Grey[haired person in sunglasses and denim jacket stands before a quilt display holding up two mugs in welcome. Warm up with arts and crafts
An artist greets visitors at the Old Depot Art by the Tracks festival in Black Mountain. North Carolina fall festivals are occurring all across the state from now until mid-November, with a variety of focuses from art to food and beyond.

North Carolina fall festivals abound! Beer enthusiasts, leaf lovers, oyster shuckers, apple pickers and more will find plenty of outdoor fun in the coming weeks. 

There are few states as pretty as North Carolina in fall, and few as active as well. Gifted as we are with natural wonders, it only makes sense that outdoor fall festivals are every weekend for as long as the temperate weather lasts. Here is a list of our favorite festivals; hope to see you out there!

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Oct. 2 – Nov. 21 (Huntersville). Includes Halloween Daze (free children’s admission and trick or treating) and Deaf Awareness Day (interpreted performances and discount admission), both on Oct. 30.

Asheville Autumn Art in the Park

Oct. 2, 9, 16 (Asheville)

Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair

Oct. 4-9 (Lumberton)

Lenoir County Agricultural Fair

Oct. 5-9 (Kinston)

Beaufort Wine and Food Festival 

Oct. 7-10 (Beaufort)

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music and Dance 

Oct. 7-10 (Pittsboro)

Artsplosure

Oct. 9-10 (Raleigh)

Autumn Leaves Festival

Oct. 8-10 (Mt. Airy)

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

Oct. 8-10, (Cashiers)

Blacktoberfest Beer Festival

Oct. 9 (Durham) 

Davidson Fall Art Festival

Oct. 9 (Davidson)

Bur-Mil Park Fall Festival

Oct. 9 (Greensboro)

Hola Charlotte Festival

Oct. 9 (Charlotte)

Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts

Oct. 9-10 (Maggie Valley)

Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest

Oct. 9-10 (Banner Elk)

Jewish Deli Fest

Oct. 10 (Davidson)

North Carolina State Fair

Oct. 14-24 (Raleigh)

Fall LEAF Festival

Oct. 14-17 and 20-23 (Black Mountain)

Dogwood Fall Festival

Oct. 15 (Fayetteville)

Pineville Fall Fest

Oct. 15 (Pineville)

Autumn with Topsail

Oct. 15-17 (Topsail Beach)

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival

Oct. 15-17 (Hayesville)

Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Festival 

Oct. 16 (Charlotte)

Apple Harvest Festival

Oct. 16 (Waynesville)

North Carolina Wine Festival

Oct. 16 (Cary)

44th Annual Wooly Worm Festival

Oct. 16-17 (Banner Elk)

Lincoln County Apple Festival

Oct. 16 (Lincolnton) 

Harvest on the Homestead

Oct. 16 (Brattonsville)

Fall for Matthews

Oct. 16 (Matthews) 

Fall Festival on Main

Oct. 16 (Mt. Gilead)

Yadkin Valley Grape Festival

Oct. 16 (Yadkinville)

NC Oyster Festival

Oct. 16-17 (Ocean Isle Beach)

Lake Lure Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Oct. 16-17 (Lake Lure)

Mint Hill Madness

Oct. 21-23 (Mint Hill)

Cramerton Fall Festival

Oct. 21 (Cramerton)

Calabash Oktoberfest

Oct. 23 (Calabash)

Boricua/Puerto Rico Fall Fest

Oct. 23 (Rocky Mount)

Black Mountain Fall Art by the Tracks

Oct. 23 (Black Mountain)

Franklin PumpkinFest

Oct. 23 (Franklin)

Harvest Festival and Plow Day

Oct. 23-24 (Bryson City)

Clayton Harvest Festival

Oct. 27-31 (Clayton)

Carolina Bay Fall Festival

Oct. 30 (Wilmington)

Fall Festival

Oct. 30 (Midland)

North Carolina Whirligig Festival

Nov. 6 (Wilson)

North Carolina Fall Festival

Nov. 27 (Concord)