High Country Weekend Family Events September 30-October 2, 2016

We are experiencing cooler temperatures in the High Country. The leaves are starting to show their beautiful array of colors. We have a great list of family events for your enjoyment. Check out all the events and plan your weekend of family fun.

tweetsie-in-the-fall

September 30:

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. 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!

5. 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.

6. 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 1:

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. Family Movies {Now Playing}

4. Michaels Craft Store – Kids Club® Mashup Mask designed by Sprout  – 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.

5. App State vs. Georgia State Football Game – The second season begins for Appalachian State (2-2) this weekend as conference play arrives. The Mountaineers practiced briefly on Sunday and had Monday off as preparations begin for Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference opener against Georgia State. Kickoff is at noon on American Sports Network and ESPN3.

6. 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 2:

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. Mushrooms at Elk Knob State Park – Learn a bit about fungi and test your skills on a mushroom hunt with fungi guru Julie Mullis Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm.  Meet at the park office.

4. Fall Colors at Grandfather Mountain State Park – 2:00pm: Did you know you can predict what color leaves the trees will change to during the fall season? When you see trees during the summer months in their lush green stages of growth typically you do not think about what color the leaf will become in the fall. But what if you could? Join Ranger Sicard to learn about the process which makes the trees’ leaves change to the colors they do, and how you can predict what colors you will have where you live.  Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  For more information, please contact us at 828-963-9522 or grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov.

Starting Location: Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway)

5. Sunday Concert in Blowing Rock Park – bring a chair or blanket and enjoy FREE entertainment at the gazebo in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. The American Legion Hall is the backup venue in case of inclement weather. Concerts begin at 4:00pm. Silvio Martinat Swing Band
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High Country Weekend Family Events May 20 – 22, 2016

Happy Weekend! The rain puts a damper on the first part of the weekend, but it is much needed here in the High Country. No worries as the sunshine returns in the afternoon on Saturday. Hope you will enjoy the family events all around the High Country this weekend. Mothers, kick it off with a mom and son date night at Chick-fil-A of Boone. Please see full details below. Have a wonderful family weekend!

chickFilA

May 20:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Hunter’s Heroes Community Carnival and Chicken Dinner – The community dinner/carnival is a family friendly event with jump houses, dunking booths, carnival games, good food, snacks, corn hole, home made desserts, face painting, outdoor games, music, etc… Come out to dunk some local Watauga County Teachers, Blowing Rock Firemen, and Watauga Medics in the dunking booth!

Dinner will be served from 5-8pm (take-out and delivery also available). Adult dinner plates include the famous BBQ Chicken plate with slaw, beans, a mystery side, roll, dessert, and drink. We suggest a $10 donation for adult plates. Child dinner plates include a hot dog, mac and cheese, dessert, and drink. We suggest a $4 donation for child plates.
The annual balloon release will take place at 6:30pm. Each year’s recipient and honoree will be honored by releasing balloons of each year’s color. Baby pink balloons for Peyton Townsend, Purple balloons for Katie Watson, Hot pink balloons for Jenny McCourry, and Orange for this year’s recipient, Leda Winebarger. Make sure you stay to watch this beautiful moment of the night!

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. Mother and Son Date Night at Chick-fil-A of Boone – Mothers and sons, join Chick-fil-A of Boone for an evening of Safari fun and Jump! Airwalks. All you can eat nuggets, fries and beverages, or one Entree Salad of your choice and a beverage. FREE Icedream Bar!
Prices: Kids/adults, ages 11 & up, cost is $10.
Kids, 10 and under, cost is $6.

5. 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 Saturday 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.

May 21:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market – Join the market from 8am to noon. In addition to the areas best selection of local produce, foods, and crafts, there will be live music and cooking demos.

2. Hunter’s Heroes Memorial Run 5K and 10-Miler including Race Celebration Picnic – The 5K/10-mile run begins at 8:30am at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department in Boone, N.C. The race route can be found at www.huntersheroes2013.com

The 5K will be from Watauga County Sheriff’s Office to Boone Police Department and the 10 Mile Run will span from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office to Blowing Rock Police Department/Blowing Rock Town Park. From 10am-2pm there will be music, games, food, and much more for anyone in the community to enjoy! Everything in the park this day is FREE, however donation buckets will be placed around for donations for the food and entertainment.

T-shirts will be sold in the park, as well as other Hunter’s Heroes merchandise! Bring your friends and family for a celebration in the park to honor and remember Travis Gryder and the wonderful fireman, medic, and person he was in the community. Proceeds from this event will benefit a relief fund and scholarship fund in Travis’ name.

3. High Country Kids’ Triathlon – 10AM: 9th annual High Country Kids Triathlon will be held at the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. Swim is in the pool; bike and run on the Greenway Trail. There are 3 age groups and distances: 8&under: swim 50m, bike 1 mile, run 0.5miles; 9-12: swim 100m, bike 3 miles, run 1 mile; and 13-18: swim 200m, bike 4 miles, run 1.5 miles. Relays are also available. Prizes and refreshments follow the race. All proceeds from the race will benefit Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Entry forms are available at the pool or Parks and Rec Dept. or you can register online at: www.active.com. Call Paula Domermuth 828-964-9378 for more info or to volunteer.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. String Art at Michaels – 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.

81007 Kids Club® Framed Foam Yarn Art - May Kids Club

Kids Club® Framed Foam Yarn Art – May Kids Club

 

6. Nature Hike at Elk Knob State Park – 2:00pm: Come hike the Beech Tree Trail with a park ranger and learn a bit about whatever you see and the natural history of the area.

May 22:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

High Country Weekend Family Events April 22-24, 2016

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in the High Country. There are only two more weekends for you to enjoy Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain and Mystery Hill! Have a wonderful family weekend. Check out all the fun family events below:

Chetola Smores Blowing Rock NC

April 22:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Only two more weekends to enjoy Dollar Days! Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Feeding Goats at the Deer Park Zoo

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. Blazing Easels (Children’s Workshop) – 3:00pm – 4:30pm Participants will explore color, design and texture through paint, markers, Cray-pas, collage, found objects and pen. Each week will feature a new activity that will develop skills and allow students to creatively explore the world around them: basic book making, drawing, sculpting with paper and found objects, painting (landscape and still-life), cartooning and more.

All materials are supplied.

 

April 23:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. Make Tissue Paper Tye Die at Michaels – Drop in for Kids Club from 10-noon on Saturday, April 23rd, where your little makers will make tie dye art with tissue paper. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative, craft fun – supplies included!

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 Saturday 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.

April 24:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

 

High Country Weekend Family Events April 8-11, 2016

Spring is taking a nap this weekend. Bundle up and have lots of great family fun! Hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. Check out all the fun family events below:

April 8:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad Opening Weekend – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Feeding Goats at the Deer Park Zoo

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

5. Blazing Easels (Children’s Workshop) – 3:00pm – 4:30pm Participants will explore color, design and texture through paint, markers, Cray-pas, collage, found objects and pen. Each week will feature a new activity that will develop skills and allow students to creatively explore the world around them: basic book making, drawing, sculpting with paper and found objects, painting (landscape and still-life), cartooning and more.

All materials are supplied.

 

April 9:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad Opening Weekend – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. Playhouse BuildFest 2016 – 10-2 at Watauga High School (300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone, NC 28607)

FREE Admission! Food for sale!

Presented by The Children’s Playhouse and the North Carolina Science Festival. There will be a special “soft open” from 9 am to 10 am for kids with special needs.

This FREE event features hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities for kids aged 2-12. There will be all ages activities as well as activities specifically designed for preschool, grades K-3, and grades 4-6. Last year’s Build Fest was enjoyed by 1000 adults and kids and featured 40 hands-on activities and a live physics and chemistry show. Click here to see a slideshow of last year’s event.

5. Family Movies {Now Playing}

6. Make a Butterfly Clip Canvas at Michaels – Drop in for Kids Club from 10-noon on Saturday, April 9th, where your little makers will make a butterfly clip canvas. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative, craft fun – supplies included!

Butterfly Clip Canvas - April Kids Club

Butterfly Clip Canvas – April Kids Club

7. 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 Saturday 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.

8. Elk Knob State Park Statewide Star Party – Join in for the 4th annual Statewide Star Party! Come enjoy the dark skies of Elk Knob. You can use the park’s 8″ Celestron telescope to enhance viewing of celestial objects. If you have a pair of binoculars, please bring them. It is likely to be cold, so dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, we will move inside the park office and use Stellarium so the weather won’t spoil the fun. Meet at the park office at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 828-297-7261.

April 10:

1. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Shake off the winter doldrums and experience Grandfather Mountain for an exceptional price. Throughout the month of April, residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter the park. Proof of residency or employment required.

2. Mystery Hill Dollar Days – Now through April 30th, any NC resident, NC student, or employee of a NC business can visit Mystery Hill for only $2 per  person!

3. Tweetsie Railroad Opening Weekend – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Daily admission is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The park’s daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

4. Family Movies {Now Playing}

 

High Country Weekend Family Events November 27 – November 29

It is Thanksgiving Holiday weekend! The last weekend of November will be celebrated with Blowing Rock’s Christmas in the Park and Parade. ‘Tis the Season! We are grateful for all the families in the High Country that read our posts each week. Our wish is for you all to have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend! See all the family-friendly events below:

operationchristmaschild

November 27:

1. Christmas at Apple Hill Farm  Now through Sunday, December 13, the farm will be offering mini-tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Christmas at Apple Hill FarmSundays from 10am to 4pm.

The farm store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm for all your gift shopping needs.

Join in for a tour of our working alpaca farm where you can meet our alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! After your tour, stop by our farm store to warm up with some homemade hot chocolate while you browse our farm store. You can even pick up a hand-tied wreath or locally grown table top tree.

The Apple Hill Farm Store has been turned into a one-of-a-kind Christmas store with a wide selection of alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, blankets, and teddy bears, as well as a unique collection of locally made gifts and Christmas items for the people on your list.

2. Family Movies {Now Playing}

3. Blowing Rock Christmas in the Park and Tree Lighting (2:00pm-8:00pm)
Memorial Park
Info: 828-295-5222
Santa, hot chocolate, carols, and music! Entertainment in the park and family fun all afternoon. Free!

4. App Ski Mountain Midnight Blast Session: App Ski is open for the season. Special session of Midnight Blast is 5pm – Midnight. The ice skating rink is open. Please click here for slope updates.

5. Chetola Resort Festival of Lights Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, 2015 Horse & Carriage Rides around Chetola Lake 5:30pm-9:30pm Adults: $18 Children 3-12: $11 Children 2 and younger: Free *No pre-reservations will be taken; sign-up for each night’s rides begins at 5pm in Timbers Room on each respective day Santa Visits Chetola!  *Free Festival of Lights Begins Friday, Nov. 27 at dusk

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 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.

November 28:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market is Open! –  9am – 12pm The unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974” will be open through November.

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2. 2015 Beech Mountain Holiday Market – Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Buckeye Recreation’s Holiday Market. We will host a variety of handmade craft vendors and unique items inside our state of the art facility. Come shop and have a merry time!

-Hourly door prizes
-Kid crafts, games, and entertainment (while you shop!)
-Gift wrapping available

Don’t forget to stop by our Angel Tree at the Holiday Market.

3. Christmas at Apple Hill Farm  Friday, November 13 through Sunday, December 13, the farm will be offering mini-tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

The farm store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm for all your gift shopping needs.
Join in for a tour of our working alpaca farm where you can meet our alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! After your tour, stop by our farm store to warm up with some homemade hot chocolate while you browse our farm store. You can even pick up a hand-tied wreath or locally grown table top tree.

The Apple Hill Farm Store has been turned into a one-of-a-kind Christmas store with a wide selection of alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, blankets, and teddy bears, as well as a unique collection of locally made gifts and Christmas items for the people on your list.

4. Blowing Rock Christmas Parade – NOTE New Time: 11:00 a.m. From the color guard to the firetrucks, and all the red and green, bell-clad, singing & dancing, holiday-costumed fun in-between, the Blowing Rock Christmas Parade is a favorite annual event. Don’t miss it- and remember to say hi to Bobbi the Clown, who makes an appearance at all our town parades!

5. Family Movies {Now Playing}

6. Last Home Appalachian State Football Game – The Mountaineers look to wrap up their final home game of the season against UL Lafayette on Black Saturday. The time for the game is TBA and will be announced twelve days prior to the game. Tickets are available online at appstatesports.com. Ticket prices for adults start at $32 and $22 for youth (ages 3-12). For more questions about tickets feel free to call the Athletic Ticket Office at (828) 262-2079.

7. App Ski Mountain Midnight Blast Session: App Ski is open for the season. Special session of Midnight Blast is 5pm – Midnight. The ice skating rink is open. Please click here for slope updates.

November 29:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Christmas at Apple Hill Farm  Friday, November 13 through Sunday, December 13, the farm will be offering mini-tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

The farm store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm for all your gift shopping needs.
Join in for a tour of our working alpaca farm where you can meet our alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! After your tour, stop by our farm store to warm up with some homemade hot chocolate while you browse our farm store. You can even pick up a hand-tied wreath or locally grown table top tree.

The Apple Hill Farm Store has been turned into a one-of-a-kind Christmas store with a wide selection of alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, blankets, and teddy bears, as well as a unique collection of locally made gifts and Christmas items for the people on your list.

 

 

High Country Family Weekend Events October 23-25, 2015

Happy weekend! It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get lost in a corn maze. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather outside with your family. We wish you all a wonderful and happy-filled weekend! See all the family-friendly events below:

Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

October 23

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}

  •  Goose Bumps 3D at Regal Cinema in Boone and Pan at Parkway Theater in West Jefferson

6. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Draw a famous Italian building and make a pop-up card with it.

7. 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.

8. Late Night Climbing at High Gravity Adventures – Your aerial adventure doesn’t have to end just because the sun went down. The fun will last until midnight! Lights will be on the course for these late-night climbing sessions, which will be happening every Friday and Saturday night through October. We have a Ghost Hunt on the course (weekly prize is a free ticket to HGA) and a Costume Contest through the month of October (grand prize is a 2016 season pass to HGA). Come join in for some spooky Halloween fun!

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 24:

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 – Kids 12 and under can set up as vendors to sell their original arts and crafts, plants, produce and flowers they have helped grow.

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. Spooky Duke Race – Parent to Parent invites you to the 5th Annual Spooky Duke Charles R Duke Race for Families. The event takes place Saturday October 254h from 8am until 11:00am at the Raley/Peacock Parking Lot on the ASU campus. Activities include a certified 5K race, a certified 10K race, and a Costume March open to the public, children, dogs and adults alike. Prizes will be awarded to the race winners and for adult, children, and dog costumes. Children’s activities will be available to the public from 8 am to 10:30am. In case of rain, the Costume March and children’s activities will be held indoors. To register or for more information visit: http://parent2parent.appstate.edu/spooky-duke-race or contact Parent to Parent director Kaaren Hayes at 828-262-6089.

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

4. 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.

5. 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!

6. 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.

7. Family Movies {Now Playing}

  •  Goose Bumps 3D at Regal Cinema in Boone and Pan at Parkway Theater in West Jefferson

8. High Country Rec Fest – A free outdoor event that brings together community members of the High Country and promotes healthy living through recreation. Rec Fest offers opportunities to learn a new sport through the mini-clinics and games. Plus, enjoy door prizes, music, and reduced-price climbing tickets.

Location: High Gravity Adventures
215 Tweetsie Railroad Road
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

9. The History of Halloween at Elk Knob State Park – 4:00pm: Warm yourself by a fire as a ranger weaves together the many fascinating tales that make up this modern holiday. Meet at the outdoor amphitheater.

Location: Outdoor Amphitheater

10. 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.

11. Late Night Climbing at High Gravity Adventures – Your aerial adventure doesn’t have to end just because the sun went down. The fun will last until midnight! Lights will be on the course for these late-night climbing sessions, which will be happening every Friday and Saturday night through October. We have a Ghost Hunt on the course (weekly prize is a free ticket to HGA) and a Costume Contest through the month of October (grand prize is a 2016 season pass to HGA). Come join in for some spooky Halloween fun!

 

October 25:

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}

  •  Goose Bumps 3D at Regal Cinema in Boone and Pan at Parkway Theater in West Jefferson

 

5. Campfire Stories (Grandfather Mtn State Park) – Join Ranger Sicard around the campfire to hear “the legend of the Brown Mtn Lights”. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to sit around the campfire in as Ranger Sicard reads “Belinda and the Brown Mountain Lights” an excerpt out of the book Mountain Ghost Stories and curious tales of Western North Carolina by Randy Russell and Janet Barnett. Along with the story we will discuss some of the thoughts behind these lights and why they occur both factitious and scientifically based. This program will be approximately an hour long and outside so please dress for the local weather conditions and bring a chair to sit in. A campfire will be going to warm up around. Weather permitting, special effects will be used during the story. Appropriate for ages 8 and older; children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please not pets.

 

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.

 

High Country Family Weekend Events September 25 – 27, 2015

Happy weekend! Unfortunately, it is going to be a very rainy weekend but we can still make amazing family memories. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend. Check out all the family-friendly events below:

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September 25

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} – Hotel Transylvania 2 3D at Regal Cinema in Boone

6. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Make wind chimes with buttons and old CDs, plus wind spirals from plastic water bottles.

7. International Sports Festival at Appalachian State – Come join in the fun as Appalachian State celebrates the culture of international competitive sports and martial arts from around the world. There will be demonstrations and games. FREE and open to the public.

8. App State Home Soccer Game – Appalachian State University women’s soccer will start its Sun Belt Conference schedule on Friday versus Arkansas State and Sunday against Little Rock. Game times are set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

9. 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.

10. 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.

September 26:

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) Fire Safety Month is coming up in October. Bring your kids into Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build this awesome Fire Truck!

7. Family Movies {Now Playing} – Hotel Transylvania 2 3D at Regal Cinema in Boone

8. Fall Festival at First Baptist Blowing Rock – 12:00pm till 4:00pm: Bounce Houses, Dunking Booth, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Funnel Cakes, Cake Walk, TWIST THE BALLOON MAN, Amazing Face painting by Bryony Renouf, Frito Pie, Games and Prizes- Tons of fun for the WHOLE family!

9. 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.

 

September 27:

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 at Regal Cinema in Boone

5. Mountain Pathways Montessori School’s Autumnfest – (12:00pm – 4:00pm) Admission to the festival is free. Mountain Pathways is located at 453 Howards Creek Road in Boone, NC.  For more information, please contact 828.262.5787 or mpathways@gmail.com.

The festival will have activities for all ages including inflatables, hayride, games, pony rides, cakewalks, plus bbq and other tasty treats. A live Auction at festival begins at 2:30 pm. Autumnfest is an annual event to support the educational efforts of this non-profit school.

6. Restoration of Blowing Rock’s First Fire Truck – (4:00pm) Free family-friendly event with refreshments and fire hats for the children.

This event is made possible by the partnership of the Blowing Rock Historical Society, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, The Town of Blowing Rock and the Blowing Rock Fire Department.

7. 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.

 

High Country Family Weekend Events September 18 – 20, 2015

Happy weekend! It’s going to be a beautiful weekend. The last official weekend of summer brings us five golf ball days as seen on RaysWeather.com. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend. Check out all the family-friendly events below:

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September 18

1. Fall Bazaar – Boone United Methodist Church – Located at 471 New Market Blvd, Boone, NC will hold its 31st annual Fall Bazaar Friday, September 18th 7:30am – 6:00pm, and Saturday, September 19th, 7:30am – 11:00am. A Silent Auction will accept bids on Friday until 6:00pm. The famous “BAG” sale will begin on Saturday.

Features include yard sale items, furniture, clothing, baked goods, etc. An Old Fashion Country Breakfast will be served on Friday morning, and muffins available on Saturday morning. This year our Friday Lunch will be a benefit Grace Academy.

Proceeds from the largest recycling event in the High Country will benefit the church building fund and missions. www.booneumc.org 828-264-6090

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

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. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Use two different techniques to paint watercolor wildflowers.

6. App State Home Field Hockey Gamethe first regular season home game for the Mountaineers Field Hockey team. the game is against James Madison University and will start at 3:00pm.

7. Family Movie Night at App State – Jurassic World (7:00 pm and 9:30 pm) Popular series at I.G. Greer are $1.00 in advance at PSU Ticket Center located at the PSU Information Center (cash, App Express, & credit cards accepted) and $2.00 at the door (cash only).

8. 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.

September 19:

1. Fall Bazaar – Boone United Methodist Church – Located at 471 New Market Blvd, Boone, NC will hold its 31st annual Fall Bazaar Saturday, September 19th, 7:30am – 11:00am. The famous “BAG” sale will begin on Saturday.

Features include yard sale items, furniture, clothing, baked goods, etc. An Old Fashion Country Breakfast will be served on Friday morning, and muffins available on Saturday morning. This year our Friday Lunch will be a benefit Grace Academy.

Proceeds from the largest recycling event in the High Country will benefit the church building fund and missions. www.booneumc.org 828-264-6090

2. Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k & Blue Ridge Pediatrics 1 Mile Kids Fun Run – Join the 16th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatric Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. Held on some of the most beautiful roads in the High Country, you will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views. After the race, enjoy post race beer sampling, Stick Boy Bakery snacks and awards.

The event benefits Blue Ridge Conservancy’s work with willing landowners and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

3. 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

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

5. 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!

6. 45th Annual Girl Scout Day at Grandfather Mountain – All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership. Discount admission for other family members. Staff naturalists provide free nature programs throughout the day.

7. 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.

8. Family Movie Night at App State – Jurassic World (7:00 pm and 9:30 pm) Popular series at I.G. Greer are $1.00 in advance at PSU Ticket Center located at the PSU Information Center (cash, App Express, & credit cards accepted) and $2.00 at the door (cash only).

9. International Observe the Moon Night at Elk Knob State Park – 7:30pm: People all over the world are encouraged to view the moon on this date. It will be close to a quarter moon, the perfect time to view the moon through a telescope. Join us at Elk Knob as we participate in some astronomy related activities and view the moon through our telescope. Dress appropriately for the weather keeping in mind that it may be 10 degrees cooler here at Elk Knob than in surrounding communities.

September 20:

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

2. 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!

3. 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.

 

High Country Family Weekend Events September 11 – 13

Happy weekend! We are getting a real taste of fall this weekend. You may be interested in visiting the county fair in Avery County, watching a movie, or enjoying an outdoor concert. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled weekend. Check out all the family-friendly events below:

Photo Credit: Tweetsie Railroad

Photo Credit: Tweetsie Railroad

September 11:

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

2. 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.

3. Blazing Art Workshop – 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Children’s art workshop at Appalachian State University. Use two different techniques to paint watercolor wildflowers.

4. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Strictly Strings. Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

5. Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair – There will be Pig Wrangling, Petting Zoo, Cupcake Wars, Mechanical Bull, Heritage displays and demonstrations that include a cider press, soap making, candle making. A garden tractor pull will be on Saturday.

Food vendors will be available with a variety of options.

Gate Dates and Times: Friday 5:00pm
Saturday at 9:00 am
Rides will open on Friday at 6:00pm
Rides will open on Saturday at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Ride bracelets available daily! Saturday 1 to 5pm and 6 to 10:00pm
Bracelets are $15.00

6. Music in the Valle7:00pm The last “Music in the Valle” Concert Series of the season! Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the park per person is recommended. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food generally is not available for sale.

7. University of Zululand Choir members to perform at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone – he choir sings a variety of compositions, from Afro gospel, jazz and soul to traditional, indigenous music and opera. They are winners of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 National Champions in Arts and Culture choir competitions, and hold additional honors.

8. 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.

September 12:

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. Grandfather Mountain Kidfest – A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. All activities included with park admission.

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. Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day – Enjoy a day filled with live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and FOOD! Please bring a dish of food to share and join us between 11 am and 3 pm for our 11th Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO, Inc.). Enjoy a day of cultural heritage and pride. Please note that if you are interested in participating in the potluck, you should bring a dish of food to share and plan to be at the park by noon.

6. Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair – There will be Pig Wrangling, Petting Zoo, Cupcake Wars, Mechanical Bull, Heritage displays and demonstrations that include a cider press, soap making, candle making. A garden tractor pull will be on Saturday.

Food vendors will be available with a variety of options.

Gate Dates and Times: Saturday at 9:00 am
Rides will open on Saturday at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Ride bracelets available daily! Saturday 1 to 5pm and 6 to 10:00pm
Bracelets are $15.00

7. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – “(It’s a celebration surprise!)”! The movie starts at dusk. Check in at the office to purchase your car parking pass! Only $5.00 a car load, so load em up!

September 13:

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

2. Sunday Concert in the Park (Blowing Rock)  – Silvio Martinet Swing Band: bring a chair or blanket and enjoy FREE entertainment at the gazebo in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock. The American Legion Hall is the backup venue in case of inclement weather. Concerts begin at 4:00pm.

3. 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.