Best Vacations: Lake Lure's Dirty Dancing Festival

Dated: 06/20/2019

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Lake Lure Dirty Dancing Festival

There is no question that you’ll “have the time of your life” in Lake Lure, and that’s even more true if you attend the Dirty Dancing Festival 

Anyone who enjoys being outdoors on a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains is destined to fall in love with Lake Lure. It’s peaceful and quaint, offers some great views, and has something for everyone. But, the town really comes alive when people gather downtown at Morse Park for the Dirty Dancing Festival!

2019 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the festival, and will kick-off at 5pm on September 13th with live music, dance lessons, and FREE admission to an outdoor screening of the movie, Dirty Dancing.

One of the factors making this a “Best Vacation” is that whether you loved the movie, or just love dancing, it’s a great family event held against a beautiful mountainous backdrop.  There are numerous dance lessons and a dance showcase by the Asheville Ballet, watermelon races, and the Lake Lift Competition for those brave enough to try it! In addition, the festival offers several food and drink vendors, local artisans, and some great live bands that are sure to get you on your feet!

The festival, presented by the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce, is a tribute to the movie and lead actor, Patrick Swayze, and raises support, awareness, and resources for PanCAN and the Chamber, while also promoting the Swayze Foundation.

While you’re in Lake Lure, you can enjoy many great restaurants, visit Chimney Rock, shop in Chimney Rock Village, hike nearby trails, and boat, kayak, SUP, and swim in the lake.

We selected this Best Vacation because it offers key vacation features:

o   Low-cost – Tickets are only $25/each for the festival

o   Great restaurants & bars – many to choose from!

o   Nature – all around you

o   Beach – Lake Lure’s beach is perfect for the kids

o   Safe – Crime is rare in this area

o   Family friendly – kids love the local activities

o   Accommodations – from beautiful rooms to complete cabins and homes

o   Spa – there are some great spa options to choose from

o   Friendly – people here are happy to help

Check out the Dirty Dancing Festival website for more information and to purchase tickets – You WILL have the time of your life!

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Julie McKinney

A native of northwestern Pennsylvania, I have proudly called North Carolina home since 1985. Having experienced city life in Greensboro and Charlotte, I permanently relocated to beautiful Lake Lure in....

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