Q-C Charlotte BBQ Championship
Formerly called Blues, Brews & BBQ is a competition and festival that features blues music, an array of beer samples, and some of the best barbecue you will find anywhere. Interactive cooking demonstrations and contests are featured all day. This festival celebrates the best of the southern cuisine and southern music. Food, music, entertainment and more!
US National Whitewater Center
The U.S. National Whitewater Center is an outdoor adventure center providing the Charlotte region with the world's most unique outdoor recreation and environmental learning experience. The Center will provide the opportunity to experience over 300 acres of woodlands along the Catawba River, only 10 minutes from center-city Charlotte. Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors and casual observers will be able to share this world-class sports and training center.
From the frontiers of space to the depths of the sea, Discovery Place is an ever-changing ever-growing, cutting edge science center. Our Discovery Halls and The Charlotte Observer IMAXÂ® Dome Theatre offer something fun and educational for everyone in the family!
Transylvania County - Land of Waterfalls
Surrounded by the gentle grace of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Transylvania truly has something for everyone: 250 waterfalls, hundreds of acres of state and national forests, a thriving music and arts community, and fantastic shopping and dining in a charming Appalachian town. Be sure to check out Sliding Rock a great place to visit on a hot day!!
Lazy 5 Ranch
The Lazy 5 Ranch is a privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari through the gently sloping pasture lands of Piedmont, North Carolina. While visiting at the Lazy 5 Ranch you will have the opportunity to view over 750 animals from six different continents. You can see these animals from the safety of your own car or call for reservations on our horse drawn wagons. And be sure to bring your camera. This is a drive-through experience unique in North Carolina.
Art in the Park
A great way to spend a Saturday in Blowing Rock!
Great places for your dog to run and make friends. Many have separate area for dogs over 20 lbs.