Events and Workshops

Throughout the year, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area offers educational workshops, special events, group tours and our annual meeting, Gather 'Round the Blue Ridge.  Click on the individual event below for details.

Why and How to Connect to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

A special workshop presented by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership

You’ve heard about this exciting project; you may have attended one of the Listening Sessions held in 2013.  Your input and interest have helped to guide the development of this project.  
Now, come and learn how to connect to it in meaningful ways that will benefit you:
•    How to participate in the BRMT website  
•    Take home toolkit for marketing your traditional music-related events/businesses
•    How you can become part of the bigger traditional music picture in Western North Carolina

Date:  Thursday, April 10
Time:  2 to 4 pm
Place:  Jackson County Public Library
Cost:  $10 per person, includes afternoon refreshments. Payment required in advance.
Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, make your reservations early!
Call Amy Hollifield, 828-298-5330, ext. 303, or email

Get Double the Value of Your Travel!
The Music Trails workshop preceeds the region-wide tourism conference,
Tourism Work$ for Western North Carolina
presented by Western Carolina University’s College of Business.
Friday, April 11, 9 am to 5 pm.
Complete conference schedule and registration information is available online.  Or call (828) 227-7397.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is a conference sponsor.

Conference hotel is the Best Western River Escape Inn & Suites in Dillsboro,
which will be the site of a pre-conference reception on Thursday night.

Get more bang for your buck—ATTEND BOTH!  Sign up now!