Festival Season

Many of you know that Autumn is better known as Leaf Season. The mountains are stunning when the leaves change and color fills the trees. With at least 160,000 acres of national Forest, you can drive for miles and see the undeveloped beauty of the Nantahala National Forest. The weather is perfect and the sky is spectacular as the sun rises and sets each day.

Fun fact: Leaf Season is also Festival Season, and if you haven’t devoured a fried apple pie, you’re simply not living your best life. Cherokee County is home to the 44th Annual John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival and more recently, Oktoberfest Andrews.

North Carolina has a growing Craft Beer movement and we are home to local breweries and wineries that will exceed your expectations. An added bonus: a new festival tradition in its third year. The Oktoberfest Andrews is fun for all ages with bouncy houses for the kids, a Photo Contest, local food, beer, wine, and live music. You can even try your luck in the Corn Hole Tournament.

You may be surprised by the amount of wineries and breweries in our quaint mountain town, but we know you expect delicious, diet-busting food in the South.  The Fall Festival does not disappoint! Better still, the food is near the Festival Barn stage where you will be entertained by dance groups and musicians. Plan to spend hours strolling the beautiful grounds and explore vendor tents boasting the local talent of our own Cherokee County Arts Council and the Valley River Arts Guild, among other regional artists. It is truly impressive to watch everything from blacksmithing and woodcarving to weaving on a loom or jewelry making.

So mark your calendars!

This Saturday, 9/29: Oktoberfest Andrews

Saturday & Sunday, 10/6-7: John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

This is just the beginning, check out the Cherokee County Chamber’s Calendar and visit us soon!

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