Events Calendar

Yancey County Dream Home Tour
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yancey County Dream Home Tour @ Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

From luxury mountaintop living to a historic cabin with period furnishings, the eighth annual Yancey County Dream Home Tour invites visitors into six area homes on Friday, Oct. 6.

Two of the houses are located in the gated Mountain Air community, which sits atop Slickrock Mountain at 4,600 feet in elevation. Burnsville architect Armin Wessel designed both homes. The community is known for its sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Three homes are located on Shoal Creek Road with a view of Mount Celo. One is an 1847 cabin that belonged to a member of the Young family, one of the first families to settle the area.

The final structure on the tour is a tiny home constructed by Buck Stove out of Spruce Pine. The furnished home will be on site at the Yancey Learning Center.

The tour is self-guided. Proceeds support Mayland Community College scholarships.

A new ticket option this year includes lunch at Mountain Air’s Orville & Wilbur’s Bar and Grill. Attendees who choose to upgrade their tickets will also receive a pass to attend a community viewing night at the new Bare Dark Sky Observatory. The observatory, located at Mayland Earth to Sky Park, houses the state’s largest optical telescope for public use.

Observatory passes may be used for a community viewing night anytime; viewing nights will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7.

Ascent at Mountain Air 5K @ Mountain Air
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm
Ascent at Mountain Air 5K @ Mountain Air | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

Runners hit the road for the inaugural Ascent at Mountain Air 5K. The uphill race begins at the entrance gate to the private Mountain Air community and climbs 1,800 feet to finish on the mountaintop airstrip. The runway rewards participants with 360-degree mountain views draped in fall foliage.

For those looking for less of a challenge, a fun run/walk will take place on the half-mile airstrip.

Afterward, a post-race party will feature live music, food and refreshments.

The 5K begins at 5 p.m., and the fun run/walk starts at 6 p.m.

Race registration through Sept. 30 is $30. After Sept. 30, registration is $35. The fun run is $10. Day-of registration is available, but the event is limited to 200 participants.

Woolly Worm Festival @ Historic Banner Elk School
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm
Woolly Worm Festival @ Historic Banner Elk School | Banner Elk | North Carolina | United States

Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country.

According to legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to make the forecast. The owner of the winning worm receives $1,000!

Festival also includes about 175 craft vendors, food, live entertainment and rides. This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees.