Annual Events in Mentone


Rhododendron Festival -- Third Weekend in May

The Rhododendron Festival features artists and craftsmen displaying their handcrafted wares and live entertainment.  Potted rhododendron plants are always a sellout.  Usually the native flowing plants are at their peak in their array of beauty around the third weekend in May.  The lake on Little River above DeSoto Falls is a wonderful place from which to view the rhododendron and mountain laurel blooms.  There is a good variety of food for sale by several vendors.  


Fall Colorfest -- Third Weekend in October

Its hard to improve on Mother Nature's shows this time of year, but Mentone folks give it a shot!  Storytelling, sing-a-longs and dancing fill the crisp, cool air on Friday evening while children roast marshmallows around a huge bon-fire.  Saturday and Sunday are filled with live entertainment all day long, while local artists and craftsmen display their hand-crafted wares.  The Saturday afternoon parade and activities on Little River add to the festive atmosphere.  


Little River Art Council's Home Tour -- Fourth Weekend in October

The Little River Arts Council will present a two-day fall tour of eight homes and other historic landmarks including a camp, a church and an inn.  Tickets good for both days can be purchased at Mentone Town Hall for $10 each during tour hours.  A Silent Auction will again be held in conjunction with the Home Tour.  Event hours are 10 am. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. 


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