Events and Programs

Picture of the musical stage during a special event at BethabaraFrom April to December, Historic Bethabara Park celebrates each season with a special event rooted in its history. Traditional celebrations to look forward to every year include Spring Festival in April, Highland Games in May, Music in the Palisades during the summer, Apple Festival and Dark in the Park in October, Founders Day in November, and Christmas events in December.

Spring

In April, join us for an opening celebration, Spring Festival (CANCELED in 2021), with fun and games for the whole family, including a maypole, scavenger hunt, planting activities, crafts, music, and more! In May, join us for our annual Highland Games (CANCELED in 2021), a celebration of the Scots-Irish settlers who traded with the Bethabara Moravians and sought protection inside the palisade fort during the Cherokee War.

Summer

Sponsored by Lumpy’s Ice Cream! From June through September, enjoy free outdoor concerts in our Music in the Palisades concert series! Along with great live music, enjoy 25 cent vanilla ice cream cones and other amazing flavors from Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Dino’s hot dogs, hay rides, and colonial games.

Fall

Sponsored by Mast General Store! Dark in the Park at Historic Bethabara Park is a fun kid-friendly event with haunted tours, hayrides, costumes, candy, and fun and games. Our biggest event, Apple Festival, is sponsored by All American Gutter Protection and Reece Builders. Apple Festival is a celebration of all things autumn, agriculture, and apples. Shop from local craftsmen while enjoying food, drink, and sweets all celebrating the apple!

Holidays

Looking for holiday events for the whole family? Christmas at Bethabara will immerse you in Moravian holiday traditions by candlelight. 

Because of the large number of people attending special events, we encourage participants to leave their pets at home. Please bring your pets to enjoy the park on other days.

Bethabara Events 2021

EventDateTime
Opening DayMarch 27, 20211:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Walk in the Park DayMarch 30, 2021Register ahead
CANCELED: Spring Festival
April 3, 202111:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CANCELED: Highland GamesMay 1, 202110:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hands-on-History Day July 17, 202111:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Apple FestSeptember 25, 202110:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Boo! at Bethabara Park
October 30, 20212:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Moravian Christmas
Lovefeast 
December 4, 20212:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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    1. The Wild Readers Virtual Teen Book Club Partnering with Forsyth County Library for a virtual book club. Meetings will be held via Zoom.
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  2. Saturday, May 15

    1. Family Gamebreak Take a break from the work week and have some family fun!
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  3. Monday, May 17

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  4. Tuesday, May 18

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    2. Kids in the Kitchen - Cinco De Mayo For children aged 7-12.
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  5. Wednesday, May 19

    1. Chair Yoga Participants should bring their own mat, water bottle, blocks, or large thick towel.
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    2. Burger Cooking Competition Bring your own grill, seasonings and toppings. Prizes given for best burgers!
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    3. Family Gamebreak Take a break from the work week and have some family fun!
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  6. Thursday, May 20

    1. The Wild Readers Virtual Teen Book Club Partnering with Forsyth County Library for a virtual book club. Meetings will be held via Zoom.
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  7. Saturday, May 22

    1. America's Boating Coarse Register at the Salem Lake Park office.
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