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!