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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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
25
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: The Night Move Band @ Tate-Evans Park
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: The Night Move Band @ 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.

The Night Move Band performs R&B, beach music, classic rock and funk. The group features four-part harmonies on many songs. Their diverse song list includes The Temptations, Delbert McClinton, The Tams, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, The Drifters and many more.

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.

Aug
1
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: Split Shot @ Tate-Evans Park
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: Split Shot @ 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.

Since its inception Split Shot has grown to be one of the most popular variety bands in the Carolinas. With an emphasis on vocal harmonies, tight musicianship and a party atmosphere, the band has also gained the reputation as one of the hardest working bands in Upstate South Carolina. The band’s latest album “Ready To Roll” is climbing the beach music charts.

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.

Aug
7
Wed
2019
Animal Enrichment Day @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 7 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Animal Enrichment Day @ Grandfather Mountain

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
8
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: The Collective @ Tate-Evans Park
Aug 8 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: The Collective @ 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, The Collective, has evolved over its 20 years of playing music in the High Country. The lineup includes classic rock, blues and country with a vast repertoire of covers and a large book of original hits.

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.

Aug
15
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: The Starlighters with The Gumbo Gang @ Tate-Evans Park
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: The Starlighters with The Gumbo Gang @ 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 performers will delight concertgoers with swing band music from the 1940s-1960s era. The lineup of dedicated musicians presents an impressive group of horns for an authentic big band sound.

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.

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain
Aug 17 – Aug 18 all-day
Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic @ Grandfather Mountain

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. 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 at grandfather.com.

Aug
22
Thu
2019
Concert in the Park: Jocassee @ Tate-Evans Park
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm
Concert in the Park: Jocassee @ 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.

With influences including The Allman Brothers, The Eagles, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan and Marshall Tucker, this week’s band, Jocassee, brings a Southern rock sound to the stage.

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.

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.

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.

rfwbs-slide