Lake Lure Events

Lake Lure, Chimney Rock and Bat Cave comprise what is known as the Hickory Nut Gorge. This 14-mile landscape with the mountains as backdrop includes Chimney Rock State Park. A nature lover’s playground offering a multitude of scenic venues for a wide variety of events and festivals. When you add our neighboring communities of Rutherfordton, Tryon and Hendersonville, there is simply something to do every day of the year!

Spring welcomes the Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival, a gathering of local artists to showcase everything from pottery, art, jewelry and woodworking, to textiles and food! The Tryon Blockhouse Steeplechase is a southern equestrian tradition held each spring and the Tryon International Equestrian Center continues hosting events through the fall.

Summer welcomes the Dirty Dancing Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Lake Lure Olympiad. A spectacular fireworks display over Lake Lure is held to celebrate Independence Day.

Fall is Apple Festival time and you will find everything from apple fritters to apple pies and more! In October the artisans return for the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival. Fall colors throughout the Gorge are more vibrant here than just about anywhere due to the wide variety of flora and fauna found throughout this Isothermal Belt location.

The winter holiday cumulates with the Polar Plunge on January 1st of each year at the beach which is something you have to see to believe. Hot chocolate and warm toasty fires after a chilly dip are a great way to kick off the New Year.