Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva North Carolina

Greening Up the Mountains Festival, Sylva

April 22, 2017
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.

Greening Up the Mountains Sylva

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.

Greening Up the Mountains Festival

While you are in downtown Sylva, explore the nice selection of shops, sample local beers at three breweries and walk the stairs to the most photographed courthouse in the state!

Nearby are the towns of Dillsboro and Cashiers. Check out the nearby Jackson County things to do. Also, Western Carolina University is seven miles down the road in Cullowhee.

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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. Thanks to Nick Breedlove for photos!


Holiday Inn Express Sylva
Conveniently located off of Highway 441/74, rediscover the beauty of nature as you relax in the indoor heated pool or spa and gaze out over the majestic Great Smoky Mountains. Minutes from Western Carolina University, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 67 rooms, $100-$280, king or queen beds, wi-fi, free parking. Recently... read more
Best Western Hotel Dillsboro
Relax and get away from it all while experiencing breathtaking views on the Tuckasegee River. From your spacious riverside room, watch as rafters make their way down the river. Amenities include a full hot breakfast, high-speed wi-fi, heated indoor pool and spa, riverside deck and fitness center. 65 rooms & suites, $120-$300, cable TV with... read more

Lake Glenville is pristine reservoir located just 8 miles from Cashiers in Jackson County. Located in a beautiful North Carolina mountain... read more
Beautiful Jackson County is west of Asheville and includes the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee, Lake Glenville (pic above) and Sapphire. In addition to great small... read more