1898 Waverly Inn

We had a wonderful time at your inn!  We definitely hope to visit a couple times a year. Keep up the wonderful work! ~ Winston Salem, NC

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Festivals & Special Events

1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, North Carolina is conveniently located to many North Carolina festivals. During your stay, experience festivals celebrating western North Carolina's unique take on music, art, the holidays and more. You will appreciate the comfortable setting of our historic inn as a place to start out from and return to after a day of activities and celebrations. Whether you're visiting with friends or family, the atmosphere at our B&B is uplifting and one that you won't soon forget.

This Weekend

Till August 2 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, Asheville, NC. Event showcases performances by traditional mountain musicians and dancers. The nation's longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the top talent in traditional mountain music and dance during a three-evening festival July 31, August 1 & 2 at the wonderfully intimate Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Come celebrate the treasured cultural heritage of Western North Carolina! Fee. 828-258-6101 x345 www.folkheritage.org

August Events in and around Hendersonville near 1898 Waverly Inn

Till August 24 Miss Saigon - Flatrock Playhouse
An epic production about love and revolution. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon.

Till August 24 Music on the Rock: The Songs of the 60s - Flatrock Playhouse Downtown
The turbulent 60s featured the Counterculture, Anti-War and Civil Rights Movements that revolutionized society and the music of the time. Experience the evolution of pop music through the decade with a unique Music on the Rock tribute concert that brings the music of the 60s to life.

August 1 to October 16 Biltmore House - A Gardener’s Place Seminars
Beneath the Conservatory at Biltmore House in A Gardener’s Place Gift Shop daily free demonstrations

1:00 p.m. Focus on Fall Wreaths

2:00 p.m. Five Minute Arrangements

August 1-29 Wild Mushroom Walks at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. View a variety of fungi growing along the park’s trails. Free. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

August 1, 8 & 15 Music on the Main Street Concert Series at Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. A variety of music including oldies rock, gospel, pop, and more. Free. 828-693-9708. www.historichendersonville.org

August 1-31 Family Fun Nature Programs at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Enjoy family-friendly programs including ancient rocks, plants, trees and wildlife. Free. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

August 2-3 Village Art and Craft Fair at Historic Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC. Features fine arts and handcrafts by more than 125 exhibitors.
Village Art and Craft Fair on the grounds of the Cathedral of all Souls in Biltmore Village. In its 40th year, the VACF continues a long tradition of bringing high-quality crafts to Biltmore Village. The fair hosts 125 artists from 17 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more. Free. 828-274-8788. biltmorevillage.com/craft_fair.htm

August 2-30 Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Explore Chimney Rock trails with a park naturalist or ranger.
Hickory Nut Gorge is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, making it one of North Carolina’s most significant centers of biodiversity. Follow naturalist Clint Calhoun Off the Beaten Path to see some of his favorite areas in the Park and learn about species living there. Bring your camera and lace up your boots for this moderate-to-strenuous hike. Meet at Cliff Dwellers Gifts. Limited to 15; advance registration required. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

August 2 and 9 Rootabaga! Live Performances at the Sandburg Home Amphitheater A singing and dancing extravaganza - all set in Sandburg's fairy tale land - Rootabaga Country. Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories are woven together with musical tunes from Sandburg’s collection of folk music found in his American Songbag. The result is 30-minutes of zany, toe-tapping stories that delight “children” of all ages. Carl Sandburg created his own version of American fairy tales when he published Rootabaga Stories (1922) and Rootabaga Pigeons (1923). He replaced the European fairy tale cast of princes, princesses, castles and kingdoms with icons American children would recognize -- taxi-drivers, movie actors, skyscrapers, prairies and automobiles. Appropriate for all ages, 30-minutes. Peformances held on Thursday and Saturday morning at 10:15 am, rain or shine.
Free www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/summer-performances.htm

August 4 and 11 Every Monday Street Dance at Visitor Information Center, Hendersonville, NC. Bring a chair and enjoy bluegrass music, clogging and dancing.
People of all ages journey to downtown Hendersonville to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing. Put on your dancing shoes for some good toe tapping music, where there is a dance area in front of the stage.The dances will be held every Monday evening from July 7 through August 11 at Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street.
Free. 828-693-9708. www.historichendersonville.org

August 6 and 8 World of Carl Sandburg - Live Performances
Sandburg Home Amphitheater Time: 10:15 AM Funny, clever and full of... Carl. The actors bring Sandburg's poetry to life with comedy, action and style. The World of Carl Sandburg is a 30-minute reprise of the 1960 Broadway play. Sandburg collaborated on this production with its creator Norman Corwin, and after its Broadway debut has been a favorite of theaters throughout the country ever since. The narrative is Sandburg's own words as found throughout his collections of poetry and prose, and features music as found in his collection of folk music, The American Songbag. Performances held Wednesday and Friday morning at 10:15 am, rain or shine. Free www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/summer-performances.htm

August 6 Story Telling at the Johnson Farm, Historic Johnson Farm, Hendersonville, NC. Come to the farm and enjoy listening to local story tellers share traditional mountain tales as old as the hills, and some intriguing stories that are much newer.

Farm is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from September through May, following the traditional school year calendar. The farm is open Monday through Thursday June through August, during the school system’s summer break. Tours for the public are at 10:30 am.  Tour fees are $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12, and preschoolers are free. The grounds are free and open to the public for walking on operating days.

July 7 through August 11 Every Monday Street Dance at Visitor Information Center, Hendersonville, NC. Bring a chair and enjoy bluegrass music, clogging and dancing.
People of all ages journey to downtown Hendersonville to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing. Put on your dancing shoes for some good toe tapping music, where there is a dance area in front of the stage.The dances will be held every Monday evening from July 7 through August 11 at Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street.
Free. 828-693-9708. www.historichendersonville.org

August 9 Arts of Appalachia: Painting Your Story Quilt at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Learn and develop techniques to illustrate a story through painting. Quilt-making is an art form that spans multiple centuries and a variety of cultures. Learn and develop techniques to illustrate your own story through color, texture and pattern with a narrative painting. Share your story by creating a unique wall hanging for your home or a friend. Talented local artist Nora Mosrie leads the workshop. No previous art or sewing experience required. Materials provided, but participants may also bring their own keepsakes to incorporate in the art. End the day listening to a live performance on the mountain dulcimer. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

August 9-23 Naturalist Niche Series at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Learn about topics including plants, wildlife, survival skills and more. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

August 12-16 8th Annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival at various locations, Asheville, NC. 5-day festival spotlights over 40 of the nation’s funniest comics. Fee. www.laughyourashevilleoff.com

August 14 - September 14 The Mystery of Irma Vep - Flatrock Playhouse Downtown
Two actors take on numerous characters and even more costume changes in this hilarious satire of theatrical and literary genres. The Mystery of Irma Vep satirizes all that is ridiculous in Gothic horror, Victorian melodrama, classic film, and conventional theater.

August August 15-17. 21-24, 28-31 The Little Shop of Horrors - Hendersonville Little Theatre
What do you get when you add up an unlikely romantic duo, a sadistic dentist, a troupe of doo-wop girls, and a huge man-eating plant named Audrey 2? The campy-classic musical The Little Shop of Horrors, that’s what! An absolutely hilarious crowd-pleaser that will have you dancing away singing!

Hendersonville Little Theatre is the Official Community Theatre of Hendersonville.

August 15 - 17 Annual Lake Lure Olympiad
3-day family sports festival showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Compete in a sprint triathlon, junior Olympiad, 10K Dam run, Race to the Rock and a 2-Mile Open Water Championship. Push your endurance to complete 3—or even 4—races in 3 days for a grueling challenge! Plus, there’s plenty to do and see for families and non-athletes, including games, a beach BBQ, free water ski show and fireworks display.
Watch the Olympiad’s promo video to see what it’s all about!
Visit www.lakelureolympiad.com for details and to register for racing events.

August 17 Annual Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Participants run a 5K or 25-mile bike race. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

The Great Outdoors Packages: There is so much to do and see in Western North Carolina. This package includes tickets to beautiful Chimney Rock Park.

August 21 Historic Downtown Hendersonville's Rhythm & Brews Free Outdoor Concert Series
Sol Driven Train - Charleston SC based rock groove ensemble

Winner of the Award of Merit, the top prize for downtown events in the North Carolina's Main Street program. "From a music perspective we've got a little something for everyone, and from an event perspective we are working hard to make the second year an even more enjoyable experience for our fans." Lew Holloway

August 29- September 1 North Carolina Apple Festival at Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Includes the King Apple Parade, mountain music jamboree and more. Hendersonville's beautiful Main Street is home to nine block Street Fair with over 200 vendors including quality arts & crafts vendors and that wonderful festival food. You can also purchase fresh apples from one of our 14 local growers or enjoy a caramel apple or fried apple pie! All day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there is free live entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Free. 828-697-4557. www.ncapplefestival.org

August 30-31 Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Enjoy birds of prey and learn about their natural habitats. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

The Great Outdoors Packages: There is so much to do and see in Western North Carolina. This package includes tickets to beautiful Chimney Rock Park.

September Events in and around Hendersonville near 1898 Waverly Inn

September 1 to 30 Biltmore House - NC Wine Month at Biltmore
September is North Carolina Wine Month! Come celebrate NC wines with the Biltmore Estate at special events all month long, including free wine tastings, wine pairing dinners, specialty tours, special tastings (including a Reactive Tasting), wine flights at Biltmore restaurants, live music, and more.

September 1 Golden Age "Coming of the Railroad" Henderson County Heritage Museum at the Historic Hendersonville Courthouse. Apple Valley Model Railroad Club's replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States, will be on display, along with other artifacts; Civil War Exhibit, artifacts of military weaponry & uniforms dating back to the war.

September 5 to 14 North Carolina Mountain State Fair WNC Agricultural Center. Celebrate the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains with agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions and midway amusement rides. www.mountainfair.org

September 5 & September 19 Wild Mushroom Walks at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. View a variety of fungi growing along the park’s trails. Free. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

September 6, 13, 20, 27 Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Explore Chimney Rock trails with a park naturalist or ranger.
Hickory Nut Gorge is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species, making it one of North Carolina’s most significant centers of biodiversity. Follow naturalist Clint Calhoun Off the Beaten Path to see some of his favorite areas in the Park and learn about species living there. Bring your camera and lace up your boots for this moderate-to-strenuous hike. Meet at Cliff Dwellers Gifts. Limited to 15; advance registration required. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

September 13 Fall Wildflower Hike - Naturalist Niche Series at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Beat the leaf peeping crowd by seeking magnificent fall flowers along Chimney Rock's trails with renowned naturalist and author Ron Lance. Many folks think spring is the peak wildflower season, but flowers are in bloom much of the year at Chimney Rock. Expect to see blooming beauties such as asters, Pink Turtlehead, boneset and more! Limited to 15; advance registration is required. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

September 11 - 21 Music of James Bond - Flatrock Playhouse
“Goldfinger,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “You Only Live Twice,” “Live and Let Die,” “Skyfall,” and countless other iconic songs about the world’s favorite spy comes to life on the Playhouse Mainstage.

September 20-21 6th Annual Flock to the Rock, Chimney Rock, NC. The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. It features live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, bird walks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks and owl pellet dissection for kids. Chimney Rock is home to 130+ species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen on their flight south. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

The Great Outdoors Packages: There is so much to do and see in Western North Carolina. This package includes tickets to beautiful Chimney Rock Park.

September 27 Rock On! - Naturalist Niche Series at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC. Ancient towering rock formations in Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge capture the imagination of visitors from around the world. Get a brief introduction to the area's geological history, then explore some of the Park's incredible rock outcroppings on a guided hike. Limit 20; advance registration required. Fee. 828-625-9611. www.chimneyrockpark.com/events

September 27 Curb Market Old Timey Day, Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N Church St , Hendersonville, NC. Come visit the South’s most unique Curb Market for Henderson County Curb Market Old Timey Day. Music, antique display, demonstrations, food and more. All items sold at the market are handmade or locally grown.

More Event Sites & Information

March of the Leprechauns Festival & Parade
Slice of Hendersonville Public Art Display
Olde Tyme Music Festival
Garden Jubilee
Main Street Sidewalk Antique Show
Chalk It Up!
Blue Ridge BBQ Festival, Tryon, NC
If you love NC Barbeque check out the NC Barbecue Society.
Folkmoot USA
Bele Chere 
NC Apple Festival
NC Mountain State Fair
Art on Main
Foothills Highland Games
Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas