The Tiny North Carolina Town That Transforms Into A Watermelon Wonderland Each Year

The Tar Heel State has some pretty spectacular harvest festivals, and the watermelon harvest season just may be one of our favorites. Who among us can resist a slice of a freshly harvested, plump, dripping with juice, watermelon? That being said, it’s easy to see why the folks in the tiny town of Murfreesboro (population 3,203) go wild for four days each August in celebration of the succulent fruit. Trust us: if you love watermelon, then this is one festival you won’t be able to pass up.

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The 2018 event takes place August 1 – 4 in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. The main festival entrance is on Sycamore Street, just off of Main Street, behind Centura Bank. Learn more on the official website for the North Carolina Watermelon Festival.

Another fun event, but taking place on the other side of the state, is the limited-time art exhibit by world-renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. His is the first-ever art exhibit taking place in the beautiful gardens at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Get the scoop in this previous article.