Located on and off the farm, Apple Hill Farm has activities for all ages to enjoy. We have lots of fun things planned to do, and we hope you will join us! If you are interested in hosting your own event, please contact us for more information.
Events on Apple Hill Farm
Alpaca Shearing Day – first Saturday of June every year
We shear our alpacas the first Saturday of June every year. We shear all of our alpacas in the orchard, right in front of the main barn. Shearing starts at 10 am and usually lasts until 2 pm. We will also have skirting and spinning demonstrations and our store is open all day.
Admission is $5 for adults, ages 11 and up. Free for 10 and under.
National Alpaca Farm Days – September 28 & 29 2019
Over 1,000 farms will participate across the country to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days. Come take a tour of Apple Hill Farm and see this year’s new animals and products. We’ll have tours on the hour every hour from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 12 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.
Regular tour fees apply.
Christmas Celebration – November 15 to December 8, 2019
Mini tours of the farm every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 15 to December 8.
This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 45 minutes. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toed walking shoes. Our tour rate for this event is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under.
Join us to buy your tabletop tree, hand-tied wreaths, and all your alpaca Christmas presents.
Classes and other Special Events at Apple Hill Farm
Knit with the Alpacas: 10am – 12pm June 8, July 13, August 10, 2019
Bring your knitting or crochet projects and join us for a relaxing morning outdoors in the orchard with our alpacas and llamas. Crafting time begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm.
Apple Hill Farm will be hosting monthly Knit with the alpaca experiences on the second Saturday of June, July, and August. We’ll enjoy a few hours of care-free crafting together as the alpacas graze around us.
The Apple Hill Farm Store will open early at 9:30 if you need to pick up any last minute yarn or needles. The cost of this experience is just $10; each participant will receive 10% off in the farm store for the day, including tour fees!
Head just 10 minutes up the road to Banner Elk or Valle Crucis for lunch after the crafting time wraps up, then join us again for our public tour at 2 pm for a chance to learn even more about our farm and the rest of our animal residents.
Farm Photography Tour: 6/15, 7/6, 7/20, 8/17, 10/5 – $40
Pre-registration is required
Join local photographer, Cindy McEnery, and our team for an exciting two-hour photo tour of Apple Hill Farm. We’ll work with you to find all the best spots to capture great photos of our beautiful landscape and our amazing animals — donkeys, goats, horses, and, of course, alpacas! Cindy will offer tips and suggestions on ways to get those special shots. Bring your iPhone, iPad, or digital camera. All levels of photographers are welcome.
This is a photography tour, not a workshop. We’ll focus on enjoying the farm and sharing tips for taking better photos by concentrating on photo composition, light, positioning yourself, and other important factors. We will not cover the use of various camera settings.
Offered at 9 am on the following dates:
- June 15, 2019
- July 6, 2019 – 9 am SOLD OUT
- July 6, 2019 – 4 pm
- July 20, 2019
- August 17, 2019
- October 5, 2019
The $40 fee is for ONE date of your choice. This tour is rain or shine, so come prepared with your rain gear!
Pre-registration is required. We will limit groups to no more than 6 people so everyone can get personalized feedback.
You can pay through our website or over the phone.
Be sure to:
– wear comfortable shoes as we’ll be walking in fields and over hills
-wear a hat and sunscreen
-Bring rain gear for yourself and your camera
-bring a water bottle
– make sure your camera or phone battery is charged and ready to go!
Agritourism Works! Workshop: Saturday May 4, 2019
Join us for a fun and engaging day on our successful Agritourism Farm!
-A down and dirty look at the nuts and bolts of Agritourism
-A behind-the-scenes tour of Apple Hill Farm
-The 4 Keys to starting and running an Agritourism farm
-Interactive workshop time to create or refine your farm vision
This full-day workshop is just $75, lunch included!
The workshop will be from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Join us early (9am) for coffee with the alpacas before we get started!
In 2018, Apple Hill Farm lead over 700 tours and welcomed over 6,000 visitors. We are excited to share our expertise with you – whether you already have an active agritourism farm or are just simply dreaming of the possibilities.
Need or want more help after the workshop is over? We also offer consulting to help you with your journey!
Events off the farm
Southern Alpaca Celebration – Concord, NC
February 15-16, 2019
Alpaca and alpaca fleece show, celebrating alpacas and farms that call North and South Carolina home. This event also includes fiber arts competitions, educational classes, and lots of first-class vendors, including Apple Hill Farm!
For more information visit: carolinaalpacafarms.org/cac/
Carolina Fiber Fest – Sanford, NC
March 22 & 23 2019
A great fiber festival that brings together knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters and others in a celebration of fiber such as wool, silk, alpaca, llama, linen, cotton and bamboo. Features will include contests, free demos, classes and shopping for yarn and ready-to-spin fiber, patterns, tools and specialty items. Apple Hill Farm will be there with our full line of yarns!
For more information visit : www.carolinafiberfest.org
Independence Day – Banner Elk, NC
July 4, 10am every year
Apple Hill Farm will participate in the July Fourth parade and celebration in Tate Evans Park in Banner Elk. With Llamas in the parade and alpacas and a booth in the park, it’s always a good time. Don’t miss the rubber ducky races!
High Country Farm Tour
Join us as we celebrate the High Country Farm Tour! Apple Hill Farm is one of almost 30 farms participating in 2014. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit local farms, connect with farmers, and learn more about growing food sustainably in the High Country. Many of the farms, wineries, breweries, and orchards are open only for the High Country Farm tour, so don’t miss out! More information about the participating farms and on purchasing tickets can be found at http://farmtour.brwia.org/how-to-take-the-tour.html
Fine Arts and Master Crafters – Banner Elk, NC
July 19, 20, 21 and August 9, 10, 11 2019
Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture, wood, and of course Apple Hill Farm yarn and products! A wonderful,high-quality juried show.
Valle Country Fair – Valle Crucis, NC
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. 10 percent of all monies raised by vendors go to fund High Country organizations which serve people in need. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed, Crafts, food, mountain music; 150 juried fine art & crafts booths; Freshly pressed apple cider; Hot-out-of-the-kettle apple butter; Homemade jams & jellies; Brunswick stew, chili, barbecue.
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair – Asheville, NC
October 25 to 27, 2019
Join us for 3 days of fun for the entire family! See spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and much more! Join a workshop class to improve your skills or just enjoy browsing and shopping the beautiful and unique apparel and wearable art at SAFF!