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Friday, June 21, 2024
2024 Augusta Toy and Comic Convention fea. JoeFest
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
Augusta Convention Center

2024 Augusta Toy and Comic Convention featuring JoeFest returns for a 7th year! Over 230 vendors with collectible toys and comic books! Meet celebrities, artists, and popular content creators! Anime too! All under one 20,000 square feet at the downtown Augusta Convention Center!

Friday, June 21, 2024 , 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2024, 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, June 23, 2024, 11:00am-3:00pm

Saturday, June 22, 2024
Sparkle City R+B Fest
Jun 22 all-day
Barnet Park

The Sparkle City R&B Fest is proudly presented by I AM DJ RO and 94.7 THE LINK, bringing together top talent and passionate music lovers for a one-of-a-kind celebration. As the first and biggest R&B music festival to hit the Carolina’s, this event promises to leave a lasting impression on the local music scene and beyond. With a stellar lineup of R&B & Hip Hop royalty, including Next, Ying Yang Twins, Nivea, Bobby V, SAMMIE, Crime Mob, Gina Thompson, Sunshine Anderson, Chubb Rock, Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle, DJ Anthony B., DJ Ro, DJ Hova, & more. This diverse lineup guarantees an unforgettable musical experience for Music Lovers.

Wanderland family festival
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Come and enjoy the excitement of Wanderland, a one-day family festival filled with fun activities for children of all ages! From face painting and balloon art to lively music performances and nature-based games, this event promises to be an unforgettable day of outdoor adventure at NOC. It’s an ideal opportunity for families to bond and for young explorers to discover and experience new things.

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
Asheville Comedy Festival: Tom Segura: Come Together
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm
Harrah's Cherokee Center- Asheville

The Asheville Comedy Festival presents comedian, actor, and writer Tom Segura, one of the biggest names in the comedy business. He recently toured the world with more than 300 shows on his “I’m Coming Everywhere” tour. He is best known for his Netflix specials “Ball Hog” (2020), “Disgraceful” (2018), “Mostly Stories” (2016), and “Completely Normal” (2014). His fifth Netflix special “Sledgehammer,” was released in July 2023 and debuted at No. 1 on the
streamer. In July 2022, Segura released his New York Times Bestselling book, “I’d Like to Play Alone, Please,” to wide praise with Forbes calling it “laugh-out-loud funny.” Paste Magazine described him as, “… having a natural and capable storytelling ability, one that lifts his narratives out of average anecdote fare and plants them firmly in
hilarious ground.”

Segura’s, Your Mom’s House (YMH) Studios is home to his hit podcasts “Your Mom’s House,” which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, “2 Bears, 1 Cave,” which he co-hosts with Bert Kreischer, and many more podcasts that draw millions of listeners each week. Additionally, YMH Studios was one of the first networks
to create wildly successful Livestream Podcast Events as an outcome of the pandemic.

Segura will open the annual festival as the headlining act on August 7th, 2024, at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena. The laughter-inducing extravaganza kicks off at 7:30 PM, promising an evening of unforgettable comedy.

The Asheville Comedy Festival, renowned for showcasing the nation’s fastest-rising stars in comedy, will run from August 7th to 10th, featuring multiple shows that spotlight over 30 of the country’s most promising comedic talents.

Known for his sharp wit, irreverent humor, and smooth stage presence, TOM SEGURA has solidified his status as a comedy superstar. His unique perspective and fearless approach to comedy have earned him a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim.

Friday, August 30, 2024
Earl Scruggs Music Festival
Aug 30 all-day
Tryon International Equestrian Center

2024 ESMF https://earlscruggsmusicfest.com/ Aug 30 – Sep 1, 2024 (Hours vary by day)

General Admission – $175
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Children under age 12 are free with a paying adult
● Access to the floor of the International Arena at Flint Hill Stage
● May bring blankets or chairs for seating – limitations apply, see FAQs

Grandstand – $250
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Access to the floor of the International Arena at Flint Hill Stage
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Access to covered seating and concessions, including bars and washrooms, in the Grandstand

Scruggs Patron VIP – $450
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
 Plus, access to designated VIP area on the International Arena floor 
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Includes dinner (deli sandwiches, chips, cookies, snacks), Two hour happy hour each day with access to a private bar, and washrooms on the second floor of the International Arena
● Exclusive ESMF merchandise item
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)

Ridge VIP – $650
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Plus, access to designated VIP area on the International Arena floor
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Includes gourmet food service with tables and waiters on the third floor of International Arena, with balcony seating overlooking the Arena
● Private bars and washrooms in the Ridge VIP area
● Exclusive ESMF merchandise item
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)

Bluegrass Cabana – $5,000
 Access for 8 to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Private cabana on the floor of the International Arena, Includes private bar and food service
● Access to private washrooms
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)


Saturday, August 31, 2024
Earl Scruggs Music Festival
Aug 31 all-day
Tryon International Equestrian Center

2024 ESMF https://earlscruggsmusicfest.com/ Aug 30 – Sep 1, 2024 (Hours vary by day)

General Admission – $175
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Children under age 12 are free with a paying adult
● Access to the floor of the International Arena at Flint Hill Stage
● May bring blankets or chairs for seating – limitations apply, see FAQs

Grandstand – $250
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Access to the floor of the International Arena at Flint Hill Stage
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Access to covered seating and concessions, including bars and washrooms, in the Grandstand

Scruggs Patron VIP – $450
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
 Plus, access to designated VIP area on the International Arena floor 
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Includes dinner (deli sandwiches, chips, cookies, snacks), Two hour happy hour each day with access to a private bar, and washrooms on the second floor of the International Arena
● Exclusive ESMF merchandise item
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)

Ridge VIP – $650
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Plus, access to designated VIP area on the International Arena floor
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Includes gourmet food service with tables and waiters on the third floor of International Arena, with balcony seating overlooking the Arena
● Private bars and washrooms in the Ridge VIP area
● Exclusive ESMF merchandise item
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)

Bluegrass Cabana – $5,000
 Access for 8 to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Private cabana on the floor of the International Arena, Includes private bar and food service
● Access to private washrooms
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)


Sunday, September 1, 2024
Earl Scruggs Music Festival
Sep 1 all-day
Tryon International Equestrian Center

2024 ESMF https://earlscruggsmusicfest.com/ Aug 30 – Sep 1, 2024 (Hours vary by day)

General Admission – $175
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Children under age 12 are free with a paying adult
● Access to the floor of the International Arena at Flint Hill Stage
● May bring blankets or chairs for seating – limitations apply, see FAQs

Grandstand – $250
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Access to the floor of the International Arena at Flint Hill Stage
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Access to covered seating and concessions, including bars and washrooms, in the Grandstand

Scruggs Patron VIP – $450
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
 Plus, access to designated VIP area on the International Arena floor 
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Includes dinner (deli sandwiches, chips, cookies, snacks), Two hour happy hour each day with access to a private bar, and washrooms on the second floor of the International Arena
● Exclusive ESMF merchandise item
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)

Ridge VIP – $650
● Access to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Plus, access to designated VIP area on the International Arena floor
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● Includes gourmet food service with tables and waiters on the third floor of International Arena, with balcony seating overlooking the Arena
● Private bars and washrooms in the Ridge VIP area
● Exclusive ESMF merchandise item
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)

Bluegrass Cabana – $5,000
 Access for 8 to festival grounds, workshops, onsite activities, and secondary stage
● Private cabana on the floor of the International Arena, Includes private bar and food service
● Access to private washrooms
● Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult
● VIP Benefits apply only to the Flint Hill Stage (main)


Saturday, September 7, 2024
30th Annual Blind Willie McTell Music Festival
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
Blind Willie McTell Music Festival Site

The lineup for this year’s 30th Anniversary Blind Willie McTell Music Festival has been finalized. The event, featuring an all-day showcase of exceptional American roots music, will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2024, in Thomson, Georgia. In celebration of this significant milestone, we are thrilled to announce Wynton Marsalis and his septet as the headliners for this year. Along with Marsalis as the headliner, this year’s roster includes from Austin Texas, Shinyribs, Lafayette Louisiana’s, The Revelers, and the return of two of our most popular performers, Atlanta’s Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and, from New York, guitarist Jerron Paxton.
In addition to Saturday’s great lineup, the Thomson-McDuffie County Convention & Visitors Bureau will again be hosting a FREE Kick off Concert in downtown Thomson on Friday, September 6, featuring blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood and his band. This show jump starts a great weekend of incredible music in Thomson. The show will be held on Railroad Street outside of the Thomson Depot from 7-10 pm.
Tickets will be on sale June 15, 2024 at www.blindwillie.com. Prices for tickets are $40 advance, and $50 on the day of. There is no charge for children, ages 12 and under. Great regional food will again be featured along the food court. Gates open at 11 in the morning, with music beginning at noon.

Saturday, November 2, 2024
Everything Outdoor Fest
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm
Historic Hopkins Farm

Explore the great outdoors at Everything Outdoor Fest! This weekend festival, Nov. 2-3, gives people of all ages and skill levels the chance to discover the Southeast’s most popular outdoor activities in the beautiful setting of Historic Hopkins Farms in Simpsonville, S.C. Enjoy two days of exhibits, clinics and demos with live music and food trucks. Family and pet friendly. Check out the event website at everythingoutdoorfest.com. Exhibitor application is live as well as the show floorplan. A non-profit organization, Everything Outdoor Fest seeks to showcase the beauty and diversity of South Carolina’s natural resources and to promote health and wellness through outdoor recreation and education.

Friday, November 15, 2024
The Fifth Annual Asheville Tattoo Arts Festival
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day
Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville

The original and best tattoo festival is back in Asheville once more for the Fifth Annual Asheville Tattoo Arts Festival! Hosted by Villain Arts at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville, this event will feature hundreds of tattoo artists, some from across the country, and a few from around the world, specializing in all different tattooing styles. Some artists you may already even know, like Anwon Boneface Johnson (Ink Master seasons 8, 9 & Grudge Match), Big Jaz (Ink Master season 12), or Charles Whitfield (VH1.) Attendees can enter their new or existing ink in tattoo competitions! Or shop among our numerous vendors selling everything from clothing and jewelry to oddities and more. The festival will also feature live entertainment, including sideshow acts and human suspension! There truly is something here for everyone to enjoy. So, don’t delay! Join the fun and get some ink this weekend at the Fifth Annual Asheville Tattoo Arts Festival!

Event Hours by Day:
Friday 15th 2pm-11pm
Saturday 16th 11am-11pm
Sunday 17th 11am-8pm

Tickets:
$25 for a 1-day pass
$50 for a 3-day pass
Free admission for children under 12