Downtown Events

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Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk

The bears will be back May 10, 2019.

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 bears are SOLD OUT! 

Rhythm & Brews Hendersonville, NC

Rhythm & Brews Concert Series

Live music, cool breweries, delicious food, kid
zone and fun for the entire family!   
Music starts at 5:30 pm

May 16   ............ Screamin J’s / The Broadcast  
June 20 ............ Big Daddy Love / Travers Brothership 
July 18   ............ Kenny George Band/ Colby Dietz Band 
Aug. 15  ............ Tellico / Fireside Collective 
Sept. 19 .............Rad Trads / Honey Island Swamp Band

Annual Antique & Vintage Show

June 22, 2019
8:00 to 5:00

If you have unique, crazy, vintage, collectibles or true antiques to sell, join the fun. Vendor registration now open for this great show!


Tails in Town

July 27, 2019
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. 


Local Market

Apple Festival Weekend!

Date: August 31, 2019
8:00 to 12:00

Maple Street in front of the Historic Depot

Its time again for the annual 7th Avenue Local Market featuring handcrafted specialty foods and artisan products being produced, grown or created by neighbors and friends right here in the WNC mountains. If you produce a local fresh product or handcrafted specialty and wish to participate as a vendor at this great Apple Festival weekend event click here to reserve your space.  Spaces start at the low cost of only $15.00 so sign up now before its too late!  

This is a rain or shine event!


Contact Dalleen Jackson at 828-233-3205 or

Come wander the Local Market and enjoy the variety of vendor! Choose from a selection of handcrafted specialty foods being produced, grown or created by neighbors and friends right here in the Carolinas.


Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk Auction

October 19, 2019
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, 2019
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.










Downtown Holiday Events

Annual 5k TURKEY TROT!
November 28, 2019

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 29, 2019  

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 30, 2019

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 7, 2019
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


At the Visitors Center

December 18 – January 1

Iceless Skating Rink
Regular Hours: 11am-7pm
Christmas Eve 11am-3pm
Christmas Day-Closed
New Year’s Eve 11am-3pm
New Year’s Day from 11Noonpm-7pm

Adults $8, Children $5 ages 10 & younger, group rates available for 12 people or more (payment by cash or check only)

Enjoy ice-skating in Downtown Hendersonville this holiday season. The new larger and improved iceless rink is located at the Visitor Center on South Main Street. The new surface is faster and makes for easier gliding. Two curling are available to try your skills. Play a variety of free games while you wait your turn on the ice. 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. Skate rental included in admission price. Fundraiser of the Henderson County America in Bloom Program. To learn more go to: Henderson County America in Bloom

December 21 – 23
Visit with Santa Claus on the Visitor Center Stage!

2pm-6pm / Free
Visitor Center – 201 South Main Street 

Santa Claus will be visiting with the children on the Stage at the Visitor Center on Main Street. Kids bring your wish list to discuss with Santa. Mom and dad need to bring their cameras to capture this cherished moment. (828) 693-9708

December 21 – 23
Main Street Holiday Hayrides 

6pm – 9pm

Take a magical hayride through Historic Downtown Hendersonville among its twinkling lights and festive decorations. Board the tractor-drawn wagon ride at the Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street. Reservations are not accepted, first come, first serve basis.

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.