Memorial Day Festivals Kids and Parents Will Love

Four festivals in North and South Carolina sure to please families with a variety of interests
WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest
Each afternoon/evening of the four-day WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest will treat spectators to a mass ascension and a balloon glow

26th Annual Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival 

The Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival is located on a 50-acre farm in New Prospect community of South Carolina. The festival features regional bands (VA, TN, SC, NC, GA) to showcase "Alternative Bluegrass."

Maybe you've already heard of New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll. Either way, you'll experience them all at Plum Hollow.

 Camping is available and no alcohol allowed. There will be plenty of food and corn hole so head on down to South Carolina.

Swain County Heritage Festival

Bryson City, North Carolina's Riverfront Park will be home to the Swain County Heritage Festival Friday and Saturday. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts and crafts, food, games for the kids, log-sawing contest, sack races and fun for the whole family.

Friday night entertainment is loaded with local old-time gospel talent. Saturday entertainment features classic country, bluegrass, and clogging.

BONUS: Go white water rafting, zip lining and rock climbing on the Nantahala River.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest 

Fuquay-Varina's Fleming Loop Park in eastern North Carolina is where you'll find more than 30 balloon pilots and teams competing at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. It starts on Friday and continues through Monday morning with competitive balloon flights.

Each afternoon/evening spectators will enjoy a mass ascension and a balloon glow with a few of the balloons providing tethered rides benefiting charities.

When the balloons aren't flying, enjoy a wide variety of N.C.-based foods, take in live local and regional musicians, enjoy field games for all ages, visit the merchant arts and craft village, and have a great time.

2017 Original Gullah Festival

 Celebrate South Carolina’s rich Gullah Geechee heritage at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort County, South Carolina. This year’s theme is, “Come Home to a Celebration of Reconstruction…The Untold Story" and tells the story of the newly freed Gullahs, a people determined to persevere out of the bondage of slavery to self-governing and full citizenship from the ashes of the American Civil War. 

The gates for the festival will open Friday (10am-8pm), Saturday (10am-7pm) and Sunday (2pm-7pm).  Come shop for unique Gullah and low-country treasures and experience authentic cuisine at The Gullah Marketplace daily during the festival from 10am to 11 pm.