Sugar Mountain Area Festivals & Events Calendar

Sugar Mountain Festivals & Events

Enjoy festivals, concert series and other fun events in our Village of Sugar Mountain and nearby in the Blue Ridge Mountains:

May 27-September 2, 2024: Grillin & Chillin Wednesday Summer Concerts
The Caddyshack Café at Sugar Mountain’s Golf and Tennis Club hosts the popular summer live music series kicks off Memorial Day and continues Wednesdays 5:30-9 PM until Labor Day. Special dinner feature, along with beer and wine, are available to purchase. Enjoy food, drinks and tunes on the big deck overlooking the golf course and panoramic mountain views. Wear your dancing shoes! Free admission. Get details.

May 24-May 27, 2024: Memorial Day Weekend Scenic Lift Rides & Bike Park
On Friday through Monday, ride the scenic Summit Express lift to the top or navigate the downhill bike trails. Open 10 AM-6 PM. Food Truck Festival by the ski lodge on Saturday, 11 AM-7 PM. Get details.

May 25, 2024: Food Truck Festival
Pick from a big variety of food trucks at the ski lodge. See our special Memorial Day Weekend Guide for details on this and other happenings.

May 25-26, July 6-7, Aug. 3-4 & Aug 31-Sept 1, 2024: Art on the Greene
See top quality, handmade art and crafts in nearby Banner Elk. Read more.

Mid June – August: Concerts in the Park
Enjoy a variety of bands at Tate-Evans Park in downtown Banner Elk on Thursday evenings with free admission. Read more.

Mid June – Early July: FORUM Concerts at Lees-McRae College
This summer concert series on Monday evenings include a big variety of live music performances by nationally touring groups. Read more.

Summer Weekends: Scenic Lift Rides & Bike Park
Ride the ski lift up to the top of Sugar Mountain on Memorial Day Weekend and Friday-Sundays through Labor Day. Take a picnic to enjoy the big views and hike out to the rocky summit. Mountain Bike Park open – riders take the lift up and then race down the trails to repeat. Get details.

July: Lees-McRae Summer Theatre
Go to Broadway in the mountains with professional musicals – just a few miles away in Banner Elk. Three shows in July. Read more.

July 6-7, 2024: Art on the Greene
See top quality, handmade art and crafts in nearby Banner Elk. Read more.

July 4, 2024: Summit Crawl
Run, hike, climb, or crawl from the ski lodge to Sugar Mountain’s 5,300-foot peak by way of the grassy slopes. The 1.2-mile route climbs 1,200 in elevation! There is no time limit. Entry fee includes a t-shirt and downhill transportation on the Summit Express lift. Kicks off at 9 AM. Advance registration required. Get details.

July 4, 2024: July 4th Parade
Go to nearby Banner Elk for the festive parade starting at 11 AM with festivities in the park afterwards. Read more.

July 4, 2024: Fireworks
Watch the July 4th fireworks display around 9:15 PM on Sugar Mountain from the lodge or ride the lift for an up-close view at the summit. Get details.

July 11-14, 2024: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
The biggest event in the NC High Country is America’s grandest Scottish Games, held in a spectacular mountain setting reminiscent of Scotland. This very unique festival brings bagpipes, tartan plaids, multiple stages of live music, crafts, food and traditional wares. Watch continuous athletic competitions, dancing, piping parades, sheep dog demonstrations and much more. 6 miles from Sugar Mountain. Get details.

July 19-21, 2024: Avery Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival
This juried art festivals features an eclectic gathering of unique hand-crafted wares from top artists and master crafters, held in front of the ski lodge. Get details.

July TBA: Tween & Teen Gravity Mountain Bike Camp
Kids are going to have so much fun they will not want to go home. Three days of fun, friends, and developing and improving their gravity skills. For tweens and teens ages 11-16. Info: www.skisugar.com/bikepark/#gravity.

July TBA: Ladies Gravity Mountain Bike Clinic
A day of fun, girlfriends, and developing and improving mountain bike gravity skills. Info: www.skisugar.com/bikepark/#ladies

July TBA: Downhill Southeast Race #6
The Downhill Southeast is the region’s premier downhill mountain bike race series. Join in on the action as racers from around the US do battle on Sugar’s classic downhill tracks. Bike Park & chairlift rides schedule changes are in effect during the Downhill Southeast Series. Info: www.downhillsoutheast.com

August 3-4, 2024: Art on the Greene
See top quality, handmade art and crafts in nearby Banner Elk. Read more.

 August TBA: Teen & Tween Gravity Mountain Bike Camp
Kids are going to have so much fun they will not want to go home. Three days of fun, friends, and developing and improving their gravity skills. For tweens and teens ages 11-16. Info: www.skisugar.com/bikepark/#gravity.

August 16-18, 2024: Avery Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival
This juried art festivals features an eclectic gathering of unique hand-crafted wares from top artists and master crafters, held in front of the ski lodge. Get details.

August TBA: Go Nuts North Carolina Regional Downhill
Go Nuts Racing is a USA Cycling regional Championship Series. Join in on the action as racers from around the US do battle on Sugar’s classic downhill tracks. The competition heats up with a standard downhill race Saturday and a grueling Enduro on Sunday. Info: www.gonutsbiking.com

August TBA: Sugar Mountain Golf Classic Tournament
Hosted by the Sugar Mountain Golf Club with two days of individual medal play, the Classic is open to amateur men and women 18 years of age and up.  Read more.

August 30-Sept 1, 2024: Art on the Greene
See top quality, handmade art and crafts in nearby Banner Elk. Read more.

 September TBA: Autumn at Oz
The former amusement park based on the Wizard of Oz comes back to life with the return of all the characters, the largest Wizard of Oz festival in the country. Walk the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City with many stops along the way. Read more.

October 5 & 6, 2024: Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain
Find a festive Bavarian atmosphere that is very family-friendly with many things to do. Festival admission, parking and shuttles are free. All the fun takes place at the Ski Lodge (1009 Sugar Mountain Drive). The festivities take place 10 AM until 5 PM Saturday and Sunday and include live Bavarian music, costume contest, kids fun center, scenic chairlift rides and beer. Get details.

October 19-20, 2024: Woolly Worm Festival
Watch the woolly worms race to select the winner to predict the winter weather and explore the craft fair with 175 vendors. Also enjoy live music and rides for the kids. Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 9am-4pm at the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School, 185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk. From the entrance of Sugar Mountain, simply turn left and drive 2.5 miles. Get details.

October 19, 2024: Valle Country Fair
Just 10 miles from Sugar Mountain is one of the most beloved, authentic celebration of our Blue Ridge with the best local food, crafts, music and dance. Feast on Brunswick Stew, chili, BBQ and more. Take home fresh baked goods, homemade jams & jellies and apple butter made while you watch. Find a big selection of handmade arts and crafts by the finest regional artists, and tap your feet to bluegrass and country bands. Go to our Valle Country Fair Guide.

December 7-8, 2024: A Small Town Christmas
A festive time to kick off the holiday season, “A Small Town Christmas” in nearby Banner Elk includes many free events for the entire family – including a parade, carol sing, ornament making, story time with Santa and festivities in the town park. Get the details here.

December 13-15, 2024: SugarFest
This weekend of winter fun at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort includes ski clinics by an Olympic medalist, equipment demos, after ski party with fireworks on Saturday, and more. Get details.

Go to our seasonal guides for things to do all year: Winter | Spring | Summer | Fall