- Spooky Botanical Gardens: Celebrate Halloween the natural way. From 6-7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Biological Station, 265 N 6th St., there will be guided tours of the Botanical Gardens will lead you trick-or-treating around the trail to meet some native animal characters. Beware the forest in the last half hour as it will turn from enchanted to haunted and the animals will be more “trick” than “treat.” Activities will also be available inside the Nature Center. This program is weather-dependent. A donation of $5 per person is requested. Meet at Nature Center.
- All Hallows Eve: A Halloween Celebration from 6-8 p.m. in Highlands. Downtown Main Street will be shut down to traffic and there will be candy, music, dancing, hot dogs and costumes!
- Forest Service Action: Chattooga Conservancy calls for concerned citizens to attend a meeting to object to cutting old growth forests in the headwaters of the Chattooga Wild & Scenic River in N.C., near the Ellicott Rock Wilderness Area. The Chattooga Conservancy calls for the public to attend this important meeting about the Southside Project, and to participate in a protest rally at noon on Nov. 1, to demand that their voices be heard. The meeting will be hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 at the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest office in Asheville, 160 Zillicoa St. The “objection resolution” meeting is now 8 a.m.-noon.
- Interweaving Southern Baskets: at The Bascom in the Loft Gallery
from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2.
- Highlands Playhouse will be showing Old Man and the Gun. For more information call 828-526-2695.
- The Highlands Performing Arts Center: Presents the National Theatre of London’s production of Julie, Live via Satellite, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. An adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie which was written in 1882. This new version, written by Polly Stenham (That Face), remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London. Wild and newly single, Julie throws herself a late night birthday party. Meanwhile in the kitchen Jean and Kristina cleanup as the celebration heaves around them. Crossing this threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean –which rapidly descends into a savage fight for escape and ultimately survival. Staring Vanessa Kirby, who recently won a BAFTA Award for best supporting actress for playing Princess Margaret in The Crown; also seen in Mission Impossible 6: Fallout as the White Widow, released July 2018. This production contains strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and strobe lighting. Tickets are available online: highlandspac.org, at the door or by calling 828-526-9047. Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands N.C.