Top 5 August Events in the High Country

Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Boone August events

Top 5 August Events in the High Country

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Mark Your Calendar for these August Events in the High Country

The month of August 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. Here are our top five events happening in the High Country during August.

Top 5 August Events in the High Country

July 31–Aug. 4: Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is among the oldest continually operating horse shows in the country. Visit the L.M. Tate Horse Show Grounds for this competition. From Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 4, attendees can watch the hunter and jumper events.

Aug. 1–4: North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival

You won’t want to miss the 60th anniversary of the North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival in Spruce Pine. This four-day festival brings hundreds of gem, rock and mineral enthusiast to the Blue Ridge Mountains to shop for jewelry, gemstones, beads, fossils and more. Dealers will showcase their merchandise, with something for every style and budget.

Aug. 9–11: Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival

Head to Banner Elk for the Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival. This juried festival showcases handcrafted items from over 60 vendors through mediums such as photography, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and pottery. You won’t want to miss the summer edition of this weekend-long show, located at Historic Banner Elk Elementary School.

Aug. 24: High Country Beer Fest

Sample the best beer in the region at the High Country Beer Fest. This annual event, at the High Country Fairgrounds, will offer tastes from over 60 breweries and more than 15 food vendors. Between drinking and eating, festival goers can also enjoy live music all day long, along with educational seminars and a games tent.

Aug. 24–25: Railroad Heritage Weekend

Step back in time to an age of locomotive nostalgia at Tweetsie Railroad’s Railroad Heritage Weekend. The train-themed amusement park will be celebrating the history and tradition of America’s railroads. All ages will love learning about and experiencing first-hand the area’s mountain culture and traditions. The weekend’s activities will include a live Cherokee dance performance, a ride in a steam locomotive and much more.

Click here to read more about Tweetsie Railroad.