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You Wanna Hear Somethin’ Crazy? There’s a Dirty Dancing Festival At The Lake Where They Filmed The Movie

by SharonKurheg

Nostalgia is hot. Movies are hot. And nostalgia about movies is super hot. Actually, it always has been, but a generation ago you couldn’t just log onto a computer and follow the path of, for example, a couple who went to a bunch of locations where they filmed the Harry Potter movies. But nowadays, thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find those kinds of places…

So is it surprising that there’s a Dirty Dancing festival held at the lake where Baby and Johnny’s iconic water scene was filmed? Of course not! Here’s more about it…


This will be the 10th annual Dirty Dancing Festival, which is held in the adorable mountain town of Lake Lure, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Held on September 13 and 14 this year, the festival is a weekend of all things Dirty Dancing. They do a lakeside screening of the film, offer dance lessons (followed by an amateur shag competition), have a talent show and a watermelon carrying contest, and the highlight of the weekend, the lake lift competition (they even give you tips so you don’t make a fool out of yourself LOL)! They also offer food and drink, arts and crafts and live 60s music.

Tickets are $10 for Friday and $25 for Saturday and they give you the opportunity to make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN is the global leader in the fight against pancreatic cancer through the mission of scientific research, patient services, and waging hope for those, like Patrick Swayze had been, who are affected).


Want more info? Check out their website right here.

Go ahead and go…you’ll have the time of your life! (you just knew I couldn’t get through this post without saying that, right?)

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Tom June 12, 2019 - 8:31 pm

I hate to tell you this, but that’s not where the lake scene was filmed, though Lake Lure has been claiming it for years. I was in Dirty Dancing, and we filmed in two locations. We started in Mountain Lake, VA, where that scene was filmed, along with exteriors of Kellerman’s main lodge building, the dining room, Baby’s family’s cottage, and the gazebo where the outside dance lessons were held. We then moved to Lake Lure, NC, for the main show room, staff quarters, rehearsal, and other scenes.

SharonKurheg June 12, 2019 - 10:42 pm

LOLOL! Well, what do you know? 🙂 I knew about Kellerman’s from searching the ‘net for this post but yup, guess they’ve fool a lot of people. Thanks for the heads up!

Tom June 13, 2019 - 12:47 am

My pleasure. BTW – I’m Orlando based, too, and I’m grateful for the work you and your honey do with this blog.

SharonKurheg June 13, 2019 - 1:58 am

Why, thank-you so much! We really appreciate that! 🙂


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