Events

Dec
6
Fri
2019
A Small Town Christmas @ Downtown Banner Elk
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm
A Small Town Christmas @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

“A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk” is a weekend celebration that kicks off Friday evening with caroling and the lighting of the town tree at the Corner on Main park in downtown Banner Elk. Following the tree lighting, folks can walk a block to the Historic Banner Elk School for a Christmas variety show performed by Emsemble Stage, a professional theater troupe in Banner Elk. The play takes place in the Ensemble Stage auditorium at the historic school. The theater tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 16 and younger.

Events continue all day Saturday and culminate Saturday evening with train rides, a light show and Santa Claus in Tate-Evans Park. A full schedule of events is available by clicking here.

A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

This show has become a family tradition for many High Country residents and visitors. The songs, choreography and lighting effects are fresh and new every year, but the beloved format never changes. The annual holiday musical variety show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas television specials of the ’60s and ’70s with women in beautiful dresses; men in tuxedos; and lots of singing, dancing and laughing.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
A Small Town Christmas @ Downtown Banner Elk
Dec 7 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
A Small Town Christmas @ Downtown Banner Elk | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A Small Town Christmas continues on Saturday, Dec. 7. The day begins with a Holiday 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Next up enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa at 9:00 a.m. at Dunn’s Deli. From there, it’s an easy walk to activities occurring throughout town. Those activities range from ornament making and cookie decorating to storytelling at the Banner Elk Book Exchange.

New this year is a holiday market at Lees-McRae College, plus the Banner Elk Polar Plunge at Wildcat Lake. Meanwhile, shopping options are plentiful in this walkabout town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

As the sun sets, the Banner Elk Parade of Lights begins at 6 p.m. at Lees-McRae College. The parade includes the traditional marching bands, cars and floats, but also features surprises, such as dogs dressed in lights and Santa arriving on a fire truck. The parade makes its way down the street to Tate-Evans Park, where darkness falls and mini-train rides weave through the luminaries. New this year in the park are synchronized music and light shows. As always, Mrs. Claus and Santa will make sure every kid gets a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list.

A full schedule of activities is available by clicking here.

Sunday is reserved for visiting choose & cut Christmas tree farms in the area. For choose & cut lodging packages, click here.

Banner Elk Polar Plunge @ Wildcat Lake
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Banner Elk Polar Plunge @ Wildcat Lake | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

The inaugural Polar Plunge at Wildcat Lake takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:00 p.m. as part of Banner Elk’s “A Small Town Christmas” weekend.

Brave participants will plunge into the chilly lake to raise funds for the Banner Elk Volunteer Fire Department and Friends of Wildcat Lake, a non-profit organization.

Plungers are asked to arrive for check-in and registration at 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged, and those who sign up in advanced are guaranteed an event T-shirt. Pre-registration is available online at bannerelk.org or in person at Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce in downtown Banner Elk. All participants must be age 18 or older and the registration fee is $25. The rate drops to $15 for college students with valid ID. Holiday-themed “plunge costumes” are encouraged.

If the event meets its fundraising goal of $5,000, officers from the Banner Elk Police Department officers will also take the plunge. Donations can be made at https://polarplunge.funraise.org/.

The public is invited to watch the Polar Plunge, which begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Hot chocolate and entertainment from Welter Entertainment will be provided. 

Dec
8
Sun
2019
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

This show has become a family tradition for many High Country residents and visitors. The songs, choreography and lighting effects are fresh and new every year, but the beloved format never changes. The annual holiday musical variety show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas television specials of the ’60s and ’70s with women in beautiful dresses; men in tuxedos; and lots of singing, dancing and laughing.

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Preseason Ski Clinic @ Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Preseason Ski Clinic @ Sugar Mountain Ski Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Two-time Olympic Super G medalist Andrew Weibrecht leads three days of nonstop individual ski racing instruction and attention. Clinic includes a three-day lift ticket, coaching fees, tuning clinic, video analysis and a scrumptious Saturday night dinner. Daily participation is welcome.

The clinic is designed for intermediate, advanced or expert skiers, 12 years old or older, who are interested in improving their abilities. No beginners please.

SugarFest @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
SugarFest @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort presents a three-day weekend full of winter fun to kick off the 50th ski season.

Two-time Olympic Super G medalist Andrew Weibrecht heads up a preseason ski clinic for adults, which runs Friday-Sunday. On Saturday, Paul Wylie, an Olympic silver medalist figure skater, performs an on-ice show followed by an ice-skating clinic. Visitors will have a chance to try out the latest ski and snowboard equipment from a variety of manufacturers.

The new four-passenger, high-speed, detachable Easy Street chairlift officially opens with a ribbon cutting Saturday morning. That evening, the after-ski party includes food, drinks and dancing with live music by Glen Harlow and North Fork Band. There will also be a fireworks show.

On Sunday, the Edge of the World mini games promise fun, bragging rights and free gear.

A full SugarFest schedule is available on the Sugar Mountain Resort website.

Dec
14
Sat
2019
Live Music with Too Many Zooz @ Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm
Live Music with Too Many Zooz @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

The musical style of “brasshouse” was conceived by Too Many Zooz drummer King of Sludge, who recognized that there was no worthy classification that existed for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet).

“Brasshouse is a high-energy musical conversation,” Doe says. “Though I honestly don’t think there is a good way to describe it in words. It’s about many different feelings and sounds and emotions.”

After two years, a gazillion live performances and four EPs, their debut album Subway Gawdz (an unsubtle reference to their birth in the underground stations of NYC), was released to enthusiastic acclaim in 2016. Its sound was truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska.

The live music takes place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill, located in the village at Beech Mountain Resort.

Dec
20
Fri
2019
Live Music with Ragged Sally @ Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with Ragged Sally @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Ragged Sally blends the raw-country and honky-tonk sounds of Seth Broyles with the folk and blues roots of Alli Epperson’s soulful voice. Whether in a dive bar or at a large music festival, this duo steals hearts with their musical talents.

The live music will take place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, located in the resort village adjacent to the fire pit.

A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

This show has become a family tradition for many High Country residents and visitors. The songs, choreography and lighting effects are fresh and new every year, but the beloved format never changes. The annual holiday musical variety show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas television specials of the ’60s and ’70s with women in beautiful dresses; men in tuxedos; and lots of singing, dancing and laughing.

Dec
21
Sat
2019
Santa Claus is Coming to Town @ Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa Claus is Coming to Town @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Ho Ho Ho! Mr. and Mrs. Claus are flying into Beech Mountain to double-check everyone’s wish lists! Join them for story time and get your photo taken with the big man at The Lodge.

This event is open to the public, and lift tickets are not required.

A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

This show has become a family tradition for many High Country residents and visitors. The songs, choreography and lighting effects are fresh and new every year, but the beloved format never changes. The annual holiday musical variety show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas television specials of the ’60s and ’70s with women in beautiful dresses; men in tuxedos; and lots of singing, dancing and laughing.

Live Music with Doom Flamingo @ Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Live Music with Doom Flamingo @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Doom Flamingo is a six-headed synthwave beast with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde element to the songwriting. Top Gun guitar riffs and Miami Beach poolside-lounge vibes are all at once contrasted with eerie, dark synth soundscapes reminiscent of old John Carpenter films.

Doom Flamingo came together organically through friendships and past collaborations in the band’s hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. The sextet features bassist Ryan Stasik, of the prolific rock band Umphrey’s McGee, alongside a cast of powerhouse musicians. Dynamic vocalist Kanika Moore sets the project into hyperdrive.

The live music will take place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill, located in the village at Beech Mountain Resort.

Dec
22
Sun
2019
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

This show has become a family tradition for many High Country residents and visitors. The songs, choreography and lighting effects are fresh and new every year, but the beloved format never changes. The annual holiday musical variety show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas television specials of the ’60s and ’70s with women in beautiful dresses; men in tuxedos; and lots of singing, dancing and laughing.

Dec
26
Thu
2019
Live Music with Smokin’ Joe Randolph Band @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live Music with Smokin' Joe Randolph Band @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Relax after a day on the slopes with retro blues, rockabilly, surf, swing and soul tunes. The group features guitarist Smokin’ Joe, Guido on bass and drummer Keith Hamlin.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

Dec
27
Fri
2019
Live Music with Glen Harlow & North Fork @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live Music with Glen Harlow & North Fork @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Kick back with an acoustic mix of bluegrass, country, pop and traditional tunes. The group features Glen Harlow on mandolin and harmonica, Rick Barker on guitar, Kevin Jackson on fiddle, Mitch Bentley on bass and Matthew Cruby on banjo.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

Live Music with City Lights Trio @ Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with City Lights Trio @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

City Lights Trio is an up-and-coming pop/rock band playing the hits of the ’80s, ’90s, 2000s and today. Come check them out, and you’re bound to hear a favorite tune or two.

Live music takes place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, which provides an intimate setting to watch your favorite bands. Enjoy a freshly brewed pint as you listen. The Brewhouse is located in the resort village adjacent to the fire pit.

Dec
28
Sat
2019
Live Music with The Collective @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live Music with The Collective @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Shake a leg at Sugar Mountain Resort with The Collective. The group is a classic rock, blues, country, and R&B band from the mountains of North Carolina. Over the years the band has had many different names and many different members under the direction of band leader David Calvert. The name represents the group’s “collective” musical experience. The repertoire includes more than 300 covers and a substantial book of originals.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

Dec
31
Tue
2019
Family Night – New Year’s Eve Celebration @ The Lodge at Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 31 2019 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 12:00 am
Family Night - New Year's Eve Celebration @ The Lodge at Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

For the younger crowd, Beech Mountain Resort offers family night in The Lodge. DJ Pete Welter will be spinning fun party tunes to get everyone moving. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Lace up your ice skates for a New Year’s Eve late night ice skate! For a small fee, you can enjoy a skate under the stars accompanied by festive music during an additional session from 10 p.m. to midnight. A midnight fireworks show will ring in 2020!

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Dr. Bacon @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill
Dec 31 2019 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve Celebration with Dr. Bacon @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Beech Mountain Resort invites you to dance your way into 2020. The night of festivities includes live music by Dr. Bacon, drinks, eats, fireworks and more.

Dr. Bacon is an Appalachian funk-rock band from Asheville. The group promises a danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving. Live music runs 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Afterward, a late-night DJ closes out the evening.

A late-night ice-skating session takes place from 10 p.m. until midnight. For $22, enjoy skating under the stars accompanied by festive music. Fireworks ring in the New Year at midnight.

This event is for adults 21 years old and older.

New Year’s Eve Celebration @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 31 2019 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 1:00 am
New Year's Eve Celebration @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

A New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style!

Everyone is invited, free of charge, to an alpine torch light parade at 11:45 p.m. and the fireworks show at midnight. A fee and reservations are required for the indoor festivities from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring live music by The Rockabilly’s.

The third floor cafeteria is open to all ages, and the cost is $45 per person or $80 per couple. The event includes live music and dancing, a basket of hors d’oeuvres upon arrival, a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors.

The Last Run Lounge will only be open to those 21 and older. The cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple, which includes a Champagne toast at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Celebration2 @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 31 2019 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2020 @ 1:00 am
New Year's Eve Celebration2 @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

A New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style! A complimentary alpine torch light parade takes place at 11:45 p.m., and a fireworks show rings in the New Year at midnight.

Ticketed indoor festivities include live music by The Rockabillys. The retro band performs hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Genres include classic country, rock ‘n’ roll and Americana. A fee and reservations are required; call 828-898-4521 x261 to reserve your spot.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

Jan
3
Fri
2020
Live Music with A Welcome Distraction @ Beech Mountain Resort
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with A Welcome Distraction @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

A Welcome Distraction members Candice and Jos live life outside the box, and they channel that unconventional lifestyle into their music. Their sound is a mixture of island life, a hip-hop BBQ and a dance party. When not on stage, they can be found around the globe pursuing various activities, such as kiteboarding, cliff diving or sleeping in trees.

Live music takes place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, which provides an intimate setting to watch your favorite bands. Enjoy a freshly brewed pint as you listen. The Brewhouse is located in the resort village adjacent to the fire pit.

Jan
4
Sat
2020
Live Music with Typical Mountain Boys @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jan 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live Music with Typical Mountain Boys @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy a unique blend of bluegrass and old-time mountain music. The band is made up of all Southern natives, who will entertain listeners with the sounds of the banjo, acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin and fiddle.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

Live Music with Jos Vicars and the Quiver @ Beech Mountain Resort
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Live Music with Jos Vicars and the Quiver @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Bassist, guitarist and multi-instrumental vocalist Jos Vicars radiates the same rugged, organic qualities on stage as he did growing up in the salty waters off the coast of South Carolina. His musical endeavors have covered the gamut, including jam bands, bluegrass, funk, reggae, rock, country and metal, and they have taken him from local destinations to worldwide venues.

Live music takes place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, which provides an intimate setting to watch your favorite bands. Enjoy a freshly brewed pint as you listen. The Brewhouse is located in the resort village adjacent to the fire pit.

Jan
10
Fri
2020
Live Music with Jamen Denton and Logan Fritz @ Beech Mountain Resort
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with Jamen Denton and Logan Fritz @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Logan Fritz and Fritz & Co. have been producing and performing music in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains for three years now. With an eclectic blend of archaic structure and modern liberation, the band captures the essence of American rock ’n’ roll with a modern twist. The band has opened shows for several different acts including infamous South Carolina group Dangermuffin. Jamen Denton is known for his “fountainesque” songwriting and soulful vocals.

Live music takes place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, which provides an intimate setting to watch your favorite bands. Enjoy a freshly brewed pint as you listen. The Brewhouse is located in the resort village adjacent to the fire pit.

Jan
11
Sat
2020
Live Music with The Rockabillys @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live Music with The Rockabillys @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Travel back in time with The Rockabillys. The retro band performs hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Genres include classic country, rock ‘n’ roll and Americana.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

WinterFest Beer Festival @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill
Jan 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WinterFest Beer Festival @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Come celebrate winter at Beech Mountain Brewing Company with an array of beers and good music.

The Brews: A dozen breweries showcasing a great selection of regional beers and ciders.

The Eats: The Beech Mountain Brewing Company Taproom and Grill will offer a selection of Americana food to complement your drinks. Food must be purchased separately.

The Entertainment: The festival features live music on the main stage from The Harris Brothers and The Common Heart.

The Cause: This event benefits SmileOn ADG, which awards grants and scholarships to schools, students and charitable organizations throughout the NC High Country.

The Cost: General admission tickets are $35 until the day of the event. Day-of tickets are $45. Designated driver tickets are available for $15.

Jan
17
Fri
2020
Live Music with The Jared Stout Band @ Beech Mountain Resort
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with The Jared Stout Band @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

The Jared Stout Band is an exciting new band making waves in music. With a confidently entertaining stage presence and original music that gets you moving, they approach the stage from all the right angles. The Jared Stout Band runs on a versatile sound of Americana blended with blues, country, soul and rock.

Live music takes place at Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, which provides an intimate setting to watch your favorite bands. Enjoy a freshly brewed pint as you listen. The Brewhouse is located in the resort village adjacent to the fire pit.

Jan
18
Sat
2020
Live Music with Typical Mountain Boys @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Live Music with Typical Mountain Boys @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Enjoy a unique blend of bluegrass and old-time mountain music. The band is made up of all Southern natives, who will entertain listeners with the sounds of the banjo, acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin and fiddle.

Sugar Mountain Resort is only 10 minutes from Banner Elk.

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