Fall Festivals of the High Country

    Brushy Mountain Apple Festival – Wilkesboro – October 6, 2018

    The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club’s largest fundraiser but has become one of Wilkes County’s biggest fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. And best of all, it’s FREE!


    Boone Heritage Festival – Boone – October 7, 2018

    Celebrating Appalachian heritage with 18th-century living history demonstrations, craft vendors, music jam sessions, children’s activities, live music, and storytelling. The Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the town of Boone will present the Boone Heritage Festival the second Sunday in October. The festival will be held outdoors in the beautiful wooded setting of the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum.
    The Boone Heritage Festival includes musical performances, storytellers, historical demonstrations from the colonial/Revolutionary time period, vendors, regional crafts, children’s activities, food, and a raffle.
    The focus of the event is Appalachian traditions, history, and heritage as well as contemporary Appalachian life. Admission to the Boone Heritage Festival is free.


    Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest – Banner Elk – October 13 AND 14, 2018

    We’ve got lots of reasons for you to grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen or your dirndl, bring your appreciation for local school-age band music and head to Sugar Mountain Resort Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018. Not only will the Harbour Towne Fest Band provide a festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 28th annual Oktoberfest celebration, the Valle Crucis Middle School band will remind you that you’re still in the good Ole USA. Admission, parking, and shuttle service are free. Rain, shine or snow the festival will go on! For additional information please call 828-898-4521.

    Take in the beautiful fall foliage, cool, comfortable mountain temperatures, and a weekend full of festival activities from 10 am until 5 pm each day. Be sure to bring the kids because the event is for the whole family.

    Valle Country Fair – Valle Crucis – October 20, 2018

    An authentic harvest-season celebration in one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season.

    The Valle Country Fair, always held on the third Saturday in October (Saturday, October 20, 2018), rolls out across a large hay field on the grounds of the Valle Crucis Conference Center on NC Highway 194. Admission is free and parking is available in the adjoining field for $10 per car.

    One-hundred-sixty craft exhibitors set up tents along wide lanes that meander back and forth between a picturesque red barn and a field of sorghum. Bales of hay are stacked in the intersections of these walkways to offer fairgoers places to sit while they ponder which craft booths to visit next. Two stages host entertainment throughout the day. The stage located near the dining tent showcases the best in local bluegrass, country, and gospel music. A second stage located near the Kids’ Activity Area features cloggers, magicians and more.

    Woolly Worm Festival – Banner Elk – October 20 and 21, 2018

    The 41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place the 3rd weekend of October 20 & 21, 2018 in the quaint mountain town of Banner Elk North Carolina. We think it’s the perfect time to share some tips that will make your experience a good one while at the festival and getting to the festival. Admission is $6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children 6-12, Free for 5 and under. Purchase great wares from our handcrafted juried artists from fun items to those for decorating your house with amazing furniture. Who wouldn’t love a nice piece of jewelry or pottery under the Christmas tree? There are inflatables rides, live music, and dance teams… Admission tickets can be purchased online at WoollyWorm.com so there is no need to stand in line unless you want to. Due to a limited number of races, it is important to register to race your worm as soon as you arrive at the festival! Remember, the winning Woolly Worm on Saturday has the esteemed honor of predicting the High Country’s weather and wins a huge pot of $$$. If you are very lucky your Woolly Worm will share it’s $1000.00 cash prize with its owner. Can’t make it to the festival on Saturday – not to worry – we begin the fun again on Sunday from 9am until 4pm. Sunday at 1:00 is the Corporate Woolly Worm Wace. The winning worm wins a trophy and bragging rights for its business. Call the Avery County Chamber at 828-898-5605 for more information. The fun starts Saturday morning at 9am and the woolly worm races begin shortly after with Mr. Woolly Worm and Merryweather leading the fun!

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