Enjoy Family Fun at the Fall Festivals in the High Country

The fall season is filled with lots of family-friendly excitement. 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. Are you looking for corn mazes? Click here for the information.

Tweetsie Railroad Halloween Festival

When: September 20-21, 27-28, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

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 $44 (adults) and $28 (children 3-12), and children 2 and under are free)

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Parkway Elementary Fall Festival

When: October 4, 2019; 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Parkway Elementary

The event will feature JUMP! inflatables, face-painting, cake-walk, silent auction, game room, snacks like cotton candy and popcorn and more!

For more details, visit the PTO website!

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

When: October 5, 2019
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 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 the website to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

Cost: FREE
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Hardin Park Fall Festival

When: October 4, 2019

Where: Hardin Park Elementary

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

Mabel Fall Festival

When: October 5, 2019

Where: Mabel Elementary

Mabel Elementary School is having their 45th annual Fall Festival on October 5th, 2019 from 1pm-5pm with dinner and bingo to follow. More info can be found at Mabel PTA’s Facebook page!

Daniel Boo!

When: Friday and Saturday nights in October beginning October 12

Where: Haunted Horn’s Family Friendly Event

During the Daniel Boo! hours (6:00-7:30 pm), guests of all ages can come enjoy some spooky, no-so-scary fun. Both children and parents alike can play fall-inspired games, win prizes, wander through the Wacky Woods on an interactive scavenger hunt, and much more! Also new this year is Witch Craft, a beer garden featuring local breweries.

Ticket prices:

*Daniel Boo!: $10 for ages 3-17. Parents are FREE with purchase of child’s ticket, 2 and under also free.

Sugar Mountain OktoberFest

When: October 12-13, 2019; 10AM-5PM

Where: Sugar Mountain, NC

Over 40 artisan’s and craftspeople open their stands at 10:00 am each day. A sampling of this year’s vendors includes: chair canning, wooden toys, oil paintings, stain glass, handmade furniture, dolls, copper art, ceramics, honey, beeswax candles, birdhouses, 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 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday.

Kids can enjoy hayrides, 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

Valle Country Fair

When: October 19, 2019; 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: $10 per vehicle

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Woolly Worm Festival

When: October 19-20, 2019; 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 $5.00 (adults) $3 (kids 5-12) under age 5- free, Woolly Worm Registration $5.00

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App State University Housing Trick or Treat 

When: October 24, 2019 4:45pm-7:30pm

Where: University Dorms

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Camp Lutherock Harvest Festival

When: October 25 – 27, 2019

Where:  84 Camp Luther Rd Newland, NC

Come enjoy the sites, sounds and flavors of fall in the mountains! The weekend will be full of fun for everyone; bring your family or bring your youth group. Families will be housed in camper cabins. Enjoy all the festivities of the harvest festival on Saturday followed by the Harvest banquet, a wonderful homemade dinner with all the flavors of fall in the south. End the day with a lively campfire and gourmet smore’s bar! Register now online at lutherock.org or by calling 828-209-6301.

Cost: Free

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Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 26, 2019; 3:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock

All free and open to the public!

Join Blowing Rock for some family-friendly fun all afternoon!
Prizes Awarded for the Costume Contest.
Matinee Showing of Hocus Pocus at Blowing Rock Elementary School Gym.

3-5:30 Games and Funhouse for Kids

3-8 Airwalks in Memorial Park

4-8 Hayrides Through Blowing Rock

5:30 Monster March (Line-up at American Legion)

6:00 Trick-or-Treat Downtown and Trunk-or-Treat and Blowing Rock First Baptist

7:00 Costume Contest (Sign up by 6:45 at the Rec Center)

After Costume Contest Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Park (Ages 6-13. Bring a Flashlight)

9:00 Evening Showing of Hocus Pocus at Blowing Rock Elementary School Gym

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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat

When: October 26, 2019 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Stop by for a BBQ Fundraiser & Trunk-or-Treat for the kids!

Menu: BBQ, slaw, baked beans and chips.
Purchase a to-go plate or BBQ by the pound.

Cost: By donation. All donations go to ministries of outreach in our community.

Mount Vernon Fall Family Festival

When: October 30, 2019 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 30, 2019, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Where: Watauga Library, Jones House and Downtown Businesses

Twist the Balloon Man at the Jones House from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

A spooky and silly haunted house tour of the Jones House from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.

Arts & Crafts, Apple Tastings, & Magic Show at the Watauga County Public Library beginning at 4:00 PM

Trick-or-Treating with downtown merchants from 4:30 – 6:30 PM

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Halloween Spooktacular Event at Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock

When: October 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock

Fun, Safe Family Event:
~Donate blood with The Blood Connection while the kiddos are in the fun haunted maze!
~Trunk OR Treat with Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue and Blowing Rock Police Department and Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock Retail Stores!
~Hayride with Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation
~Mohr Fun Events DJ and photo booth
~ Blue Moose Coffee Lodge
~Blowing Rock ElementaryPTO Popcorn