A flurry of events fill the fall season at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. From hayrides, to pumpkins and fresh-pressed apple cider and unbeatable scenic landscape. Mark your calendars now!


  • PONY RIDES – Brought to you by Project HNG our sister nonprofit! Proceeds go to Project HNG. Suitable for young children, supervision and helmets provided.
    • Availability: every Saturday & Sunday starting Labor Day weekend and running through November.
  • HAYRIDES – Brought to you by Project HNG our sister nonprofit! Proceeds go to Project HNG. Suitable for all ages, babies in arms are free, 16 people per ride.
    • Availability: every Saturday & Sunday starting Labor Day through November 
  • STATIONARY FUN – Creekside play area has a treehouse and wee slide ➤ The Big Barn has our Sound Silo full of instruments to play on and make noise, trikes on the trike track around a REAL tractor and cornhole boards(ask the staff for bags) ➤ On the grassy slope behind the Big Barn we’ve got our famous and fast culvert tunnel slides for all ages, hammocks on the hill and tetherball!
  • ANIMALS TO SEE – We will have a brooder house full of chicks in various ages and stages all season, there will typically be mama pigs and piglets in agritourism pens on the hill, more rarely there will be grazing cattle in a nearby field. Our LIVE bee observatory is in our History Barn, brought to you by Haw Creek Honey’s beekeeper!
    • Availability: Inquire with the store staff on what you can see that day!


  • Most Saturdays and Sundays in the fall


    • One in late September, one in late October.
    • Late September
  • BIG BARN MARKET – Autumnal Edition
    • Sundays April-November (the last is a holiday themed market that happens the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
    • A Halloween-themed market will take place in October
    • Live music, beer, HNG sausages, fresh baked pretzels, & more
    • Hosted by Stephan Martin, astronomer and author, talks the cosmos and mythology, for a beautiful starry evening out in the Pasture. The Leonids meteor shower should be happening around this time, so bring your blanket, grab a beer from the farm store and look up! 


  • TURKEYS – Every year for the fall season we Pasture Raise turkeys here in Fairview for our local folks. This year you can either reserve one for your holiday feast, pick one up in the Farm Store now through the end of November, or ship one to your far flung friends and loved ones. 
  • APPLES – Our partners in Edneyville, NC, Lyda Farms, bring some of the best in the region. Local and low spray, folks come every year to get the best of fall in NC by the bag to bake, stew, butter, sauce and of course, crunch into while sitting on the farm.
    • Availability: typically run out Mid to late October.
  • FRESH PRESSED CIDER – We press fresh apple cider every year, comprised of our historical orchard apples on the Old Sherrill’s Inn property and apples from our partner Lyda Farms. This is a raw, unpasteurized product – delicious and changeable as the season, no added sugar or seasonings.
    • First press is in mid-September
  • JACK-O-LANTERN PUMPKINS – We work with several WNC veggie farmers in the area, including Hawkins Farms. We’ll have pumpkins arranged all around the Farm Store to display their beauty AND make sure you get *just the right one*. The seeds are dynamite when roasted, too…
    • Availability: Mid-September, they will typically run out by end of October
  • EDIBLE SQUASH & DECORATIVE GOURDS – From Mr. Anthony Cole’s farms, we have some long-lasting festive gourds to decoarate for the season, and a broad variety of edible squashes and pumpkins perfect for pies, soups and pasta.
    • Availability: Mid-September. 

Have a question about a fall event, or need more information? Contact Event Coordinator Megan Auten-Cowart at megan.auten@hickorynutgap.com

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