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2022 Harvest Festival

October 14 - October 15

On the third weekend of every October this event begins with a free Friday evening campfire to roast marshmallows, and storytelling. Hot dogs, hot cocoa and soft drinks for sale. The Festival gets underway Saturday at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Saturday admission is just $5/adult and free for kids K-12 and younger; parking is free. Enjoy music and dancing on the outdoor stage. Local artists offer their handmade crafts and foods for sale, and demonstrations of corn-grinding, blacksmithing and butter…

Farm Fun Day at Historic Johnson Farm

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Historic Johnson Farm will be hosting a Farm Fun Day on Saturday, October 15 from 1-5 PM. This family-friendly event will entertain people of all ages. Admission to the event is $20 per family. A family is up to 4 people of any age. If a family has more than 4 people, each additional member is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Games and crafts for children are included with admission. Farm animals will be available for petting,…

Storytelling at the Vance Birthplace

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This October, we're bringing you another evening of storytelling with Dr. Delanna Reed. Dr. Reed, a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, is a professor with the Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University. Join us as we get you in the spooky spirit of Halloween with a few Appalachian ghost stories and others from afar. Dr. Reed will bring these scary tales to life through spoken word. Visitors can bring a blanket or a chair and…

Naturalist Niche: Fall Color Hike

October 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fall color is one of the highlights of life in WNC. Toward the end of the season Hickory Nut Gorge comes alive with gorgeous shades of gold and red. Join a naturalist and learn more about fall flora and fauna in the Park as you take in the beauty of the season.  Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

November 18 - December 31

Winter Lights is a spectacular open-air walk-through light show made from over one million lights! Located at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina, this year’s event features favorites like the famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden, along with enchanting new details designed to delight and surprise.

Naturalist Niche: Fall Ridge Hike

November 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

The trails of Chimney Rock in the fall are amazing, but a guided hike off-the-beaten-path can lead you to places you never knew existed. Join a naturalist and learn what fall brings to Hickory Nut Gorge. You’ll discover seasonal changes along your trek that will introduce you to a whole new perspective of the Park. Cost: Includes Park Admission: $25 Adult, $8 Annual Passholder, $15 Youth (ages 5-15), $6 Rockin’ Discovery Passholder. Advance registration required.

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