High Country Weekend Family Events September 2-4, 2016

Can you believe it is September? It’s a long weekend for many families! We have a great list of family events for your enjoyment. Check out all the events and plan your Labor Day Weekend of family fun.

Happy-Labor-Day

September 2:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing} –

2. Family Pool Time: Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock – Public Swim Times: 11:00am-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm

3. Music in the Valle – Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. through September 9. Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and lots of friends! Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the Park per person is recommended.

4. Music on the Lawn in Blowing Rock – 5:30pm: Free outdoor concerts every Friday evening, weather permitting! Enjoy classic country, blues, bluegrass, and other genres in an always-changing lineup. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

5. 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 6 p.m. every Saturday 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 3:

1. Brookshire Park Nature walk – High Country Audubon offers a free naturalist-led nature walk at Brookshire Park every first Saturday from 8 to 10 AM. Meet at the picnic shelter in the main parking lot at 8 or catch us up on the trail if late. We will have a few extra pairs of binoculars, but bring your own if you have them. This walk will be held rain, snow, or shine, and is a loop of about a mile in length. Best to wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet and be ready for that crazy Boone weather!

2. Watauga County Farmers Market – Join the market from 8am to noon. Join in the market fun every Saturday morning through November. In addition to the areas best selection of local produce, foods, and crafts, we also have live music, cooking demos, children’s activities, and the unbeatable community atmosphere that has made us “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!”

3. Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k & Blue Ridge Pediatric 1 Mile Kids Fun Run – Held on some of the most beautiful roads in the High Country, you will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views through the town of Blowing Rock. After the race, hang out at Bistro Roca Restaurant to refuel with snacks and attend the awards ceremony. Blue Ridge Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine will once again be sponsoring the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run held right before the 5k race.

4. Beech Mountain Mile High Kite Festival – The annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend in the kite field at the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level. The festival includes kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes are awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite.

Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors.

There’s also an all-ages street dance Saturday evening in front of town hall. The parking lot is covered with sand and a deejay plays a variety of fun dance music.

5. RockFest at Emerald Village – Join your friends Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th, 2016 and enjoy RockFest at Emerald Village, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland. Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! Enjoy free live music in the tent both days from 11 to 4, featuring ten of the best musical groups in the area, including Pete & Kim McWhirter, Glen Nance & Lennie Ski, Paul Thomas, Kirk Banner, Jesse Smith, and the Typical Mountain Boys. Delicious food & ice cream will be available both days and at the Evening concert too!

6. Family Movies {Now Playing} –

7. Michaels Craft Store -Kids Club® Paper Lantern designed by Sprout®  – 10:00am-12:00pm: They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

8. Family Pool Time: Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock – Public Swim Times: 11:00am-7:30pm

9. Forest Literacy at Grandfather Mountain State Park – 3:30opm-5:30pm Appropriate for Ages 8 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please no pets. When you walk through the woods, what do you see? Most of us see the plants, animals and nonliving objects but fail to read the story behind these. If you know what to look for and how to ‘read’ the forest you get a glimpse into the past and understand the how and why of what brought the forest to its current state. Join a Ranger and learn the skills of reading the forest. Become forest literate and unlock the secrets of the forest! Program is appropriate for ages 8 through adult. Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions and wear hiking footwear. We will have a brief discussion followed by a hike lasting approximately one hour.

 

September 4:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Beech Mountain Mile High Kite Festival – The annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend in the kite field at the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level. The festival includes kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes are awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite.

Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors.

3. Family Pool Time: Robbin’s Pool at Broyhill Park in Blowing Rock – Public Swim Times: 12:00am-7:30pm

4. Sunday Concert in Blowing Rock Park – 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. Silvio Martinat Swing Band
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