Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure

Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure

August 17-18, 2018 (tentative dates)
Join other fans of the cult-classic movie Dirty Dancing and relive memories of Baby's first dance at the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure. In 2017, the Dirty Dancing Festival celebrated the 30th anniversary of the film and commemorate Patrick Swayze's 65th birthday. The festival kicks off with a free lakeside screening of the original movie on Friday night. Throughout the day on Saturday, have the time of your life with music, dancing, watermelon carrying, art, food, beer, wine and the lake lift competition finale. These photos and video were taken at the 2017 shindig.

Dirty Dancing Festival Lake Lift

Practice your lake lift and enter the competition that ends the festival on Saturday afternoon. Watch our video below!

Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure NC

The tented basketball court creates a huge dance floor for plenty of dance lessons! So wear your dancing shoes.

Dirty Dancing Festival, NC

What a spectacular setting in the Hickory Nut Gorge! Bring your sunscreen and chairs. Be ready for August heat. Buy tickets in advance, since only 3,000 tickets are available.

Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure NC

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.

Dirty Dancing Festival Movie Screening

Friday Night: Gates open at 8 PM for the free Dirty Dancing Festival Lakeside Film Screening at Morse Park Meadows. If you have a festival ticket, arrive as early as 5 PM for live dancing and music entertainment. Food and drink vendors will be open 5-10:30 PM. Bring a blanket or chairs and cuddle up to watch Dirty Dancing alongside the famous Lake Lure! Please do not bring alcohol.

Saturday: The Dirty Dancing Festival at Morse Park Meadows, 8:45 AM-5 PM, is a full day of fun with live soul and beach bands, dance performances, dance lessons, beer, cider and wine garden, games for all ages, food and craft vendors, and of course the Lake Lift Competition at 4:30 PM! With admission (see below), you can come and go throughout the day with your wristband.

Dirty Dancing After Party lakeside at Rumbling Bald Resort will feature a 10-piece brass band, dancing, and beach cookout. It's free and runs 6-11 PM.

Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure NC

2017 Admission: Adults (age 13 and over): $15 before January 5, 2017. $20 before August 17. $25 at door if any tickets remain. Parking is $10 on-site, $5 in two nearby lots (3105 Memorial Highway & 2556 Memorial Highway) with included shuttle. Free parking along the lake (walk to festival via the boardwalk).

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.

Video: Dirty Dancing Lake Lifts!

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