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October Apple Festivals and Apple Events

Enjoy the Apple Harvest Season with an October Getaway or Day Trip


Photo of the Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival

Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival in Madison County, Virginia

Photo by Marilyn Ott: Courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corp.
Apple Festivals in the Southeast continue throughout the month of October, offering great family fun, delicious treats and a chance to enjoy the picturesque countryside at the peak of the fall foliage season.

Also see: September Apple Festivals

October 2013 Apple Festivals
  • The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
    North Wilkesboro, North Carolina - October 5, 2013
    This popular annual festival, held on the first Saturday in October, attracts over 160,000 visitors and features arts and crafts, food including freshly baked fried apple pies, entertainment and more.

  • Hillcrest Orchards - Apple Pickin' Jubilee
    Ellijay, Georgia - October 2013 weekends
    (Also see dates in September)

    Pick your own apples, follow a nature trail filled with scenes from nursery rhymes and fairy tales, take a mule drawn wagon ride and enjoy live Entertainment including cloggers and country bands.

  • Salem Apple Butter Festival
    Salem, West Virginia - October 3 - 6, 2013
    This eagerly awaited festival, held at Depot Park in downtown Salem, adjacent to the restored Salem Depot, features a large selection of arts, crafts, food vendors, quilt and apple butter judging, talent contests, a celebrity auction, auto show, petting zoo, bingo, pet parade, games for children and more.

  • Unicoi County Apple Festival
    Erwin, Tennessee - October 4 - 5, 2013
    An annual tradition for both local residents and visitors, more than 100,000 festival goers fill the streets of downtown Erwin during the first Friday and Saturday of October for entertainment on two stages, a nationally ranked crafts fair and delicious treats available from close to 350 vendors, contests and a bushel of down-home fellowship at the county's largest event.

  • Burlington Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival
    Burlington, West Virginia - October 5 - 6, 2013
    This Burlington tradition usually features large tents filled with handmade items and a flea market, country food and an array of apple delights, all day old-fashioned apple butter making, music, a parade, fireworks, chicken, barbecue and more.

  • Apple Butter Makin' Festivals
    Tyro, Virginia - October 5 and October 19, 2013
    On the first and third Saturdays of October, this more than 30 year tradition features old-fashioned apple butter makin', pumpkin picking, games, food, crafters, a corn maze, live music and more.

  • Apple Harvest Festival at Carter Mountain Orchard
    Charlottesville, Virginia - October 2013 Weekends
    Carter Mountain Orchard's biggest celebration of the year features music, crafts, food, hayrides, apple butter, apple cider, apple donuts, apple pie, and all things apple.

  • Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival
    Syria, Virginia - October 5 - 6, 12 - 13 and 19 - 20, 2013
    Enjoy good food and entertainment, including bluegrass music, cloggers, arts and crafts, hayrides and horseback riding, farm animals, watching apple butter and Brunswick Stew being cooked over an open fire. Orchards will be open for apple picking or select your own from apple bins.

  • Douthat State Park Apple Day - A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage
    Millboro, Virginia - October 12 - 13, 2013
    Spend a fun-filled day in the park with apple butter making, games, campfire cooking, hayrides, traditional Appalachian artisan and craft demonstrations, bluegrass music, clogging, great food and more.

  • Apple Harvest Festival at Marker-Miller Orchards Farm Market
    Winchester, Virginia - October 12 - 13, 2013
    Enjoy a choice of 20 varieties of apples with pick your own options available, plus apple cobbler and apple caramel sundaes and music each day from 1 - 3 p.m. For kids, there is a cow train, antique tractors, a playground and room to run. Hot dogs and country ham sandwiches may be purchased for lunch and wagon rides around the farm are scheduled throughout the day. (Also, check out the Pumpkin Festival on October 23rd.)

  • Apple Butter Festival
    Berkeley Springs, West Virginia - October 12 - 13, 2013
    Enjoy good old fashioned mountain fun at this annual festival including all day apple butter baking, exhibits, vendors offering everything from traditional crafts and antiques to home canned goods and mountain cooking, a beard and mustache contest, musical entertainment, an egg toss, quilt drawing and many other fun activities.

  • Georgia Apple Festival
    Ellijay and East Ellijay, Georgia - October 12 - 13 and 19 - 20, 2013
    The annual Georgia Apple Festival features over 300 vendors with handmade and hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations, plus an antique car show, a parade and more.

  • The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
    Martinsburg, West Virginia - October 17 - 20, 2013
    Enjoy music and dancing plus an array of events throughout the festival, including an apple pie baking contest, parade, arts and crafts from juried crafters, food vendors, and live entertainment.

  • Taylorsville Hometown Apple Festival
    Taylorsville, North Carolina - October 19, 2013
    Always the third Saturday in October, this hometown festival features entertainment, carriage rides, a Kid's Korner, food vendors, arts and crafts, several apple contests and more.

  • Apple Dumpling Festival
    Stuart, Virginia - October 19, 2013
    Stuart's annual Apple Dumpling Festival, held in the quaint and historic downtown Depot area, features local musical entertainment, arts and crafts and lots of delicious food, including apple pies, apple butter and Stuart's famous apple dumplings.

  • Amherst County Apple Harvest Festival
    Amherst, Virginia - October 19 - 20, 2013
    Held the third Saturday and Sunday in October this festival offers everything and anything having to do with apples.

  • Monticello Apple Tasting
    Charlottesville, Virginia - October 26, 2013
    This popular annual event offers a unique opportunity to taste, savor, rate and learn about numerous apple varieties during a two-hour program. Reservations are required.
Note: Be sure to confirm details at festival and event web sites before making your final plans, as festival schedules may be subject to change.

Additional Information: More About Apple Festivals, Apple Recipes and More

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