Events

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Live Music with Backfire @ Beech Mountain Resort
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with Backfire @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Backfire is a power trio from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The band has a diverse set list filled with hits every crowd wants to hear. From ’60s pop standards, to pop country, to alternative and modern rock (and anything in between), this three-piece band keeps listeners on their toes. Formed in early 2011, Backfire built its following at the many Grand Strand clubs that seek a wide variety of musical styles to please a diverse audience.

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.

Feb
29
Sat
2020
Live Music with Smokin’ Joe Randolph Band @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Feb 29 @ 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.

Live Music with Scythian @ Beech Mountain Resort
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm
Live Music with Scythian @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Washington, DC-based Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began more than 12 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the US Celtic festival circuit, as well as a name in the bluegrass/Americana festival circuit. The group has played shows throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, and as far away as Australia.

Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka, who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants, Scythian searches for “old-time, good-time music” of many cultures. The brothers were inspired by a tale told by their 92-year-old grandmother of a roving fiddler who came into her farming village every six months. Once he was spotted, messengers went out into the outlying fields and mills, and work ceased. Everyone gathered in the barn where they danced all night and forgot about their cares for a while.

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

Mar
6
Fri
2020
Live Music with Josh Perryman @ Beech Mountain Resort
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Music with Josh Perryman @ Beech Mountain Resort | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

For 20 years Josh Perryman has made his mark on the regional music scene. As a member of NC pop-rock favorite Weekend Excursion, Josh toured constantly as the band’s original music played in television shows, such as MTV’s “The Real World” and “Dawson’s Creek.” Following Weekend Excursion, Josh spent several years playing with blues band Rude Mood as well as cover bands Sista T And The Smokin’ Section and Tidal. Josh played shows with everyone from The Moody Blues and REO Speedwagon to Collective Soul and John Mayer. In 2015 Josh made the decision to become a solo artist and has since established a regional following on his own. Sometimes appearing with a backing band or often solo, Josh is known for energetic, entertaining shows.

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.

Mar
7
Sat
2020
Live Music with The Collective @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Mar 7 @ 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.

Apr
4
Sat
2020
Easter in the Park @ Tate-Evans Park
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Easter in the Park @ Tate-Evans Park | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A great family event that takes place the Saturday eight days prior to Easter at the Historic Banner Elk School.

Arrive at 10 a.m. to meet the Easter Bunny, pick up an Easter treasure map and get the kids lined up for the start of the egg hunt. The hunt begins at 10:15 a.m. in the nearby town park, followed by games, crafts, music and a magician until noon.

Snow/rain location is the courtyard of the Historic Banner Elk School. A determination about the weather location will be made the Wednesday prior to the event.

Find updated information on the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.

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
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.

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.

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.

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
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
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.

 

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
Junior Ranger Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 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
26
Sat
2020
50th Annual Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
50th Annual Girl Scout Day @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

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.

Oct
3
Sat
2020
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm
The Fall Color Ramble @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

From Oct. 3-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. Walks take place daily at 2 p.m.

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 3 @ 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. 24 at grandfather.com.

Oct
17
Sat
2020
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 17 @ 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
18
Sun
2020
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 18 @ 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
31
Sat
2020
Beary Scary Halloween @ Grandfather Mountain
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Beary Scary Halloween @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

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.

Trunk or Treat @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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.

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