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Tickets available for Dirty Dancing Festival
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 22:03

From Staff Reports


LAKE LURE — Ticket sales began in mid-March for the 10th anniversary of Lake Lure’s Dirty Dancing Festival on Sept.13-14.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting 

“This two-day celebration of one of the world’s most treasured pop-culture films features a film screening, dance lessons and movie performances by the Asheville Ballet Company, live bands playing soul-filled hits from the 1960s, and a variety of vendors and film-inspired activities,” an event presss release stated. 

“Every year the celebration is punctuated by the hilariously renowned Lake Lift Competition where daring couples test their re-enactment skills of Baby and Johnny’s iconic water scene.”

 Since the film’s release in 1987, “Dirty Dancing” has accumulated fans, accolades and praise worldwide, with the “Time of My Life” final dance scene finding its way into new television commercials and viral YouTube videos decades later every year. 

“Festival organizers are proud to honor Lake Lure’s legacy as the film’s backdrop and plan to unveil special elements to highlight this year’s milestone event,” the press release noted.

 “It’s incredible to see the event reach its 10-year anniversary and I look forward to the special fun we have in store for this year,” festival co-founder Michelle McConnell Yelton said. “My favorite part of the festival is watching everyone come unglued with giddiness as we remember how much we all love this movie and dancing, even after all these years.”

 The weekend will begin with a ticketed Kick-Off Party at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, featuring live music and a 10th anniversary tribute, followed by free admission for the 8 p.m. public film screening of “Dirty Dancing.” 

The festival will continue from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, with a packed schedule of entertainment, activities, contests and vendors.

 • Tickets sold on the day of each event are priced as follows:

 • Advanced ticket sales end at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 10, and range in price from child to adult for activities on both Friday and Saturday night as follows:

• Sept. 13 Film Screening Kick-Off Party, 5-8 p.m.: $5/children (4-10-years-old) or $10/adults (11-years-old and older). Gates open to the public at 8 p.m. for free admission to the film screening, which begins at 9:15 p.m.

 • Sept. 14 Dance & Music Festival 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: $10/children (4-10-years-old) or $25/adults (11-years-old and older).



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