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Calendar Of Events

Fall Harvest Days @ WNC Ag Center
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fall Harvest Days @ WNC Ag Center

Contact: Nicki Metcalf (828) 243-3166

Gate 6 opens Thursday. 8AM – 5 PM rain or shine
Fall Harvest Days Antique Engine & Tractor Show features hit ‘n’ miss engines, tractors of all sizes, crafters, demonstrations, farm tools, antique engines, antique tractor pulls & swap meet. Held rain or shine. Three full days of activities: crafters, sawmill, hit n’ miss engines. More than 250 vendors/exhibitors with tools, antiques, collectibles, toys and odd stuff! Tractor Parade daily, weather permitting at 2:00 pm

Admission: Adults $8, Children 12 & under free, 3-day pass $20,

Eliada Corn Maze @ Eliada
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Eliada Corn Maze, the activities include: a giant jumping pillow, corn cannons, story trail featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin, hayride, and a giant tube slide; Monday-Friday: 9am-3pm, Saturday: 10am- 8pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm, Adults (age 16+): $12, Children (age 4-15): $10, Children 3 and under: free, 100% of proceeds benefit the children at Eliada, Asheville, NC

Wicked Plants: The Exhibit @ North Carolina Arboretum
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wicked Plants: The Exhibit @ North Carolina Arboretum  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

On exhibit September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018, inside the Baker Exhibit Center, The North Carolina Arboretum’s popular, one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit,Wicked Plants, returns to the Arboretum this fall! Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” this fun-filled, family-friendly exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most harmful plants and diabolical botanicals.

Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactives, Wicked Plants is set inside a Victorian-era ramshackle home where visitors migrate from room to room and learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in one’s own home or backyard. By incorporating history, storytelling and science, Wicked Plants provides visitors with a treasure trove of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten.

Winged Wonders: Step into the world of Butterflies @ Western North Carolina Arboretum
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winged Wonders: Step into the world of Butterflies @ Western North Carolina Arboretum  | Asheville | North Carolina | United States

See the miracle of metamorphosis before your very eyes. On display May 13 – October 29, inside the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk @ Downtown Hendersonville
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am
Bearfootin' Public Art Walk @ Downtown Hendersonville

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk is an annual tradition that brings custom designed bear statutes to the streets of downtown Hendersonville. On October 21 the bears go up for auction with the proceeds going to local non-profit organizations. Main St., Hendersonville, 828-233-3205.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands @ US Cellular Center
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands @ US Cellular Center

70th Anniversary in 2017

Summer Edition — July 21 – 23     |     Fall Edition — October 20 – 22

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 to 6:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Admission: $8.00; Children under 12 free
**Tickets available at the door.**

Please note that our Fairs are moving from 4 days to 3 days, and we look forward to welcoming you on Friday.

Approaching its 70th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will return to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, craftspeople who are masters in their media will be exhibiting. The variety of craft that will be on display ranges from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. After a curation process of two juries, nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highland Craft Guild will carry on the legacy of these Fairs.

Both July and October hold seasonal editions of the exposition as this extraordinary marketplace offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with artisans adept in their craft. The Summer Edition is July 21 through 23, and Fall is October 20 through 22. Downtown Asheville provides a robust experience for visitors, as the growing spectacular is representative of the creativity that flows in Western North Carolina. The U.S. Cellular Center is a shift in landscape for this event as it was incepted under canvas tents in 1948 on grassy lawns of Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

As an avenue to provide a regional marketplaces for mountain craftspeople, the Fairs have since evolved to a popular epicenter of craft in the country. Alongside local residents is the expanding tourist population. In addition to retail, the Craft Fairs hosts demonstrations, supporting the Guild’s mission – to educate the public about the history of crafts in this region, various craft techniques, and an appreciation for fine crafts.

Collectors and gallery owners visit Asheville to experience and see the biannual shows in July and October, as they are a known destination for shopping and inspiration. Nearly 20,000 visitors to the Fairs each year invest in the regional and local economies while supporting craftsmen and women working in the Appalachian mountains.

Mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage starting Friday. Since the first Fair, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience. From old time to bluegrass, this tradition is kept alive today. Visit for a complete list of performances.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 with headquarters at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. The Guild region covers the mountain counties of nine southeastern states from Maryland to Alabama, representing over 900 craftspeople. The Craft Fairs are one of the ways in which the Guild fulfills its mission which is to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. To learn more about Guild programs, visit

Waterfalls ‘n Wine @ Pisgah Field School
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Waterfalls 'n Wine @ Pisgah Field School  | Nebo | North Carolina | United States

With over 250 waterfalls within Transylvania County, it’s no wonder that you don’t know where to start looking for them!  We’ll guide you to five of the most beautiful of the bunch, leaving room for some education on the unique history of Pisgah National Forest and maybe a little flora and fauna ID.  We’ll end the trip in beautiful downtown Brevard with a wine tasting at Broad Street Wines.  Make the most of your trip to the NC Mountains!  Hiking up to one mile and pre-registration are required for this tour.  Bring a sack lunch and rain gear. Please call 828-884-3443 for more information.

Gallery Hop @ Art Galleries in Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gallery Hop @ Art Galleries in Downtown Hendersonville and Flat Rock | Hendersonville | North Carolina | United States

Gallery Hop, art galleries will be open 5 p.m. until 8pm every third Friday from May thru December, browse historic downtown Hendersonville & Flat rock to visit 12 galleries exhibiting fine art & craft, by local and regional artists, refreshments, monthly raffle.

The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama @ Cradle of Forestry
Oct 20 @ 6:30 pm
The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama @ Cradle of Forestry  | Pisgah Forest | North Carolina | United States

A mystery over time becomes a legend, and a legend grows in the telling . . .

It was Halloween night 1906 in the Blue Ridge mountains when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School disappeared. His name was Tommy Hodges.

Show Times:

Friday, October 20 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm

Saturday, October 21@6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm

Outdoor Drama Details:

  • Outdoor drama along a paved, wheelchair accessible one-mile Biltmore Campus Trail.
  • New storyline written each year.
  • Audience walks the trail from scene to scene
  • Meet characters from the historic Pink Beds community
  • Hear stories, some based on the diaries of students of the Biltmore Forest School from 1903-1907.
  • Warm clothing, walking shoes and flashlights recommended.
  • Hot cider and cookies provided after each show.


General Event Information: Call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.

Little Shop of Horrors @ Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
Little Shop of Horrors @ Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

Don’t feed the plants! One of the longest running Off Broadway hits of all time makes its Flat Rock Playhouse debut in this hilarious musical comedy about a boy and his bloodthirsty plant. Featuring a sensational score reminiscent of early 1960’s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown by the musical team behind Disney’s Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.