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Hendersonville's 2023 NC Apple Festival


Hendersonville's Apple Festival: A Sweet Slice of Mountain Magic


Are you ready for a taste of Autumn's finest in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains?  

Hendersonville, North Carolina, is gearing up to host its annual Apple Festival, a delightful celebration of everything apple-related. This is how we kick off Fall around here. And the weather is perfect! As the leaves start to turn and the air grows crisper, Hendersonville comes alive with the sweet aroma of ripe apples and the joyful sounds of a community coming together.


A Delicious Tradition

The Hendersonville Apple Festival is a time-honored tradition that draws locals and visitors alike. This year's festival promises to be as exciting as ever, with a fantastic lineup (click here) of activities and attractions. Whether you're a foodie, a family looking for fun, or a couple seeking a cozy weekend getaway, the Apple Festival has something for everyone.


Tantalizing TreatsBrownies, fudge, and other treats for sale at Hendersonville's NC Apple Festival

Of course, at the heart of this festival are the apples themselves. Hendersonville is known for its apple orchards, and you'll find no shortage of apple-inspired treats here. From crisp apple pies to hot apple cider and everything in between, your taste buds are in for a treat. Don't forget to try the iconic cider doughnuts (I know it’s what my family lives for!), apple funnel cakes, and apple fritters that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Arts and Crafts Galore

Beyond the delectable apple-themed cuisine, you can explore a bustling arts and crafts scene at the festival. Local artisans showcase their talents, offering everything from handmade jewelry and pottery to woodcrafts and paintings. It's a great opportunity to find unique, one-of-a-kind treasures to take home as souvenirs or gifts.


Live Music and Entertainment

Music lovers will be delighted by the live performances that grace the Apple Festival's stages. Local bands, artists, and performers put on a show that ranges from folk and bluegrass to rock and country. Grab a seat, tap your feet, and soak in the mountain tunes that fill the air.


Here's this year's lineup:

Image of 2023 Apple Festival Entertainment Lineup


Family Fun

Families with children will find plenty to keep the little ones entertained. The festival features a dedicated Kids' Zone with games, face painting, and exciting activities to keep the young ones smiling. Plus, the petting zoo is a favorite among animal enthusiasts of all ages.


View of Main Street in Hendersonville with NC Apple Festival vendors and attendees from 2022Shop 'Til You Drop

Downtown Hendersonville is known for its charming shops, and many of them participate in the festival. Take some time to explore the local boutiques and specialty stores for even more shopping opportunities. You might find that perfect piece of Appalachian craftsmanship or a unique home decor item.




The Hendersonville Apple Festival typically takes place over Labor Day weekend, making it an excellent way to usher in the fall season. Check the official festival website or local event listings for this year's specific dates and times. Remember to plan ahead, as accommodations can fill up quickly during this popular event.

Don’t miss the King Apple Parade on Monday. It’s one of the highlights and the closing event of the North Carolina Apple Festival - held on Labor Day each year. This year’s parade will be on Monday, September 4, 2023, at 2:30 pm. 



Henderson County Historic Courthouse during festival



The Hendersonville Apple Festival is a celebration of community, tradition, and, of course, apples. It's a delightful way to experience the essence of this beautiful mountain town and create lasting memories with family and friends. So mark your calendar, pack your bags, and get ready for a weekend filled with apple-flavored fun in Hendersonville, North Carolina. We'll see you there!


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