Events

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
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.

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.

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
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
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.

Jul
24
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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
25
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 25 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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
26
Sun
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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
28
Tue
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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
29
Wed
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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
31
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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.

Aug
1
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Early August @ 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.

Exploring Grandfather Mountain’s Natural Communities @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exploring Grandfather Mountain's Natural Communities @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

Grandfather Mountain is often referred to as the “Canada of the South” — and it’s true. Some of the species here also thrive in the far North. Join Dr. Patrick McMillan, host of PBS’s “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” in exploration of the 16 natural communities on Grandfather Mountain, from rocky summit to hardwood forests.

The event 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. The course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Pre-registration required, click here.

Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Beer For Breakfast @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys weekend” — complete with old school music and cheap beer. The guys are out to prove they’ve still got it and plan to party like it’s 1979!

Everything is going well until one of them doesn’t show up … but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?

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.

Aug
2
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Early August @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Early August @ 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.

Aug
3
Mon
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: The Fisherman and His Wife @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 3 @ 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.

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
14
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 14 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

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.

 

Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

Aug
16
Sun
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 16 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

Aug
18
Tue
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

Aug
19
Wed
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 19 @ 2:00 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

Aug
21
Fri
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 21 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

Aug
22
Sat
2020
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School
Aug 22 @ 7:30 pm
Ensemble Stage Presents: Zaglada @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story full of hidden secrets – some you will expect and others that will rattle you.

A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY, since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to extradite him back to Europe to be tried as a war criminal.

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.

Sep
5
Sat
2020
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 6 @ 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.

Sep
6
Sun
2020
Art on the Greene – Labor Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am – Sep 7 @ 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.

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.

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