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06/21/2024 to 06/22/2024
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The 77th Annual North Carolina Rhododendron Festival returns to the tiny town of Bakersville June 21-22, 2024 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Drawing thousands of visitors, this creekside craft fair features dozens of artists and a section of community booths with live music. Other highlights include:

  • NC Rhododendron Pageant at Bowman Middle School on Friday and Saturday night
  • Rhododendron Car Show: on Saturday at Bowman Middle School football field from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. 
  • Ducky Derby: On Saturday along the Creek Walk, watch and cheer on your own as thousands of ducks race down Cane Creek in this fundraiser. Tickets are available during the Street Fair.
  • Rhododendron 10K Run: Race begins Saturday at 8:30 AM.

To see the famous blooms, drive the 12.8-mile NC 261 for a scenic drive that climbs 3,000 feet in elevation to Roan Mountain. 

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