About The Autumn Leaves Festival™

The 2019 Autumn Leaves Festival™ marks it’s 53rd Anniversary. This special festival is one of North Carolina’s longest running, most successful events, and is consistently recognized as a Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

2019 Dates / Hours:
Friday, October 11th, 9am-9pm
Saturday, October 12th, 9am-9pm
Sunday, October 13th, 12pm-6pm

Free parking can be found around the festival area. Some paid parking options are available.

Main Street, Mount Airy, NC

Free Admission

*NO PETS ALLOWED in Festival Area*

*NO WEAPONS ALLOWED in Festival Area*

Future Festival Dates:
October 9th – October 11th, 2020
October 8th – October 10th, 2021
October 14th – October 16th, 2022

Art / Crafts

The roster of artisans and craftspeople covers such media as pottery, paintings, textiles and jewelry. The unique arts and crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations. (List of vendors coming soon.)


Then, there is “Food for the Soul”, ham biscuits, collards and cornbread, barbecue, ground steak, Amish doughnuts and pretzels and more served with hospitality by our local civic and service organizations. It’s a walker’s paradise with visual delights and mouthwatering treats at every stop. (List of vendors coming soon.)


The festival showcases our rich musical heritage, such as Old-time, Bluegrass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage. It’s a toe tapping, foot stomping, hand-clapping kind of weekend where old friendships are renewed and new friendships are made. The Autumn Leaves Festival™ is a homecoming where guests become neighbors. (2019 Bandstand Schedule available soon.)

Shuttle Services

Round-trip shuttle services every 15 – 20 minutes, with on-call locations. $2 Per Person 12 Years and Up Each Way, $0 for Children under 12
Schedule: (Starting 10/11/2019) Friday - Saturday 9pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.
On-Call Locations: Mayberry Campground, Quality Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Knights Inn, Mayberry Motor Inn, Comfort Inn.
Pick-Up / Drop-Off Locations: North end of N. Main St. – corner of W. Elm and N. Main St. S. Renfro St. at Donna’s Barber Shop South end of Main St. – In front of City Hall Corner of Willow St. and W. Independence For more information or assistance, call the Mount Airy Visitor Center (336) 786-6116.
Services Provided by YVEDDI.


In 1966 the Autumn Leaves Festival™ began as a closing celebration for tobacco and apple harvesting seasons. Now it is a celebration of the start of Surry County's breathtaking Autumn season. Hundreds of thousands (200,000+ in 1 weekend!) of visitors have enjoyed the true spirit of America's Hometown through the rich heritage and scenic beauty that surrounds the community. Leaves begin to change color, the comfortable cool weather sets in, and the Autumn Leaves Festival™ welcomes one and all to experience the joy of it with friends and family!

Rep the Autumn Leaves Festival™ All-Year-Round

Online Pre-sale ends Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at 11:55pm.

Short Sleeve Shirt
Presale Price $18
Days-of-Festival Price $20
Sizes YS, YM, YL, S – 3XL

Long Sleeve Shirt
Presale Price $23
Days-of-Festival Price $25
Sizes YS, YM, YL, S – 3XL

Planning a Trip?

Surry County, North Carolina is not only the home of the Autumn Leaves Festival™. There are lots of fun attractions, sites to see, and activities all around. From parks, greenways, wineries, and farms to Mayberry attractions and local events. To plan your trip, visit the Mount Airy Visitor Center website, the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce website, or contact the Visitor Center directly for more information. (336) 786-6116.