Top Fall Events and Festivals in Asheville, NC

Dowtown Asheville with late fall color

Truly one of the great things about Asheville is that no matter what time of year you visit, there’s a good chance you’ll find a festival taking place either in the streets of downtown, by the banks of the French Broad River, or tucked away in a mountain meadow. That’s just our nature here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! 

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In the fall, the Asheville events schedule features celebrations of crafts, harvest and music. Check out this at-a-glance look at Asheville’s best fall events to help find the fests that suit your style.

Fall Festivals and Events in Asheville, North Carolina

Eliada Fall Festival and Corn Maze

October 1-October 31, 2021 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Eliada Home, Asheville

Enjoy family fun and make memories all while helping local children! One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Eliada Corn Maze go to helping the children at Eliada Home. In addition to the Maze, take a spin on the giant jumping pillow, fire the corn canons or go for a tractor ride.

Asheville Vegan Fest

October 3, 2021
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville

Asheville is known as one of the nation's best cities for vegans, with plentiful options at local restaurants and strong culture. This outdoor festival celebrates the vegan lifestyle with food trucks, clothing and artisan booths showcasing the best there is on the vegan market. 

Asheville Art in the Park

Art in the Park

October 2, 9 & 16, 2021
Pack Square, Downtown Asheville

Explore and purchase work by some of the finest artists in the region. Asheville Art in the Park takes place on three consecutive Saturdays in downtown Asheville. Some of the local artists who exhibit at these events are nationally-known. Not only can you take home a one-of-a-kind piece, when you make a purchase you'll also be helping to support a local art non-profit organization.

WNC Garlic Fest

October 9, 2021
Sow True Seed, Asheville

A celebration of all things garlic! The festival brings together local garlic-inspired vendors to create a family-friendly farmers market. There's a big emphasis on education, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to learn about growing great garlic. 

LEAF Festival

LEAF Festival

October 14-17, 2021
Lake Eden, Black Mountain

Travel the word -- through music and the arts! At LEAF, you'll celebrate the best of life and world culture. A robust lineup of musicians and bands will take the stage throughout the weekend.   

North Carolina Ceramics Festival

Ceramic artist Tristan Glosby works at the pottery wheel at Clayspace Co-op in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina.

October 23, 2021
Pack Square, Downtown Asheville

Take a spin at ceramics at this arts celebration. Ceramic artists from across the country gather to explore all genres of ceramics including tilework, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. The festival includes more than 40 national ceramic art vendors, food trucks and raku demonstrations. 

Beaverdam Studio Tour

October 30-31, 2021
Beaverdam Community, North Asheville

In north Asheville's Beaverdam Valley, there's an artist enclave just waiting to be explored! Nearly 30 artists will open their studios and homes for you to see their work, hear their stories and purchase their handmade art and craft. Media include ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, paper art and photography.

Miss Gay Latina

November 20, 2021
Wortham Center for Performing Arts, Asheville

What began as small-scale drag competition in 2008 has grown into a celebration of culture and inclusion. The competition places an emphasis on Hispanic heritage and culture.

Updated September 22, 2021
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