Events

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 17 – Aug 18 all-day
Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. 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 at grandfather.com.

Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 17 @ 5:30 am – Aug 18 @ 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.

Speakers for 2019 are:

  • Tom Fox, a photojournalist for 24 years and winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina;
  • Melissa Sue Gerrits, staff photographer for The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C., and winner of the 2019 N.C. Press Association’s Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year Award;
  • Scott Muthersbaugh and Jerry Wolford, award-winning photojournalists (and both former Hugh Morton photographers of the year), who now run Perfecta Visuals commercial photography in Greensboro, N.C.; and
  • Chuck Liddy, a four-decade veteran of the news industry with more than a hundred awards to his name, who has covered assignments ranging from college sports to hurricanes to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and more. Liddy currently serves as a photojournalist with The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

The Camera Clinic was originally organized in 1952 by the late Hugh Morton, founder and steward of the Grandfather Mountain nature park and a distinguished photographer.

“The Camera Clinic is a favorite not only among photojournalists, but photographers in general,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park. “Our speakers touch on a wide range of topics and can help participants hone their skills and widen their focus.”

Admission to the event is $50. A discounted two-day admission ticket is available for $30 and $14 for adult and child guests, respectively, of Camera Clinic participants who wish to enjoy the park but do not plan to attend the seminars. This ticket allows guests to come and go as they please Aug. 17-18. Guests may also purchase tickets for the Saturday buffet dinner for $15.

 

Aug
20
Tue
2019
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

In his desperate search for a kidnapped boy, a detective finds himself relying on the visions of a psychic who can foresee crimes with terrifying clarity. Knowing time is running out for the boy, the psychic tries to help avert the boy’s horrible fate. As the identity of the kidnapper comes into grim focus, both the psychic and the detective confront the purpose of fate and the horrors of the past, and are pulled toward a devastating climax.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2019 Summer Professional Mainstage Season.

Aug
21
Wed
2019
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 21 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

In his desperate search for a kidnapped boy, a detective finds himself relying on the visions of a psychic who can foresee crimes with terrifying clarity. Knowing time is running out for the boy, the psychic tries to help avert the boy’s horrible fate. As the identity of the kidnapper comes into grim focus, both the psychic and the detective confront the purpose of fate and the horrors of the past, and are pulled toward a devastating climax.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2019 Summer Professional Mainstage Season.

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: Jocassee @ Tate-Evans Park
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: Jocassee @ Tate-Evans Park | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, are a popular summer activity. Each Thursday, local and regional bands play live music at the Tate-Evans Town Park Amphitheater. The fun dance music — from Southern rock to oldies, soul and funk — is appropriate for all ages.

With influences including The Allman Brothers, The Eagles, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan and Marshall Tucker, this week’s band, Jocassee, brings a Southern rock sound to the stage.

Food vendors set up on site. Small picnic coolers are allowed, and beverages should be in plastic cups. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the music under the stars.

Aug
23
Fri
2019
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

In his desperate search for a kidnapped boy, a detective finds himself relying on the visions of a psychic who can foresee crimes with terrifying clarity. Knowing time is running out for the boy, the psychic tries to help avert the boy’s horrible fate. As the identity of the kidnapper comes into grim focus, both the psychic and the detective confront the purpose of fate and the horrors of the past, and are pulled toward a devastating climax.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2019 Summer Professional Mainstage Season.

Aug
24
Sat
2019
Summer Concert: Moe. with The Mantras @ Beech Mountain Resort
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Summer Concert: Moe. with The Mantras @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Celebrate the finest in summer music at Beech Mountain Resort’s concert series. The picturesque outdoor venue is positioned at the base of the slopes offering plenty of room for the entire family.

Moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today. With 20 years of touring and just as many albums under its belt, the quintet of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on drums continues to push the standard for performance art.

The Mantras, a five-piece jam machine from Greensboro, have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country with a progressive sound for more than a decade. The band’s music can be described with all types of varying rock ‘n’ roll terminology, but it is best defined by each listener’s independent experience.

Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, however the space directly in front of the stage will be reserved for standing (dancing) room only.

Children 5 and younger admitted free. Pets are not allowed inside the venue. Tickets can be purchased online.

Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Redeemer @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

In his desperate search for a kidnapped boy, a detective finds himself relying on the visions of a psychic who can foresee crimes with terrifying clarity. Knowing time is running out for the boy, the psychic tries to help avert the boy’s horrible fate. As the identity of the kidnapper comes into grim focus, both the psychic and the detective confront the purpose of fate and the horrors of the past, and are pulled toward a devastating climax.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2019 Summer Professional Mainstage Season.

Aug
31
Sat
2019
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

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, the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Christmas in August featuring the Carolina Snowbelles @ Hayes Auditorium, Lees-McRae College
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Christmas in August featuring the Carolina Snowbelles @ Hayes Auditorium, Lees-McRae College | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy the yuletide spirit in summer with Christmas in August featuring the Carolina Snowbelles.

This one-night only performance has a first act with a variety show format consisting of soloists, trios, cloggers, hammered dulcimer music, a comedian and a visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself.

The second act showcases the amazing talent of the Carolina Snowbelles. Based in nearby Boone, the Snowbelles are a precision dance troupe in the tradition of the Radio City Rockettes and led by a former Rockette, Cheryl Cutlip. The Snowbelles will present the same show they performed at the Kennedy Center in New York City.

It’s never too soon to get in the holiday spirit, so get your tickets now. And, Banner Elk encourages everyone to come early or stay overnight and do a little Christmas shopping at Banner Elk’s Art on the Greene show taking place that Saturday and Sunday.

Sep
1
Sun
2019
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

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, the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Sep
7
Sat
2019
Junior Ranger Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 7 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 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
14
Sat
2019
Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain

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.

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 21 @ 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. 26 at grandfather.com.

Oct
1
Tue
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
2
Wed
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
3
Thu
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
4
Fri
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
5
Sat
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
6
Sun
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
7
Mon
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
8
Tue
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
9
Wed
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
10
Thu
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
12
Sat
2019
Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Oct 12 @ 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.

The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 12 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural fall phenomenon.

Oct
13
Sun
2019
Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Oct 13 @ 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
19
Sat
2019
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 19 @ 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 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
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.

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