White Squirrel Festival 2018


Brevard’s White Squirrel Festival is celebrating its 15th year and occurs during the Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27). It features a lineup of local and nationally-known musicians, and a parade to honor local veterans. The festival typically draws about 35,000 people to Brevard over the weekend.

The festival has something for everyone, including vintage children’s rides, a 5K and 10K run, a Children’s Fun Walk, face painting, animals and all types of food. For the grownups there is music, beer and shopping.

Friday night begins with the 4th Friday Gallery Walk, where you can spend your time meandering through the art galleries and venues in the downtown area.ExplorerWhiteSquirrelFestival02

The night also includes food and music, and beer from three local breweries — Brevard Brewing Co., Ecusta Brewing and Oskar Blues. Bring a chair and sit in the street with the crowd.

On Saturday, the day kicks off when veterans are remembered and honored with a parade and wreath ceremony at the courthouse.

The downtown streets are again closed off, allowing the public to then meander amongst the various craft vendors displaying unique, handmade crafts and artwork.

Afterward, Jailhouse Hill (North Broad Street) is taken over by homemade derby cars for the Squirrel Box Derby. Sunday is more of the same, with a little later start and finish.

A fresh slate of bands, the many restaurants in town, as well as the food vendors and trucks arriving for the festival, will offer a variety of gourmet fare.

The festival, however, is primarily about music.

Music Schedule
Friday (May 25)
•5:30 p.m., Pretty Little Goat
•7 p.m., Leah Blevins
•8:30 p.m., Devon Gilfillian

Saturday (May 26)
•Noon, Davidson River Taiko
•1 p.m., Alexa Rose
•2:30 p.m., Berlyn Trio
•4 p.m., Alarm Clock Conspiracy
•5:30 p.m., Becca Mancari
•7 p.m., Clint Roberts
•8:30 p.m., Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Sunday (May 27)
•Noon, Cycada Rhythm
•1:30 p.m., Fireside Collective
•3 p.m., Songs from The Road Band
•4:30 p.m., Jeff Sipe & The Page Brothers

Festival Schedule

Friday (May 25)
•5-8 p.m., 4th Friday Gallery Walk downtown
•5:30-9:30 p.m., Friday Night Live Music

Saturday (May 26)
•8 a.m., White Squirrel 5 & 10k Race & Fun Run
•9 a.m., Squirrel Box Derby Setup Starts
•9 a.m., Veteran’s Memorial Day Parade
•9:30 a.m., Wreath Presentation at Courthouse Gazebo
•9 a.m.-6 p.m., Street Festival, Arts and Craft Vendors, Food Vendors, Children’s Activities
•Noon, Beer Garden Opens, Music Begins

Sunday (May 27)
•Noon-6 p.m., Street Festival, Arts and Craft Vendors, Food Vendors, Children’s Activities
•Noon, Beer Garden Opens, music begins

For festival information, call (828) 884-3278, email info@brevardnc.org or go to www.whitesquirrelfestival.com


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