Embraced by the gentle slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the campus of Appalachian State University, Boone is a real downtown experience - a community with heart, focused on its economic, social, and environmental impact and dedicated to the enriching experiences of art, history, music, food, and shopping.
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Downtown Boone First Friday is October 2nd from 6 - 8:30 pm. Scroll through downtown visiting the shops, galleries, and restaurants and enjoy art receptions, complimentary refreshments, live entertainment, and free art demonstrations. Below is a list of happenings this First Friday in downtown:
- Lucky Penny on King St. is featuring ASU student and novice weaver, Caitlin Swick. Being a lifelong painter Caitlin recently discovered the loom during a fibers course, and she's never left it since. She continues to be inspired by the term meraki, which means the love, creativity, or passion put into something; the essence of yourself that is left in your work. luckypennyboone.com
- Lost Province Brewing Co. on N. Depot St. will be featuring a special keg of Passion Fruit Saison and live music starting at 8 pm with Handlebar Betty. Handlebar Betty is laced with elements of southern rock, folk, blues, soul, and rockabilly creating a unique sound that is dark, driving, and earthly. Come back on Saturday to watch the ASU vs. Wyoming game on the big screen starting at 3:30 pm and stay for live music starting at 8 pm with Tin Can Alley. lostrprovince.com
- The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country on King St. will have the theatre open to the public for lobby tours and information 11 am - 4 pm on Friday. Stop by before the parade to learn more about the exciting plans to renovate and re-open the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. savetheapptheatre.com
- Art of Oil on King St. will be hosting an art show from 6 - 9 pm to benefit Watauga County youth involved with Mountain Alliance. The show features the work of artist Jay Winston and other local, young artists. Wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by Reid's Catering. artofoil.com
- Jones House Community Center on King St. presents exhibits by photographer David Holt and the High Country Water Media Society with an opening reception 6:00 - 8:00 pm. David Holt, best known for his traditional music and storytelling, has traveled all over the region for the past 40 years photographing his mentors and peers. His exhibition at the Jones House features 36 photographs of his mentors; Doc Watson, John Hartford, Ray Hicks, and more. The High Country Media Society will have an exhibit of current work from their membership. joneshouse.org
- Art Mart Academy on King St. will once again be offering the free paint your own mini canvas. Come create art at downtown Boone's only art supply and instruction store. artmartacademy.com
- Doe Ridge Pottery on King St. will have Kat Colclaser demonstrating her technique 5:30 - 8:30 pm with light refreshments. doeridgepottery.homestead.com
Welcome football fans to downtown Boone! We hope that before and after the game you'll visit our unique shops and boutiques, enjoy our delicious restaurants showcasing local food, wine, and beer, and learn more about the wide variety of professional services and businesses downtown Boone. Check out our Game Day page for more information about upcoming football games. Click here for the complete 2015 ASU football schedule. Due to the potential for severe weather on Friday afternoon the ASU Homecoming Parade has been canceled. Please visit the Holmes Center on the campus of ASU for an exciting array of Homecoming activities.
A downtown StoryWalk is once again coming to downtown Boone for the fall season. This year's book is Count Down to Fall, a wonderfully illustrated counting book suitable for children of all ages. The downtown StoryWalk starts at the Watauga Co. Library located in downtown Boone at 140 Queen St. and travels down Depot St. and onto King St. This is a family friendly activity that offers participates a chance to enjoy downtown Boone, share a story with the family, and get some exercise at the same time. The downtown Boone Fall Story Walk starts September 24th and runs through November 2nd. The Story Walk® Project was first created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
The downtown Boone BOO! is Friday, October 30th starting at 4:00 pm at the Watauga Co. Library. Enjoy a free magic show and arts & crafts at the library followed by a quick "parade" to the Jones House for a silly and spooky haunted house tour with lots of tricks and treats. Enjoy trick-or-treating with the downtown merchants 5: 00 - 6:00 pm.
Already missing the Summer Concerts on the Lawn at the Jones House? We're got your solution! Once again the Jones House will be hosting an Indoor Fall Concert Series featuring David Holt, the Harris Brothers, Dale Jett, Crooked Road Ramblers, and Shelia Kay Adams. Enjoy this group of talented musicians in an intimate and up-close setting in the Main Gallery of the Jones House. Light refreshments served. Tickets just $20. Check out joneshouse.org for show times and other information.