August 19-20, 2016
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. The festival features a free lakeside screening of Dirty Dancing at Morse Park Meadows on Friday. On Saturday, enjoy live music, lake lift competition, games, dance lessons, beer garden, crafts and more. 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: The Dirty Dancing Festival Lakeside Screening at Morse Park Meadows, 7-10 PM. Food and drink vendors open at 6 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: The Dirty Dancing Festival at Morse Park Meadows, 9 AM-5 PM
A full day of fun with live bands and dance performances, beer and wine garden, games for all ages, food and craft vendors, and of course the Lake Lift Competition! Asheville Ballet performs and teaches famous dance moves from the cult-classic film throughout the day. 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!
Dirty Dancing After Party lakeside at Rumbling Bald Resort! Live music with 10-piece band Coming Up Brass, dance performance by Asheville Ballet, dancing, beach cookout. 6-11 PM. Free admission! 112 Mountains Blvd, Lake Lure
- Adults (age 13 and over): $20 advance before July 31, $25 after
- Children 12 and under: $5 advance before July 31, $10 after
- Tickets go on sale on April 1, 2016
For more information & tickets, go to dirtydancingfestival.com.
The festival benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) to help find a cure, as a tribute to the film's late star Patrick Swayze.
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