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Weekend Roundup: Concerts, Festivals, Family Fun and More Slated for Your Holiday

In many ways, Fourth of July weekend is the highlight of the summer, epitomizing everything we’ve come to know about the peak season for fun in the High Country. The next two days are absolutely packed with exciting events, so let’s get going!

First Friday Art Crawl — Downtown Boone

Celebrate art, entertainment and community in downtown Boone tonight during its First Friday art crawl! From 5-8 p.m., you can shop, mingle, meet local artists, check out specials on food and drinks at many participating restaurants. Also enjoy free parking through 8 a.m. on Monday.

Enjoy the Sounds of Summer

If you’re looking for a chance to unwind with some great live entertainment from local and regional performers, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to hear from some fantastic musicians this weekend in the High Country. Click here for a list of recurring music events in the area.

Bluegrass and Brass on Saturday — Blowing Rock

Join the 16th anniversary of Joe Shannon’s Fourth of July Bluegrass and Brass concert production on Saturday with the Mountain Home Music Bluegrass Boys and the King Street Brass (composed of ASU Hayes School of Music faculty). The concert will take place at the Blowing Rock School auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday night, giving you plenty of time to make it to your favorite fireworks show in town. Click here to read more.

Join a Local Fourth of July Parade

Get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence with one of the holiday’s most time-honored traditions. Join the lineup to walk in one of these local parades on Saturday or get there early to find a good spot! Click here for a list of parades going on in the High Country.

Don’t Miss the Fireworks!

No Independence Day celebration in the High Country is complete without a night spent under the stars enjoying one of the area’s fantastic fireworks displays. Read below to find out when and where to see the show! Click here for a list of local fireworks shows.

Whitetop Mountain Band on Sunday

The Whitetop Mountain Band will be featured in the second concert at St. John’s. Just back from their Australian tour, this well-known family group of true Appalachian Mountain musicians will have your hands clapping and your toes tapping. The 5 p.m. concert will be followed by a picnic on the lawn. St. John’s is located on Herb Thomas Road, off Mast Gap Road in Valle Crucis. Signs will be posted.  For more information, go to www.holycrossvallecrucis.net and click on St. John’s or call 828-963-4609.


Here’s your guide to all of the area’s Fourth of July festivities! The only question now is, where will you be this weekend?