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The Boonerang Music & Arts Festival will be held June 17-18 in downtown Boone

The Boonerang Music & Arts Festival will be held June 17-18 in downtown Boone

The free weekend event features four stages, a kids’ zone, a vendor’s market, food, beer gardens, a silent disco, a film screening and more

Town Mountain, Acoustic Syndicate and many other High Country-related artists return to Boone for free Boonerang Music and Arts Festival Friday and Saturday June 17 and 18.

Presented by the City of Boone and supporting partners, the event features live music on four stages, a kids’ zone, a vendor’s market, restaurants and food trucks, beer gardens, a silent disco and a movie screening – all located in downtown Boone.

“Boonerang is a community homecoming,” said Mark Freed, director of cultural resources for the town of Boone. “Everyone who has spent time in Boone and gone loves to come back to Boonerang and spend time in the High Country, and there’s no better time than early summer.”

The Jones house scene at the Jones House Cultural Center on King Street offers two consecutive days of music, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, as part of the weekly summer concert series. Urban Soil Duo, WiseApple and Lazybirds are Jones House Stage’s lineup for Friday, followed by Tray Wellington Band, Alexa Rose and Songs from the Road Band on Saturday.

Located near the intersection of South Depot and Rivers streets, the South Depot Stage features performances from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18 by Soul Benefactor and the Junaluska Gospel Choir, Chalwa, Town Mountain, and Acoustic Syndicate. Head to the North Depot Stadiumlocated in the Lost Province parking lot at 130 N. Depot St., for Saturday performances by the King Bees, Naked Gods and Melissa Reaves, followed by two silent disco sessions.

Boone Area Community Radio, 641 rpm and Espresso News bring even more live music to the Boonerang program on Saturday, with performances by Trevor McKenzie, Zodiac Lovers, Endangered!, HAUNTER and RUGG at the BACR stage/641 rpm at 267 Howard Street.

Discover Big Bang Boom at 12 p.m. Children’s area, located at the Watauga Public Library, for a high-energy interactive show that kids big and little will love. Open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., additional Kids Zone activities include inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, screen printing, instrument making, crafts, and ice cream. A parade of handmade instruments will begin at the Kids Zone at 2:15 p.m. and will pass through the festival areas.

A vendor’s market organized by the Watauga Arts Council offers handicrafts, pottery, textiles, artwork, photography, jewelry, clothing, home decor, personal care items, food products and more. Look for vendors along Howard and North Depot streets.

A number of other downtown Boone locations will host events and activities aligned with Boonerang Weekend. In particular, on Thursday June 16, the Appalachian Theater presents Willie Watson, co-founder of the Old Crow Medicine Show, for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Visit BoonerangFest.com for information on other events, including the Trash Trout Motion Picture Show – a film, music and dance – at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at the South Depot Stage.

In addition to outdoor festival activities, Boonerang attendees are encouraged to explore the many dining, drinking and shopping opportunities that are always available in downtown Boone.

Free parking is available in Appalachian State University Peacock Lot on Rivers Street. Additional parking is available at the Watauga Social Services Complex adjacent to the Poplar Grove Connector.

Boonerang is one of many events that take place throughout the year as part of Boon 150the city’s 150th anniversary celebration marking the 150th anniversary of Boone’s incorporation.

Boonerang is sponsored by the City of Boone, Explore Boone, Downtown Boone Development Association, Watauga County Economic Development Commission, Watauga Arts Council, Double Wood Farm, High Country Press, Across the Way Productions, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, 828 Real Estate, Go Postal Boone, WNCW, Booneshine Brewing Co., Wild Craft Eatery, Lost Province Brewing Company, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Lucky Penny and Shear Shakti, Mellow Mushroom, Tristan’s Chimney Service, The Hope Center, SOS Printing, Mast General Store, Appalachian Voices and White Fence Farm Rentals.

Find more information, including stage times, artist biographies, and additional event listings, at BoonerangFest.com.

Boonerang Festival Schedule

THURSDAY JUNE 16

7:30 p.m. Willie Watson, Appalaches Theater, Tickets: apptheatre.org.

FRIDAY JUNE 17

5:30 p.m. Urban Soil Duo, Jones House Stage

6:30 p.m. WiseApple, Jones House Stage

7:30 p.m. Lazybirds, Jones House Stage

8:30 p.m. Trash Trout Motion Picture Show, South Depot Stage

SATURDAY JUNE 18

Children’s Zone (Watauga Public Library)

12 p.m. Big Bang Boom

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Inflatables, arts and crafts, balloons, face painting, ice cream and more

South Depot Stage

12 p.m. Soul Benefactor with the Junaluska Gospel Choir

3 p.m. Chalwa

5 p.m. City Mountain

7 p.m. Acoustic Syndicate

North Depot Stadium

1:30 p.m. King Bee

3:30 p.m. Naked Gods

5:30 p.m. Melissa Reaves

8:30 p.m. Silent Disco 1st Session

10:30 p.m. Silent disco 2nd session

Jones house scene

2 p.m. Tray Wellington Band

4pm Alexa Rose

6 p.m. Songs from the Road Band

BACR/641 RPM Scene (Espresso News)

1:30 p.m. Trevor McKenzie

2:15 p.m. Zodiac Lovers

4:10 p.m. In danger!

6:10 p.m. HAUNTER

8:10 p.m.

City Mountain
Wellington Tray
Alexa Pink