30+ Amazing Things to Do in North Carolina in June

Last Updated on August 17, 2023

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The heat has definitely made itself known by the time we get to June in North Carolina. Thanks to all the fun local events and things to do throughout, it’s still one of our favorite times to travel around the state.

In case you were wondering, we found these things to do in North Carolina in June. As with every other monthly events roundup, we’ve ordered them by starting date and alphabetized by city when events simultaneously occur.

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Butner Summer Festival, Butner (June 3)

The famous Chicken Pickin’ is now called the Butner Summer Festival to represent all their activities better.

Don’t worry! They still hold the barbeque cook-off.

They also have a car show, local vendors, and kiddie rides. And there will be plenty of live entertainment on two stages.

NC Memorial Balloon Festival in Louisburg (June 3-4)

NC Memorial Balloon Festival Louisberg NC

Look up in the sky! Due to a weather-related scheduling change, the NC Memorial Balloon Festival is the weekend after Memorial Day (6/3-6/4).

This event honors, remembers, and celebrates service members and families. Watch as balloons inflate and fill the sky at First Fruits Farm in Louisburg, NC. 

Balloon Flights are available and must be arranged prior to the event, but there will also be tethered rides on a first-come-first-served basis! 

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Good Fields – an Appalachian Food and Farms Festival in Vilas (June 24)

Good Fields Shipley Farms Vilas NC

Celebrate the 150th Year of Shipley Farms on Saturday, June 24 at the inaugural Good Fields Appalachian Food & Farms Festival.

Your ticket leads to an experience of multiple dishes using Shipley Farms meats and all the flavors of the High Country. Taste food from leading chefs and restaurants across North Carolina, including big names from Charlotte, Raleigh, and more.

NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw (June 16-17)

If you want something sweet this summer, head to Burgaw’s volunteer-led NC Blueberry Festival for the “finest shade of blue.” Thousands will come to this Pender County town for family entertainment, a street fair, a barbecue cook-off, and blueberries!

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Lavender Picking, Statewide (June 1-30)

Things to Do in North Carolina in June

Lavender blooms between May and September. However, the best time to see and pick these beautiful flowers at these lavender farms is typically in June.

Many of the farms in North Carolina offer more than just lavender picking, from culinary treats to baby farm animals. Grab your scissors and head out to a lavender farm near you!

Pride, Statewide (June 1-30)

June, officially recognized as “Pride Month,” features many Pride events in North Carolina. Here are a few that we know about.

  • Apex hosts a day-long Pride Festival (June 10) with music, food, vendors, and more.
  • In Raleigh, come out for Out! Raleigh Pride (June 24), a day-long festival taking place in the streets of downtown Raleigh, and the Run for Love 5K (TBD).
  • Fayetteville is hosting its Pride event on June 24, with live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, a community art project, a kid’s area, and more.
  • Celebrate love for all at the Winston-Salem Pride event on June 24, which includes a parade, drag brunch, vendors, and live music.

If you know of any other Pride Events in June or any other time, please let us know in the comments or by email.

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Trail Days Festival, Elkin (June 1-4)

Things to Do in Elkin NC Carter Falls
Carter Falls is one of the Guided Hikes.

Trail Days Festival in Elkin is a multi-day event with a great mix of outdoor activities, including paddling, hiking (including Stone Mountain State Park), mountain biking, running and more. There also have activities for kids, making it a family-friendly event.

While you’re in the Surry County area, one of these Yadkin Valley Wineries will surely be open and ready to help you relax after the excitement! If you’re up for a challenge, many are part of the Surry County Wine Trail.

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NC Gold Festival, Vein Mountain (June 2-3)

Celebrate our state’s rich history at Vein Mountain’s NC Gold Festival. North Carolina’s “first in gold mining” heritage will be on display here with mining equipment and demos. For some interactive fun, festival-goers can even pan for gold themselves. 

Toe River Art Council’s Studio Tour, Spruce Pine (June 2-4)

The Toe River Arts Studio Tour in Spruce Pine will give visitors access to artists in the area. Known as one of the longest-running studio tours, you can see craftspeople and artists up close and personal, exploring where they live and create.

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Butner Summer Festival, Butner (June 3)

The famous Chicken Pickin’ is now called the Butner Summer Festival to better represent all of the activities they offer. Don’t worry! They still hold the barbeque cook-off. They also have a car show, local vendors and kiddie rides. And there will be plenty of live entertainment on two stages.

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Carolina Beach Music Festival, Carolina Beach (June 3)

The Carolina Beach Music Festival is the place to be for barefoot dancing on the sand. You’ll find laid-back fun in Carolina Beach, also known as the place where the shag was born.

This event is known as “the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast.“

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Beaver Queen Pageant, Durham (June 3)

Durham’s annual Beaver Queen Pageant, known this year as “Camp Bushy Valley,” returns to Duke Park. Pageant contestants become beavers for the day, and you can come to watch them in action.

There will also be a parade, food trucks, and other activities.

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Kayak for the Warriors, Pine Knoll Shores (June 3)

Another paddle opportunity awaits on the coast, via Kayak for the Warriors at Pine Knoll Shores. Each sponsored participant will race either a kayak or paddleboard 3.2 miles through the Pine Knoll Shores canals and afterward, an awards ceremony and “Barbecue Feast” will commence. 

If you’re in town to enjoy this most exciting of things to do in North Carolina in June, keep Atlantis Lodge on your list of places to stay!

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Black Bear Festival, Plymouth (June 2-4)

The award-winning North Carolina Black Bear Festival returns to Plymouth this June. Attendees will find over 30 bear-themed activities to celebrate the world’s largest black bears, which happen to live along our coast

Saddlebred Show, Blowing Rock (June 8-11)

Known as “One Week of Glitz and Glam,” Blowing Rock’s Saddlebred Show is a segment of its Charity Horse Show. Held at L.M. Tate Horse Show Grounds, spectators will get a look at some of the finest horses and ponies competing for prizes. It’s a great experience for equestrians and spectators alike.

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Cherry Bounce Festival, Forest City (June 9-10)

The Cherry Bounce Festival in Forest City brings local and regional art, live music and other acoustic and bluegrass groups, and tons of cherry-inspired food and drink together.

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Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Morehead City (June 9-18)

Small Towns in North Carolina Morehead City

The Big Rock Tournament has long been a fixture on anglers’ lists of things to do in North Carolina in June. It returns for its 65th year of blue marlin fishing and many boats will leave Morehead City in the hopes of snagging a prize marlin.

You can watch the action from Morehead, too, with events held throughout the week. 

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Washington Summer Festival, Washington (June 9-10)

One of the most fun things to do in North Carolina in June is in the eastern part of our state.

The Washington Summer Festival is a nice celebration and wonderful fundraiser for the town. Attendees will be treated to fireworks, music, and more fun in this awesome small town.

Oh, and there’ll be plenty of food there, too. 

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Blowing Rock Art in the Park, Blowing Rock (June 10)

The second of six outdoor shows, June’s Art in the Park in Blowing Rock will host more than 90 artists and thousands of visitors. You’ll have opportunities to buy unique handcrafted pieces that you can take home from this mountain town.

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Pimento Cheese Festival, Cary (June 10)

The town of Cary is hosting a Festival all about pimento cheese! The Pimento Cheese Festival partners with Cary‘s amazing food trucks on June 10 for a day of music, drinks, and delicious cheese.

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Mount Airy Blooms, Mount Airy (June 10)

Mount Airy Blooms is a biennial summer flower celebration in one of our favorite small towns. Tickets can be purchased at the Mount Airy Visitors Center, with an additional fee for a prepaid box lunch.

Attendees will tour multiple private gardens during this event, as well as master gardener demonstrations at The Blue House. 

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Spruce Pine Alien Festival, Spruce Pine (June 10)

What was formerly known as the SPACE Festival is now all things UFOs with the Spruce Pine Alien Festival. This themed event includes 125+ vendors selling UFO and alien merchandise, out of this world food menus, and the chance to compete in a costume contest. General admission is free.

Don’t miss headline speaker, Mike Bara, from the “Ancient Aliens” TV series. Tickets are required for the speaker panel.

Arts by the Sea, Swansboro (June 10)

Head to the amazing coastal town of Swansboro for its annual “Arts By The Sea” festival. The town’s best artists line the streets with their products and crafts. The juried show features exhibitions of photography, home decor, paintings, jewelry, and pottery.

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Blueberry Picking, Statewide (June 15-August)

Things to Do in North Carolina in June Blueberries in NC

The North Carolina blueberry picking season lasts from mid-June to August. We have some truly great farms for blueberry picking. If you’re looking to plan your blueberry picking visually, our map lists some of the best blueberry farms you’ll find in this state.

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Boonerang Music & Arts Festival, Boone (June 15-17)

Boonerang Music Art Festival Boone NC
Boonerang Fest.

Check out Boone‘s community with this mostly free downtown street festival. We call this June event “mostly free” because there’s a ticketed event on Thursday at the Appalachian Theatre.

The Boonerang Music & Arts Festival features a vendor market, beer gardens with local breweries, and multiple stages for musical performances.

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival, Bakersville (June 16-18)

Rhodos at Carvers Gap

The NC Rhododendron Festival celebrates the beautiful rhododendron flowers blooming in our mountains, specifically Roan Mountain near Bakersville.

If you’re not up for hiking along the rhododendron-lined trails, you can still enjoy a craft fair, music, a car show, and a 10k run. Plus, don’t forget about the event’s long-standing pageant, which provides scholarship opportunities for the area’s young women. 

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NC Blueberry Festival, Burgaw (June 16-17)

things to do with kids in Durham NC blueberry farms

If you want something sweet this summer, head to Burgaw’s volunteer-led NC Blueberry Festival for the “finest shade of blue.” Thousands will come to this Pender County town for family entertainment, a street fair, a barbecue cook-off, and blueberries!

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301 Endless Yard Sale (June 16-17)

The Endless Yard Sale stretches for more than 100 miles on US-301. It passes through multiple towns and counties in Eastern NC, including:

Along the way, you will find yard sale items like clothes, kitchen gadgets, vintage records, and toys. Of course, it wouldn’t be a yard sale without unique items like old farm equipment, a boat, and more!

Greenville Grooves Music Festival, Greenville (June 17)

The annual Greenville Grooves Music Festival returns with rain-or-shine entertainment for everyone. During this evening event from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Carroll Dashiell returns to the big stage! Food, drink, and more vendors will be waiting for you during this musical experience.

Check out these other exciting things to do in Greenville (including restaurants) while you’re in the area!

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Taste of Scotland Festival, Franklin (June 17-18)

The annual Taste of Scotland Festival takes over the town of Franklin each mid-June.

The Scottish-inspired festival is a weekend filled with authentic Scottish foods, a clan parade, Cherokee demonstrations, Highland games, vendors, and more! This is one of the most unique and jovial June events in North Carolina!

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Juneteenth Celebrations, Statewide (Starting June 15)

While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, it wasn’t read to enslaved people in Texas until June 19, 1865. Each year around June 19, Juneteenth celebrations are held throughout the US and North Carolina, too.

One example is Charlotte, which hosts the massive Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas (June 15-18).

Here are some other places celebrating Juneteenth in North Carolina:

If you know about any other Juneteenth events in North Carolina, please let us know by email.

Under the Oaks Art Festival, Corolla (June 20-21)

Come to scenic Corolla for a conglomeration of the finest art and wildlife in the state at the Under the Oaks Arts Festival. The work of dozens of artists will join food concessions and a silent auction to create a vibrant event for all.

Don’t forget about the awesome Currituck Beach Lighthouse, which is another reason to visit this Outer Banks town.

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Things to Do in North Carolina in June (June 21-30)

The month is almost over, but these things to do in North Carolina in June are not worth missing!

State Annual Singing Convention, Benson (June 23-25)

Thousands of people flock to downtown Benson each year to hear gospel choirs from far and wide singing in a picturesque oak grove. Choirs compete over the three-day Singing Convention. Bring your own chairs or blankets for this free event.

Also plan to check out the Gospel Museum, free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Summer Solstice Festival, Greensboro (June 24)

Celebrate the official start of summer with Greensboro’s Summer Solstice Festival. The event is hosted at the Greensboro Arboretum and Lindley Park, both of which will be bustling with talented artists, craftsmen, and vendors.

Headline events include a drum circle, parade, and “Fire Finale” for this event, which is one of the hottest things to do in North Carolina in June. 

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Got Things to Do in North Carolina in June to Add?

Summer has truly arrived, with all these things to do in North Carolina in June. You might even think this is the hottest month of the year. Let’s see what July holds, though, because based on what we wrote about summer, there’s much more fun left during one of the year’s busiest seasons.

And before we move on, which of these events stands out to you? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section.

Oh, and is there something we should add to this list? If so, let us know about it here or via email and we’ll gladly take a look! 

Don’t forget to share your June and summer adventures in our North Carolina Travel Facebook Group.

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2 thoughts on “30+ Amazing Things to Do in North Carolina in June”

  1. New to NC, living in Siler City. Grandkids coming for short weekend. Don’t want to spend four hours driving to Boone, Asheville, etc. What’s in central Piedmont area please?

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