Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main St.

Chimney Rock, NC 28720



July 4th Weekend Family Fun

Saturday, July 1st – Tuesday, July 4th


July 4th is the ultimate summer holiday to spend with family and friends and Chimney Rock is the perfect place to do it. July 1 – 4 you can challenge yourself on our 32-foot climbing tower, open 11am-4pm, take in the different views on one of our many trails and even get up-close to some of our wilder staff at the 2pm Family Animal Encounters program.


Naturalist Niche Series: Old Growth Forest

Saturday, July 15th



Did you know that portions of the Park that have trees over 200 years old? Many of these trees can’t be seen unless you happen to know right where to look. Join us and go off-the-beaten-path to discover some of the special sights you can only see with a guide. This moderate hike is a wonderful way to learn more about native tree species and characteristics of these often-unseen old growth areas. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!


World Ranger Day

Monday, July 31st


Join a North Carolina State Park Ranger at 2pm for a guided hike along the Hickory Nut Falls trail, as they discuss the Park and the diverse ways that they protect it.



Rutherford Outdoor Coalition Race Series


Meet Me at the Fountain 5K Run

Saturday, July 29th beginning at 8am

Smith Drugs, Forest City, NC


Join us for the Meet Me at the Fountain 5k Run/Walk hosted by the Forest City Merchants Association on Main Street, benefiting the V Foundation, Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity ‘Hammering for Heroes’ project, and Relay for Life. Enjoy great music and an awards ceremony to follow.

Register online and let them know where you work to receive $5.00 off your registration. And to top that off, the organization will give $100 back to the non-profit or school that has the most registered runners!



Rutherford County Events Calendar:



4th of July Festival and Fireworks Celebration

Monday, July 3rd

Viewing areas at the Beach, Arcade Plaza, and Morse Park Meadows


Celebrate Independence Day with a festival on July 3rd inside Morse Park Meadows near the beach. Enjoy snacks, and more until a grand fireworks display starting at dark over the lake.


4th of July Freedom Fest

Tuesday, July 4th at McNair Stadium

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bring the whole family and celebrate the 4th of July at the McNair Stadium from 10-2. Enjoy contests, games, a walking parade and live music. Special appearances by the Carolina Panthers’ Cheerleaders and Purrcussionists, signing autographs after the parade.

Come back for the Forest City Owls baseball game, beginning at 7:05 PM, and enjoy Fireworks immediately following the game. Included with paid admission.


F.U.N.C. Music Series

Friday, July 7th

Central Street, Rutherfordton

7-10 PM


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. Root for your favorite performer each month to receive the traveling trophy. This great family-friendly music series features food and drink vendors, games and activities for the whole family.



Forest City Owls Baseball

Home Game Schedule- July 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 25th, 28th, 31st

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.



Live Music Series

Thursday, July 27th

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 Vintage Vinyl takes the stage.



Rutherford County Farmers Market

Tuesdays and Saturdays all month long

Open from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Come out to this twice a week produce event and find a wide selection of vegetables, fruit, baked goods and more sold by local farmers from across Rutherford county. Visitors will also find handcrafted items for purchase. Join us to uncover the great agriculture our county has to offer!







Tryon International Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd

Mill Spring, NC 28756



Hobby Horse Series

Qualifiers- July 1st, 8th, 15th

Finals- Saturday, July 22nd

5:00 PM


Tryon Resort is proud to announce the debut of the American Hobby Horse competition, which will be hosted at the venue during the Tryon Summer Series. Equestrian enthusiasts will enjoy a safe, fun, and affordable way to ride horses and compete in the first organized Hobby Horse competition currently known in the United States.


Riders participating in competitive hobby horsing – a toy consisting of a stick with a model horse head – perform and mimic the movements and technicality of horseback riding in the disciplines of show jumping and dressage, then translate that to their stick horse, where judges will mark and score their rounds. Competitions run similarly to regular horse shows, offering different fence heights for jumpers and tests/levels for dressage riders. Riders receive ribbons and awards for top-placing finishes and practice their skills before competition with trainers and coaches.



Tryon Summer Event Series:


Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, July 1st

6:00 – 10:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: Grand Prix CS12*


Tryon Summer VI

Wednesday, July 5th – Sunday, July 9th

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: USEF AA/CSI 3*

Saturday Night Lights on July 8th


Tryon Summer VII

Wednesday, July 12th – Sunday July 16th

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: USEF B/CSI 2*

Saturday Night Lights on July 15th



Tryon Summer VIII

Wednesday, July 19th – Sunday July 23rd

8:00 Am – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: USEF B/Level 6

Saturday Night Lights on July 22nd


RC Calendar submitted by Heather Meech, McConnell Group PR