11th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad, August 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Start off your “Tour de Festivals” in Lake Lure at the Lake Lure Olympiad’s Opening Ceremonies. Free and open to the public, the event takes place on the beach at Rumbling Bald Resort, which is otherwise only open to resort guests. The official torch lighting begins at 6 p.m. Grab a hot dog or hamburger and a spot on the sand and watch runners come across the 10K Dam Run finish line, then finish with a free ice cream sundae as the Lake Lure Ski Club performs waterski ballet, ski pyramids and wakeboard flips. Fun games and activities for kids are also available free of charge. The event continues Saturday and Sunday with other competitive events.
6th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival, August 14-15
The world will never forget when Baby and Johnny took center stage in the cult-classic film “Dirty Dancing.” With more than 16 million “Likes” on Facebook, Lake Lure takes pride in being the backdrop of this treasured film. The annual Dirty Dancing Festival starts on Friday night with a free, lakeside film screening, but continues on Saturday with a throwback dance and music festival from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Festivities include live beach and soul bands, dance lessons and performances by the Asheville Ballet & Dance Company, watermelon games and a “Lake Lift Competition.” Tickets are $22/adults and $12/child in advance online or $27/adult and $14/child at the door.
Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am, August 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wrap up festival month in Lake Lure by a return visit on August 22 for the second annual Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament. With three events in one, this festival combines a health, wellness and maker’s fair with some of the world’s best waterskiing and a skeet shooting tournament. And no, the skiers do not shoot while they ski. Attracting both top skiers in the world, as well as some of the best boat drivers, attendees can witness unparalleled waterski action while visiting vendor booths filled with locally made art and health and wellness products. The event also features live, local music, juggling, and fly-fishing casting demonstrations.
For more info, visit www.RutherfordTourism.com or call 800-849-5998.