Festivals and Events

Blowing Rock Art in the Park 2023

Blowing Rock Art in the Park is now in its 61st year.  The dates of 2023 Art in the Park are May 20, June 10 , July 15, August 12, September 9, October 1, 2023.  There are only 6 shows a year. The shows are from 10am to 5pm, and…
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Blue Ridge Relay 2023

The Blue Ridge Relay is on September 8 and 19, 2023. The 208 Mile Blue Ridge Relay  is one of the longest running relay races in the United States, takes place in the picturesque Blue Ridge and Black Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Relay consists of…
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 2023

The 67th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be held July 6 – 9, 2023 at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC.  They are the premier Scottish Highland games and gathering of Clans.  Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping,…
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Annual Blood, Sweat and Gears 2023

This years Blood, Sweat and Gears in on June 24, 2023 is sponsored by  KASK. The  Annual Blood Sweat and Gears is a challenging to strenuous  100 mile loop bike ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, North Carolina.  The route…
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Blowing Rock Trout Derby 2023

The Blowing Rock Trout Derby is now in its 43nd year.  The Trout Derby is on April 1, 2023. There are a fish fry hosted by the Blowing Rock Fire Department on Friday night.  All funds go to the Blowing Rock Fire Department.  The Trout Derby is a two day…
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Symphony by the Lake in Blowing Rock 2023

The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort has become a favorite summer event. The dates of the symphony for this year is Friday, July 21, 2023. You can sit by the lake at Chetola Resort in the cool mountain breeze, and watch the swans drift by. Bring a picnic,…
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MerleFest 2023

MerleFest is on April 27 to 30, 2023 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in North Wilkesboro, NC.   MerleFest was founded in 1988 in Memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate “traditional plus” music. MerleFest, which began in 1988, is about the…
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Blowing Rock Winterfest 2023

January 26 – 29, 2023 Join the Village of Blowing Rock as we celebrate the fun side of winter at the  Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest! From the Chili Cook-Off to downtown hayrides, from the icy Polar Plunge to WinterFeast, there’s something for all age groups at Blowing Rock Winterfest. •Shop…
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ASU Home Games 2022

Appalachian State University Football Home Game Schedule 2023 Saturday, September 2           Gardner State Saturday, September 16        East Carolina- Family Weekend Tuesday,  October 10             Coastal Carolina Saturday, October 28             Sourthern Miss Saturday,  November 4 …
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