Festivals, expos in Asheville area
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Carolina BalloonFest: Oct. 17-19, Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. 3-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19. Entertainment, attractions, family activities, 5K and kid’s Fun Run, 50 hot air balloons. Pets and coolers not permitted. Friday $5, Saturday-Sunday $15, $10 wine or beer tasting or $15 for both. Advance tickets available. Park at venue or take free shuttle from Iredell County Fairgrounds in Troutman. www.carolinaballoonfest.com.
Corn maze and fall festival: Thursday-Sunday to Oct. 26, Eliada Home, 2 Compton Drive, Asheville. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 12 acre corn maze, corn cannons, corn box, spider web climb-on, and giant slides. $9, $6 age 4-11, free age 3 and younger. Volunteers needed for three hour shifts. www.eliada.org.
The Haunted Farm: Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1, 624 Townsend Road, Hendersonville (three miles from I-26, Hendersonville/Bat Cave exit to U.S. 64E). $19 cash only. $3 for parking. Open from dark to midnight. Includes The Woods, The Farm, and haunted hayride. www.nchauntedfarm.com.
Ghost Train Halloween Festival: Friday-Saturday to Nov. 1, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock. Daytime visitors (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) can still enjoy all the Wild West adventure but the park will take a chilling turn when the gates open at 7:30 p.m. Passengers travel back in time to the scene of one of the worst (fictional) accidents in railroading history. Spooky stroll through Freaky Forest, The Boneyard with 3-D Maze, Black Hole, Warp Tunnel, haunted house with 13 spooky rooms. $31 for adults and children, while ages 2 and younger are admitted free. Tickets at Tweetsie.com.
Leaf Lookers Gemboree: Oct. 17-19, Macon County Community Building, U.S. 441, Franklin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Gem and mineral dealers display and sell fine jewelry, gems, minerals, and more. $2, free age 12 and younger. 800-336-7829.
Pinhead’s Graveyard outdoor haunted house: Daily to Nov. 1, Pinhead’s Graveyard, 2099 Asheville Hwy., Canton. 8-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. Meet horror icon R.A. Mihailoff. $15, $20 Oct. 17-19 (four nights of Leatherface). 670-8228 or www.pinheadsgraveyard.com or facebook.com/pinheadsgraveyard.
Stecoah Harvest Festival: Oct. 17-18, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2:30-5 p.m. Oct. 19. Kicks off Friday with campfire and music. Saturday begins with Dry Creek 5K, then at 11 a.m. crafts, country fair, demonstrations, quilt show, music, food. The SteelDrivers at 7:30 p.m. ($25, $10 grades K-12). Festival concludes with gospel singing. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com. 479-3364
The Maize: Wednesday-Sunday to Nov. 1, The Maize, 4168 Pisgah Drive, Canton. 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Corn maze, campfires, corn box, mini mazes, pumpkin patch, haunted maize. $8, free age 3 and younger. $2 hay rides. Cash or check only. www.themaize.com.
Apple Harvest Festival: Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Waynesville. Music, dance, craft and demonstration booths, lots of apples.
Blossman BBQ & Country Fest: Oct. 18, noon-5 p.m., Blossman Propane Gas, 170 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Grand re-opening. Webo’s BBQ food truck, 99.9 KISS Country live remote noon-2 p.m., music by Deep River 2-4 p.m., The Blossman Tiny House-an all-propane green home, “Touch-a-Truck” event, kid activities, prizes. Food sales benefit Meals on Wheels. www.blossmangas.com.
East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association Fall Family Festival: Oct. 18. Rummage/yard sale starts at 7 a.m. Festival from noon-7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Asheville. Clown, face painting, jump house. Live music and DJ. Community organizations info. RE/MAX hot air balloon rides 5-7 p.m. www.facebook.com/events/1555366648027627/.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Bounce castle, music, cloggers and other dancers, bake sale, free hot dogs. Pumpkin patch open through October. 298-7647.
Walk of the Dead: Oct. 18, 4-8 p.m., Black Mountain Recreation Park, Recreation Park Drive. Come dressed as your best zombie or wear a Halloween costume. Food, games, vendors, music, candy, treats and much more. Registration 4-5 p.m. with walk starting at 5:15 p.m. Join us even if you do not wish to participate in the walk. $10, $8 children, free age 5 and younger. www.facebook.com/events/828656907158631/.
Woolly Worm Festival: Oct. 18-19, downtown Banner Elk. Celebrate the coming of the snow season. Arts and crafts, music, food, woolly worm races and more. www.woollyworm.com or 898-5605.
HardLox: Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Pack Square Park, 121 College St., Asheville. Jewish food and heritage festival with traditional music and dance, crafts, food, children’s activities. www.hardloxjewishfestival.org.
WNC Fall Harvest Days: Oct. 23-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Vendors, farm tools, antique engine and tractor show, more. Tractor parade daily at 3 p.m., weather permitting. $8 per day, children under 12 free with paid adult. www.applecountry.org or 888-729-6904.
Food Truck Friday: Oct. 24, 5-9 p.m., Reynolds Village, 41-61 N. Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Food trucks, music, activities for kids, artists tent. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shops-at-Reynolds-Village/546725908768803.
Fall Festival at Lake Julian Park: Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lake Julian Park, Overlook Road Extension, Arden. Scarecrow contest and pumpkin carving contest. Register in advance for scarecrow contest. Pirate pontoon boat rides, games, skeleton scavenger hunts, pumpkin volley ball, pumpkin walk, zombie Zumba, face and pumpkin painting, tattoos and more. www.buncombecounty.org/parks.
Fall Harvest Hoedown: Oct. 25, noon-3:30 p.m., Rainbow Community School, 574 Haywood Road, Asheville. Local food, bake sale, raffle table with prizes, bouncy houses, games, face painting, magician and much more. Wear your costume. Only tickets are used including food and drinks, no cash. Tickets are bought at the door for $1, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. http://rainbowcommunityschool.org/.
PumpkinFest: Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Franklin. Traditional and non-traditional fall festivities. Franklin is full tilt with everything pumpkin on this Saturday. Bring your pumpkin or purchase one. www.pumpkinfestfranklin.com.
Day of the Dead Fair: Oct. 31, 5-10 p.m., Super Mercado, 2111 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. El Centro hosts festival celebrating Halloween, or Dia de Muertos, with raffles, candy, contests, games, music, folk dances, traditional altars, typical Mexican appetizers and food for sale, information booths. Explanation of meaning behind symbols found on the traditional Day of the Dead altar. Costume contest for ages 2-15. 698-2868.
Fall Family Festival: Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St., downtown. http://FBCA.net.
CiderFest: Nov. 2, 1-5 p.m., WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville. Hosted by WNC Green Building Council. Over 13 cider makers. Cider and cheese tasting, music by Jon Stickley Trio, apple press demo, Hard Cider 101 panel of cidermakers, cheese making demo, cider evaluation and awards by French Broad Vignerons, free pumpkin painting and kids activities. Also non-alcoholic organic cider and apple cider pretzels. $30 age 21 and older, free age 20 and younger. http://ciderfest.wncgbc.org.