2022 Fall Festivals, Asheville & NC Mountains

40 Fall Festivals & Events, Sept & Oct

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

Goombay Festival
Goombay Festival
Friday, September 2, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022
This free festival in downtown Asheville is a celebration of African-Caribbean culture with music, craft market, food vendors, dance performances and competitions, a special area with activities for kids and much more! 
NC Apple Festival
NC Apple Festival
Friday, September 2, 2022 to Monday, September 5, 2022
Spread out with a self-guided tour of orchards in the area with apples, food, vendors, shopping, and more at each location! This event will not have the downtown street fair, music, kiddie carnival, or parade. But come back to Hendersonville for added food and shopping all weekend! 10 AM-10 PM each day all weekend.
Drumming Circle Asheville
Drum Circle
Friday, September 2, 2022
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Dance the night away!
Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend Events & Things to Do
Friday, September 2, 2022 to Monday, September 5, 2022
See our special list of top events, festivals and things to do during Labor Day Weekend in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains.
Earl Scruggs Festival 2020
Earl Scruggs Music Festival
Friday, September 2, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022
Held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, enjoy 20+ artists on three stages, including Old Crow Medicine Show, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Alison Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Earls of Leicester. Book early for camping spots, lodging, and after-hours festivities. 
Banner Elk Art Show
Art on the Greene
Saturday, September 3, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022
Buy art and support the restoration of the historic school in Banner Elk. Find a big variety of artists working with metal, glass, pottery, wood, jewelry, and more. Many other things to do nearby. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission. 
Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts and Craft
Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, September 3, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022
Meet 100 artisans and crafters from the Southeast on Labor Day Weekend with a big variety of art, outdoors at the Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Road) in Maggie Valley. 9 AM-4 PM each day. Free admission and parking.
Labor Day Festival
Canton Labor Day Festival
Sunday, September 4, 2022 to Monday, September 5, 2022
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. 
Chow Chow Food Festival Asheville
Chow Chow Food Festival
Thursday, September 8, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022
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. 
NC Mountain State Fair
Mountain State Fair
Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 18, 2022
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.
Autumn at Wizard of OZ
Autumn at Oz at Beech Mtn
Repeats every week 3 times.
Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022
There's no place like the Beech Mountain's Land of Oz. Stroll along the yellow brick road, experience a recreation of Dorothy's journey from her home in Kansas and meet many of the characters so central to "The Wizard of Oz." The event sells out, so buy tickets ahead.
Morganton Festival
Morganton Festival
Friday, September 9, 2022 to Saturday, September 10, 2022
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!
Dirty Dancing Festival
Dirty Dancing Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing will relive memories of Baby's first dance in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure.
Biltmore Village Art Fair
Village Art & Craft Fair
Saturday, September 10, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022
Fantastic fair in Biltmore Village with 100 hand-selected artists from 16 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more.
Autumn at Wizard of OZ
Autumn at Oz at Beech Mtn
Friday, September 16, 2022 to Sunday, September 18, 2022
There's no place like the Beech Mountain's Land of Oz. Stroll along the yellow brick road, experience a recreation of Dorothy's journey from her home in Kansas and meet many of the characters so central to "The Wizard of Oz." The event sells out, so buy tickets ahead.
Downtown After 5 Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, September 16, 2022
Enjoy live music, food, and beer at this big outdoor concert in downtown Asheville. Free admission, 5-9 PM.
Heritage Weekend at Folk Art Center
Heritage Weekend at Folk Art Center
Saturday, September 17, 2022
This free festival features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight is the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday.
Flock to Rock Birding Weekend
Flock to Rock Birding Day
Saturday, September 17, 2022 to Sunday, September 18, 2022
Led by birding experts, events at Chimney Rock Park includes bird walks, workshops ranging from bird photography to hummingbirds, hawk watches and family nature walks.
Art in Autumn Fest
Art in Autumn Fest
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fun outdoor arts and crafts festival in Weaverville that includes 100 juried artists, food and live music. Free admission and parking. Just 7 miles north of downtown Asheville.
Asheville Farm Tour
Farm Tour
Saturday, September 17, 2022 to Sunday, September 18, 2022
Visit 20 farms in the Asheville area that are not normally open to the public and see what happens behind the scenes. Presented by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), farms are located in many counties. 12-5 PM. Passes $35/car in advance, $45/car day of.
NOC's Guest Appreciation Weekend
NOC's Guest Appreciation Weekend
Friday, September 23, 2022 to Sunday, September 25, 2022
This longtime favorite weekend at Nantahala Outdoor Center main campus near Bryson City features free attractions, live music and entertainment - along with great end-of-season deals.
Greek Festival
Greek Festival
Friday, September 23, 2022 to Saturday, September 24, 2022
At this festival, hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville, you can sample some of the traditional foods and pastries (such as lamb shank, pastichio, spanakopita, gyro, souvlaki, and baklava), watch traditional dancing and enjoy the authentic Greek music. 
Autumn at Wizard of OZ
Autumn at Oz at Beech Mtn
Friday, September 23, 2022 to Sunday, September 25, 2022
There's no place like the Beech Mountain's Land of Oz. Stroll along the yellow brick road, experience a recreation of Dorothy's journey from her home in Kansas and meet many of the characters so central to "The Wizard of Oz." The event sells out, so buy tickets ahead.
Art on the Island Fest in Marshall
Art on the Island Fest in Marshall
Saturday, September 24, 2022
A free fall fair of artisans, crafters, and music on Blannahassett Island near downtown Marshall. 10 AM-5PM
Blue Ridge Pride
Blue Ridge Pride Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2022
The biggest LGBTQ pride festival in western North Carolina is held in downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park, with more than 100 vendors, entertainment, as well as a kids area with lots of fun activities.
Art on Main Hendersonville
Art on Main, Hendersonville
Saturday, September 24, 2022 to Sunday, September 25, 2022
Buy from juried fine artists with paintings, clay, metal, wood, fiber, jewelry, glass, and more. The main event is Sat & Sun, 10 AM-5 PM
Mountain Heritage Day
Mountain Heritage Day
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Held on the campus of Western Carolina University, this long-running outdoor celebration features the sights, sounds, crafts, and flavors of yesteryear. Get a taste of southern Appalachian culture, art, and music. 10 AM-5 PM. Free. 
DuPont Forest Festival
DuPont Forest Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Celebrate DuPont State Recreational Forest with many special events on National Public Lands Day, such as guided tours, educational lectures, hands-on demonstrations and more. Free admission.
British Car Show Asheville
Autumn in the Mountains Car Show
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Go to the British Car Club of Western NC annual show to see 120+ British and European classic cars, race cars, racing motorcycles, rare-exotic sports cars and antique motorcycles. Held at Mills River Brewing Company. Free admission. 9 AM-3 PM
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest Asheville
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Sunday, September 25, 2022
This festival at Highland Brewing Company includes hands-on fun, tastings, chef competition, milking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, and products from more than 20 local food vendors.
Uncommon Market Asheville
Uncommon Market
Repeats every month on October on the last Sunday until Sun Oct 30 2022.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Asheville’s largest curated, pop-up market for antiques, art, vintage decor, jewelry, and beyond is in the River Arts District. Rain or shine. 10 AM-4 PM. (1 Foundy Street)
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Friday, September 30, 2022 to Saturday, October 1, 2022
Go to Maggie Valley to celebrate the elk and our great outdoors with a big festival on Saturday and other special tours and events. 
Heritage Folk Festival
Mars Hill Heritage & Music Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Two long-running festivals celebrate mountain craft, music and dance: the Heritage Festival and the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Music Festival. Both held downtown, adjoining Mars Hill University. Free. 10 AM-4 PM. Small fee for indoor evening concert. 
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Repeats every week every Saturday 3 times.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
From pottery to jewelry, sculpture to two-dimensional art, this art festival brings together a wide array of traditional and contemporary mountain art downtown in Pack Square Park. 10 AM-5 PM
Oktoberfest Downtown Asheville
Oktoberfest, Asheville
Saturday, October 1, 2022
A great celebration of the local beer scene, mixing Bavarian traditions with Asheville's eclectic vibe. Downtown. Tickets required if you are tasting!
BBQ Festival
Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Great BBQ with live bluegrass, antique tractor show, jamming stage, championship clogging teams, artists & crafts vendors, and local food vendors. At the Riverside Park across the river from downtown Spruce Pine, 305 Tappan Street. 
Hilltop Fall Festival
Hilltop Fall Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Much fun in downtown Rutherfordton: Friday night Soapbox Derby for big kids, Saturday morning Overmountain 5K and Tour de Pumpkin 50K & 100K bike rides and festival 9-5 with crafts, music, scarecrow contest.
Dillsboro Colorfest
ColorFest
Saturday, October 1, 2022
The artsy village of Dillsboro welcomes 40 demonstrating artists along Front Street with their colorful creations. Browse many nearby galleries too. Free admission. 10 AM-5 PM.
VeganFest Asheville
VeganFest
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Asheville is one of the top USA cities for vegan living. Outdoor festival features vegan food, beer, lifestyle vendors and educational speakers in Pack Square Park 11 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Cashiers Leaf Festival
Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival
Friday, October 7, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022
Held on the Village Green in the middle of Cashiers at peak color time, see the works of 100+ artists while enjoying live music and great food. The free festival is open 10 AM-5 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Haunted Trail Adventure Center of Asheville
The Haunted Trail, Adventure Center of Asheville
Friday, October 7, 2022 to Sunday, October 30, 2022
Celebrating the Halloween season, this family-friendly haunted trail is ideal for ages 3-12 and features live actors, spooky sounds, and props for a no-touch, no-contact heart-pumping experience. Also enjoy spooky live entertainment, no-touch activities, and food and beverages available including hot chocolate. 11 nights in October, 7-9 PM. 
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, October 8, 2022
From pottery to jewelry, sculpture to two-dimensional art, this art festival brings together a wide array of traditional and contemporary mountain art downtown in Pack Square Park. 10 AM-5 PM
Waynesville NC Art Festival
Church Street Art & Craft Show
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Main Street in Waynesville transforms into an arts & crafts marketplace, one of the finest juried art shows in NC. Also enjoy live mountain music, clogging, entertainment and food. Browse many downtown galleries. Free. 10 AM-5 PM.
CiderFest NC
CiderFest NC
Saturday, October 8, 2022
At North Carolina’s premier cider celebration, taste 90 different varieties of cider and mead from 20+ makers, plus see local arts and crafts, taste unique food pairings, and enjoy live music. Benefits Western NC Green Building Council. 1-4 PM at Olivette Riverside Community & Farm, 1069 Olivette Road. $39/person advance tickets. 
Mountain Glory Festival, Marion
Mountain Glory Festival
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Celebrate fall beauty in the mountains with three blocks of festivities along Main Street in Marion, including 140 arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, a 5K walk/run, quilt show, and so much more. Free admission. 9:30 AM-6 PM.
Spruce Pine Potters Market
Spruce Pine Potters Market
Saturday, October 8, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022
Longtime gathering with 30+ potters and clay artists selling their handmade pottery, figurative sculpture, stoneware, earthenware and more. Free admission. 10 AM-5 PM both days. 31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine. Near Penland School.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Thursday, October 13, 2022 to Sunday, October 16, 2022
Meet 200 craftspeople that come together in downtown Asheville with their fine handcrafted items, while local musicians play live on the arena stage and craft educators share their knowledge. Admission.
Harvest Festival Stecoah
Harvest Festival, Stecoah Valley
Friday, October 14, 2022 to Saturday, October 15, 2022
Experience quintessential traditional mountain life with Appalachian dance, music, food, arts and crafts in the beautiful Nantahala National Forest at Stecoah Valley, near Fontana Lake and Robbinsville.
Apple Butter Festival
Apple Butter Festival, Bakersville
Friday, October 14, 2022 to Saturday, October 15, 2022
Enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of autumn on the Creekwalk with music, crafts, and homemade apple butter making during peak fall color. Free admission. 92 Crimson Laurel Way. 10 AM-4 PM
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, October 15, 2022
From pottery to jewelry, sculpture to two-dimensional art, this art festival brings together a wide array of traditional and contemporary mountain art downtown in Pack Square Park. 10 AM-5 PM
Waynesville Apple Harvest Festival
Apple Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Find all things apple in downtown Waynesville, including cider, fried pies and other apple delicacies. Also find live mountain music, dance, craft and demo booths along scenic Main Street for the iconic small town fall festival.
Woolly Worm Festival
Woolly Worm Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2022 to Sunday, October 16, 2022
Celebrate the coming of the snow season with woolly worm races, live entertainment and lots of food and craft vendors in downtown Banner Elk during peak fall color. Highly popular!
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Lake Lure Autumn Arts Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2022 to Sunday, October 16, 2022
See and buy craft and art by 90+ artists from many different disciplines. Also enjoy live music and entertainment, many food vendors and the beauty of the lake. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4. Free admission. 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure
LEAF Festival
LEAF Festival
Thursday, October 20, 2022 to Sunday, October 23, 2022
A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multicultural musical and dance odyssey - longtime favorite festival held in Black Mountain on a lake with camping and limited tickets.
Maggie Valley Fall Crafts Fair
Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, October 22, 2022 to Sunday, October 23, 2022
Meet 100 artisans and crafters from throughout the Southeast with a big variety of art. Outdoors at the Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Road) in the valley. 9 AM-4 PM each day. Free admission and parking.
NC Ceramics Festival
North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival
Saturday, October 22, 2022
This one-day shopping and demonstration show features 40 ceramic artists with a diverse array of tilework, sculpture, jewelry and pottery. Watch raku demonstrations and enjoy live music. Food trucks too. Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, 11 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Beaverdam Studio Tour
Beaverdam Studio Tour
Saturday, October 29, 2022 to Sunday, October 30, 2022
Take a self-guided tour of 30 artists’ studios in North Asheville’s scenic Beaverdam Valley. Buy art from ceramists, painters, sculptors, jewelers, and glass and textile artists. 10 AM-5 PM
Uncommon Market Asheville
Uncommon Market
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Asheville’s largest curated, pop-up market for antiques, art, vintage decor, jewelry, and beyond is in the River Arts District. Rain or shine. 10 AM-4 PM. (1 Foundy Street)
Asheville WNC Holiday Events
Holiday Season Top 50 Events (November & December)
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 to Saturday, December 31, 2022
See our favorite events, festivals and art shows during the holiday season in Asheville and western North Carolina mountains, including many small towns and Biltmore Estate. 
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