High Country Family Weekend Events September 11 – 13

Happy weekend! We are getting a real taste of fall this weekend. You may be interested in visiting the county fair in Avery County, watching a movie, or enjoying an outdoor concert. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend. Check out all the family-friendly events below:

Photo Credit: Tweetsie Railroad

Photo Credit: Tweetsie Railroad

September 11:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

3. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Use two different techniques to paint watercolor wildflowers.

4. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Strictly Strings. Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

5. Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair – There will be Pig Wrangling, Petting Zoo, Cupcake Wars, Mechanical Bull, Heritage displays and demonstrations that include a cider press, soap making, candle making. A garden tractor pull will be on Saturday.

Food vendors will be available with a variety of options.

Gate Dates and Times: Friday 5:00pm
Saturday at 9:00 am
Rides will open on Friday at 6:00pm
Rides will open on Saturday at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Ride bracelets available daily! Saturday 1 to 5pm and 6 to 10:00pm
Bracelets are $15.00

6. Music in the Valle7:00pm The last “Music in the Valle” Concert Series of the season! Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the park per person is recommended. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food generally is not available for sale.

7. University of Zululand Choir members to perform at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone – he choir sings a variety of compositions, from Afro gospel, jazz and soul to traditional, indigenous music and opera. They are winners of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 National Champions in Arts and Culture choir competitions, and hold additional honors.

8. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

September 12:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market is Open! – The market opens with live music from local musicians, cooking demos from local food enthusiasts, activities in the kids corner, and the unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!” Join PHARMN at the Kids’ Corner

When: 8 am until noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

3. Grandfather Mountain Kidfest – A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. All activities included with park admission.

4. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the art activities, pretend vet clinic, climbing wall, dress-up area, ball pit and more! $5 per person admission or buy a membership for the whole family for $100 per year. Open play hours are 10-5 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

5. Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day – Enjoy a day filled with live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and FOOD! Please bring a dish of food to share and join us between 11 am and 3 pm for our 11th Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO, Inc.). Enjoy a day of cultural heritage and pride. Please note that if you are interested in participating in the potluck, you should bring a dish of food to share and plan to be at the park by noon.

6. Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair – There will be Pig Wrangling, Petting Zoo, Cupcake Wars, Mechanical Bull, Heritage displays and demonstrations that include a cider press, soap making, candle making. A garden tractor pull will be on Saturday.

Food vendors will be available with a variety of options.

Gate Dates and Times: Saturday at 9:00 am
Rides will open on Saturday at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Ride bracelets available daily! Saturday 1 to 5pm and 6 to 10:00pm
Bracelets are $15.00

7. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – “(It’s a celebration surprise!)”! The movie starts at dusk. Check in at the office to purchase your car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load, so load em up!

September 13:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Sunday Concert in the Park (Blowing Rock)  – Silvio Martinet Swing Band: bring a chair or blanket and enjoy FREE entertainment at the gazebo in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. The American Legion Hall is the backup venue in case of inclement weather. Concerts begin at 4:00pm.

3. Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, NC – Free concerts every Sunday evening from 5-8:00pm. Enjoy local favorites the Harris Brothers, The Neighbors, Mountain Radio, Todd Wright and more on the veranda of this classic historic hotel. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show! Performances rain or shine- find the concert indoors in inclement weather. Drinks and Tavern Fare available.