The Best Summer Festivals Around Maggie Valley, NC

April 13th 2016

Summer is just around the corner and with summer comes a host of festivals in the Smoky Mountains.  Maggie Valley, NC, is a popular summer vacation site and famous for quite a few things. It is scenically gorgeous and therefore attracts tourists from across the country and also from other parts of the world. The summer festivals are extremely popular and draw thousands of visitors on a annual basis to not only experience the natural beauty of the Smokey Mountains but to also enjoy a wonderful display of the art and culture of the area.

There are a number of events, which take place during the summer season. These include local festivals, rallies, concerts, craft demonstrations, etc. This is the season where hundreds and automobile enthusiasts congregate to take part in various competitions and events.  Auto enthusiasts are able to combine the scenic mountain beauty with their passion for cars to produce an unforgettably wonderful experience!  Other popular summer events include various types of musical concerts, which range from the best of southern country music to rock and roll.

Here’s a look at a few of the summer festivals that you will find around the Maggie Valley area:

The Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival

This is the event to be in for those who love great music and the best of seafood. Oysters in particular are served in different varieties, boiled, steamed, fried and even raw. Additionally this is the event to choose for those who wish to try out different varieties of shrimps made in exotic methods. The gate entry cost is $8 and food is charged separately. It actually is a “pre-summer” festival and will be held in Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on April 16th, 2016.

Maggie Valley Spring Swap Meet & Car Show

This festival will be held June 24-26, 2016 on the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. This is a great opportunity for car enthusiasts to showcase their cars. There will be car shows, car corrals, and also a swap meet included.  Admission fee will be $5 for each day and the show will be open from 7 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 7 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Festival

This festival will be held July 9th and 10th, 2016 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and will include 100 artisans & craftsmen.   This event is well known for its unique and beautiful handmade items and easy, friendly atmosphere.  Both admission and parking are free.

Craft Fair Of The Southern Highlands

The Craft Fair of The Southern Highlands will be held from July 14 to July 17th, 2016. It will be held at the US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC. It takes around 40 minutes to reach the site from Maggie Valley and is roughly around 34 miles from Maggie Valley. It will feature the wonderful works of art and crafts from over 200 vendors and artisans.   One can witness craft works covering glass, fiber, leather, metal, paper, wood and a host of other materials. The entry fee will be $8 and it will be free for children below 12 years.  The schedule will be 10 am to 6 pm Thursday-Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

Smokin’ In The Valley – WNC BBQ Festival 2016

This event will be held July 22nd and 23rd, 2016 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.  This barbeque cook-off event is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and is highlighted by a local restaurant barbeque competition where you actually get to choose the best-tasting barbeque!  You will find fun for the whole family there with a display of arts & crafts, entertainment, a kid’s activity corner.   If you are a fan of good barbeque, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

These are just a few of the many events that make summer in Maggie Valley so very special!  Mark your calendars now and reserve your spot to attend your favorite celebration!   Our friendly staff at Creekside Lodge would love to assist you in securing your perfect getaway date today!    Just call Creekside Lodge at (800) 621-1260  to book your reservation today!   Summertime lodging fills up fast here in Maggie Valley so take a couple minutes and call now- you’ll be glad you did!



  • We went with a large group to the Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge and they were incredibly helpful and hospitable. The accommodations were great. The large foyer area was wonderful for the group and the staff was incredible. They made us welcome in so many ways. The rates were incredibly reasonable and the room had all the necessary amenities.

    Chip T.

  • We loved our visit here! We just got home last night and we all wish we were still there! The staff is extremely helpful and the rooms are nice and clean. We spent a lot of time by the stunning creek cooking dinner on the grill and roasting s'mores over the fire pit. It is centrally located to many attractions. We went on many day trips and didn't spend all day in the car getting there. It's also within walking distance of restaurants and shops, but you may find yourself eating by the rushing creek instead!

    Amie M.

  • Really enjoyable place to stay. Room had a balcony overlooking the creek. Spacious room with comfortable bed. Staff was very nice and friendly. Took only 35-40 minutes to reach the Valley at Cataloochee where the elk were in rut. Awesome stay and can't wait to go back.


  • Clean, friendly, quiet, relaxing. Heartfelt thanks to Carol and her entire staff for making our group feel at home again this year. They went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed to make our event a success. We will be back again!

    Ricky Y.

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