Upcoming Events Calendar
What better place to put your top down and take in the salt air than beautiful Topsail Island! Bring your family and enjoy family fun, jeep adventure and island living at its best. This meet up is a chance for Jeep lovers to get together and have an amazing time at events like our beach ride and obstacle course. Spectators are welcome at each event. Spanning six towns and two counties, this truly is an island takeover.
Imagine Circus will be in the parking lot of Gallagher’s Sports Bar, inviting Jeep lovers to park and come in to enjoy cold brews and good eats! Hope to see you there!
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Celebration of the Arts festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981. This one of a kind arts and cultural heritage festival is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Celebration of the Arts is a free admission street festival that features family friendly activities for all ages and hands on opportunities to experience the arts.
Celebration features shopping for fine arts and handmade products, living history demonstrations by skilled craftspeople, four live performance stages with music, dance, and storytelling, an interactive Art in Action area, and so much more!
The Center’s Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion museum, art gallery, permanent collections, and the Alexander County Visitor Center (housed within the Lucas Mansion) will be open for visitors throughout the day. Self-guided museum tours will be available at a reduced cost of only $1 per person on Celebration of the Arts day. All other Lucas Mansion exhibits are free and open to the public.
The festival will include fun activities for children of all ages. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy giant slides, bounce house activities, and face painting. Numerous food vendors will be on hand to provide a diverse selection of festival food favorites. Spend the day with us and experience unique ways to celebrate the arts!
This Fall we’re throwing a gala to celebrate 25 years of Smart Start. Hosted in Raleigh at Marbles Museum it will be a night for adults to play like children, as well as honor the work of the last 25 years to build strong and vibrant children, families, and communities in North Carolina.
For more details visit us here or contact Fund Development Manager, Jessica Griffin to discuss how you can be involved.
Pepperfest celebrates it’s eleventh year! This is a celebration of the harvest, cooler weather, and a chance to savor the deliciousness of Carolina peppers! Grown by leaps and bounds since it’s 2007 beginnings, it’s a serious celebration of local food abundance in North Carolina’s Piedmont.
Hang out with your friends, listen to fantastic live music, while sampling delicious pepper-themed beverages and dishes made by dozens of star chefs, brewers, distillers and artisans. Support your local foodshed, sustainable harvest and organic farmers. Bring the kids for fabulous activities, entertainment, bubbles and facepainting!
Come hungry and ready to discover the many amazing nearby restaurants incorporating locally farmed ingredients into their menus as well as local businesses, non-profits and our beautiful community.
APPtoberfest and Homecoming Street Party
APPtoberfest (includes live music, pep rally and food)
Date: Friday, September 28
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Howard Street (Downtown Boone)
Event Cost: TBD
Join us for the Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance!
Liz and Mari host an Imagine Circus Aerial Workshop on Sunday at the Outpost. Hope to see you there!
The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is a collaboration between the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center and the GrassRoots Festival Organization, providing a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art and education – Music Lovers’ Paradise!
The Go Outside Festival, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outside recreation. By combining the things outdoor enthusiasts love – camping, music, gear, races, and demos all in a beautiful outdoor setting – GO Fest is a celebration of everything outdoors. Roanoke GO Fest is a partnership between the nonprofit Roanoke Outside Foundation and the City of Roanoke Department of Parks and Recreation.
Watch pro BMX stunt shows, learn to fly fish, demo a mountain bike, test your balance on a slackline, try out some climbing shoes, learn some wilderness first aid, test your balance on a SUP, crawl into your tent, enjoy a craft beer or two, listen to killer music, then wake up the next morning and try something new. Ride a big wheel, learn how to fix your outdoor gear, enter the Wild Gear Chase, watch the lumberjack show, watch the ultimate air dogs, build a custom headlamp, chill out in an ENO hammock, play around of disc golf, enjoy a beer or two while listen to music, crawl into your tent, then wake up the next morning and try something new.
As fellow outdoor sports enthusiasts, we aspire to share our love and passion for outdoor recreation with the entire world! GO Fest is fully funded by our wonderful sponsors, so when given the chance… SUPPORT THEM!
In the nearly 30 years since it began, this flagship charity event has helped raise millions of dollars towards better understanding—and, eventually, maybe even curing—illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, and anorexia. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which affect as many as 1 in 5 American adults.
Each year, thousands of participants come together at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to show solidarity for family, friends, and community members living with a mental illness. After the walk is over, we celebrate our achievement with a family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music, and prizes.
Every step gives us hope, and hope keeps us moving forward. In 2018, we’ll strive to go further, and do more, than ever before. We’d be so pleased to have you walk beside us.
LEAF Festival is “Bringing It Home” this Fall
2018 Featuring Digable Planets, Railroad Earth, Eddie Palmieri & many more!
LEAF Community Arts is thrilled to announce its dynamic lineup of performing artists for the Fall 2018 LEAF Festival, taking place Thursday, October 18th to Sunday, October 21st near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC. With 400+ performing artists representing 12 different countries, 5 family adventure villages, 80+ craft & culinary vendors, 50+ healing arts, music and earth skills workshops, and a global community steeped in tradition, LEAF welcomes all walks of life for an unforgettable weekend experience. Kids under 10 FREE!
“Bringing it Home” Festival Feature Notes:
• Resilient nations championed: Puerto Rico, Congo, Tibet, Gambia, Costa Rica & Mexico
• Grammy Winning Hip-Hop Pioneers Digable Planets feat. Full (5) piece Live Band
• 10x Grammy Winning Salsa Legend Eddie Palmieri performs Puerto Rico Tribute
• Sona Jobarteh first professional female Kora player in Gambia on debut US Tour
What does HOME mean to you?
“Is it in the streets, fields, and forests where you grew up? Or does it rest in the warm embrace of a loved one after a long day? Of all the places we plant our roots, few things bring us HOME in our hearts like music. The strum of a guitar, the beat of a drum, the echoing chorus of a favorite song… Music holds a way of guiding us to a place of inner peace, joy and sanctuary unlike anything in this world. For 24 years, LEAF has thrived as a community born of friendships, memories, and cultural celebration.. and for the 47th LEAF, we will take that legacy one step further welcoming artists from nations who find their homes in great peril, yet despite all odds continue to share their music, message, and medicine with us all. Join us this FALL where three generations of families hailing from the four corners of the Globe will gather to celebrate the power of music & arts to “Bring Us Home” as ONE Family once again.“
~ Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director OFFICIAL 47th LEAF
FESTIVAL PERFORMER LINEUP
Digable Planets, Railroad Earth Eddie Palmieri’s Salsa Orchestra Valerie June, Here Come the Mummies, Kishi Bashi Sona Jobarteh, Jupiter & Okwess, Elise Trouw Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Dustbowl Revival, Birds of Chicago The Mystical Arts of Tibet, Digging Roots, House of Waters Maybe April, Ron Artis II, Kaia Kater, The Screaming J’s, Doctor Nativo Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher, Supatight, Yellow Feather, Bombassic Carly Taich, NataDas, The Campfire Reverends, LEAF International Costa Rica & Mexico Unifire Theatre, Illuminera, Trillium Dance Co, NU Paradigm, Imagine Circus, Tribe Zanzibar Golden Trumpets | Contra: The Mean Lids, Fyre & Ashe, DR Shadow, Seth Tepfer, Terry Doyle 47th Southern Fried Poetry Slam, 7th Annual Toybox Theater Puppetry Slam, & many more…
Welcome to Carolina BalloonFest! Relax under Carolina blue skies between early morning and late afternoon balloon launches. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to relax and enjoy the cool autumn days with your friends and family! Live music on 2 stages, tethered balloon rides, Artisan Village, Kids Zone, NC wine & craft beer garden, great festival foods and much more!
This will be an evening of EPIC proportions! In order to say THANK YOU to the community, The Veranda is throwing a huge PARTY with trick-or-treating for the kiddos at each business, plus entertainment by IMAGINE CIRCUS! There will be stilt walking, a fire show, aerial performances, a DJ and so much more! You won’t want to miss this!
The Veranda features a dozen locally owned and operated restaurant and service tenants. We welcome you to bring little ones in costumes and walk each of the stores for goodies.
Following your walk please stay and dine at one of our four full service restaurants – Capp’s Pizzeria with artisan wood-fired pizza, Breakaway Cafe, Alberello Cafe & Market, and Town Hall Burger and Beer. Imagine CIrcus will have 3 hours of entertainment starting at 5pm; It will be an enjoyable evening for all ages!! Costumes encouraged with activities, music and more. We can’t wait to THANK our awesome community for all that you have done to welcome The Veranda into your lives!
The second annual High Country Walk/Run for Breast Cancer is the Kickoff event for the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation. The walk/run will be a 5K fun event, with turnoffs for a 1K, 2K, and 3K walk beginning at the American Legion Building. Start and Finish at the American Legion Building.
The goal of the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation is to raise funds by organizing events such as the High Country Walk/Run for Breast Cancer. The money raised is awarded as scholarships to women and men fighting breast cancer in the High Country. The scholarships can be used for various activities in support of the survivor and his/her family—all in an effort to show the patient that the community is fighting the fight with them.
Hippie Fest is the grooviest festival of the year! Featuring hundreds of artists and crafts people, local goods, bohemian shopping, live music, cirque performers, DIY tie-dye, sideshow acts, food trucks and more! All ages welcome. Fun for the whole family!!!
Say hello to Imagine Circus Stilt Walkers and Aerialists!