Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October in Western North Carolina Brings Exciting Festivals, Fairs, Fun & More!

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October is here! You can see it in the changing colors, you can feel it in the cool crispness of the air, and you can experience it to the fullest by visiting our Western North Carolina towns. Fully immerse yourself into the season by spending it here with us. 

We enjoy keeping you informed of what is going on here in Western NC. We also  want you to keep coming back for more. So... 

Here are some of the event highlights for this week and weekend in Western North Carolina:

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain
On Saturday, October 6 from 6:30-9:30p.m. bring the family out to a night not soon forgotten at Grandfather Mountain located on Blowing Rock Highway in Linville, NC. Get ready to listen to stories told by the light of a flickering fire at Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight. Then take part in rare after-dark tours of the mountain which include a nocturnal animal prowl. Brave participants must be at least eight-years-old to attend. There is an additional cost for this activity of $12 ages 8-12, and $18 for adults. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 828.733.8715.

100th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair at the Cherokee Fairgrounds
Make the trip out to Cherokee Fairgrounds in Cherokee, NC to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Cherokee Indian Fair with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The celebration has already started and continues through Saturday, October 6. 

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Here you'll find music, dancing, crafts, exhibits and lots of fun. Traditional pieces of this annual celebration for and of the Cherokee people are also an integral part of this event. 

Just like any typical county fair, Cherokee invites a top-of-the-line carnival to provide amusements all week long including everything from games to high-tech rides, as well as livestock and a petting zoo. This year visitors can find the carnival outside the gates of the fairgrounds with the interior grounds devoted to traditional games and activities. A staple at the Cherokee Indian Fair are the community arts and crafts exhibits, entries, and prize winners from the Cherokee communities on display the entire week in the Exhibit Hall. Admission is $10 daily. For a full listing of daily events and times, please visit the Cherokee Indian Fair event webpage.

NOCtoberfest in Bryson City at the Nantahala Outdoor Center
Starting Saturday, October 6 and continuing through October 31, NOCtoberfest begins a month-long series of events celebrating the fall season each weekend during this time. 

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Highlights of the event include the Beer Garden by the river which invites you to enjoy some old-country hospitality and partake of some fantastic fare. Pull on your lederhosen and come out and join the fun! The Beer Garden menu includes schnitzels, German potato salad, classic beef goulash, and Bavarian dumplings. Beverages include Spaten Octoberfest, Gaffel, Franziskaner, and hot mulled wine. Kids can enjoy hot cider and cocoa. 

Activities abound including hayrides, a haunted house, face painting, a costume contest, live music, a fall river cleanup, and so much more. Visit Nantahala Outdoor Center's website for complete event details.

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This is just a sampling of what's going on here this week. Any time you're in our area of the state, be sure to visit's event page for a comprehensive listing of events. We know you won't want to miss out and it's a helpful tool in planning your trip itinerary (in conjunction with reading our weekly blogs, of course).

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Finding a wonderful and convenient place to stay while visiting is easy, too. Choose a cabin nestled in the fall foliage or find a centrally located place right in Asheville. Customize your stay by choosing the amenities suited to your wants and needs. It's an integral part of a successful vacation. We want this to be your home-away-from-home. We also want you to come back and visit often!

We have a lot more excitement heading our way this October, so stay tuned. Our countdown to Moogfest begins nowthree weeks!

What's your favorite thing to do in Asheville and Western North Carolina during the month of October? Tell us about it in our comment section. Happy October!

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