Have you already visited your local pumpkin patch and ran through a corn maze this month? Then you are probably ready for something new and different to celebrate Halloween 2016. Check out the Haunting of Hickory Ridge event on October 29th at the Hickory Ridge Museum. This unique evening is an opportunity to travel back in time to see what Hallows' Eve was like during the 18th century in the High Country.
An Oktoberfest Craft Beer Crawl is a great way to enjoy the fall season. On Saturday, October 15th, Boondocks Brewing and other local craft beer locations in the West Jefferson area offered just that, a festive traditional German experience as the fall leaves continue to display their magnificent colors in the High Country. Participating businesses presented unique craft beers, German and other pub foods, as well as other specials.
More spooky fun is just around the corner at the annual Blowing Rock Halloween Festival, to take place on Saturday, October 29th. This FREE event is hosted by Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation. A fun-filled day of many activities will take place all day, highlighted by the traditional Monster March when all the young trick or treaters get to take over Main Street in downtown Boone and show off their costumes. Prizes will be awarded during the Costume Contest and also during the Scavenger Hunt.
You may have thought that summer was the best season to enjoy special events in Ashe County. Well think again. Fall in the High Country offers just as much excitement!
It’s time once again for the annual Boon Heritage Festival, to be held on October 9th. Hosted by the nonprofit Southern Appalachian Historical Association, this beloved fall event celebrates Appalachian traditions, history and heritage.
Halloween season family fun is about to begin at Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park in Blowing Rock. From September 23rd - October 29th the park will be hosting its annual Ghost Train® Halloween Festival on Friday and Saturday nights. Halloween fans of all ages will be able to enjoy scary yet safe fun at the park. Those who are brave enough to ride the Ghost Train will experience thrills as the train speeds through the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll travel back in time to the Great Train Wreck of 1913 ghosts and spirits from the old railways pop up at every corner.While some attractions are recommended for adults and older children, there’s plenty of stuff for young kids, too.
Are you an antique fan? Then don’t miss The 5th Annual Ashe County Olde Time Antiques and Collectibles Fair, happening on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th. The fair will be taking place throughout the beautiful streets of historic downtown West Jefferson. Since its inception, this fun festival-like fair has grown to include over 75 vendors. You’ll be able to browse for treasures such as vintage furniture, coins, glassware, quilts, refurbished antiques, pottery, primitives, silver vintage signage, and much, much more. Besides hunting for collectibles, you’ll be able to enjoy live music provided by an array of bluegrass and other types of regional and local acts, so you may want to bring a chair! Different food venders will be offering kettle corn, funnel cakes and other fun fare. The Jefferson Farmers Market will also be participating in the event, along with local businesses and restaurants. What a great way to enjoy an early fall weekend!
Mark your calendars! The Ashe County Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival, a beloved fall tradition for many families, is fast approaching, beginning September 23rd and running through October 31st on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Calling all lovers of reading and writing! As summer slowly fades into fall, welcome the new season with On the Same Page Literary Festival, to be held on September 13th-17th in West Jefferson. An impressive line-up of authors includes Georgann Eubanks, Jeremy Hawkins, Charlie Lovett, Diane Chamberlain, Sarah Shaber, and Darnell Arnout, Kevin Morgan Watson, to name a few.