13 Local Summer Festivals Written in Emoji

13 Local Summer Festivals Written in Emoji

Happy World Emoji Day! Or, as they say in the world of emoji:

Happy World Emoji Day

For 20 years, digital communication has been slowly taken over by these little pictographs. In the last eight years, since they were officially adopted by Unicode, emoji moved more quickly from their native Japanese homeland to Twitter feeds and selfie comments around the world. And while there is not yet an emoji for everything (we’re still waiting for a simple basket, to be rolled out later this year), the language of emoji has a pretty rich vocabulary.

To celebrate World Emoji Day, we thought it would be fun to use emoji to describe some of Western North Carolina’s most popular annual summer events. Here are 13 local summer festivals written in emoji.


Folkmoot USA

Folkmoot USA

July 19–29, 2018 | Downtown Waynesville and beyond

Folkmoot is a two-week international dance and music festival. The festival is headquartered in Haywood County, but events are also held at venues throughout Western North Carolina.

Learn more: folkmoot.org


Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

July 20–22, 2018 | US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands showcases hundreds of artisan crafters from the region. It also offers live demonstrations and other creative activities throughout the weekend.

Learn more: southernhighlandguild.org


Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

August 2–4, 2018 | Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville

Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers, and others have gathered the first weekend in August for the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival.

Learn more: folkheritage.org


LEAF Downtown Asheville

August 3–4, 2018 | Pack Square Park, Asheville

Don’t miss this weekend of live music, dance, and culture put on by the Lake Eden Arts Festival. If you enjoy it, check it out again in October at Lake Eden.

Learn more: theleaf.org


Laugh Your Asheville Off

Laugh Your Asheville Off

August 9–11, 2018 | Asheville

Have you been looking for a weekend comedy festival featuring local, regional, and national comedians? This is exactly what you want!

Learn more: ashevillecomedyfestival.com


Sourwood Festival

Sourwood Festival

August 11–12, 2018 | Downtown Black Mountain

You’ll find music, dancing, arts and crafts, superfood, kids rides and games, face painting, and more in an alcohol-free environment at the Sourwood Festival. Oh! And gourmet sourwood honey, too.

Learn more: sourwoodfestival.com  


Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Asheville Wine & Food Festival

August 18, 2019 | Asheville

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival is a culinary event showcasing dozens of restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more. The 2018 festival was deferred due to lack of venue, but save the date for 2019!

Learn more: ashevillewineandfood.com  


Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

August 31–September 1, 2018 | Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska

Enjoy two nights of the finest traditional music and dancing in the region! The 48th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.

Learn more: smokymountainfolkfestival.com


Canton Labor Day Celebration

Canton Labor Day Celebration

September 2–3, 2018 | Downtown Canton

The whole family will love live music, vendors, rides, and children’s activities at the longest running Labor Day festival in the South.

Learn more: cantonlaborday.com


Mountain Song Festival

Mountain Song Festival

September 7–9, 2018 | Brevard Music Center, Brevard

The 13th annual Mountain Song Festival will feature food, local artists, children’s activities, nature exhibits, and more in the heart of Brevard.

Learn more: mountainsongfestival.com


NC Mountain State Fair

NC Mountain State Fair

September 7–16, 2018 | Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher

Celebrate mountain traditions with rides, exhibits, art, food, concerts, and more at the annual NC Mountain State Fair. Keep an eye out for various discounts on gate admission. Cash only.

Learn more: mountainfair.org


Greek Festival

Greek Festival

September 28–30, 2018 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville

Sample traditional foods while enjoying Greek music, dance, and culture. Join the fun and become “Greek for a day!” Admission is free.

Learn more: romanticasheville.com


Mountain Heritage Day

Mountain Heritage Day

September 29, 2018 | Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

Named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, Mountain Heritage Day is a festival not to be missed! The annual celebration features live Appalachian music and dance, with artisan crafters and demonstrations.

Learn more: wcu.edu


What’s your favorite local summer festival? Tell us about it in the comments—and be sure to use emoji!

 

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