NC Mineral & Gem Festival

August 1-4, 2019


Same Area, New Location

The NC Mineral and Gem Festival is in a new location this year. We are in the same Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center, but are now on the left end of the center behind McDonald's.


Thursday-Saturday 10-6

Sunday 12:30-5:00 (Take note the Show starts later this day and ends earlier)

About Us


Welcome to the 60th NC Mineral and Gem Festival

August 1-4, 2019

Spruce Pine, NC 

One of the most popular and oldest running mineral and gem festivals in the country

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Celebrating 60 Years!

Don't Miss All of the Happenings During the 2019 Festival 

Festival Schedule

Special NC Exhibit for our Celebration

Be sure to visit so you can catch our special exhibit from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences featuring rocks and minerals of NC! 

VIP Preview Night

Don't Miss It!

You're Invited to a special first look event the night before the official opening of the Festival.  This is a special 60th Anniversary event and all attendees will receive an anniversary "swag bag" to take home! 

Wednesday July 31st 6-8 PM

Enjoy a great evening of food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and a special first look at from some of the vendors' one-of-a-kind pieces. Tickets are $50 pp.

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Purchase Tickets & Festival Gear

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Grab Your Festival Gear Early

Purchase 60th Anniversary Festival event items early before we run out! 

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Purchase Mine Tour Tickets

Mine Tours require advance ticket purchase. Click here to reserve your spot

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While You Are Here

Museum of NC Minerals


Don't Miss a Trip to the Museum of NC Minerals! A true Smithsonian quality museum of interactive exhibits that showcase the minerals and gems unique to our area.  Open 7 days a week 9-5. Free to the public.

Area Gem Mines


Be sure to make time to visit with our local gem mines while at the festival! Gem mining, mine tours, exhibits of minerals and gems  and museums and gift shops are just a few of the experiences you will have!  

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Roan Mountain


The largest naturally growing rhododendron garden in the world! Explore trails, gardens and even cross the street to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail! 

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Journey to the Arts


 The Mitchell County area—home to the Toe River Arts Council, Penland School of Crafts, Parkway Playhouse,   and many galleries, —offers something to do, something to experience, participate in, and  journey to every weekend of the year, no matter the season. 

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On the Water


 If you’re looking for a chance to get your toes wet, you won’t have to look far!  From a leisure tube ride or kayaking to a wild rafting adventure, you can choose your dose of wet fun! 

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Our area boasts three downtowns...Spruce Pine, Bakersville & Little Switzerland.... each with unique shops, dining, galleries, spas and more! Check them out while you are at the festival and take home something special from Mitchell County! 

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Places to Stay & Eat

Places to Stay


From mountain lodges to bed and breakfasts to resorts, you have a wide array of incredible mountain accommodations to choose from.

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Places to Eat

Places to eat in Mitchell County at the NC Mineral and Gem Festival

There's something for everyone's taste buds! From southern mountain cuisine to BBQ, seafood, italian, mexican....and so much more! Enjoy checking out some new restaurants while you are here.

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101 Things to Do


You invite you to stay a little longer and explore our 101 Things To 

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Spruce Pine is home to the NC Mineral and Gem Festival but is also the home to a great downtown, the Toe River, Riverside Park, art galleries and other events throughout the year!  

Visit the Outdoor Grassy Creek Mineral & Gem Show

July 28-August 4

The Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show is a second gem show happening the same week as the NC Mineral and Gem Show and just a few miles away on Hwy 226 South.  

Visit this outdoor gem show while you are here! 

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Enjoy a great evening of food, drinks, live music, a silent auction and a special first look at from some of the vendors' one-of-a-kind pieces. Tickets are $50 pp.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Thank You to Our Sponsors


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Check out the Festival address location and Festival Hours below. 

NC Mineral & Gem Festival

12085 North Carolina Highway 226, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777, United States

(828) 765-9033

Festival Hours






6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


10:00 am – 6:00 pm


10:00 am – 6:00 pm


10:00 am – 6:00 pm


12:30 pm – 5:00 pm