August 14-15, 2015
Fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing will relive memories of Baby's first dance at the "Dirty Dancing Festival" in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Also this weekend is the annual Lake Lure Olympiad three-day sports festival. Read more below.
The Dirty Dancing Festival will feature a FREE Lakeside Screening of Dirty Dancing at Morse Park Meadows on Friday. The Festival on Saturday features live music, lake lift competition, games, dance lessons, beer garden, crafts and more. Attendees are encouraged to come to scenic Lake Lure to dance, eat, drink, golf, enjoy great live music, attempt their own ‘Lake Lift,’ carry a watermelon or two, and ultimately have the ‘Time of Their Lives!’
Named the “#1 Most-Watched Film by Women” by the BBC News, Dirty Dancing’s impact on pop culture remains timeless. Named one of the top 10 most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located about 27 miles from Asheville, Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. Look up to see the famous Chimney Rock.
Friday Night, August 14, 2015: The Dirty Dancing Festival Lakeside Screening at Morse Park Meadows, 7-10 PM
Bring a picnic dinner, some blankets and chairs and cuddle up to watch Dirty Dancing alongside the famous Lake Lure! There will be food and beverages for sale onsite, please do not bring alcohol. This event is FREE but donations are appreciated.
Saturday, August 15, 2015: The Dirty Dancing Festival at Morse Park Meadows, 9 AM-4 PM
A full day of fun with live bands and dance performances, beer and wine garden, games for all ages, dance lessons tent, food and craft vendors, and of course the Lake Lift Competition! With admission (see below) all entertainment, games and dance lessons are free, and you can come and go throughout the day with your admission wristband!
- Adults (age 13 and over): $22 advance, $27 at gate
- Children 12 and under: $12 advance, $14 at gate
- Couple's Package: Includes two adult tickets to the Dirty Dancing Festival, two adult DDF t-shirts, and two DDF Koozies (saves you $15). Advance tickets only, $79
- Girls Weekend Package (or any group package): Includes five a dult tickets to the Dirty Dancing Festival, five DDF T-shirts, and five DDF Koozies. Advance tickets only, $185
For more information & tickets, go to dirtydancingfestival.com.
Lake Lure Olympiad
Turn your competition into a vacation and enjoy a weekend at the annual Lake Lure Olympiad on August 14-16, 2015.
This 3-day family sports festival showcases the beautiful scenery of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock. Compete in a sprint triathlon, junior Olympiad, 10K Dam run, Race to the Rock and a 2-Mile Open Water Championship. Try 3 races in 3 days! Plus, there’s plenty to do and see for families and non-athletes, including games, a beach BBQ, free water ski show and fireworks display.
For more information, go to www.lakelureolympiad.com.