Visit Historic Dillsboro YESTERDAY'S VILLAGE

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Beginning with the delightfully quirky Easter Hat Parade and ending with its famous Christmas Lights and Luminaries event, Dillsboro offers some of the Smokies' most entertaining outdoor festivals.

      Highlighting Dillsboro's festival season are special weekend events celebrating the Carolina mountains' arts, crafts, antiques and pottery. These are great times to visit Dillsboro and the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

Easter Saturday, 2 pm
April 4, 2015

Come at 10:30 am to make a hat (Dogwood Crafters on Webster Street) – or bring your own. Get your face painted!. Meet the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts begin on Webster Street, every half hour by age group beginning at 10:00 am. Registration begins at 11 am. Parade starts from Dillsboro Town Hall at 2:00 pm. Antique cars from the Old Timers Model A Club lead the parade. Calling all ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs. Grab your hat and join in the fun during Dillsboro’s delightfully unpretentious annual Easter Hat Parade!


View Our State Magazine's video of recent Easter Hat Parade here. Video by Jerry Wolford.

Plenty of prizes are are announced after the Parade. Ribbons are given for the Prettiest, Funniest, Largest, Smallest, Most Unusual, Most Easter-like, Best Smelling, Cutest, Most Outrageous, Best In Show and "Poofiest" hats among other unusual categories. There is even a ribbon awarded to the Best Animal in Show!


Check us out on UNC TV, NC Weekend Show, April 3, 2014.


Also, Dogwood Crafters will present an English tea at the Jarrett House. Tea and food will be served on fine china, with the artisans from Dogwood preparing the delicacies. There are two seatings - 1 pm & 3 pm. Cost is $12 per person.


Third Saturday in June

June 20, 2015


Juried arts and crafts show, with food, entertainment, silent auction & raffle. More info to come. Food Vendor Application   Crafts Booth Application


Third Saturday in July, August & September

10 am - 4 pm

2015: July 18, August 15, September 19


July 18: Pottery studio self-tour. August 15: Craft demonstrations.

September 19: Food demonstrations. More info on all markets to come. Crafts Booth Application


First Saturday in October, 10 am - 4 pm
October 3, 2015

This unique historic town welcomes over 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. Enjoy meeting and talking with local artists. All the while surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the mountains. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths. Read more about ColorFest!   Crafts Booth Application   Food Vendor Application


Third Saturday in October
October 17, 2015, 10 am - 4 pm


A traditional Oktoberfest. Beer, food, entertainment, activities & crafts. More info to come. Food Vendor Application  Crafts Booth Application


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Trick or Treat around downtown from 5 - 7 pm. Enjoy games at Dogwood Crafters and hayrides provided by Jarrett Memorial Church. This event is a real treat!



First Saturday in November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events - including the Clay Olympics - will be held on Friday. The event is juried and the lineup of potters is impressive. $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 admitted free. Website


First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December
5 - 9 pm each night

2015: December 4, 5, 11, 12

Journey back to the days of yesteryear. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park.



Read The Dillsboro Dish for community news, events and articles highlighting local merchants and artisans.


Check these Chamber of Commerce website calendars for more local events:


Jackson County

Macon County / Franklin
Swain County/Bryson City


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