2018 Calendar

Fee Free Days 2018
Free entrance days to all national parks and free tours of the Sandburg Home in 2018.

  • Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • April 21 - First day of National Park Week

  • Sept. 22 - National Public Lands Day

  • Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day

April date TBD
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 2018 poetry contest theme is "Dream".

May 28 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 3, 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 13 thru August 11
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 park amphitheatre adjacent to the Sandburg Home. NO SHOWS week of July 24. Learn more about the shows

September 17 (Monday)
Naturalization Ceremony
10:00 am

New American citizens from western North Carolina will participate in a naturalization ceremony at the park, hosted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service - USCIS. The public is welcome to attend this special event.

November 24 (Saturday)
Christmas at Connemara
From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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, 2017.


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