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The North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with unique traditions that reflect the distinct Appalachian heritage characteristic of the High Country region. These and other festivals celebrate the wonderful culture of the area and offer plenty of fun things to see and do for visitors. We have included a bit of information on all of the popular mountain events and festivals hosted in and around Spruce Pine NC. Events like the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the NC Gem and Mineral Festival and the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival have been popular annual events for several decades. If you are visiting Spruce Pine NC, try to plan your visit during these fun festivals.

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The North Carolina Gem and Mineral Festival in Spruce Pine
Thousands descend upon Spruce Pine NC each year during the last weekend in July/first weekend of August to experience and take part in the North Carolina Gem and Mineral Festival. Gem Mining in NC and the gemstone industry has historically impacted the small town of Spruce Pine and each year, the citizens of the area meet with gemstone enthusiasts and rock hounds from around the world to celebrate the mining heritage and showcase their finds. Sponsored by the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Gem and Mineral Festival brings a great deal of visitors to the area. If you are looking for Spruce Pine NC Cabin Rentals or lodging information for Spruce Pine Motels then browse our accommodations listings.

Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival in Spruce Pine
Blacksmiths and iron workers come from all over the Southeast to visit the “Mineral City” of Spruce Pine for the city’s annual Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival that takes place each April. The event is typically held the last weekend in April and features tons of local vendors, great food, and hands-on demonstrations. Taking place in the downtown area of Spruce Pine, the Fire on the Mountain Festival is always a fun place to spend the day.

Toe River Storytelling Festival
The Toe River Storytelling Festival takes place in mid-July in downtown Spruce Pine and is a great small day festival to enjoy. In year’s past, the festival has included great mountain music, fun storytelling contests, and plenty of vendors. For a fun day, come out and hear a story or two.

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is one of the area’s most renowned events. Taking place each year atop McRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain in Linville, the Highland Games in NC is the Southeast’s largest gathering of the Scottish clans. The clans, their descendents, as well as those that love all things having to do with the Celtic culture flock to the region to participate in traditional Scottish games, enjoy delicious food and entertainment over the four day event. The NC Grandfather Highland Games take place each July and is always a big event. Those planning to attend next year’s Grandfather Highland Games will want to book their cabins and accommodations a few months in advance.

The Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk
What better way to get out and enjoy the crisp, autumn weather than to enjoy the day at the Wooly Worm festival. Each year thousands come to the resort town of Banner Elk to pay homage to the wooly worm. The wooly worm is a peculiar worm native to the Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains. Its outer “furry” coat is colored brown and black and locals and visitors participate in Wooly Worm Racing each year. After many different challenges and heats, the winning worm is tasked with predicting the winter forecast for the upcoming season. The brown bands on the worm’s coat signal a mild winter, while the darker, black bands represent cold, blizzard-like conditions. In addition to the fun races and other games, the Wooly Worm Festival is a place to enjoy delicious mountain foods and adorable crafts from local vendors. This festival is one of the most unique Western NC Fall Festivals that is enjoyed year after year by thousands of visitors.

Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort
Oktoberfest is Sugar Mountain Resort’s annual October autumn celebration. Visitors to Oktoberfest can win tickets and vacation packages for Sugar Mountain Resort, and ride the mountain’s chair lift to take in some phenomenal views. Sugar’s Oktoberfest celebration usually takes place the second weekend in October; this time is a wonderful time of year to visit the Blue Ridge and view the leaf colors. Stay close to Sugar Mountain and all of your favorite places in the NC Mountains when you book a Spruce Pine NC Cabin Rental from our accommodations listings.

Autumn at Oz Festival atop Beech Mountain NC
The autumn at Oz Festival takes place each October atop Beech Mountain. The Oz Festival brings plenty of magic and celebrates the magical Land of Oz that used to be a main attraction atop the mountain. Since the park closed down many years ago, citizens and Oz lovers have traveled to Beech Mountain each fall to celebrate the Wizard of Oz film and former theme park. Visitors can take a stroll down the yellow brick road and tour Aunt Em and Uncle Henry’s farm. Special spots like the restored fountain of Oz, the gazebo, Dorothy’s house, and the twister room offer a special glimpse at several aspects of the iconic film.

Bakersville NC Rhododendron Festival – Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival
The small town of Bakersville NC celebrates their annual NC Rhododendron Festival each June in downtown Bakersville. Typically, this festival takes place on the third weekend in June, however, it has changed in year’s past and you will want to confirm the correct date should you plan to attend. The Bakersville Rhododendron Festival offers plenty to patrons. Enjoy delicious foods, browse local handmade crafts and gift collectibles, and learn more about this adorable little town. The Bakersville NC Rhododendron Festival is not to be confused with the longest running rhododendron festival in North Carolina, the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival. The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival takes place atop Roan Mountain at the Roan Mountain State Park. Both festivals are great events and both offer plenty of good food and down home fun. The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival always takes place the third weekend in June, as it has for more than 60 years.

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