Special Events • Overview
Special Events Overview • In this section you will find some of the major annual events in the Western North Carolina High Country area, as well as links to updated & detailed listings of events taking place during the time frame of your visit.
While we list a few of the major annual events below as a sampler, there are a great number of special events in the Western North Carolina high country every week. Most of the attractions and institutions in the area have a rich yearly events program. The Mast Farm Inn hosts Bluegrass & Acoustic Roots music concerts at the Inn, and you can see our upcoming scheduled musical events listing by clicking here. Many High Country events are listed on Todd’s Calendar. There is much more going on at any given time than meets the eye, so do not hesitate to make good use of our concierge service to help you find events for your time-frame, and to help you get organized. Click Here for Assistance
Appalachian Summer Festival
An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music festival and has developed over the years to become one of the nation’s largest regional multi-arts festivals with over 26,000 people in attendance each year.
ASU Performing Arts Series
The world’s most exciting and highly renowned artists make Appalachian State University their destination each season, appearing as part of the university’s highly acclaimed Performing Arts Series.
Blood Sweat & Gears
The BSG is a challenging to strenuous full English Century; a 100 mile loop ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School
Blowing Rock Horse Show
Building On a Tradition, The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show began eighty-nine years ago bringing equine enthusiasts and their families to the quaint village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina every August for a week of competition and camaraderie.
Located an hour from the Inn, Bristol Motor Speedway, known among the racing community as "The World’s Fastest Half-Mile" is located in Bristol, Tennessee.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Taking place half an hour from the Inn, The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is a 4-day Scottish festival held each year on the second full weekend in July at MacRae Meadows near Linville, North Carolina in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
High Country Beerfest
High Country Beer Fest is the annual celebration of great craft beer from around the region and the world.
It all began with a gardener who wanted to raise funds for the campus gardens of a rural North Carolina community college and a group of musicians who wanted to memorialize a fallen friend and his musician father. It grew to an internationally renowned music festival
Music on The Mountaintop
Music on The Mountaintop is the premiere music festival in Boone, North Carolina, and is one of the nation’s first Green Festivals.
Music Fest Sugar Grove
The MusicFest n’ Sugar Grove has become a favorite of bluegrass, old-time, blues and Americana music lovers.
The Valle Crucis Fair
The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed Crafts, food, mountain music, 150 juried fine art & crafts booths
Red White & Bluegrass Festival
The Red White and Bluegrass Festival, produced by The Morganton Parks & Recreation Department, is held at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton, NC, every year from June 30th through July 4th
Taking place 20 minutes from The Mast Farm Inn, Blowing Rock Winterfest is a lively four-day winter festival in the mountains of North Carolina