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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 27- Nov 2, 2013 (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 4 & 5, 2013 (first weekend in October each year)
Join us in Blowing Rock for great popular events back-to-back. Local businesses at Friday night's Sunset Stroll on Sunset Drive welcome you with tasty treats, live music and artist receptions. These merchants and galleries extend their hours for the Stroll, which takes place from 5:30-8pm. Art in the Park will take place on Saturday from 10am-5pm. This free juried art show features 90 artists, and is the last show of the season. This year, enjoy a concert by Mountain Home Music on Saturday night at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium at 7:30pm. .
Autumn at Oz - Oct 5& 6, 2013 (first weekend in October each year)
Join 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
23rd Annual Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain - Oct 12 & 13, 2013
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.
Heritage Festival at Hickory Ridge Homestead- Oct 12, 2013
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
36th Annual Woolly Worm Festival - Oct 19 & 20, 2013 (third weekend in October each year)
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 19, 2013 (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 26, 2013 (last Saturday in October each year)
Put 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.