But don't say good-bye to October just yet

Apple Orchards Open
Through October 31

Just 25 miles south of downtown Asheville is one of the country’s top apple growing areas. Visit the orchards and farms for free! North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation, and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina. Visit many orchards along US Highway 64 (we call it “Apple Alley”), just a few miles east of I-26. The apple harvest season runs through October, and many of the orchards are open daily.  

Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show
Saturday - Sunday, October 26 - 27

See juried art and buy directly from the artist in Pack Square Park in the middle of downtown Asheville. Find paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, wood and more. 10 AM-5 PM each day. Free admission. For more info: hotworks.org/events/asheville-fine-arts-show

Downtown Brevard Halloweenfest
Saturday, October 26

This festival features a Flight of the Vampire 5K, 10K and Children’s Fun Run, along with street vendors, games, music, trick-or-treating, pet costume contest and a very competitive pumpkin carving contest. 10 AM-6 PM.

Beaverdam Studio Tour
Saturday - Sunday, October 26 - 27

Take a self-guided tour of 30 artists’ studios in North Asheville’s scenic Beaverdam Valley. Buy art from ceramists, painters, sculptors, jewelers, and glass and textile artists. 10 AM-5 PM  Visit: beaverdamstudiotour.com

Christmas at Biltmore
Friday, November 1 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

The biggest event of the holiday season. See America’s largest home decked out in festive finery. Candlelight Evenings are  especially magical. Visit: biltmore.com 

Weaverville Art Safari
Saturday - Sunday November 2 - 3

This self-guided, make-your-own-agenda event throughout Weaverville and surrounding scenic valleys is a rare opportunity to interact with artists and see the process behind their critically-acclaimed works of art. And it’s fun to buy directly from the artists! Brochures will also be distributed from an Art Safari information booth located on Main Street in Weaverville during the Safari weekend. Visit website: weavervilleartsafari.com

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
Friday, November 8 to Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This nationally touring exhibition at Biltmore that features set recreations, costumes and never-before-seen multimedia elements. In two locations on the estate: Amherst at Deerpark and The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village. Visit: biltmore.com

Polar Express Train
Friday, November 8 to Tuesday, December 31

Ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to pick up Santa. It’s fun for all ages. Departs from Bryson City. 


Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
Saturday, November 9  to Saturday, December 21

This quirky exhibit in downtown Brevard features dozens of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments inside the Transylvania Heritage Museum. A fun trip back in time. The Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum (ATOM) is the world’s only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees. Wed-Sat. Free admission. Website: transylvaniaheritage.org

Studio Stroll River Arts District
Saturday - Sunday November 9 - 10

Head to the River Arts District near downtown Asheville to find 180+ artists at work in 25 converted industrial buildings along the river. Great deals on art. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission. Visit: riverartsdistrict.com

National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn
Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, January 4, 2020

See the winning gingerbread houses and creations on display at The Omni Grove Park Inn, elaborately decorated for the season. Public viewing Sunday-Thurs- day except Christmas & Thanksgiving week Visit: omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum
Friday, November 22 to Saturday, January 4, 2020

Stroll through impressive light displays in the Arboretum gardens, especially designed to compliment the plants and trees in this beautiful setting. Visit:  ncarboretum.org

Marshall Handmade Market
Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, November 24

The Marshall Handmade Market is held in the  Marshall High Studios, a 1920s 2-story brick high school nestled on Blannahassatt Island in the French Broad River. Enjoy coffee and pastries from local bakers and lunch from the Smashbox Kitchen food truck. 10 AM - 4 PM. 

Asheville Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 23

Downtown Asheville, 11 AM. A fun and creative parade that kicks off the holiday season with marching bands, floats, dance, and and Santa Claus himself.

Hendersonville Home for the Holidays
Friday, November 29 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Main Street twinkles with thousands of lights and many festive events including parade, hay rides, Broadway shows, tours, ice skating, and fantastic shopping. 

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas
Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 22

Dazzling new production at the State Theatre of NC featuring favorite holiday songs with an all-star cast from across the USA, Playhouse Chorus and dancers of all ages. Visit: flatrockplayhouse.org


An Angel Christmas at Thomas Wolfe Home
Saturday, November 30 to Saturday, January 4, 2020

Take a festive tour through the fascinating 29-room Thomas Wolfe Home in downtown Asheville with angel themed 
decorations. Open Tues-Sat, 9 AM-5 PM. Open House on Dec 14 includes angel wreath auction, kids’ activities and more. Visit: wolfememorial.com

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