Events

Jun
27
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: Soul Benefactor @ Tate-Evans Park
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: Soul Benefactor @ 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.

This week’s band, Soul Benefactor, plays some of the best funky soul and classic rock in the High Country. The group enjoys playing favorites from the ’60s and ’70s.

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.

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“Mamma Mia!” is Judy Craymer’s ingenious melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, with the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

 

Jun
28
Fri
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“Mamma Mia!” is Judy Craymer’s ingenious melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, with the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

 

Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Jun
29
Sat
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“Mamma Mia!” is Judy Craymer’s ingenious melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, with the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

 

Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I'll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium
Jun 30 @ 2:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“Mamma Mia!” is Judy Craymer’s ingenious melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, with the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

Jul
2
Tue
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“Mamma Mia!” is Judy Craymer’s ingenious melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, with the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

 

Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Jul
3
Wed
2019
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 3 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I'll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 3 @ 2:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: Mama Mia! @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“Mamma Mia!” is Judy Craymer’s ingenious melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, with the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ songs including “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me” are all featured in this feel-good night of fun and laughter.

Jul
4
Thu
2019
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
Fri
2019
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Art on the Greene – Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Fourth of July @ 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, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: A Whale of a Tale @ Shelton Learning Commons
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: A Whale of a Tale @ Shelton Learning Commons | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“A Whale of a Tale” — a Theatre for Young Audiences performance — is the ingenious telling of the biblical story of Jonah. Composers and writers John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks have taken their two-man show to venues across the country. The show captures children’s imaginations as two actors play all the parts and move with hilarity from a pirate’s saloon to the ocean, to the belly of a fish and back.

Summit Crawl @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am
Summit Crawl @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

The Sugar Mountain Resort Summit Crawl is a fun and competitive event (if you want it to be) via foot to Sugar Mountain’s 5,300’ peak by way of the Easy Street, Gunther’s Way, and Northridge slopes. It’s just for fun, but we’ll time you and give out prizes. The course is approximately 6,500 feet or 1.2 miles. The vertical climb is 1,200 feet.

Entry fee includes T-shirt & down-loading on Summit Express. Competitors can ride the Summit Express back to the base of Sugar Mountain Resort. The competitor’s bib grants him/her a lift-ride back to the base of the mountain. It is a one-way lift ticket. Adults (13 and older) $40; children (ages 12 and younger) $30. Competitors may register online, by fax, phone, snail mail until 4 p.m., Friday, July 5, or in-person until 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6. Awards take place at approximately 1 p.m. on the main deck.

Mass start on gravel/dirt road directly in front of the base lodge. The designated route begins slope-side on the gravel/dirt road directly in front of the base lodge. Then travels between the Summit Express lift bottom station and the Ski/Snowboard School building. Then turns left up the Easy Street slope, then right toward the terrain park, under the GW lift, straight up the Gunther’s Way slope and onto the Northridge slope. The finish is at the summit. The route is marked on event day. Packet pick-up at Sugar Mountain Resort base lodge: Friday, July 5, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, July 6, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

General public Summit Express lift rides: $15 for a one-time ride, $30 junior (11 and younger) all-day ticket, $40 adult (12 and older) all-day ticket, kids 4 and younger ride free with a paying adult.

All who finish are eligible to win a 2019-2020 Sugar Mountain Resort winter season pass.

Entertainment (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) by The Rockabilly’s.

Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear gives this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.

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

Jul
7
Sun
2019
Art on the Greene – Fourth of July @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Fourth of July @ 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, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. The festivities include food vendors and other entertainment.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games @ MacRae Meadows
Jul 11 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 14 @ 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.

Concert in the Park: Roadrunnerz @ Tate-Evans Park
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: Roadrunnerz @ 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.

This week’s group, The Roadrunnerz Band, is a WNC favorite. The five-piece band with Tanya Williams on lead vocals plays a variety of music to get the whole crowd on their feet.

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.

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage and a hospital.

The story of Edgar Tufts is compelling and heartwarming. Set to music by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, and written by Janet Barton Speer (the team who brought you “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story”), this work is presented after thoughtful research among the families who have lived here for generations. Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, this show moves and inspires audiences with the story of this great man.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage and a hospital.

The story of Edgar Tufts is compelling and heartwarming. Set to music by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, and written by Janet Barton Speer (the team who brought you “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story”), this work is presented after thoughtful research among the families who have lived here for generations. Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, this show moves and inspires audiences with the story of this great man.

Jul
13
Sat
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage and a hospital.

The story of Edgar Tufts is compelling and heartwarming. Set to music by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, and written by Janet Barton Speer (the team who brought you “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story”), this work is presented after thoughtful research among the families who have lived here for generations. Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, this show moves and inspires audiences with the story of this great man.

Jul
14
Sun
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage and a hospital.

The story of Edgar Tufts is compelling and heartwarming. Set to music by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, and written by Janet Barton Speer (the team who brought you “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story”), this work is presented after thoughtful research among the families who have lived here for generations. Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, this show moves and inspires audiences with the story of this great man.

Jul
16
Tue
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage and a hospital.

The story of Edgar Tufts is compelling and heartwarming. Set to music by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, and written by Janet Barton Speer (the team who brought you “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story”), this work is presented after thoughtful research among the families who have lived here for generations. Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, this show moves and inspires audiences with the story of this great man.

Jul
17
Wed
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium
Jul 17 @ 2:00 pm
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story @ Hayes Auditorium | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage and a hospital.

The story of Edgar Tufts is compelling and heartwarming. Set to music by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, and written by Janet Barton Speer (the team who brought you “The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story”), this work is presented after thoughtful research among the families who have lived here for generations. Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, this show moves and inspires audiences with the story of this great man.

Jul
18
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: Delta Fire @ Tate-Evans Park
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: Delta Fire @ 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.

You don’t often find a band that does soul, pop, rock and country with impressive musical skill and showmanship, but this week’s band, Delta Fire, delivers.

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.

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: A Whale of a Tale @ Shelton Learning Commons
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre Presents: A Whale of a Tale @ Shelton Learning Commons | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“A Whale of a Tale” — a Theatre for Young Audiences performance — is the ingenious telling of the biblical story of Jonah. Composers and writers John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks have taken their two-man show to venues across the country. The show captures children’s imaginations as two actors play all the parts and move with hilarity from a pirate’s saloon to the ocean, to the belly of a fish and back.

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