Events

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.

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

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

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

One of the most popular family Halloween events in the North Carolina High Country. Children (and adults) come dressed in costumes for a fun trick-or-treat experience from the trunks of vehicles. The festivities include a costume contest for kids, and a separate contest for four-legged friends. Be sure to check out the haunted house and hay rides. Come early for free face painting from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Jul
4
Sat
2020
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.

 

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

One of the most popular family Halloween events in the North Carolina High Country. Children (and adults) come dressed in costumes for a fun trick-or-treat experience from the trunks of vehicles. The festivities include a costume contest for kids, and a separate contest for four-legged friends. Be sure to check out the haunted house and hay rides. Come early for free face painting from noon to 5:00 p.m.

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

An all-American celebration takes place each Fourth of July in Banner Elk. It’s a day that makes Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade at 11:00 a.m. The hour-long parade begins at the Lees-McRae College campus library and goes down Main Street.

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

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

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