Top 5 September Events in the High Country 2023

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

By Chris Murphy

The month of September 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 September 2023 Events in the High Country

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

Sept. 1-30: Hawkwatch
All throughout September, guests visiting Grandfather Mountain are invited to join the mountain’s naturalists as they count and celebrate “Hawkwatch“, the annual spectacle of fall raptor migration. Participants can observe the migration daily at Linville Peak, across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, weather permitting. Included with admission. 

Sept. 2-3: Mile High Kite Festival
Mile High Kite Festival Beech Mountain 2023 The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Mile High Kite Festival as part of the town’s Labor Day Weekend festivities.

Sept. 4-9: Antlers and Acorns: The Boone Songwriters Festival
In September the music will come to the mountain. The best, those who have written the hits, the songs you know, will come to the town where Doc Watson never leaves the corner of King and Depot, where if you listen, really listen, you can hear him play.

Antlers and Acorns: The Boone Songwriters Festival brings together the wordsmiths, the weavers of chords and sharps and flats, the storytellers, the prophets, and the liars. The town is the venue, the bars and restaurants, the cafes, and the stage. Fans of words and music will walk the streets from one welcoming door to the next to hear their favorite singer/songwriter tell the stories of their songs, where they came from, and where they went. 

Sept. 22-Oct. 28: Ghost Train
The spooktacular season of Tweetsie’s Ghost Train® Halloween Celebration, a popular fall family tradition, begins Friday, September 22, and continues every Friday and Saturday night through October 28. Daytime guests can still enjoy all of Tweetsie’s Wild West adventures, rides and attractions. . . but when the sun goes down, the park gets a full makeover complete with costumed characters, decorations, music and Halloween-themed attractions.

Sept. 30-Oct. 8: Fall Color Ramble
From September 30 through October 8, guests enjoy short, guided nature walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. The Fall Color Rambles take place daily, weather permitting, and are included in your admission ticket. The short excursions begin at 2 p.m. and typically last for 30 minutes. As the starting locations will vary day to day based on the foliage, visitors should inquire at the park’s Entrance Gate or the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery upon arrival.

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