Hendersonville Apple Festival
Main Street, Hendersonville. 828-697-4557. www.ncapplefestival.org.
Days: Sept. 3-6.
Activities: The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day weekend. It has been a Western North Carolina premier family festival for more than 60 years. Visitors can enjoy four days of fun, including one of the best known street fairs in the Carolinas, with freshly picked apples, arts and crafts, festival food and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Festival-goers can start the day with one of the breakfasts offered for sale and then spend the rest of the day taking in the excitement of Main Street as well as other activities across the community. On Labor Day, the King Apple Parade is held.
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The North Carolina Apple Festival includes local apple growers in the Street Fair. Visitors can purchase a few apples or bushels of fresh locally grown apples. Many of the growers also feature items such as fried apple pies, apple cakes, apple butter and apple cider.
Please leave pets at home; Hendersonville prohibits animals in the event area.
A downloadable brochure that lists all of the events in the Apple Festival is available at ncapplefestival.org/pages/brochure.php.
Cost: Free, except for purchases.
Target audience: All ages.
Directions from uptown: From South Church Street, turn right to merge onto I-277 S. Continue onto U.S.-74 W. Turn left onto the Interstate 485 Inner N ramp. Take exit 10B to merge onto U.S. 74, Andrew Jackson Highway, toward Kings Mountain/Shelby. Continue to follow U.S. 4 W. Merge onto I-26 W/U.S. 4 W. via the exit on the left. Follow I-26 to Exit 49 (old Exit 18) for Hendersonville/U.S. 64 West to downtown Hendersonville, 2 miles from I-26. Turn left onto Grove Street and left again on Fourth Avenue to Glover Street. Follow Glover Street into Jackson Park for shuttle rides to the Apple Festival.
Parking: The North Carolina Apple Festival provides a shuttle service from Jackson Park to the festival area. Jackson Park is off Glover Street in downtown Hendersonville. The fee is $1 per rider with a maximum $4 charge for a family and children 3 and under are free. There are signs pointing to Jackson Park from Four Seasons Boulevard and Spartanburg Highway. The shuttle runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is no shuttle on Labor Day. There are multiple parking lots throughout downtown including free and fee-based parking.
Distance from Charlotte: About 100 miles; 2 hours.