October 11 – 12, 2014 High Country Weekend Events

What is happening this weekend in the High Country for families? The colors on the trees are so beautiful. Definitely a great weekend to enjoy the Fall foliage by attending one of the Fall Festivals.  Fall festivals are just one of the many great family activities happening this weekend. Also, details below on a new family hiking trail opening this weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled family weekend!

High Country Mountains Fall Colors

October 11:

1. Watauga County Farmers’ Market – Join us for the 40th anniversary season of Watauga County Farmers’ Market! The farmers’ market has been Boone’s Town Square since 1974. Opens at 8:00am in the Horn in the West parking lot.day and it’s FREE. Explore this web site to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

2. 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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3. 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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4. “Beech Tree Trail Opening – Come help cut the ribbon on the new Beech Tree Trail, a one mile loop trail which will also serve as the permanent home of the Kid’s TRACK Trail. Join for a short ceremony followed by a short hike to “break in” the trail. Please meet at 10 a.m. at the trailhead of the Beech Tree Trail which takes off from the Trailhead Parking Lot at Elk Knob.

5. Harvest Farms in Valle Crucis host a family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch. Opened 10am-10pm.

Admission: Corn maze $8 Adults, $5 Kids 4-12, Seniors, Military and ASU students receive $1 off. Flashlight maze Adults $10, Kids $7

6. Lowe’s Build and Grow – 10:00am at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Boone, Banner Elk and West Jefferson. Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted House! Sign them up today!

7. Family Movie Showings: Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: The Boxtrolls 3D and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

8. Come celebrate Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s third birthday! Featuring a puppet show by the Elkland Art Center, a performance by the Harris Brothers, and refreshments. Free family fun! 2:00 – 4:00pm

9. App State Football! GO ASU! Homecoming football game: App State vs. South Alabama Liberty University – Kickoff is at 3:300pm

10. Ghost Train Halloween Festival – It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Visit the Haunted House and the Freaky Forest. Step in to another world in the 3-D Maze and the Black Hole. Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey on the Ghost Train – if you dare! Gates open at 7:30pm.

Advanced tickets recommended. $31 per person (kids 2 and under free)

October 12:

1. 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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2. 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

Click for more info

3. Harvest Farms in Valle Crucis host a family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch. Opened 1pm-6pm.

Admission: Corn maze $8 Adults, $5 Kids 4-12, Seniors, Military and ASU students receive $1 off. Flashlight maze Adults $10, Kids $7

4. Family Movie Showings: Regal Cinemas in Boone – Now showing: The Boxtrolls 3D and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.