Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19, the NC Apple Festival will be different in 2020. They are not canceling the event altogether, but they are unable to hold a Street Fair, the associated Entertainment, Kiddie Carnival, and the King Apple Parade. Be sure to check in for more information about this year’s festival.
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 Hendersonville’s annual NC 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! Finish planning your trip to Western North Carolina with our free Vacation Guide for insider access to all of the great activities and events in the area!
Details for the NC Apple Festival
The NC Apple Festival is an annual Labor Day tradition that has been taking place for over 60 years. Each year, the festival takes place 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 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 plan to attend with kids, 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.
The Days of the Festival
Each day of the Apple Festival offers new events and activities to look forward to.
Friday kicks off the festival with the Historic Courthouse’s opening ceremonies, followed by food and live entertainment.
Tip: Make sure you grab a fried apple pie! They are an absolute must!
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday’s festivities begin with the Street Fair and end with live music and various special events. Sunday continues the fun of the Street Fair, the Apple Orchard Bike tour, the Gem & Mineral Spectacular, and so much more!
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.
Stay with Us in Saluda, NC
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 NC 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.
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!