15+ October festivals to know about in Asheville, NC

From craft fairs and block parties to vegan, cider, + beer-themed extravaganzas, there’s an event for everyone.

Liberty Street Block Party - 2021

A section of Liberty Street, pictured on the left, is closed down for the party.

Photo by Fletching Drone Photography

The Block Party on Liberty Street | Sat., Oct. 1, 2-7 p.m.

This year’s second annual block party — located in a lively section of North Asheville — will feature a full day of food, drink, live T-shirt screen printing + music, including the funky Chicago jam band Sneezy, and Asheville’s very own Red Clay Revival. More deets.

Black Mountain Oktoberfest | Sat., Oct. 1, 12-8 p.m.

Chow down on sausage + sauerkraut, sample seven styles of German beer, and partake in games like hammerschlagen, stein hoisting, and axe throwing. There will also be a live “Oompah Band” from 3-5:30 p.m. More deets.

Cat Fly or Die | Thurs., Oct. 6-Sat., Oct. 8

Check out 13 Halloween-themed short films made from local + regional creators, spanning from classic horror and dark comedy to spooky music videos and animation. More info.

CiderFest NC | Sat., Oct. 8, 1-4 p.m.

The 8th annual iteration of this event includes ample tastings of hard cider, mead + apple wine, along with artisanal food, live music, workshops, a kids zone, and more along the scenic French Broad River.

Bears Bees + Brews Festival | Sat., Oct. 8, 12-5 p.m.

Show your love for wild creatures large and small at this educational + family-friendly festival. There will also be live music, photo booths, food, and plenty of local vendors.

Tour de Fat | Sat., Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the magic of bicycles and beer while enjoying live music from Pink Beds + Rebirth Brass Band. More info.

The Asheville Wine & Food Experience | Sat., Oct. 8

USA TODAY’s national touring festival series makes its Asheville debut at Salvage Station with a showcase of regional foodways, local chefs + restaurants, and makers of craft beers, wines, and other sips. Get tickets.

WNC Farmers Market Harvest Festival | Sat., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.,-5 p.m.

Meet local farmers + makers, enjoy live music, and play family-friendly games at this fall-themed celebration.

6th Annual Blue Ghost Harvest Festival | Sat., Oct. 8, 1-8 p.m.

Tractor hay rides, live music, food trucks, and plenty of vendors will be stationed at Fletcher’s Blue Ghost Brewing all day long to celebrate the bounties of the fall harvest. More info.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | Thurs., Oct. 13-Sun., Oct. 16

Explore the wide world of artisan crafts with this impressive showcase of contemporary + traditional works, including clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. More info.

Burton Street Ag Fest | Sat., Oct 15, 12 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season with live music, food, games, and fun for the entire family at this historic festival which was formerly known as the “Buncombe County and District Colored Agricultural Fair.” More info.

Burnpile Festival | Sat., Oct. 15, 1-5 p.m.

This music + beer festival, presented by Burial Beer Co., features a full-day concert from three killer musical acts and a chance to taste 50+ beers from some of the finest brewers across the country. More info.

Asheville VeganFest | Sun., Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Eat top-notch vegan food + become more health conscious at this event, which will bring a family fun zone, live music, and educational speakers to downtown’s Pack Square.

Intertribal Graffiti Jam | Thurs., Oct. 20-Sun., Oct. 23

Celebrate Indigenous culture at this inaugural festival, featuring live mural paintings of native culture throughout the city, graffiti installations, a film screening + a market featuring intertribal makers from WNC and beyond. More info.

LEAF 50th Festival | Fri., Oct. 21-Sun., Oct. 23

Artists from across the globe, including Benin’s Angelique Kidjo, Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni, and Ukraine’s Dakha Brakha will perform at this beloved annual camping festival. Donna The Buffalo, Rising Appalachia, and Chatham County Line with Johnny Irion will also make an appearance.

NC Ceramics Arts Festival | Sat., Oct. 22, 10 a.m-5 p.m.

Get an inspired from this wide array of ceramicists while listening to authentic Appalachian music. More info.

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