Dirty Dancing

Lake Lure Celebrates Its Connection To 'Dirty Dancing'

Sep 5, 2015
Allison Braden

It’s Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer. The sun is setting a little earlier each night. Vacations are over, and kids are back in school. For many people, it’s a bittersweet time of year. The nostalgia of the end of summer is captured in the movie Dirty Dancing. Despite being set in the Adirondacks, much of the film was shot in Lake Lure, NC. And in recent years, the small mountain town about an hour and a half west of Charlotte has celebrated its connection to the 1987 classic with a festival.

Fans of the movie "Dirty Dancing" are gathering in the small mountain town of Lake Lure this weekend for the "Dirty Dancing Festival." Much of the movie was shot there. This year is the 25th anniversary of the film's release.

Everyone knows the line: "Nobody puts baby in a corner.'

Dirty Dancing helped catapult Patrick Swayze into stardom. And it was his death from cancer in 2009 that became the impetus for the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure in Rutherford County. Lots of people called the town and asked if they were going to do anything special.