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Apple pressing  

Apple pressing at the Valle Country Fair


From Halloween spooks to country fairs, find something for everyone this Fall.

Here is a list of the major fall events in the area. Check our calendar for more events and information, or call the Visitor Center at 1-877-750-4636.

Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train - Sept 26- Nov 1, 2014 (weekends in October each year)

Engineer Casey Bones and his ghostly crew are ready to take visitors for a ride on the frighteningly fun Ghost Train.  Although many attractions are recommended older children and adults, there are shows and attractions for the youngest of guests as well. Kids can also enjoy traditional trick-or-treating throughout the park. It’s safe, scary fun for all ages. Advance tickets are required, separate from daytime admission.



Blowing Rock Fall Weekend - Oct 3 & 4, 2014 (first weekend in October each year)Downtown Blowing Rock

Join us in Blowing Rock for great popular events back-to-back. Enjoy Music on the Lawn at the Inn at Ragged Gardens, 5:30-8pm on Friday, weather permitting. Art in the Park will take place on Saturday from 10am-5pm, rain or shine. This free juried art show features 90 artists, and is the last show of the season.

Autumn at Oz - Oct 4 & 5, 2014 (first weekend in October each year)

Autumn at OzJoin Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and Toto! Once a year, the gates to the theme park open to greet visitors for the Autumn at Oz Festival, where colorful scenes and characters bring the beloved story of the Wizard of Oz to life. The 15th anniversary of Autumn at Oz also features a mini-museum, delectable treats and face painting! Beech Mountain. Call the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce for more information: 828-387-9283 or see www.autumnatoz.com


24th Annual Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain - Oct 11 & 12, 2014

Bring the whole family for a weekend packed with activities! From craft and food vendors to airwalks and games, bratwurst and Oktoberfest Spaten beer to Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear, there really is something for everyone. Free admission and parking!


Boone Heritage Festival at Hickory Ridge Homestead- Oct 12, 2014

This family friendly event includes historical re-enactors, live entertainment, and High Country crafts.  Hickory Ridge Homestead will be open all day with demonstrations. Watauga Farmers Market will be held on the grounds the morning of the event, where a variety of fall produce will be available for purchase. 9am to 4 pm. Boone. Free! www.booneheritagefestival.com

37th Annual Woolly Worm Festival - Oct 18 & 19, 2014 (third weekend in October each year)Woolly worm festival

This is one of the most highly anticipated and well-attended events in the High Country. Woolly Worms are the feature attraction here, when the caterpillars are raced upward on lanes of string in a chase for prize money and public acclaim. The champion woolly worm is examined by festival forecasters who pronounce an official forecast for winter based upon the particular coloration of the victorious caterpillar. Food, Crafts, fun for everyone! Banner Elk.


35th Annual Valle Country Fair - Oct 18, 2014 (third Saturday in October each year)

Enjoy great food, music and crafts at this traditional fair. Watch apples get pressed into cider, and stock up on homemade jam. Don't miss this one! Valle Crucis.


Haunted Horn - to be announced

Walk the spooky, haunted trails at Horn in the West! Admission. Young visitors may choose trick-or-treating at the Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum cabins, greeted by costumed "pioneers." Boone. Call 828-264-2120 (may be a recording- listen to the end for Haunted Horn info) for information.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival - Oct 25, 2014 (last Saturday in October each year)

Monster marchPut on your costume and get ready for the Monster March! Plan for an afternoon of nonstop fun with hay rides, airwalks, games, a scavenger hunt and the Monster March Costume Parade. Prizes awarded for best costumes and scavenger hunt winners. Downtown Blowing Rock. Call 828-295-5222 for details.




Plus, enjoy home football games at Appalachian State University! See our Calendar of Events for more!