Get your Woolly Worms ready for the 42nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival!  This unique family festival is the Official Woolly Worm Festival of the State of North Carolina, and will include delicious food, over 150 craft vendors, live music, clog and dance teams, trampoline and inflatable rides, fall foliage and beautiful mountain views.


Shop for woolly worm memorabilia, souvenir shirts, arts and crafts, and family heirlooms. There will be something for everyone!


Up to 1,000 worm race for the top position and honor of having their worm predict the upcoming winter weather at the festival’s famous woolly worm races. The winning worm on Saturday takes home a prize of $1,000 and $500 on Sunday. Please no pets except Woolly Worms of course!

The Festival is sponsored by Banner Elk Kiwanis and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce.  

All proceeds are given back to the community to enhance our schools, children's programs, and to promote business and tourism in Avery County.

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

For more information go to


Wooly Worm Festival Logo