The Area – High Country – Banner Elk NC

Banner Elk is a historic resort town and place many choose for their second home. Lots of fun events take place in Banner Elk annually, many of which are infamous events that attract thousands upon thousands to the small town. Read on to learn about some of the well known Festivals and Events and plan to visit. If you can’t make the trip up, take a moment and check out the local Cams that display images near many of these local hotspot locations. Also, the Cameras are great resources to check out to watch for weather and traffic during these times.

Woolly Worm Festival

There may be copy cats out there since other communities discovered Banner Elk’s secret fun festival, but Banner Elk NC was the first town to celebrate the uniquely furry Woolly Worm Caterpillar and plan a large-scale family event around the funny looking worm. Every year in autumn, thousands of woolly worms appear and locals and vacationers catch as many as they can in the hopes of taking their worms to the Woolly Worm Races at the Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival. In addition to the fun family atmosphere, the Woolly Worm Festival brings with it great food, interesting and rare crafts, kids games and live entertainment all weekend long! It is a fantastic fall event to attend! If you are looking for Lodging options take a moment and browse for Cabins and Hotels that are near the Woolly Worm Festival. There is also a wealth of Vacation planning information on the site as well; browse for info on Restaurants and great places to shop in town.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is a large annual gathering of Scottish Clans where clans and their descendants, guests, and others come together to celebrate Scottish Gaelic culture. One of the longest running Scottish Clan Gatherings in the United States, this event, which takes place in July, is one of the largest summer events in the area. Taking place over an entire week, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games offers the opportunity to watch some traditional Scottish clan games, sample delicious Scottish fare, and listen to the sounds of the bagpipes and other traditional Scottish instruments. Check out our Grandfather Mountain Cam to see views that surround this majestic peak. Click to find Grandfather Mountain Lodging near Banner Elk North Carolina; we have listings of Cabins near Grandfather Mountain, Bed and Breakfasts, and Hotels.

Banner Elk Summer Concerts in the Park

The Banner Elk Concerts in the Park start in July and run through August. They are free, sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce. Head to the stage behind Bank of America on Highway 194 in Banner Elk Park every Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. to hear some great sounds. There is also a nice dance floor right in front of the stage! You can bring chairs, blankets, and coolers, and food will be available for purchase.

Banner Elk Arts & Mastercrafts Festival

The mountain community of Banner Elk is well known for its history of being a place of inspiration and respite. Many locals have honed their skills or decided to move here to this beautiful location to be rejuvenated and surrounded by others in the arts community. As a result, there is a large arts and crafts community in the region and many local artisans create timeless treasures and Americana art. In July and August of every year, Banner Elk holds a festival where master craftsmen bring their goods to sell and showcase. These prestigious gatherings are juried and held at Banner Elk Elementary School.

Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre

The LMC Summer Theatre program is amazing and features musicals, dramas and other types of performances on two different stages. An award winning and well-noted program, the performances at the Summer Theatre should not be missed. Call 828-898-8709 or 828-898-8721 for information on shows and schedules.

These are just some of the great Festivals and events that take place every year in this quaint resort town. In nearby areas such as Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain, other well known events take place. To find information about events in other nearby areas click to the information on neighboring happenings. Browse the Webcams in our Directory in North Carolina and you will find images that are pointed at numerous shots throughout Banner Elk. We have included a wealth of information on other prominent High Country towns like Boone, Blowing Rock, Ashe County, and places like Little Switzerland and Spruce Pine. Click to find out more!

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