High Country Weekend Family Events October 7-9, 2016

The High Country will be seeing rain most of the day Friday and part of Saturday. Right now, Sunday looks to bring lots of sunshine. You may want to hold off on going to the corn maze until Sunday. There is several fall festivals planned for this weekend! Check out all the events and plan your weekend of family fun!

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October 7:

1. Corn Maze Fun – Have a blast getting lost in a corn maze with your family. Three locations in the High Country. Check out full details of each location here.

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}

3. 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.

4. Hardin Park Fall Festival
Where: Hardin Park Elementary
Festival from 5:00-8:00pm. There will be games, food vendors, raffles and MUCH more!

5. Green Valley School Fall Festival – 5:00pm-8:00pm: please join in for chili, cornbread, nachos and cheese, and brownies. It will be a fun night of air rides, cake walks and a silent auction.

6. 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 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.

7. Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad – 7:30 pm Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will return this weekend. With a variety of things to see and do, Ghost Train offers safe Halloween fun and adventure for the whole family.

October 8:

1. 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!”

2. Corn Maze Fun – Have a blast getting lost in a corn maze with your family. Three locations in the High Country. Check out full details of each location here.

3. Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest

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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4. Todd New River Festival – 9am-5pm

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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5. Family Movies {Now Playing}

6. Michaels Craft Store – Kids Club® Clothespin Bats – 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.

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7. Leaf Lookers Hayride – 12:30pm-3:00pm Buckeye Rec. hosts their 2016 Leaf Lookers Hayride. The Hayride will begin at the Buckeye Recreation Center and take visitors through scenic Beech Mountain trails. In addition, hot apple cider and games will be provided. This is a FREE event so bring the whole family for a fun-filled Fall Adventure!

8. Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad – 7:30 pm Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will return this weekend. With a variety of things to see and do, Ghost Train offers safe Halloween fun and adventure for the whole family.

October 9:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Corn Maze Fun – Have a blast getting lost in a corn maze with your family. Three locations in the High Country. Check out full details of each location here.

3. Boone Heritage Festival – 10am-4pm

Where:  Daniel Boone Park/ Hickory Ridge Living History Museum (Next to Horn in the West)

The 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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4. Sunday Concert atop Beech Mountain – Every Sunday in October from 6-9 pm. Serenaded by local Blues and Jazz artists Shane Chalke and BE Jazz at the Alpen Restaurant, located within the Beech Alpen Inn. The Alpen Inn concerts are open to the public and are always FREE of charge! Don’t hesitate to give us a call in the Visitor Center at 1-800-468-5506 formore information.

Location Alpen Restaurant at Beech Alpen Inn
Address: 700 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604

 

 

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.

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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
Raffle
…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!

High Country Family Weekend Events October 9-11, 2015

Happy weekend! After two rain-filled weekends, we will see sunshine in the High Country this weekend. There are several awesome fall festivals happening so head out and have lots of family fun.  See all the family-friendly events below:

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October 9

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Come create a memory, get lost in our 7 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and have a picnic. Bring your spirit of adventure and a flashlight to explore our family friendly flashlight maze.

3. New River Corn Maze – The maze is OPEN! The team is excited to start their 6th year of business. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to dark and Sunday 1pm – dark. Come enjoy this beautiful weekend getting lost in all the fun at the New River Corn Maze!

4. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the 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 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

5. Family Movies {Now Playing}

6. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Paint a Venetian river scene and add a 3-D gondola. Plus, make a Venetian mask.

7. Hispanic Heritage Festival – Join the Hispanic Student Association in celebrating Hispanic Heritage! There will be food, live performances, dance lessons, craft tables, and much more! Admission: $2 for adults $1 ages 5 – 17

8. Tweetsie’s Ghost Train – Named as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, a ride on the Ghost Train is just the beginning. Take a stroll through the Freaky Forest and encounter dark surprises along the way. Visit the Boneyard and find your way through a 3-D Maze, a disorienting Black Hole and a mystifying Warp Tunnel. Or check out Tweetsie’s Haunted House, where 13 frightening rooms await brave visitors that dare to enter.

9. 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.

October 10:

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

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. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

3. Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Come create a memory, get lost in our 7 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and have a picnic. Bring your spirit of adventure and a flashlight to explore our family friendly flashlight maze.

4. New River Corn Maze – The maze is OPEN! The team is excited to start their 6th year of business. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to dark and Sunday 1pm – dark. Come enjoy this beautiful weekend getting lost in all the fun at the New River Corn Maze!

5. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseCome spend quality family time exploring the 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 on Fridays and 10-3:00 on Saturdays.

6. Lowes Build & Grow: Build a Fire Truck with Safety Cards –  (10:00am) Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted Birdhouse!

7. Family Movies {Now Playing}

8. Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest – 

When: October 10-11, 2015; 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

9. Howard’s Creek Bazaar

When: October 10, 2015; 9AM-7PM

WhereHoward’s Creek Baptist Church

Info: Bazaar including bake sale, locally made crafts, and locally grown produce.
Fish Fry/Grilled Chicken Dinner from 5 pm – 7 pm

10. Todd’s New River Festival –

When: October 10, 2015 – 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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11. 4th Annual Pumpkin Celebration –

Location: The Pumpkin Patch
599 NC HWY 16 S
Jefferson, NC 28640

Join in on October 10, 2015 for the 4th annual Pumpkin Celebration! Bring the family and enjoy a day full of fun for FREE! The celebration lasts from 10:00am until 5:00 pm and will include the following events:

Bounce-house
18ft inflatable slide
Farm animals
Face painting
Games & prizes
Hay ride
Miniature train ride for the kids
Pumpkin painting
Family portraits/pictures by Snap by Ang from 11:00am – 2:00pm

12. FREE Leaf-Lookers Hayride on Beech Mountain – Meet in the Beech Mountain Visitor Center parking lot from 5-7 pm on October 10th for hayrides around the mountain to view the beautiful fall foliage! Hot chocolate will be provided by the Chamber of Commerce. This is a free event.

13. Tweetsie’s Ghost Train – Named as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, a ride on the Ghost Train is just the beginning. Take a stroll through the Freaky Forest and encounter dark surprises along the way. Visit the Boneyard and find your way through a 3-D Maze, a disorienting Black Hole and a mystifying Warp Tunnel. Or check out Tweetsie’s Haunted House, where 13 frightening rooms await brave visitors that dare to enter.

 

October 11:

1. Tweetsie – Bring the whole family out to enjoy Tweetsie fun!

2. Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch – Come create a memory, get lost in our 7 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and have a picnic. Bring your spirit of adventure and a flashlight to explore our family friendly flashlight maze.

3. New River Corn Maze – The maze is OPEN! The team is excited to start their 6th year of business. The hours are Friday and Saturday 10am to dark and Sunday 1pm – dark. Come enjoy this beautiful weekend getting lost in all the fun at the New River Corn Maze!

4. Family Movies {Now Playing} – Hotel Transylvania 2 3D and Pan at Regal Cinema in Boone and Parkway Theater in West Jefferson

5. Boone’s Heritage Festival – 

When: October 11, 2015; 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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6. 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.