North Carolina Apple Festival
The 76th Annual Apple Festival
September 1 – 4, 2023
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), which falls right in the peak of apple harvest season. Festival-goers can choose from a variety of events, with the most popular event being a street fair on Main Street.
Some of the other festivities happening during the Apple Festival include apple breakfasts, Gem & Mineral Spectacular, children’s activities, the Western North Carolina Air Museum Open House, a parade, running and biking events, and much more at various locations. See a complete listing of events below or on the Apple Festival website.
North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County is the largest apple-producing county in North Carolina, producing 85 percent of all the apples grown in the state. The County grows more than 40 varieties of apples including; Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Stayman, Fuji and Galas. Learn more about Hendersonville’s apples or plan to visit an orchard here.
Hendersonville’s annual Apple Festival is organized by the North Carolina Apple Festival, LLC. They ask that you please leave your pets comfortably at home.