High Country Weekend Family Events June 5 – 7

Happy June! You can start the weekend with Day Out with Thomas, Carnival Night at Greenway Baptist Church, and/or s’mores night at Chetola Resort. There are lots of great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

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June 5:

1. 92nd Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show – Presented by the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation, the event includes the Saddlebred Competition June 4-7, Hunter-Jumper I July 21-26 and Hunter-Jumper II July 29-August 2. The action takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is the oldest continuously running horse show in the eastern half of the United States and regularly attracts riders and their horses from all over the country. Tickets at the gate for spectators are $10 per day (you can come and go as you please) and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit www.blowingrockhorses.com.

2. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015!  The event, which takes place June 5-14, 2015, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the event (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our 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 10-5:00 on Fridays.

4. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema and Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Tomorrowland

5. Carnival Night at Greenway Baptist Church – Come out and help support the Jenny McCourry family!

Where – Greenway Baptist Church Life Center (Greenway Road Boone, NC)
Time – 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Adults: $10 donation includes BBQ Chicken, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Dinner Roll, Drink, and Dessert

Children: $5 donation includes Chicken Nuggets, Green Beans, “mystery side,” Dinner Roll, Juice, and Dessert.

Come and enjoy Roasted Corn on the Cob, Snow Cones, Hot Dogs, Funnel Cakes, Popcorn, Face Paint, JUMP Inc Air Walks, Corn Hole and much more!!

6. Music in the Valle – The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park begins Friday, May 22nd, 2015, and continues each Friday evening through September 11th. 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. May 22 – August 14 concerts begin at 7:00PM. August 21 – September 11 concerts begin at 6:30PM.

7. 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.

June 6:

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 – LettuceLearn comes to the Kids’ Corner with their Plant Parts Photo Booth.
Are you a root, leaves, stem, flower or fruit? Also play an edible plant game.

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. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015!  The event, which takes place June 5-14, 2015, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the event (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

3. Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale – 9:00am – 3:00pm This event is free to attend and is open to the public. Great for parents currently (or interested in) educating their children at home.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Gym
3505 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

4. The 34th Annual New River Canoe Race – will take place on June 6th, 9 am. All proceeds go to support Friends of High Country State Parks’ mission to support our state parks.

The event will begin at Zaloo’s Canoes in Jefferson, NC and travel five miles to the Wagoner Road Access of the New River State Park. This route is calm with no white water.

Boats can enter the water from 9 am to 1:30 pm.
Please note boats with children need to be in no later than 1 pm.

Registration is $10 per person, $5 for children, and $25 for family float (up to 6 people) for a single race. Every additional race is $5. Registration includes a FREE T-shirt and entry for a door prize.

Enter with a Canoe or a Kayak. Bring your own boat or rent one at a discounted price from Zaloo’s Canoes. Zaloo’s will provide free shuttles. This is a family friendly event with options to enter as a “Novice”, “Expert”, or “Championship Category”. The “Special” category is for those with any special needs.

Music, free food samples, tubing, swimming, or hiking can all be found at New River State Park until the 3pm Awards Ceremony. You do not have to race to enjoy these fun activities! Food from local food trucks will be available.

5. Open Play Time at The Children’s Playhouse – Come spend quality family time exploring our 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 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

6. 2nd Annual Spring into Summer ArtsFest – Celebration of the arts in Watauga County. There will be paintings, pottery, crafts, fiber arts, and jewelry on display, as well as a silent auction, music on the porch from 11am to 4pm, demonstrations and interactive arts and kid activities. The event is free and open to the public and there is free parking across Shadowline Drive. ArtsFest is sponsored by Watauga County Arts Council and Potters of the Blue Ridge. For more information go to Watauga-Arts.org or call 828-264-1789.

7. Make a DIY Father’s Day Card at Michael’s Craft Store: 10am – 12pm Drop in. Take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up

Father's Day Card

8. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema and Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Tomorrowland

9. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Click here for more details.

10. Street Dance at Town Hall (Beech Mountain Visitor Center) – Dancers and non-dancers alike will love the old-fashioned street dances on Beech Mountain! A sand dance floor is made in the parking lot in front of town hall and chairs are set out for spectators. Music is provided by a DJ or small local band. Dances take place from 7-9 pm. There’s no charge. Directions.

11. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – “The Muppets Most Wanted“! The movie starts at dusk…. Around 8:30. Check in at our office to purchase you car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load so load em up!

June 7:

1. 92nd Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show – Presented by the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation, the event includes the Saddlebred Competition June 4-7, Hunter-Jumper I July 21-26 and Hunter-Jumper II July 29-August 2. The action takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is the oldest continuously running horse show in the eastern half of the United States and regularly attracts riders and their horses from all over the country. Tickets at the gate for spectators are $10 per day (you can come and go as you please) and children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit www.blowingrockhorses.com.

2. Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 – Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015!  The event, which takes place June 5-14, 2015, will be hosted by Tweetsie Railroad. Thomas the Tank Engine rides depart every 30 minutes, rain or shine. Departure times begin at9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day of the event (park open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).  Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 are $41 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

3. Family Movie Showings: Regal Boone Cinema and Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Tomorrowland

4. 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. Performance schedule coming soon.