Top 5 April Events in the High Country 2023

Mark Your Calendar for these 2023 April Events in the High Country

The month of April is full of fun and exciting events in the High Country, from Boone and Blowing Rock to Banner Elk. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Be sure to pick up a High Country Visitors Guide to find even more events throughout the year.

Top 5 April 2023 Events in the High Country

Here are our top five events happening in Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk during April.

April 1: Blowing Rock Trout Derby

The Annual Trout Derby begins at sunrise on Saturday, prizes awarded at 4:30 pm. Win prizes for biggest fish in separate age categories! No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary. Just take your catch to the Club House by the swimming pool before 4:30 pm (173 Lakeside Drive, Blowing Rock). More info:

April 1: Easter Eggstravaganza

The Saturday eight days before Easter. Enjoy a morning of Easter fun and entertainment featuring two egg hunts – one for younger kids and one for older kids.

Activities include a magician, a free scoop of ice cream for kids from BE Scooped, and a bonus egg hunt. The event takes place in Tate-Evans Park and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

April 8-9: Easter Bunny will be at Tweetsie Railroad

The Easter Bunny is coming to Tweetsie Railroad Easter weekend. Bunny hop along with the Easter Bunny during Diamond Lil’s Can-Can Revue shows in the Tweetsie Palace at 10:30 am, Noon, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. After the show, the Easter Bunny will be available for a meet, greet, and photos.

April 22: Families Learning Together

“Families Learning Together” is our annual Spring fundraiser to promote sustainable and natural living.

There will be lots of activities for children. Classes will be held in fermentation, sweetgrass basket making, qigong, square dancing, and more. Come and meet Doug and Stacy from their popular TV show “Off Grid with Doug and Stacy.

Tickets must be purchased online:  Visit our webpage to learn more and purchase tickets.  No tickets will be sold the day of.

April 27-30: Merlefest

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. More info: