Back Alley Boutique to host 2nd Annual Back Alley Hempfest on Sunday

Published 12:43 pm Friday, April 19, 2024

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Event to offer live music, local vendors, and more


TRYON—Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar is hosting the 2nd Annual Back Alley Hempfest on Sunday, April 21, from 2 to 7 p.m. Organizers invite the community to this free event at 28 Oak St. and at the Depot Plaza, right across from Trade St. 

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The event will feature live music, local vendors, live glass-blowing, fire-spinning, stilt-walking, the Hempfest Charity Raffle, and much more. About 30 local vendors are participating and will offer a wide variety of arts and crafts, gifts, and goodies. There will also be a scavenger hunt to enter for door prizes scattered among the vendors with hourly prizes, and the event will include a rolling competition and a 420 special smoke session in the back Bud Bar & Lounge area of Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar. 

King Chewie will perform live music at the Back Alley Boutique at 28 Oak St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by Nina Gi from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. and Acklen Walker from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At the Depot Plaza, Moonshine State will perform from 2 to 4 p.m., and The Ribald Rifter will perform from 4:20 to 7 p.m.

The festival will offer another Hempfest Charity Raffle this year, with donations coming in from a variety of vendors and community partners. The raffle will support Legalize Appalachia and Preserving A Picturesque America, two awesome nonprofit organizations tackling important causes. Legalize Appalachia strives to protect the rights of hemp and cannabis users and supports legislation that enables or protects these rights. Preserving A Picturesque America focuses on blending art, conservation, and education to preserve some of the most iconic natural features and landscapes in America, and it has a physical presence and gallery at Saluda Studios in Saluda, N.C. 

Back Alley Boutique hosts community events such as the annual Back Alley Hempfest and the monthly 4th Friday Game Night, and it supports other community events as well by promoting them, sponsoring them, and/or vending them. The community’s support of Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar is what allows Back Alley Boutique to support so many great local events, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. 

Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar has sponsored and/or participated in the following events: Tryon International Film Festival, Tryon Beer Fest, Summer Tracks Concert Series, Tryon Midnight, Tryon Christmas Stroll, Tryon Small Business Saturday, Tryon 4th Fridays, Tryon Halloween Stroll, Tryon Airstream Rally, Saluda Oktoberfest, Saluda Arts Festival, Foothills Chamber of Commerce ‘Feed the Foothills’ Charity Concert, Game of Throws Disc Golf Tournament, Tryon Half Marathon, and Fall for the Foothills 5k (Thermal Belt Outreach), Garden for Life Project (Conserving Carolina), Tryon History Museum Benefit Golf Tournament at the Tryon Country Club, and Empty Bowls at Parker-Binns Vineyard.

The Back Alley team is grateful to our community for supporting them and giving them the opportunity to support amazing community organizations in our area such as the Garden for Life Project, Conserving Carolina, Thermal Belt Outreach, Foothills Chamber of Commerce, Tryon Downtown Development Association, Tryon History Museum, Foothills Humane Society, and others. They aim to support even more important causes and the organizations behind them, hoping to expand these lists to ensure they’re doing all they can to help our community be the best it can be! Help them support our community!

Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar aims to lower the stigma around cannabis use and educate consumers about its many benefits while maintaining a welcoming and clean environment to create a positive interaction with hemp. It provides a curated selection of locally created/sourced arts, crafts, gifts, and high-quality hemp products. Supporting local businesses and communities is fundamental to its values and operational model. Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar puts a high value on accountability, customer service, quality, responsiveness, and transparency for themselves as well as those they partner with, and they look forward to connecting with and serving the community!

Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar provides education about and access to high-quality locally sourced arts, crafts, gifts, and hemp products from vendors in the Carolinas. It has a brick-and-mortar location at 28 Oak Street, Tryon, NC, with a boutique of locally sourced arts, crafts, gifts, clothing, and accessories. There is also a Bud Bar & Lounge for people to relax and enjoy themselves in a welcoming environment. Find them on Google, Facebook, Instagram, and at to learn more.

The organizers of the 2nd Annual Back Alley Hempfest thank the following sponsors: Tettra Hydra Glass, Astria Farm, Kaleidoscope Studios Art, Hypnotic Massage Sleep Boutique, Yetees Design Screen Printing, Carrie Bass Photography, eARThly Minds Gallery, The Moth Queen, and Social Shay Photography. They hope to see many new and familiar faces at the 2nd Annual Back Alley Hempfest, hosted by Back Alley Boutique & Bud Bar in downtown Tryon. Come check out all the festivities!