North Carolina Apple Festivals in 2021
Update for 2021 and Coronavirus:
It looks like most festivals are returning for 2021, with the possible exception of some in lockdown-states like California, Michigan, New York. Even so, many festivals will not finalize or announce their plans until the last minute, so when we have not seen an update, we've left last year's data below and suggest you see the festivals website or call the festival as the date gets close to see if they will hold it this year.
Looking for a apple festival in North Carolina in 2021?
(just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as
complete and current as this list, just updated! All the apple
festivals in North Carolina we can find are listed on this page!
If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always
looking for more apple festivals! Please write me, if
you know of any to add! I update the dates as soon as the festivals
publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually
the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's
I update this list
every year, but still click on the
links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this
year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or
at the last minute. . If they don't have a
website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S
DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.
Click here for the form to add a festival and have detailed information; or click
here if you have general information and are not connected with the event!
2021 Apple Festivals in North Carolina - Where, When and More to Find an Apple Festival Near You!
Apples typically ripen from July (yes, some early varieties start
then, especially in southern areas)
through early November. Most apple varieties ripen in
Spetember and October and this is when most apple festivals are
Unlike strawberries, which grow almost anywhere, apples are
grown commercially in half as many states. They do not grow well in
very warm climates, like Florida, and along the Gulf coast, etc.
Apples require a certain number of hours of cold (below 40 F) in
order to produce fruit. So most commercial apple production and
apple festivals are north of Interstate 20 (I-20).
There are two general types of apple festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2).
Apple festival held at and by a farm. They are different in what they
community festivals tend to be less expensive so they are grouped separately.
(of course not all states and areas have both.)
festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about
making apple jam, freezing apples, apple pies and
Community Apple Festivals
- Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - early: October, one-day
North Wilkesboro, NC. The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of
the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is not just this club's largest
fundraiser, but has become a one of Wilkes County's biggest
fundraisers. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit
organizations participate in the festival. Over 160,000 people visit
this festival during the day and it's FREE.
Eden Apple Festival
- May no longer be held - there's nothing anywhere on the internet
that is current
201 E. Meadow Road, Eden, NC 27288. Phone:
336-627-5148. Fax: 336-623-2730. Contact: Janet Lester.
- Lincoln County Apple Festival - held each year on the
third Saturday in October; starting at 9:00 am
W Main St, Lincolnton, NC 28092. Phone: (704) 530-4636. Email:
The Lincoln County Apple Festival attracts more than 80,000 visitors
to charming downtown Lincolnton every September. The Festival
features five local apple growers, a farmer's market, local talent
on two stages, foods that include whole apple pies, kid's
activities, and more than 250 vendors with crafts and exhibits
have locally grown apples by the bag and by the bushel. Plus cider,
apple pies, jelly and more! Don't forget to visit our Farmer's
Market with all kinds of other local goodies. The smiles are free!
2019 is it's 47th year.
Click here for a link to our Facebook page.
North Carolina Apple Festival - see
Schedule of event
(in 2020 September 4 - 7, 2020)
Hendersonville , NC. Labor Day weekend!. Ongoing
entertainment will be staged in front of the Historic Courthouse on
Main Street, beginning at 9:30 or 10 a.m. each day and continuing
until 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some seating is
available, but festivalgoers may want to bring chairs. The Street
Fair is located in downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina on
beautiful Main Street. There are also many community events
throughout the weekend.
The food court is located at the southern
end of the festival on Main Street in front of Wells Fargo Bank. The
Street Fair along Main Street runs from 10 am-8 pm Friday-Sunday and
on Monday the mini-street fair runs from 10 am- until the parade
ends. The King Apple Parade starts at 2:30 pm on Labor Day Monday,
rain or shine. Entertainment runs Friday-Sunday from 10 am-10 pm.
Food court and children's area also runs into the late evening.
To learn more about who will be performing please click on events
and entertainment on top of their webpage.
South Jersey Apple Fest - Saturday in early September from10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Cumberland County Fairgrounds 3001 Carmel Rd, Millville, NC 08332.
Phone: (856) 765-0118. Alternate Phone: (856) 265-6181. Email:
[email protected]. Directions: Take Route 49 to left on
Carmel Rd, Travel about 2 miles Fairgrounds will be on the left.
From Route 55, take exit 29, turn left on Sherman Rd, travel 4
miles, turn left on Carmel Rd, stay left at the fork, Fairgrounds
will be on your right. Payment: Cash, only. There will be apples,
produce for sale, produce for sale, parking provide free, gift shop,
musical entertainment, cooking or fruit/veg judging, restrooms,
picnic area, face painting, pony rides, Tents or other provisions
are made for bad weather, There is an admission fee, (ADDED: June
Taylorsville Apple Festival - 3rd Saturday in October; from 9 am to 5 pm
City: Taylorsville, NC. Phone:
[email protected] yahoo.com. The streets of Taylorsville
fill to overflowing for the Annual Taylorsville Apple Festival which
draws an estimated 30,000 attendees and hosts over 250 exhibit
booths. The festival provides a fantastic assortment of
entertainment, food and vendors.
Click here for our Facebook page. They also have an Apple
Blossom Festival in the Spring.
Haywood Apple Harvest Festival Apple Harvest Daze - October 17, 2020 Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Mainstreet, Waynesville, NC 28786. Phone: 828-456-3021. Email:
[email protected]. Open:
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: An annual festival
celebrating the Fall Harvest Season. During the last 23 years, the
Apple Harvest Festival has grown to a premier one-day celebration in
the charming historic mountain town of Waynesville. With more than
130 exhibitors and 35,000 people expected, we will gather for a
glorious day of color to celebrate the fall harvest. Enjoy a
backdrop of the picturesque mountains of Western North Carolina as
you celebrate everything apples. Handmade crafts, local food and
continuous live entertainment will delight even the most seasoned
visitor during this annual celebration. Entertainment will include
local mountain music, cloggers and the occasional character! Take
home a peck of locally grown apples from the county apple growers
association. Haywood County. apples, Harvest festival, Cooked
or baked foods for sale, parking provide free, gift shop, snacks and
refreshment stand, musical entertainment, restrooms, Tents or other
provisions are made for bad weather, FREE admission,
Farm Apple Festivals
In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own apple festivals.
See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them
until the end of May). They usually have PYO apples then, too.
Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making
directions at the bottom of the page.
- We will be adding these as we find them; Please write me,
if you know of any to add!
Related Apple Information: Freezing, Making Jam,
Canning, Apple Pies, Recipes and More
Also, see our pages on easy illustrated apple
Recipes and Canning directions
For other fruit and vegetable festivals, see this page!