Awesome Apple Festivals

Autumn is a wonderful time of year in the Carolinas. The heat of summer becomes a distant memory as brisk mornings and cool, comfortable afternoons become the norm. From pumpkin picking to fall festivals, getting outdoors is part of what makes this season so enjoyable. Whether your plans include driving to see the changing foliage, or you're looking for something local to do with the kids, here are some awesome Apple Festivals to check out this season.


Visit charming downtown Lincolnton on September 16th, from 9am to 4pm, for the Lincoln County Apple Festival. Known for its safe, family-friendly atmosphere, the festival features five local apple growers, a large farmer's market, local talent, kid's activities, and over 200 vendors. You are sure to find plenty of fresh apples including Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Rome, and Winesap.


Known as one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast, Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is scheduled for October 7th, from 8am to 5pm. Located in downtown North Wilkesboro, the streets come alive with over 425 arts and crafts such as wood carving, chair making, soap making, pottery throwing, and quilting. Enjoy the entertainment from cloggers, folk dancers, rope skippers, and square dancers, plus live music featuring bluegrass, folk, gospel, and country.


Waynesville, North Carolina, is home to the Apple Harvest Festival, where visitors can enjoy a fun-filled fall day. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, the festival is the region's premier arts and crafts event and celebration of the season. Held on October 21st, from 10am to 5pm, this year's event will feature exhibitors, live entertainment, and great food. Take home a peck of locally grown apples!


Thousands of visitors are expected to join in on the festivities at Taylorsville Apple Festival on October 21st, from 9am to 5pm. This festival boasts live entertainment on three stages, a variety of food vendors, and hundreds of crafts. The Kid's Korner features inflatables, pony rides, puppet shows, and more. The festival always hosts an apple peeling contest, apple dessert contest, and an apple theme decorating contest.


Why not take a leisurely drive, and visit one or more of the apple festivals this season! Not sure where to begin? Book your hotel with AAA Travel and let us help you plan your trip with TripTiks, so you can find the quickest and most scenic route to take. Download the AAA Mobile App for maps and directions, and discounts along the way. Call 1-800-444-8691 or visit a local AAA Travel branch for more information.

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