Nestled amidst the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, the High Country of North Carolina is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. While its breathtaking landscapes and outdoor activities are undoubtedly a draw, the region also shines bright with its vibrant summer events. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect in and around Boone and Blowing Rock, inviting you to discover a summer filled with entertainment, culture, and community.
A longstanding tradition since 1923, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show is an equestrian extravaganza that blends elegance and athleticism. Held at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, this event draws horse enthusiasts and spectators nationwide. Witness skilled riders competing in various disciplines, including hunter, jumper, and equitation classes. The show’s picturesque backdrop and the palpable spirit of competition make it an unmissable summer event, in which Blue Ridge Mountain Club is a proud sponsor.
The Appalachian Summer Festival, held annually at Appalachian State University in Boone, is a delightful showcase of performing arts. From late June through July, visitors can immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Renowned artists from around the globe grace the stages, leaving audiences spellbound with their talent. The festival also offers educational workshops, seminars, and pre-show lectures, providing a comprehensive arts experience for all ages.
Music on the Lawn is a beloved summer concert series held in downtown Blowing Rock at the Inn at Ragged Gardens. Every Friday evening from late June through September, locals and visitors gather on the lawn with picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy live music performances from talented regional artists. The family-friendly atmosphere, coupled with the melodic tunes and vibrant energy, creates an unforgettable experience that embodies the community spirit of Blowing Rock.
Celebrate Independence Day in style at the Blowing Rock Fourth of July Festival. This lively event features a patriotic parade, live music performances, food vendors, and family-friendly activities. The highlight of the festival is the “Fireworks Extravaganza,” where colorful bursts of light illuminate the night sky, creating a memorable experience for all attendees. Join locals and visitors, alike, in celebrating the spirit of America amidst the scenic beauty of Blowing Rock.
Experience the bounty of the High Country at local Farmers’ Markets, where local farmers, artisans, and producers gather to showcase their goods. Open every Saturday morning from April through November, this vibrant market offers a wide array of fresh produce, locally made crafts, baked goods, and more. Stroll through the bustling stalls, savoring the flavors of the region, and engaging with the friendly vendors who are passionate about their craft.
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Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park is a series of monthly outdoor art shows held from May to October. The event brings together a diverse group of talented artists and craftsmen who display and sell their creations, ranging from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and pottery. The stunning setting of Park Avenue Park, nestled in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock, creates a charming ambiance where visitors can appreciate art and meet the artists behind the masterpieces.
For family-friendly fun, head to Blowing Rock and visit the Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park. This popular attraction offers a blend of thrilling rides, live entertainment, and Wild West adventures. Hop aboard an old-fashioned steam locomotive for a scenic train ride, enjoy live shows featuring cowboys and Native American dancers, and explore the park’s numerous attractions, including a petting zoo, gem mining, and a variety of rides and games.
Craft beer enthusiasts will find their haven at the High Country Beer Fest, an annual event held in Boone. Featuring over 50 breweries from North Carolina and beyond, this festival allows visitors to sample a wide array of craft beers and ciders while enjoying live music and delicious food. The event provides an opportunity to meet brewers, learn about the brewing process, and celebrate the thriving craft beer scene of the High Country.
Every July, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games bring the rich Scottish heritage of the High Country to life. Located near Boone in Linville (about 26 minutes), this renowned event features traditional Scottish games, Celtic music, Highland dancing, and bagpipe competitions. Visitors can witness athletes competing in events like the caber toss and hammer throw while immersing themselves in Scottish culture through music, crafts, and delectable Scottish cuisine.
While not strictly events, the High Country offers a plethora of outdoor activities during the summer months. Explore the miles of trails at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, embark on exhilarating whitewater rafting adventures on the Watauga or New River, or hike to the majestic Grandfather Mountain. These natural wonders provide a scenic backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adrenaline-fueled activities or serene moments surrounded by nature’s beauty.
Boone and Blowing Rock come alive with summer events that cater to all interests. Whether you’re captivated by performing arts, equestrian showcases, live music, local markets, or the creative flair of art exhibitions, this region has something to offer. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, the array of events ensures there’s something for everyone. So pack your bags and join us in celebrating a High Country summer! Blue Ridge Mountain Club provides a number of short term rental options close to all the action. In between the summer festivities, we have many onsite amenities for rental guests to enjoy from UTVs and hiking to world-class dining and mountain-top yoga. We’d love to have you stay with us!