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Woolly Worm Festival

Banner Elk

Date: 10/20/2019 - 10/20/2019
Starts: 9 am
Ends: 5 pm

The 42nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place the 3rd weekend of October, falling on the 19th and 20th in 2019, in the quaint mountain town of Banner Elk North Carolina.  We think it’s the perfect time to share some tips that will make your experience a good one while at the festival and getting to the festival.BlankETicketLogo

Yes. There is an admission cost to get into the festival because  all proceeds are given back to our community to enhance our schools, children’s programs, and to promote businesses and tourism in Avery County.

Yes. There is ample parking, but the free parking is on a first come first serve basis and non-profit organizations are authorized to charge parking fees for overflow parking.

Pets are not allowed, other than Woolly Worms.  We regret that Doggie Day care will not be available. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR PETS.

Yes.  VISA and Mastercard are accepted for festival admission.

What a great time to think of the holidays. Purchase great handcrafted wares from our juried artists, ranging from fun items to those for decorating your house with amazing furniture. Who wouldn’t love a nice piece of jewelry or pottery under the Christmas tree? There are inflatable rides, live music, and dance teams… Admission tickets can be purchased online at so there is no need to stand in line as there is a limited number of races, it is important to register to race your worm as soon as you arrive at the festival! Remember, the winning Woolly Worm on Saturday earns the esteemed honor of predicting the High Country's winter weather and receives a huge pot of $$$ - $1000 to be exact! If you can’t make it to the festival on Saturday - don't worry - we begin the fun again on Sunday from 9am until 4pm. The fun starts Saturday morning at 9am and the woolly worm waces begin shortly after with Mr. Woolly Worm and Merryweather leading the fun! On Sunday at 1:00 is the Corporate Woolly Worm Wace. The winning worm earns a trophy and bragging rights for its business. Call the Avery County Chamber of Commerce at 828-898-5605 for more information.