Everything You Need to Know About The Dirty Dancing Festival

Live music, dance lessons, craft vendors, and fun competitions like the watermelon carry and the Lake Lift are just a few things that Dirty Dancing fans will love about the Dirty Dancing Festival! If you have yet to participate, there are so many reasons to include it on your summer itinerary for 2019. Read on to discover what you need to know about this incredible two-day event!

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About the Festival

The 1980s was an era of incredible classic movies. Many even shifted the film industry as we know it. One of the most popular flicks to come out was Dirty Dancing, a timeless love story featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Here in Lake Lure, Dirty Dancing is more than a nostalgic film. In fact, it is actually the backdrop of where part of the movie was filmed. Founded in 2010, The Dirty Dancing Festival is a highlight of the end of summer in Lake Lure. In addition, it supports a great cause. A percentage of all ticket sales benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN).

What to Expect

Not everyone is a dancer, and that’s okay! The Dirty Dancing Festival offers guided lessons where beginners and pros can brush up on their skills. Timeless songs and dance lessons are always followed by a free showing of the film, so bring a beach chair or blanket and find a comfortable spot on the grass. The morning of day two kicks off with more dance lessons, followed by live music, games, arts and crafts vendors, and competitions! With plenty of local food vendors and a beer, wine, and cider garden, there isn’t a more fun way to get a taste of Lake Lure, North Carolina!

Fun Competitions

Nobody can forget the moment that Baby carried the watermelon and was subsequently swept away by Johnny! Inspired by this scene, one of the most fun events at the festival is the Watermelon Games. Are you up for the challenge? Put on your racing shoes and get ready to race across the field, Baby-style, while carrying your own watermelon! Afterward, grab your partner and cool down with the Lake Lift competition. You can relive the scene where Johnny lifts Baby in the lake.

2019 Event Details

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of Dirty Dancing. To celebrate, The 2019 Dirty Dancing Festival will celebrate a few weeks following Patrick Swayze’s birthday. This two-day event takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and September 14. Remember to get your tickets in advance on the Dirty Dancing Festival website.

Book Your Reservation at The Esmeralda Restaurant

After dancing to your heart’s content, we invite you to join us afterward for an incredible dinner at one of Lake Lure’s most beloved restaurants, The Esmeralda Restaurant. A cheese plate at The Esmeralda Restaurant.Our menu is designed with the seasons in mind and brings our guests the freshest produce, best meats, fish, and ingredients possible. From classic Southern dishes like pimento cheese fritters to savory favorites like housemade crab cakes, Chef Keith brings a myriad of experience to our restaurant, creating timeless dishes that are sure to please every palate. And, if you are looking for the perfect place to relax after dinner, book one of our mountain-view premium rooms. Complimentary breakfast, access to our outdoor spa, and massage services are a few ways to enjoy your stay!

The Dirty Dancing Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Lake Lure. Tickets always go quickly, and The Esmeralda Inn always books up for the weekend. Check our availability today to start planning your getaway! We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & restaurant.