Historic Downtown Hendersonville is the heart of an economically and culturally vibrant mountain community.
Take a day to walk the 16 blocks that constitute Historic Downtown Hendersonville and you'll find a place bustling with the activity of work and play. Cruise Main Street for an introduction to our mix of specialty shops, art galleries, funky-to-formal restaurants and vibrant entertainment venues all while enjoying free outdoor Wi-Fi. Whether it is serving as the core of the North Carolina Apple Festival over Labor Day weekend, kicking off spring with the Tulip Extravaganza and Garden Jubilee or highlighting the holidays with the Holiday Tree Lighting, downtown is the year-round center for celebrating the community's heritage and diversity.
A special treat Downtown is the annual Public Art Display, “Bearfootin’ in Hendersonville,” featuring the return of the wildly popular bear statues. Visitors and locals love to hunt for bears and strike a pose in front of their favorites to create one-of-a-kind photo memories.
Throughout the spring and summer, Downtown is host to a number of indoor/outdoor events including the Garden Jubilee . May through September, you’ll hear lots of music downtown, with the ever-popular Music On Main concerts every Friday night, the fabulous Monday night Street Dances featuring mountain heritage music and dancing. On Labor Day weekend (Sept.), the renowned North Carolina Apple Festival arrives to pay tribute to our area’s extensive apple heritage.
Stop in a gallery to meet the artists-in-residence. Take a break on a bench to breathe the clear mountain air. Get to know a shop owner. Have a local restaurateur make you a meal you won’t forget. If that’s not enough to make you stay forever, then . . . consider yourself invited back real soon.
Whether you’re here for a day trip, a week vacation, or you’re here to stay forever, we hope you’ll take the time to visit Historic Downtown Hendersonville.