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Plan some family fun with WNC Parent for the week of Aug. 4

Jun 03, 2023

We’re down to the last few weeks of summer (in most cases) but the fun continues. Take a look at this weekend’s events and don’t miss WNC Parent’s full August calendar at

Does your organization or business offer family-friendly events? Let us know! Stay in touch on social media @wncparent and get your events on our calendar by emailing [email protected].

Community Skate Night is 5 – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Carrier Park. The event is free. For details, visit

The 96th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is Aug. 4 and 5 at UNC-Asheville. For details and schedule, visit

Animal Feeding is at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Highlands Nature Center. For details, visit

Bank of America’s “Museums On Us” program allows cardholders free admission to Asheville Museum of Science Aug. 5 and 6. For details, visit

Banner Elk’s Art on the Greene Summer Series is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 in front of the Historic Banner Elk School. Food trucks will be available. For details, visit or call 828-898-5398.

Family Storytime: The Magic Story Machine is at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at the East Asheville Library. The program is for all ages. Call 828-250-4738 or email [email protected].

Creature Feature is at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5 at Highlands Nature Center. For details, visit

Summer Twilight in the Treetops night climbs are Saturday nights through Sept. 2 at Adventure Center of Asheville. Five of the park’s aerial trails are illuminated. (The Black Trail is not available for night climbs.) Ages 4 and older. Reservations are suggested. Call 877-247-5539 or visit

Tiny Tykes Triathlon for ages 3 – 6 is at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 6 at Pack Square Park. Registration is required. The cost is $10. For registration and details, visit

Registration is open for The 31st National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Bakers of all ages and skill levels are invited to compete for an opportunity to win a piece of more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, across the four age categories – Adult, Teen, Youth, and Child. Registration is open through Nov. 13. The competition will be held on Nov. 20. The official gingerbread display at the hotel is Nov. 27, 2023 – Jan. 2, 2024. For details, call the Gingerbread Hotline at 800-413-5778 or visit

The Lake Lure Junior Olympiad for ages 4 – 14 is Aug. 12 at Rumbling Bald Resort Beach. For details and registration, visit

Story Times resume Aug. 14 at Henderson County Public Libraries. Get full details at

Scholastics Art and Writing Awards 2024 Submissions – Asheville Art Museum is a regional affiliate partner sponsoring the WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards each year. Students in grades 7–12 from all across Western North Carolina are invited to submit work for this special juried competition. For more information, visit or call 828-253-3227, ext. 133.

Community Skate NightThe 96th Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalAnimal FeedingBank of America’s “Museums On Us”Banner Elk’s Art on the Greene Summer SeriesFamily Storytime: The Magic Story MachineCreature FeatureSummer Twilight in the TreetopsTiny Tykes TriathlonRegistration is open for The 31st National Gingerbread House CompetitionThe Lake Lure Junior OlympiadStory Times resume Aug. 14 at Henderson County Public Libraries.Scholastics Art and Writing Awards 2024 Submissions –