How to Have the Best Time at the Dirty Dancing Festival

The 1980’s 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 in the 80’s was Dirty Dancing, a timeless love story featuring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Here in Lake Lure, North Carolina, Dirty Dancing isn’t just a nostalgic film from decades ago – it’s the inspiration for one of the most exciting summer events in North Carolina. The Dirty Dancing Festival, held in Lake Lure where part of the movie was filmed, is an exciting two-day dance festival that you’ve got to see to believe. Here are some things you should know about the event.

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About the Dirty Dancing Festival

Founded in 2010, the Dirty Dancing Festival is the highlight of the summer in Lake Lure. It also supports a great cause; a percentage of all ticket sales are donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). Each August, visitors and locals alike come together to enjoy dance lessons, film screenings, live bands, games, and more. Here’s what we’re looking forward to the most.

Day One

Not everyone’s a dancer, and that’s ok! The Dirty Dancing Festival offers guided lessons where beginners and pros can brush up on their skills. Dance lessons are always followed by a free showing of the film, so bring a beach chair or blanket and find a comfortable spot in the grass.

Day Two

Things really get going on day two of the festival. The morning kicks off with more dance lessons, followed by live music, games, arts & crafts vendors, and dance competitions. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite, plus a beer, wine, and cider garden.

One of the most fun (and unique) events of the Dirty Dancing Festival is Watermelon Games. You’ll find pictures all over the festival’s website of people racing while carrying watermelons! Check out the event schedule for more information and to purchase your tickets.

2017 Event Details

Did you know that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing? To celebrate, the festival will be held on August 18 and 19, 2017 – Patrick Swayze’s birthday weekend. Whether you’re a diehard fan or haven’t seen the movie, you’ll love experiencing the fun events, timeless songs, love, and passion. See you there!

Book Your Stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

Less than five miles away from Lake Lure is our Chimney Rock bed and breakfast. It’s the perfect place to stay during the Dirty Dancing Festival! Surrounded by the beauty of Chimney Rock and the Appalachian Mountains, our inn offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy spacious accommodations that feature mountain views, private baths, and access to the outdoor jacuzzi and spa. Then join us for a delicious meal in our fabulous onsite restaurant! Rooms are filling up fast so don’t wait – contact us today and see what makes Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, and the surrounding area so special. We look forward to having you!

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Photo Courtesy of the Dirty Dancing Festival