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Best Time of the Year to Visit – Year Round! 

Spring in the Hickory Nut Gorge is absolutely gorgeous with dogwood, daffodils, red bud, and forsythia blooming in April. Then in May the mountains are covered with mountain laurel (pictured), crab apple, flame azaleas and wild cherry trees. June brings our purple and white rhododendron and wild orange day lilies.  And our leaf color in the fall is spectacular!

On Easter Sunday every year a sunrise service is held at Chimney Rock State Park.  Come celebrate Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the Park all day.  Admission is free to enter the Sunrise Service, must reservations are required through Chimney Rock State Park. 

The annual Gorge Sale on the Trail. Find exceptional bargains at this 19-mile yard sale stretching from Gerton through Bat Cave and Chimney Rock to Lake Lure and Rumbling Bald Resort along Hwy. 64/74A.  Date to be decided.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off our summer season with our Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival held Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, rain or shine. Festival features fine arts and crafts, food booths and entertainment.  Kids activities too.  Downtown Lake Lure, across from the Beach.  May 28-30, 2022


Lake Lure Annual Olympiad.   Aug 12-14, 2022.  This 3-day sport and community festival features dozens of events and activities for people of all ages and athletic abilities.  Includes 10K Dam Run, Golf Tournament, a Sprint Triathlon and Junior Olympiad, and 5K Run to the Rock in Chimney Rock State Park. The rewarding 75-mile views from the finish line overlooking Lake Lure are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it! This is the ONLY TIME you can ever run to Chimney Rock.  Advance registration required.  Fees vary. 


Fireworks Display:  Join us for fireworks on the 3rd of July 2022 (yes, the 3rd!) at the Lake Lure Beach!

May 9 - 8th Annual Spring Go Festival at the Gathering Place in Chimney Rock Village. Family fun throughout the Village. Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Sidewalk Sale, Cowpie Bingo Raffle,  Symphony of Rutherford County at the Gathering Place and more.

Dirty Dancing Festival – Lake Lure.  Sat., Sept 10, 2022.  Get in the spirit of the era and step back in time to that unforgettable summer in the Catskills.  Join us where it all began in the breathtaking mountains of western North Carolina and "have the time of your life."


Lake Lure Spring Classic Boat & Auto Boat Show.  May 21, 2022.  Annual classic boat and antique auto show.  10:00-4:00 pm at Lake Lure Beach.  Free.  

December 3 and 10, 2022 - Christmas in Chimney Rock Village.  Stroll our quaint mountain village streets all lit up with white lights and get a head start on your Christmas shopping in our craft and gift shops.

December 3 and 10, 2022 – Santa on the Chimney. (11 am - 2 pm) Santa practices scaling chimneys in Chimney Rock State Park. USA Today named Chimney Rock one of the "10 great places to catch up with Santa."

January 1, 2023 – Polar Plunge. 12 Noon. (registration 10:30 - 11:30 am) Take the annual New Year's Polar Plunge at the Beach at Lake Lure and freeze for a reason – to support local charities. If you're not feeling that brave, come see the fun – there will be bonfires to keep you warm!