information or to sign up contact Beverly Wichman (828) 526-2112 or





Highlands has an entire suite of events and activities for the whole family.

In the spring, local churches and organizations stage an Easter Egg Hunt at the Highlands Civic Center, the Saturday before Easter. It’s free but be sure to bring a basket.

 A Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be commemorated at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. It’s open to everyone and participants will wind their way through downtown, making stops to mark the Stations of the Cross.



Bear Shadow

Singer-Songwriter FestivalApril 23-25th, 2021 was a huge Success!!!

Watch for Bear Shadow Music Festival April 2022

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Meander in May

The ART of Highlands, NC

May 22nd, 11am - 8:30pm

Schedule and Location Map Click Here

Meander in May sm croppedMeander our vibrant downtown where refined taste is packaged in a small-town atmosphere. Enjoy live performances, artisans, craftsmen, and demonstrations courtesy of Visit Highlands, NC and Highlands Chamber of Commerce while restaurants and shops keep you fueled for exploration.

This free, self-guided event on Saturday, May 22nd is from 11am – 4pm with the final concert at 6pm in Kelsey Hutchinson Park. Masks and social distancing will be required.

We are serious about our Arts; you do not want to miss this immersive and interactive arts experience in downtown Highlands, NC!

Meander in May      
May 21 Silly Ridge Roundup Town Square 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  
May 22nd        
  Frank & Allie Hudson Library 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Blue Grass
  Doug Ramsey (Solo) Park on Main 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Various Genres
  Curtis Blackwell Town Square 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Blue Grass
  Southern Highlands (3 people) Highlands Chamber 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Blue Grass
  Tyler Kittle (We Three Swing - Jazz) Kelsey Hutchinson Park 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Jazz
  Pauline Marr (Demo) Jeannie Edwards Fine Art 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Painter
  Jeannie Edwards Jeannie Edwards Fine Art 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Painter
  Nature's Art by Margie Select Bank 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Painter
  Allaben Fine Art Select Bank 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Painter
  Western North Carolina Woodturners The Bascom 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Woodturners
  Paul Jones (guitar) Wine Shoppe 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Various Genres
  Leslie Jeffrey (Artist) Wolfgang's 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Painter
  Charles Wood (of Nitrograss 2 people) The Ugly Dog 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Blue Grass
  Mountain Dulcimers (6 people) The Bascom 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Dulcimers
  Z Alexander Bridge at Mill Creek 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Contemporary/Pop/Rock
  Zorki High Dive 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Various Genres
  Scott Low Brookings 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Appalachian Music
  Byrds and Crows Hudson Library 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Blue Grass
  Lisa Rankin (Solo - Keyboard) Park on Main 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jazz/Pop/Rock and More
  Chris Kohne Town Square 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Rock/Pop
  Carribean Cowboys Kelsey Hutchinson Park 6:00 pm - 8:30pm Beach / Pop