Events & Festivals in the High Country

July 11-14, 2024

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Linville, NC

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games held each July in Linville, NC, is a four-day celebration of Scottish heritage featuring traditional athletic competitions like caber tossing, piping and drumming, dancing, and sheep herding demonstrations. Visitors can enjoy clan gatherings, live Celtic music, cultural exhibits, and Scottish food and merchandise vendors, all set against the stunning backdrop of Grandfather Mountain. For more details, visit Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
July 27, 2024


Wilkseboro, NC

The Brushy Mountain Peach and Heritage Festival in Wilkesboro, NC, will be held on July 27, 2024, with a pre-festival “Peach Party” on July 26, 2024, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This festival celebrates local culture with home-grown peaches, crafts, live music, and food vendors. For more details, visit Brushy Mountain Peach and Heritage Festival.

Summer, 2024

Appalachian Summer Festival

Boone, NC

An Appalachian Summer Festival, held in June and July 2024 in Boone, NC, offers many different performances, including classical music, dance, theater, film, and visual arts. Hosted by Appalachian State University, the festival features concerts, ballet, contemporary dance, and interactive arts experiences, providing entertainment and enrichment for all ages. For more details, visit An Appalachian Summer Festival.

August 3, 2024


Beech Mountain, NC

The 40th Annual Crafts on the Green in Beech Mountain, NC, will be held on August 3, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event features over 30 local and regional artisans showcasing handmade crafts, live music, and food vendors at Fred’s General Mercantile. For more details, visit Beech Mountain Crafts on the Green.

August 24, 2024

High Country Beerfest

Boone, NC

The High Country Beer Fest in Boone, NC, is an annual celebration held in late summer, featuring over 150 craft beers from local and regional breweries. Attendees can enjoy live music, food trucks, and educational seminars on brewing and beer appreciation. It’s a must-visit event for beer enthusiasts and those looking to experience the vibrant beer culture of the High Country. For more details, visit High Country Beer Fest.

September 4-7, 2024

Antlers & Acorns: The Boone Songwriters Festival

Boone, NC

The Antlers & Acorns: The Boone Songwriters Festival in Boone, NC, runs from September 4-7, 2024. This event brings together renowned songwriters for live performances, workshops, and storytelling sessions across various venues in downtown Boone. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the art of songwriting in a picturesque mountain setting. For more details, visit Antlers & Acorns Festival Facebook page.

September 13-14, 2024


West Jefferson, NC

Stomp and Brew in West Jefferson, NC, will be held on September 13-14, 2024. This festival celebrates craft beer, wine, cider, and mead with tastings from regional producers, live music, food vendors, and more. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy local flavors and support the “Shoes for Kids” charity. For more details, visit Stomp and Brew.

September 20-21, 2024


West Jefferson, NC

The Olde Time Antiques and Collectibles Fair in West Jefferson, NC, will be held on September 20-21, 2024. This event features a variety of vendors offering antiques, collectibles, and primitives, along with food vendors and live entertainment, set in the charming streets of historic downtown West Jefferson. For more details, visit West Jefferson Antiques Fair.

October 19-20, 2024

Wooly Worm Festival

Banner Elk, NC

The Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC, is a beloved annual event held in October, celebrating the folklore of the woolly worm’s winter weather predictions. The festival features woolly worm races, live entertainment, food vendors, and craft booths, attracting thousands of visitors for a fun-filled family weekend. For more details, visit Woolly Worm Festival.

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