All of the Festivals in Lake Lure this Year

At Lake Lure, outdoor activities await beyond pretty much every door. From world-class golf to an abundance of water sports, there is always something fun to do outside! 

In addition to making the most of regular outdoor opportunities, Lake Lure residents and visitors find special reasons to come together throughout the year. Annual events, art shows, sporting competitions, and festivals draw crowds of thousands to the shores of the lake. 

If you’ve never been to any of the community events in Lake Lure, make 2020 your year! Here is a list of all the festivals in Lake Lure this year.


65th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

April 12, 2020 @ 5:00–8:00AM | Chimney Rock State Park

Celebrate Easter with song, scripture, and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s nondenominational Annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC. Each year, the event attracts more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast.

Learn more: chimneyrockpark.com


SpringGO Festival

May 9, 2020 | Chimney Rock Village

Celebrate spring at The Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village. The annual festival begins with a pancake breakfast from 7:00–10:00AM at the Chimney Rock Volunteer Firehouse. Place your bets in the cowpie bingo raffle, and catch the hometown parade at 11:00AM. Later that afternoon, you’ll want to pack your cooler with your favorite libation, grab your chairs, and doll up a little. The Symphony of Rutherford County will present their program, and dinner will be available from 6:30–8:30PM, weather permitting.

Learn more: chimneyrock.org


2nd Annual Lake Lure Spring Classic Boat and Auto Show

May 15-16, 2020 | Lake Lure Town Center, Lake Lure Beach, 103 Arcade Street

Save the date for the second annual Lake Lure Spring Classic Boat and Auto Show! This free event features a boat parade, boat and car show, and both antique and classic cars and boats. Concessions and vendors are available for your enjoyment. More information to come.

Learn more: townoflakelure.com


Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival

May 23–25, 2020 | Lake Lure Town Center

Held twice annually, the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival has been a local tradition since the 1980s. The 2020 spring festival, held on Memorial Day Weekend, features continuous entertainment and a celebration of Appalachian arts and crafts in a gorgeous mountain setting. Enjoy shopping for wonderful art and handmade crafts from the festival’s 90+ artisan vendors. Quite a few artisans demonstrate their artistic talents and crafting skills by creating new works at the event. Take a break from shopping to take in great music, dancing, and treats from food and refreshment vendors. A kids zone offers mini golf and face painting.

Learn more: lakelureartsandcraftsfestivals.com


Lake Lure Memorial Day Program

May 25, 2020 @ 9:00AM | Lake Lure Town Center

Join together to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The Town of Lake Lure will hold a ceremony at the Memorial Kiosk in front of the Lake Lure Inn at 9:00AM. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Learn more: townoflakelure.com


2nd Annual Lake Lure Music Festival

June 19–20, 2020

The second annual Lake Lure Music Festival expands to two nights in 2020! Enjoy summer music at the Pavilion at Rumbling Bald Resort on June 19 at 8:00PM. The festivities continue the next evening at the Raptor Center at Lake Lure Classical Academy at 5:00PM.

Learn more: townoflakelure.com


Lake Lure July 3rd Fireworks Event

July 3, 2020 @ Dusk | Morse Park

Save the date for the Town of Lake Lure’s annual gift to the community. Festivities begin at dusk.

Learn more: townoflakelure.com


16th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad

August 7–9, 2020

Each August, the Lake Lure Olympiad beckons more than 1,500 athletes from around the nation for foot races, a triathlon, and sports tournaments. Known as WNC’s premier destination sports event, the Olympiad boasts challenging courses for world-class athletes, as well as entertaining outdoor activities for family and friends. Kick off the season with the Lure of the Lake 1.5-mile and 3-mile freshwater races on June 6, 2020. The Olympiad is a nonprofit organization that brings people together in the spirit of friendly competition for the benefit of charitable giving.

Learn more: lakelureolympiad.com


11th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival

September 11–12, 2020 | Morse Park, Lake Lure

If parts of Lake Lure look familiar to first-time visitors, it’s no surprise. The community was the prime shooting ground for the 1987 romance Dirty Dancing. The film was set in the early 1960s, but even today, parts of Lake Lure feel like the lakeside stomping grounds of the film’s main characters. The town continues to celebrate their participation in the film each September with a lakeside screening of the film. Have the time of your life, carry a watermelon, learn dance steps, sing songs, and attempt the famous lake lift scene.

Learn more: dirtydancingfestival.com 


Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival

October 2020 | Lake Lure Town Center

Held twice annually, the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival has been a local tradition since the 1980s. The 2020 fall festival will feature continuous entertainment and a celebration of Appalachian arts and crafts in a gorgeous mountain setting. Enjoy shopping for wonderful art and handmade crafts from the festival’s 90+ artisan vendors. Quite a few artisans demonstrate their artistic talents and crafting skills by creating new works at the event. Take a break from shopping to take in great music, dancing, and treats from food and refreshment vendors. A kids zone offers mini golf and face painting.

Learn more: lakelureartsandcraftsfestivals.com


Lake Lure Veterans Day Program

November 11, 2020 | Buffalo Cemetery, Rumbling Bald Resort

Help the Town of Lake Lure thank veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. Breakfast will be served at Legends on the Lake Restaurant in Rumbling Bald Resort following the program. Veterans and their spouses can enjoy a complimentary meal. $5/person for other guests.

Learn more: townoflakelure.com


Santa on the Chimney

December 2020 | Chimney Rock State Park

It’s that time of year, and Santa is getting ready by visiting Chimney Rock to climb down one of the world’s largest natural chimneys. For more than 20 years, Santa Claus has practiced for his big evening by descending from the top of Chimney Rock on a nearly 200-foot rappel about every 30–45 minutes, weather permitting. When Santa isn’t climbing, kids are invited to visit with him and Mrs. Claus for photo opportunities and enjoy holiday cookies, hot cocoa, and kids’ activities.

Learn more: chimneyrockpark.com


New Year’s Day Polar Plunge

January 1, 2021 @ 10:30AM–12:15PM

Did you miss the polar plunge in 2020 because of plans to lower the lake? Don’t worry! The 2021 event is already in the works! Save the date and plan to come out for an exciting start to your new year.

Learn more: townoflakelure.com


Make Lake Lure Your Home this Year!

Waterfront mountain real estate is something that is rare indeed. What’s more, there is a unique variety of homes in Lake Lure ranging from the historic to the modern, from the somewhat rustic to the state of the art. Here at Beverly-Hanks, we pride ourselves on our deep relationship with the area, as well as our vast knowledge of Lake Lure property, land, and its unique, storied history.

Live it up in Lake Lure! Search for homes in Lake Lure now!


Did we miss any events? Share your favorite Lake Lure annual events with us in the comments.

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