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Dirty Dancing Festival

Morse Park, Lake Lure, NC 28746

Several areas of Lake Lure were used in the filming of the 1987 classic film Dirty Dancing! While here filming many of the cast and production team lodged at the beautiful 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa. The actual Inn that you see in the movie was filmed in Virginia. The majority of the film was done in Lake Lure at a former Boy's Scout Camp. The gymnasium of the camp happens to be the filming location of the talent show and the final dance scene in the movie. The white bridge and stone steps, are now on private property. The cabins for Johnny and all the staff members were filmed at the old camps counselor's cabins. Most of the camps buildings burned down several years ago, with Johnny's Cabin collapsing a few years after that. The property is now a gated housing community with no original remains. The golfing scenes where filmed at Rumbling Bald Resort, the 16th hole on Bald Mountain Golf Course. The main lobby of the Esmeralda Inn and Restaurant is proud to host the original dance floor upon which Johnny and Baby shared their final dance and has been repurposed into a rustic foyer. The annual Dirty Dancing Festival has taken over the beautiful town of Lake Lure, NC where much of the classic film "Dirty Dancing" was originally filmed. Channel your inner Baby or Johnny, whether you have two left feet or can dance circles around the best of us, this family-friendly weekend is all about dance, packed with lessons from the Asheville Ballet plus watermelon games, and live entertainers all concluding in the afternoon with the ever popular lake lift competition. Each year the festival is held in September and begins on Friday night at 8:00 pm with a lakeside screening of the film set outdoors in the beautiful backdrop of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Then, on Saturday the festival kicks off at 10am for a full day of dance, music, food and fun.