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30+ Amazing Things to Do in North Carolina in June

Published by Carl Hedinger. Last Updated on June 11, 2024.

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The heat of summer 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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Things to Do in North Carolina in June (All Month)

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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 Events in North Carolina

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

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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Juneteenth Celebrations in North Carolina

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.

In 2024, the Juneteenth Celebrations will take place throughout June, with many hosting events on the weekends before and after June 19.

Here is a breakdown of where to find and celebrate Juneteenth in North Carolina (ABC order by City or Town):

The North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission offers resources for bringing awareness to Juneteenth in North Carolina. If you know about any other Juneteenth events in North Carolina, please let us know by email.

More Things to Do in North Carolina in June (1-10)

The first few of these June events started in May, but they’ll be going strong this month!

Trail Days Festival in Elkin

2024 Event Dates: May 30-June 2, 2024
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Carter Falls Elkin North Carolina Waterfall
Carter Falls is one of the Guided Hikes.

North Carolina Trail Days 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 in Marion

2024 Event Dates: May 31-June 1, 2024
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Celebrate our state’s rich history at the NC Gold Festival in Marion. 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. 

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Toe River Art Council’s Studio Tour in Spruce Pine

2024 Event Dates: May 31 – June 2, 2024
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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. The Tour begins with a meet the artists reception on Friday, May 31 from 5:30-7:30 in the gallery at 269 Oak Ave. 

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Butner Summer Festival

2024 Event Dates: June 1, 2024
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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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Beaver Queen Pageant in Durham

2024 Event Dates: June 1, 2024
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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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APS Walk for the Animals in Durham

2024 Event Dates: June 1, 2024
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Support our best friends at the Animal Protection Society of Durham’s annual Walk for the Animals. You can participate by fundraising—on your own or with your team—for the roughly 4,000 homeless, abandoned, neglected, or abused animals that APS of Durham cares for each year.

A 1.5-mile walk will commence at Duke University’s East Campus, with festivities including pet contests, raffles, entertainment, food, a kids zone, and more.

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Carolina Beach Music Festival

2024 Event Dates: June 1, 2024
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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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Kayak for the Warriors in Pine Knoll Shores

2024 Event Dates: June 1, 2024
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Another paddle opportunity awaits on the coast via Kayak for the Warriors at Pine Knoll Shores, between Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle.

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 in Plymouth

2024 Event Dates: June 1, 2024
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The award-winning National 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 in Blowing Rock

2024 Event Dates: June 6-9, 2024
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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 in Forest City

2024 Event Dates: June 7-8, 2024
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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 in Morehead City

2024 Event Dates: June 7-16, 2024
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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 66th 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

2024 Event Dates: June 7-8, 2024
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Small Towns in North Carolina Washington

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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Mount Airy Blooms

2024 Event Dates: June 8, 2024
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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.

Attendees will tour multiple private gardens in Mount Airy during this event, as well as master gardener demonstrations at at 129 Rawley Avenue. 

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Spruce Pine Alien Festival

2024 Event Dates: June 8, 2024
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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 in Swansboro

2024 Event Dates: June 8, 2024
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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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Things to Do in North Carolina in June (11-20)

The middle of June heats up with blueberry picking, a truly unique yard sale, and more!

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 in Boone

2024 Event Dates: June 14-15, 2024
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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.

NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw

2024 Event Dates: June 14-15, 2024
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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 in Eastern NC

2024 Event Dates: June 14-15, 2024
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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!

Blowing Rock Art in the Park

2024 Event Dates: June 15, 2024
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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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Taste of Scotland Festival in Franklin

2024 Event Dates: June 15-16, 2024
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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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Under the Oaks Art Festival in Corolla

2024 Event Dates: June 18-19, 2024
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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, one of our favorites and 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!

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville

2024 Event Dates: June 21-22, 2024
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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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State Annual Singing Convention in Benson

2024 Event Dates: June 21-23, 2024
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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.

Heavy Thunder: Artillery and Infantry Event in Bentonville

2024 Event Dates: June 22, 2024
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Hear the roar of cannon fire! Learn how soldiers loaded and fired weapons during the Civil War. Reenactors will be onsite portraying infantry and artillery Civil War soldiers. Firing demonstrations, historical discussions, and family activities will occur throughout the day; food trucks will be onsite. 

Summer Solstice Festival in Greensboro

2024 Event Dates: June 22, 2024
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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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