Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Sunday, October 17, 2021
Buncombe County Comprehensive Plan: Library Craft Kits for Kids
Oct 17 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County is beginning a comprehensive planning process and would like to hear from residents of all ages. The comprehensive plan is used by local governments as a broad, long-range planning tool for the community. Our plan will focus on the next 20-year period and will look at the relationships between land uses, infrastructure, and key community needs. Information regarding the comprehensive planning process will be available online and in all 12 Buncombe County Libraries starting in October.

Also during October, the libraries will provide an opportunity for children in Buncombe County to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Post Card Project.  Come to the library and pick up your craft kits (while supplies last) that include a postcard where kids can draw what they want their neighborhood to look like. This is a chance for young people to vote for their future and say what they want County government to address in the next 20 years. These postcards will give the County valuable input and may be featured in the final comprehensive plan!  If you have any questions, contact your neighborhood librarian or visit the Comprehensive Plan online.

Continuum Art Market
Oct 17 2021 – Jan 7 2023 all-day
Continuum Art Gallery

[HENDERSONVILLE, NC, Saturday, September 4th, 2021]
On the first Saturday of each month, Continuum Art hosts an art market to showcase local artists and makers. Ranging in mediums from paintings, to textiles, to jewelry, you’re guaranteed to find something you love! Each market also hosts live music and local caterers. A free, family-friendly event and a great way to check out our space and upcoming events. Visit us from 12-5pm on September 4th!
If you’re interested in vending at one of our art markets, email [email protected] or DM on Instagram @continuumgallerync

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Oct 17 all-day
online

Fall LEAF Festival
Oct 17 all-day
LEAF

Fall LEAF Festival Tickets are NOW OPEN!

 

Ethno is one of the most amazing music programs on the planet and in 30 Countries. The 1st Ethno USA is happening in conjunction with Fall LEAF October 14-17, 2021.

Are you a young Musician 18-30 years old? Apply to participate in Ethno USA 2021 and you will also be a musician at fall LEAF! If you need Financial Assistance check this link. Experience Ethno where Kinobe of Uganda got his roots in building his worldwide network– stay curious and explore!

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Oct 17 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

Private Caboose Party
Oct 17 all-day
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Ride in style on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad aboard your very own restored Caboose. These are great for family reunions, birthday parties, private meetings, corporate field trips or just any time!

Our cabooses accommodate up to 15 people with seating on the main level and in the cupola. (And, remember, babies are people, too!) The cabooses feature heat, private bathrooms, windows that can be opened, and open air vestibules at each end for unobstructed views. Advanced reservations are required and availability of caboose rentals are limited.

A platter of cheese and crackers, and an assortment of 15 bottled Coca-Cola products are included. Plus, the caboose is the only place where you can bring your own food and drink (please, no alcohol) in picnic baskets or coolers.

You can charter the caboose on:

Best value for small groups and private parties up to 15 passengers. Available by phone only. Book now by calling 800-872-4681.

The wild ones need your help this fall!
Oct 17 all-day
online

Help save the wild ones this fall

The beautiful display of autumn color has begun to patchwork the mountains around us. As the leaves fall, the danger for wildlife is on the rise. Our native wildlife is out and about foraging for food to prepare for the coming winter, increasing their risk for injury.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge needs your support to keep our doors open to orphaned and injured wildlife during this critical time!
Your financial gift will provide a much-needed resource to our community, fund life-saving medical care, and give orphaned and injured animals a second chance at life back out in the wild!
The 1st Ethno USA Camp is happening at October LEAF Festival
Oct 17 @ 12:00 am – Oct 20 @ 11:00 am
LEAF
The 1st Ethno USA Camp is happening at October LEAF Festival. Ehtno applications are open for musicians ages 18-30!

Experience this amazing program where Kinobe got his roots in building his worldwide network– stay curious and explore!

Grab Brunch at River’s End
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
River’s End Restaurant

River's End Restaurant exterior

River’s End Restaurant is an iconic spot for locals and visitors to Bryson City. Enjoy spectacular views of the gorge, with paddlers passing through as they complete their Nantahala River Rafting trip. Stop in for year-round lunch and dinner, with weekend brunch during the summer season, and choose from a wide range of appetizing entrees, burgers, salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Hang out for a while and enjoy a large selection of signature cocktails, wine, and beer, including local favorites.

In River’s End Restaurant, every seat has a view of the river! Enjoy music by the river and views of paddlers passing through as they complete their Nantahala River Rafting trip. Join our waitlist online to reserve a table or order online and grab your meal to go, for a sunny lunch right by the river!

Annual Eliada Corn Maze
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Elida Homes

 

Welcome to the 2021 Annual Corn Maze!

Join us for aMAZEing fun!

We are WNC’s ONLY non-profit Corn Maze with 100% of proceeds benefiting the children at Eliada!  Not only does your ticket purchase come with access to family-friendly fun, but it directly aids in the growth and success of Eliada’s kids!

Service Pets Only!


Dates and Times

Eliada’s 2021 Annual Corn Maze will be open from Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 31st on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Fridays:

  • 3 pm – 7 pm

Saturdays:

  • 9 am – 7 pm

Sundays:

  • 10 am – 6 pm

You can purchase tickets, schedule birthday parties and corporate event nights. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 4 and up. Children 3 and under are FREE.

Hayrides
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm

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We  have hayrides from 12-4 PM on the hour ($5/person, 10 people/ride) on the weekends, a corn maze, and food trucks most weekends in Sept. & Oct.
Come on out and enjoy this glorious weather, drink some local fresh-pressed cider, see the animals, and get in the fall spirit!
See y’all here! 🍂
Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit Cancelled until further notice
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 17 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Returning 2021 – Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. During your 1 hour and 30 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include:

  • campfire marshmallows
  • coloring station
  • temporary tattoos
  • trick or treating
  • bouncy house (weather permitting)
  • wagon rides

And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Knit-n-Give
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Mission Rathbun House

Are you looking for an excuse to knit or crochet for a good cause? Help make baby hats and blankets and adult hats, scarves, and slippers to support at-risk newborns and homeless adults.  Your handmade knitwear will keep our neighbors warm.  Volunteers with basic skills in knitting or crocheting are welcome. Please bring your own needles or crochet hooks and a pattern.

Check out Knit-n-Give on WLOS: http://wlos.com/news/only-on-wloscom/close-knit-group-of-women-use-their-talents-to-help-asheville-charities

 

 

PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 17 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bryson City Depot in Bryson City, NC.

Returning 2021 – Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. During your 1 hour and 30 minute layover, your activities to enjoy at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include:

  • campfire marshmallows
  • coloring station
  • temporary tattoos
  • trick or treating
  • bouncy house (weather permitting)
  • wagon rides

And kids, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes! There will be plenty of PEANUTS™ merchandise at the GSMR Gift Store and Train Museum! Each child will also select their own pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home.

Youth Production Class for High Schoolers
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Our first Youth Production Class is right around the corner! We will be offering TWO sessions of Clue (High School Edition) – 1 session for middle school students, and one session for high school students. Classes will meet afterschool, and each session will end with two performances on the Mainstage! Registration for both sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 14. Tuition will be $350.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available.

High School Cast:
Classes/rehearsals: Meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons August 30 – October 27, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, November 1 – Thursday, November 4, 2021; 4:30-6:30 pm each night
Performances: Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Youth Production Class for Middle Schoolers
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Our first Youth Production Class is right around the corner! We will be offering TWO sessions of Clue (High School Edition) – 1 session for middle school students, and one session for high school students. Classes will meet afterschool, and each session will end with two performances on the Mainstage! Registration for both sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 14. Tuition will be $350.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available.

Middle School Cast:
Classes/rehearsals: Meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons September 6 – November 3, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, November 8 – Thursday, November 11, 2021; 4:30-6:30 pm each night
Performances: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights returns to the gardens November 19-January 1

Tickets are now sold PER VEHICLE, not per person.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Winter Lights holiday event will welcome members and guests back into the gardens as it returns to the traditional outdoor walk-through open-air show format. The famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden will be back, outfitted with new designs in lights, while throughout the gardens, popular arrangements will mingle with ones never seen before.

You can find everything you need to know about Asheville’s Brightest Holiday Tradition at the tabs above, and be sure to secure your tickets now.

We hope you will join us this holiday season!

 

Winter Lights is the Arboretum’s largest annual fundraiser, and supports many parts of its mission driven programming.

Carolina Pumpkin Spelltacular
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tryon International Equestrian Center

Over 5,000 magical pumpkins burst to life in this breathtaking immersive Halloween festival for the entire family at Tryon Resort.

Stroll through a host of all-new attractions that offer something for everyone, including:

  • The Midway Monster Party
  • Harvest Village & Pumpkin Patch
  • KidZone Trick-or-Treat Play Area
  • Enchanted Pumpkin Hollow
  • & the terrifying Gold Rush Haunted Mine!

This interactive experience is guaranteed to be safe, spooky, fun for all ages. We promise you’ll spend the night dancing, laughing, gasping with wonder, and screaming, “Happy Halloween” at the top of your lungs.

 


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About Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort

Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) is the ultimate destination for all who love horses, outdoor living, and an active lifestyle. Home of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, TIEC offers first-class facilities for equestrian events of all levels and disciplines. Located in the Blue Ridge Foothills of Mill Spring, NC, the competition experience is complemented by diverse onsite restaurants, a variety of shops, relaxing lodging getaways, family entertainment, and more.


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Monday, October 18, 2021
Buncombe County Comprehensive Plan: Library Craft Kits for Kids
Oct 18 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County is beginning a comprehensive planning process and would like to hear from residents of all ages. The comprehensive plan is used by local governments as a broad, long-range planning tool for the community. Our plan will focus on the next 20-year period and will look at the relationships between land uses, infrastructure, and key community needs. Information regarding the comprehensive planning process will be available online and in all 12 Buncombe County Libraries starting in October.

Also during October, the libraries will provide an opportunity for children in Buncombe County to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Post Card Project.  Come to the library and pick up your craft kits (while supplies last) that include a postcard where kids can draw what they want their neighborhood to look like. This is a chance for young people to vote for their future and say what they want County government to address in the next 20 years. These postcards will give the County valuable input and may be featured in the final comprehensive plan!  If you have any questions, contact your neighborhood librarian or visit the Comprehensive Plan online.