Top Fall Festivals & Events in Asheville, NC

Fall Downtown Skyline

Asheville's fall calendar of events 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

Goombay Festival
September 2 - 4 | Downtown Asheville & YMI Cultural CenterTwo people walking on stilts at Goombay Festival in Asheville

For more than 40 years, this annual celebration of African-Caribbean food and music has filled downtown Asheville with memorable flavors and the sounds of gospel, reggae, funk and soul.

Chow Chow Culinary Festival
September 8 - 11 | Various Locations

Celebrate the final weekend of Asheville's beloved Chow Chow culinary festival. This multi-series event includes fun, delicious, immersive, meaningful, and educational programming that celebrates and enriches the unique foodways of Southern Appalachia. 

Downtown After 5
September 16, 2022 | Downtown Asheville

Head to Lexington Avenue downtown and celebrate the final act of Downtown After 5's 34th season, which will feature the musical acts of Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience and Molly Parti. Attendees can also enjoy local beers, ciders and seltzers on tap, as well as plenty of local food vendors.

September 17, 2022 | Highland Brewing

Prost, y’all! Clawhammer, Highland Brewing's seasonal Marzen Lager, is back and the brewery is celebrating it’s return with an Oktoberfest style party filled with music, food, games, special small-batch release beers & more! MunchOs Mini Donuts will be out from 12-5pm with Apple Cider & Pumpkin Spice Donuts and the brewery will be hosting Oktoberfest games like a keg roll, stein hoist, stein race, and even a moustache contest.  A portion of the proceeds from every pint of Clawhammer poured will go to benefit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

Heritage Day
September 17, 2022 | Folk Art Center

Celebrate Southern Appalachian culture on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Heritage Day at the Folk Art Center. This festival features old-time music and demonstrations of the crafts of yesteryear. Activities include chairmaking, quilting, heirloom apples, sheep shearing, cornshuck dolls, woodcarving, blacksmithing, weaving, stone carving, soap making, crocheting, knitting, spinning, rifle making, natural dyeing and basketry. Don’t Miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition at 2:00 pm!

ASAP Farm Tour
September 17 - 18, 2022 | Various LocationsMother, father and child walking towards farm on ASAP Farm Tour

ASAP’s annual Farm Tour is a chance to experience how food is grown and raised in Western North Carolina through guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities and tastings. The tour is a family-friendly event and is a great outing for visitors of all ages, abilities, and interests. Passes are $35 in advance and $45 if purchased during the weekend (pending availability).

Flock to the RockFlock to the Rock
September 17 - 18, 2022 | Chimney Rock

Grab your binoculars and get ready for Chimney Rock Park's annual feathered frenzy. This event was designed so birders of all skill sets can enjoy one of the country’s fastest growing hobbies – bird watching! This family-friendly event features live bird demos, guided walks, activities for kids and an annual hawk watch.

Asheville Greek Festival
September 23 - 24, 2022  | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Explore the sights, sounds (and foods!) of Asheville's Greek community. Participants can pre-order delicious, homemade Greek cuisine and pick up their food at the festival's drive-thru.

Blue Ride Pride FestivalA performance at the Blue Ridge Pride festival
September 24, 2022 | Downtown Asheville

Y'all means all in Asheville! The Blue Ridge Pride Festival comes together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community through inclusion, entertainment, education, art and more. Held in downtown Asheville, the annual event features a Welcome Parade, musical acts, food and dozens of vendors. 

Carolina Cheese Fest
September 24, 2022 | Oak & Grist, Black Mountain

Experience things all things cheese with demos, workshops and more than 20 food and beverage vendors. This fundraiser for the WNC Cheese Trail, a local non-profit whose mission is to spread the word about Wester North Carolina's cheese industry. 

Asheville Quilt Show
September 30 - October 2, 2022  | WNC Agricultural Center

See more than 300 quilts from around the country. This regional craft fair features over 20 vendors, live demonstrations, a gift shop, silent auction, special exhibits, a kids sewing station, quilts available for purchase, food and more.

Eliada Fall Festival and Corn Maze
September 30 - October 30, 2022  (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)

Enjoy family fun and make memories all while helping local children! One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Eliada Corn Maze goes towards 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 2, 2022 | Pack Square, 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 ParkArt in the Park
October 1, 8 & 15, 2022 | 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.

Burton Street Community Fair
October 1, 2022 | West Asheville

The Burton Street Community Association, Hood Huggers International and the City of Asheville will be hosting this long-time African-American agricultural fair in West Asheville's Burton Street community. Celebrate the harvest season with an afternoon full of music, craft vendors, local food and fresh produce!

Oktoberfest Half Marathon & 5K
October 1, 2022 | Hi-Wire Brewing, River Arts District

Grab your lederhosen and lace up your running shoes for the 2nd annual Oktoberfest Half Marathon and 5K. Participants will receive a complimentary beer post-race at Hi-Wire Brewing in the River Arts District. The Oktoberfest Half Marathon & 5k celebrates the season of hops and malts with a beautiful run through the River Arts District (RAD), historic Montford, and West Asheville while also enjoying over 8 miles of greenway. Festive costumes encouraged, but not required!

Asheville Food & Wine Experience
October 8, 2022 | Salvage Station

Presented by USA TODAY, this new culinary celebration creates rich and colorful moments for guests to taste, savor and explore the Asheville food and beverage scene, from local trends to regional traditions. The Grand Tasting will be a gourmet showcase by local chefs, emerging talent and nationally renowned culinary leaders who mix with patrons in a convivial setting. 

CiderFest NC
October 8, 2022 | Olivette Riverside Community & Farm

The eighth annual CiderFest NC fundraiser features ample tastings of hard cider, mead and apple wine, along with artisanal food, live music, workshops, a kids zone, and more located along the scenic French Broad River.

Black Mountain Home Fall Festival
October 8, 2022 | Black Mountain

Bring your family & friends to the campus of Black Mountain Home for this fall signature event! The festival will feature a silent auction, live music, car show, games for the kids, and so much more!

October 15, 2022 | Burial Beer Company

Burnpile, Burial Beer Co.'s annual music and beer festival returns on Oct. 15, 2022. Hosted at Burial's Forestry Camp facility near Biltmore Village, attendees will enjoy a full-day concert from three musical acts alongside a tasting experience from a diverse lineup of over 50 of the best breweries in the county, and much more.  

Thomas Wolfe 8K
October 15, 2022 | Downtown Asheville

Join us for the 45th running of the Thomas Wolfe 8k, Asheville's oldest running event. The race benefits the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, as well as Read to Succeed Buncombe County/ Asheville. The race starts in front of the old Thomas Wolfe house and runners will wind through downtown to the historic Montford neighborhood, into the Riverside Cemetery past Thomas Wolfe's final resting place before heading back to the house. Registration fee includes a finisher medal, race t-shirt, chip timed race and a beer from Highland Brewing at the post race party in the S&W location after the race.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
October 13 - 16, 2022 | Harris Cherokee Center - Asheville

Showcasing the finest artwork of nearly 200 craftspeople from around the region, this four-day festival offers a unique opportunity to watch artists practice their craft in live demonstrations. Live music also helps set the stage for this event, which features work across every medium, including clay, glass, fiber, paper, wood, jewelry, leather and metal.

LEAF FestivalLEAF Festival
October 20 - 23, 2022 | Lake Eden, Black Mountain

Travel the word -- through music and the arts! Enjoy the 50th anniversary of LEAF through a spirited celebration of our local and global community. Stages are more elaborate with headline performers and global artists. This is the fun filled weekend with activities bursting at the seams that our community has come to know and love.

North Carolina Ceramics Festival
October 22, 2022 | 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 29 - 30, 2022 | Beaverdam Community, North Asheville

The artists working in Beaverdam Valley—plus 3 guest artists—are excited to welcome visitors to see their work, talk with them, and offer handmade art and craft for sale. Media include ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, paper art, photography, and more.

Black Mountain Art by the Tracks
October 29, 2022 | Black Mountain, NC

Experience the 24th year of Old Depot's Art Show in downtown Black Mountain, NC. Black Mountain is becoming a center for arts and crafts, antiques and furniture, which attracts tourists from throughout the nation for its unique offerings. Come and enjoy a weekend in Black Mountain and see the many arts and crafts on display.

Catawba White Zombie 5K
October 29, 2022 | Catawba Brewing

Dodge Zombies at the third annual Catawba Brewing White Zombie 5k. Start and finish at the Catawba Brewing South Slope tap room. Weave through three "Zombie Outbreak Zones" on a challenging South Slope course and toast your achievement with a beer at the tap room after the race. Proceeds benefit Beloved Asheville.

Miss Gay Latina
November 12, 2022 | Worth 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.

River Arts District Annual Studio Stroll
November 12 - 13, 2022 | River Arts District

The Annual Studio Stroll in Asheville's River Arts District is a two-day extravaganza no to be missed. Two FREE trollies will be available on both days to transport guests. Meet Asheville's leading artists in their studios, seek out gallery receptions, enjoy food and drink options, and more!

Updated August 25, 2022
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