Events

Dec
14
Fri
2018
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Join Banner Elk’s own professional theater company, Ensemble Stage, for a holiday musical variety show patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television Christmas specials of the ’60s and ’70s. The stage will be set with women in beautiful dresses, men in tuxedos, lots of singing, dancing, comedy sketches and more.

Dec
15
Sat
2018
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Join Banner Elk’s own professional theater company, Ensemble Stage, for a holiday musical variety show patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television Christmas specials of the ’60s and ’70s. The stage will be set with women in beautiful dresses, men in tuxedos, lots of singing, dancing, comedy sketches and more.

Dec
16
Sun
2018
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm
A Banner Elk Christmas @ The Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Join Banner Elk’s own professional theater company, Ensemble Stage, for a holiday musical variety show patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television Christmas specials of the ’60s and ’70s. The stage will be set with women in beautiful dresses, men in tuxedos, lots of singing, dancing, comedy sketches and more.

Dec
17
Mon
2018
A Chef’s Table w/ Chef Tom Jankovich: The Painted Fish Cafe @ Painted Fish Cafe
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A Chef's Table w/ Chef Tom Jankovich: The Painted Fish Cafe @ Painted Fish Cafe | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

A special evening for foodies takes place Monday, Dec. 17, at the Painted Fish Cafe & Beer Bar in beautiful Banner Elk. The cafe is normally closed on Mondays, but renowned chef Tom Jankovich opens the doors for this ticketed event.

All attendees will receive a multi-course dinner prepared especially for this special evening. The Painted Fish Cafe is known for its unique twist on recognizable dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Chef Tom is sure to please with colorful dishes to tempt your eyes and taste buds, plus wonderful ski slope views at the foot of Sugar Mountain Resort.

Tickets are $45 per person and include a multi-course dinner as well as tax and gratuity associated with the meal. Beverages and gratuity for purchase of beverages are not included in the ticket price.

Click the “tickets” link above for more info.

Dec
31
Mon
2018
Family Night – New Year’s Eve Celebration @ The Lodge at Beech Mountain Resort
Dec 31 2018 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 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 only $15, everyone 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 2019!

New Year’s Eve Celebration with SoulPlay @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill
Dec 31 2018 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 2:00 am
New Year's Eve Celebration with SoulPlay @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill | Beech Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Beech Mountain Resort invites you to dance your way into 2019. The night of festivities includes live music from SoulPlay, drinks, eats, fireworks and more.

SoulPlay is a diversified group of entertainers from Raleigh/Durham, NC. The band’s music includes classic, funk, disco, beach, and today’s latest hits. However, the group welcomes special requests. There is no limit to the amount of fun you will experience when this high-energy band takes the stage. SoulPlay will perform from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Afterward, a late-night DJ will close out the evening.

A late-night ice-skating session takes place from 10 a.m. until midnight. For $15, enjoy skating under the stars accompanied by festive music. Fireworks ring in the New Year at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Sugar Mtn. @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Dec 31 2018 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 1:00 am
New Year's Eve Celebration at Sugar Mtn. @ 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.

Jan
1
Tue
2019
New Year’s Day Sunrise @ Grandfather Mountain
Jan 1 @ 6:30 am – 9:30 am
New Year's Day Sunrise @ Grandfather Mountain | Linville | North Carolina | United States

There are sunrises, and then there are Grandfather Mountain sunrises. And then there are Grandfather Mountain New Year’s Day sunrises. Ring in an epic New Year for the first sunrise of 2019.

This special event will allow guests the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours.

Sunrise is at 7:38 a.m., and Grandfather’s gates will open at 6:30 a.m. Due to safety regulations, participants may only visit the Mile High Swinging Bridge area, including the Top Shop, during the event. To help warm up on a winter morning, the mountain will offer complimentary coffee, cocoa and bear claw pastries for sunrise guests.

Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight and to wear heavy winter jackets, hats, gloves and rubber-soled shoes, as there may be slick surfaces on the mountain. The event may be cancelled upon short notice in case of inclement weather.

Admission to the New Year’s sunrise opportunity costs $15, in addition to general admission, meaning $35 for adults and $24 for children. Guests are free to remain in the park all day, but those who leave before 9:30 a.m. will have their general admission charge refunded. Bridge Club members, who receive free admission to the mountain, will only pay $10 for the sunrise event.

The event is limited to 100 participants, and registration is required.

Jan
5
Sat
2019
WinterFest Beer Festival @ Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 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: Enjoy more than 40 varieties of regional beers and ciders.

The Eats: The Beech Mountain Brewing Company Taproom and Grill will offer a selection of Americana food to compliment your drinks.

The Entertainment: The festival features live music on the main stage from The Broadcast and Shelby Rae Moore. Commemorate the event with a free photo from Boone Photo Booth.

The Cause: This event benefits OVAAT (One Vet At A Time). OVAAT is an organization built on the belief that it takes a community to hold each other accountable and lift up our brothers and sisters. OVAAT is dedicated to delivering the tools needed for our service members to integrate back into society.

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

Jan
6
Sun
2019
Free Snowshoeing on National Winter Trails Day @ Sugar Mountain Resort
Jan 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Snowshoeing on National Winter Trails Day @ Sugar Mountain Resort | Sugar Mountain | North Carolina | United States

The 24th annual National Winter Trails Day event offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing for free. Discover the fun and fitness of snow sports. Guided tours are available on the hour from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. The program includes a 45-minute tour and snowshoe rental. Adult tours are for those who are 12 years or older. Children’s tours are for those ages 8-11. Sign up at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time at the ski/snowboard school.

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.

May
25
Sat
2019
Art on the Greene – Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Memorial 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.

May
26
Sun
2019
Art on the Greene – Memorial Day Weekend @ Historic Banner Elk School
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art on the Greene - Memorial 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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
19
Sat
2019
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 19 @ 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
20
Sun
2019
Woolly Worm Festival @ Downtown Banner Elk
Oct 20 @ 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
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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