The Main Sponsor of the Autumn Leaves Festival
The Autumn Leaves Festival™ 2013 from October 11-13 marks the 47th anniversary of one of North Carolina's longest running and most successful events. This year's title sponsor is -------------. The Autumn Leaves Festival™ was chosen as one of the Top Twenty Events for October 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society.
We are sorry but NO PETS are allowed during the Autumn Leaves Festival due to the rules of the Health and Police Departments.
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 (click here for list of vendors) with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations.
Then, there is "Food for the Soul", ham biscuits, collards and cornbread, barbeque, ground steak 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.
The festival showcases our rich musical heritage, such as Old-time, Bluegrass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage sponsored by Sheetz of Mount Airy. (Click here for the 2013 Bandstand Schedule) 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.
The festival began as a celebration of the end of the tobacco and apple harvesting season over 40 years ago. Now, we celebrate the breathtaking fall season that is upon us. Through the years, hundreds of thousands of visitors (nearly 200,000 people will frequent the streets of Mount Airy over the three day weekend) have enjoyed the true flavor of rural America and its distinctive character, rich heritage and scenic beauty. Our hometown radiates with the spectacular scenery of the entire mountainside bathed in autumn reds and luminous gold's set against the scenic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is particularly beautiful at this time of year when there's still a chance to catch some warm sunshine and the leaves start taking on their brilliant colors. Where shadows last a little longer, doors open a little wider, conversation lasts a little longer and the spirit of our community has a captivating quality on everyone who visits. This great community once again puts out the "WELCOME" mat and invites one and all to come and experience the true spirit of America’s Hometown.
NO PETS ALLOWED DURING THE AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVAL™ ON MAIN STREET OR THE SURROUNDING AREAS WHERE THE FESTIVAL IS GOING ON. (Admission is FREE). Hours are 9-9 Friday and Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday.
FREE SHUTTLE DURING THE AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVAL! FROM ONE OF THE FESTIVAL TO THE OTHER END AND TO ALL MOUNT AIRY HOTELS