Asheville is a city bursting with energy and excitement, especially in the fall which is arguably the most beautiful time of year in western North Carolina. Here are some of our favorite fall events and activities near Asheville, NC.
2017 Asheville Oktoberfest
Where: Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Asheville
When: Saturday, October 7 | 1PM – 6PM
Located in lovely Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebrates beer from around the world and also features German-style food, music and games.
General Admission tickets are $40 per person while VIP tickets, which include 4 full-beer pours, a German buffet, an official event t-shirt, and more, cost $100. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets and additional information.
Catawba Valley Wine Trail
The Catawba Valley is home to some of the best vineyards in North Carolina. The foothills of Burke County is perfect for growing grapes and the region offers magnificent views as your travel from winery to winery. Each vineyard on the trail offer tours and tastings of wine from the Italian and French traditions.
North Carolina Mountain State Fair
Where: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC
When: Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 9
About a half hour away in Fletcher, NC, the Mountain State Fair celebrates the “people, agriculture, art and tradition” of western North Carolina. The fair includes a week full of friendly competitions from wood carving to livestock, as well as amusement rides, music and dancing, food and more.
Mount Mitchell State Park
Where: Burnsville, NC
The highest mountain the eastern United States offers spectacular views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and it is accessible by hiking trail or auto-road. Mount Mitchell is located about 35 miles northeast of Asheville and it is open year-round, unless the roads are covered in snow and ice. It is difficult to find a better place to observe the fall foliage than the top of Mount Mitchell in late September and early October.
Where: 22 Franny’s Farm Road, Leicester, NC
When: September 29 – October 1
Back for its fifth year at Leicester’s Franny’s Farm, Asheville Barnaroo is a weekend of non-stop music and fall celebration. With about a dozen of the most popular local performers in addition to nearby high school bands this is a weekend made for music lovers. Camping is optional and food and drink will be available from the area’s food trucks and local breweries. Proceeds from the weekend benefit the Asheville Music School. Learn more: www.ashevillebarnaroo.com