Logo by Marie Senkbeil

Saturday, October 7, 2023
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 arts, crafts, handmade items, live entertainment, delicious food, a 5K road race, youth sprint races, and more.

This year, AutumnFest will jury the arts, crafts, and handmade vendors, while providing an expanded food court located on Broad Street, and a dedicated area for the entertainment (see schedule below) and audience.Unlike in years past, the AutumnFest Committee will select the vendors with the goal to give attendees & vendors a more authentic arts & craft fair experience. The application deadline is June 1, 2023 and notification will begin June 15, 2023. Vendor fees will be returned if application is not accepted.

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 USATF certified 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 1, so submit your application soon!

Vendor Application & Information

-Download, fill out, and print the AutumnFest Juried Application Form here
-Make checks payable to “Arts Council-AutumnFest”
-Deliver complete application & payment to the Arts Council (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., So. Pines, NC) or mail to the Arts Council of Moore County, P.O. Box 405, Southern Pines, NC 28388

-Complete the online AutumnFest Juried Application Form here

3.5% non-refundable convenience fee will be automatically added to the prices above for all credit card payments.

For payment questions, contact Chris Dunn at 910-692-2787 or

[NOTE: Vendor fees will be returned if application is not accepted.]

General AutumnFest Information & Booth Assignments:

-Booth assignments and check-in information for all vendors will be sent out starting September 8, 2023.
-AutumnFest will be held rain or shine.
-Only one booth per political party will be accepted. Individual candidates must work through their party to distribute campaign information.

Important links for food vendors:
Application form for Moore County Temporary Food Establishment Vendor
Exemption form for Moore County Temporary Food Establishment Permit
Southern Pines Fire Safety Standards
AutumnFest Vendor Space Map

Please contact Bridgett Sampson – 910-692-7376 with any questions.

AutumnFest Entertainment Schedule

(Subject to change)

9a-4p – Once Upon a Fairy Tale characters roaming the park
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

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 Road Race & Youth Sprint Races

Autumnfest 5K Road RaceRegister Here
The course is USATF certified through 2032.
Registration opens on August 7, 2023.
Early bird registration fee is $25 until September 23, 2023
$30 after September 23.

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…