Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure & The Blue Ridge Foothills
Since it's inauguration in 2010, the Dirty Dancing Festival has steadily grown into a signature event in Lake Lure, drawing thousands of “Dirty Dancing” fans to the two-day celebration. With a majority of the movie filmed in Lake Lure, movie fans relish the chance to channel their inner "Baby" or "Johnny" at this annual event dedicated to the music, moves and love of "Dirty Dancing." The two-day event begins with a film screening on Friday followed by a full day dance and music festival on Saturday. After parties at venues around the area continue the festivities into the evening and fans leave planning for next year. In 2013, the festival became an official event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN). A portion of event funds are donated to help find a cure for pancreatic cancer. The festival’s dedication to this cause remains a standing tribute to the film’s late star, Patrick Swayze, who died from the disease in 2009. Once under private management, the event is now owned and managed by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.