In May, Highlands’ weather gets warmer, flowers bloom and everything comes alive after winter’s slumber, making it the perfect time for a stroll to awaken the senses.

That’s the thinking behind Meander in May, Highlands’ immersive and interactive arts festival. Spend the day in our picturesque downtown, leisurely walking and pausing to absorb the sounds of talented musicians and sights of regional artisans demonstrating their craft.

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time exploring Highlands, you’ll enjoy this free, self- guided arts festival provided by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC. Use our event map to plan your day or take a more relaxed approach as you wander upon the sights and sounds. Woodworkers, painters, jewelry makers, photographers and musicians will dot downtown, waiting to share their talents with you.

Along the way, our restaurants and shops will be open to welcome you for a change of pace and refreshment. Schedule some shopping or dining in-between your favorite performers. Remember to end your day at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park for a final performance, part of the “Saturdays on Pine” Outdoor Concert.


Highlands Chamber of Commerce

Highlands, NC 28741

(828) 526-2112

Updated February 2, 2023