A Small Town Christmas

Banner Elk

Dec. 7-9, 2018

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 ... Read More

Art on the Greene

Banner Elk

Memorial Day, Fourth of July & Labor Day weekends
2019: May 25-26, July 6-7 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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 festivi... Read More

Concerts in the Park

Banner Elk

Thursday evenings June through August

Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, are a popular summer activity in Banner Elk. Each week features live music by popular local and regional bands. Food, beer and wine vendors are available.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the music under the stars.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

Banner Elk

The Saturday eight days before Easter
April 13, 2019;  April 4, 2020

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 a... Read More

Fourth of July Parade & Party in the Park

Banner Elk

Always July 4th

An all-American celebration takes place each Fourth of July in Banner Elk. It’s a day that makes Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade at 11:00 a.m. The parade begins at the Lees-McRae campus library and goes down Main Street.

The parade concludes with a “Party in the Park” in Tate-Evans Town Park, where folks enjoy lunch from several vendors and tr... 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... 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 folia... 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 f... 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... Read More