As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, the western North Carolina region is abuzz with excitement for the upcoming entertainment events in the month of May 2023.

Mother's Day

This year you can celebrate Mom during the Amadeus Festival, with two special Mother’s Day events on day 4 of the festival, Sunday, May 14!3:00 p.m. Start things of with Mother’s Day High Tea at Blue Spiral 1, presented by Blue Spiral 1 and the Asheville Symphony Guild. Enjoy a glass (or two) of bubbly while gallery experts guide us through a teapot invitational exhibit that will feature forty functional and sculptural teapots in a variety of mediums. Next, a high tea featuring Asheville’s High Climate Tea Company will be served with a variety of delightful light bites and desserts.

7:00 p.m.
The Asheville Symphony Chorus presents Fire in Her Soul: A Mother’s Day Concert. This program features music composed by American women, honoring the talent and creativity of female composers in the United States. Featured composers will include Florence Price, Amy Beach, Sarah Quartel, as well as local composer, Jane Roman Pitt. The chorus will be accompanied on organ and piano by Tate Addis.
You can also see a matinee of Asheville Community Theater’s Bright Star at 2:30p.m. and catch Blue Ridge Orchestra’s Mozartissimo for their second show at 3 p.m. at the Wortham Center for Performing Arts!

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If theater is more your style, the Flat Rock Playhouse presents Steel Magnolias “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” Written in just 10 days as a tribute to his sister Susan by playwright Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias explores the relationships between a tight-knit group of Louisiana southern ladies who gather in Truvy’s small-town beauty parlor, celebrating the milestones in each other’s lives. Filled with hilarious repartee and humorously acerbic verbal lacerations. Steel Magnolias exemplifies the universal and unconditional strengths of sisterhood, resilience, and love. 

For those who want to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the region, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-visit destination. With stunning mountain views, hiking trails, and picnic areas, the parkway is a perfect place to spend a day with family or friends.

You don't want to miss out on the fun in Franklin!

Every Friday night beginning Pickin' on the Square May 13th!

Held on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays May through Mid-October (weather permitting)

For over three decades the Town of Franklin, NC has hosted this FREE event at the Gazebo on the Square in Downtown Franklin from May through mid-October. This year's Pickin' on the Square will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from May 13 to October 14 at the Gazebo on the Square in Downtown Franklin. Bring your lawn chair for a great evening of family entertainment during Pickin' on the Square. Come early and enjoy one of our great restaurants. Food vendors also available.

2023 Pickin' on the Square Dates
May 13 and May 27 (Memorial Day weekend)
June 10 and June 24
July 8 and July 22
August 12 and 26
September 16 and September 30
October 14 (final)

Love the outdoors? 

Check out the Chestnut Mountain Nature Park in Canton!

Get your picnic basket ready and head out to the park! 

"This pedestrian-only bridge, known as the "gateway to the park", is not only the entrance to the multi-use trails, but also a picnic and day use area. With picnic tables lining the bridge, visitors will be able to picnic and socialize or relax and people watch as hikers and bikers pass through on their way into the park. It is also a great place to watch bikers descend down the Bear Country trail from Berm Park."

Love to hike or bike, this is the place for you! Trails for those adventure seekers!

Check out their website for more information here


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