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Brevard, North Carolina, Downtown

More in the Area: Waterfalls at DuPont | Looking Glass Rock | Brevard Music Center | Looking Glass Rock | Pisgah National Forest | Looking Glass Falls | Sliding Rock | Gorges State Park | Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute | White Squirrel Festival | Oskar Blues Brewery | Daniel Ridge Falls | Toxaway Falls
Downtown Brevard NC

Brevard, North Carolina, has a great little downtown. A stately courthouse sits on a square with a gazebo where community concerts are held. Brevard's downtown has 50 or so shops including antique malls, galleries, and the popular O.P. Taylor toy store and White Squirrel Shoppe (both on the square across from the stately courthouse). Don't miss the Red Wolf Gallery.

Brevard is located along Highway 64 and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. With 250 waterfalls, it's no wonder Transylvania County is known as the Land of Waterfalls. It's a great place for a lunch or dinner break from hiking at nearby Looking Glass Rock or the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest. To find wonderful nearby hiking and waterfalls nearby, see our Pisgah Forest Waterfall & Hiking Map.

Head west on Highway 64 towar Cashiers for Gorges State Park and the Nantahala National Forest, home to Panthertown Valley and Schoolhouse Falls.

For a small mountain town, Brevard has more than its share of culture. It is home to the world-renowned Brevard Music Center (and its amazing summer music line-up) and the Paul Porter Center at Brevard College.

If you adopt one of their protected white squirrels, you can get discounts at many of the shops. The white squirrels are a unique feature. They are not albinos because they have dark eyes, but are rather a rare breed that has flurished here since being "introduced" in 1951. The story goes that a pair of the squirrels were given to H. H. Mull, who gave them to his daughter. One escaped from its cage, so Mr. Mull let the other one out. And the rest is history.

See more of our 25 Coolest NC Mountain Small Towns.

Brewery Tours
Take a tour or sample beers in the Tap Room in the Oskar Blues Brewery a few miles from downtown. See our Oskar Blues Brewery Guide.

Downtown Brevard Events & Festivals

White Squirrel Festival
Approximately 20,000 people go nuts in Downtown Brevard for the White Squirrel Festival on Memorial Day weekend each year!  See plenty of arts and crafts, hear live music, eat plenty of food and watch the Squirrel Box Derby.

July 4th Celebration
For a charming small-town 4th of July Celebration, go to Brevard. Included is 5K Firecracker Run, parade, classic car show and evening fireworks. During the day, downtown streets were closed to an overflowing crowd for the Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for day-long musical entertainment including the Brevard Brass Band, playing timeless American favorites.

October 31, 2015: Halloweenfest
Since Brevard is located in Transylvania County, where else is better to honor Halloween? Flight of the Vampire 5K, 10K, and Children’s Fun Run takes off at 7 AM. Watch as vampires, zombies, and ghosts (disguised as runners) take off from downtown. At 10 AM, join the Costume Contest and Parade. You'll also find Chili Cook-off and Pie Bake-off, street vendors, a Pumpkin Carving Contest, Haunted House, Masquerade Ball, Boo-T-Ful Me fashion show, Mountain Music Mash competition, Ghost Tours, and more! At 6 PM is Osktoberfest, presented by nearby Oskar Blues Brewery, with live music, beer garden, plenty of eats by local Food Matters Market, and live music.

Holiday Twilight Tour
The downtown annual holiday event on the first Saturday of December, Twilight Tour is 5-9 PM, after the parade. The streets will be closed with holiday activities, music and vendors.

The Aluminum Tree Museum
See many vintage Christmas trees and ornaments during December at the Transylvania Heritage Museum at 189 West Main Street. Read more.

Mountain Song Festival
Takes the stage in early September in the in the beautiful covered, open-air auditorium by the lake at Brevard Music Center near downtown. This foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and newgrass music supports the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County.

For a super scenic drive, take the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway from Brevard to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Directions from Asheville: I-26 to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport exit toward Brevard. Downtown Brevard is 33 miles from Downtown Asheville.

Downtown Brevard

Downtown Brevard

Downtown Brevard
Red Wolf Gallery

Downtown Brevard
Watch a movie

O.P. Taylors Brevard
O.P. Taylor's wonderful toy store (for all ages!)

Christmas Tree Brevard
The beautiful Christmas tree on the square

Brevard Soda Shop
The Soda Shop is a popular stop.

Brevard 4th of July
Downtown Brevard 4th of July Celebration includes an all-day street arts fair, car show, live music and fireworks. See more July 4th Events.

Downtown Brevard NCWhite Squirrel Shoppe, Brevard


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