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Written by:  Myra Wright
Date: October 1, 2011

As the air turns chilly, the fall festival season is in full swing in North Carolina with a variety of harvest festivals, family-friendly fun, music, and arts and crafts for all ages. Consider a weekend getaway to the mountains to admire the beautiful foliage, or a day trip to one of the many festivals in the Piedmont.

In the Mountains

Oct. 1 • Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
Admission is free for this celebration of mountain heritage with exhibits, music, food and crafts. Pre-Festival Apple Jam with live music on Friday at 6pm. Downtown North Wilkesboro. 8am-6pm. www.applefestival.net.

Oct. 4-8 • 99th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair
The annual fair includes a carnival with games, rides, music, fireworks, art and crafts. Admission is $10. Children 6 and under, free. Gates open at 10am. Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, 512 Tsali Blvd. www.cherokee-nc.com.

Oct. 8 • Boone Heritage Festival
A celebration of Appalachian heritage with living history demonstrations, crafts, music and dance. Free. 9am-4pm. www.booneheritage.blogspot.com.

Oct. 8-9 • Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
Children's activity area, Bavarian cuisine, and arts and crafts. Free. Sugar Mountain Resort, 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive. 10am-5pm. http://oktoberfest.skisugar.com.

Oct. 15-16 • Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
Local and regional craftsmen come together for this two-day event. Free. 9am-4pm. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on U.S. 19. www.maggievalley.org.

Oct. 15 • October Flumefest
Gem-mining competition, music, mine tours and treasure hunts. Most day events are free. Return at 7:30pm for the Black Light Mine Tour, $15 for adults; $10 for seniors/students. 9am-5pm. Emerald Village, 331 McKinney Mine Road, Little Switzerland.

Oct. 16 • HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival
Traditional Jewish food, dancing, crafts, a kids' zone and more in Asheville. Free. 11am-4pm. Pack Square Park. www.hardloxjewishfestival.org.

Oct. 20-23 • Lake Eden Arts Festival
A celebration of world folk arts in Black Mountain with concerts, dancing, crafts, healing arts, poetry, "kidventures" and workshops. Advance tickets only. Ages 10 and under, free. Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Road. www.theleaf.com.

Oct. 29 • Halloweenfest in Transylvania County
Enjoy a bake-off, a bicycle rodeo, Tiny Tot Pumpkin Bowl, cookie decorating, The Little Blue Choo, games, a costume parade and trick-or-treating. The Brevard Rotary Club's "Flight of the Vampire" 5K Race ends the day. Main and Broad streets. www.brevardnc.org.

In the Piedmont

Oct. 1-2 • 39th Annual Asheboro Fall Festival
Fall celebration with arts, crafts, food and fun. Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 1-6pm. Downtown Asheboro. www.randolphartsguild.com. • Autumn Jubilee • Crafts, food, live entertainment, games, children's puppet theater, magician, log sawing, clogging barn, pumpkin painting and more. Free. 10am-6pm. Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury. www.dannicholas.net.

Oct. 8 • Goldston Old-Fashion Day
Crafts, music, food, children's activities, homemade ice cream, hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, barbecue and more. 8am-5pm. 374 Bellevue Ave. http://visitpittsboro.com.

Oct. 8 • 6th Annual Uwharrie Mountain Festival
Arts and crafts, food, kids' zone, gold panning, games, lumberjack demonstrations, horseback riding, bluegrass and more. Free. 9am-5pm. Eldorado Outpost, N.C. Highway 109 North. Free parking. www.uwharriemountainfestival.com.

Oct. 8 • The Gateway Festival
Enjoy a classic car show, Cute Critters Competition, rodeo and music. Re-enactors depict life during the Revolutionary War with living history demonstrations. 10am-6pm. Downtown Kings Mountain. www.cityofkm.com.

Oct. 15-16 • Harvest Festival
Live music, grape stomping, face painting, hayrides and antique tractor competition. Food, crafts, pumpkins and locally grown produce available for purchase. Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday noon-6pm. Free. Shelton Vineyards, 286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson. www.sheltonvineyards.com.

Oct. 22 • 28th Annual Barbecue Festival
Crafts, food, rides, music and famous Lexington barbecue. Shuttle services from Davidson County Governmental Center on Main Street, Walmart and Childress Vineyards. Free. 8:30am-6pm. Uptown Lexington. www.barbecuefestival.com.

Oct. 27 • Downtown Albemarle Fall Festival
Festival and ghost walk with costume parade and trick-or-treating. Downtown Albemarle. Free. 4-7pm. www.albemarledowntown.com.

Oct. 29 • 23rd Annual NASCAR Day Festival
More than 40,000 people are expected to attend this festival in Randleman, held in conjunction with the Richard Petty Fan Club Convention. Crafts, food, games, music, NASCAR show cars, drag cars, vintage autos and more. Richard Petty will sign autographs from 5-7pm in front of the Security Savings Bank. 9am-7pm. www.randlemanchamber.com.

Oct. 29 • Grover Pumpkin Festival
Festival activities include pumpkin carving, pie-eating  and costume contests,  music, corn maze, headless horseman carriage rides, ghost tour, trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin chunkin' and more. The grand finale lighting of the jack o' lantern wall is at dusk with approximately 700 carved pumpkins. Noon-8pm. Free. Main Street. groverpumpkinfestival.com.



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