Events

Oct
21
Sun
2018
Woolly Worm Festival @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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 the winning worm receives $1,000! Festival also includes about 175 craft vendors, food, live entertainment, and rides. This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees.

Oct
31
Wed
2018
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.

Dec
7
Fri
2018
A Small Town Christmas @ Downtown Banner Elk
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm
Banner Elk Christmas

Christmas in the Park celebration in Banner Elk in the Blue Ridge Mountains

“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 in the field in front of the Historic Banner Elk School.  Following the tree lighting, folks can head inside the school for a Christmas-themed play 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.

Dec
8
Sat
2018
A Small Town Christmas @ Downtown Banner Elk
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Banner Elk Christmas

Christmas in the Park celebration in Banner Elk in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A Small Town Christmas continues on Saturday, Dec. 8. The day begins with a Holiday 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Next up enjoy breakfast with Santa at 9:30 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 a candy cane hunt in the town park to storytelling at the Banner Elk Book Exchange. 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.

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

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Easter in the Park @ Tate-Evans Park
Apr 13 all-day

A great event the day before Easter that starts off with “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” at Banner Elk Cafe before hopping on to Tate-Evans Park for an Easter egg hunt. Includes other activities such as face painting, music, dancing and photos with the Easter Bunny.

Jul
4
Thu
2019
Fourth of July Parade & Party in the Park @ Downtown Banner Elk
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 parade begins at the Lees-McRae campus library and goes down Main Street. The parade concludes with a “Party in the Park” in Tate-Evans Town Park, where folks enjoy lunch from several vendors and traditional lawn games like the egg-toss and sack race.  Banner Elk’s Duck Race, which features hundreds of rubber ducks racing down the creek in the park, makes this an event not to be missed!

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.

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
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 & Party in the Park @ Downtown Banner Elk
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 parade begins at the Lees-McRae campus library and goes down Main Street. The parade concludes with a “Party in the Park” in Tate-Evans Town Park, where folks enjoy lunch from several vendors and traditional lawn games like the egg-toss and sack race.  Banner Elk’s Duck Race, which features hundreds of rubber ducks racing down the creek in the park, makes this an event not to be missed!

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.

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