Chimney Rock State Park

431 Main St.

Chimney Rock, NC 28720



Grandparents Day Weekend Special

September 9 & 10, 2017


Grandparents love spending time with the grandkids. What better way to get quality time together than at Chimney Rock? When you purchase one regular-price adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Special online offer only. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Buy one adult admission at regular price and get one free youth admission (ages 5-15)


Naturalist Niche Series: Fall Early Bird Walk

Saturday, September 16, 2017

7:30 – 9:30 AM

Included with Park Admission


The early bird catches the worm…or the maybe the sighting of that special feathered friend. This month’s Naturalist Niche program is designed for anyone with an interest in birding. Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge are incredible places to be a bird nerd. Grab your binoculars and join a local naturalist to realize why! This hike is the prelude to our Annual Flock to the Rock event.


9th Annual Flock to the Rock

Saturday, September 16, 2017

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Included with Park Admission


Flock to the Rock has become one of our most popular annual events. Originally created to help folks understand why Hickory Nut Gorge is such a premier birding location, this event has grown in size and popularity every year. You don’t have to be an avid birder to find something of interest at this event, but it may just be the reason you become one. Guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops are a few of the ways you’ll discover that Chimney Rock isn’t just for the birds!



Take a Child Outside: Park Campout

Saturday, September 23 & 24, 2017

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Included with Park Admission


Never been camping?  Afraid of the dark?  You’re not alone. Join a Park ranger and take this rare opportunity to camp in Chimney Rock State Park.  A ranger will be available at 5:30 pm to help set up camp and build a campfire for a fun-filled night under the stars!  Still not sure? The ranger will be camping overnight to assist you with any of your questions about camping in the great outdoors. You must bring your own camping gear and dinner.  No camping gear or food is provided for this event.


Naturalist Niche Series: Skyline Trail Trek

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Included with Park Admission


North Carolina State Parks created a longer hike winding through the ridgeline forest on top of Chimney Rock Mountain. This primarily rolling trail takes guests through beautiful woodland landscapes with surprising occasions for jaw-dropping views. Don’t miss this guided hike by a local naturalist who began his career documenting the species on the original trail and is now exploring the new. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot!



Rutherford County


F.U.N.C. Music Series

Friday, September 1 & October 6, 2017

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Central Street, Rutherfordton


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.


Rutherford County Farmers Market

Tuesdays and Saturdays through September

Ends October 7, 2017

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!



Friday, October 6, 2017

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Main Street, Rutherfordton


On your mark, get set, GO! The Race for the Gold is on. Who will take home the trophy this year? Will it be the Pink Lady that swept the competition in 2016 or will the Public Works Crew give her a run for her money? Don’t count out KidSenses Children’s Museum, those guys know a lot about science and may have a trick or two up their sleeve. Regardless of who wins, this is always a thrilling and fun event to watch as they race custom designed cars down Main Street with the hopes of taking home gold!



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Starting at 8:30 AM

Main Street, Rutherfordton


Commemorating the Overmountain Men’s historic march to defeat the British at the Battle of King’s Mountain, the annual Overmountain 5K lets runners follow in Revolutionary soldiers’ footsteps through scenic downtown Rutherfordton.

Directly following is the Tour de Pumpkin Bike Ride in its 11th year, featuring 50K and 100K rides.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Open at 10:00 AM

Main Street, Rutherfordton


Held the first Saturday of October every year, the Hilltop Fall Festival is our favorite way to usher in the cooler season. One of our most popular festivals, this family-favorite event features face painting, rock walls, inflatables, pony rides, live music and more. Don’t forget to choose your favorite in the Scarecrow Contest. Celebrate this longstanding tradition with us in the beauty of fall color and southern charm.

20th annual Vintage Tin Car Show

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Open 10:00 AM

Rumbling Bald Resort


This annual car enthusiast event is held the first weekend in October every year. The Vintage Tin Car Show is truly the one show you do not want to miss, and this year will be no exception. The show features exceptional quality entrants from all over the southeast. For 2017 over 250 top quality vintage autos and trucks (1986 & older) will be competing for top prizes in over 35 categories. Come for the day or stay for the weekend, you will certainly enjoy the show and all the scheduled activities along with the beautiful autumn in Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wonderful amenities of Rumbling Bald Resort.


Autumn Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival

October 21 – 22, 2017

Open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Arcade Plaza, Lake Lure


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 in the Arcade Plaza, 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. Enjoy live music or take a stroll through the food court to fine a selection of food vendors and beverages.


Trick or Treat on Main

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Starting at 4:00 PM

Main Street, Rutherfordton


One of our favorite times of year when Downtown merchants have an opportunity to give back to their community and watch the parade of fabulous costumes walk up and down Main Street. This event is free and all ghost, goblins and fairy princesses are welcome. Trick or treating officially begins at 4:00 and ends at 5:30 (or until all the candy is handed out)!


Tryon International Equestrian Center

25 International Blvd

Mill Spring, NC 28756



USEA American Eventing Championships

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

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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.

Gladiator Polotm “Battle For South Carolina”

Greenville vs. Spartanburg

Friday, September 1, 2017

6:00 – 10:00 PM

Witness this radical new sport where arena polo meets arena hockey on horseback. The evening will begin with TIEC’s signature SNL entertainment including free carousel and pony rides, face painting, live music, Gladiator-inspired games and more. Our on-site restaurants including Legends Grille, Roger’s Diner, Campagna, Blue Ginger Sushi, and more will all be open and ready to serve you a delicious dinner before the match. Get on your feet for dance-off t-shirt tosses and other exciting games to get everyone pumped up for a thrilling evening!

Adults will have several pre-party and dinner options, with tickets to be released soon! An after party will follow the competition, free and open to all! Gladiator Polo match begins at 8pm. Parking and admission is free for all ages.

FEI CDI-W, CPEDI 3*, & National Show presented by Adequan

Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: Dressage


Tryon Fall I   

Thursday, September 21 – Sunday, September 24, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: USEF B/Level 3      Hunter/Jumper

Saturday Night Lights, September 23rd at 6:00 PM        $25,000 Grand Prix


Tryon Fall II

Wednesday, September 27 – Sunday, October 1, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: USEF AA/Level 6   Hunter/Jumper


***Gladiator Polo “Battle For the Carolinas” Series Championship starting at 6:00 PM


Tryon Fall III 

Wednesday, October 4 – Sunday, October 8, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: USEF AA/CSI 2*     Hunter/Jumper

Saturday Night Lights, October 7th at 6:00 PM    $86,000 Grand Prix


Tryon Fall IV

Wednesday, October 11 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: USEF AA/CSI 3*     Hunter/Jumper

Saturday Night Lights, October 14th at 6:00 PM $130,000 Grand Prix


Tryon Fall V

Wednesday, October 18 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: USEF AA/CSI 5*     Hunter/Jumper

Saturday Night Lights, October 21st at 6:00 PM $380,000 Grand Prix


Tryon Fall VI

Wednesday, October 25 – Sunday, October 29, 2017

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Equestrian Event: USEF AA/CSI 3*     Hunter/Jumper

Saturday Night Lights, October 28th at 6:00 PM $130,000 Grand Prix


RC Calendar submitted by Heather Meech, McConnell Group PR.