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Labor Day LakeAlooza at Fontana Village 

The 5th annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza fireworks celebration will be held Aug. 29-31 at Fontana Village Resort.

The celebration will be in full swing with a performance by the Josh Fields Band at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. The group blends southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass amid tight three-part harmonies.  

Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard/kayak races, and even a frozen t-shirt contest.

On Saturday evening, Fastgear will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will then be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green

The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside. or 800.849.2258.


Pigeon River Fest in Canton

The Pigeon River Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in downtown Canton.

The festival will be a relaxing walk along the Pigeon River in historic Canton. A welcome and information area will be at the RiverView Feed Store downtown. Heritage craft vendors will be dispersed along the trail for you to enjoy between RiverView Feed and The Turner Stage. The antique tractor show and Mary Hardin Antique Show will be located between River View and Pisgah Memorial Stadium. 

There will also be a car show by Sunset Cruisers at the armory, a kids’ zone, and other various activities along the river. Food vendors include McCleod Concessions, Holy Smoke BBQ, Lenoir Creek Beef and Bakery, Gigi’s ice cream and smoothies. The Lil Miss and Mr. Labor pageant will also take the stage during our festival. At 6 p.m. music will be performed by Grey Wolf and The Band of Oz at 6 p.m.

The event is coordinated by Focus On Canton and the group underwrites the cost through merchandise and food sales, along with sponsorship from businesses and individuals in the community.


Open call for Taste of Sylva 

The Mainstreet Sylva Association will host the 5th annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

This year’s event will feature both downtown restaurants at their locations and other Sylva restaurants set up at McGuire Gardens. All participants will provide a “taste” of their menu or product to patrons, offering a complete experience of the incredible culinary variety in Sylva. 

With close to 20 restaurants, breweries and other food and drink based establishments participating, attendees will be able to sample a delightful variety of foods provided by almost every restaurant in Sylva.

The event will also feature street musicians, children’s activities, samples from local farmers and growers from the Jackson County Farmers’ Market, and much more.

Restaurants interested in participating may contact Julie Sylvester, event planner, at 828.226.0181 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All participants must be registered by August 22nd. 

Tickets will be on sale at participating restaurants starting Sept. 8, and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All proceeds will benefit community programs and initiatives.



• PAWS will be hosting their 11th annual wine tasting and silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in Harmony Hall at Lands Creek Cabins in Bryson City. Proceeds will benefit PAWS, Swain County’s only animal shelter. Tickets can be purchased at the PAWS Thrift Store. 828.333.4267.

• The Kitchen Showdown Competition will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. The event is part of the Tuesdays to Thrive series the hospital is putting on to focus on timely health topics. Attendees must sign up for the competition and submit their recipes by Thursday, Aug. 28. Full rules and information is at

• WNC’s Largest Fall Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. 828.586.2155.

• The Designer Showhouse will be held Aug. 22-31 in Cashiers. The location of the home is in Timber Ridge. A shuttle will be provided. Proceeds from the event goes to support the Cashiers Historical Society. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A block party will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in downtown Waynesville. Restaurants are open, with a handful expanding into the street with tables and chairs. Many downtown shops and galleries will also remain open late. There will be a handful of live bands performing around the downtown area, with funk/rock group Porch 40 performing in front of Tipping Point Brewing. An hour of Kids on Main art activities will begin early at 6 p.m. for young families to come eat and play before bedtime.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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