Family Friendly Events on New Year’s Eve!

Families love to bring in the New Year together. Check out our list of family-friendly events to bring in the New Year in the High Country.

App Ski Mountain – Join App Ski Mountain for New Year’s Eve and ring in 2018 in style! Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more! Moonlight ice skating from 10 pm to midnight. Festive Restaurant Specials also available from 9pm to midnight.


New Year’s Eve Family Night at Ski Resort – For families and younger revelers, Beech Mountain Resort offers “Family Night” in the Lodge from 7 p.m. to midnight, free of charge.

Kick off the evening with Beech Mountain BINGO, complete with tons of great prizes & fun for all ages. DJ Pete Welter will play fun party tunes to get everyone moving, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

A special late night New Year’s Eve Late Night Ice Skate takes place from 10 p.m. to midnight. Everyone can enjoy a skate under the stars accompanied by festive music for just $15 per person.

This family-friendly evening caps off with a fantastic firework show at midnight to ring in 2018.

Sugar Mountain Resort – A New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style! The general public is invited, free of charge to an alpine torchlight parade at 11:45 p.m. and the fireworks show at midnight. A fee, as well reservations for the indoor festivities from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. featuring live music by The Johnson Brothers, are required and should be made by calling 828-898-4521 x261.

Viewing Options for Home

#DisneyParksLIVE: Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks From Magic Kingdom Park – The fun begins at 11:45 p.m., when we’ll begin the countdown to 2018 with a special performance of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks live from Magic Kingdom Park.

Netflix Countdown – This year, the video streaming service is offering countdowns featuring a variety of popular shows and characters: “All Hail King Julien,” “Trollhunters,” “True and the Rainbow Kingdom,” “Puffin Rock,” “Beat Bugs,” “Skylanders Academy,” “Word Party,” “Larva,” and “Pororo.”

Fourth of July Family Events in the High Country {2017}

High Country 4th of July

There are many great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled holiday weekend!


July 1, 2017

4th of July Festival & Parade in Blowing Rock (10:00am-9:30pm)
Join in the family fun at the 4th of July event on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. Activities include park games, airwalks, watermelon eating contests, music, and dancing! The parade will take place on Main St (3:00pm), and will be followed by fireworks on Saturday at Blowing Rock Country Club!

31st Annual Christmas in July in West Jefferson (9:00am – 7:00pm)

The festival features the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent 
array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at 
Christmas in July!

47th Annual Beech Mountain NC Roasting of the Hog (6:00pm – 9:30pm)

One of the High Country’s premier Independence Day celebrations is at the Beech Mountain Resort. The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Town of Beech Mountain and the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department host this event.

After perfecting the seasonings and charcoal blends, our barbecue (pork and turkey) is arguably the best in the High Country. Enjoy music, dancing, games for the kids, face painting, tasty treats and more at beautiful Beech Mountain Resort. Take a scenic lift ride or dance under the stars.


July 2, 2017

4th of July Park Dance at Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park (1:00pm-7:00pm)
Live music and fun in the park for the Independence Day holiday!


July 4, 2017

The annual downtown Boone 4th of July parade starts at 11:00 a.m. This is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy. Find a spot on King St. to watch the parade travel through downtown. After the parade, join the Mayor of Boone for cake and refreshments at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center located at 604 W. King St. All community groups and organizations are encouraged to participate.

Later that evening, enjoy more festivities at the Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane starting at 7:00 p.m. with fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The Banner Elk Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

An all-American celebration takes place each Fourth of July in Banner Elk. It’s a day that makes Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade at 11:00 a.m. The parade begins at the Lees-McRae campus library and goes down Main Street. The parade concludes with a “Party in the Park” in Tate-Evans Town Park, where folks enjoy lunch from several vendors and traditional lawn games like the egg-toss and sack race. Banner Elk’s Duck Race, which features hundreds of rubber ducks racing down the creek in the park, makes this an event not to be missed!

Tweetsie Celebrates 60th Bday on July 4th with Biggest Fireworks Ever

Tweetsie Railroad will host the most spectacular Fourth of July celebration in the High Country in honor of the nation¹s birthday and the park’s 60th anniversary during this year’s July 4th Extravaganza. The park will stay open late for the family-friendly festivities until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4; the parks biggest ever fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m.

A VIP experience will be offered to guests as part of the July Fourth Extravaganza, featuring a premium viewing area and an optional chicken and barbeque buffet at the Hacienda. VIP wristbands will be available on a first come, first served basis at the ticket office for $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12; kids 2 two and under are free.

Parking is available during the July 4th celebration for $10 per vehicle, with no charge for Golden Rail Season Pass holders. In the event of severe weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for July 5.

2016 High Country Boone NC Fall Festivals

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 23-24, 30, October 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

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 $36, and children 2 and under are free)

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Hardin Park Fall Festival

When: October 7, 2016

Where: Hardin Park Elementary

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

Parkway Elementary Fall Festival

When: September 30, 2016; 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Parkway Elementary

JUMP!, Cotton Candy, Pop Corn, Cake Walk, Silent Auction, Face Painting and More!

Mabel School Fall Festival and Bingo

When: October 7, 2016
4:00 -7:00 pm Games, Air Walks, Food & Activities
7:00-11:00 pm Bingo
Activities include:
Bake Sale
Face Painting
…and much more!

Contact Mabel School for more information: 828-297-2512

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

When: October 1, 2016
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 a 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 this web site to learn more about the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival!

Cost: FREE
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Sugar Mountain OktoberFest

When: October 8-9, 2016; 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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Todd New River Festival

When: October 8, 2016 – 9am – 5pm

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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Boone Heritage Festival

When: October 9, 2016; 10AM-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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Valle Country Fair

When: October 15, 2016; 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: $5 per vehicle

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Woolly Worm Festival

When: October 15-16, 2016; 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: TBD; 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: University Dorms

16th Annual Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Watauga Library, Jones House and Downtown Businesses

4:00-4:30pm – Crafts and activities at the Library
4:30-4:45pm – Parade to the Jones House
4:45-6:00pm – Trick or Treat at Downtown Businesses

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Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 29, 2016; 1:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock

All free and open to the public!

Bring the little goblins to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum for some “creepy crafts” – -Halloween-themed, hands-on activities for the family! Free. Chestnut Drive. 2-3 pm.

Air walks in Memorial Park 3.-8:00 pm.

Games & a fun house in the Recreation Center for the kids! 3:00-5:30 pm.

Hay Rides through Blowing Rock with Tom: 4:00.-8:00 pm. (Meet in Memorial Park)

The Monster March: Line up at the American Legion at 5:30 pm; Parade at 5:45 pm.

Trick or Treat in Downtown Blowing Rock: 6:00 pm -until. (Look for the black and orange balloons)

Costume Contest: Sign up at the Recreation Center (the White Building by the Tennis Courts) by 6:45 pm); March begins at 7:00 pm.

Moonlight Scavenger hunt at Broyhill Lake- begins after the Costume Contest. Participate in teams (max: 3 per group, ages 6-13) Bring your flashlight!

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Mount Vernon Fall Family Festival

When: October 31, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

Free Family Fun on Memorial Day Weekend at High Gravity Adventures!

Looking for a fun, family-friendly event to enjoy on Memorial Day Weekend? Bring the whole family to High Gravity Adventures in Blowing Rock, N.C.!  Instead of fighting crowds and traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can treat your family to an afternoon of live music, games, delicious food and high-flying aerial adventure.

High Gravity Adventures

Come to High Gravity Adventures on Saturday, May 28, for a Memorial Day Weekend cookout on the lawn.  There will be live music by Andy Ferrell from 1-4 p.m., plus fun games like corn hole, ladder ball and soccer.  Enjoy delicious items from the grill including burgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian options, or bring your own picnic meal!  While you’re there, you can experience the open-air fun of High Gravity Adventures aerial adventure park, with course options for everyone ages four and up.  Admission into the event is free of charge; food and tickets to the aerial courses will be available for purchase.

This Memorial Day Weekend event is a great way to kick off your summer with some family fun in the great outdoors!

Appalachian Ski Mtn Hosts Easter Egg Hunt and Meltdown Games

App Ski Mtn Easter Egg Hunt

This past winter did not bring much snow to the High Country, but Appalachian Ski Mountain was able to have a pretty good season despite the minimal snow season. They are ending their season Easter weekend. There will be lots of fun for all ages.

A special Easter Egg Hunt will be at 2pm on Saturday (26th) for children ages 1-4. The Hunt is FREE for all participants, and will be held on the grassy knoll beside the Appalachian Ice Arena.

In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny will be on site during the day with special treats for guests. The Slopeside Restaurant will be offering Easter Specials during the weekend as well, including an Easter Sunday Brunch Menu.

Stay around all weekend for the crazy meltdown games. All events are free with your ski ticket. Take your best shot at tons of prize categories!

Registration will be going on all day in the Alpine Ski Shop.

APP Ski Mtn Meltdown Games

Here is a schedule of events for the Meltdown Games 2016:

Saturday, March 26
10:30am – Impossible Box Contest
11:30am – Cardboard Box Derby
1:30pm – Ski & Snowboard Big Air
4pm – Trash Bag Downhill Race

Sunday, March 27
10:30am – High Ollie Contest
1pm – Pond Skim & Costume Contest
4pm – Chinese Downhill

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Aerial Adventure Parks

With spring around the corner, I wanted to share a great outdoor activity that needs to be checked off your adventure bucket list. High Gravity Adventures  in Blowing Rock, N.C., allows you to climb, balance and swing from heights as high as 50 feet or as low as 15 feet. Visitors are often surprised to learn certain facts about High Gravity Adventures, so here is a list of five things most people don’t know about aerial adventure parks. Mark your calendars as the park is opening back up for the season on March 18!

High Gravity Adventures Blowing Rock

1.       A Course for Kids – The whole family can experience aerial adventure together. Kids four-years-old and up are welcome to enter the aerial world on High Gravity Adventure’s Kids’ Course. With a responsible adult present, kids will have their very own elements to discover and explore. They can explore the Kids’ Course solo or have a guardian accompany them for a joint experience.

2.       Choose Your Challenge – High Gravity Adventures includes 75+ different aerial challenges that range from 15 to 50 feet in the air. There are many elements to choose from, such as walking over aerial bridges, crossing tight-rope walks, swinging through floating foot loops and traversing giant spiders’ webs.

3.        No Experience Needed – No experience is required when exploring the vertical world. With challenges of varying difficulty levels offered, there is something to please hardcore adventure seekers as well as people who prefer to keep theiradventure closer to the ground. The aerial challenges are diverse and match up to a variety of skill levels.

4.       You Are the Decision Maker – Unlike zip lines or canopy tours, you get to the make the decision of what route you want to take and the height with which you are comfortable. Whether you want to stay at 15 feet or climb all the way up, the decision is entirely up to you at High Gravity Adventures. There are a variety of ways to make your way through the course, and guests have the freedom to take as many breaks as they want.

5.       Safety is Priority – High Gravity Adventures utilizes state-of-the-art safety systems and the latest technology. The owners and staff of the course pride themselves on adhering to industry leading standards for construction, inspection, equipment and staff training. Before entering the course, each guest will be required to attend a mandatory orientation—“Ground School”—where they’ll be educated on helmet and harness fitting, how to use personal safety tethers, course procedures, and how to enter and exit the course.

Let’s Celebrate Easter: 2016 High Country Family Easter Events

Easter is arriving soon. There are lots of fun family events in and around the High Country. Check out the great events! High Country NC Easter

March 19: Easter Egg Festival & Hunt at Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. Annual fun for kids & families! Games and Activities start at 10:00am. Egg hunt is at 11:00am.

March 19: Easter Egg Hunt in Banner Elk
9:30am – Breakfast with the Bunny at Banner Elk Cafe
11:00 – Children’s Egg Hunt in Tate Evans Park with Family Fun to Follow!

March 19: The Annual Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza is a fun, family friendly event for the whole family the Saturday before Easter weekend. The Town of Boone, the Watauga County Library, and the Downtown Boone Development Association together provide arts & crafts, games, and an exciting Easter Egg hunt for children ages 0 -12.

The fun starts at 2 pm at the Watauga Co. Library located on Queen St. in downtown Boone. Children then “parade” down to the Jones House Community Center, just a hop and a skip away from the library, for more games and an Easter Egg hunt. Free refreshments, prizes, and more are provided.

March 23: Easter Event at Laurel Springs Baptist Church at 6:30pm.  This event is for the entire family.

March 26: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Chick-fil-A! Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Chick-fil-A. Kids, ten and under, enjoy a FREE 3-count chicken mini between 8:30am-10am. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

March 26: Easter Egg Hunt at Boone UMC from 10:00 to 11:30am. It’s for toddlers through elementary ages. The event will be rain or shine!

March 26: Beech Mountain’s Hoppy Easter Party 10:00am – 12:00pm Join Buckeye Recreation Center Saturday March 26th for an EGG-straordinary party and egg hunt.  We will be offering a small breakfast, games, activities, and of course a visit from Peter Cottontail.  Please RSVP 828-387-3003.  Any questions please call.