Downtown Events

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Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk Auction

October 20, 2018
Historic Courthouse on Main Street

  • Bidder registration and live music begins at 3:00 pm.
  • Live Auction beginning at 5:00 pm.
  • Proceeds to benefit non-profits



Trick or Treat Street

October 31, 2018
Trick or Treat at 5:00
Costume registration begins at 4:30 with judging to follow

Trick or Treating with downtown merchants  from Allen to 6th Avenue.

Costume contest held in the 400 block of Main.

At the conclusion of the contest stick around for the kids Monster Mash Street Dance! 









Downtown Holiday Events

Annual 5k TURKEY TROT!
November 22, 2018

Earn holiday calories with a casual 5K on Thanksgiving morning

Race begins at 8:30 on 5th Ave in front of City Hall

For more information, contact Lu Ann Welter at 828-233-3204 or at


Here Comes Santa Street Lighting at the Historic Courthouse

November 23, 2018  

Kick off the season with Christmas songs, shopping and a countdown as Santa arrives to light up Downtown. Free visits with Santa and carriage rides after the lights are on will end by 8:00.

Small Business Saturday
November 24, 2018

A great opportunity to support local merchants at the outset of the holiday season! Find specials and a variety of gift options. 
All Day

Christmas Parade
December 1, 2018
Main Street / Five Points-Caswell St.

A traditional hometown Christmas parade travels along Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street. The parade is sponsored by the Hendersonville Merchants & Business Association. Call (828) 692-4179 or 828-595-0901.

Polar Express Story Party
Historic Hendersonville Depot

All Aboard!  Join the Apple Valley Railroad Club for a special Polar Express Story Party at the Historic Hendersonville Depot following the Christmas parade in downtown.  Space is limited to 40 per reading and will last 15-20 minutes per reading.. Santa, free hot chocolate and goodies will also be available. All ages are welcomed


Carriage Rides
December 9, 16, 23, 30 & 31

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays from a horse drawn carriage ride. Take a magical ride through Historic Downtown Hendersonville among its twinkling lights and festive decorations. The serpentine street adds to the leisurely pace of the horse to slow down and savor the moment.

Iceless Skating Rink
December 19 – January 1

Again this year the iceless rink will be located at the Visitor Center on South Main Street. Skating offers endless family-friendly fun.The synthetic ice skating rink is made from special polymers so it can be enjoyed year-round in any temperature.



2018 Rhythm & Brews Concert Series

Shows start @ 5:00 pm with the Singer-Songwriters, followed by Openers @ 6:00 pm and Headliners from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

May 17   Canceled due to weather
Headliner: Tellico, Opener: Angela Easterling & The Beguilers and Singer-Songwriter: Redleg Husky

June 21
Headliner: The Broadcast, Opener: Strange Avenues and Singer-Songwriter: Izzie Hughes

July 19
Headliner: Urban Soil, Opener: Modern Day Society and Singer-Songwriter: Carolinabound

August 16
Headliner: The Company Stores, Opener: Daniel Sage and Singer-Songwriter: Bobby Wynn 

September  20
Headliner: Los Colognes, Opener: Hustle Souls and Singer-Songwriter: Laura Laughter & Tim Levene

October 11  Cancelled due to  Hurricane Michael: Category 4 storm
Headliner: Tellico, Opener: Angela Easterling & The Beguilers 


Local Market

October 7th, 2018
9:00 to 4:00

Maple Street in front of the Historic Depot

Come wander the Local Market and enjoy the variety of vendor or refresh at the cider tent. Choose from a selection of handcrafted specialty foods being produced, grown or created by neighbors and friends. Organic vegetables, meats, dairy and other delectable goodies and unique products created with materials from the land. Enjoy gift shopping knowing that you’re supporting small local producers and artisans. It’s all local and it’s all here at the Depot!

As folks have done for years at the Depot, you might be lucky enough to hear some local stories or connect with the personalities that bring us farm fresh, one of a kind products. It’s a place you’ll find not just fresh produce and natural products, but also the stories of the people who make them and the things that inspire them.

Plan to join us at the Historic Depot in Downtown Hendersonville from 9:00 to 4:00 pm  We promise something for everyone.



Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk

Take a walk along Main Street and decide which of the 20 new bears are your favorites. Each custom created work of art is waiting for photos and hugs! 

 2019 bear registration is now open. 

28th Annual Antique & Vintage Show

June 29, 2019
8:00 to 5:00

Vintage, Handmade, Rustic, Mid-Century, Industrial, up-cycle...collectibles galore will line the sidewalks of Main Street! Rain or shine, picker or seller, you won't want to miss this fabulous outdoor event. Vendors apply online.

If you have unique, crazy, vintage, collectibles or true antiques to sell, join the fun. Reservation opening soon for this great show. 


Tails in Town

July 28, 2018
8:00 to 2:00

It’s the ultimate day out for Dog Lovers of all ages and a once a year opportunity to celebrate the companionship, unconditional love and joy that our furry friends bring to our lives. 

The day kicks off with an easy 5k for the entire family and continues with day long events and demonstrations. In addition to the plethora of pooches and a flurry of furry action, the latest and greatest in products to hit the pet market will be on show in what can only be described as a Dog’s dream.

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Call 828-692-1600

Partner Organization Sponsored Events




Look up! ArtScape Banners, installed on the streets in the downtown area of Hendersonville, provide an opportunity for people to enjoy a self-guided art tour.


ArtScape Banner Adventure for kids


Garden Jubilee

Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, 27, 2018
9 am - 5 pm (both days)
Historic Downtown Hendersonville
(Main Street from 6th Avenue to Caswell Street)
Animals are Prohibited

More info

Fourth of July Fun in Downtown Hendersonville!

  • 4th of July Parade
  • The Visitor Center Patriotic Military Tribute
  • Henderson County’s annual Fourth of July celebration at the Historic Courthouse
  • Fireworks Display


Chalk It Up began with 3 children drawing in front of their mother's store. It has blossomed into a beloved and endearing events that has lasted for over 20 years. It is a unique way to experience beautiful downtown Hendersonville, N.C.

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Music On Main and Monday Street Dances

 May through September, you’ll hear lots of music downtown, with the ever-popular Music On Main concerts every Friday night, and Monday Night Street Dances featuring mountain heritage music and dancing.




North Carolina Apple Festival

The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years.  Enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.




Art On Main

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents the Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival on September 29 & 30, 2018.  Stroll Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC, and shop for fine art and fine craft by artists from Henderson County and the Southeastern region of the U.S.. Media includes work in clay, metal, glass, fiber, wood, painting, photography, jewelry, etc. Art on Main also features live art demonstrations.