April 27, 2013
Celebrate the arrival of spring with the Greening Up the Mountains street festival in downtown Sylva, about an hour's drive west of Asheville. This free festival celebrates the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the mountainsides in the Great Smoky Mountains. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups. It is held on on Main and Mill Streets in historic downtown Sylva from 10 AM to 5 PM and draws 10,000+ visitors each year.
Traditional heritage crafts are available throughout the festival, while three music stages feature local bands, children's performances, heritage dancers, and a popular youth talent show. Musical acts set to perform include: The Freight Hoppers, Buchanan Boys, John-Luke Carter, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), Porch 40, Sugar Barnes and Dave Magill, The Second Hand String Band, Marshall Ballew, Total War, Noonday Sun, Local, Curt Collins and Rachel Waterhouse, Matt Williams, and Pearly Peach.
Children's activities include: storytelling, face painting, an inflatable slide, volunteer projects and more. Food vendors will also be on hand.
The annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run also takes place. It will be the second year on a newly-designed route that is less strenuous than in past years.
Western Carolina University is seven miles down the road in Cullowhee. Nearby are the towns of Franklin, Cashiers, Highlands, Cherokee and Waynesville. Check out the nearby waterfalls around Highlands.
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Sylva Directions from Asheville: Take I-40 West to route 23/74 W towards Waynesville. Take 23/74W to 23/441 towards Dillsboro, Sylva and Franklin. 67 miles, 1 hour drive.