Upcoming Events in the Local Area

There are numerous events held year-round in Chimney Rock, NC, and the surrounding cities. From sports and live music events to movie and food festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy! During your stay with us at The Esmeralda Inn, be sure to take advantage of these great events below!
For a complete list of even more local events and fun things to do in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, as well as the surrounding cities, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide!


Vintage Market Days, Asheville, NC


Lure of the Dragons Race & Festival, Lake Lure, NC
5th Annual Movie on the Meadows at Chimney Rock Park ft. “The Last of the Mohicans”, Chimney Rock, NC
Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival, Tryon, NC
Natural Niche Series: Summer Birding at Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, NC
Chimney Rock Park Father’s Day BOGO Special, Chimney Rock, NC
Music Thursdays at The Gathering Place, Chimney Rock, NC (June-August)
Lake Lure Fireworks Celebration, Lake Lure, NC
Beats, Burgers and Brews, Chimney Rock, NC


The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant Wine Dinner, Chimney Rock, NC – August 2, 2017
Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival, Lake Lure, NC
Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain, NC
The Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure, NC
North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, NC
Apple Orchards Open, WNC (september-October)
Mountain State Fair, Fletcher, NC
Alive After Five, Asheville, NC
Brewgrass Festival, Asheville, NC
Halloween costume contest, dinner, cocktails, storytelling and a movie at
The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, Chimney Rock, NC
LEAF Festival, Black Mountain, NC
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Asheville, NC
NOC Octoberfest, Bryson City, NC
Scenic flights over Asheville, Asheville, NC
Weaverville Art Safari, Weaverville, NC
Downtown Brevard Halloweenfest, Brevard, NC


 Thanksgiving Buffet at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, Chimney Rock, NC
Christmas at Biltmore, Asheville, NC (November-January)
Polar Express Train, Bryson City, NC (November to January)
A Christmas Carol at Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC (November to December)
Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum, Asheville, NC (November to January)
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, Fletcher, NC (November to December)
Forest City Hometown Holiday Lights, Forest City, NC (November to January)
National Gingerbread House Competition at The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC (November to January)
The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant Wine Dinner, Chimney Rock, NC
Santa on the Chimney, Chimney Rock State Park
Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas, Hendersonville, NC
Small Town Christmas, Rutherfordton, NC
Santa on the Rock, Chimney Rock, NC
Winterfest at TIEC ( Every Sat.), Tryon, NC
New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, Chimney Rock, NC
Lake Lure Polar Plunge, Lake Lure, NC
Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, Chimney Rock, NC – February 14, 2017