Hendersonville is the official home of the North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration to recognize the importance of the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina. The Apple Festival is always held during the Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday). The festival features a street fair on Historic Main Street with continuous free entertainment, arts & crafts, local apple growers selling apple products, children’s & youth activities, special shows, exhibits, open houses, fun, festival food, and, to top it all off, the King Apple Parade. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that is family friendly, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival.
The Apple Festival’s Street Fair covers 8 blocks of Main Street with more than 200 vendors. Main Street is closed to traffic from 6th Avenue to Caswell Street Apple growers will be selling apples and delicious goodies throughout the festival. The Kiddie Carnival features rides and Inflatables at two locations – Wells Fargo Bank and the Visitor Center. The highlight of Labor Day is King Apple Parade filled with floats, bands, clowns, antique cars, fire engines and more traveling down Main Street from 5 Points to Caswell Street.
Start your day off with one of the breakfasts and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the excitement of Main Street as well as many other activities across the community. And on Labor Day, don’t forget the King Apple Parade!
Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area.
The North Carolina Apple Festival is proud to include 15 local apple growers in the Street Fair. You can purchase a few apples or bushels of fresh locally grown apples. Many of the growers also feature items such as fried apple pies, apple cakes, apple butter and apple cider at the Festival. Download a NC Apple Festival schedule.