June 14-15, 2019
Join alien and UFO enthusiasts the first annual Spruce Pine Alien Conference & Expo (SPACE). Hear national speakers discuss stories of encounters and sightings. See and buy out of this world products and souvenirs. Dress up for the costume contest. Enjoy live music, kids activities, pub crawl, river race and more. The free event will be held in downtown Spruce Pine, with most of the festivities along Locust Street.
Did you know there are more UFO sightings in Spruce Pine and Michell County than anywhere else in North Carolina? Plus, North Carolina is in the top 10 UFO hot spots in the US! Perhaps it's because of the dark skies in this rural area and the expansive views from atop the surrounding mountains, including the Roan Highlands.
One of the feature speakers will be Mike Bara from the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens. This New York Times Bestselling author, lecturer and TV personality spent 25 years as an engineering designer/consultant for major aerospace companies. His first book was “Dark Mission-The Secret History of NASA”.
On Friday night, go space gazing at the Bare Dark Sky Observatory, the first International Dark-Sky Association certified Star Park in the southeastern United States. View the moon, planets and stars through their 34" diameter Sam Scope, located in nearby Burnsville. Take a shuttle from the festival area (tickets & reservations required).
We are sure many of the local businesses in downtown Spruce Pine will get in the spirit. So it should be a very fun time for all ages. They will even have a live stage for you to share your alien encounter or UFO sighting.
Friday, June 14
7-10 PM: Festival opens on Locust Avenue with live music with 80s party band, beer pavilion and more.
9-11 PM: Dark Sky Observatory Tours with shuttles every half hour (tickets required)
Saturday, June 15
9 AM-10 PM: S.P.A.C.E. Festival with Area 51 kids pavilion, vendors, speakers, "Cos-Play" costume contest, Unidentified “Floating“ Object River Race, live music, food, Mars Landing Beer Pavilion, Out of this World Car Show, and much more.
Find lodging in Spruce Pine and nearby Little Switzerland along the Blue Ridge Parkway. See our Spruce Pine Guide for nearby things to do.
About 35 miles away are the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights, a series of ghost lights reported sporadically for many years. Read more about the Brown Mountain Lights.