Fall Festivals Not to Miss in Rutherford County

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Fri., Oct. 6 - Sun., Oct. 22

Fall Festivals Not to Miss in Rutherford County


Fall in love with our small towns and scenic drives this season as hues of red, orange and gold provide spectacular views and the perfect backdrop for autumn festivals. From antique cars and annual race events, to handmade arts and crafts and scarecrow contests, Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills is the best place to travel in October.

Join in the excitement at Rutherfordton’s “Race for the Gold” Soapbox Derby as locals speed down Main Street in a custom built boxcar for a chance to take home the trophy. Take a walk through time at the Hilltop Fall Festival which celebrates the towns over 230 year history. During the first weekend in October, classic car enthusiasts can fawn over 250 automobiles at the Vintage Tin Car Festival in Lake Lure. Regional artisans converge Oct. 21-22 at the Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival showcasing handmade items, live entertainment and fall treats.

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