High Country 2020 4th of July Fireworks

Many 4th of July events are canceled this year, but some events are still a go with new social distancing measures. Please contact us if you know of any other events. Remember to practice social distancing. Stay safe and healthy!

Beech Mountain

Sugar Mountain

July 4, 2020 – A spectacular fireworks show, sponsored by the Village of Sugar Mountain Tourism Development Authority, viewed from Sugar’s 5,300’ peak begins around 9:00 p.m. The Summit Express chairlift runs Saturday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. for mountain-top fireworks viewing. No mountain bikes after 7:00 p.m. Typical Mountain Boys perform at the base lodge from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. and food and beverages are available.

West Jefferson

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Ashe County is moving their 4th of July fireworks show from Ashe Park to 368 Ray Hill Drive – West Jefferson. This location, which is the ridgeline between the water tank and cell tower in West Jefferson, is directly across from Mt. Jefferson Road and actually can be viewed from both the 221 side as well as Main Street West Jefferson. The combination of being both a high vantage point along with the parking capability made this an attractive area for our fireworks. They do ask that everyone please view the show from the safety of their vehicles as this property allows the viewing area to be widespread. The show will begin at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday, July 4, 2020. They will have local law enforcement, fire departments, rescue squad, and parks & rec staff on hand to assist with the traffic and parking. The list of available parking lots includes Ashe County High School, Old Lowes Foods, Wal-Mart, Lowes Hardware, State Farm Insurance, Ashe Civic Center, Skybest Security (Mt. Jefferson Road), Skyline National Bank, Goodwill, Auto Zone, Steve Johnson Auto World, Lifestore Bank (Mt. Jefferson Road), Midway Baptist Church, and Main Street West Jefferson. If you have any questions, please give call at (336) 982-6185.

The Jones House Offers Fall Music Lessons for All Ages

Fall Lessons at the Jones House will start on August 31, with group lessons meeting on Thursdays. If there is enough interest, a group or two may meet on Tuesdays.

Photo Credit: The Jones House

Photo Credit: The Jones House

The fall session is 15 weeks, ending with a recital on December 14. Group classes are 45-minutes long. Thursday groups will start at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30. Tuesday groups (if needed) will start at either 5:30, 6:00, or 6:30.

The cost will be $75 for kids and $125 for adults. Instruments are available to rent for $25 for the 15-week session. Payment will be due in cash or check at the first lesson. There is some financial/scholarship assistance upon request.

The plan is to offer classes from beginner through intermediate levels in fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele.

To register for fall, please email Mark Freed (mark.freed@townofboone.net) the following information:
1. Name of student(s)
2. Age (if under 18)
3. Instrument(s)/class(es) of interest
4. If you are new to the program, please share past experience
5. Do you need a rental instrument?
6. Do you have any time/day constraints or requests?

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

High Country 4th of July

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


July 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


July 2, 2017

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


July 4, 2017

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

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

The Banner Elk Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Day Events in the High Country

School is in session in Watauga County but if you have the day off from your work, we encourage you to attend one of the below Memorial Day events in the High Country.

  1. Happy-Memorial-Day-2Appalachian State University will mark Memorial Day with a ceremony featuring remarks by Eric Gormly, the coordinator of student veteran services at Appalachian.

    Appalachian State University’s ROTC cadre positions the flag during a Memorial Day ceremony. Brent Bingham of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music will serve as the bugler at the university’s May 29 Memorial Day ceremony.  Eric Gormly, coordinator of student veteran services at Appalachian State University, will speak at the university’s 2017 Memorial Day ceremony. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Veterans Memorial, adjacent to the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on campus.

    A reception will follow in the lobby of the Dougherty building. There will be free parking available anywhere on campus. In case of adverse weather, the ceremony will take place in the lobby of the Dougherty building.

  2. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will be honoring veterans and those who have given their lives for our freedom and security of our country. Come out to celebrate as a medley of patriotic music will be played by the Watauga Community Band. There will also be the posting of colors, honored guests, historical spokesman of Memorial Day, service theme songs, playing of taps and retire colors.
    Location: Center Court of the Boone Mall

Ice Skating Rink Opens at Sugar Mountain November 18, 2016

Who is ready for some ice skating fun? Bundle up the family this weekend and head to Sugar Mountain!


Ice Skating will be open…Friday with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20 with sessions at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Sugar Mountain Resort’s 10,000 square foot refrigerated outdoor ice skating rink is located adjacent to parking lot D and the Tubing Park.

Nestled between the ice rink and the tubing park is the Dave Nixon Pro Shop which houses skate rentals, the Sugar Mountain Sports Shop Annex and a Sugar Mountain Resort restaurant. Inside you’ll find a warm, cozy spot to warm up and sip a hot chocolate or indulge in a hearty meal. Browse the Sports Shop Annex for winter apparel, unique Sugar Mountain souvenirs or last minute items such as gloves, ear or neck warmers, hats, and much more!

2016-2017 Rates

Ages 5 & Up Per Session

Per 1 1/2 Hour Session (Weekdays) $16
Per 1 1/2 Hour Session (Weekends & Holidays) $22
School Groups (Weekday, Non-Holiday)$8
3 & 4 Year Olds free with ticketed adult

High Country Weekend Family Events September 16-18, 2016

Hope you are enjoying these summer days. We do need rain for sure, but we will see lots of sunshine until Sunday evening. We have a great list of family events for your enjoyment. Check out all the events and plan your weekend of family fun.


September 16:

1. 2016 Fall Bazaar – Boone United Methodist Church
– 7:30am-6:00pm: The unofficial kick-off of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 30+ years that now thousands attend – in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship. 1/2 price sale starts at 3:00pm

2. Family Movies {Now Playing} –

3. Appalachian State University vs. Miami Pep Rally – 6pm-10:00pm: The event will include food vendors, photo booths, a bouncy house and more for fans of all ages to enjoy throughout the evening. Fans should note that the entire Peacock Parking Lot will be closed for pedestrian traffic only.

4. 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.

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.


September 17:

1. 2016 Fall Bazaar – Boone United Methodist Church – 7:30am-11:00am: The unofficial kick-off of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 30+ years that now thousands attend – in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship. “Bag Sale” starts at 7:30am.

2. 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!”

3. Family Movies {Now Playing} –

4. Michaels Craft Store -Kids Club® Oil Pastel Acorn  – 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.

Oil Pastel Mosaic Acorn - September Kids Club

Oil Pastel Mosaic Acorn – September Kids Club

5. Elk Knob State Park – Come learn about the natural significance of this month and celebrated ancient/modern traditions.  Meet at the park office at 2:00 p.m.

September 18:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Mountain Music Jam at Elk Knob State Park– 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Celebrate Southern Appalachian music with local musicians as they play traditional, Old Time and Bluegrass. All musicians are welcome, so bring your instrument and join in, or enjoy the view and entertainment. Participants will meet at the Outdoor Amphitheater. Sunday, September 18th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All programs are free and open to the public.

3. 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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Schedule of 2016 High Country Vacation Bible Schools



vacation bible school


Church: Blowing Rock First Baptist
Dates: Sunday, June 19 – Thursday, June 23 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

Annual Vacation Bible School for all children from preschool age to those completing 5th grade. More details coming soon! VBS will be Sunday through Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 with a meal at 5:30.

For more info: (828) 295-7715

Church: Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Dates: Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30 (9am – 12:15pm)

Follow Jesus the Light of the World at Cave Quest VBS.

Registration coming soon!


Church: First Presbyterian Church
Dates: Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14 (9am – 12pm)

Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace! Visit Joseph in the prison—or palace—to hear some amazing, true stories about trusting God through the good and bad times! Register now to join our team in Egypt!

Please contact us if you would like your VBS added!

Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment Sale: March 5 – 14, 2016

WeeCycle Spring Sale 2016

Grab your pen or your smart phone. You will want to make note of the Wee-Cycle Spring Children’s Consignment sale. The sale will open at 8:00am on March 5th. Since spring is right around the corner, this is a great time to shop for a new wardrobe for the kids. The clothes are all quality and at great discounted prices. There will be toys, books, equipment, furniture, and so much more!

The sale will be at 1100 East King Street, Boone, NC 28607.

To stay updated with the latest sale information, and to get a sneak peek of the sale items, please “like” Wee-Cycle’s new Facebook page.

FREE Mystery Breakfast Entree Each Tuesday in November

That’s right! Chick-fil-A of Boone is showing appreciation to their great customers once again this month. Each Tuesday, visit the restaurant between the hours of 6:30am-10:00am and receive a free breakfast entree. What will it be? It is a mystery but we know it will be delicious.


Happy November and eat more chikin!

2015 Family Halloween Events in the High Country

It’s Halloween week! We have a full list of family friendly events around the High Country. Have a wonderful fun-filled week. If you would like to have an event added, please leave a comment below. Thank you!


App State University Housing Trick or Treat 

When: October 29, 2015; 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: University Dorms

Mount Vernon Fall Family Festival

When: October 29, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Food, Inflatables, Games and MUCH more!

14th Annual Downtown Boone BOO!

When: October 30, 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


2015 Beech Mountain Haunted Halloween Party

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

Where: Beech Mountain Recreation Center

From ghosts to goblins, spooky games and the first Buckeye Haunted Maze, our family friendly Halloween party will be an enjoyment for all.

Make sure you sign up for the town trick-or-treat. Festivities at Buckeye will follow at 6 pm. Come if you dare!


Halloween at the YMCA in Avery County

When: October 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: The Williams YMCA

FREE for the entire community! We will have bounce house, mini golf, trunk or treat, s’mores, games, cake walk and face painting!


High Gravity Adventures Costume Contest

When: October 30, 31, and November 1

Where: High Gravity Adventures

HGA is family friendly fun (ages 4+) on the high ropes course right beside Tweetsie. Wear your Halloween Costume for a chance to win a 2016 Season Pass!


Halloween Discount at Menchie’s

When: October 31

Where: Menchie’s of Boone


Wear your Halloween costume to Menchies on Halloween and get $1 off your mix!!!


Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain

When: October 31, 10:30am-3:30am

Where: Grandfather Mountain

Celebrate Halloween at Grandfather Mountain!

Activities will include nature programs, Halloween-themed crafts, a costume contest, trick or treating in the animal habitats, an animal enrichment and more!

Programs are included with park admission. Children in costume get in for half price!


Trunk or Treat at Appalachian State University Football Stadium

When: October 31, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Where: Stadium, Justice and Duncan Parking Lots

Celebrate Halloween at the Appalachian State Football Game!

With Saturday’s home game falling on Halloween for the first time in seven years, fans of all ages are invited to participate in a “Trunk or Treat” program while tailgating prior to Saturday’s contest.

Fans of all ages are also welcome to wear their costumes into Kidd Brewer Stadium for Saturday’s game. However, for the safety of all fans, costume accessories that can be used/construed as weapons, projectiles or artificial noisemakers are prohibited from the stadium. Final determination on all items will be at the discretion of stadium security personnel.

Tailgaters that bring treats to distribute to the ghosts, ghouls, goblins and Mountaineers that will be roaming the Stadium, Justice and Duncan lots are asked to please click HERE to download/print a sign to display at their tailgates to show that trunk-or-treaters are welcome.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

When: October 31, 2014; 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!

2015 Trick or Treating at Boone Mall

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

Where: Boone Mall

Families put on your awesome costumes and head over to the Boone Mall. From 5-7 p.m., stop at each store around the mall to Trick or Treat!


Trick or Treat at Boooo-ne UMC

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

Where: Boone United Methodist Church

Are you looking for a place to Trick or Treat in a warm, dry and safe environment? Booooo-ne UMC will be hosting a great night of safe Trick or Treating on October 31 in the Family Life Center from 4:30 to 6:30pm. There will be lots of treats and games including a light dinner for those who want more than candy.


2015 Trunk or Treating in Banner Elk

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

Where: Old Banner Elk School

Banner Elk Trunk or Treat is always held on Halloween Night from 5 to 8 PM.
Costume contest for all goblins and their 4 legged friends.
Join in on the fun by hosting a car truck or SUV.
We will gladly except donations of bags of candy and can good for our food drive.
Get you Spook on!