As summer weather gives way to fall, visitors flock to the North Carolina mountains to experience autumn to the fullest. Among the many things to do, viewing the changing foliage, basking in the crisp air, and picking (and eating!) apples are usually at the top of the list. Kick off the season with the annual Hendersonville Apple Festival. It’s held annually on Labor Day weekend and is the perfect culmination of all things fall in Western North Carolina!
Start making plans to visit so you can enjoy freshly picked N.C. apples, festival food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment at this year’s Henderson Apple Festival. You may want to attend the festival all four days, or you can mix in other local activities and events. Download a copy of our free Vacation Guide to Western North Carolina to find out everything there is to do in the area!
Details for the Henderson Apple Festival 2017
The Apple Festival is an annual Labor Day tradition that has been taking place for over 60 years. Each year, the festival is held on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. This year’s event will take place September 1-4. It runs from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. On Sunday, the festival goes from 10 a.m. through the end of the King Apple Parade. Plenty of parking is available and there are many free and paid lots around town that cater to festival-goers. Pets are not allowed at the festival.
What You Can Expect at the Hendersonville Apple Festival
The Street Fair is always so much fun to experience. You’ll find a wide range of vendors set up along a 9-block stretch of Main Street offering everything from delicious food to handmade arts and crafts.
If you happen to live in the area and have children or are traveling with family, you may be interested in checking out all of the Children’s Activities. Your little ones will have a blast jumping on the inflatables and checking out the amusement rides set up just for them. Be sure to check out both Family Fun Zones at the Wells Fargo Bank and the Visitor’s Center.
Each day of the Apple Festival offers new events and activities to look forward to. Friday kicks off the festival with the opening ceremonies at the Historic Courthouse, followed by food and live entertainment. Don’t miss the fried apple pies!
Monday, Labor Day, is the last day for the Hendersonville Apple Festival and concludes this amazing weekend with a bang. Make sure you get a great spot for the King Apple Parade on Main Street. It will start at 2:30 p.m. rain or shine. You will get to see fantastic floats, bands, antique cars and much more. Be sure to keep checking back on their website for updates on the Hendersonville Apple Festival’s event lineup and performers.
Other festival attractions and entertainment include:
- WNC Air Museum Open House and Aircraft Rides
- The Annual Henderson County Gem & Mineral Show
- Apple Taste Testing
- Beach Day on Main – Learn to Carolina Shag
Where to Stay for the Henderson Apple Festival
The Orchard Inn in Saluda is just 20 minutes from the festival, making it a great place to call home for the weekend. You can wake up and enjoy the peaceful solitude of our secluded Inn, and fuel up with a gourmet breakfast (or Sunday Brunch!) before setting out for a day of adventure. Our beautiful B&B has everything that you need to make your stay cozy and comfortable. Select from our inviting rooms and well-appointed cottages and book your favorite. We can’t wait to welcome you to The Orchard Inn this fall!