The High Country of North Carolina is one of the most popular destinations for lovers of “all things Autumn”. Our close proximity to Charlotte, Raleigh and most major cities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee make it a perfect “dacation” or weekend excursion to check out the fall colors. The roadways and hiking trails come “alive” with what locals and residents call “leaf gawkers” who love the patchwork of awe inspiring colors as much as those of us who are blessed to call Boone “home”.
This time of year there are numerous Boone NC fall events and things to do, such as attending one of the many corn mazes and pumpkin patches or taking an autumn hayride, visiting a local winery or visiting for any number of fall festivals such as the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, the Valle Fair in Valle Crucis or the Leaf Lookers hayrides on Beech Mountain.
Most Notable Fall things to do in Boone NC
The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival takes place this weekend, October 7th in Wilkesboro, which is a short drive nowadays straight down Hwy 421 from Boone. Boone plays host to the Boone Heritage Festival this weekend, October 8th and admission is free and you can celebrate the Appalachian heritage with 18th century living history. See more about that event here> http://www.booneheritagefestival.com/
The Todd New River Festival takes place October 14th. It will take place once again on the banks of the New River at Cook Memorial Park in Todd North Carolina. The New River is thought to be the second oldest river in the word, second only to the Nile River. The festival features live music, raffle drawings, crafts, food, and fun all day with special children’s activities and face painting. Rain or Shine! Here’s more: http://www.exploreboone.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Todd-New-River-Fall-Festival/19795/
The three most popular and attended events this month are the Annual Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest. Sugar Mountain Ski Resort will play host to the area’s best Oktoberfestivities on October 14th-15th. Sugar Mountain’s annual Oktoberfest invites you to bring your lederhosen or dirndl and have fun! Parking, shuttle service, and admission are free for this two-day event. The the Harbour Town Fest Band and the Valle Crucis Middle School Band will provide entertainment, and a wide variety of festival food and crafts will be available for purchase, as well as traditional Spaten beer. Attendees may also purchase a ride on the ski lift to view fall color from the top of the Oma’s Meadow Slope. Oktoberfest lasts from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. both days of the weekend. The festival takes place rain, shine or snow. For additional information, call (828) 898-4521 or visit oktoberfest.skisugar.com/
Then the following weekend falls around the same time that Fall Colors are typically at or just past their peak on October 21st and 22nd when the Woolly Worm Festival takes place. The quirky and light-hearted Woolly Worm Festival is an event that you won’t see anywhere else! Enjoy traditional festival fare like crafts, food vendors, and live music, plus the Woolly Worm Woad Wace. Participants (you can be one, too!) bring to a woolly worm caterpillar to race up a three-foot long string for a chance to win $1,000. The winning worm is used to predict the length of winter, depending on the variation of brown and black stripes. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for children five years of age and younger. It costs $5 to race a worm. Proceeds from the festival go to support children’s charities, small business, and tourism. For more information, call 828-898-5605 or visit www.woollyworm.com
The Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis takes place the same weekend, October 21st. The annual Valle Country Fair is a sure favorite among locals and visitors. Overflowing with food, crafts, music, and family fun, the Fair offers an all-day immersion into all things “fall.” Watch fresh cider being pressed from local apples. Carve a pumpkin, try some brunswick stew, and browse the artisan tents. Tap your toes to some great music, watch traditional dancing, and hear classic tales spun by a master storyteller. Perhaps the best part: the festival usually coincides with peak color for the Valle Crucis area. Vendors donate at least 10 percent of their profits from the day to charity, and the festival is a force for good in the High Country. Admission is free, and parking costs $10 per car, $25 for a small bus or van and $50 for a motorcoach. For more information, contact Holy Cross Church at (828) 963-4609 or visit www.vallecountryfair.org.
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