October 2017 Events

Through October 28

October 1-30

  • Weekends during October, Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City. On board the train, meet the Peanuts characters, listen to "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Also, select a pumpkin, hayrides, temporary tatoos, campfilre marshmallows, and more. 

September 30-October 1

  • Fall Festival, John C. Campbell Folk School. 10 am-5 pm. Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 42nd Fall Festival, featuring over 200 craftspeople, continuious live music and dance, craft demonstrations, good food, and much more! Admission: Adults $5; ages 12-17 $3; under 12 free. 
  • 34th Annual Molasses Festival, Sims Country Barbecue, near Granite Falls. Experience Southern Appalachian culture at its best with clogging and traditional agricultural techniques of the past, such as molasses boiling.
  • Mountain Glory Festival, downtown Marion. 9:30 am - 5 pm. Quilt shows, arts, crafts, food, childlren's events and local entertainment. 
  • Hey Day, WNC Nature Center, Asheville. Family festival with music, clogging, free crafts, food, games, and live animal presentations. 

October 6

  • Music on Main, Sparta. First Friday of each month June-October. 6 pm. Downtown Sparta’s merchants, restaurants, and attractions welcome visitors with music in six or more venues. Performers can be found at BlueRidgeMusicNC.com. Free and family friendly. 

October 6-8

October 6-15

October 7

  • Forest Festival Day and John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodmen’s Meet, Cradle of Forestry. $6 ages 16+, $3 ages 5-15, ages 4 and under free.Meet traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers as they gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage.  
  • 9th Annual ColorFest, downtown Dillsboro, 10 am - 4 pm. over 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. 

October 7-8

  • Oktoberfest, Sugar Mountain Resort, Banner Elk. 10 am - 5 pm. Bavarian music, German and American food, lift rides, children's fun center, hay rides, craft fair, and more. Free admission and parking.

October 13-14

  • Ghost Train Halloween FestivalTweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock. Safe, scary fun for the whole family! Halloween shows and trick-or-treating and a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train, Advance tickets required.
  • Autumn Leaves Festival, Mount Airy. Showcasing the rich musical heritage of the region, performed by local musicians on the downtown stage.
  • Harvest Festival, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah. Featuring the award-winning Claire Lynch band on Saturday night.

October 14

  • Valle Country Fair, Valle Crucis, NC. Valle Crucis Conference Center Grounds, Highway 194, Valle Crucis, NC 28691. 9 am-4 pm. Admission-free, Parking-$10.00 per car. Please no pets. 160+ top quality crafts from the Southeast, variety of foods and entertainment in a beautiful, historic mountain village. All profits go to local charities and local emergency relief needs.  
  • Camping in the Old Style, Cradle of Forestry. General admission applies. Visit with the Acorn Patrol, a small group of classic campers in a re-created campsite of the early 1900’s.  At this time in history the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation.

October 15

  • Hardlox, Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. 11 am - 4 pm. Annual Jewish food and heritage festival, with traditional music and dance, crafts, food, children's activities. 

October 20

  • The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama, Cradle of Forestry. $6 ages 16+, $3 ages 5-15 and for America the Beautiful or Golden Age passport holders, ages 4 and under free. A mystery over time becomes a legend, and a legend grows in the telling . . . It was Halloween night 1906 in the Blue Ridge mountains when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School disappeared. His name was Tommy Hodges.
  • Deep River Band, at Fletcher Feed & Seed, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Free.  New songs from special guest, original guitarist from 25 years ago, Mary Liebig.

October 20-22

  • WNC Fall Harvest Days, WNC Ag Center, Fletcher. Vendors, farm tools, 30th Antique Engine and Tractor Show. Tractor parade daily at 2 pm weather permitting. 
  • Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, US Cellular Center, Asheville. 10 am - 6 pm Thursday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday. Bi-annual show and sale of fine crafts made by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.

October 21

  • Annual Pumpkinfest, downtown Franklin. 9 am - 4 pm. Featuring the World Famous Pumpkin Roll, costume parade and contest, pie eating contest, entertainment and more.
  • The Return, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville. 7 pm. This group started in 1995 when 4 friends got together to play their favorite Beatles songs just for fun.  Over twenty years later they are still playing together and have created the highest level of authenticity possible. From John Lennon’s on-stage gum chewing, to using exact replicas of the instruments, costumes and gear the Beatles used, they have not left any detail to chance.  Adults $30; Students $20.

October 21-22

  • Ghost Train Halloween FestivalTweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock. Safe, scary fun for the whole family! Halloween shows and trick-or-treating and a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train, Advance tickets required.

October 24

  • Howl-O-Ween, WNC Nature Center, Asheville. 10 am - 5 pm. Spooky arts and crafts, games and facepainting, a hay maze, eduational animal encounters throughout the day. Costume contest at 5 pm.

October 27

  • 4th Friday Gallery Walk, downtown Brevard. Art galleries, stores and restaurants open late from 5 - 8 pm on the 4th Friday from April-November. December Gallery Walk on 3rd Friday.

October 28-29

  • Ghost Train Halloween FestivalTweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock. Safe, scary fun for the whole family! Halloween shows and trick-or-treating and a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train, Advance tickets required.

October 28

  • Scary Beary Halloween, Grandfather Mountain. Crafts, natural programs, trick-or-treating, and a costume contest. Children in costume get in for half-price.

 

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