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Get lost in space at the Spruce Pine Alien Festival

Browse out-of-this-world wares, enjoy music + food, and hear from extraterrestrial experts during this festival that asks, “Are we alone in the universe?”

Three photos of the spruce pine alien festival — a dog in an astronaut costume, a green alien costume, and two people dressed up as aliens

It’s the festival that asks, “Are we alone in the universe?”

Photos via Spruce Pine Alien Festival

The town of Spruce Pine is in for a close encounter of the third kind this weekend. On Saturday, June 8, extraterrestrial enthusiasts and UFO hunters will invade the streets of downtown for the free Spruce Pine Alien Festival.

On the Milky Way Main Stage, you’ll find a musical lineup as well as presentations from expert speakers talking asteroid mining, Mars missions, and secret space programs. If you want to don your best cosmic costume or “Men in Black” getup, you can compete for cash prizes in the Area 51 Costume Contest.

The festival will also have more than 175 vendors selling galactic goods + outer space eats, and the kids can visit the Close Encounter Zone for games, bounce houses, and slides.

Nearby, the AlienXPO will host the serious out-of-this-world investigators. The ticketed event will feature “Ancient Aliens” star Mike Bara as well as other extraterrestrial experts discussing abductions, phenomena, and sightings.

The truth is out there — and it’s just ~1 hour from Asheville.

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