Evening Events

In its quest to bridge outdoor fun with education, Grandfather Mountain offers many events for families and adults alike. Sometimes, there’s so much fun to be had, it just can’t be all be packed into the daytime hours, so we keep things rolling into the evening. Throughout the year guests can explore what Grandfather has to offer in the evenings at everything from educational lecture series to guided hikes at sunset to evening events. We hope you’ll join us for these special opportunities to see a different side of the Mountain!

Grandfather Presents Lecture Series

At the Grandfather Presents lecture and workshop series guests can enjoy presentations from some of the country’s foremost experts on conservation, including professors, naturalists, scientists, photographers, writers, historians and artists.

Interactive workshops are held at high elevation (4,500 feet and above) and include some walking, so attendees are encouraged to bring appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.

Grandfather by Night

Explore the Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own naturalist guide. You’ll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before!


Nature Photography Weekend

Visit Grandfather Mountain to hear presentations from top nature photographers during the evening, and photograph spectacular scenery and native animals during the day. NPW also offers the rare opportunity to camp on Grandfather Mountain. Additional cost. Dates TBA.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes, delicate dancers, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed games in the country. During each full day of the games, activities run morning through night. Admission charged. For more information, visit www.gmhg.org.

Grandfather Mountain Amateur & Professional Camera Clinic

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. Camera Clinic also offers the rare opportunity to camp on Grandfather Mountain. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Dates TBA.

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight

Enjoy rare after-dark tours of Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Habitats, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents. Limited to 48 participants. For more information, click here.