Holidays, Festivals & Events
May – October 2016
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. Stay at the Meadowbrook Inn and walk one block to the Park.
July 26 – 31, August 2 – 7 2016
The Meadowbrook Inn & Suites is a proud supporting hotel of the 92nd Annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show. As a special offer to all Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show judges, participants, show competitors and attendees, we are offering Horse Show-tailored multi-day packages in our spacious accommodations. Please visit our Horse Show page to book your room and for more information.
Watch as equestrians from across the country come together at the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show and showcase their skills in the hunter and jumper events. Many riders and trainers, both professional and amature, have been coming to the horse show for decades and are excited to show off all their hard work and new skills for the judges.
July 29 – 31, 2016
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Over 5,000 square feet of gallery space is transformed into a show-floor filled with furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, silver, art, and more on display from antique dealers along the east coast, from New York City, Atlanta, and everywhere in between.
Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming.
Ensemble Stage is a professional theater located in Blowing Rock, NC, dedicated to culturally enrich the lives of the residents of The High Country and its visitors by providing a broad range of live theatrical presentations of the highest possible quality at an affordable price.
Summer 2016 – Spring 2017
The Performing Arts Series at Appalachian State has a long history of bringing excellent events to the area with the lowest ticket prices imaginable. Events run through Summer to early Spring, and a schedule is available on their website.
August 5, 2016 – 10:30am
Enjoy a champagne reception, fashion show and luncheon at The Blowing Rock Fashion Show’s Mountain Mystique at Blowing Rock Country Club. The festivities begin at 10:30am with lunch to follow at 12:00pm. Valet parking will be available.
September – October
Cheer on the Appalachian State Mountaineers at one of their home games this season. Only a short drive from Meadowbrook Inn, there is no better place to stay!
September 17, 2016
Only a 7 minute drive from the Meadowbrook Inn, this special event has a wide range of music from Americana and Folk to Jazz and Soul. Come enjoy the smooth sounds of live music with friends while enjoying the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
September 24, 2016
The Blowing Rock Fall Classic is a 72 mile bike ride, coming on September 24, 2016. It is part of a Triple Crown of bike rides along with Blood, Sweat & Gears and the Beech Mountain Metric of the High Country Cycling Hat Trick.
October 15 – 16, 2016
Since 1978, the residents of the village nestled between the Carolina’s largest ski resorts have celebrated the coming of the snow season with a Woolly Worm Festival. The Woolly Worm races begin around 9:30 a.m. Each heat consists of 25 worms and races continue all day until the grand final around 4 p.m. The winning worm on Saturday is declared the official winter forecasting agent. The Sunday worm races are for prestige, fun and small prizes. In addition to the Woolly Worm Races, the festival features crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and much more.
October 29th, 2016
• Your kids and their costumes.
• Your flashlights.
• Your camera/phone.
• A chair for parade watching.
• Parents and Grandparents – Bring your costumes, as well!
• Parade Watchers? Wear your orange, black, and fall colors!
The event kicks off at 2pm on Saturday with Air Walks, Games and the Fun House in Memorial Park.
From 4-8pm, hayrides through town will delight all ages!
And then…“The Monster March” showcases costumed kids and their parents (plus pets, bikes, strollers, and wagons) all decked out…and walking down Main Street beginning at 5:45pm. (Children absolutely love being in a parade with their family!) Parade watchers abound for this event! After this 15 minutes of fame, families take their children up and down Main Street to trick-or-treat at our downtown stores marked with balloons!
And just after the Costume Contest, for ages 6-13 (with parents in tow), there is still the Moonlight Scavenger Hunt to be accomplished at our beautiful Broyhill Lake, in the center of the park…close enough to be downtown, dark enough to be just a tiny bit scary (So bring your flashlights.)!
Life is all about making memories, and you will delight in being a part of Halloween in our charming village!
Book your stay at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock!
Walk 1 block to Blowing Rock’s Halloween Festivities
Drive 5 mins. to Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad
Walk across the street to see “Frankenstein” by Ensemble Stage Co.
Give us a call at 828-295-4300 to book your stay.
Make it easy on your children and stay both Friday and Saturday nights. (Our Front Desk is open 24/7.) Staying both nights will allow plenty of time and space to don costumes and makeup for both children and parents. When Saturday’s events end, little ones can swim in Meadowbrook’s indoor pool, or just fall asleep after a long, wonderful, fun-filled day with their very own special family.
The holidays are full of traditions, and one that has always been treasured among visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains is to choose and cut your own tree. Join Meadowbrook Inn this holiday season to create a memorable experience with your family and loved ones with our very special Christmas Tree Package.Book Now
Or call (800) 456-5456 to reserve your package today!
- Cocoa and Cookies on arrival
- Voucher for up to a 7’ tree from Circle C Tree Farms (They will cut and net your tree.)
- Complimentary hot breakfast
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Hours of operation:
- Hayrides (weather permitting)
- Wreaths for sale
- Cocoa and other beverages for sale
- Petting Zoo
828-265-7504 or 828-773-4026
Circle C Tree Farms Address:
313 Will Cook Road, Boone, NC
January 26 – 29, 2017
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!
Easter Weekend at Meadowbrook Inn
April 16, 2017
The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Meadowbrook Inn this year, and guests who stay the night before Easter morning will wake up to an Easter morning surprise! The Easter Bunny will be leaving a basket of goodies for children outside your room containing eggs, candy, a jump rope and sidewalk chalk.
Be sure to bring your camera to get your picture taken at breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9-10am. The package and breakfast are both complimentary, so don’t forget to mention the Easter Bunny Package when you book your reservation. Supplies are limited, so hurry and book now!
To book the complimentary Easter Bunny Package, please call 828-295-4300.
* Complimentary Easter Basket for kids ages 12 and under.
April 20 – 23, 2017
The Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival features wine tasting in downtown Blowing Rock, Fire on the Rock Chef Challenges, the Uncork Festival kick off, wine seminars and cooking classes, and VIP Wine Gala and Vintner’s Dinners. There are many more activities hosted around town.
July 4th weekend
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, games, and fireworks.
Organized by St Mary of The Hills Episcopal Church, the Tour of Homes is a great opportunity to view some charming Blowing Rock homes. All proceeds from the Tour support community projects and area non-profit organizations.
The symphony performance has become a much anticipated summer event. Come see for yourself why people have fallen in love with this experience. You can 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 when a spectacular fireworks display begins.