Alpen Acres Arts & Heritage links in the High Country:
» An Appalachian Summer Festival – A first class arts festival presented by Appalachian State University – month of July.
» Appalachian Cultural Museum – Antique quilts, arrowheads, hand-hewn furniture, and Junior Johnson's race car are just some of the items that depict the area's rich history.
» Art in the Park – Annual art and craft show in Blowing Rock Park – one Saturday each month May through October. (828) 295-7851
» Ashe County Frescoes – Tiny white clapboard chapels house some of the most important fresco art in America. Artist Ben Long painted several biblical scenes in two churches; one in Glendale Springs and one in Beaver Creek. No admission. (336) 982-3076
» Barter Theatre – The State Theatre of Virginia is located in the historic and charming town of nearby, Abingdon. Some of their alumni include Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine, and Gregory Peck. They offer dramas, comedies, musicals, and more all year round!
» The Blowing Rock Jazz Society – Live jazz concerts are presented the second Sunday of each month at the Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock, 7-9 pm. Everyone is welcome; admission at the door. Cash bar and food available. (423) 727-0795
» Blowing Rock Art & History Museum – Celebrating the rich heritage of our mountains.
» Cheap Joe's Art Stuff – World renown art supplier, artist, and author.
» Concert in the Park – Over two decades of Sunday concerts in Blowing Rock.
» Country Retreat Family Billiards & Grill – Family oriented restaurant and award winning upscale billiard room. Non-smoking and non-alcohol. Located in Foscoe. (828) 963-6260
» Crossnore Weavers & Gallery – A working museum.
» Farm House, Live! – This 50 year tradition continues in spirit and song with town-sponsored Monday night concerts in the Broyhill Park Gazebo on the Lake in Blowing Rock. No admission. (828) 295-5555
» The Greene's Gospel Singing Jubilee – Gospel music extravaganza – Second week of August.
» High Country Bluegrass Festival – Come join us and experience "bluegrass" at its finest.
» Horn in the West – A seasonal outdoor drama about Daniel Boone. Mid June till mid August.
» Lees-McRae Performing Arts & Summer Theatre – Theatre in the beautiful mountain village of Banner Elk.
» Mast General Store – Valle Crucis. Est. 1883, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Carries eclectic array of items for the home, shoes, clothing, candy and much more. Live music most weekends. Recommended by Charles Kuralt.
» MerleFest – A huge Americana music celebration.
» Moses Cone Memorial Park / Parkway Craft Center – Once the summer home of textile magnate Moses Cone, today, the majestic Cone Manor House is home to the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and features work from over 300 Southern Appalachian crafts people. Milepost 294 on Blue Ridge Parkway. (828) 295-7938
» Mountain Music Jamboree – Put your dancing shoes on and get ready for a night of good fun and good food.
Glendale Springs, NC. (800) 803-4079 or
» Mountainhome Music – Appalachian traditional musicians, dancers, storytellers and poets.
» MusicFest at Sugar Grove – In appreciation of Doc Watson, bluegrass musicians gather and perform in this annual event. Doc & Merle Watson Museum open – July.
» Penland School of Crafts – A national center for craft education which covers many forms of the arts. Also includes a craft gallery.
» Performing Arts Series – A variety of dance, music and theatre comprise this series, presented at Appalachian State University – October to April.
» Singing on the Mountain – This will be the 83rd day long gathering of top southern gospel groups at Grandfather Mountain – June.
» Sunday Concerts in the Park – Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce presents concerts in Memorial Park – Sundays at 4 pm. (800) 295-7851
» Todd General Store – Summer music series (featuring Doc Watson and many others) or storytelling nights – in the small, historic town of Todd, NC. (336) 877-1067
» Turchin Center for Visual Arts – The largest visual arts center in northwestern North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia. Located in downtown Boone.
» Watauga Arts Council – Gallery exhibits and gift shop for many local artists in Boone.