High Country 2014 Fall Festivals

On this page, we have tried to generate a thorough list of the Fall Festivals in the High Country. If you know of a fall festival, or you would like yours to be listed here, please contact us.


Tweetsie Railroad Halloween Festival

When: October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, and November 1

Where: Boone/Blowing Rock, NC
Ghost Train rides, haunted house, black hole, 3-D Maze, freaky forest, face painting, clogging, spooks, and other such Halloween mischief. Safe Family adventures. Best bet is to purchase tickets in advance.

Cost: Admission is $31, and children 2 and under are free)

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Hardin Park Fall Festival

When: October 3, 2014

Where: Hardin Park Elementary

Big Top Festival from 5:00-8:00pm. There will be games, food vendors, raffles and MUCH more!

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

When: October 4, 2014
Where: Downtown N Wilkesboro, NC

The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club’s largest fundraiser, but has become a one of Wilkes County’s biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. Over 160,000 people visit this festival during the day and it’s FREE. Explore this web site to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

Cost: FREE
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Parkway Elementary Fall Festival

When: October 10, 2014; 5:30PM-8PM

Where: Parkway Elementary

BBQ Dinner, Games, Silent Auction, Cake Walk, Raffles, Inflatables and more!

Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Races

When: Friday, October 11

Where: Grayson Highlands, Independence, Virginia

The festival starts at 9 a.m. with arts & crafts vendors and bluegrass music at the historic courthouse. There are kids’ activities like pony rides, pumpkin painting and inflatable slides. However, the real action begins at 11 a.m. with the first heat of the double-elimination grand privy races. The races, which take place every 20 minutes, feature teams racing pimped-up outhouses past cheering throngs on Main Street. A special treat for those who arrive Friday evening is the Potty Princess Pageant. A spoof on traditional beauty contests, this pageant features female and male contestants, age 15 and up. “We’ve had some real doozies over the years,” says Lundgren, “like the guy in the two-piece pink negligee with diapers and a mustache.”

Cost: Free

Sugar Mountain OktoberFest

When: October 11-12, 2014; 10AM-5PM

Where: Sugar Mountain, NC

Over 40 artisan’s and craftspeople open their stands at 10:00am each day. A sampling of this year’s vendors include: chair canning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stain glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, bird houses, and much more.

Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and a panoramic view of the surrounding area from the mile and a half long chairlift ride to Sugar’s 5,300 ft peak. Everyone, even mountain bikers are welcome to ride the lift.

The children’s activity center, located in the Ski School Play Yard will keep the young ones entertained from noon until 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday.

Kids can enjoy hay rides, inflatable bounce houses, and a chance to meet Sugar Bear & Sweetie Bear. Cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, homemade cookies and drinks are also available in the children’s activity center. All ages are welcome to participate.

Cost: Free

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Todd New River Festival

When: October 11, 2014;

Where: Todd, NC

Music (some of the best bluegrass in the High Country), crafts, family activities, moonwalk, rubber ducky race on the river, and more in the historic railroad boomtown of Todd.

Cost: FREE

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Boone Heritage Festival

When: October 12, 9AM-4PM

Where:  Daniel Boone Park/ Hickory Ridge Living History Museum (Next to Horn in the West)

The inaugural Boone Heritage Festival is a friend- and fund-raiser for Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. There will be music, baked goods, basketry, historic crafts, kettle corn, and more! The festival is presented by The Southern Appalachian Historical Association  and the Town of Boone.

Cost: Free

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Mabel School Fall Festival and Bingo

When: October 17th, 2014
4:00 -7:00 pm Games, Air Walks, Food & Activities
7:00-11:00 pm Bingo

Activities include:
Bake Sale
Face Painting
…and much more!

Contact Mabel School for more information: 828-297-2512

Valle Country Fair

When: October 18, 2014; 9AM-4PM

Where: Valle Crucis, NC

The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. All monies raised go to fund High Country organizations which serve people in need. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed:

* 135 juried fine art & crafts booths
* Freshly pressed apple cider
* Hot-out-of-the-kettle apple butter
* Homemade jams & jellies
* Brunswick stew, chili, barbecue

Cost: Parking: $5 per vehicle

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Wooly Worm Festival

When: October 18-19, 2014; 10AM-4PM

Where: Banner Elk, NC

Don’t miss this one of a kind festival where racing woolly worms is a highlight. A true predictor of the coming winter weather is the honor bestowed upon the winner of the final heat on Saturday. Woolly Worms are racing all day for this event with the Championship race held Saturday at the end of the festival close to the day’s end for the festival. You will find great food, a woad wace, live entertainment, and lots of arts and craft vendors. All proceeds are given back to the community to enhance schools, promote business, and tourism.

Cost: Admission $6.00 (adults) $3 (kids 5-12) under age 5- free, Woolly Worm Registration $5.00

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Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 25, 2014; 1:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock

All free and open to the public!

-Fall Fables at the Museum: “Hainted Yarns from Near and Far.” Spooky tales told by Sherry Lovett, for ages 5 to 95! 1-1:50pm

-Creepy Crafts for kids at the Museum 2-3pm

-Air walks in Memorial Park 3-8pm

-Games & a Fun House in the Recreation Center for the Kids! 3-5:30pm

-Hay Rides through Blowing Rock with Tom: 4-8pm

(Meet in Memorial Park)

-THE MONSTER MARCH: Line up at the American Legion at 5:30pm. Parade at 5:45pm.

-Trick or Treat Downtown Blowing Rock: 6pm-until (Look for the black and orange balloons)

-Costume Contest 7pm (Sign up at the Recreation Center by 6:45pm)

Location: Recreation Center (White Building by the Tennis Courts)

-Moonlight Scavenger hunt at Broyhill Lake- BEGINS After Costume Contest
participate in teams (max: 3 per group) (ages 6-13) Bring your flashlight!!!. Call 828-295-5222 for details.

14th Annual Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Watauga Library, Jones House and Downtown Businesses

4:00-4:30pm – Crafts and activities at the Library
4:30-4:45pm – Parade to the Jones House
4:45-6:00pm – Trick or Treat at Downtown Businesses

Wild West Family Festival

When: October 31, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

Beech Mountain Autumn at OZ Party

When: October 2-3, 2009

Where: Beech Mountain, NC

Walk the Yellow Brick Road and meet your favorite Oz characters. Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow, Witches, the Wizard, Munchkins…They’re all there. Visit Auntie Em’s farm and hide from the tornado in the basement. Lots of fun. Food, music, hay rides, and memorabilia. Admission to Oz and parking is $15.00 (children 2 and under are free) at the gate on October 3 & 4. They may be purchased by contacting the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce after July 4th, no credit cards – cash or check only. Send a self addressed envelope with time and date to the Chamber office and we will mail you tickets prior to September 24.

Cost: $16.50 in advance, $20 at gate.; Children 2 and under are free

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