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.


In April, join us for an opening celebration, Spring Festival (CANCELED in 2020), 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 2020), a celebration of the Scots-Irish settlers who traded with the Bethabara Moravians and sought protection inside the palisade fort during the Cherokee War.


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.


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!


Looking for holiday events for the whole family? Christmas at Bethabara will immerse you in Moravian holiday traditions by candlelight. Later in the month, return for Carols by Candlelight, a holiday concert presented by the Piedmont Chamber Singers in the 1788 Gemeinhaus Church.

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 2020

CANCELED: Spring Festival
April 4, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CANCELED: Highland GamesMay 2, 202010:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Music in the Palisades (Moved to virtual events)May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 30, 20205:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hands-On History Day (Moved to virtual event)September 26, 202011:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Apple Festival
(Moved to virtual event)
October 24, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Boo! at Bethabara Park (Moved to virtual event)
October 31, 20202:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Moravian Christmas
Lovefeast (Moved to virtual event)
December 5, 20202:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  1. Saturday, October 3

    1. Quarry Rocks Virtual 5K Register online at
  2. Tuesday, October 20

    1. Games Jam Outdoor Pre-registration required No day-of registration available All programs follow CDC guidelines
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  3. Thursday, October 22

    1. Anything Goes - Active Hour All programs follow CDC guidelines. Pre-registration required. No day-of registration available.
    2. Bocce This program follows CDC guidelines for social distancing. Registration is required.
    3. Kids In The Kitchen Helps kids learn how to cook basic meals and eat a well balanced diet.
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  4. Friday, October 23

    1. Yoga Pre-registration on Google form required. Limited to first 22 participants.
  5. Saturday, October 24

    1. Apple Festival - Virtual Event Visit local orchards and food trucks while savoring culinary treats celebrating the apple. Shop our ...
  6. Monday, October 26

    1. Yoga Pre-registration on Google form required. Limited to first 22 participants.
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