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Woolly Worm Festival Banner Elk NC Oct 19-20 2024

Woolly Worm Festival Banner Elk NC Oct 19-20 2024


The 47th Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place in downtown Banner Elk NC.  The event features live music, arts & crafts and food vendors, a children's area featuring inflatables, and of course the famed Woolly Worm waces!  The winning worm receives a $1,000 prize and winter weather predicting rights!


  • Purchase your admission tickets online HERE so you don't have to stand in a long line at the entrance gate!
  • Parking is free, but fills up quickly so bring cash in case you need to pay to park in a fee lot
  • If you are planning on visiting the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis the same day, take NC Hwy 194 between the two festivals to save time
  • Pets are not allowed into the festival
  • Dress in layers. Weather can change quickly in Banner Elk NC.
  • You can bring your own Woolly Worm to race or you can buy one at the festival.  If you look around outside the festival gates, you might find one on the spot
  • If you plan on racing a worm, sign up for a race heat when you first get to the festival so you do not have to wait
  • All visitors are asked to wear a face mask this year for the health and safety of all visitors and volunteers.

For more fall fun, join the Fall Lovers League of the High Country Facebook group HERE!