The North Carolina Mountains Host Many Activities and Events

There are plenty of fun things to see and do all year long in the mountains.

Local Banner Elk Festivals and Events

Woolly Worm Festival
Located at the historic Banner Elk Elementary School across from Banner Elk Café.
155 Orchard Lane Way, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Always the 3rd weekend in October, this event brings 20,000 visitors to the area. Arts and Crafts and Food Vendors on site. Worm Racing all day. Winning worm in final race on last day predicts Winter Weather Forecast. Prizes and lots of fun!

Annual Roasting of the Hog July 4th
Beech Mountain Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
Phone: 828-387-2011

Autumn at Oz
Emerald Mountain
2669 South Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
First Saturday in October at Beech Mountain. Come take a stroll and meet all the Oz characters down the yellow brick road and walk through Dorothy’s house. Come in costume. Face Painting on site.
Phone: 828-387-2000

Mile High Kite Festival
Across from Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce
Beech Mountain, NC
No charge for admission. Free kites given to first 200 children under 12. Bring your own kites or buy one from a vendor. A colorful event on Beech Mountain you won’t want to miss!
Phone: 800-468-5506

Avery County Fair
Heritage Park, Newland, NC
Annual Agricultural and Horticultural Fair

Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival
The Fine Art and Master Crafts Festival welcomes a combination of a very limited number of participants, a clientele which appreciates a fine art only type of show, the proper atmosphere and publicity are the ingredients which makes this an ongoing success every year. Several artists will only be participating in this High Country at this festival! Don’t miss out! Call 828-898-5605 for more information.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Best Highland Games in America celebrating Scottish culture.

1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
Enjoy the two-day Oktoberfest from 10 am until 5 pm in the North Carolina Mountains.  The event features live Bavarian music by the Harbourtown Fest band and a live performance by the Valle Crucis Middle School band, German and American food & beverages; children’s fun center; hay rides; local & regional craft fair; lift rides; winter sports shop sale, lodging specials and much, much more.
Phone: 828-898-4521

Riverwalk Arts Festival
Held in late August along the Riverwalk in downtown Newland, North Carolina. The Arts & Craft Festival features over 30 artists & crafters; live, local entertainment; a variety of food vendors and a Children’s Corner. In keeping with On The Square tradition, the Riverwalk Arts Festival incorporates a variety of fine art and folk arts and crafts, which means there is something for everyone.

Shag at Sugar
Sugar Mountain Golf Course
1054 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
Free Day of Shag Dancing, Beach Music and Lessons. Food Vendors on site.

Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC 28604
2 Day Festival Highlighting Winter Activities for Skiers, Snowboarders, Ice Skaters and Spectators. Live Entertainment, Trick Competitions, Fireworks, Food, Drinks and Live Music as well.

Valle Country Fair
3rd Saturday in October
Valle Crucis Conference Center Grounds
Valle Crucis, NC 28604
This fair coincides with the 1st day of the Woolly Worm Festival. You can find the highest quality of Handmade Crafts here. Food Concessions and Live Entertainment as well. Percentage of proceeds earned goes to charities.

Riverwalk Arts Festival, Newland, NC


Woolly Worm Festival, Banner Elk, NC

Autumn in Oz, Beech Mountain, NC

Scottish Highland Dancers, Grandfather Mountain Games

Oktoberfest, Sugar Mountain Resort

Mile High Kite Festival, Banner Elk

Valle Crucis County Fair, Valle Crucis, NC