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.
The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts features more than 150 events that offer a diverse mix of music, dance and theatre performances throughout the year. The Schaefer Center is dedicated to enhancing the rich artistic and cultural landscape of Appalachian State University and the surrounding region by providing a venue devoted to events that enrich, educate, inspire, and promote quality of life. Concessions are available at all major events and can be brought into the theatre.
Ensemble Stage is a professional theater located just across the street from the Meadowbrook Inn, and is 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.
August 27 & 28, 2016
A unique weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie, the ET&WNC Railroad, and mountain culture. Enjoy traditional dance and craft demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Touring Program on Saturday. Cherokee Dance Shows at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
August 13 – November 19
BRAHM is excited to announce the opening of “Elizabeth Bradford: Time + Terrain”, curated by Carla Hanzal. The exhibition will be on view from August 13 to November 19, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and live music as they experience the works on display.
September – November
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! Book early–football weekends sell out! Book directly through the hotel for best rates, or call 828.295.4300 to get the best accommodations for you and your group.
September 9, 10 & 11
Each year, the festival offers many activities, food, drink, and sights to enhance the Land of Oz journey. Experience the recreation of Dorothy’s trip from her farm in Kansas, through the twister and down the yellow brick road to Oz. Along your journey, you will meet many of the vibrant characters that made the novel and the movie timeless.
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. Festival held at The Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction.
September 24, 2016
The Blowing Rock Fall Classic is a 72 mile bike ride that begins just two blocks from the Meadowbrook Inn. 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.
Stay at the Meadowbrook Inn while cycling in the area and get info on what the family can do while you cycle. Call 828.295.4300 to get help on bringing a cycling group to Blowing Rock.
September – November 2016
Life is all about making memories, and you will delight in being a part of Fall and Halloween season 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
- Drive 7 mins. for fall vistas on the Blue Ridge Parkway
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.
Friday & Saturday Nights
September – October 2016
Ready for a scary good time? Head to Tweetsie Railroad for a ride aboard their Ghost Train. Your $36 admission includes all the nighttime events in the park including a ride on the Ghost Train, Trick-or-Treating for the kids, Haunted House, Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular, the rides in the Creepy Carnival, and the attractions in “The Boneyard” section, featuring the Black Hole, 3-D maze, and the “Freaky Forest.”
October 15, 2016
The Valle Country Fair offers lots of distractions for every member of the family. There is an activity area where folks can play games, carve pumpkins and busy their hands with arts and crafts. Other diversions include visiting with live alpacas, face painting and laughing at the absurd yarns spun by old-time mountain storytellers. Two stages are set up to provide musical entertainment throughout the day.
October 15 – 16, 2016
Since 1978, the residents of the village of Banner Elk have celebrated the coming of the snow season with a Woolly Worm Festival. Today, more than 15,000 guests attend the festival, which features Appalachian crafts, food vendors, and live entertainment – as well as the worm races! 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 $1,000 winning worm on Saturday is declared the official winter forecasting agent. The Sunday worm races are for prestige, fun and small prizes.
October 29th, 2016
All events are free! Join us in Blowing Rock for some family-friendly fun all afternoon!
For More Information Call 828-295-5222
Or Visit www.townofblowingrock.com
Looking for more Halloween fun? See our Family Fun Halloween page with listings for other local celebrations!
Spooky Stories and Creepy Crafts at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Air walks in Memorial Park
Games & a Fun House in the Recreation Center for the Kids
Hay Rides through Blowing Rock
4:00pm-8:00pm (Meet in Memorial Park)
The Monster March
Line up at the American Legion at 5:30p.m. Parade at 5:45p.m.
Trick or Treat Downtown Blowing Rock
6:00pm-until (Look for the black and orange balloons)
7:00pm (Sign up at the Recreation Center by 6:45p.m.)
Location: Recreation Center (White Building by the Tennis Courts)
Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Lake
BEGINS After Costume Contest
Bring your flashlight!!! (ages 6-13)
Participate in teams (max: 3 per group)
November 25, 2016
Blowing Rock’s Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town celebration is an annual holiday event that you are sure to love. Join us for free hot chocolate, caroling, and visits with Santa. The festival is always the Friday after Thanksgiving, and is the perfect time to kick off your holiday and Christmas celebrating! Bring the whole family, or enjoy the romance of the lights and fun, jovial atmosphere with your partner.
November 26, 2016
Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving
Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Be present at 10 AM for the best selection of wood fired items such as Santas, and other face jugs, swirl vases, pitchers, candlesticks, and more, just in time for Christmas. Food will be served, Free admission, bring chairs, no coolers, pets, or alcohol.
November 26, 2016
From the color guard to the firetrucks, and all the red and green, bell-clad, singing & dancing, holiday-costumed fun in-between, the Blowing Rock Christmas Parade is a favorite annual event. Always held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it draws lots of people to enjoy the show. Don’t miss it- and remember to say hi to Bobbi the Clown, who makes an appearance at all our town parades!
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
December 31, 2016
Join the Village of Blowing Rock at Appalachian Ski for New Year’s Eve and ring in 2017 in style! Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more!
Ski until 11:30pm!
Moonlight ice skating from 10 pm to midnight.
Festive Restaurant Specials also available from 5pm to midnight.
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!
Blowing Rock retailers join forces to bring you the finest ladies apparel and accessories during the WinterFest WinterFashion Show. The newest winter and spring fashions will be featured from the area’s top retail stores including Doncaster, Monkees, TazMaRaz, Almost Rodeo Drive, Celeste’s, JW Tweeds, Take Heart, Sister Act and Sunset Tee’s and Hattery. Doors open at 11:00 with a cash bar available. The runway opens at 11:30 followed by a”Winter Warming” lunch. Yummy! Spring Trends is the topic – come find out what you need in your closet!
February 14th, 2017
Celebrate your love and Valentine’s Day in Blowing Rock by booking a room or suite at the Meadowbrook Inn! Rooms with Whirlpool Tubs and Fireplaces get reserved quickly, so please book early! Or reserve one of our rooms with a pool that’s private to your room! Check out our Romance Package! Or order your favorite wine, beer or champagne to be in your room on arrival – or maybe chocolate strawberries or a fruit and cheese tray. (We’ll hook you up with a florist who can take care of that special order for you – easy!)
Note: Please make advance dinner reservations a part of your trip planning. Go to OpenTable.com, or give us a call at 828-295-4300 for assistance and recommendations
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
SAVOR, Blowing Rock’s Wine, Beer, and Food Festival, features classes and seminars, The Grand Tasting in downtown Blowing Rock, live entertainment, Vintners’ Dinners, Wine Down Shopping Festival, Restaurant Showcase, 5K Run and Reserve Tasting.
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.
July 6-9 2017
The 62nd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans brings the color of hundreds of tartan plaids and the clamor of half a dozen bagpipe bands to the North Carolina High Country.
The Grandfather Games are considered America’s grandest Games because of the spectacular mountain setting that is so reminiscent of Scotland.
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.
July 28 – 30 2017
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.
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.
July – August 2017
The Meadowbrook Inn & Suites is a proud supporting hotel of the 94th 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 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 amateur, 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.
Click here for more information about Blowing Rock Horses.