Carl Sandburg Home
National Historic Site North Carolina

2019 Calendar of Events

Fee Free Days 2019
Free entrance days to all national parks and free tours of the Sandburg Home in 2019.

  • Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

April 5 (Friday) at 7:00 pm
Student Poetry Contest Celebration

Young poets from Elementary School through High School will be recognized for their writing achievements and each student will present their winning entry. The 2019 poetry contest theme is "Joy". Program will be held at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building Room 150.

May 27 (Monday) - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival

The folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of traditional folk music as found in his collection The American Songbag. The festival's performers each skillfully demonstrate the tradition of performing live music to tell stories while capturing the heritage of America through song.

June 1 (Saturday), at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Historic Connemara Walking Tours

In cooperation with the Village of Flat Rock's annual Ice Cream Social, the park offers walking tours of the grounds of Connemara sharing the history of the site before the Sandburg's moved in. East tour lasts one hour. No reservation required. Tours begin in the bookstore of the Sandburg Home.

June 12 through August 10
*No Shows July 17-20
Sandburg Summer Stage
Every Wednesday through Saturday at 10:15 - 10:45 am

Rootabaga Express! and Spink, Skabootch and Swipes!
Wednesday through Saturday, apprentice actors from the Flat Rock Playhouse, will share performances at 10:15 a.m., at the new park amphitheater located near the front lake. More information and a 2019 schedule is available here.

September (week of September 16)
Citizenship Day Naturalization Ceremony
New American citizens from western North Carolina will participate in a naturalization ceremony at the park. The public is welcome to attend this special event.

November 30 (Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Christmas at Connemara

Musicians and storytellers, crafts and sing-a-longs, hot cider and cookies. This free festive celebration will honor Carl Sandburg and his family holiday traditions. Young visitors will find many opportunities for participation in storytelling, sing-a-longs and crafts. The house will be decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree throughout December until January 6th, 2020.


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Last updated: February 14, 2019

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81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731


(828) 693-4178

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