Daily Events

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Daily Events

We have updated our Calendar of Events to include special “Daily Events”. You can now find events broken up by each day of your visit. Scroll through the exciting list below to locate the events which interest you. Each event if described and has detailed information on how to participate.

Please note that while the vast majority of our events are included with your nominal park admission fee, there are some events which require a small fee to participate. This is to ensure you receive expert guidance and knowledge from special trained individuals. In order to easily determine the cost for each event, we have included a column for each event called “cost”

We look forward to seeing you on the mountain.

Are YouPlanning a trip? Select your start and end dates to peruse our daily events.

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April 1, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
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Register for 2015 Nature Photography Weekend
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Online registration for the 2015 Nature Photography Weekend (to be held May 29-May 31, 2015) begins at 8 a.m. April 1.

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$10 - $115
8:00am -6:00pm
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April Dollar Days
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All those who live or work in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for only $3 during the month of April with proof of local employment or residency.

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May 15, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
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Naturalist Weekend
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Joins us for three days filled with guided hikes and special presentations on the birds, wildflowers and nature of Grandfather Mountain. Included with regular admission.

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May 29, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
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2015 Nature Photography Weekend
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Learn from top nature photographers and photograph nature at its best.

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Included

June 1, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
1:00pm -2:00pm
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The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble
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Our staff naturalists can’t wait to share their excitement for the showy rose-lavender Catawba Rhododendron that blooms its way up Grandfather’s slopes throughout the month of June. Join us for special programs designed to help you get the most out of this memorable sight.

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June 17, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
10:00am -3:00pm
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  • Habitat Programs
Birthday Party At Grandfather’s Animal Habitats
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  • Habitat Programs

Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of all the animals in the park with games, contests, crafts and surprises. Grandfather’s habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests as well as programs to celebrate its furry inhabitants.

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June 28, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
8:30am -3:00pm
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91st Annual Singing On The Mountain
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All-day gospel sing and fellowship held in MacRae Meadows. A dozen top gospel groups and sermon from a well known speaker. Free admission. Camping (without hookups) available on the field.

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July 15, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
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Register for the 2015 Camera Clinic
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Online registration for the 2015 Camera Clinic (to be held Aug 15-16, 2015) will begin at 8 a.m. July 15.

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August 15, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic
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The Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic is a two-day seminar that covers a variety of aspects that make up photojournalism.  Amateur and professional photographers enjoy presentations from top speakers throughout the weekend and the opportunity to photograph Grandfather Mountain.

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September 4, 2015

Time Activity Location Cost
12:00am -12:00am
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Register for Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight
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Join Grandfather Mountain staff on Oct. 3, 2015, for stories told by firelight and rare after-dark tours of the Mountain that include a visit to the bear habitat, an owl prowl, interesting historical facts about Grandfather, and the opportunity to meet Grandfather Mountain’s nocturnal educational animals. Online registration opens Sept. 4.

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  • We had an amazing time. I loved the new top shop - it's definitely something to be proud of. Having severe arthritis in my hips, the elevator was a Godsend!  Thank you for such wonderful people. This trip was great. We got to see the bears fed an afternoon snack. You have such wonderful views too! I know we'll definitely be back again. Thanks for wonderful memories.


    Ramona
    Barlow, Kentucky
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