A Small Town Christmas

Banner Elk
Always the first weekend in December Dec. 6-8, 2019 Create lasting memories during a special weekend filled with traditional holiday activities. A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk begins Friday evening with the lighting of the town tree and a holiday play performed by Ensemble Stage at the Historic Banner Elk School. Saturday’s events begin early in the morning and stretch well into the evening. Festivities include: a 5K run, Breakfast with Santa, candy cane hunt, storytelling, ornam... Read More

Art on the Greene

Banner Elk
Memorial Day, Fourth of July & Labor Day weekends May 25-26, July 6-7 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2019 Three times each summer, the green at the Historic Banner Elk School comes to life with Art on the Greene, featuring quality, hand-made arts and crafts from select regional and national artisans. Art on the Greene takes place Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment. The shows take place in the heart of the walkabo... Read More

Concerts in the Park

Banner Elk
Thursday evenings late June through August Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, are a popular summer activity. Each Thursday, well-known local and regional bands perform live shows at the Tate-Evans Town Park Amphitheater. The fun dance music — from Southern rock to oldies, soul, country and funk — is appropriate for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the music under the evening stars. Food, beer and wine vendors set... Read More

Easter Eggstravaganza

Banner Elk
The Saturday eight days before Easter April 4, 2020 March 27, 2021 A great family event that takes place the Saturday eight days prior to Easter at the Historic Banner Elk School. Arrive at 10 a.m. to meet the Easter Bunny, pick up an Easter treasure map and get the kids lined up for the start of the egg hunt. The hunt begins at 10:15 a.m. in the nearby town park, followed by games, crafts, music and a magician until noon. Snow/rain location is the courtyard of the Historic Banner Elk School... Read More

Family Fun Fourth

Banner Elk
July 4th, 12-6 p.m. Banner Elk’s Family Fun Fourth celebrates our nation’s independence in style on July 4th. Bring the whole crew for an alcohol-free post-parade party featuring three bands, games, inflatables, mini-golf, fresh smoked barbecue plates and more. The party takes place on the green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School with music as the centerpiece. Local classic rock and pop band Clockworx takes the stage at 12:00 p.m., followed by the Smokin’ Joe Band at... Read More

Fourth of July Parade

Banner Elk
July 4, 11:00 a.m. One of the most popular (and most fun!) Fourth of July parades in North Carolina takes place each Independence day in Banner Elk. It’s a parade that makes Uncle Sam proud, with star-spangled vehicles, people and animals parading down Main Street surrounded by huge crowds. The Banner Elk Fourth of July parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Lees-McRae College campus library and flows through the heart of this quaint resort town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The parade is open to ... Read More

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

July 11-14, 2019 Founded in 1956, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of the Scottish Clans are considered America’s grandest Scottish-themed games. The spectacular setting in MacRae Meadows at the base of historic Grandfather Mountain provides an ideal setting. The games include brawny athletes, delicate dancers, noisy bagpipe band parades, rocking Celtic music and plenty of kilts. Visit the heritage tent to research your family tree and then head to the merchant tents to f... Read More

Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain

Village of Sugar Mountain
Always the second weekend in October Oct. 12-13, 2019 Sugar Mountain Resort brings a taste of Bavaria to North Carolina’s High Country each fall with its Oktoberfest celebration. This two-day, family-friendly event features Bavarian music, a Bavarian costume contest, great food, regional artists, a children’s fun area and barrels of Oktoberfest beverages for partaking. It’s a weekend of beautiful fall foliage and comfortable mountain temperatures providing yodels and yodels... Read More

Singing On The Mountain

June 23, 2019 Singing on the Mountain is a free gospel music festival that began in 1924 and is the longest running old-time gospel convention in the Southern Appalachians. The festival takes place in late June in McRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Singing on the Mountain begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. It features music from a half dozen or so bands, along with a gospel message delivered at 1 p.m. by a noted minister or evangelist. The spirit of the event is much ... Read More

Trunk or Treat

Banner Elk
Oct. 31, 2019, 5-8 p.m. One of the most popular family Halloween events in the North Carolina High Country. Children (and adults) come dressed in costumes for a fun trick-or-treat experience from the trunks of vehicles. The festivities include a costume contest for kids, and a separate contest for four-legged friends. Be sure to check out the haunted house and hay rides. Come early for free face painting from noon to 5:00 p.m. Read More

Woolly Worm Festival

Banner Elk
Always the third weekend in October Oct. 19-20, 2019 Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country. According to legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to m... Read More