Highlands Festivals

Highlands Festivals is a 501c3 non profit focused on bringing engaging and bespoke events to the Highlands, 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.

Bear Shadow

Bear Shadow is an annual spring time music festival and celebration in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina. Produced by Highlands Festivals, Inc., Bear Shadow brings world-renowned music acts and exceptional day time experiences to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. This weekend of music, mountains, and revelry introduces a hopeful new season as we all emerge from hibernation with anticipation for the future.


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.