April 27, 2024 - 10am-4pm

The Greening Up the Mountains Festival, now in its 26th year, is a heritage arts festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage which honor our community and local artisans. The festival is sponsored by both the Town of Sylva and the Main Street Sylva Association and will be held in Historic Downtown Sylva, North Carolina. The Greening Up The Mountains Festival enjoys crowds of upwards of 12,000 attendees and has 150 vendor booth spaces. 

Our footprint has a slight change in the overall footprint due to upgrades with the gravel lot beside Bridge Park. This year our food vendors and some arts/crafts vendors will be moved to the paved lot on the opposite side of Bridge Park where the Farmer’s Market booths have been located. The Farmer’s Market is working on finding another area close to the festival to locate for this year. Plans are to also have public restroom facilities completed by the festival date.
In addition to a variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors, attendees can enjoy a 5k run, beverage arts featuring local craft breweries, and live music throughout the day.

​Be sure to visit both Main Street and Bridge Park to enjoy all the festival has to offer.  Like us on Facebook to receive festival updates and information.

Vendors/Sponsors

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Volunteer

It takes a village to get things set up and running for the Greening Up the Mountains Festival.  If you would like to volunteer (and get a free t-shirt).

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SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability: In honor of Earth Day and the Greening Up the Mountains festival origins, we are committed to sustainability.  Thank you to Jackson County Solid Waste and our team of recycling volunteers for helping us make the festival clean and green.

  • No single-use plastic water bottles are permitted to be sold or given away at the festival.  TWSA has generously provided water bottle refilling stations at Bridge Park and on Main Street.  We are also giving away reusable water bottles at this year's festival at the information booths.
  • No single-use plastic bags are permitted to be used by our vendors.  This does not apply to products packaged in plastic bags, such as kettle corn, or food items, such as pastries, that are pre-wrapped in plastic.
  • No styrofoam containers, including, but not limited to, cups and plates, are permitted. Vendors must use reusable or recyclable products (paper or plastic food containers are recyclable in our area).​

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DIRECTIONS & PARKING

Directions from Asheville, NC: Click here for Google Maps directions - Travel Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Directions from Atlanta, GA: Click here for Google Maps directions - Travel Time: 2 - 3 hours

Directions from Knoxville, TN: Click here for Google Maps directions - Travel Time: 1.5 - 2 hours

Parking

There will be a drop-off area for patrons with disabilities, as well as parking in front of the Sylva Police Station on West Main Street. You can park and walk, or ride the shuttle, to the festival from two locations. 

Several downtown businesses and organizations are offering "pay to park" locations closer to the festival, and we encourage the patronage of these local businesses.   Other good ideas for parking are Mark Watson Park, Sylva First United Methodist Church on Jackson Street (fundraiser), Behind the Jackson County Library.  Handicapped Parking is available behind the Sylva Police Department and behind Wells Fargo, accessible from Jackson Street via the Detour. 

Pet Policy

​Friendly dogs with leashes are welcome.

Transit

The Jackson County Transit shuttle will be running from the Jackson County Justice Center and Jackson Plaza to the downtown festival area on festival day.  Rides are $1 per person.  Pets are not allowed on the shuttle, but service animals are permitted.

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MUSIC

2024 Music Schedule

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Maggie Valley Band

11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Whitewater Bluegrass

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Shane Meade & The Sound


FESTIVAL MAP

CONTACT

Mark & Tammy Haskett, Event Coordinators
(828) 554-1035

Mailing Address:
Town of Sylva c/o GUTM 83 Allen Street Sylva, NC 28779

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