About The Autumn Leaves Festival™

The 2020 Autumn Leaves Festival™ marks it’s 54th 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.

2020 Dates / Hours:
Friday, October 9th, 9am-9pm
Saturday, October 10th, 9am-9pm
Sunday, October 11th, 12pm-6pm

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

Location:
Main Street, Mount Airy, NC

Free Admission

*NO PETS ALLOWED in Festival Area*

*NO WEAPONS ALLOWED in Festival Area*

Future Festival Dates:
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.)

Food

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.)

Music

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.

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.

History

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.

Check out the 2019 editions of the Autumn Leaves Festival™ shirts! We hope you were able to get one before they sold out. Stay tuned for the 2020 design. 

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.