April 23, 2016
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 greening leaves as they 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 4 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. Children's activities include storytelling, face painting, an inflatable slide and more. And don't forget all the food, along with arts and crafts. The annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run also takes place. While you are downtown, explore the nice selection of shops.
Western Carolina University is seven miles down the road in Cullowhee. Nearby are the towns of Dillsboro, Franklin, Cashiers, Highlands, Cherokee and Waynesville. Check out the nearby waterfalls around Highlands and Jackson County things to do.
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. 50 miles, 1 hour drive.