Memorial Day Weekend Events & Things to Do

Memorial Day Weekend Sugar Mountain NC

Kick off a festive summer season on Memorial Day Weekend at Sugar Mountain with many things to do and special events!

Memorial Day Weekend 2023 Special Events

May 26-29: 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.

May 26-29: Mountain Biking
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.

May 27: Sugar Mountain Resort’s Food Truck Festival
Pick from a big a variety of food trucks in front of the ski lodge (1009 Sugar Mtn Drive) on Saturday, 11 AM-7 PM. Ride the Summit Express chairlift for $15 when you purchase from a food truck. Enjoy live music too! See the list of food trucks & bands.

May 27-28: 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. Art on the Green surrounds the lawn in front of the Historic Banner Elk School (185 Azalea Circle, Banner Elk), just 2.5 miles from the Village of Sugar Mountain. Read more.

May 29: Grillin’ & Chillin’ Live Music and Dinner Season Kick-Off
On Monday, head to the Sugar Mountain’s Golf and Tennis Club deck for live music 6-9 PM (Woodie & The String Pullers) and a special dinner buffet by the Caddyshack Cafe from 5:30 to 8:30 PM – with wine & beer available. Enjoy food, drinks and tunes on the big deck overlooking the golf course and panoramic mountain views. Wear your dancing shoes! Seating is also available inside. Rain or shine. Read more.

Top Things to Do on Memorial 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 $15. 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 $5/person. Read more.

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

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: Blue Ridge Parkway Trip Guide.

Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster: Take an exhilarating ride down the first coaster in the North Carolina mountains, located at the base of Sugar Mountain. No experience necessary. 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 to navigate while safely harnessed at all times. Read more.

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. Spring is wildflower season! 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 guide.

Grandfather Mountain: Our famous next door neighbor is the ultimate place to hike, see wildlife and walk across the Mile High 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 Summer Guide to Sugar Mountain for many other things to do!