Check out this list of North Carolina fall festivals. I’m favorably impressed with the selection available to those of you visiting from North Carolina. You really don’t know how lucky you have it. In other states, you would have far fewer selections available. And you wouldn’t have nearly the diversity of seafood, beer, and music festival options available to you. Throw a North Carolina Oktoberfest party into the mix, and you have the potential for a party packed fall!
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North Carolina Apple Festival - Hendersonville, NC - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend family festival for over 60 years celebrating the most important agricultural product in Henderson County. Street fair, arts & crafts, King Apple Parade, festival food, free entertainment.
Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2017
7th annual event with more than 140 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh. Offers rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more. Art exhibition, photography exhibit.
Goombay Street Festival - Asheville, NC - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Enjoy sights and sounds of the African-Caribbean free weekend festival held at Park Square Park. Lots of live music, drums, gospel, reggae, funk and soul plus kids area, local dance troupes and food vendors.
Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Features a covered 1800 seat main stage with additional lawn seats. Venue has plenty of food, music, children’s activities, picking sessions, and more for this 3 day event.
National Folk Festival - Greensboro, NC - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
This 3 day outdoor event features over 300 musicians, dancers, and craftsman on 7 stages. Includes workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities, southern food, and non stop music, dancing, parades, storytelling and more.
North Carolina Gourd Festival - Raleigh, NC - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Annual event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. 70 categories of competition for gourd growers and crafters. Admission fees cover building rental and insurance.
CenterFest Arts Festival - Durham, NC - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Voted one of the top 100 fine arts festivals in the country. Features continuous music, dance, entertainment by more than 70 performing acts. Also a featured kids zone area for hands on art activities and fun.
Dublin Peanut Festival - Dublin, NC - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate the harvest in the peanut capital of North Carolina. Peanut bakeoff contest, parade, pageant, car show, pedal tractor pull and more.
Pagan Pride Days Festival - Raleigh, NC - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Unusual pagan event attracts over 3000 participants for live entertainment and education with workshops, music, vendors and more. Held at the NC State Fairgrounds.
Mayberry Days - Mount Airy, NC - Sep 19 to Sep 24, 2017
Live music, comedy, magic shows, Barbecue Cook-off, parade, games and family fun. Hosted by the Surry Arts Council at various locations including the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre.
Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2017
Muscadine Festival - Kenansville, NC - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Celebrate North Carolina’s State Fruit at Duplin County Events Center. Amateur wine making contest, cooking contest., live music, food, arts, crafts, fun and over 30 local wineries. Held at the fairgrounds.
Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival - Charlotte, NC - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
Casual wine tasting event with hundreds of wines available for tasting from 20+ wineries. Festival food, live music, arts & crafts, and free kids area. Souvenir tasting glass with admission. Kids and parking are free. Held annually at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.
Mountain Heritage Day - Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2017
Held at Courthouse Square it features the best folk and roots music bands in the area. Sample local wine and brews plus great southern styled foods.
Bluegrass Island Festival - Roanoke Island, NC - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2017
Enjoy Boomgrass fireworks, band competition, late night jamming, and over 40 top acts including the Soggy Bottom Boys, Tony Rice Tribute, Doyle Lawson, and so much more Mountain Music By The Sea.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance - Pittsboro, NC - Oct 5 to Oct 8, 2017
Four days of music, dance, art and education with more than 60 bands on 4 stages.
Duck Jazz Festival - Duck, NC - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Free festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians in Duck Town Park. Bring your food coolers, chairs, blankets, pets and kids to this family friendly event. Downtown business including eateries are open to help you enjoy this great event.
Phoenix Fest - Durham, NC - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Celebrate African American cultural traditions with music, a parade and family friendly activities.
North Carolina State Fair - Raleigh, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 22, 2017
Nearly one million attend each year. Folk festival, fireworks, flower & garden show, local wine and craft beer exhibit, grandstand shows and more. Held annually at State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh, NC.
Autumn Leaves Festival - Mount Airy, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
50th anniversary event. Nearly 200,000 typically attend over the course of the weekend. Toe tapping, foot stomping, hand-clapping music with arts & crafts and great food choices. Known for its old time Bluegrass and Gospel music. Admission is free.
mumfest - New Bern, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Enjoy the 36th annual event attended by more than 90,000 every fall to enjoy the family fun, entertainment, foods and attractions. Country music artists perform at Tryon Palace.
Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
A three day outdoor festival on the second weekend in October generally attended by more than 100,000 people. Get your exercise in with a 5K run/walk OR 10K run. Consume a beverage in one of the two beer gardens. Multiple stages offer live music from polka to rock & roll. Juried arts and crafts show of handmade products offers prizes to the top three artisans. First prize is $300, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Amusement rides, carnival games and KidFest area for children. Hundreds of food and commercial vendors will be there offering delicious food from barbecue to Bavarian pastries, as well as unique products and art. Location: Union Square, Main Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601
Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, NC - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2017
This Oktoberfest mixes Bavaria with Asheville. Local breweries, oompah band, Oktoberfest games and food. Only 3000 tickets will be sold. Ticket prices escalate as the event approaches (starting at $25 per person) and they expect them to sell out. Oktoberfest contests like the stein race and keg-rolling contest will be back, as well as new competitions to keep everyone on their toes. The Stratton Mountain Boys will be yodeling and playing Polka music on the stage. Location: Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival - , NC - Oct 17 to Oct 22, 2017
More than 400 species to spot. Guided birding trips, art and photography workshops, tram tours, kayak and canoe tours, and more. Over 100 guided programs for enthusiasts during this event. Call 252-216-9464 with questions.
Appalachian Harvest Festival - Robbinsville, NC - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
Three day harvest festival with free Friday evening campfire and music jam, 5K race and one mile fun run, live music, demonstrations of apple cider pressing, and more. Admission only $3 for adults, kids and parking are free.
Carolina Balloon Fest - Statesville, NC - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
Watch 50 hot air balloons. Tethered balloon rides are $5-10. Proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofits. Live music entertainment on 2 stages, plus a kids zone, artisan marketplace, 5k run, wine and beer tasting and more.
Autumn with Topsail - Topsail Beach, NC - Oct 21 to Oct 22, 2017
Arts, food and beach music including arts & crafts, and children’s activities including sand art, inflatable rides and more. Over 100 regional artists plus live music, amazing food, beer, wine and games.
Onslow Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, NC - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2017
The community fundraiser for Onslow Community Outreach includes live music and 5K run. Children’s area offers entertainment, amusement rides, games, micro racing, animal park and home improvement workbench/clinics. The festival was started in 2008. Location: Riverwalk Crossing Park, 421 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair - Fletcher, NC - Oct 27 to Oct 29, 2017
Fleece show, workshops, demonstrations, shopping, contests and more. Held at the WNC Agricultural Center. Children under 13 are free.
Barbecue Festival - Lexington, NC - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2017
Free admission for over 100,000 people to the barbecue capital of the world. Great food, live entertainment, and the finest exhibits along with a wine garden, barbecue carnival, sand sculpture make this a fun day.
Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 28 to Oct 28, 2017
Sample from the 100 craft breweries and wineries in one place. Held for over 15 years in Wrightsville Beach.
North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival - Whiteville, NC - Nov 4 to Nov 4, 2017
Features the Columbus Cooks Pecan cooking contest, kid’s block, Tri Beach Cruisers car show, art show, boat show, festival food, craft demonstrations, 5k run, festival parade, and of course lots and lots of pecans.
Wilmington Riverfest - Wilmington, NC - Nov 4 to Nov 5, 2017
150,000 visit the three day celebration located from Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Live music, dancing and more on multiple stages. Kids zone includes facepainting, airbrush tattoos, mardi gras mask making, inflatables and more.
WNC Pottery Festival - Dillsboro, NC - Nov 4 to Nov 4, 2017
A juried art event with 40+ master potters. Demonstrations and silent auction. WNC Clay Olympics competition precedes the festival.
NC Comicon - Durham, NC - Nov 10 to Nov 12, 2017
Enjoy a weekend of fantasy, superheroes, wizards and cosplayers. Costume contest and film festival as well.
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Ayden Collard Festival - Ayden, NC - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
A popular event with pageant, parade, art show, eating and cooking contests, live entertainment including music acts and talent show.
17DAYS Festival - Greensboro, NC - Sep 12 to Sep 12, 2016
Experience over 100 main events during this 17 day festival. Activities include music, theater, dance, storytelling, art, and cultural activities. Enjoy local wine and brew tastings plus great food.
Clayton Harvest and Music Festival - Clayton, NC - Sep 14 to Sep 18, 2016
Features include Clayton Idol, Zaxby’s Movie Night, The Catalina’s concert, Health and Fitness Village, Kid’s Corner, vendors, great food, midway, Squealin’ on the Square, and more.
Oktoberfest Happy Hour - Raleigh, NC - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2016
Brewgrass Festival - Asheville, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
An annual event held at Memorial Stadium in downtown Ashville. Experience include over 55 brewery tastings, food court, great music and arts.
Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Creedmoor invites you to their 24th annual music festival. Great music, food, and festival fans will converge on Main Street rain or shine. Bring the entire family for live music, handicrafts, gifts and family fun. Activities include a Kid’s Corner, bounce house, tee-ball, and more. Music ranges from top-notch local and regional bands playing bluegrass, gospel, classic rock, country, and dance music. TK’s Car Show is held next door at the same time.
North Carolina Rice Festival - Belville, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Rice cooking contest, live music, arts and crafts, art contest, kids play area and a beer garden. Held at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.
Shine to Wine Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
12th annual event. Wine/beer/spirit tastings, live entertainment, art and food. General admission is free. Tasting ticket is $15 in advance or $20. It is held annually on the third Saturday in September.
Milltown Oktoberfest - Carrboro, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Lafayette Village Oktoberfest - Raleigh, NC - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Enjoy German food, local craft beer, live music and wiener dog races at this village located on six acres in North Raleigh. There are also kids’ games, crafts and door prizes. Lafayette Village is designed to resemble a European village with quaint shops, gourmet restaurants and paved walkways.
Festival in the Park - Charlotte, NC - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
52nd annual event. Festival food, clowns, karaoke, aerial dance, arts & crafts and family fun zone.
Liberty Antiques Festival - Liberty, NC - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
An annual event with over 400 dealers and thousands of pieces of 18th-20th century items from furniture, glass, pottery, military, toys, dolls, jewelry, art and so much more. Children and parking are free.
Triangle Oktoberfest - Cary, NC - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Presented by the Rotary Clubs of Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor. Hours: Friday from 6 to 10 PM and Saturday from noon to 10 PM and Sunday from noon to 6 PM. German beer vendors will include Paulaner, Spaten, and Warsteiner, among others and lots of other great beer. Live entertainment includes the Little German Band and Dancers. Contests include Hammerschlagen, Beer Obstacle, Stein Hoist and Best Dressed for the Day Contest. This event is family friendly with kid-friendly activities including Kids Zone and sweet treats. There will be wiener dog races, obstacle course, arcade, inflatable slide and more! Beer Judge tickets cost $45 and provide commemorative 5 oz. glass cup with lanyard, unlimited sampling on day of ticket, and vote (for Saturday visitors) in People’s Choice Award. Only 3,000 available. Discounts for seniors and veterans/active duty. The cost of parking is $5. Proceeds support charitable contributions of the Rotary Clubs. They have contributed to more than 12 local causes and 12 international causes as a result of this event.
Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 23 to Oct 15, 2016
This German restaurant opens up for their 16th Annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away. Music bands include Continentals, Prost, Jay Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band and The Alpen Echos.
Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro, NC - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Free two day event with local music performances, food and crafts.
North Carolina Seafood Festival - Morehead City, NC - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
Family fishing tournament, boat show, flounder fling, sailing regatta, road race and fireworks. Music from blues to jazz geared for the whole family. Enjoy Cooking with the Chefs.
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - Wilkesboro, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
One of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Free admission. 4 different music stages, folk dancers and other live entertainment. Attended by over 160,000. Activities begin on Friday night with the “Apple Jam.”
Randolph Arts Guild Fall Festival - Asheboro, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016
A wonderful combination of street fair, bazaar, and homecoming with a 10K road race, live music, crafts, Heritage Village and more. 43rd annual event features over 400 vendors, amusements, livestock show and more.
Kernersville Oktoberfest - Kernersville, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Charlotte Oktoberfest - Charlotte, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
This 18th annual North Carolina Oktoberfest will have live music, beer from local, national and German breweries, games in the Creative Loafing Beerlympic Village, and food vendors with brats and other foods. It benefits three charities: Kids Rein, Classroom Central and Camp CARE. Location: NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28206
Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
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Southport Moose Oktoberfest - Southport, NC - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
St. Patrick Oktoberfest - Fayetteville, NC - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
Cashiers Leaf Festival - Cashiers, NC - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
More than 10,000 visit this mountain village for the changing leaves and 100 artisans and merchants. Free admission. Plenty of food and drinks and lots of live music choices on various stages.
John Blue Cotton Festival - Laurinburg, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
33rd annual event. Home tour, hayrides, crafts, pony rides, food and children’s games.
Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival - Carolina & Kure Beach, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
A weekend of non stop musical talent on both the Jazz Stage and Blues Stage complete with nightly headliners Jonny Lang and Samatha Fish. Enjoy the Arts & Wine Garden, crafts, wine tasting, food, and Kidz Zone.
Swansboro Mullet Festival - Swansboro, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Dtown Oktoberfest - Durham, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
The Little German Band and dancers will entertain with oompah music and dancing. Beer inside the Motorco decorated as a beer hall. Bratwurst and pretzels will also be available.
Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest - Village of Sugar Mountain, NC - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
26th annual Oktoberfest with fall foliage and a weekend of festival activities. The Harbour Town Fest Band will be filling the area with live music and Bavarian atmosphere from the Oom Pah Band every afternoon. The Avery Smooth Dancers and the Mountain Laurel Cloggers will get you out of your seat and moving with them. Bavarian food will include bratwurst, knockwurst sauerkraut, pretzels, strudel and Spaten Oktoberfest beer. This is a family friendly event with arts & crafts and children’s fun center (including inflatable bounce houses and hay rides). Admission is free. Free parking with shuttle service. Pets are welcome if they are on a leash, but they will not be allowed inside or on the deck. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views and fall colors with a ski chairlift ride. Round trip ride takes 45 minutes and costs $12 for a one-time ride or $25 for an all-day ticket.
Columbus County Fair - Whiteville, NC - Oct 11 to Oct 16, 2016
Acrobatic thrill shows, live music, Old McDonald’s Farm, hypnotist shows, horticulture and livestock exhibits, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, contests and midway rides for all ages. Held at the Columbus County Fairgrounds.
World Beer Festival - Durham, NC - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Sample beers from breweries around the world. Several festivals here, including the North Carolina Beer Festival with some of the state’s best, a Cask Ale Festival, Cider Garden and Belgian Bier Festival. Don’t miss the new Friday night happy hour.
NC Oyster Festival - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off Contest and the Oyster Shucking Contest. Describes itself as a Food Festival, Arts Festival, Oyster Festival and a Music Festival. Held 8 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
Yadkin Valley Grape Festival - Yadkinville, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Their 12th annual festival with live entertainment, food, fun, and of course wine events. Wine tasting tickets are $15 (advance) and $20 (door).
Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston-Salem, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
This Winston-Salem Oktoberfest is hosted by the Triad German Club and includes live music, traditional German food and beer. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Food and beverage tickets are sold separate. Food includes items such as bratwurst, wieners, rippchen, sauerkraut, potato salad, homemade pastries and pretzel rolls. A portion of the proceeds benefit schools with German language and culture programs. Location: Millennium Center, 101 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Mills River Oktoberfest - Arden, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
Oktoberfest House Party - Cashiers, NC - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
The High Hampton Inn will host its seventh annual Oktoberfest House Party with a special menu of German food and German beer. Live music and costumed dancers complete the afternoon of German fun. Location: High Hampton Inn, 1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, N.C. 28717
Lake Eden Arts Festival - Black Mountain, NC - Oct 20 to Oct 23, 2016
For over 20 years LEAF has put on this non profit event filled with art, crafts, learning experience, food and lots of local live music concerts.
Colfax Persimmon Festival - Oak Ridge, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 22, 2016
An annual event at the historic Stafford farm. A celebration of persimmon and historic farming. Admission fee is $7. $5 suggested donation for parking and shuttle. Also enjoy the live music and demonstrations.
Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition - Nags Head, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
Regional kite competition with free family fun fly day (Saturday) and demos. Watch the talented kite fliers on Sunday with performances synchronized to music.
Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2016
This 13th Annual Oktoberfest will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music and kids zone. Admission is $5.
Linden Crossroads Festival - Linden, NC - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Wilson Whirligig Festival - Wilson, NC - Nov 5 to Nov 6, 2016
12th annual event. 35,000 attend. Arts & crafts, food vendors, 5K, live music and contests. Recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of its top 20 fall events.
Cucalorus Film Festival - Wilmington, NC - Nov 9 to Nov 13, 2016
Founded in 1994 this annual festival screens over 200 films at several area venues. Dress up for the red carpet and enjoy your nights out.
Bull Durham Blues Festival – Durham – Sept 11-12, 2015
A two day blues and roots music festival.
Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition – Outer Banks, NC – September 12-13, 2015
Regional kite competition with free family fun fly day (Saturday) and demos. Watch the talented kite fliers on Sunday with performances synchronized to music.
World Beer Festival – Durham, NC – October 10, 2015
20th annual event. Sample beers from breweries around the world. Several festivals here, including the North Carolina Beer Festival with some of the state’s best, a Cask Ale Festival, Cider Garden and Belgian Bier Festival. Don’t miss the new Friday night happy hour.
Queen City Fair – Charlotte, NC – October 2015
Young Bosses United Festival – Wilmington, NC – Oct. 24, 2015
We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to the INAUGURALYOUNG BOSSES UNITED FESTIVAL (“YBU”) on October 24, 2015 at 11a.m at the Legion Sports Complex. Business owners under the age of 30 are encouraged to participate in the Young Bosses United
Festival. Our festival’s mission is to promote the developing entrepreneurs under the age of 30. Seeing these vendors will encourage the minds of our young festival goers to believe in their dreams. The Young Bosses United Festival announces its Call for Entries and Volunteers up to 30 years of age. YBU Festival will have live music, children entertainment, vendors and the networking impact will be huge.
Crossroads Festival – Linden, NC – October 25, 2015
Event features a parade, crafts, cornhole tournament, apple pie and paper airplane contest, bingo, great food, and live bands.
Albemarle Harvest Festival – Albemarle, NC – Nov 7, 2015
15th annual event by Vintage Virginia Apples and the CoveGarden Ruritan Club. Workshops, local musicians, hayrides, food & craft vendors, Apple Pie Contest and more.
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