From the mountains to the sea, there’s a lot to enjoy about North Carolina in the fall, including fall festivals. Venture out of town for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy one or more of the state’s best fests. Find an extensive roundup of local fall festivals in our calendar section.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
CHEROKEE INDIAN FAIR
Oct. 8, 9 and 12 | Cherokee Cost: $10. $5 for ages 6-10. Free for ages 6 and younger. visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/ cherokee-indian-fair BEST FOR: Anyone who loves carnivals, culture, art and game shows. Explore Cherokee culture through live demonstrations, dance performances, music and food. WHAT’S IN IT FOR KIDS: A Ferris wheel, traditional Cherokee activities like stickball and archery, and a fireworks display. Wednesday is Children’s Day with gates opening at 9 a.m. Ages 17 and younger enter for free and will be given a wristband to enjoy complimentary rides that day.
SUGAR MOUNTAIN OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 12-13 | Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain Cost: Free oktoberfest.skisugar.com
BEST FOR: Those wanting a taste of the popular 16-day German folk festival without having to travel far. Dress up in your best Bavarian costume for the chance to win prizes. You can also hear live music from local middle and high school bands.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR KIDS: An onsite kids activity center complete with hayrides, c