FALL 2020 UPDATE: Here is what you can expect for fall festivals and events in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. While things can change as North Carolina assesses current COVID risks and the trajectory of cases, we will update daily with the latest information for each festival or event. Any updates can be found in the listings below. For more information related to COVID, please see Travel Updates for WNC.
Fall is a very busy time for a variety of street festivals, events, art tours, and more in Asheville and our mountain small towns. Most are free to enjoy! The autumn foliage color show adds to the excitement. See our Fall Foliage Forecast for a week-by-week color report. For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.
Upcoming Fall Events & Festivals: September & October
Held on beautiful Lake Junaluska, this longtime favorite includes two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachians with region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, ballad singers, and square dance teams.
Held at Emerald Village near Little Switzerland, enjoy many free events, including guided hikes, music, exhibits, talks and more. Also, pay for gem-mining, pan for gold and take a black light mine tour.
See works of 90 fine artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM-5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more. Free admission, but donations accepted.
Free outdoor concert featuring musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina sharing Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the "green."
Big celebration in Canton since 1906. Sunday features music festival, art and food, 12-9:30 PM at Sorrells Park, and free gospel concert at Colonial Theatre. Monday features a big Labor Day Parade at 10 AM, plus a music festival and car show, 12 PM-9 PM. 20 minutes west of Asheville.
Savor Asheville's creative culinary scene with many events, chef demos and hands-on experiences. Meet and connect with the makers and collaborators who nourish, nurture and create in our Appalachian Mountains.
A big street festival in downtown Morganton that includes fine arts and crafts, festival cuisine, a beer garden, teen and kid zones, four stages of entertainment, a sunrise run on Saturday and much more. Free admission!
Enjoy lots of rides, exhibits, animals, food, and much more. Fun for all ages! We especially love the impressive exhibits in various buildings. See the many competitions from quilting, photography, extreme garden vegetables, flowers, crafts, and more. Watch craftspeople at work.