Chimney Rock State Park



Naturalist Niche: Top of the Mountain Trek

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: $23 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder; Advance registration required

This naturalist-led hike explores the top of Chimney Rock Mountain where you will discover a much different world than in the main portion of the Park. Learn about the fascinating history of this area and more about the wildlife that can be found utilizing this unique habitat. This hike is considered moderate -to-strenuous.

We love our visitor’s furry friends, but we do understand that some hike participants may consider animals a distraction on the trail. Pets are not allowed on Naturalist Niche hikes because of this. Hikes are geared for adults.

Advance online registration is required. Cost includes Park admission for the day.


14th Annual Race to the Rock

Time: 7:45am bike; 8am run

Cost: Racers: Save up to $10 on early registration at Spectators: Free admission if in the Park before 7:30am.

The grand finale of the 14th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family sports festival that showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, the Race to the Rock is a challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9% grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what is left of it! This is the ONLY TIME you can ever run or bike up to Chimney Rock.

Lake Lure


From the shores of Rumbling Bald Resort to the peaks of Chimney Rock State Park, the Lake Lure Olympiad returns for its 14th annual year on August 10-12, 2018. This destination sports event, with the Ultimate Three Races in Three Days Challenge, is a getaway for athletes, family and friends to enjoy race competitions, outdoor adventures and the surrounding small towns of Rutherford County.

Athletes will participate in multiple events throughout the weekend including: the Slam the Dam 10K Run, a Dare to TRI Lake Lure Triathlon and the Race to the Rock 5K Run or 25-Mile Bike. New this year is a FREE practice swim for triathletes on Friday evening. Kids ages 4-14 can join in on the competitive fun with mom and dad to compete and earn medals too at the Junior Olympiad on Saturday morning. In addition to the race competitions, the Olympiad will host a Golf Tournament and Pickleball Tournaments.

On Friday, the opening Ceremonies celebration will kick-off the weekend for athletes and spectators. This year the fun is bigger than ever! Don’t miss the ‘Build a Box Boat Race’, lighting of the torch, water ski performances and a free ice cream social. Throughout the evening, there will be music and dancing, plus a cookout on the beach, including specialty beers for purchase. For event registration and details, visit


Channel your inner “Baby & Johnny” at the 9th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure on August 24-25. Celebrate the iconic film Dirty Dancing and relive your favorite moments with movie-inspired dance, music, arts and entertainment. Friday, the FREE lakeside movie screening begins at dusk, opening the gates to the public at 7:30pm. Ticket holders for Saturday’s festival can get in early for the pre-party event to enjoy a performance by the Lake Lure Cloggers followed by music from The Extraordinaires. New treats this year is a Shag Social held throughout the evening featuring DJ Jeff Foster and a Meet & Greet with Author Sue Tabashnik, known for her award-winning tribute books to the movie and Patrick Swayze.


Saturday, the Asheville Ballet will perform top-notch dances from the film and teach routines to the fans throughout the day. There will be shag lessons and contest, three band performances, watermelon races and games hosted by PanCAN and the Kellerman’s Talent Show. Concluding the day is the much-anticipated Lake Lift Competition. Vendors in the Artisan Village, Food Court and Club House Garden will be open throughout the weekend.


To purchase tickets visit

Forest City

The 27th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides Car Show will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 along historic Main Street. The fun begins on Friday night, August 17, at 6:30 PM with a cruise in at the newly constructed Pavilion on Park Square just off Main Street.  The Ocean Boulevard Band, from nearby Cleveland County, will be taking the stage at 6:30 PM.  Cruise In cars are asked to park in the parking areas immediately adjacent to the Rutherford County Farmers Market.


Early registration for the car show will be held on Friday, August 17 from 2:00 PM-8:00 PM at Main Street Meetings, 108 East Main Street.  Registration is just $25 per car and includes a commemorative t-shirt.



On Saturday, Main Street will be closed at Broadway Street and Church Street to everyone except show cars at 7:00 AM.  Registration will be held from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at Main Street Meetings, 108 East Main Street.  Live music from Jack Roper and the Weatherman Band from 11:30 AM- 1:30; Wiregrass from 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM; and Night Move from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM.  Between acts, the Sound Connection will be spinning favorite dance songs for the crowd. The car show is an alcohol free, pet free event. For more information call  828-247-4417.

The Foundation Performing Arts Center


Sister Hazel

Friday, August 17 – 8:00 PM

Tickets: $22 to $37  Youth $5, $8


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Submitted by Amy Brevard of the Rutherford County TDA.