Area Festivals and Events
Pioneer Day April 29
Come visit Pioneer Day in Old Fort, the last Saturday in April. The fun filled free event will include Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors and firing of volleys on period weapons. Demonstrations of blacksmithing and gun making will be shown. Pony rides for the kids, wagon rides for the family, and games for all will add to the fun. Domestic skills of making apple butter, spinning and weaving, and woodcarving also will be on display. Food and craft vendors will sell traditional edibles and merchandise.
Gold Festival is first weekend in June
This will be a festival designed to educate, promote, and highlight the gold and gem heritage of the region through entertainment, tours, and events during the spring. The festival will serve as a promotional tool. The Festival will also help foster partnerships with local businesses, surrounding county businesses, and regional groups interested in promoting the captivating history of the area using the gold prospecting heritage as a catalyst.
Revolutionary War Days June 21
Features demonstrations and colonial vendors in authentic dress in a colonial style fort. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 6-10 and under 6 free.
Come out to Davidson’s Fort to witness a snapshot of the American Revolution! Talk to craftspeople as they ply their trade, watch the soldiers drill, and discuss with the civilians and camp followers what it was like to live in the 1700s! Throughout the weekend there will be military camps and weapons demonstrations, with a battle demonstration Saturday at 1:00 pm! Also come out Saturday and cheer for your favorite competitor at our Backcountry Competitions before the battle!
Pisgah Enduro June 4th
The fastest growing form of mountain bike racing is coming to the Pisgah National Forest. Pisgah Productions is excited to announce the Pisgah Enduro. Individuals will test their downhill skills on three different timed courses. The rides in between the downhill sections will not be timed. Racers will board buses and will be shuttled to (near) the top of the hill at Ridgecrest. The first timed section will be Rattlesnake from the helipad to the ball fields at Ridgecrest. Racers will then ride at a casual pace to the Kitsuma trail. The second timed section will start at the Young’s Ridge trail sign and will end at the Old Fort picnic area. Racers will then ride at a casual pace to Star Gap. The third timed section will be Star Gap trail to Jarred Creek. There will be three rest areas along the way fully stocked with food and water. We will have a professional timing system and timing personnel.
Fireworks Celebration July 4
A great show put on by the Town of Old Fort.
Jerdon Mountain Challenge Saturday before ORAMM in July 29
Warmup to the ORAMM or just come out and ride a 26 mile course that doesn’t have you riding in circles! This is backcountry racing at its finest with a shorter course and still all the amenities of a long distance endurance race. This race will run on some of the same trails as the ever popular Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell. The race will still tackle 3,600′ of climbing over 26 miles as you hit some ORAMM highlights like Kitsuma, Star Gap, Heartbreak Ridge and Jarrett Creek. Celebrate with a huge after party on the picturesque Gateway Museum grounds.
THIS RACE IS LIMITED TO 300 PARTICIPANTS.
Annual off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell July 24
The Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell is a 60 mile mostly off road Bicycle route with 10,500 feet of climbing. From Old Fort you climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just below Mt. Mitchell on beautiful Forest Service roads and unbelievable North Carolina single track. There are fully stocked rest stops approximately every 10 miles and you can send anything you want to the rest areas with our staff. Mt. Mitchell peaks at 6684 ft. and is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi river. The start/finish in the town of Old Fort sits at around 1400 feet. Most of the climbing is on Forest Service roads while most of the single track points downhill!
New for 2014 - Timed Enduro Section!!! We'll be timing your descent on Heartbreak Ridge! This will allow for a safety accountability of rider’s mid-course and showcase the true descenders in the endurance world. The timer at the start at the top of Heartbreak Ridge will have a hand held chip reading device and the bottom timer at the camp fire ring about 1/4 mile before the railroad tracks will have a small structure in place with a chip reading device attached to a laptop computer. Riders will not need to slow as they enter or exit either timing area but can continue to ride normally along the route. The "enduro" section will be included with registration fees and applicable for all participants in the event. We'll be handing out Enduro awards too!
Sourwood Festival August.
The Sourwood Festival fills downtown Black Mountain with wholesome entertainment for both adults and children in August each year. Over 30,000 people from all over America will be in attendance at the festival which grows in popularity each year. Music, dancing, arts & crafts, super food, kid's rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family. With about 200 vendors you will discover lots of local and unique arts and crafts and there will be something to please every palate with BBQ and vegetarian faire, custom-crafted ice cream and funnel cakes and jellies. Summertime favorites include the sausages and corn on the cob. Black Mountain.
Rail Road Day 3rd Sat in September
The Old Fort Mountain Heritage Alliance holds Railroad Day each year. It’s set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and Catawba Avenue. The event celebrates Old Fort’s rail-related history with arts and crafts vendors, food, music and model railroad displays.
Fall Festival "Octoberfest" First weekend in October
The Old Fort Ruritan Club is pleased to announce the new and improved “Octoberfest”. We have reduced the event to two days, Saturday & Sunday 9 to 6, with a band playing once each day ending with our Mill Creek Duck Race at 5pm Sunday. Music can be played at the festival by local groups until 10pm Friday and Saturday, please call to reserve a time. New vendor rules welcome the addition of more types of vendors and some restrictions on food vendors. Antique and collectable vendors are a welcome addition as well as home based businesses. Our long time local craft vendors are still an important part of this event, as are our local farms and businesses. No flea market or yard sale items.
Fall Festival "Mountain Glory" Second weekend in October
The festival covers the court house lawn and 3 blocks of downtown. Browsers and shoppers looking for original handicrafts or handspun enjoyment will find plenty of choice among more than 125 artists, crafters and food booths and a variety of entertainment, from local bluegrass bands playing traditional mountain music to haunting melodies of Native American music. Beside mainstays of music and craft, the festival offers glimpses into local and regional pastimes, such as the Mountain Glory Craft Show, foot races and 3 stages of area talent. Addie's Chapel Gospel Choir is an annual favorite. One of the most popular areas of the festival every year is the "Children's Arena" that provides hands on activities, a best dressed pet show and special entertainment for kids. Marion.
Old Fort Christmas Parade
The first Saturday of December marks the annual Christmas Parade in Old Fort.
An Old Fort Christmas
An Old Fort Christmas, bringing the true meaning of Christmas to Old Fort, Live! Members portraying the Birth of Christ as told in the book of Luke Starting with Luke 2:2-3 and ending with His resurrection. Live Nativity at the Mountain Gateway Museum.