Events

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.

May
29
Fri
2020
Nature Photography Weekend @ Grandfather Mountain
May 29 – May 31 all-day
Nature Photography Weekend @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Call it a picture perfect weekend.

Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend returns May 29-31. This three-day workshop features presentations from renowned photographers; one-of-a-kind shooting opportunities; and a friendly, but competitive (and optional), photo contest.

Online registration begins Wednesday, April 1.

The speakers will discuss a variety of photography-related topics, encompassing both the technical and artistic elements of the craft and beyond. Presentations take place in the afternoons and evenings, allowing participants to explore Grandfather Mountain and take their own shots during the day, while also participating in several outdoor field sessions (weather permitting) with professional photographers. Opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography will also be offered.

Participants are invited to camp for free at the Woods Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to stay overnight inside the park. Family members and guests of participants may visit the mountain at a discounted rate during the weekend if registered in advance.

May
30
Sat
2020
The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 7 @ 2:20 pm
The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

From May 30-June 7, a series of 20-minute walks will highlight Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and their spectacular spring blooms.

Jun
5
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
6
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
7
Sun
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
9
Tue
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
10
Wed
2020
Animal Birthday Party @ Grandfather Mountain
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Animal Birthday Party @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of all the animals in its environmental habitats with games, contests, crafts and surprises. Grandfather’s habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests, as well as programs to celebrate the park’s furry and feathered inhabitants.

Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
12
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
13
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Tiny Island @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A charmingly funny and bittersweet play about two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder from the movies they watched on a tiny projection booth in their family-owned cinema. The girls had a falling out in their teens and now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience.

Will they reconnect and become family once again? A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
20
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Remember the tale of the fisherman who catches an enchanted fish and uses his three wishes to try to bring happiness to his wife? This delightful adaptation taps into the magic of audience participation. Kids in the audience become scenery, sound effects and even walk-on parts. As the fish grants the fisherman’s wife’s wishes, the audience creates sea and storms, goes fishing, and becomes chickens and ducks in the farmyard. It’s a creel full of fun for the whole family!

Admission is $6 at the door. All seating is general admission. The show lasts approximately one hour.

Jun
26
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
27
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
28
Sun
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 28 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jun
30
Tue
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jul
1
Wed
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

Jul
2
Thu
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Catch The Butcher @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A suspense thriller that blends romance, satire and dread to weave a macabre love story you won’t soon forget.

Director Gary Smith describes it this way: “If you were to combine the TV show ‘Dexter’ with the movie ‘Hostel,’ add a touch of ‘Forensic Files,’ a dash of ‘Stepford Wives’ and just a pinch of ‘Mad About You,’ then mix it all together, you’d have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play.”

The play is part of Ensemble Stage’s 2020 Summer Professional Mainstage Season. 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.

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.

Jul
9
Thu
2020
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games @ MacRae Meadows
Jul 9 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 12 @ 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games @ MacRae Meadows | Linville | North Carolina | United States

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 a beautiful backdrop. 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 find your family tartan. It’s four memorable days of Scottish heritage in the High Country of North Carolina.

Jul
11
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Remember the tale of the fisherman who catches an enchanted fish and uses his three wishes to try to bring happiness to his wife? This delightful adaptation taps into the magic of audience participation. Kids in the audience become scenery, sound effects and even walk-on parts. As the fish grants the fisherman’s wife’s wishes, the audience creates sea and storms, goes fishing, and becomes chickens and ducks in the farmyard. It’s a creel full of fun for the whole family!

Admission is $6 at the door. All seating is general admission. The show lasts approximately one hour.

Jul
16
Thu
2020
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: America’s Artist – The Norman Rockwell Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: America's Artist - The Norman Rockwell Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

From the creators of “From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story” and “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story,” this new musical brings to life the work of iconic American artist Norman Rockwell. Creating more than 4,000 pieces of art in his lifetime, Rockwell captured the essence of America with each paint stroke. From Rosie the Riveter to The Four Freedoms, his paintings and illustrations reflected America as we wish it to be. This musical, with a lush score and heart-warming book, explores the life and art of America’s artist.

Join Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, for a reception and book signing on July 7. Click here for more information.

Jul
17
Fri
2020
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: America’s Artist – The Norman Rockwell Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: America's Artist - The Norman Rockwell Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

From the creators of “From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story” and “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story,” this new musical brings to life the work of iconic American artist Norman Rockwell. Creating more than 4,000 pieces of art in his lifetime, Rockwell captured the essence of America with each paint stroke. From Rosie the Riveter to The Four Freedoms, his paintings and illustrations reflected America as we wish it to be. This musical, with a lush score and heart-warming book, explores the life and art of America’s artist.

Join Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, for a reception and book signing on July 7. Click here for more information.

Jul
18
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Remember the tale of the fisherman who catches an enchanted fish and uses his three wishes to try to bring happiness to his wife? This delightful adaptation taps into the magic of audience participation. Kids in the audience become scenery, sound effects and even walk-on parts. As the fish grants the fisherman’s wife’s wishes, the audience creates sea and storms, goes fishing, and becomes chickens and ducks in the farmyard. It’s a creel full of fun for the whole family!

Admission is $6 at the door. All seating is general admission. The show lasts approximately one hour.

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: America’s Artist – The Norman Rockwell Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: America's Artist - The Norman Rockwell Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

From the creators of “From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story” and “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story,” this new musical brings to life the work of iconic American artist Norman Rockwell. Creating more than 4,000 pieces of art in his lifetime, Rockwell captured the essence of America with each paint stroke. From Rosie the Riveter to The Four Freedoms, his paintings and illustrations reflected America as we wish it to be. This musical, with a lush score and heart-warming book, explores the life and art of America’s artist.

Join Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, for a reception and book signing on July 7. Click here for more information.

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