October brings beautiful colors and fall events to the North Carolina and Tennessee area. These include hikes, festivals, state fairs, bluegrass music, some brewery showcases, and Oktoberfest. See the events below for highlights within a short drive of Knoxville.
Cherokee Indian Fair
This year the Cherokee Indian Fair is 100 years old, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has decided to celebrate this special birthday with more music, dancing, crafts, exhibits and fun than ever before. Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, Cherokee, N.C. Oct. 2-6. 800-438-1601. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ghost Train Halloween Festival
Tweetsie Railroad’s Halloween ride has become one of the High Country’s Halloween traditions. Tweetsie is located between Boone and Blowing Rock, N.C., on U.S. 321. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27. highcountryhost.com.
The Vanderbilts’ at Home and Abroad Exhibition
Explore the lives of George, Edith, and Cornelia Vanderbilt at home and in their travels throughout Europe and the Far East. See exotic and rare treasures they collected. Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Ongoing exhibit. 828-225-1333
“1912 Facts About Titanic” Book Signing
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge will host author Lee Merideth to sign books and talk about Titanic history. Oct. 4-21. Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 417-334-9500.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair
Art, crafts and music lovers can find almost 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Convention Center, Gatlinburg, Tenn. Oct. 11-28. 865-436-7479. craftsmenfair.com
Stingy Jack’s Fall Festival
Annual fall festival in Pisgah Forest includes illuminated twilight trails, pumpkin chunkin’, enchanted hayrides, hay maze, human hamster wheel, musical entertainment and more. Pisgah Forest outside Asheville, N.C. 855-784-6497. Oct. 12, 19, 26.
River Rocks Festival
Unique and distinctive outdoor festival celebrating natural resources with events including hot air balloon rides, film fest, live music, hiking, biking, climbing, hang gliding, paddling, obstacle courses and more. There are multiple venues/times. Riverfront in Chattanooga, Tenn. Oct. 6-14. 423-265-0771. riverockschattanooga.com.
Church Street Art & Craft Show
Hundreds of juried crafters and artists line Main Street in Waynesville, N.C. for one of the finest art shows in the mountains. Music, food and more. Oct. 13. 828-456-3517.
Blue Ridge Artists & Crafters Show
Area artists and crafters come together for annual show at Haywood County Fairgrounds near Waynesville, N.C. Food, entertainment and more. Oct. 13-14. 828-452-3021.
October Leaves and Craft Show
Dozens of mountain crafters gather in beautiful Maggie Valley, N.C. during the height of autumn. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Oct. 13-14. 828-497-9425.
High Country Quilters Bear Foot in the Valley
Quilting guild’s fall show features a theme quilt in the bear paw block design. More than 100 quilts and more crafts. Town Hall, Maggie Valley, N.C. Oct. 11-13. 828-456-3021.
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
More than 200 of Western North Carolina’s finest artisans and craftsmen come together for the largest show of its kind in the region. Demonstrations, live music and more. U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, N.C. Admission. Oct. 18-21. 828-298-7928.
Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival
Celebrate the fall harvest in picturesque downtown Waynesville, N.C. amid a backdrop of fall color. Crafts, music, food. Oct. 20. 828-456-3021. haywoodapplefest.com.
35th Annual Wooly Worm Festival
Banner Elk, N.C. hosts annual festival where wooly worms race up a string to win grand prize. Music, food and more. Oct. 20-21. 828-898-5605. woolyworm.com.
Cherokee Myths and Legends Tour
Tour guides take visitors stops throughout the Qualla Boundary discussing unexplained happenings and time-honored stories of spirits of ancient Appalachian lore from funny to frightful. Cherokee, N.C. Oct. 24-30. 800-438-1601.
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