Summer Events

Outdoor Concerts

 Outdoor Concerts Live Music Every Weekend May through October

The best way to experience music is live and in person, with all your best friends of course! Beginning May 21st bands are scheduled every Friday evening from 6 – 8:30pm at Town Square and Saturdays from 6 – 8:30pm in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Bring your favorite lawn chair and picnic basket full of good food and drinks from your favorite Highlands restaurant and join the fun. 2021 Schedule, Click Here



Highlands Motoring Festival

The 14th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival - June 2022. A friendly event that appeals to everyone.Journey

The focus, of course, is the field of over 75+ high quality invited classic cars. Owners of their collector pieces have gone to considerable effort and expense to put these cars on the show field for all to enjoy. An eclectic field of entries will ensure that there is something for everyone.

Cars are the main attraction, but it’s the sheer joy and fellowship of the people that make this a truly unique event.   It launches with One Lap in the Mountains, a two-day driving tour through the curves and back roads and rare straightaways of Western North Carolina. And the main event is Cars in the Park Auto Show at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. HMF’s culminating car show, High Octane on Main, is open to any interesting vehicle – no registration, no entry fee, and no judging. To register or for more information, visit

A Local Non-Profit Festival. Powered by an all-volunteer group.

Over the years, the net proceeds have gone to many different charities. This year, REACH of Macon County, Literacy Council of Highlands, and the Community. Care Clinic have been selected as the charity partners. Spectator entry to the show field is free, but a contribution to our charities is appreciated.

Mountaintop Art and Craft Show

Mountaintop Art and Craft Show

June 26 & 27: Mountaintop Art & Craft Show will be held in downtown Highlands at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park (Pine St.) from 10 to 5. The FREE event features regional potters, jewelers, woodworkers, fine artists, etc. plus food. For more info call (828) 526-9227 or visit Sponsored by Highlands Mountaintop Rotary.

Independence Day

Small Town Fourth of July celebrations are an explosion of activity and Highlands is not an exception! Games, a helicopter, singing choirs, hotdogs, a duck derby, outdoor concerts, flag waving and of course fireworks.

Independence Day

Visit Highlands, NC will be providing live music all weekend and the fireworks finale. The music begins on Friday, July 2nd at 6pm with the Foxfire Boys at Town Square on Main Street, and Saturday at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park, Blaze the City will rock the night with incredible vocal harmonies and funky dance rhythms playing Pop, Funk, Rock, Country, Blues and Motown. This year’s July 4th band will be Moon Dance, a tribute band to the decades. The band specializes in tributes to each decade with music from the 1950s to the 2000s and you can enjoy this outdoor concert at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park starting 6:00pm. Fireworks begin at dark so grab your most comfortable lawn chair and find a spot to watch the sky fill with explosive color Highlands style.

2021 Independence Weekend Schedule

July 2nd

6 – 8:30pm, Live Music- Foxfire Boys, Town Square

July 3rd

9-11am Boy Scout’s Water Rocket Launch, Town Ballfield

11am - 12pm Traditional Field Games, Town Ballfield

11am – 2pm, Hot dog Lunch, Town Ballfield

12pm – Helicopter (Mamma and med vac team) Landing, Town Ballfield

2pm - Duck Derby, Below the Bridge at Mill Creek

6 – 8:30pm, Live Music- Blaze the City, Kelsey Hutchinson Park

July 4th

6 – 8:30pm, Live Music- Moon Dance, Kelsey Hutchinson Park

After sunset- Fireworks!


Mountaintop Art and Craft Show

August 28 & 29: Mountaintop Art & Craft Show (previously the Village Square Show) will be held in downtown Highlands at K-H Founders Park (Pine St.) from 10 to 5. The FREE event features regional potters, jewelers, woodworkers, fine artists, etc. plus food. For more info call (828) 526-9227 or visit Sponsored by Highlands Mountaintop Rotary. 

Mountaintop Art and Craft Show August