The High Country is home to year-round seasonal Boone Events, many that draw visitors from out of state. You can usually find a Parade in Blowing Rock during the major holidays, a music festival when the weather is perfect and Ashe County celebrates the holidays with Christmas in July! You don’t want to miss Blowing Rock Winterfest for some Polar Plunging and the area is well-known for Art and Food Festivals like Art in the Park (May-Oct) and The Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival (April). Boone Music Festivals are a plenty with Merle Fest in Wilkesboro (April) and Music Fest n Sugar Grove (July). And there are the major festivals which draw 20,000+ visitors like the Woolly Worm Festival and the Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain that are must sees for locals and bring in visitors statewide each season. The High Country is truly a year-round destination and the plethora of Events, Parades and Seasonal activities is a testament to that!

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Symphony by the Lake – July

Every year the Blowing Rock Chamber brings in the symphony for a performance at Chetola Resort, a very popular event. Sit by the lake where the cool mountain breeze carries the music. Most bring a picnic or sample what the Chef at Chetola prepares. Fireworks close the night and will take your breath away. Family Activity Blowing Rock.

Blowing Rock Symphony by the Lake

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Savor Blowing Rock: Wine and Food Festival – April

Blowing Rock’s four day festival showcasing over 30 North Carolina Wineries, NC Vineyards and beyond! Wine Tastings, Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge, gala, wine pairing seminars, amateur events, cooking classes, a gallery stroll and winemaker’s dinners. A fabulous time, Festival Blowing Rock in April!

Savor Blowing Rock Wine Festival

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Blowing Rock Winterfest – January

Taking place in January each winter, is Blowing Rock’s Winterfest where the entire Village celebrates the fun side of winter. Expect Live Bluegrass, Wine Auction, Chili Cook-Off, plenty of Family Entertainment Blowing Rock and of course, the Polar Plunge Blowing Rock at Chetola Lake where you will watch people strip down and jump in a lake in the cold of winter! Fun Family Time! Free Hot Chocolate and Hayrides.
Winterfest Blowing Rock Festival

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Blowing Rock Horse Show – June/July

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show began in 1923 and takes place in June and July, for the horse lover in all of us. Originally the event lasted for five days, but over the years it has grown to cover a period of three weeks. The show is held at the L.M. Tate Show Grounds in J.E. Broyhill Park. Attracting visitors and exhibitors from all over and is considered the oldest, continuous outdoor horse show in America.
Blowing Rock Horse Show Equestrian Blowing Rock

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Highland Games – July

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of the Scottish Clans will be celebrating its 57th Games July 12-15, 2012. Located at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC. Traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletic achievement, music and Gaelic culture, set-up by the non-profit with funds going to assist Avery County students’ quest to further their education.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

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Woolly Worm Festival – October

Downtown Banner Elk 28604

The 3rd weekend in October is home to the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. Avery County welcomes 140 food & craft vendors and 23,000 to their community and welcomes you to bring a Wooly Worm to win $1000 and help predict the winter weather! Entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9am. Banner Elk Festival

Woolly Worm Festival Banner Elk

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