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Labor Day LakeAlooza at Fontana Village 

The 5th annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza fireworks celebration will be held Aug. 29-31 at Fontana Village Resort.

The celebration will be in full swing with a performance by the Josh Fields Band at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. The group blends southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass amid tight three-part harmonies.  

Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard/kayak races, and even a frozen t-shirt contest.

On Saturday evening, Fastgear will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will then be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green

The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside. or 800.849.2258.


Open call for Taste of Sylva 

The Mainstreet Sylva Association will host the 5th annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

This year’s event will feature both downtown restaurants at their locations and other Sylva restaurants set up at McGuire Gardens. All participants will provide a “taste” of their menu or product to patrons, offering a complete experience of the incredible culinary variety in Sylva. 

With close to 20 restaurants, breweries and other food and drink based establishments participating, attendees will be able to sample a delightful variety of foods provided by almost every restaurant in Sylva.

The event will also feature street musicians, children’s activities, samples from local farmers and growers from the Jackson County Farmers’ Market, and much more.

Restaurants interested in participating may contact Julie Sylvester, event planner, at 828.226.0181 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All participants must be registered by August 22nd. 

Tickets will be on sale at participating restaurants starting Sept. 8, and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All proceeds will benefit community programs and initiatives.


Canton Labor Day Celebration

The 108th Canton Labor Day Celebration will be Aug. 29-Sept. 1. 

“Pickin’ in the Park” will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, with live music by Vintage Country and dancing from Southern Appalachian and Smoky Mtn. Stompers. On Saturday, Aug. 30, there will be a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cornhole tournament from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with live music from 2:30 to 10 p.m. by Gold Heart, Aaron Burdett, Joe Lasher Jr. and The Folsom Prison Gang. On Sunday, Aug. 31, there will be Southern Gospel from 2 to 5 p.m. and contemporary youth music at 6 p.m., all of which featuring multiple performances by local groups and choirs.

The Labor Day Parade will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, in downtown. Live music will be provided, and an array of local clogging groups will also be preceding each musical act at the top of every hour.



•The 2nd annual 7 Clans Rodeo will be held Sept. 5-6 at the intersection of U.S. 19/441 in Cherokee. Gates open for both nights at 6 p.m., with a preshow performance by country/rock act Joe Lasher Jr. at 7:15 p.m., followed by the rodeo at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance ($15 at gate), and $6 for children in advance ($8 at gate). A weekend pass is $18 in advance ($20 at gate).

•The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad BBQ & Brews Dinner Train will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 30. Train will depart from the Bryson City Train Depot. Slow-cooked barbecue and beer tastings by Heinzelmannchen Brewery. Tickets are $69. For ages 21 and over. 800.872.4681 or

•Drink-N-Think will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro in Sylva. Led by Curt Collins, the open forum discussion’s next topic will be “Israel and Palestinians: A Real History and A Real Solution” on Sept. 2. The open floor welcomes any and all to come and participate in the topic. Anyone may sign up to lead off DNT and will receive $20 in house credit for Soul Infusion. 828.586.1717.

•The second annual Tattoo Fundraiser to benefit Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Euphoria Tattoo and Piercing in Waynesville. Four pet-themed designs will be offered, with half of the proceeds going to Sarge’s. 828.356.6318.

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