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Woolly Worm Festival (Banner Elk, NC)

October 15, 2022 - October 16, 2022

Woolly Worm Festival

The 45th Annual Woolly Worm Festival

October 15, 9am-5pm.   October 16, 9am – 4 pm

The Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place the third weekend in October in downtown Banner Elk. This festival is annually attended by an estimated 20,000 guests. The Woolly Worm festival is one of the High Country’s largest and most unique festivals.  Mountain Momma Organics will again be there with their over 300 strictly organic pantry foods that Kim and Keith Finger hand make at the farm in West Virginia.  Come check out the gluten-free and vegan healthy choice foods.

Up to 1,000 worm racers vie for the top position and the honor of having their worm predict the upcoming winter weather at the festival’s famous woolly worm races. The winning worm on Saturday takes away a whopping $1,000 and on Sunday, $500. Worm races are limited so be sure to come early and register your worm.

In addition to the worm races, there is delicious food, over 150 craft vendors, great music all weekend, trampoline & inflatable rides, fall foliage and beautiful mountain views. Shop for woolly worm memorabilia, souvenir shirts, and hand-crafted items that will become family heirlooms. There will be something for everyone!

The Festival is sponsored by Banner Elk Kiwanis and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce and all proceeds are given back to the community to enhance our schools, children’s programs, and to promote business and tourism in Avery County.

Admission is $6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children 6-12, Free for 5 and under.


October 15, 2022
October 16, 2022


Woolly Worm Festival
185 Azalea Cir SE
Banner Elk, NC 28604 United States
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828) 898-5605
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