Festivals & Events
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. Next Year’s festival will be from April 10-13, 2014.
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 annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is the premier Scottish Highland tournament and gathering of Scottish Clans. The event’s mission is to foster and restore interest in the traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletic achievement, music and Gaelic culture.
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, games, and fireworks.
Appalachian State University’s major summer attraction features the finest in music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film. It’s held each July on and around the university campus. Check their website for the schedule.
Phone: 828-262-6084 ext. 103
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 from Fall through Spring, and a schedule is available on their website.
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.
The show is scheduled in 3 week-long events held at the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve. The Saddlebred Show is being held June 6 – 9, 2013, Hunter Jumper Show I is July 23- July 28, 2013 and Hunter/Jumper II is July 30 to August 4, 2013. 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.
Meadowbrook Inn – Friday & Saturday Beach Blast Special (September 13 & 14, 2013)
The Beach Blast Special includes:
- Rates as low as $159
- Room includes Hot Breakfast
- Welcome Reception 3:30-5:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday
- Tanger Outlet Coupon Book voucher for each shopper
- Noon checkout on Sunday
- Map to the Blue Ridge Mountain Club.
Available for an additional fee for your arrival:
- Wine, Champagne
- Chocolate Strawberries
- Fruit and Cheese Tray
Please call 828-733-1333 to book this great deal!
Halloween Festival and Monster March
The Halloween Festival and Monster March is located downtown Blowing Rock. This festival consists of Monster March parade of the children down Main St., trick or treat on Main St., and many more activities. The festival ends with a bonfire in Memorial Park.
The Mountain Thanksgiving Celebration
Reservations: 828-295-4300 or 800-456-5456
Seatings: 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Prices: Adults 12 & up: $29 Ages 5-11: $12 Ages 4 & under: FREE
(Price includes coffee and tea. 20% tax and gratuity will be added. Reservations are pre-paid and non-refundable.)
Attire: Business casual, casual
All ABC permits.
Click here to see the Thanksgiving Menu.
The Mountain Thanksgiving Celebration returns to the Meadowbrook Inn this year. The casual atmosphere, live music and warmth of our stone fireplace provide a great way to relax and enjoy the holiday with your family. We’ll do all the cooking and cleanup so you can focus on what’s truly important during the holidays—quality time with the people you love.
Our award-winning Executive Chef, Jay Nolan; Sous Chef Robert Strange; and their culinary team cook for days to prepare turkey, home baked breads and desserts, and lavish food displays that coordinate with show-stopping tablescapes designed by our Banquet Manager Aaron Taka. Pumpkins, silver candelabra, fall leaves and flowers grace the buffet lines and guests’ tables. We set each table just so, so that when friends and family walk in the door, it feels like the holidays!
This year’s menu offers all of Grandma’s traditional Thanksgiving foods including ham, Tom Turkey, roast beef, shrimp and grits, and your favorite side dishes. If you’d like to eat lighter this year, we’ve added a Snackers’ Bar. For kids of all ages, we’ve added a colorful and fun Hot Chocolate and Cider Bar. Our Lounge will be open with all ABC permits and ready to serve everyone’s favorites (including the ever-popular Shirley Temple for children).
Christmas Carol Supper
Christmas Carol Supper
Be sure to get your tickets for Meadowbrook Inn’s Christmas Carol Supper (on the Friday following Thanksgiving) with sing-alongs, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and (everyone’s favorite!) Turkey Day Leftovers! This early supper event runs 4:30pm to 6:30pm to coordinate with Blowing Rock’s beautiful Christmas in the Park and our “Lighting of the Town” celebration at 5:30pm. Call 828-295-4300 now to book your reservation. Bring the whole family and sing along!
Friday, Nov. 29 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Adults: $13 – Children $7
Light Dinner Buffet
Mountain Holiday Décor
Live Music with Christmas Carol Sing-Along
Winter Fashions Show
Friday, January 24th, 2014 – 11:00am
$25 for lunch and a wonderful fashion show of winter and spring wear from the ladies shops in the village. What a great time to spend with the girls! Call the Blowing Rock Chamber for tickets 828.295.7851.
Fire & Ice Cocktail Party
Saturday January 25th, 2014 – 5:30 – 7:30pm
Meet up with friends to enjoy a roaring fire, ice and vodkas, models in furs, and an array of diamonds for sale at the Fire & Ice Cocktail Party. Come help raise funds and awareness for Operation Round Up, a foundation to assist people with furnace repairs and weatherization. 10% of fur and jewelry sales, 30% of the ticket price, and 100% of raffle proceeds go directly to this charity. Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Attire is completely your choice—and weather dependent. Call 828-295-4300 to purchase your Tickets, or book your Room and Ticket Package by clicking Here. Come share the warmth!
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!