Ultimate Fall Bucket List for the Carolinas
‘Tis the season for pumpkin carving, scarecrows, and apple cider doughnuts! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate all things fall this year in the beautiful Carolinas, check out our fall bucket list. Pack your calendar with festivals, food trucks, live music, ciders, fried food, costume contests, Oktoberfests and more!
US National White Water Center
Enjoy a full day of races, fall-themed yoga sessions, seasonal cider sampling, and the spectator-friendly carnage of Fall Festival’s signature Build Your Own Boat (BYOB) Competition.
Oct 5th-Nov 24th
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville
Plan to spend a whole day enjoying non stop entertainment! Arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more! Time travel to the greatest party since Camelot.
260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, NC 28677
Come prepared for a full weekend of beautiful colors in the sky and fun activities for all ages! You can expect morning fly-overs and evening balloon glows, shopping at the marketplace, live entertainment, fun in the Kids Zone, and lots of food on Eat Street!
Experience the Biggest Halloween Crawl in the Southeast! With over 20 bars involved throughout Uptown Charlotte, enjoy great drink specials, giveaways, and a costume contest! Cost varies from $10-$25.
Sample beers from 30+ local and regional breweries while listening to live music and shopping local Charlotte vendors!
Eight free music stages in downtown Raleigh featuring IBMA and Grammy Award winners, top-notch emerging acts, and traditional bluegrass. The festival also features a dance tent, workshops and exhibit hall with instruments and gear in the Raleigh Convention Center, food vendors, a juried arts market area, and more!
Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Festifall Arts Festival is a gathering of all kinds of artists, crafters, arts organizations, and arts educators from the Triangle and beyond. Fun for all ages!
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
“Nothing Could Be Finer” than to spend a beautiful fall day at the N.C. State Fair!
Oct 18th 5pm-10pm
Oct 19th 12pm-9pm
Booth Amphitheatre: 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary NC
The Largest Oktoberfest in Central North Carolina! This is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food, local and authentic German beers from Munich.
Oct 30th- Nov 3
This five day carnival features rides and games, a BBQ competition, Halloween night fun, concerts, a Latin American Festival, and much more.
Join the British Car Club of Western NC annual show and check out 120+ British and European classic cars, race cars, racing motorcycles, rare-exotic sports cars and antique motorcycles. Free admission
Friday night Soapbox Derby, Saturday morning Overmountain 5K and Tour de Pumpkin 50K & 100K bike rides and festival with crafts, music, scarecrow contest.
The Salvage Station
Sample beers from 45 breweries while listening to a bluegrass-infused live band. Local food vendors. $45/person, 21+
Sierra Nevada Brewery
“Join a festive evening at their big brewery south of Asheville, with music, glassblowing, stache competition, souvenir beer stein, special beers and a German-inspired feast. 5-10 PM. $27-$32/person. Limited tickets, buy online. Free shuttles from Asheville and Hendersonville.”
Find all things apple in downtown Waynesville, including cider, fried pies and other apple delicacies. Also find live mountain music, dance, craft and demo booths along scenic Main Street for the iconic small town fall festival. 10 AM-5 PM. Free.
Enjoy food, live entertainment, crafters and other vendors, and old fashioned games for the kids. Over 100 Scarecrows who are participating in the annual Scarecrow Contest will greet you on your way into Pendleton.
Sunday, October 13: 12pm-7pm
Stroll down Greenville’s Main Street and discover a world of tempting tastes, sights, sounds, and mouth watering aromas. With over 40 restaurants featuring over
200 menu items and free entertainment on seven stages, we invite you to enjoy the Southeast’s most popular outdoor festival.
NOMA Square, Downtown Greenville
Indulge in delicious German food featuring grilled bratwurst, pretzels with beer cheese & mustard, Sauerbraten and more while enjoying live entertainment every night. Festival-goers will also get to compete in a Bratwurst-eating contest for prizes!
Main Street, Downtown Travelers Rest
Art on the Trail is a one-day immersive art experience set along the iconic Swamp Rabbit Trail. Ignite your inner artist through interactive visual and performing demonstrations, shop for artwork and keepsakes at the Art Market, and take home a piece of the experience for yourself!
Rock Hill/Fort Mill:
Sept. 14 – Oct. 27
Participate in the Great Pumpkin Fest Activity Trail with a challenge course, corn maze, hay bale maze, games, crafts and much more. Then head on over to Halloween Hootenanny in the all-new Blue Ridge Junction area where everyone will enjoy family games, fun activities and DJ Hoot ‘N’ Holler playing tunes for dancing on the midway.
Philip T. Glennon Center, Tega Cay
The Fall Festival features arts & crafts, businesses and food/beverage vendors. The day is filled with local entertainment hitting the stage along with the very popular kid zones. The day would not be complete without the Children’s Halloween Costume Contest and the Hula Hoop Contest for all ages.
Select days Sept. 28th-Oct. 26th
1650 Filbert Hwy, York, SC 29745
Bring on the pumpkins, apple cider, wagon rides, and cooler weather! Bush-N-Vine has a variety of activities for you and your family/friends to participate in including bounce house for the kids, pick-your-own pumpkins, live music, and more!
Come trick-or-treat with town vendors and merchants, participate in a costume contest and dance to a monster mash of great music!
Whole month of October
Downtown Fort Mill
Residents, businesses, schools and community organizations are invited to enter a scarecrow to be displayed along Main Street and in Millstone Park!
Downtown North Wilkesboro NC
The festival features over 400 arts & crafts booths, over 100 food vendors, 4 different music stages featuring Bluegrass, Blues, Country and Folk Music, dancers and more! You will find all things apples: apple cider, apple pies, dried apples, apple butter and more!
Valle Crucis Conference Center
The fair features homemade goods like Brunswick Stew, BBQ and Apple Butter to warm you up on a crisp Autumn Day. Children’s activities include storytelling, pumpkin carving and pumpkin bowling. Fair goers can visit over 150 juried arts & crafts vendors while listening to live bluegrass and country bands and watch cloggers and square dancers.
Downtown Banner Elk
The event features live music, arts & crafts and food vendors, a children’s area featuring inflatables, and of course the famed Woolly Worm races! The winning worm receives a $1,000 prize and winter weather predicting rights.
Located in downtown Boone, enjoy games and crafts at the Watauga County Library, a spooky tour of the Jones House and trick or treating with downtown merchants.