CANCELATION NOTICE: Due to the anticipated weather from Hurricane Ian and after much consideration and discussion, the Southern Pines Parks & Recreation Dept. and Arts Council of Moore County organizers have sadly decided to cancel AutumnFest. We are so sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however we are taking the safety of all involved into consideration. All sponsors, vendors and runners registered for the event will be contacted separately regarding refunds/credits etc. Please know this was a tough decision for the organizers and we are extremely regretful in having to make this call. Thank you for your continued support and please mark your calendar for next year, Saturday, October 7, 2023!

Information for AutumnFest 2023 will be available after April 2023.

Logo by Marie Senkbeil

Saturday, October 1, 2022
9 AM to 4 PM

Downtown Park
145 SE Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC

AutumnFest is presented by the
Arts Council of Moore County and Southern Pines Parks & Recreation Dept.

AutumnFest attendees | Credit: Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

First held in 1978, AutumnFest is one of Moore County’s most popular annual festivals, bringing thousands of people to the beautiful Downtown Park in Southern Pines on the first Saturday in October. The festival features live entertainment, arts & crafts, great food, a 5K road race, youth sprint races, and other activities.

This year, AutumnFest will provide more arts & craft vendors, an expanded food court located on Broad Street, and a dedicated area for the entertainment stage and audience. The live entertainment will include the music of Berryfield and Tony Barnes, comedy magic by Mr. Fantastic, demonstrations by Terpsichore-A Moving Experience, Martial Arts Academy of Southern Pines, and Encore Center of Southern Pines. Sandhills Knockerball will once again be on the tennis courts all day.

AutumnFest 5K runners – Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

Looking to be more active? Sign up for the AutumnFest 5K Road Race that will feature a new course or sign your child up for the Youth Sprint Races. Scroll down to register for the 5K or to see more information on both events.

As plans for the 44th annual AutumnFest are finalized, we invite artists, crafters, and food vendors to apply for a space by using the links below. Space is limited and vendor space fees double after September 3, so submit your application soon!

Vendor Application & Information

We are full & have a waiting list for vendors.
To be added to the waiting list,
Bridgett Sampson using the information below.

General AutumnFest Information & Booth Assignments:
Please contact Bridgett Sampson – 910-692-7376 with any questions.

*Booth assignments and check-in information for all vendors will be sent out starting September 9, 2022.
*AutumnFest will be held rain or shine.

Moore County Temporary Food Establishment Vendor “Application”
Moore County Temporary Food Establishment Permit “Exemption”
Southern Pines Fire Safety Standards
AutumnFest Vendor Space Map for 2022

*NOTE:  We are only accepting one booth per political party. Individual political candidates must work through your political party to provide your information at their booth, if they have reserved a booth.

Entertainment Schedule & Information

Entertainment Stage Schedule:
(Subject to change)
10:00a – Encore Center of Southern Pines
10:30a – Martial Arts Academy of Southern Pines
11:00a – Terpsichore – A Moving Experience
11:30a – Tony Barnes
1:00p – Comedy Magic of Mr. Fantastic
1:30p – Berryfield
2:30p – Encore Center of Southern Pines
3:00p – Berryfield

Other Activities:
9:00a-4:00p – Knockerball on the tennis courts
9:00a-4:00p – Once Upon a Fairy Tale characters roaming the park

Please contact Kate Curtin – 910-692-2787 with any questions or to be considered for a future AutumnFest.

AutumnFest 5K runners | Credit: Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

AutumnFest 5K & Youth Sprint Races

Autumnfest 5KRegister Here
Registration opens on August 1, 2022.
Early bird registration fee is $25 until September 17, 2022
$30 after September 17.

Autumnfest Youth Sprint Races – Information coming soon.

Please contact Joshua Cutlip – 910-692-2463 with any questions.

Friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend, but they must remain on a leash.

Please thank our sponsors…