2017 Calendar

Fee Free Days 2017
Enjoy 10 free entrance days to all national parks and free tours of the Sandburg Home in 2017.

  • January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 20 - Presiden't Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23 - Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service 101st Birthday
  • September 30 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12 - Veterans Day Weekend

April 21 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 2017 poetry contest theme is "Strength". Program will be held at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building Room 150.

May 29 - 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.

11am - Don and John Humphries - folk music
12pm - The Gypsy Swingers - swing jazz
1pm - Nitrograss - bluegrass
2pm - Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Longlegs - swing, jazz and blues

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 14 - August 12
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 here.

July 15
Jump Into the Park - Jr Ranger Day

Exciting and fun opportunities begin as visitors enter the park and are encouraged to participate in a variety of activity stations scattered across the grounds. Cheese-making, bug identification, wildlife demonstrations, craft-making and more.

November 25
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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  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Spink, Skabootch and Swipes - live theater

    • Time: 10:15 AM
    • Location: Sandburg Home Amphitheater
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 06/14/2017 to 08/11/2017

    Take a journey with Sandburg's daughters, Spink, Skabootch and Swipes (his nicknames for them) on a journey through Rootabaga Country.

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  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Rootabaga Express! live theater

    • Time: 10:15 AM
    • Location: Sandburg Home Amphitheater
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Every Thursday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly from 06/15/2017 to 08/12/2017

    A singing and dancing extravaganza - all set in Sandburg's fairy tale land - Rootabaga Country. Appropriate for all ages.

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  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Jump Into the Park- A Family Fun Day

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: The Park at Flat Rock
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    A Sandburg Home Junior Ranger Day with live performances, kid-friendly house tours, farm demonstrations and a variety of activity stations.

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Last updated: April 27, 2017

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81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731


(828) 693-4178

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