Events & Promotions

To plan your visit to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, you can view the park calendar and upcoming events by clicking here.

Online house ticket tour reservations can be made via recreation.gov for a non-refundable fee of $1.00 per ticket. House tours are available on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11AM, 1PM and 2PM. Any tickets not sold via recreation.gov will be available to walk-in visitors on a day-of-tour, first come, first served basis. Online reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.

36th ANNUAL CARL SANDBURG MUSIC FESTIVAL, MEMORIAL DAY- MAY 30

We are excited that this free festival is back and will be held at the amphitheater and barnyard areas of the park. No tickets or registration required, just come for a fun afternoon of great music. Seating is available at the amphitheater, and visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. Pets are not allowed in seating areas at the amphitheater or inside the barnyard. The Carl Sandburg Music Festival is supported by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara and a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County. This year’s musical lineup is:

11AM: Peter Dimery Trio (Jazz)- Amphitheater

2PM: Mark Webb, Jr. (Americana)- Amphitheater

1PM to 3PM: Patrick Ballard (Acoustic guitar and banjo)- Barn

Free tours of the Sandburg Home will be available on the hour from 10AM to 3PM. Tickets are first come, first served beginning at 9:30AM in the Visitor Center/Park Store located on the ground floor of the home.

More information on the music festival and previous performances are available by clicking here.


NAME THE GOAT CONTEST
Between now and June 4, we are holding our annual “Name the Goat” contest to rename Nix (pictured), one of the Sandburg goat herds newest members. In addition to an online opportunity, we will be at the Flat Rock Village Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 4, from noon to 4PM at the Flat Rock Village Hall where you can meet Nix and submit your entry. Name entries are just $5, with all proceeds going to support events and programming sponsored by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and in the community.  If you would like to participate online, you can click here and select the “Events” tab to purchase your ticket. In addition to having the honor to rename Nix, the winner receives a lovely gift basket that was donated to the Friends by Mast General Store in Hendersonville.
One way Mrs. Sandburg tracked her herd’s lineage was by goat moms and kids sharing the same first initial in their names. For example, Nan gave birth to Nix. The park continues this tradition. They also pick goat names to celebrate Carl Sandburg’s writings. What does this mean for you? You have several options when selecting a name for your entry:
1.) Pick a name that begins with the letter N (since Nan is the mother)
2.) Pick a name from Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories”, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of publication.
3.) Just pick a favorite name
4.) Come meet Nix at the Flat Rock Ice Cream Social on June 4!
Winner will be notified by email in early July.

COMING SOON!
 We have many fun events being planned for Spring and Summer. Keep watching our website or Facebook page for details on these and other events:
-Sandburg Sing-a-Longs: Sing-a-Longs feature music from Sandburg’s “The American Songbag.”
Musicians will lead the audience in singing along, and song sheets will
be available. The event is free and will be held at the amphitheater. Summer 2022 schedule TBD.
-Sandburg Summer Plays: Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of “Rootabaga Stories” with a live performance! In partnership with the Flat Rock Playhouse, free performances will be held at the park amphitheater during the summer, on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:15AM, beginning on June 16. Learn more about the Rootabaga Stories and shows by clicking here.

MONTHLY WRITERS WORKSHOPS (VIRTUAL)
 Join us for these fun and informative workshops, hosted by the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara. Registration is required and links will be posted below in advance of each workshop along with the information on the presenter and subject.

GLASSY MOUNTAIN CELEBRATION T-SHIRTS

Help celebrate with the Friends of Carl Sandburg with our BIG GLASSY t-shirts. The Glassy Mountain Celebration was the central theme of 2021 events for community members and visitors to enjoy the Sandburg Home. These shirts are only $23.00 (including shipping and handling) and are available in many sizes. We’ll also have shirts available for purchase for only $15 at most of our events. Please note that these shirts do run a bit on the small size. Stop by and take one home at a reduced price, or click here for instructions on how to order online.