Special Events

Plan to enjoy one of our special or daily events during your visit to Grandfather Mountain! The vast majority of our events are included with your park admission fee, but some events which require a small fee to participate to ensure you receive expert guidance from specially trained individuals. Check the cost section of each Event Listing to confirm whether any additional fees apply.

In addition to the extra special events in the calendar below, check out our daily programs:

Interpretive Talks: Join Grandfather’s expert naturalists by the Mile High Swinging Bridge to learn more about the mountain’s unique weather, climate, flora and fauna. Held at 1 & 3 p.m. daily, April through October. Included in admission. Read more.

Animal Encounters: Talk to Grandfather Mountain staff about the animals and observe an animal enrichment. These are held many times every day in the wildlife habitats. Included in admission. Read more.

Junior Ranger: Children learn about animals through fun activities at Junior Ranger programs held weekends near the Butterfly Garden. Included in admission. Read more.  

Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours: See where the cougars, otters and elk sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round and observe a training session. Offered on weekends April-October. Additional registration fee. Read more.

Meet the Bears: Go behind the scenes to meet some of our resident black bears and learn all about them, including their names, daily routines, care, histories and more. Weekends April-October. Additional fee. Read more.

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