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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The DBDA has put out a Call for Submissions for the 2016 - 2017 Public Art Exhibit in downtown Boone. The deadline for submissions is May 2, 2016.  Click here to view past exhibit pieces.  More info available at 828.268.6280. 



Parking in downtown Boone is always free on Sundays, after 5:00 pm, and on Town of Boone observed holidays.  Check out our parking page for more information.    

Boone was recently named Outside Magazine's #10 Best Place to Live in America.   Downtown Boone is proud to have helped make this accomplishment happen!  Thanks to everyone who cast their vote for Boone, NC.     
The next downtown Boone First Friday is May 6 starting at 6:00 pm.  Scroll through downtown while you enjoy complimentary refreshments, art openings and receptions, live entertainment and demonstrations. Check out all the fun happening this coming First Friday!
Check out the new Pod Cast, "What's Up In Boone?" to learn more about what's happening this weekend in Boone! 
Did Somebody Say Party? on W. King St. - DSSP will be featuring live models in their exquisite window displays.  Check out the lovely dresses and the talent at your favorite party and bridal shop.  didsomeonesayparty.com
Proper on Waters St. - Join your friends at Proper and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture for a food fundraiser to benefit the 2016 High Country Farm Tour.  Enjoy your favorite foods at Proper and they will generously donate 20% of all purchases to the High Country Farm Tour. Check out the event on Facebook, 2016 High Country Farm Tour and check out what's on the menu by visiting propermeal.com
Hands Gallery on W. King St. - Hands Gallery, an artist co-op, will be featuring the work of Cheryl Roberts, a traditional hook artist, and potter, Brenda Schramm.  Please stop by to meet the artists and enjoy their work. handsgallery.org 
Doe Ridge Pottery on W. King St. - Doe Ridge Pottery will be hosting Nathan Fields owner of Rattle Snake Mountain Pottery.  Nathan's home is in in Laurel Spring, NC and he works at Doe Ridge Pottery Studio and Appalachian State Craft Enrichment Program.  He will be demonstrating his process of making large slab pieces such as lamps and vases.  Come by and see a master at his craft! Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there. doeridgepottery.homestead.com 
Anna Banana's on W. King St. - Anna Banana's will be celebrating First Friday with complementary food and wine from the Local.  Lost of fun with dancing for discounts, face painting, henna, and a photo booth.   
The Greenhouse on Depot St. - Featuring Four Women, Five Elements inspired by the elements; earth, air, water, fire, and ether.  Ceramic sculptor Julia Rechenbach-Moomaw uses clays, oxides, and natural pigments to shape personifications of nature and its forces.  Painter Teresa Cerda-Armas uses pigments, beeswax, and opulent metal leaf to create her distinctively modern, geometric work.  Painter Deborah Tallarico works on recycled wood, mixing ink, watercolor pastel and paint to render images that celebrate the energy of birds, wild animals, and mandalas.  Veronica Lozano-Toub layers photographs transparent ink, and stencils to improvise playfully ambiguous prints that are grounded in sensory experience. Hope you will join these wonderful women artists to celebrate their work 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Invisible Theatre Pop-Up Plays - Join your friends with the Invisible Theatre in downtown Boone for the 1st annual Pop-Up Play.  Meet at the Doc Watson statue located on the corners of King and Depot streets at 6:45pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:15 pm and your guide will lead you to the secret downtown location for a short play.  Admission is free.  invisibletheatrenc.org  
Lost Province Brewing Co on Depot St. - Live music with the Worthless Son-In-Laws 7:30 - closing.  An alt-indie rock band from WNC their music recalls pastoral daydream soundtracks and melody-laden rock layered with stories of working life, eco-revenge, love, nostalgia, old television sets, letters, and plain-spoken pocketknives.  lostprovince.com 

Neighborhood Yoga and Kindly Kitchen, top floor of the Shoppes at Farmers on Depot St. - Come bathe in good vibes and music with Sean Johnson and the Wild Louts Band from New Orleans, LA.  You won't want to miss this delightful evening of kirtan.  His latest cd, UNITY, is a soul-cleansing listen, a beautiful sonic collage to get lost in. Kindly Kitchen will be offering free vegan and gluten free samples, 15% off all clothing and bags in the Lotus Garden and 10% off all 5, 10, and one month unlimited class cards purchased this Friday. Free class giveaways also! Music starts at 7:30.  Save money with purchasing your tickets in advance, $15 and $12 for students. neighborhoodyoga.net and eatkindlyboone.com

Nth Degree Gallery on W. King St.  - The Ocho, the Peel Literature and Arts Review publication party and exhibition.  The Peel Literature & Arts Review works to cultivate creative expression at Appalachian State University by providing outlets for students to express themselves. thepeelreview.com 

High Country Jewelry & Gifts on Howard St. - Features artists Nelson Aerials, Wendy Davis Ragan's Originals, Art Drop & More!  Beer, wine, and snacks with a live DJ.  Join us for refreshments and arts!  highcountryjewlry.com 

Canvas Beauty Bar on Howard St. - Happy 1 Year Anniversary to the Canvas Beauty Bar.  Stop by to help the ladies of Canvas celebrate with refreshments and music.  canvasboone.com

Jones House Cultural and Community Center - Appalachian State University Split Rail Records will be hosting the Album Release party for Arson Daily 7:00 - 8:30 pm featuring the Wild Blue and Dylan Pinkerton, and the Watauga County Education Foundation's Shooting Stars exhibit will have their reception 6:00 - 8:30 pm.  joneshouse.org   

Vidalia's Restaurant and Wine Bar on W. King St. - Will be featuring delicious small plates paired with specialty wines.  Stop by before, during, or after First Friday to enjoy the atmosphere and fine foods Vidalia offers. vidaliaboone.com


The Town of Boone's Cultural Resources department will once again offer a Winter/Spring Indoor Concert Series.  This is a great opportunity to see your favorite musicians in an intimate setting in the Jones House.  Tickets are $20, shows start at 7:30 pm, and reservations are encouraged.  Call 828.268.6280 or visit joneshouse.org for more information.  

The next indoor concert will be on May 4 with Pat Donohue.  Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue's devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Merle Travis, or Muddy Waters.  After wrapping up almost twenty successful years as the guitarist and songwriter on "A Prairie Home Companion" on NPR, Pat now turns to full-time concert touring, presenting master guitar workshops, and attending prestigious music camps.  Pat manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless.  Over the years, he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals, and humorous song parodies.