Make Banner Elk your Vacation Destination!

All 4 seasons of the year have reasons to visit!

Summer: There is no shortage of summer fun in Banner Elk. You can Hike, Swim, Bike, Canoe, Raft, whatever the outdoor sport we enjoy cool summer days perfect for being outside.

Also, enjoy outdoor music, with many of our restaurants offering live music and the The Summer Concerts in the Park series in Banner Elk's Tate Evans Park. Enjoy outdoor dining on the patios of our locally owned restaurants, or have a cookout in Tate-Evans park.

Don't forget to plan for the great festivals that happen in the center of town. 

Fall: You can't get better foliage colors than the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Fall. Enjoy a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and enjoy crisp mountain air.

Fall is also the time for the Famous Woolly Worm festival. Always the 3rd weekend of October.

Winter: Winter sports make Banner Elk a fun place to be. Choose either Sugar Mountain or Beech Mountain for Skiing, snow boarding, ice-skating and tubing.  

Its also a great time of year to rent a cabin and curl up with a book around a toasty warm fire.

Spring: Spring time in Banner Elk bursts with life!  Its a perfect time to walk in the woods, play in the park, and stroll through town. Enjoy a quiet weekend or visit us for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.


Things to Do:

- Check out Apple Hill Farm year round tours of their beautiful Alpaca farm

- Banner House Museum is open all summer long with tours of the Banner house and historical information about the settlers of this town

- Live Music offered at various local venues: Banner Elk Cafe, Barra's, the Bayou, Stonewalls, Lees-McRae's FORUM and Tate Evans Park.  Check our events calendar for specifics. 

- Theatre: Ensemble Stage and Lees-McRae College provide year round theater!

- Get Outside! Banner Elk is in an ideal spot centrally located between Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain and Grandfather Mountain.  Other close by outdoor adventures can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Roan Mountain State Park, and The Pisgah National Forest.

- Enjoy Local Restaurants- Banner Elk is a hot spot of great cuisine. See our restaurant list here.

- Visit the Banner Elk Winery or Flat Top Brewing Company to try some of their creations.

- Enjoy fresh offerings at the weekly Avery Country Farmers Market Spring-fall every Thursday 4:30-7:00pm at the Historic Banner Elk School

Annual Events 

March Madness- Sugar Ski Resort offers March Discounts

Banner Elk Easter Egg Hunt- Always the Saturday the weekend before Easter

Memorial Day Art on the Green- Art festival on the lawn at the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School

Banner Elk Concerts in the Park- Every Thursday evening in the summer enjoy a free concert in the Tate-Evans Park

Hiking and Biking on Sugar Mountain- Sugar Mountain Hiking and biking trails open mid-May 

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival- The third weekend in June enjoy the beautiful wild rhododendrons in bloom at Roan Mountain State Park

Grandfather Mountain Rhododendron Ramble- Enjoy the Rhododendron blooms with guided hikes on Grandfather mountain the first 2 weeks of June.

Art on the Green July 4th Weekend- Art festival on the lawn at the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School

Fourth of July Parade and Party in the ParkEnjoy a great small town parade every year 11am down main street in Banner Elk.

Grandfather Highland Games- Enjoy four memorable days of Scottish heritage in the High Country of North Carolina.

Pet Fest-  In July, The Annual High Country Pet Fest is a community-wide event that celebrates pets and the families who love them

Avery County Fine Arts and Master Crafts Festivals- Two show held outside at the Cultural Art Center at the Historic Banner Elk School- Every year once in July and Once in August.

Labor Day Weekend Art on the Green- Art festival on the lawn at the Cultural Arts Center at the Historic Banner Elk School

Ensemble Stage Year Round Theatre- Ensemble Stage is a professional theater company in the Cultural Arts Center in the Banner Elk Historic School - Also Kids Shows and Camps

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre- Enjoy Lees-McRaes accompished theatre group with 3 great shows every summer.

Octoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort- 2 Day family friendly festival with food, crafts, live music and more.

Woolly Worm Festival- On 3rd Weekend in October join us for worm racing, live music, food vendors, crafts and kids corner

Trunk or Treat- Banner Elk's Halloween Extravaganza October 31st every year!

A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk-  A weekend of Christmas fun. Choose and cut your Christmas tree, make ornaments, meet Santa and get in holiday mood with Banner Elk's Parade of Lights and train rides in the park.

Sugarfest on Sugar Mountain-  Ski Clinic, Demos, Live Music, Fireworks, Fun! 

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