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WNC Parent October Calendar of Events and things to do in Asheville and Western North Carolina

Asheville Citizen Times 9/28/2022 Chris Worthy

Saturday Oct. 1

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Sunday, Oct. 2

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The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Asheville VeganFest is 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pack Square Park. The event includes children’s activities, face painting and more. For details, visit ashevilleveganfest.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week Oct. 4 – 7 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Experience the new Día de Muertos Exhibit. Story time is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday with special character guest, Mirabel from the family Madrigal. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week Oct. 4 – 7 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Experience the new Día de Muertos Exhibit. Story time is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday with special character guest, Mirabel from the family Madrigal. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week Oct. 4 – 7 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Experience the new Día de Muertos Exhibit. Story time is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday with special character guest, Mirabel from the family Madrigal. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Teen Advisory Board (grades 9-12) meets at 4 p.m. at the Learning Lab at the Henderson County Main Library. Make a difference in teen programming at the library and earn volunteer hours. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library.

Friday, Oct. 7

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Week Oct. 4 – 7 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Experience the new Día de Muertos Exhibit. Story time is at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday with special character guest, Mirabel from the family Madrigal. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Dinner and a Movie night starts at 5:30 p.m. outside on the grounds at the Leicester Library. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Dinner will be homemade soups and fixings provided by the Leicester Library Giving Garden and the Friends of the Leicester Library. The movie and popcorn will be provided by the Leicester Library. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. The movie, “Encanto,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. This is a free, family event. Visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/branch-locations/leicester.aspx.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

Saturday, Oct. 8

The 37th Annual Mountain Glory Festival is in Downtown Marion. The festival includes children’s activities, a “best dressed pet” contest and more. Visit mountaingloryfestival.com.

Kenilworth Artists Studio Tour is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Kenilworth neighborhood. See the work of 28 artists. The tour is free, and is self-guided. Each artist will donate a portion of sales to Loving Food Resources, a pantry serving hospice and HIV/AIDS clients. A map of studio locations is available at kenilworthartists.org.

Let's Go on a Mushroom Walk at 10 a.m. at the North Carolina Arboretum. This is an ecoEXPLORE program. For details and registration, visit ecoexplore.net/events/let's-go-on-a-mushroom-walk.

Second Saturday arts events are in the River Arts District, including live demos and more. For details, visit riverartsdistrict.com.

MakerSpace is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Asheville Art Museum. Free for members or included with admission. Registration is not required. Drop in and get creative while experimenting with different art materials, tools, and techniques related to a work of art. All ages and abilities are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For details, visit ashevilleart.org/event/makerspace-second-saturday/2022-10-08.

CiderFest NC is 1 – 4 p.m. Olivette Riverside Community and Farm. The event allows visitors to sample tastings of hard cider, mead, and apple wine, along with artisanal food, live music, workshops, a kids’ zone, and more. For details and tickets, visit ciderfestnc.com.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Kenilworth Artists Studio Tour is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Kenilworth neighborhood. See the work of 28 artists. The tour is free, and is self-guided. Each artist will donate a portion of sales to Loving Food Resources, a pantry serving hospice and HIV/AIDS clients. A map of studio locations is available at kenilworthartists.org.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Monday, Oct. 10

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Week Oct. 10 – 14 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Celebrate the culture of the Cherokee and Navajo.

Gain knowledge of the past and present through self-guided crafts inside the MakerStudio and story timesat 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Week Oct. 10 – 14 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Celebrate the culture of the Cherokee and Navajo.

Gain knowledge of the past and present through self-guided crafts inside the MakerStudio and story timesat 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Garden Club (grades K – 12) meets at 4 p.m. at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Week Oct. 10 – 14 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Celebrate the culture of the Cherokee and Navajo.

Gain knowledge of the past and present through self-guided crafts inside the MakerStudio and story timesat 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Tiny Tots Yoga is at 11 a.m. at the Swannanoa Library. Call 828-250-6486 or email swannanoa.library@buncombecounty.org.

Dark Sky Astronomy Night is at 8 p.m. at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. The event is for astronomers of all experience levels. For details and registration information, visit pari.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Week Oct. 10 – 14 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Celebrate the culture of the Cherokee and Navajo.

Gain knowledge of the past and present through self-guided crafts inside the MakerStudio and story timesat 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Teen Anime Club (grades 6 – 12) meets at 4 p.m. at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library.

Friday, Oct. 14

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Week Oct. 10 – 14 at Hands On! Children's Museum in Hendersonville. Celebrate the culture of the Cherokee and Navajo.

Gain knowledge of the past and present through self-guided crafts inside the MakerStudio and story timesat 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Saturday, Oct. 15

The Asheville Radio Museum, in conjunction with the Carolina Chapter of the Antique Wireless Association, hosts a Vintage Radio Market from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Asheville-Buncombe Community Technical College (AB-Tech). For details, visit avlradiomuseum.org.

Artful Adventure is 2 – 2:45 p.m. at Asheville Art Museum. Free for members or included with general admission. Registration is not required. Artful Adventures is a family-friendly, themed interactive gallery tour followed by an optional visit to Art PLAYce. Families of all ages and abilities are welcome. Learn more at ashevilleart.org/event/artful-adventure-9/.

“A Wrinkle In Time” is presented by Tanglewood Youth Production Classes at 2:30 p.m. at the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage. Tickets are $5 each for ages 17 and younger and $12 each for adults and are available online at ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the ACT Box Office.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Sunday, Oct. 16

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

“A Wrinkle In Time” is presented by Tanglewood Youth Production Classes at 6:30 p.m. at the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage. Tickets are $5 each for ages 17 and younger and $12 each for adults and are available online at ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the ACT Box Office.

A Community Simchat Torah Celebration is 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Asheville JCC. This collaborative event between the Asheville JCC, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Ha'Tephila, the Jewish Secular Community of Asheville, and Carolina Jews for Justice is a community celebration of the Torah that includes workshops, refreshments, community candle lighting, a Torah tour, and the Torah chant. Featured topics of workshops are PJ Library, Jewish art, Synagogues, Midrash, and justice from a Jewish perspective. Register here.

Thursday, Oct. 20

MakerSpace is 5 – 8 p.m. at Asheville Art Museum. Free for members or included with. Drop in and get creative while experimenting with different art materials, tools, and techniques related to a work of art. All ages and abilities are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required. For details, visit ashevilleart.org/event/makerspace-third-thursday/2022-10-20/.

Experience the Orionids Meteor Shower at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. Evening-only and cabin and camping packages are available. For details and registration information, visit pari.edu.

Friday, Oct. 21

Hands On! Members Halloween Party is 6 – 8 p.m. at Hands On! Children’s Museum. The event includes indoor trick-or-treating, games, a Spooky Science Show inside the Star Theater, and more. This free after-hours event is for museum members only. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Register

at handsonwnc.org or call 828-697-8333, ext. 221.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

Saturday Oct. 22

Bilingual Storytime/ Hora de Cuentos Bilingue is at 10 a.m. at the Etowah Library. Join in for stories and songs in Spanish and English. Únete a nosotros para disfrutar de cuentos y canciones en español e inglés. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library.

Fall-O-Ween - Fall Festival is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lake Julian Park in Arden. For details, visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/parks.

NOCtoberfest is noon – 6 p.m. at Nantahala Outdoor Center. The family-friendly event includes costume contests, paddling competitions, live music, giveaways and more. Visit noc.com/events.

“The Prom” is presented by Tanglewood Youth Production Classes at 2:30 p.m. at the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage. Tickets are $5 each for ages 17 and younger and $12 each for adults and are available online at ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the ACT Box Office.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

The Trick or Trail 5K is in the Historic 7th Avenue District of Hendersonville. For details and registration, visit idaph.net.

Sunday, Oct. 23

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

“The Prom” is presented by Tanglewood Youth Production Classes at 6:30 p.m. at the Asheville Community Theatre Mainstage. Tickets are $5 each for ages 17 and younger and $12 each for adults and are available online at ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the ACT Box Office.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

An Enchanted Forest is 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Nature Center. Go trick-or-treating through the forest trails in the Highlands Botanical Garden. A bonfire, hot drinks, and candy will be waiting at the end. Those wishing to participate in this free event should meet in the amphitheater behind the Highlands Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road). This event is weather dependent, and no reservations are required. Visit highlandsbiological.org/nature-center.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Boo-Bash Halloween Spooktacular is 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Hands On! Children’s Museum. Visitors (adults and children) are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costume to receive a prize. The event includes spooky self-guided craft activities in the MakerStudio and a Halloween story time at 10:30 a.m. This event is included with general admission. Visit handsonwnc.org.

Tiny Tots Yoga is at 11 a.m. at the Swannanoa Library. Call 828-250-6486 or email swannanoa.library@buncombecounty.org.

Thursday, Oct. 27

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

Experience the Fall Observing Harvest: Planets, Nebulae, Galaxies at 8 p.m. at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. For details and registration information, visit pari.edu.

Friday, Oct. 28

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 6 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

Experience the Fall Observing Harvest: Planets, Nebulae, Galaxies at 8 p.m. at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. For details and registration information, visit pari.edu.

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloweenfest 2022 is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in downtown Brevard. The event includes free family activities, including bounce houses, a costume competition and parade, the Magic Book Bus, a hula hoop dance party, pumpkin carving contest, food vendors and more. This year’s event features a “Get Set Sesame Street Party” and where visitors can meet Muppets throughout the day. For details, visit brevardnc.org/community/halloweenfest.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 5 – 9 p.m. in Brevard, North Carolina. The event benefits the Friends of Silvermont and includes a pumpkin trail, music, tours, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

Experience the Fall Observing Harvest: Planets, Nebulae, Galaxies at 8 p.m. at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. For details and registration information, visit pari.edu.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Sunday, Oct. 30

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail is at Adventure Center of Asheville. The trail includes 15 live-action outdoor scenes with lights and spooky sounds. It is a live theatrical experience on an outdoor trail without contact or gore. Geared towards families with children ages 3 – 12, visit the Alien Landing, Creepy Circus and Haunted Pumpkin Patch which are all a part of the trail. A “Sweet Peek Tour” is offered at 6:30 p.m. This is a guided tour for younger guests. The trail is actor free at this time and they can decide if they would like to re-enter the line and receive the full show. For details and tickets, visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-haunted-trail.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a full schedule, driving directions, tickets and details, visit carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Monday, Oct. 31

A Happy Halloween Celebration is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Hands On! Children’s Museum will be open to the public on

Monday, October 31 from 9am – 5pm. Visitors (adults and children) are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween Costume to receive a special prize. We’ll also host a special Halloween Story Time at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Treat Street Carnival is 5 – 8 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. The event includes trick-or-treating, a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a costume contest, inflatables, live music and more. Visit hendersonvillenc.gov/event/treat-street-carnival.

ENJOY STORY TIME, FAMILY FUN AND MORE

Join in a Tiny Art Show at the Leicester Library. Patrons ages 12 and older are invited to display their artistic talents. Pick up a mini art kit from the library, paint your canvas, and return it to the library by Nov. 5 to participate in the art show. Supplies are limited. The Tiny Art Show Opening Reception is at 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Art will be on display through January 2023. Visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/branch-locations/leicester.aspx.

Autumn Ambles are 4 – 5 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday in October at the Highlands Botanical Garden. Explore with naturalists to discover what leaves are changing and the (science of) why. This program is weather-dependent. Visit highlandsbiological.org/nature-center.The Eliada Fall Festival and Corn Maze continues Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 30. For details and tickets, visit eliada.org/events-sponsorship/corn-maze-2.

2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park in Brevard, North Carolina, benefitting the Friends of Silvermont, is the last four weekends of October, opening Oct. 7. The event includes a pumpkin trail, a white squirrel search and much more. For details, visit silvermont.org.

Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Celebration continues every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 29. The event includes dance parties, trick-or-treat stations, themed photo opportunities, and the all new Palace Spooktacular Show. For adults and older children, there is a scary night-time journey on the Ghost Train, walking through the Haunted House and more. Tickets are sold in advance for a designated night with a scheduled train ride departure time. Visit tweetsie.com/special-events/ghost-train.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is Oct. 13 – 16 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville. For details, visit https://www.southernhighlandguild.org.

The Harvest Festival continues through Oct. 29 at Dollywood. For a schedule of events, visit dollywood.com.

Fall hours at The Highlands Nature Center are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday. Closed Sunday – Tuesday. Visit highlandsbiological.org/nature-center.

Registration for Late Fall/Winter Classes for ages 5 – 18 and adults is open at Asheville Community Theatre. Classes are after school and on weekends Oct. 25 – Dec. 17. For more information, visit ashevilletheatre.org/education/youththeatre.

Hands On! Children’s Museum offers free admission to families who present their adult WIC card. Zoom passes from the Hendersonville Library have limited day passes as well. For details, visit handsonwnc.org.

In-person story times are offered at Buncombe County Libraries. Get full details at buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/services/story-times.aspx.

Baby Story Time – ages 4 – 18 months:

  • Oakley/South Asheville Library – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Leicester Library – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Weaverville Library – Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Toddler Story Time – ages 18 months – 3 years:  

  • North Asheville Library – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Fairview Library and Leicester Library – Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Enka-Candler Library – Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Story Time – ages 3 – 5 years:

  • East Asheville Library and West Asheville Library – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Swannanoa Library – Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Fairview Library – Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Black Mountain Library and Weaverville Library – Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Pack Memorial Library – Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Hora Del Cuento/Story Time

  • Skyland/South Buncombe Library – Friday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Oakley/South Asheville Library – Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library impacts the pre-literacy skills and school readiness of children under the age of 5in Buncombe County. The program mails a new, free, age-appropriate book to registered children each month until they turn 5 years old, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books and reading. For details and registration, visit imaginationlibrary.com.

LEGO Clubs are at Henderson County Library locations LEGOs and other building materials provided. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library.

Family Story Times are at Henderson County Libraries: Mondays at 10 a.m. at Edneyville and Mills River Libraries, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Etowah Library, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Fletcher Library, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Green River Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library or call 828-697-4725.

Music and Movement Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library or call 828-697-4725.

Preschool Story Time for ages 3 – 5 is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library or call 828-697-4725.

Toddler Story Time for ages 18 months – 3 years is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library or call 828-697-4725.

Bouncing Babies Story Time for birth – 18 months with a caregiver is at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit hendersoncountync.gov/library or call 828-697-4725.

Kolo Bike Park – $10 Sunday Fundays are Sundays through March 26. Rentals are available for an extra charge. Call 828-225-2921for conditions. Visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kolo-bike-park.

Kolo Bike Park Fall Afterschool Club for ages 6 – 15 is Tuesdays and Thursdays through November. Reservations are required. Call 828-225-2921 or visit https://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/camps.

Biltmore Gardens Railway – Wonders of the World is open through Jan. 8at Biltmore Estate. See handcrafted, botanical model train displays. For tickets and up-to-date health and safety policies, visit biltmore.com.

Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius is open through Feb. 20 at Biltmore Estate. For tickets and up-to-date health and safety policies, visit biltmore.com.

Zoom D&D with Raj for teens is 3 – 6 p.m. Saturdays through the Buncombe County Library. Sign-up is required. Email Raj at raj.bowers-racine@buncombecounty.org to request attendance.

Kindermusik for ages birth – 5 is offered at We Rock the Spectrum. For details, visit kindermusik.com/studio/58207.

SUPPORT AND CONNECTION

Women's Pedal Fest is Nov. 11 – 13 at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Meet fellow bikers, enjoy fireside events and music, hit the local trails with instructors, and sign up for expert clinics. Visit noc.com.

Perinatal Loss Support Group – Homegrown Families Perinatal Bereavement Parent Support Group is for families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. For details, visit ashevillehomegrownfamilies.com.

The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is an evidence-based program gives parents confidence and in turn, helps them raise confident children. Local parents and caregivers have access to this free, positive parenting course online. Access Triple P resources at triplepwnc.com or triplep-parenting.com.

This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: WNC Parent October Calendar of Events and things to do in Asheville and Western North Carolina

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