Festivals & Events
ART IN THE PARK
Art in the Park: A series of art and fine handcraft shows featuring juried artisans. Dates for 2013 are: May 18, June 15, July 13, August 10, September 7 and October 5. Held since 1962, Art in the Park now features 100 exhibitors in each of six shows May through October. Work includes: painting (oil, watercolor and acrylic), etching, stained and blown glass, basketry, wood carving and turning, clay, photography, fiber, jewelry and more. See link for current year dates. Shows are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Satellite parking available at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway and Food Lion Shopping Center. Free transportation on a comfortable trolley available to the downtown and art show area available from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
BLOWING ROCK ART & ANTIQUE SHOW
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) presents an annual celebration of Art & Antiques. View and purchase some of the best heirloom-quality furniture, pottery, jewelry, clocks, crystal, silver and more. Featuring selected vendors from throughout the East Coast, the event is open to the public for the entire weekend. One ticket is good for every day of the event.
BLOWING ROCK CHARITY HORSE SHOW
The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show began in 1923. Originally the event lasted for five days, but over the years it has grown to cover a period of three weeks. The show is held at Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve. Steeped in tradition, this event has consistently attracted annual exhibitors from all over the United States and several foreign countries and has the distinction of being recognized as the oldest continuous outdoor horse show in America. All of those associated with the show welcome you to the "Highlight of Blowing Rock's Summer Season." You can enjoy the show from the famous grandstand, from your own special box, or along the rail at the In Gate.
BLOWING ROCK FARMERS MARKET
Join us in Downtown Blowing Rock for the finest in fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers. Every Thursday, May 17 - October 18 (subject to change), rain or shine. 4pm-6pm
BLOWING ROCK TROUT DERBY
Held each year during the first weekend of April, the Blowing Rock Trout Derby celebrates the opening of trout season in the High Country. Event hours begin at dawn on Saturday. There is no entry fee and registration is not required. Just bring your catch to the American Legion to be measured. Trophies will be awarded at 4:30pm on Saturday in five categories: Men, Women, Girls (12-14), Boys (12-14) and Small Fries (11 and under). Any trout caught in NC public waters on Derby days are eligible for prizes. Kids can fish at Broyhill Lake and licenses are not required there. There is a limit of 3 fish per day at Broyhill Lake. Other nearby fishing spots for the Derby include Bass Lake, Trout Lake and the Middle Fork River along 321. Fishing licenses are required to fish in these areas, and NC Wildlife fishing regulations apply. Licenses and bait can be purchased at Village Hardware on Green Street.
BLOWING ROCK WINTERFEST
Join the Village of Blowing Rock as we celebrate the fun side of winter at the Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest! From the Wine Auction and Live Bluegrass, to the Chili Cook-Off, Kid's Activities,and the Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, there's something for everyone! Shop with Blowing Rock Merchants!Dine in our cozy restaurants! Free Hot Chocolate & Hayrides!Free Shuttle Service! FREE SNOW!
BLUE RIDGE WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Join us for a fabulous five-day festival showcasing over 30 wineries from North Carolina, and even more from across the globe. Among the many events are The Grand Wine Tasting, Uncork, wine pairing seminars, cooking classes, and winemaker's dinners.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK AND LIGHTING OF THE TOWN
The Town of Blowing Rock celebrates the holiday season and lights the town! Join in the fun with free entertainment, music, and visits with Santa. The annual Christmas Parade makes its way down Main Street. Then, watch as the Mayor flips the switch for the Main Street wreaths and Town Hall tree!
FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL AND PARADE
Join the Town of Blowing Rock for our annual festival and small-town parade! Held on the weekend closest to Independence Day. Enjoy festivities all weekend long, with free entertainment, music and games. Parade is at 2pm on Saturday.
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AND MONSTER MARCH
Games in Memorial Park, Downtown Trick-or-Treating, Scavenger Hunts, and the much anticipated Monster March mark this fun day. Kids of all ages are invited to dress up in their Halloween best and join us for the afternoon! Held on the Saturday closest to Halloween.
HOMES IN THE VILLAGE
Ten local real estate companies have joined together to present "Homes in the Village". Each month six properties, ranging from small cottages and condos to grand designer homes, will be open for viewing. Open Houses will be hosted from 11:00am until 3:00pm. "Homes in the Village" will have an information booth at the Wallingford and Park Avenue entrance to Art in the Park. Visitors can see photos and information on the featured properties. Maps will be available with the locations for each of the six Open Houses. Directional and Open House signs will further aid in locating the homes. Each home will be hosted by the listing real estate offices. May 18; June 15: July 13; August 10; September 7; and October 5.
MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES
This 50 year tradition continues in spirit and song with town sponsored concerts in the Broyhill Park Gazebo on the Lake. E.J. & Shirl's Farm House, Live! Singers return with great vigor & variety, and the magic of the music.Free to the public. Also available for dinner concerts & very special occasions. Call Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation for details.
MUSIC MOVES MOUNTAINS
Music Moves Mountains presents the Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge on September 14, 2013! Entertainment provided by the Embers and the Tams, with a great Blue Ridge view!
SYMPHONY BY THE LAKE AT CHETOLA
The symphony performance at Chetola Resort is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Come see for yourself why people have fallen in love with this experience. Sit by the lake in the cool mountain breeze, and watch the swans drift by. Bring a picnic, or sample delicious cuisine prepared by Chetola's chef. Immerse yourself in the delightful sounds of the Symphony of the Mountains as the evening slips into night. And the spectacular fireworks, so close, so bright, will take your breath away.
APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
One of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast,* Appalachian State University’s major summer attraction features the finest music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film. Held each July on and around the university campus. Experience the arts at a higher altitude!* Southeast Tourism Society designation
WATAUGA COUNTY CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION.
Representing the Christmas tree and nursery growers within Watauga County. The Association is engaged in promoting the best interests of people engaged in the nursery industry, the betterment of markets for horticultural and environmental plants and related items, promoting research to improve the production, handling, marketing, use and maintenance of horticultural and environmental plants, and advancing the interests of the plant nursery industry. Agricultural Services Center.