Over the past 19 years Blowing Rock WinterFest has grown to become a tradition for many of the
attendees. WinterFest averages about 3,000 attendees each year. While most of the visitors are from
North Carolina, many of the second home residents come up for a shot of winter celebration during this
time as well as nearby neighbors from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, and Greensboro. Tennessee,
Virginia and South Carolina residents also make Blowing Rock a favorite winter destination.
3,000 guests annually
60% of festival visitors are female
70% are from North Carolina
15% are from Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina
10% hail from the city of Charlotte, NC
Started in 1962, Art in the Park is more than 50 years old! Located in downtown Blowing Rock,
this prestigious event is a six month series of juried outdoor fine art & craft shows for which
hundreds of artists apply each year. Thousands of visitors flood into the town of Blowing Rock
to view and purchase one-of-a-kind works. According to an economic impact study conducted by
AppState, more than 35,000 people visit Art in the Park each summer in downtown Blowing Rock
over the course of the six shows!
The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola has long been considered the “centerpiece” of the summer season
in Blowing Rock. Each year, almost 4000 attendees assemble on the surrounding lawn to enjoy music, food
and drink under the open sky. An opening band entertains the crowd before the main symphony performance.
A spectacular fireworks display serves as a grande finale. The 2012 event was chosen as a Top 20
Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The 2014 event had record breaking attendance of over 3,400,
while 2015 and 2016 saw a record crowds of almost 4,000!