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Fall in Haywood County

Fall in Haywood County means three things for certain: cooler temperatures, delightful fall foliage, and a growing anticipation for all the upcoming events celebrating our rich Appalachian heritage. There’s truly something for everyone at each one of these events, which celebrate everything from arts and crafts to food and music. There’s so much happening that you might want to stay a while so you don’t miss out on any!

Weekly live music and HART Theatre shows are also happening throughout the season—be sure to check our events page to stay on top of them all.

Canton Labor Day Festival

Date: September 2 & 3, 2018
Where: Downtown Canton

As the oldest Labor Day Festival in the South, this festival brings fantastic local musicians, a parade, a host of shows, and several food vendors together to celebrate Canton’s unique manufacturing legacy. Tickets are $10 at the gate and $8 in advance at participating Ingles Markets.

Mountain Street Dance

Date: September 28, 2018
Where: Downtown Waynesville

Mountain Street Dances in Waynesville are legendary! This free event includes live music, clogging, and square dancing—right on Main Street. Find out why our locals and visitors mingle more at these street dances than any other event.

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Church Street Art & Craft Festival

Date:October 13, 2018
Where: Downtown Waynesville

This yearly event held on Main Street was designed specifically to provide a venue for local artisans and crafts people to display their work. This year, over 120 crafts and food vendors will be attending. From pottery to jewelry, décor and art, you can easily spend a day browsing.

Apple Harvest Festival

Date: October 20, 2018
Downtown Waynesville

Hailed as one of the best fall festivals in the country, the Apple Harvest Festival celebrates Haywood’s agricultural heritage and the autumn harvest. At this event, you’ll get the chance to taste all things apple: apple pies, apple tarts, apple cider, apple doughnuts, apple jam…the possibilities are endless. You can also find music, dancing, arts & crafts, and plenty of family-friendly games.

Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show

Date: October 20 & 21, 2018
Where: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

This event is Maggie Valley’s largest gathering of artisans and crafters from all over the Southeast. It’s also one of the longest running and popular events held in Maggie Valley, and it’s easy to see why. Watch chainsaw art demonstrations and shop for hand-made décor, bowls, furniture, and more.

Maggie Gets Lit

Date: November 24, 2018
Where: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

Ring in the holiday season and have a heck of a time doing it! Maggie Gets Lit is Maggie Valley’s yearly tree-lighting festival, which also includes a Christmas Market, Kids Zone, Santa Strut, and food vendors. Expect clogging, lots of Christmas music, and ugly sweaters at this celebration. Admission is free, but in the spirit of giving, donations to the Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter would be greatly appreciated.

Art of Music Festival

Date: November 30 & December 1, 2018
Where: Lake Junaluska

One of the most popular festivals in the region, Art of Music is hosted by homegrown bluegrass band and IBMA Album of the year winners, Balsam Range. This is a three-day festival was recently expanded and features the nation’s top bluegrass and acoustic musicians. You can also attend musical workshops, an instrument showcase, and so much more!

Art After Dark

Date: First Friday of Each Month through December
Where: Downtown Waynesville

From 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, witness Main Street’s transformation into an impromptu visual, culinary, and performing arts center. Local artists bring shows, refreshments, and live music to one of Waynesville most coveted events.

Fill your time between events with some other ways to explore the Smokies this fall. Don’t forget to tag any social posts with #HayNow!

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