The North Carolina Apple Festival is an annual Labor Day Weekend tradition in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Henderson County is the leading apple-growing area in the state, so the festival celebrates its bountiful harvests since 1946. Festival-goers can indulge in favourite foods like apple pies, pancakes, and more.
The NC Apple Festival is held in downtown, on beautiful Main Street. It features over 200 vendors including many local apple orchards, live music, arts & crafts, special exhibits, and the awaited King Apple Parade. The big parade takes place on Monday at 2:30 p.m. featuring floats, marching bands, community and youth groups, antique cars, and fire trucks. The family-friendly atmosphere of a hometown celebration attracts many visitors to this festival.
During the four-day event, visitors can enjoy Street Fairs, pick apples at local orchards, see car shows, an open house with antique airplanes, participate in the 8K fun run and a bike tour, apple recipe contest, and watch free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse. Hendersonville is a 30-minute drive from Asheville. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.