Boone prides itself on having plenty of attractions for tourists in every season, so the festivals in this region are well spread out over the year.

Spring brings bluegrass music in the form of MerleFest at Wilkes Community College and a Blue Ridge Celtic Festival in Blowing Rock and the Wilkes Arts and Heritage Festival in Wilkesboro. As the days lengthen, Scots flock to the Highland Games at MacRae Meadows. The Appalachian Summer Festival lasts almost the entire month of July. And in August, the Greene family (of Gospel music fame) hosts the Gospel Singing Jubilee.

Fall is the season when farmers reap all the fruits of their yearlong labor, so gastronomic delights are in no short supply at the numerous revels around Boone. Enjoy the Olde Boone Streetfest or the New River Festival (an ironic name, as it is held at the second-oldest river in the country) in September, or attend the Valle Country Fair and Woolly Worm Festival in October. Nearby places offer even more harvest celebrations in the form of the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival (North Wilkesboro), the Cranberry Festival (Shady Valley) and Hickory Ridge Homestead Apple Festival (Hickory).

As cold weather settles over Boone and covers the slopes with fresh powder snow, the Hickory Ridge Homestead celebrates the beginning of winter with the Olde Christmas Celebration. This is followed by an annual Mexican Winter Madness at Beech Mountain Ski Resort that raises money for multiple sclerosis organizations.