June 2, 2018
The official Gold Festival of North Carolina is held on the first Saturday in June each year in Old Fort to celebrate the local gold and gem history. In the early 1800s, this area was one of the leading sources of gold, found in many area streams. Until gold was discovered in California in 1848, North Carolina was the nation’s top gold-producing state.
The small festival is held at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, just a mile from I-40 about 30 minutes east of Asheville. Held 9 AM-6 PM, find a variety of vendors, food and live music. Panning for gold is a favorite, as well as watching demonstrations of melting and creating gold coins.
Become a gold and gem prospector with all the tools you will need! Find jewelry and a variety of non-gold related arts and crafts. Admission is free. The Livermush Festival is the same day in nearby Marion!
Festival Address: 102 Water Street, Old Fort. Read about other things to do in Old Fort.