Events

Oct
20
Sun
2019
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

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 make the forecast. The owner of Saturday’s winning worm receives $1,000, and Sunday’s winner gets $500. The festival also includes craft vendors, food, live entertainment and rides. This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees and takes place during the traditional peak weekend for autumn leaf viewing in Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Beary Scary Halloween @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Beary Scary Halloween @ Grandfather Mountain

Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly! This fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to create special Halloween enrichments for the animals and then trick-or-treat through the animal habitats area. Plus, children in costume are admitted at half-price.

Oct
31
Thu
2019
Trunk or Treat @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

May
23
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
May 23 @ 10:00 am – May 24 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

May
24
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
May 24 @ 10:00 am – May 25 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Jul
4
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Banner Elk
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

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 hour-long parade begins at the Lees-McRae College campus library and goes down Main Street.

The parade features cars, trucks, animals and people adorned in red, white & blue to honor America’s birthday. It is one of the most popular Fourth of July parades in North Carolina.

At noon, following the parade, head to the town green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School for the Family Fun Fourth celebration. Family Fun Fourth is from noon to 6 p.m. and is free and open to everyone.

Family Fun Fourth @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 4 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Family Fun Fourth @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Family Fun Fourth is a family-friendly, alcohol-free afternoon celebration on the town green at the Historic Banner Elk School.

There will be lots of children’s games and inflatables, with live 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 2 p.m. Smokin’ Joe is known for its blues, rockabilly and jazz sound.

Headlining the day’s music offerings are The Extraordinaires, an upbeat band with a four-piece horn section that will have everyone dancing to legendary Motown, R&B and pop hits. Be prepared for everything from The Temptations to Stevie Wonder to ZZ Top to Earth, Wind & Fire to Lady Gaga.

Come hungry, as the annual Dunn’s Deli plated barbecue meal will be available, along with food trucks offering various other treats.

 

Jul
5
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – Jul 6 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Aug
1
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Aug
2
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Sep
5
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Sep
6
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four 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 weekend, the first weekend in August, and Labor Day weekend.

Festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Oct
31
Sat
2020
Trunk or Treat @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Jul
4
Sun
2021
Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Banner Elk
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fourth of July Parade @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

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 hour-long parade begins at the Lees-McRae College campus library and goes down Main Street.

The parade features cars, trucks, animals and people adorned in red, white & blue to honor America’s birthday. It is one of the most popular Fourth of July parades in North Carolina.

At noon, following the parade, head to the town green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School for the Family Fun Fourth celebration. Family Fun Fourth is from noon to 6 p.m. and is free and open to everyone.

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