Today - Oct 31st
Explore Caldwell
Caldwell County is a community of craftsmen and adventurers. It is the home of historic downtowns, acres upon acres of rugged wilderness, traditional music and art, and the most public sculptures per capita in the United States. Rich in history & natural beauty, Caldwell is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Tween Book Club
Thursday, October 12th
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Caldwell County Public Library, Lenoir
This book club is for anyone between the ages of 9 and 13. They'll have fun discussing books, playing games, and eating snacks. The book for October is the first book of the "Yotsuba&!" series by Kiyohiko Azuma.

35th Annual
Molasses Festival
Sunday, October 14th
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sims Country BBQ
35th Annual Molasses Festival at Sims Country Bar-B-Que is coming up soon! Sims will have lots of family fun, live music and entertainment, vendors, food for purchase, and molasses making!

Fall Colors Celebration & Chowder Cook Off
Saturday, October 14th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Coves Mountain River Club
It’s getting to be that time of year again! The leaves are giving way to their spectacular autumn shine and there’s a crispness to the air. Join The Coves for this year's Fall Colors Celebration! We’re having our annual Chowder Cook Off on the summit inside the Pisgah Mountain Lodge.
There will be prizes awarded for the most delicious chowder recipe, all entries welcome.

11th Annual Fort Defiance
Oyster Roast
Saturday, October 14th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fort Defiance Oyster Roast
Experience one of the region's most magical annual events. Enjoy a fried flounder dinner and steamed oysters, with swing music by The Starlighters, on the beautiful grounds of Historic Fort Defiance, North Carolina. All profits from the event go directly to the mission of preserving and sharing the 1792 home of General William Lenoir. Find more information on Tickets below:

David Phelps
Saturday, October 14th
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
JE Broyhill Civic Center
Known for his soaring tenor voice and Gaither Vocal Band fame. Over the greater part of two decades, David’s artistry has grown to echo off of the walls of Carnegie Hall, the White House, and in countless halls and churches around the world.

Building Garden Mounds with Ben Loomis
Sunday, October 15th
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Patterson School Foundation
Program Director Ben Loomis will lead a deep dive into the world of Hugelkultur, a low-cost technique to maximize your gardening area and build up your topsoil in an all natural way! This session will show how to choose a good space, construct, plant, and take care of your hugel.

Shadow Line Vineyard Songwriter Showcase!
Sunday, October 15th
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Shadow Line Vineyard
This will be the last Songwriters Showcase for the season. Share your original music or enjoy the music, wine and City BBQ Food Truck.

Educational Tasting: Candy & Beer Pairings, Vol. 2
Monday, October 16th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fercott Fermentables
Continue your candy consumption overload with the second of a three part series! Three 4-oz pours with candy pairings for $5:
4. Oktoberfest paired with Reese's peanut butter cups
5. Dubbel paired with Skittles
6. Brown ale paired with Snickers bars

Educational Tasting: Candy & Beer Pairings, Vol. 2
Thursday, October 19th
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Caldwell Community College & TI
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” This screening is free and open to the public.

Chicken for Charities
Friday, October 20th
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Second Bloom Boutique
Stop by Second Bloom Boutique, or see a Shelter Home staff or board member to purchase your lunch ticket! For $10, you get a Fatz lunch plate which includes 4 chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, green beans, poppy seed rolls and a tea. Don't stress about finding lunch that day, make your lunch plans now and support a great cause.

Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition
October 20th - 21st
Downtown Lenoir
A KCBS sanctioned event. A Proclamation from the Governor of NC designating this a NC Championship Event. Live Music, Kid Activities, Poker Run, Food, Beer Garden, Corn Hole Tournament, Professional BBQ Competition, 50/50 raffle and much, much more! Fun for the whole family. Free to the public.

South Carolina Broadcasters and BBQ
Sunday, October 22nd
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Patterson School Foundation
Come out for a performance by  The South Carolina Broadcasters  and a country BBQ supper at The Patterson School Foundation.

$15 per person. Contact for dinner reservations

Caldwell is Hiring Employment Event
Wednesday, October 25th
8:30 PM - 12:00 PM
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Caldwell is Hiring has developed into the premier employment event in the region. With an anticipated 2,000 available jobs from dozens of employers, Caldwell is Hiring features a broad spectrum of job opportunities along with information on how individuals can improve their skills.

Caldwell Cuisine -
Classical French
Thursday, October 26th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Hosted by students in Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute's Culinary Arts program, this event is the kick off for the fall semester. The events are open to the public, but diners are required to purchase tickets prior to the event. These events provide students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge.

Creepy Caldwell Festival
Hosted by CCC&TI
October 27th - 28th
Caldwell Community College & TI
Creepy Caldwell Festival on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson: Bounce house, storytime, trunk or treat, food vendors, face painting and more. Fun for the whole family. Open to the public. (All proceeds from this event support CCC&TI Student Clubs.) Also - be sure to check out our PG-13 Creepy Trail, 7 to 11 PM each night.

Empty Bowls: Feeding Our Neighbors
Saturday, October 28th
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
William Lenoir Middle School
Empty Bowls encourages artists and groups to create and donate bowls, local chefs to prepare their signature soups and breads, and volunteers to serve the simple meal. Guests choose a handcrafted bowl to use, and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. 100% of the meal proceeds are devoted to fighting local hunger through Caldwell County Yokefellow, Inc.

5th Annual Oyster Roast
Saturday, October 28th
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Betsey's Ole Country Store
Music, Mountains, and Seafood! Betsey's will be hosting Blues acts that will play throughout the day including Jacob Johnson, Mac Arnold, Muddy Waters Band member Big Ron Hunter, The Harmonica priest of the Southeast, The King Bees, and Internationally Acclaimed Stringers & Swingers.You may purchase your ticket ahead by calling (828)758-5051 for more information.

Jeff Little Trio at
The Chapel of Rest
Sunday, October 29th
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chapel of Rest
BBQ chicken & pork supper to follow the concert for $15 a person.
Contact Bill at for supper reservations. Sponsored by Bernhardt Furniture Company and Chapel of Rest Preservation Society.

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