Events

Aug
8
Sat
2020
Downhill Southeast Series and NC Downhill MTB Championship @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – Aug 9 @ 2:30 pm
Downhill Southeast Series and NC Downhill MTB Championship @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

The Downhill Southeast is the region’s premier downhill mountain bike race series. Join in on the action as racers from around the country do battle on Sugar’s classic downhill tracks!

Open practice runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and 9-11 a.m. on Sunday. Seeding runs begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and races start at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Awards take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Participants should sign up here.

Aug
12
Wed
2020
Animal Enrichment Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Animal Enrichment Day @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Enrichment is an integral part of how the mountain cares for its habitat animals every day. An enrichment is a special treat, new toy or even an unfamiliar scent given to the animals to break up their routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated. Visitors can enjoy watching enrichment demonstrations, talk directly with keepers and participate in family-oriented games and crafts.

Aug
15
Sat
2020
Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 15 @ 5:30 am – Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Learn to shoot great outdoor photos and get exclusive access to Grandfather Mountain after hours at the annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic.

This clinic is open to amateur and professional photographers. Noted photographers will give presentations and tips, and participants have the rare opportunity to photograph the park outside of regular business hours.

This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 15.

 

Sep
5
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 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.

[COVID-19 UPDATE]
The following safety measures will be in place in 2020:

  • Total number of vendors reduced by 50%
  • Space between booths increased to at least 12 feet
  • No picnic tables or places to congregate
  • Vendors limit the number of customers in their booth at one time
  • No food trucks or entertainment this year
  • Signage posted throughout the show asking people to social distance

 

Sep
6
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – 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.

[COVID-19 UPDATE]
The following safety measures will be in place in 2020:

  • Total number of vendors reduced by 50%
  • Space between booths increased to at least 12 feet
  • No picnic tables or places to congregate
  • Vendors limit the number of customers in their booth at one time
  • No food trucks or entertainment this year
  • Signage posted throughout the show asking people to social distance

 

Sep
12
Sat
2020
The Artist’s Workshop: Late Summer Sketching @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Artist's Workshop: Late Summer Sketching @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of sketches of natural objects that bring moments in nature to life. The way you arrange these drawings on a page can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. In this course led by artist Preston Montague, participants learn how to tell a story through the arrangement of objects in a sketchbook, as well as basic observation and drawing techniques with pen, pencil and colored pencils. Though designed for beginners, students with more intermediate skills are encouraged to join. Students are asked to bring sketchbooks, colored pencils, #2 pencils, erasers, a pencil sharpener and micron pens.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment.

The course is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. Course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To register, click here.

Junior Ranger Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a day of curiosity and fun. Programs will be provided specifically for kids, ages 5-12, to explore their environment and experience all that Grandfather Mountain has to offer.

Sep
19
Sat
2020
The Changing Climate & Grandfather Mountain @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Changing Climate & Grandfather Mountain @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Climate change is coming to Grandfather Mountain, whether we want it to or not. How will this affect the plants and animals who live on this mountain, some of which grow nowhere else in the world? Led by forest ecologist Dr. Howard Neufeld, this course will examine the various plant communities along an elevational gradient on Grandfather Mountain, from the deciduous forests at the lowest parts of the park to the rare and endangered spruce-fir forests that reside at the uppermost peaks.

Course instructor Dr. Howard Neufeld is a forest ecologist by training, specializing in plant ecophysiology, which uses instrumentation in the field to determine how plants adapt to their environment. He has been teaching at nearby Appalachian State University for 33 years. He is also known as the Fall Color Guy, and each autumn provides updates on his Facebook page on the development of fall leaf color throughout western North Carolina.

The course is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. Course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To register, click here.

Sep
25
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Sep
26
Sat
2020
50th Annual Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
50th Annual Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. Participants can enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission.

Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Sep
27
Sun
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Sep
29
Tue
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Oct
2
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Oct
3
Sat
2020
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

From Oct. 3-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. Walks take place daily at 2 p.m.

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As night falls on Grandfather Mountain, guests can enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents. Limited to 48 participants. Registration opens Aug. 24 at grandfather.com.

Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Oct
4
Sun
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Slow Food @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A vacationing couple celebrates their anniversary at a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs — but will the marriage survive the service? As a needy waiter insinuates his way into their meal — and their lives — the couple examines their past and their future together. Playwright Wendy MacLeod brings a tender comedy that delves deeply into what we hunger for.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Fall Season Productions. It is also part of Banner Elk’s theater packages that include one night of lodging, two show tickets, discount dining and breakfast the next morning.

Oct
10
Sat
2020
Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.

Oct
11
Sun
2020
Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.

Oct
17
Sat
2020
Sugar Mountain Fun @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sugar Mountain Fun @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

While you’re in Banner Elk for the famous Woolly Worm Festival, take a chairlift ride at Sugar Mountain Resort. Get a bird’s-eye view of the fall leaves and enjoy the crisp mountain air. The adventurous can go mountain biking. Sugar Mountain is known for its downhill course. The resort’s sports shop is also open with seasonal sales on merchandise.

The chairlift and mountain bike course are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oct
18
Sun
2020
Sugar Mountain Fun @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sugar Mountain Fun @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

While you’re in Banner Elk for the famous Woolly Worm Festival, take a chairlift ride at Sugar Mountain Resort. Get a bird’s-eye view of the fall leaves and enjoy the crisp mountain air. The adventurous can go mountain biking. Sugar Mountain is known for its downhill course. The resort’s sports shop is also open with seasonal sales on merchandise.

The chairlift and mountain bike course are open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Oct
24
Sat
2020
Grandfather’s Starry Skies @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Grandfather's Starry Skies @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

October is one of the best times of year to stargaze at Grandfather Mountain. The air is cool and clear, and the summer constellations are still prominent, with some early winter sights making their appearance later in the evening. This course is also during the time of the Orionid meteor shower.

The goal for this course is to create a familiarity with the night sky and learn the basics of stargazing. We’ll start in the classroom by exploring some of the best print and digital resources for observing the night sky and cover some of the basics of stargazing. During the evening hours, we’ll be out at various viewing locations on the mountain, practicing stargazing skills while looking for meteors and learning about some of the most prominent stars, constellations and other objects visible this time of year.

Course instructor Stephan Martin has been a stargazer since he was very young growing up under the dark skies of South Florida. Martin is also an astronomer, educator and author, who has taught astronomy and physics at colleges, universities and learning centers across the U.S. and internationally for more than 25 years.

The course is part of Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series, which offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. Course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To register, click here.

Oct
31
Sat
2020
Beary Scary Halloween @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Beary Scary Halloween @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

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.

Mar
27
Sat
2021
Easter in the Park @ Tate-Evans Park
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Easter in the Park @ Tate-Evans Park | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

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. A determination about the weather location will be made the Wednesday prior to the event.

Find updated information on the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.

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.

Oct
16
Sat
2021
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 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 local 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
17
Sun
2021
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 17 @ 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 local 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.

Jul
4
Mon
2022
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.

Oct
15
Sat
2022
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 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 local 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.

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