The High Country is full of fun all year long.
No matter what the season, there is always a variety of activities and events happening. From holiday festivities to art shows to live musical performances, you will be sure to be entertained! Below are some popular events you may want to check out this year.
Blowing Rock Events
August 16-20: Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival
Artists are invited to paint in and around the beautiful village of Blowing Rock and show work in the Wet Paint Sale and Exhibit. Presented by Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.
September 23- October 29: Tweetsie Ghost Train
Spooky fun for the whole family with night train rides, haunted house, special rides and attractions. Friday and Saturday nights.
October 29: Blowing Rock Halloween Festival
Fun for families with downtown trick-or-treating, games and the costumed Monster March where everyone can participate. Free.
May 14: Pinecones and Pages: The Boone Literary Festival
Meet authors and enjoy music at this literary festival, which also includes a children’s section with fun activities.
June 17-18: Boonerang Music & Arts Festival
This inaugural festival will take place in downtown Boone and feature live concerts, an arts market, a kids zone, food and much more!
July 3-4: Boone 4th of July Celebration
On July 3, join the town’s annual celebration of Independence Day with festivities at the Boone Greenway near Clawson-Burnley Park with a firework display that evening. On the 4th a parade will take place in downtown Boone.
September 5-11: Antlers & Acorns: The Boone Songwriters Festival
Celebrate singers and song writers, and hear great stories at this festival.
Banner Elk Events
May 28-29: July 2-3, Aug. 6-7 and Sept. 3-4: Art on the Greene
On select weekends during the year, Historic Banner Elk School holds this lively art show featuring artwork and crafts from regional and national artisans.
July 4: Fourth of July Parade
This popular annual parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Lees-McRae College campus library and marches through downtown.
October 15-16: Woolly Worm Festival
Come celebrate this unique festival’s 45th anniversary! See Woolly Worm Races, enjoy live entertainment and shop for crafts at Historic Banner Elk School.
December 2-4: A Small Town Christmas
Kicking off on Friday evening with a tree lighting and a variety show, this festival weekend is packed with holiday cheer—from visits with Santa to a candy cane hunt, plus a 5K run.
Beech Mountain Events
July 2: Annual Roasting of the Hog
This family-friendly event at Beech Mountain Ski Resort is full of barbecue, music and games, with a fireworks display at night.
August 6: Crafts on the Green
Held at Gazebo Park, this annual festival features artwork and crafts by local artisans from jewelry and pottery to paintings and photography.
September 3-4: Mile High Kite Festival
Kites of all sizes, shapes and colors fly high in the sky during this event, which includes kite awards and kite-flying demonstrations.
Starting September 10 and Continuing on Weekends Through the Month: Autumn at Oz
Visit Oz at this annual celebration at the Land of Oz theme park. Enjoy food, music, hayrides and more.