The Wooly Worm festival is the most recognized festival held in Banner Elk. It began in 1977, and has become known of world-wide by Roy Krege, also known as Mr. Wooly Worm. Held during the third week in October, the Wooly Worm Festival is held because of the old folklore that the black and brown stripes on the Wooly Worms back could be used to gage the severity of the coming winter weather. Black stripes indicate that the winter weather will be harsh and severe, while the brown stripes indicate more mild conditions. The highlight of the festival is the Wooly Worm races. Many locals and tourist enjoy this annual festival because it is a cultural tradition of Banner Elk. So, if you happen to be enjoying a vacation at The Inn at Elk River during October, be sure to include the Wooly Worm Festival into your itinerary.
The Highland Games is another wonderful entertainment packed festival that is very popular near Banner Elk. The Highland Games are held in Grandfather Mountain, only minutes from The Inn at Elk River, and their mission is to restore Scottish traditions! Gaelic culture is highlighted with dance, piping, drums, athletic achievements, and traditional Scottish music. The Highland Games are held in July. Come experience the culture, tradition, and fun of the Scottish heritage!
Close to the end of January Blowing Rock holds their annual Blowing Rock Winterfest, which is a wonderful festival that is fun for everyone. In efforts to celebrate the winter season they hold a chili cook-off, hayrides, silent auctions, and wine tastings. The most popular event during Blowing Rock Winterfest is the Polar Plunge at Chetola Lake. Plungers jump for the charity of their choice into the thinly ice covered lake while dressed in their wild costumes. Judges pick the best plunger, and the winner gets to donate the proceeds to their charity. Do not miss the great event and all of the fun!
Enjoy all these fun festivals and the many others Banner Elk has to offer while you rest and relax at The Inn at Elk River!