The Best Fall Events in Asheville


Ah,fall! Sweet cool fall is about to visit the Asheville area once again. Perhaps no other time or season of the year is more tailor-made to showcase the splendor of the NC mountains and the Asheville area. The temps are perfect, the leaves are turning, and there is a crisp, clean feeling that you can't help but fall in love with. It also means loads of great family-friendly events are about to take place. This week we showcase just ten of those events. Why just ten? Well because there are so many we could never show you all the awesome events in our area. But have no fear, we'll help you find out about all the events going on in the Asheville area this fall. Let's get started with a few you won't want to miss. 


Asheville Barnaroo 2018 


Asheville Barnaroo Music lovers will find themselves in music heaven during the Asheville Barnaroo. This three-day event benefits the Asheville School of Music. Featuring over eleven bands staged on an idyllic 38-acre farm in Leicester, NC    (a few minutes from Asheville). The festival is the perfect way to ring in fall. 

During the three day event you'll be treated to local and regional bands performing funk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and folk music. There is literally something for everyone. Local food trucks, artists, craft vendors, breweries and loads of other vendors will be present for the festival making this an artists extravaganza. The event takes place from September 28-30, 2019. For details click here.


Cherokee Indian Fair & Parade 


It’s over a century old, 106 years old to be exact. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds. A true treat for the visitor. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There is loads of food, music, and rides. It’s pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a ferris wheel, fireworks, and stickball. For those looking to discover more about the beautiful cultural heritage of the Cherokee Indians, this is the event to be at. Just a short drive from your Asheville vacation home this week-long event is perfect for exploring a unique part of our local history and culture. The fair takes place from October 2-6, 2018. 

Asheville Oktoberfest

Asheville Oktoberfest

Nothing says fall like a traditional Oktoberfest. Well it's sort of conventional, it's more like Oktoberfest with a dash of Asheville.  If you're looking for a pretzel tossing, keg rolling good time, this 21 year and older event is the perfect place to celebrate a great German tradition. The event often sells out so get your tickets early. The location is Pack Square in downtown Asheville. During the event, there will be music by the Mountain Top Polka Band and, of course, beer from over 20 different vendors. Make sure to have a designated driver!

Asheville Art in the Park

Asheville Art in the Park 

On October 6, 13, 20 (Saturdays) from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Pack Square is transformed into an artists market. The market features dozens of local and regional artists. For those who love all types of art from pottery to glassware, oil painting to sculpture, then this is the place for you to be. It is the perfect time to begin your Christmas shopping. Admission is free. Come check out all that Asheville has to offer. Want to learn more about the local art scene? Check out our previous post: Discover the Local Artists of Asheville. 

Western NC Pottery Festival 

Just a short drive from Asheville you'll discover the quaint and funky artists town of Dillsboro, NC. On November 3, 2018, the town is transformed into a mecca for regional and national master potters. This year over seventeen states will be represented during the festival.  Events include live demonstrations, and what are called the "clay olympics."  Tickets to the vent are $5.00 for adults and children 12 and under are free.  Make sure to take advantage of this great event this fall. 

Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival 

Saturday, October 6, 2018 If you are a foodie and a beer lover, especially a fan of craft beers, then you won't want to miss the Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. The event features 25 of North Carolina's best food trucks. The food trucks will offer their favorite dishes paired with craft ales and beers from 50 local and regional breweries. Music, lawn games and artisan market are all par for the course during this fun day of food and beer. 12 -5 p.m. next to Field & Stream. Cost is $5 per person in advance and $10 day of the event. Children under 12 admitted free. Make sure to plan on a designated driver. Be safe. 


Christmas at Biltmore Estate

One of the biggest attractions in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. The iconic Biltmore Estate is worth visiting any time of the year. The mansion itself is impressive by any measure, but equally breathtaking are the surrounding grounds. During the holiday season, the Biltmore is transformed into a magical setting drenched in the holiday spirit.  

From November 3, 2018, to January 6, 2019, you'll discover the magic of the Biltmore in all its holiday splendor. Some of the highlights are the 55 decorated trees, 500 wreaths, and 1,000+ ornamentals. The best time to go is at night when the Biltmore is bathed in soft white lights. Plan ahead and early as many days sell out. Visit the Biltmore website for details. 

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum 

What happens when you take one of the most beautiful arboretums in the country, toss in 12, 500 staff hours, a half million LED lights and the holiday spirit? You end up with a spectacular display of holiday cheer at the Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum. The lights go up on November 16 through December 31, 2018.  This is one of the events that Clark Griswald himself would be proud to attend. Young and old alike will enjoy the synchronized light displays. The weather can be chilly so dress appropriately. The show sells out on many nights so make sure to plan ahead. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Here is what you need to know. 

Advance tickets only - no tickets sold at the gate! 

2018 rates $18/adults and $12/children 5-11, plus tax & fees (so adult's total is $21.49).

Tuesday discount nights are $15/adult and $10/children (excludes Dec 25).

Discount week is November 26-29 with tickets $15/adult and $10/children.

Members of The North Carolina Arboretum Society get a $2 discount on all tickets.

Group tickets are available (minimum 20 people).Open nightly from 6 to 10 PM, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Pick your entry time (6, 7 or 8 PM) when purchasing tickets. Enter any time after.


Asheville Holiday Parade

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by attending the annual Asheville Holiday Parade on November 17. After all, everyone loves a parade. The parade course and always features lots of great floats. The parade takes place downtown. The best place to view the performers in the parade is at Pack Square, but make sure to get there early to get the best seats. Speaking of seats you'll want to bring your own chair. The parade lasts about ninety minutes. After the parade take some time and enjoy walking around downtown Asheville enjoying the many shops and restaurants. Later in the evening enjoy the lighting of the winter lights. 


Do you want to plan your next Asheville fall vacation? We can help make your NC mountain vacation come true. Give us a call today at 888-861-9487 and speak to one of our reservationists. Need help finding a specific event? With our local knowledge, we'll be happy to assist you. 


What's you favorite Asheville fall event? Leave a comment below and let us know about it. 



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