The Hendersonville Apple Festival Is the Best of the Bushel

There are many ways to enjoy the shift from summer to fall in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of North Carolina. Watch the fall foliage bloom into a colorful chorus while munching on a freshly picked apple from the annual Hendersonville Apple Festival.

Start making plans to visit the festival this Labor Day weekend. With four days of live entertainment, great food, arts and crafts, and apples, there is plenty of fun for the whole family! Complete your trip to the Hendersonville Apple Festival and download our free Vacation Guide for insider access to all of the great activities and events in western North Carolina.

Details for the Hendersonville Apple Festival

The Hendersonville 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. It runs from 10 a.m. to 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 loads of fun and not to be missed. You’ll find over 200 vendors set up along 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.

Tip: Make sure you grab a fried apple pie! They are to die for!

Saturday’s festivities begin with the Street Fair and end with live music from The Mighty Kicks. Sunday continues the fun of the Street Fair and more live music.

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 starts at 2:30 p.m. rain or shine and includes fantastic floats, bands, antique cars, and much more. Be sure to keep check the website for updates on the Hendersonville Apple Festival’s event lineup and performers.

Other festival attractions and entertainment

  • WNC Air Museum Open House and Aircraft Rides
  • The Annual Henderson County Gem & Mineral Show
  • Apple Taste Testing
  • Antique Aircraft Flyby

Stay with Us for Your Visit to the Hendersonville Apple Festival

After a busy day filled with apple picking (and eating!), Orchard Inn is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast before making the easy 20-minute drive to the Hendersonville Apple Festival! Take a break from the hustle and bustle and treat yourself to one of our heavenly spa treatments. Finish off your day with a wonderful dinner at Newman’s Restaurant before you retire to your cozy guest room.Lamb Chops at Newman's Restaurant

Check our availability to book your stay for the Hendersonville Apple Festival before it’s too late! We can’t wait to see you soon!