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4th of July Parade & Festival

Downtown Blowing Rock 132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, NC

The best small-town holiday parade around! Come early for the parade and enjoy the festive atmosphere in town for the afternoon with games and music in Memorial Park!

Free

An Appalachian Summer Festival: 12th Annual Rosen-Schaffel Competition

Rosen Concert Hall 813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

The festival proudly presents the 12th annual Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition for Young & Emerging Artists, known for the pivotal role it has played in launching the careers of some of our region’s most promising young artists.

FREE

Artists in Residence: Earl Davis & Allise Whitworth

Edgewood Cottage 115 Ginny Stevens Ln., Blowing Rock, NC

Free art shows in Blowing Rock! Meet different High Country artists each week and buy original art directly. New artists each Monday through Labor Day.

Free Entry
Recurring

Monday Night Concert at Broyhill Park

Broyhill Park 173 Lakeside Drive, Blowing Rock, NC

The mission of the Monday Night Concert Series is to support rising talent and to share a variety of music with residents and visitors to the town of Blowing Rock in memory of the Farm House and its creators, EJ and Shirl Blackwell.

Free

Tweetsie Railroad: July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza!

Tweetsie Railroad 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

Head to Tweetsie as they celebrate July 4th and Tweetsie Railroad's Anniversary with the largest fireworks show in the High Country. The Wild West theme park will be open for extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm.

$40 – $60

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Calidore String Quartet

Rosen Concert Hall 813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

The Calidore String Quartet is renowned for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times). The Los Angeles Times described the musicians as “astonishing,” their playing “shockingly deep,” approaching “the kind of sublimity other quartets spend a lifetime searching.” 

$25 – $30
Recurring

Highland Echoes at The Appalachian Theatre

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, United States

The original theatrical production, ‘Highland Echoes', is back due to popular demand as it celebrates Scotland's vibrant culture, history and heritage in the Americas. Featuring Scottish Highland dancers and musicians from all over the world, this show is an unforgettable experience that will transport you to Scotland's lush landscapes and rustic charm.

$25

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting makes this colorful celebration of Scottish culture the best highland games in America.

Summer Concert Series: Music in Broyhill Park

Broyhill Park 173 Lakeside Drive, Blowing Rock, NC

Head over to Broyhill Park for Live music and a great time. The music plays from 5-7 pm. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers. Free entry and parking at Broyhill Park. Sponsored by the Blowing Rock Civic Association.

Free
Recurring

Highland Echoes at The Appalachian Theatre

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, United States

The original theatrical production, ‘Highland Echoes', is back due to popular demand as it celebrates Scotland's vibrant culture, history and heritage in the Americas.

$25

Classic Car Cruise-In at Shoppes on the Parkway

Shoppes on the Parkway 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Rd., Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Head over to Shoppes on the Parkway to get your classic car fix! Located in the parking lot by Banana Republic from 10am-5pm.

Free Entry

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Lea Salonga

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

Multiple award-winning actress and singer Lea Salonga is renowned across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch.

$30 – $50

Highland Echoes at The Appalachian Theatre

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, United States

The original theatrical production, ‘Highland Echoes', is back due to popular demand as it celebrates Scotland's vibrant culture, history and heritage in the Americas.

$25

High Country Jazz Society presents Michelle Amato Quartet

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, United States

Michelle Amato - She most recently performed in Cirque Du Soleil’s “La Nouba,” and with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, with whom she toured Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and across the Atlantic and on Crystal Cruise Line.

$10 – $30

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Eastern Festival Orchestra

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

For six decades, Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally recognized classical music festival and summer educational program, has been produced on the campus of Guilford College, UNCG, and other venues in Greensboro, North Carolina.

$35

Artists in Residence: Susan Payne & Jane Campbell

Edgewood Cottage 115 Ginny Stevens Ln., Blowing Rock, NC

Free art shows in Blowing Rock! Meet different High Country artists each week and buy original art directly. New artists each Monday through Labor Day.

Free Entry

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Aurora’s Sunrise

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

At only 14 years old, Aurora lost everything during the horror of the Armenian genocide. Two years later, through luck and extraordinary courage, she escaped to New York, where her story became a media sensation.

$10

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Strings for Peace

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

Grammy Award-winning American guitarist Sharon Isbin teams with Indian sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan and his two sons, with Amit Kavthekar.

$30

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Meet the Juror – Jennifer Hecker

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall 423 West King Street, Boone, NC

Jennifer Hecker is a renowned sculptor, glass artist and professor in the Department of Art at SUNY College at Brockport, where she has taught all levels of sculpture as well as general education art courses since 1989.

FREE

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50

An Appalachian Summer Festival: John Oates

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The American Songwriters Hall of Fame, and recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award as well as numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations.

$30 – $50

An Appalachian Summer Festival: 37th Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

To celebrate the competition’s 37th anniversary, join competition juror and sculptor Jennifer Hecker on a fascinating outdoor tour of the 10 sculptures selected as finalists for this year’s competition.

FREE

Art in the Park

Downtown Blowing Rock 132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, NC

Art in the Park hosts some of the best local and regional artists! Craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more in this juried show.

Free Entry

Concert in the Park: Alair Summer Concert Series

Gazebo 1036 Main St, Blowing Rock, NC

Family-friendly and casual! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Memorial Park on Main Street to enjoy the music- all concerts begin at 1pm on Sundays following Art in the Park shows.

FREE

Reduced Shakespeare Company presents The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

Valborg Theater 480 Howard St, Boone, NC

Now, The Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Napoleon (Dynamite) and Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Simpsons and Ted Lasso.

$25

Artists in Residence: Cindy McEnery & Karin Neuvirth

Edgewood Cottage 115 Ginny Stevens Ln., Blowing Rock, NC

Free art shows in Blowing Rock! Meet different High Country artists each week and buy original art directly. New artists each Monday through Labor Day.

Free Entry

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Alcarràs

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

In the small village of Alcarràs in Catalonia, the peach farmers of the Solé family spend every summer together picking fruit from their orchard. But when new plans arise to install solar panels and cut down trees, the members of this tight-knit group suddenly face eviction — and the loss of far more than their home.

$10

BRAHM: Square Dancing in Wilson Education Center

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

Join BRAHM for another Square Dance!

The dance will take place in the Wilson Education Center at BRAHM.

If you have never square danced before or are a little rusty there will be instruction from 6 pm - 6:30 pm. Then the dance will kick off at 6:30 and last until about 8 pm.

Free Entry

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a professional touring company, a leading studio school, and a national and international education and community outreach program.

$35

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

Chetola Resort 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock, NC

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola will return on Friday, July 21, 2023! Tickets are now limited, so get yours before they sell out.

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50
Recurring

Tweetsie Railroad: K9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs

Tweetsie Railroad 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

The K-9s In Flight Frisbee dogs are returning to Tweetsie Railroad this season to amaze and entertain their guests with flips and tricks. The high-flying pups will be at Tweetsie Railroad July 22-24 and 27-30.

$40 – $60

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Keb’ Mo’ with special guest Allison Russell

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

American blues musician (singer-guitarist-songwriter) Keb’ Mo’ has five Grammy Awards, 14 Blues Foundation Awards, a 2021 Americana Music Association award for Lifetime Achievement in Performance, and a groundbreaking career spanning nearly 50 years under his belt.

$40 – $60

Artists in Residence: Waitsel Smith & Kathryn Regal

Edgewood Cottage 115 Ginny Stevens Ln., Blowing Rock, NC

Free art shows in Blowing Rock! Meet different High Country artists each week and buy original art directly. New artists each Monday through Labor Day.

Free Entry

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Girl Picture

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö have each other’s backs, always. They want to live adventurous lives, loaded with experiences and passion.

$10

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Garrick Ohlsson, pianist

Rosen Concert Hall 813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess.

$30

An Appalachian Summer Festival: Celebrating 20 Years of Turchin Center Exhibition Programs

Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall 423 West King Street, Boone, NC

Hear from the Turchin Center’s former Director and Chief Curator, Hank Foreman (who now serves as the university’s Vice Chancellor for External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff), and current Turchin Center Senior Curator Mary Anne Redding, as they reflect on 20 years of contemporary art at the Turchin Center and some of the exhibitions that have been most meaningful and memorable to them.

FREE

Blowing Rock Community Library Centennial Celebration: Randy Johnson

Blowing Rock Community Library 1022 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC, United States

This year in honor of 100 years providing an arena of possibility, an opening into the soul and a door into the world, the Library Association will host events celebrating our library.

Free Entry

BRAHM: Cork & Canvas

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

Learn to paint in a relaxed atmosphere, inspired by Pissarro's Fields. Each participant goes home with a finished work of art. All materials, including canvasses, acrylic paint, brushes, and aprons, are provided. A trained instructor will lead you step by step.

$45 – $50

Blowing Rock Tour of Homes

St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church 140 Chestnut Drive, Blowing Rock, NC

The 2023 Tour of Homes will be on Friday, July 28. Tickets available from St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church.

Grandfather by Night at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own personal guides. Discover some of the park’s nighttime wonders, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!

$50