Weekend Events 10/2-4

Price Lake in FallFall is definitely here and the leaf change is apparent with the color palette of cool yellow-greens, burgandy-reds, and some vibrant oranges getting in the mix. As you drive around town look up and see the mountains,trees and leaves. Daily you’ll be able to see change before your eyes as the leaves “fall” gently to the ground. You can still enjoy the warm Indian Summer days that are turning into crisp, cool nights. So get out this weekend and have fun with your family. When you get home, light up the fireplace, snuggle and can anyone say… S’Mores!!!

Our 1st event celebrates There’s No Place like Beech Mountain’s 16th aAutumn at Oz Beech Mtn. picnnual Autumn at Oz on Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4. The celebration is a reunion of what use to be Beech Mtn’s Land of Oz theme park based on the movie, and its former employees which has expanded into a festival for every-one to enjoy. This year coincides with the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz movie, released in 1939.

The festivities begin with a shuttle or hayride from Beech Mountain to the Enchanted Forest where you’ll hear live music and tour Dorothy’s house along with a mini Oz museum. Kids won’t want to miss the excitement of the magic shows, get their faces painted, and of course visit with all of the characters made famous in the movie. Why not dress up yourselves and participate in the fun…what’s hard is picking who you will be! Will it be Dorothy, the Scarecrow, or maybe it’s the Tinman or the Cowardly Lion. Which ever one you choose, the moral of the story remains a classic, one that can pass down to every generation of having a heart, a brain, and courage.

Autumn at Oz presents  fun, entertainment, and educational value all in one while strolling down the Yellow Brick Road made up of 44,000 actual yellow bricks.  Vendors provide plenty of food, treats, souvenirs and Oz memorabilia, while scenic chairlift rides are available, weather permitting. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm each day and tickets are $15 per person, including discount coupons for nearby Grandfather Mountain and lodging specials on the mountain.For more information, call (800) 468-5506 or visit www.beechmtn.com.

If skipping down the Yellow Brick Road isn’t your cup of tea, why not attend the 3rd annual Fun in the Park day on Saturday, October 3rdTown of Boone logo from 10 am – 2 pm, hosted by the Public Utilities and Works Offices. As part of the Town of Boone’s ongoing commitment to water conservation, recycling and a litter free community, this day of fun is at the Boone Jaycee Park, located on Horn in the West Drive.

The celebration will have 3 giant bounce playhouses and slides, Myrtle the Turtle the Children’s Council RV will be there, along with free reusable grocery totes, balloons, paint sheets, stickers and much more. The giant slide picfirst 50 kids will receive a free T-shirt or aluminum water bottle. This free event is also giving away reusable totes while supplies last, with drawings throughout the day for conservation kits and other door prizes. The year’s Theme is “Green is Keen” and educating  families and kids how to be more aware of recycling and being litter-free. Bring a picnic and enjoy fun with the whole family! For more information, contact the Public Utilities office at 268-6250.

Here’s one more event to mention, the 29th Hickory Ridge Homesteadapplefest_3 Apple Festival will be held Saturday, October 3rd, from 9 am – 4 pm at Horn in the West in Boone. Festivities will include live bluegrass and country music, apple pealing and pie eating contests, craft and food vendors, featured Art of the High Country, air walks, storytelling, apple cider making, basket weaving, face painting, and much more. There is something for everyone so come out and make the most of this weekend. Call 828-264-2120 or visit www.horninthewest.com under “special events” for more info.

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do in the High Country with more coming it seems each week. Let us know about your plans and favorite festivals and events to attend, and make sure to check out Sarah’s page on the local Fall Festivals.


Meet Keri: I have been married for 13 years and between my husband and myself have 5 children and 2 granddaughters. Our babies still at home are our 12 year old twin Tweens, Spencer and Marissa, just starting Middle School and oh so excited that they have Lockers this year! Terry and I have a Wooden Toy Business, Times Past Toys, along with Heavenly Creations Decor, my Home Decor business. Please visit our website at www.timespasttoys.com..


  1. Hardin Park’s fall festival is Friday night, wristbands are $15 for games at the door with music, food and family fun.

    Downtown Boone Art Crawl is also Friday night.

    Also Friday night is Watauga Varsity Football vs. South Caldwell.

    My family had to have a meeting to decide what to do Friday night!

  2. Sara Mason says

    Mountain Pathways is having their fall fest Sunday Oct 4, food, fun, activities, music ect. Come bring the kids for a all around good family time. Located off of Howards Creek rd. 12:00 til 4:00.

  3. Thanks for posting the comments gals! We always love more activities!