Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main St.

Chimney Rock, NC 28720



Mother’s Day Weekend Special

Saturday, May 13 – Sunday, May 14


Return the love by treating your mom to a beautiful day at Chimney Rock to enjoy spring wildflowers and stunning views. Valid May 13-14, 2017. Buy one regular-price adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free.


Naturalist Niche Series: Spring Wildflowers

Saturday, May 13



This special hike will take participants into areas of the Park with the most species in bloom and discuss what makes this area an exceptional place for them to grow. Bring your mom to have a Mother’s Day treat she won’t forget.


Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun

Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29


Saturday through Monday your family can test their skills on our 32-foot climbing tower, enjoy our daily Family Animal Encounter and spend time exploring one of the Park’s many trails. Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm; Family Animal Encounters 2pm daily.


National Trail Day

Saturday, June 3


The American Hiking Society created this special day as a way for people to create a connection to trails. Chimney Rock helps celebrate this special occasion by offering guided hikes on our various trails as well as possible volunteer opportunities.




National Get Out Doors Day

Saturday, June 10


Celebrate the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day with Park Naturalist, Fox Mountain Guide rock climbing instructors and other area partners to learn more about how to experience the great outdoors from many different angles. Guided hikes, rock climbing opportunities and special activities will be held 11am – 3pm.


Naturalist Niche Series: Dusk to Dark

Saturday, June 10

7:30 – 9:30 PM


Join our Naturalist to explore the Park as dusk turns to dark and see what you might find. This hike will begin at dusk and conclude after dark giving participants the chance to see Chimney Rock in a different light. Don’t forget your headlamp for this rare opportunity.


Father’s Day Weekend Special

Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18


Give dad something he’ll remember for a long time: a getaway to Chimney Rock for incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. We’ll even make it easy for you–buy one regular-price adult admission and dad’s or granddad’s admission is free with our online coupon.



Rutherford Outdoor Coalition Race Series


Leader of the Pack 5K

Saturday, May 20th beginning at 8:00 AM

McNair Stadium, Forest City, NC


Join us for the Leader of the Pack 5k & Fun Run hosted by the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation the 8th Annual 5k run/walk and Free 1/2 mile Fun Run is a benefit for the RCSEF initiatives.


Rutherford County Events Calendar:


Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Friday, May 5th

Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant, Rutherfordton

5:30 – 10PM


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live music on the patio while enjoying authentic cuisine, drink specials, and all the cervezas one could hope for. Families will be entertained with lots of activities including face painting, photo booth, balloon creatures, and fun giveaways.


F.U.N.C. Music Series

Friday, May 5th & June 1st

Central Street, Rutherfordton



Bring your friends and a lawn chair down to Central Street, just off Main St. in downtown Rutherfordton, to hear live outdoor music by a wide variety of up and coming artists and local legends as they jam out to the community. This great family-friendly music series features food and drink vendors, games and activities for the whole family


Gears & Gables Ride for Housing

Saturday, May 6th

Main Street, Rutherfordton



Gears and Gables is an annual fundraising and cycling event benefiting Rutherford Housing Partnership. Proceeds from the race help fund urgent repairs to homes in our community. The ride will feature a 24-mile, 41-mile and 62-mile route through the scenic back roads of Rutherford County and the Blue Ridge Foothills.



Saturday, May 6th

Main Street, Rutherfordton

10AM – 5PM

Take to the streets for the festival gets under way at 10AM with plenty of arts and crafts vendors, face painting artists, pottery sales, and hands-on kids activates from KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum. Treat yourselves to the diverse selection of fair food from funnel cakes, fried pies, and homemade lemonade to delicious barbecue, fried turkey legs, and roasted corn on the cob. Plus there is plenty of desserts to choose.

MAYFEST offers an abundance of entertainment to keep you moving and shaking all day. Kids will never want to leave “Play Land”, an activity center filled with inflatables, mechanical rides and a rock climbing wall. Dance performances, interactive booths and the annual Derby Race will take place throughout the day. Don’t miss live music by crowd favorites Caleb Gilbert Band at 11AM and Wiregrass at 3PM on the courthouse lawn.

Classic auto enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the newest addition to MAYFEST this year- a car, truck, and motorcycle show sponsored by and hosted in the parking lot of Gregory’s Restaurant off Charlotte Road from 9AM-2PM, followed by an award’s ceremony.  Visitors will end this amazing day with the band “Heart Breaker” performing on the car show stage from 6-11PM. Heart Breaker is a Heart tribute band, a must see for anyone in the area who’s an 80’s fan!

Spring Go Festival

Saturday, May 13th

The Gathering Place, Chimney Rock Village



Join us for a pancake breakfast from 7-10AM. Parade starts at 11 ad the Cow pie Bingo happens from 9AM-2PM. There will be a recycled garden art auction, live music, and a sidewalk sale. Stay around for the Symphony of Rutherford County to perform starting at 6:30 PM. Dinner is available.


Spring Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, May 28th – Sunday, May 29th

Arcade Plaza, Lake Lure (across from the beach)



A Lake Lure tradition of over 30 years, featuring the cultural heritage of “mountain art and fine craft making”. Located across from the Beach at Lake Lure, local artisans’ works of paintings, photography, wood, jewelry, textiles, pottery, soaps, candles, and more are on display for purchase. Throughout the festival, families will find kids activities, face painting, and mini golf. Then enjoy live music or take a stroll through the food court to find a wide variety of food and beverage vendors.


Forest City Owls Baseball

Tuesday, May 30th

McNair Stadium, Forest City

7:05 PM


The Forest City Owls are a two-time, national championship collegiate wooden-bat baseball team. The Coastal Plain League season opens on Tuesday, May 30th. The summer family-fun includes weekly games, on-site  attractions, live music and a wide-selection of concessions. Visit their website to view the full game season schedule.



Summer Beach Bash

Tuesday, May 30th, June 6, 13, 20, & 27

Rumbling Bald Resort, on the beach

5:30-9:30 PM


Come join us on the beach every Tuesday throughout the summer and hear The Last Resort band live. For over 15 years The Last Resort band has been bringing a mix of country, classic rock, beach, blues, oldies and even a little funk, all over Western North Carolina. Enjoy beach volleyball, food, family fun and a Tiki Bar!


Live Music Series

Thursday, June 22nd

The Gathering Place, Chimney Rock Village

6:30-8:30 PM


The summer live music series continues this year at the Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village. Join in on the fun as the Lake Lure Cloggers open the evening. Following is the West End String Band, a traditional bluegrass and old country sound with a modern appeal.



Tryon International Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd

Mill Spring, NC 28756




Wednesday, May 3 – Sunday, May 7

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper

Saturday, May 6- Saturday Night Lights kick off evening



Wednesday, May 10 – Sunday, May 14

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper


MAY III WCHR** Hunters

Wednesday, May 17 – Sunday, May 21

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper



Wednesday, May 24 – Sunday, May 28

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper


Tryon Summer I- USEF AA/CSI 3*

Wednesday, May 31 – Monday, June 5

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper


Tryon Summer II- USEF AA/CSI 4*

Wednesday, June 7 – Sunday, June 11

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper


Tryon Summer III- USEF B/Level 3

Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper


Tryon Summer IV- USEF B/Level 3

Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper


Tryon Summer V- USEF AA/CSI 2*

Thursday, June 29 – Sunday, July 2

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Hunter/Jumper