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High Country Labor Day Getaway


High Country Labor Day Getaway

Celebrate the unofficial "end of summer" in the NC Mountains!  We have plenty of outdoor activities and events happening Labor Day weekend.  Need a place to stay?  View our listings HERE or call us for our personal recommendations at 828-264-1299. Here is our list of top picks:

LABOR DAY WEEK(END) EVENTS

BLOWING ROCK ARTISAN MARKET
September 3-4, 10-5pm, Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock
Located throughout the beautiful courtyard, Tanger's Art Walk will feature several of the high country's very own local artisans showcasing their unique handcrafted goods

LABOR DAY BLOCK PARTY
September 3-6, 11-4pm, Tanger Outlets, Blowing Rock
The weekend event will feature four days of sidewalk sales, live entertainment on center stage, courtyard firepit and games, picnic blankets, kids chalk art, baby dino petting and Mookies Kettle Korn!! 

FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL             
September 3, 5pm, Downtown Boone
Check out the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street, as well as the Mazie Jones Gallery in the Jones House Community Center. Art exhibits and wine tastings are in various downtown shops and restaurants.

JONES HOUSE CONCERTS             
September 3, 5pm, Jones House Community Center, Downtown Boone
Concerts are free and open to the public. Just bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Free parking in downtown after 5:00pm!
This week: Mary Greene & Cecil Garganus, Zoe & Cloyd

MUSIC ON THE LAWN             
September 3, 5:30-8:30pm, Inn at Ragged Gardens, Blowing Rock
Enjoy classic country, blues, bluegrass, and other genres in an always-changing lineup. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

ROGER MCGUINN
September 3, 7:30pm, Appalachian Theatre, Downtown Boone
As the founder of The Byrds, McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12 string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like Turn, Turn, Turn and Mr. Tambourine Man, Roger McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history. Tickets are $35 per person.

BOONE FARMERS MARKET
September 4: 8-12, Horn in the West, Boone
Features a wide array of vendors offering fresh produce, meats, cheeses, breads and pastries, crafts, potted plants, fresh cut flowers and more! Live music, food trucks, and a special kids farmers market in place also.

ASHE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET             
September 4, 8am-1pm, Backstreet, West Jefferson
Find plenty of fresh veggies, leafy greens, berries, eggs, honey, homemade granola, teas, sourdough bread, amish friendship breads, goat cheese, dairy milk, kruegers, Russian tea balls, lamb, beef, pork and chicken. Also find handmade crafts such as birdhouses, cutting boards, pottery, alpaca goodies, jewelry, and soaps. We also have shrubbery, fresh cut flowers, and herbs.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE         
Saturdays, 10-5pm, Edgewood Cottage, Blowing Rock
Visit the gallery inside Edgewood Cottage, see free art shows, and purchase pieces directly from the artists.

ART ON THE GREENE         
September 4-5, 10-5pm, Historic Banner Elk School, Banner Elk
National and regional artists will have their works displayed and available for purchase. 

MILE HIGH KITE FESTIVAL
September 4-5, 11-4, Kite Field, Beech Mountain
Fly a kite, enjoy food, craft and kite vendors as well as a DJ. Free Kites (for children 12 and under) to decorate and fly (while supplies last).

STREET DANCE     
September 4, 6-8pm, Visitor Center Parking Lot, Beech Mountain
Join us for the ever-popular summer street dances on Beech Mountain, featuring DJ Frank Steele. It is free and fun for all ages.

ROCKFEST         
September 4, 9am-8pm, Emerald Village, Little Switzerland
Enjoy special activities such as a kids treasure hunt, free guided hikes to old mines, music, food and craft vendors, as well as mine tours, gem mining, gold panning, and free exhibits. Nighttime Blacklight Mine Tour as well!

BLUE RIDGE MIDNIGHT RUNNERS CRUISE-IN         
September 4, 3pm- until, Sparta
Family Friendly Event All cars, trucks and bikes welcome

SUNDAY CONCERTS             
September 5, 5-8pm, Beech Alpen Inn, Beech Mountain
Enjoy Swing Set Big Band (Swing, Jazz, Standards) on the lawn. Some chairs available or bring your own

MUSIC ON THE VERANDA             
September 5, 5-8pm, Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock
Enjoy live music on the covered veranda of the historic Green Park Inn. Some chairs available or bring your own

 

LONG WEEKEND ACTIVITY IDEAS

  • Social Distancing Day Trips
    View our webpage featuring day trips to some of our favorite small mountain towns HERE

  • Canoe the New River
    Take advantage of the last long days of summer and hit the river!  View the local wildlife, pick some wildflowers or cool off with a dip in the fresh mountain water.  View a list of outfitters HERE

  •  Visit a Waterfall
    From roadside waterfalls to 3 mile destination hikes, we have a waterfall for you to visit!  View a list of area waterfalls HERE

  • Have a Picnic
    Nothing says summer like a picnic!  Check out our list of Top 5 Picnic spots (and remember to pick up some treats at the farmers market) HERE