October means Halloween to most people, but to Ashevillians, it means more, much more. The town swells with tourists eager to view the autumn leaves, and for good reason: this is the month that usually brings out the best colors.
But while it may be the leaves that bring people to Asheville, it’s the activities around town, the mountain charm of our small city and peaceful pace of life here that makes people want to stay. If you’ve booked an Asheville vacation at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you will see the best the city has to offer. Here are the highlights for October:
Forest Festival Day
This event on October 4 at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard, NC, features the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet. For a paltry $6 entrance fee, you get to see a blacksmith ply his trade, an archery demonstration, weavers and wood carvers, horse-drawn wagon rides, and the Woodsmen’s Meet, which is a lumberjack competition. Plus all the fresh mountain air you can carry! Learn more about Forest Festival Day.
Asheville Barnaroo 2014
On October 4–5, Barnaroo returns to nearby Leicester, but it’s still an Asheville event since it’s just seven miles from downtown. This music fest — supporting the growth and development of our local youth music — features two stages, as well as local food and beverages. It promises to be a family friendly event. Get the fest details.
Asheville Art in the Park
For the first three Saturdays in October, Pack Square Park in the center of downtown Asheville will be invaded by ceramicists, jewelers, woodworkers, glass blowers, potters and more. You can be there too. Take a leisurely stroll through the booths or go on a serious shopping spree. Learn more about this Asheville event.
Hey Day Fall Family Festival
October 11 marks the 38th year for this festival at the WNC Nature Center. You can expect pumpkin painting, live music, local food vendors, games, arts and crafts, educational programs and lots of animals. Regular admission prices apply. Get more info from the WNC Nature Center.
Asheville Oktoberfest 2104
October 11 is also the date for this year’s downtown Oktoberfest. Asheville has become known as Beer City USA, with more breweries per capita than almost anywhere else. So it’s not a question of if the city would have an Oktoberfest celebration, only when and where. This year’s event promises to be grand. We recommend that you order tickets in advance because it will sell out.
Asheville Zombiewalk 2014
What can you do after attending Oktoberfest? You’re hung over, you can barely see and you’re walking with a limp from banging into so many people. Perfect! Go as you are to the Asheville Zombiewalk. It takes place on Sunday, October 12, starting at 4:00 pm, so you have time to sleep it off. If you thought Asheville was weird before, you are in for a surprise. Asheville is home to a legion of zombie fans, and they are all very creative. Get the latest zombie news.
Craft Fair of The Southern Highlands
This paid-admission fair is the real deal. On October 16–19, professional artists and craftspeople show off (and sell!) their latest and best work. The exhibitors have been hand-picked by jurors from the Southern Highlands Crafts Guild, and the diversity and talent on display will astound you. Learn more about the Craft Fair.
The Eliada Corn Maze
Open Thursday to Sunday every week until October 26, this is one of the best in North Carolina. This fun family destination offers four miles of trails, but don’t worry, they’ll give you a map with your paid admission (which goes to charity). Find out more about the maze.
Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit 2014
In a city that boasts MoogFest and many music venues, it seems only natural that another electronic music festival would come along. From October 30 to November 2, this Asheville event takes over stages throughout downtown with almost 50 bands (headlined by Nine Inch Nails). Learn more about the summit and buy tickets.
And of course, Asheville is again the place to be for Halloween. But that’s a story for another time. Check back with us and consider the beauty of the woods on our property at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds when you plan your next Asheville vacation. Within the city limits and minutes from downtown, our cabins offer amenities you can’t find elsewhere.