Mark Your Calendar for these January Events in the High Country
The month of January 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 January Events in the High Country
Here are our top five events happening in Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk during January.
January 4: Boone Winter Farmers Market
Browse an array of goods from local growers and producers at the Boone Winter Farmers Market. The first of 2020, this weekly market takes place at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center. Find fresh, seasonal vegetables, locally raised meats, eggs, honey, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, candles, art and more.
January 11: Winterfest Beer Festival
Get a taste of the High Country’s craft beer scene at the Winterfest Beer Festival. This indoor festival will feature over 40 varieties of regional beers and ciders at the Beech Mountain Resort. Attendees can also enjoy live music from The Harris Brothers and The Common Heart. Proceeds benefit SmileOn ADG which awards grants and scholarships to students, schools and other local organizations.
January 23–26: Blowing Rock WinterFest
Don’t miss the 22nd annual Blowing Rock WinterFest. This is your chance to get out of the house and experience all Blowing Rock has to offer in winter. This four-day event will feature a number of activities, including the icy Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, WinterFeast, Ice Carving in Memorial Park, a chili cook-off and more.
January 23: WinterFeast
Experience regional cuisine during WinterFeast. Part of Blowing Rock WinterFest, this “restaurant crawl” takes place on Jan. 23. Indulge in small plates prepared by chefs at some of the area’s best restaurants. Over 15 restaurants will be in attendance.
January 25: Polar Plunge at Chetola Resort
Part of the Blowing Rock WinterFest, the Polar Plunge is an annual tradition for fearless contenders. Participate yourself or watch as others make their way into the icy temperatures of Chetola Lake. Judges will award the Golden Plunger to the best costume of the day.