About Bear Shadow

Dreamed up during a worldwide pandemic, Bear Shadow music festival made its debut in April 2021. A sister festival to the highly esteemed Highlands Food & Wine, Bear Shadow is now a phenomenon all to itself, bringing celebrated artists to The Highlands Plateau, NC for a weekend of music, mountains, and revelry each spring.

Gather your friends and emerge from hibernation with us for 2 days of fine views, great music, and good times.

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

The scenic Highlands Plateau is in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina with an elevation of 4118 feet. This quaint mountain resort town boasts some of the finest dining options in the south, bespoke local retailers and businesses, and bountiful opportunities for outdoor adventure. Highlands is a true hidden gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where visitors can unwind and relax while enjoying fine amenities.

Learn more at highlandschamber.org

The Highlands Plateau Climate

The Highlands Plateau is in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The Village is at an elevation of 4,118 sea level, making it one of the highest altitudes. Highlands enjoys an average high of 53° and low of 33° in November. Rainfall and abundant sunshine create a verdant micro climate which delights botanists, locals and visitors. Fun fact: Did you know Highlands is a rainforest?


Highlands Festivals

Highlands Festivals is a 501c3 non profit focused on bringing engaging and bespoke events to The Highlands Plateau, NC area. In conjunction with it’s board members, Highlands Festivals works to bring value-added weekend experiences to increase visitor counts and bring revenue to local businesses and organizations.

Band playing for crowd at Bear Shadow Festival