September 1-4, 2017 (Always Labor Day Weekend)
Historic downtown Hendersonville is the official home of the North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration in honor of the huge local apple crop. It's just a 30-minute drive from Asheville. The NC Apple Festival features a street fair on beautiful Main Street including continuous live musical entertainment, arts & crafts, apple products, special exhibits, food, and the King Apple Parade. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that has something for the whole family, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival.
Enjoy pancake breakfasts, car shows, gem and mineral show, 8K and fun run, bike tour, apple orchard tour, apple recipe contest, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts show, and so much more!
Taste the varieties of local apples to find your favorite!
The Apple Festival’s Street Fair covers many blocks of Main Street with more than 200 vendors. Street Fair hours on Friday to Sunday are from 10 AM-8 PM. On Labor Day, a small street fair runs from 10 AM until the end of the big parade. The King Apple Parade is one of the highlights of the N.C. Apple Festival and is held on Labor Day Monday at 2:30 PM with professional floats, bands, youth groups, antique cars, fire trucks and many others.
The festival is free to attend. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. See more things to do on Labor Day Weekend.
Plenty of art and craft to see and buy.
North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. The county grows 65 percent of all the apples grown in the state. If the number of apples from a normal crop grown in the county were laid abreast, they would reach from Hendersonville to Tokyo and return. Today there are approximately 200 apple growers in Henderson County. The most widely-grown apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas. In addition, many orchards grow a number of other varieties. Fresh apples may be purchased at one of the many roadside apple markets or tour apple farms located throughout the county.
Find some deals at the sidewalk sales
Directions from Asheville: Follow I-26 to Exit 49 (old Exit 18) for Hendersonville/US Highway 64 West to downtown Hendersonville, 2 miles from I-26. There are many parking lots within easy walking distance. Many non-profits rent parking places in various lots (including downtown churches) as a fundraiser.
Visit many apple orchards near Hendersonville during late summer and early fall! See our Hendersonville Apple Orchard Guide.