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Top 5 May Events in the High Country 2023

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

By Chris Murphy

The month of May 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 May 2023 Events in the High Country

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

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Bird Walk

Join the High Country Audubon Society at Valle Crucis Community Park for a Bird Walk in the park. No experience necessary. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. We will meet in the parking lot at 9:30AM each Wednesday!

May 4, 11, 18, 25: Old-Time Jams at the Jones House

Weekly old-time jams at the Jones House return on Thursdays from 7 – 10pm. Bring an acoustic instrument to play along or just enjoy the music as local musicians play old-time fiddle and folk songs until the “last call for tunes” at 9:45pm. 

May 20: Art in the Park

Art in the Park in on Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock, hosts some of the best local and regional artists! Craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more in this juried show.

May 27-28: Art on the Greene

Art on the Greene takes place in the heart of the walkabout village of Banner Elk, which allows patrons to make a day of it by visiting shops and boutiques in town and selecting from an impressive list of restaurants.

The shows occur Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend, an early August weekend and Labor Day weekend. Festivities typically include food vendors and other entertainment. Art on the Greene has no admission fee. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 27-31: Rhododendron Ramble

Take a daily, short, guided stroll at 2 PM that highlights Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and blooms. Included with admission. See the blooms and learn about their history, attributes and roles they play in the mountain’s ecological communities. The easygoing walks take approximately 20 minutes and are fit for guests of all ages – wheelchair and stroller accessible. Meet by the Butterfly Garden at the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery. Staff naturalists will a display inside Wilson Center.

Want more Events?

Check out our calendar of events to help plan your activities while in High Country!