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Mark Your Calendar for these October Events in the High Country
The month of October 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 October Events in the High Country
Here are our top five events happening in Boone Blowing Rock and Banner Elk during October.
Oct. 5: Art in the Park
Come out rain or shine to the Art in the Park event in downtown Blowing Rock. This is your chance to browse over 90 artisans in a stroll-and-shop experience. Find handmade sculptures, paintings, pottery and much more at this local market. This is the last Art in the Park event for the 2019 season.
Oct. 12–13: Oktoberfest
Yodel lay he ho at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Oktoberfest celebration. Grab your beer stein and dress in your best lederhosen for this German celebration. Listen to festive Bavarian music and experience the area’s tranquil fall surroundings as the leaves begin to change colors.
Click here to read more about Sugar Mountain’s Oktoberfest.
Oct. 19–20: Woolly Worm Festival
An annual High Country tradition, the Wooly Worm Festival is used to predict the region’s upcoming winter weather. See what color the woolly worm’s bands are to determine what type of winter the High Country will have. The festival also features craft vendors, food, live entertainment and much more.
Click here to read more about the Woolly Worm Festival.
Oct. 26: Blowing Rock Halloween Festival
Celebrate Halloween in Blowing Rock with the Blowing Rock Halloween Festival. This free, family-friendly event will feature an afternoon full of events and activities. Watch movies, play games, go on a hayride and more. Dress up for the Monster March on Main Street then go trick-or-treating downtown.
Until Oct. 26: Ghost Train®
On weekends in October, get into some spooky fun at Tweetsie Railroad during the park’s Ghost Train® event. This year’s theme is “Terror in the Trenches.” After dark, enjoy a themed, ghostly train ride. The park will also have a haunted house, Halloween shows on Main Street, trick-or-treating and more.
Click here to read more about Ghost Train.