Affiliations of the Haywood County Arts Council

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Information about the rich music heritage of North Carolina.


Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Find Yourself in a Place Beyond Imagination. . . .  Find yourself in Blue Ridge!

Experience the Blue Ridge Parkway and National Heritage Area. Ancient landscapes endure and age-old traditions flourish. Be left breathless by waves of blue-misted mountains, graceful waterfalls, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and extraordinary wildlife. The Blue Ridge, where every visit refreshes the spirit and renews the soul.

Established by Congress in November 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area recognizes and celebrates the natural abundance and richly varied cultural history of the North Carolina mountains.

Downtown Waynesville Association

Calendars of events. Listings of businesses, restaurants, lodging, and other information for Waynesville and its downtown area. 

NC Smokies Online Activities Guide:


Folkmoot USA

13_07_Inter_Fest_DayFolkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is a celebration of the world’s many cultures through music and dance. Held each summer across the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade, and workshops by hundreds of performers from a variety of world cultures.

Expect colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. During its 30-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at the Folkmoot Festival.

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre

HARTmasthead_2013The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House.

North Carolina Arts Council


North Carolina had long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama and music when, by executive order in 1964, Governor Terry Sanford created the North Carolina Arts Council to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention and prosperity.


Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival

Founded in 1970, The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival is the premier chamber music festival of The Carolinas. This year, SCMF will present  over 15 events at 3 different venues during its five-week season.

Waynesville Gallery Association

Adding to the rich cultural heritage of the Western Carolina Mountains, and the thriving arts community of Haywood County, is the Waynesville Gallery Association.  The Gallery Association creates opportunities for artists to interact with the public, through its Art After Dark gallery stroll on the first Friday night of the month from May – December.