This weekend the long-time favorite White Squirrel Festival will return to downtown Brevard for the 11th year. The biggest draw to this event is the killer live music schedule, that will make even the most shy dancers want to boogie down. Bands that will make an appearance include Sol-Driven Train, Big Daddy Love, Jeff Sipe Trio, Scythian, Pretty Little Goat, Aaron Burdett, and Shannon Whitworth. This is just a sampling – there are 16 impressive acts scheduled to shake the stage throughout the weekend! Not interested in shaking a leg? Blankets and folding chairs are welcome for those who’d rather watch from the sidelines.
The 4th Friday Gallery Walk and live music kick off the weekend on Friday evening. Saturday morning begins with 5K and 10K road races and a fun run – followed by the the Veteran’s Memorial Parade and Wreath Dedication to commemorate the Memorial Day weekend. The street festival will include arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, and delicious foods, and will be in full force both Saturday and Sunday.
Although the annual Squirrel Box Derby has been put on hold this year, there will be a “Save the Derby” booth with information on how to support bringing this race down Jailhouse Hill back on the docket for next year.
The White Squirrel Festival is truly a gem of an event for Brevard – and for all of the visitors who come out to enjoy the festivities. There is something for everyone! Local shops will feature special events and sales throughout the weekend, so it’s also a great time to get in a little downtown shopping.
As the name suggests, white squirrels are also on the agenda. Brevard’s famous little furry friends will be represented by Pisgah Pete – a rescued white squirrel who makes an appearance. There is a white squirrel photo contest, and there is also information on how white squirrels live and what others can do to help with rescues and rehabilitation.
For more information on the festival, including the full music and activity schedule, visit www.whitesquirrelfestival.com.