Brevard is known for its population of rare White Squirrels that comprise about 25% of the squirrels in the area. This unique characteristic gives to the annual White Squirrel Festival that is held on Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May).
The festival features The Squirrel Box Derby downhill race, Annual White Squirrel 5K/10K foot race, the White Squirrel Photo Contest, and the White Squirrel Dance-off. The is also live music, food , arts and crafts and a parade. And of course, don't forget to meet “Pisgah Pete,” a rescued white squirrel, who will make his annual appearance at the festival and has become the town mascot.