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
On Easter Sunday every year a sunrise service is held at Chimney Rock State Park.
Admission is free to enter the Sunrise Service. 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
Saturday, April 18 – 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. 8 am - 2 pm.
Memorial Day weekend
kicks off our summer season with our 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. Downtown Lake Lure, across from the Beach.
Aug 9 – Annual Race to the Rock
– Chimney Rock State Park. The grand finale of the Annual Lake Lure Olympiad – a 3-day family
sports festival that showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, the Race to the
Rock is a challenging 5k run or 25-mile bike race that climbs 900 feet in the last 3 miles (a 7-9%
grade) to finish at the base of Chimney Rock. 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 or bike up to Chimney Rock. Advance registration required. Fees vary.
Fireworks Display: Saturday, July 3. 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.
Sept 11 & 12 – Dirty Dancing
Festival – Lake Lure. For the last several years the Dirty Dancing Festival has rocked
Lake Lure with a lakeside screening, family dance festival, and the official festival After-Party Dance
August 7 -9 – 16th Annual
Olympiad. This 3-day sport and community festival features dozens of events and
activities for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Beach BBQ, free water ski show and Race to the
Rock (ride or run to the "Rock" on Aug 9 at 8:00 a.m.
December 5 and 12 - 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 5 and 12 – 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, 2021 – 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!