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, Hands on History during the summer, Apple Festival and Dark in the Park in October, Founders Day in November, and Christmas events in December.


In May, join us for our annual Highland Games, a celebration of the Scots-Irish settlers who traded with the Bethabara Moravians and sought protection inside the palisade fort during the Cherokee War.


Join us for Hands on History in July. Explore Bethabara's history by speaking with skilled craftsmen practicing their trades. Learn about the foods that were available and take home a souvenir shirt dyed in indigo! Indigenous People Day in August, representatives of Cherokee Nation explaining the culture. Other groups will be representing other tribes.


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 a celebration of all things autumn, agriculture, and apples. Shop from local craftsmen while enjoying food, drink, and sweets all celebrating the apple!


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 2022

Opening DayApril 5, 202210:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Highland GamesMay 7, 202210:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hands-on-History Day July 16, 2022

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Indigenous People Day

August 6, 202211 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Apple FestSeptember 24, 202210:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Boo! at Bethabara Park
October 29, 20221:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Christmas at BethabaraDecember 3, 20221:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Piedmont Chamber SingersDecember 4, 20224 p.m. & 5 p.m.