With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, Sylva merchants and the towns of Sylva and Dillsboro are gearing up for a fall calendar full of events.
John Wermuth, Sylva Main Street Association president, said, “We’re super excited to bring a full calendar of events for the fall season to Sylva; it’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it to bring these treats to Sylva and the people of Jackson County.”
The season kicks off with three events set for Oct. 5.
Colorfest returns to Dillsboro from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by the town of Dillsboro, more than 40 fine artists will line Front Street. Entertainment and festival food will be on tap. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Also on Oct. 5, the Main Street Sylva Association will sponsor its Sidewalk Sale event from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sales and discounts will be the order of the day as downtown Sylva businesses offer their wares. Sponsored by Main Street Sylva Association. The third annual Walk for Hope, which recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrates survivors and raises breast cancer awareness, will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Sylva. The event is sponsored by the Sylva Police Department.
On Oct. 11 from 4:30-8:30 p.m., it’s Girls Night Out in Sylva, with businesses staying open late to offer more time to shop, register for door prizes and enjoy specials and discounts.
Dillsboro hosts the Spirit of the Smokies Car Show on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The 21st annual rendition of the event, sponsored by the Sylva Rotary Club with the Smoky Mountain Cruisers, will take place on Front Street in Dillsboro. All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event had more than 100 participants. Categories include: Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Special Interest Vehicles, Modified Street Machines, Trucks, Street Rods and Farm Equipment. Trophies will be awarded to each category winner.
On Oct. 25 at 6:15 p.m. it’s the Western Carolina University Homecoming Parade in downtown Sylva, kicking off Homecoming Weekend and the Catamounts’ Southern Conference football tilt against Furman.
Treat Street in downtown Sylva is set for Halloween from 5-7 p.m. Sylva businesses will be ready with treats and maybe a few tricks. The event is sponsored by the Main Street Sylva Association.
Dillsboro also rolls out the welcome mat for kids and adults with Halloween Trick or Treat from 5-7 p.m. Participants can trick or treat around downtown, enjoy games at Dogwood Crafters and hayrides provided by Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church.
The WNC Pottery Festival returns again this year, relocating from Dillsboro to Sylva’s Bridge Park. Running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 2, the event will showcase the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states. This year’s festival features 16 new potters from across the country. A variety of clay art styles will be presented. Pre-show events – including the Clay Olympics – will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. The event is juried. It has been named one of the “Top 20” events in the Southeast for November. A $5 ticket includes a chance in a raffle; kids under 12 are admitted free. Visit wncpotteryfestival.com for more information.
On Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. the annual Jackson County Veterans Parade will roll through Sylva. Any veteran who would like to ride and be escorted in the parade may call the Jackson County Veterans Office at 631-2231. It is free to sign up.
The patriotic theme continues on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with Flags for Heroes on Courthouse Hill. Flags for Heroes is a program celebrated across the nation highlighting and paying tribute to men and women in the Armed Services. The Sylva Rotary Club will present Flags for Heroes. To find out more or adopt a flag, visit sylvarotaryclub.org/flags-for-heroes.php.
As November draws to a close, Sylva gets into Christmas cheer in a major way. Christmas in Sylva kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, with luminaires, the official lighting of Sylva’s Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. and a concert featuring Summer & Bray to set the holiday mood.
On Saturday there’s the Winter Market on Main Street featuring a combination of crafters and food vendors and photos with Santa from 1-5 p.m. This is also Shop Small Saturday in Sylva and Dillsboro, to encourage local shopping for Christmas treasures. The weekend wraps up Sunday with the annual Sylva Christmas Parade. The weekend is sponsored by the Town of Sylva, Main Street Sylva Association and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. As dusk closes in, luminaires will light up downtown.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 6-7 and 13-14 from 5-9 p.m., Dillsboro’s Lights and Luminaries return. Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront glows with Christmas lights and decorations. Shopkeepers hold “Open House” and serve coffee, warm cider, hot chocolate and home baked goodies and stay open late to accommodate holiday shoppers. Horse and buggy rides will be available.