Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend at Sugar Mountain

Celebrate the end of a fun summer and kick off the fall season on Labor Day Weekend in Sugar Mountain. Stay on the mountain in a vacation rental as your basecamp for many things to do in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains – including plenty of outdoor activities.

Labor Day Weekend 2023 Special Events in Sugar Mountain

September 1-4: Scenic Lift Rides
Ride the ski lift up to the top of Sugar Mountain at 5,300 feet. Take a picnic to enjoy the big views and hike out to the rocky summit. Read more.

September 1-4: Mountain Bike Park
Enjoy one of the most thrilling Bike Parks in the South. Ride the lift to the 5,300-foot summit and ride down 1,200 vertical feet on a network of trails. Read more.

September 2 & 3: Art on the Greene
Browse dozens of tents loaded with top quality, handcrafted arts and crafts from regional and national artists in downtown Banner Elk (185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk) just 2.5 miles from the Village of Sugar Mountain. Read more.

September 4: Grillin’ & Chillin’ Live Music and Dinner
On Monday, head to the Sugar Mountain’s Golf and Tennis Club deck for live music 6-9 PM and a special dinner buffet by Caddyshack Cafe from 5:30 to 8:30 PM – with wine & beer available. Enjoy panoramic mountain sunset views. Wear your dancing shoes! Read more.

Top 15 Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend

Sugar Mountain Golf Club: Our 18-hole public golf course has been voted #2 short course in the USA.  The par-64 layout maximizes every view. Green fees start at just $22. Read more.

Sugar Mountain Tennis: Located adjacent to our Golf Club are our six public tennis courts meticulously maintained of fast-dry, Har-tru clay. No membership required! Reserve a court for as low as $6/person. Read more.

Places to Stay: The big variety of vacation home and condo rentals on Sugar provides many options for a perfect getaway to unwind. Sit on your balcony or log cabin porch all day to soak in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views and enjoy our fresh mountain air. Find a vacation rental.

Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster: Take an exhilarating ride down the first coaster in the North Carolina mountains, located at the base of Sugar Mountain. Reserve your time ahead! Read more.

Wilderness Run Adventure Course: An aerial playground for both kids and adults, located beside the Alpine Coaster. Explore the treetops via easy, immediate and advance routes with 28 obstacles. Read more.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Stop along the way at overlooks and attractions. Take our suggested 55-mile loop drive from Sugar that includes the most beautiful section. Go to our detailed Blue Ridge Parkway Trip Guide.

Hikes & Waterfalls: Get outdoors! See our top hikes for mountain views and waterfalls. Find options for all skill and fitness levels in the surrounding Pisgah National Forest and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. See our Top 20 Hikes. | See our Waterfalls Photo Tour.

Apple Hill Farm: Tour this alpaca farm with a variety of interesting animals – fun for the entire family. It’s just 8 miles from the main Sugar Mountain entrance. Read more.

Sugar Creek Mining Company: Grab a bucket and head to the flume line for gem hunting. They will help you identify your finds and even create jewelry from them. They are located across from the main entrance to Sugar Mountain. Read more.

Mast General Store: Drive a scenic, winding road down to Valle Crucis to explore the original store that dates from the late 1800s. Take a trip back in time with two historic buildings packed with candy, outdoor gear, toys, gourmet cookware, local jams, shoes and much more. It’s 10 miles from Sugar Mountain. Read more.

Wineries & Breweries: Sample wines at three wineries near Sugar Mountain in beautiful mountain settings with plenty of outdoor space and live music: Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Vineyard and Linville Falls Winery. For local beer, head to Kettell Beerworks in Banner Elk with a dozen brews on tap. See our Winery Guide.

Picnics: Pick up picnic goodies at one of our many restaurants or a grocery store, then head to Williams Park on Sugar, the Blue Ridge Parkway or Tate Park in Banner Elk.

Restaurants: Find dozens of delicious local dining options – including Italian, Mexican, Asian, bar & grills, barbecue, steaks, seafood and farm-to-table. Most have outdoor dining and take-out. See our restaurant directory.

Grandfather Mountain: Our famous next door neighbor is the ultimate place to hike, see wildlife and walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Read more.

Art Galleries: Stroll through some outstanding galleries and studios in our area – including Banner Elk, Foscoe and Valle Crucis. See our list.

See our Fall Guide to Sugar Mountain for many other things to do!