Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main St.

Chimney Rock, NC 28720



Family Encounters

August 1st – 31st

Daily at 2PM

Included with Park Admission


Chimney Rock is home to incredible wildlife, and we are lucky to have Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park Naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories.


Naturalist Niche Series: Waterfall Exploration

Saturday, August 26th

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Included with Park Admission


The famous Hickory Nut Falls is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Seen in movies such as The Last of the Mohicans, its sheer drop is easily recognized and hard to forget. Thousands of people visit the waterfall each year often overlooking the significance of what flora and fauna thrive in this incredible cliffside habitat. The exploration to the base of Hickory Nut Falls will have you turning over rocks and peering into crevices to see what may be lurking. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!



Rutherford County Events Calendar:


Lake Lure Olympiad Destination Sports Festival

Friday, August 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 P.M.

Saturday, August 12th, 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Sunday, August 13th, 7:30 – 11:00 A.M.


Lake Lure, North Carolina is home to the 13th annual Lake Lure Olympiad, held along the shores of Rumbling Bald Resort and the peaks of Chimney Rock State Park on August 11th – 13th. Each year, over 1,500 athletes come to compete at one of Western North Carolina’s largest three-day sports festivals, situated in the Hickory Nut Gorge.


The Lake Lure Olympiad is considered a scenic destination sports festival boasting competitive race events, entertaining activities and family fun at scenic locations. It is also a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers that has given back more than $300,000 benefiting area charities and service organizations. Over the past 12 years, athletes of all ages and abilities have participated.


Race competitions include- “3 Races in 3 Days”- 10K Dam Run on Friday evening, Sprint Triathlon on Saturday morning, and the Race to the Rock 5K Run and 25 Mile Bike on Sunday morning. Plus, various other events throughout the weekend include the 2 Mile Couch to Cart Path Run, Junior Olympiad, Pickleball and Golf Tournaments.


The three-day festival is open to spectators and is free to attend. Bring the family on Friday evening to enjoy the opening ceremonies, an ice cream social, and after party at Legends on the Lake restaurant. Support a great community event, cheer on the athletes, and spend the weekend with the Lake Lure Olympiad.


8th annual Dirty Dancing Festival

Friday, August 18th, 5:00 – 10:30 PM

Saturday, August 19th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

In honor of its namesake film, and the 30th anniversary, the annual Dirty Dancing Festival will be held at Morse Park Meadows in the picturesque mountain town of Lake Lure, N.C. on August 18th and 19th. Surrounded by the backdrop of the original film, fans are invited to join us Friday evening for The Dirty Dancing Lakeside Film Screening beginning at dusk. Free admission to the public, doors will open at 8:00 pm. Ticket holders may enter the festival beginning at 5:00 P.M., and enjoy a live performance by the Lake Lure Cloggers, music from the band Dashboard Blue and storytelling from Stacy Widelitz, co-writer of the song “She’s Like the Wind”. Plus, this year the festival will commemorate Patrick Swayze’s 65th birthday!

On Saturday, come back to Morse Park for a full day of festival fun beginning at 9:00 A.M. Fans of the movie will experience three live bands, a DJ, dance performances and dance lessons conducted by the Asheville Ballet, watermelon games presented by PANCAN, and plenty of arts & crafts vendors. Contests will be showcased throughout the day and include the ever so popular Lake Lift Competition and the Amateur Shag Competition! Both days will include food and beverage vendors and an alcohol garden!



26th annual Hot Night Cool Rides Car Show

Friday, August 18th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Saturday, August 19th, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Forest City, N.C. is home to one of the largest car shows in the southeast and showcases over 400 cars, trucks, and motorcycles this August along Main Street in downtown. Live music entertainment fills the day on Saturday featuring Chris Ferree, Jack Roper and the Weatherman Band, Oak Grove String Band, Night Move Band, and Barney Fife!


The Cruise-in on Friday evening, located near the Rutherford County Farmers Market on Depot Street, kicks off the weekend fun and includes live music from The Flying Saucers.


This 2-day event is free and open to the general public. Various food, snack, and beverage vendors will be onsite.


Registration for each car is $25 and includes a commemorative t-shirt.  Pre-registration will be held on Friday, August 18 from 2pm-8pm at the Main Street Meeting building located at 108 East Main Street.  Registration will begin on Saturday, August 19 at 9am and will cut off at 4pm.  A registration form can be found at:



F.U.N.C. Music Series

Friday, August 4th

Central Street, Rutherfordton

7-10 PM


FUNC – pronounced Funk- is a live music series featuring local talent in a family-friendly environment along Central Street and anchored by the Main Street Park. This series appeals to all ages with kids activities, local vendors, adult beverages, and much more! What a better way to end a long workweek then to mix with the community, allow the kids to play and listen to some great tunes! Join us in the Main Street Park beginning at 7pm.


Forest City Owls Baseball

Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th

Game starts at 7:05 P.M.

McNair Stadium, Forest City


The Forest City Owls are a two-time, national championship collegiate wooden-bat baseball team playing in the Coastal Plain League. The 2017 season comes to a close this month, come out and support your Forest City Owls team as they prepare for the Petitt Cup playoffs. The summer family ballpark fun includes on-site attractions, live music and a wide-selection of concessions.


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



Tryon Summer Event Series:


Tryon August I

Wednesday, Aug. 9th – Sunday, Aug. 13th

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: USEF AA/Level 6

Saturday Night Lights on Aug. 12th – Summer Dressage V


Tryon August II

Friday, Aug. 18th – Sunday, Aug. 20th

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: USEF B/Level 3

Saturday Night Lights on Aug. 19th


Tryon August III

Friday, Aug. 25th – Sunday, Aug. 27th

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Competition: USEF B/Level 3

Saturday Night Lights on Aug. 26th


USEA American Eventing Championships

Wednesday, Aug. 30th – Sunday, Sept. 3rd


The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) is the annual championship for every level of the Olympic equestrian sport of eventing, from beginner novice to advanced in America.

The popular USEA American Eventing Championships offers qualified USEA members of all ages and levels the chance to compete in the only national championships of its kind in the United States. Each September, hundreds of juniors, adult amateurs, and professionals travel from all across the nation to participate in this prestigious competition, vying for the chance to win a piece of the prize money, fabulous prizes, and the opportunity to be named the best in the nation at their respective levels.

Riders and spectators will enjoy excellent amenities including high-quality permanent stabling as well as spectacular viewing areas for almost all of the show grounds. Onsite dining will be open seven days a week boosting a diverse range of options including 50s-inspired Roger’s Diner, Legends Grille, Blue Ginger Sushi & Noodles, Campagna, Mane St. Coffee, Tryon Cafe, Triple Crown Deli & Subs, Clear Rounds Pub, and The Siesta Cantina.


RC Calendar submitted by Heather Meech, McConnell Group PR.