The “in-person” part of the annual Autumnfest scheduled on Sat., October 3, 2020 has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 public safety concerns.

As an alternative, we invite you to participate in our “virtual” Autumnfest for 2020. Here’s what we’re planning for you to be active and tapping your toes:

Facebook LIVE! Entertainment
Saturday, October 3, 2020 – 11a-3p

Still have a desire to enjoy some live music? Autumnfest has you covered with the following line up of entertainment:

The goal of the New Horizons Band is to create an entry point to group music making for adult beginners and a comfortable re-entry point for adults who played music in school and would like to resume after long years of building careers and raising children, or who now play an instrument and would like to try another.

Celebrating their 12th year as a band, South Ridge Bluegrass plays mostly in central North Carolina. The members of the band are Gregg Davis on guitar and vocals, Huey Priest on Banjo, Johnie Marion on bass and vocals, and Steve Creed on mandolin and vocals.

Berryfield has become one of the fastest rising Americana acoustic acts in North Carolina. With the talents of Murphy McNeill, Dean Overman and Al Simmons, their three-part harmonies and arranging skills give this trio a style that is uniquely theirs. With a concert of originals, as well as arrangements of their signature classics reimagined as only Berryfield can, don’t miss this live show of rich harmonies and unique musical synergy.

To enjoy these concerts live, visit the Arts Council’s Facebook page at each time above. We hope to see you online!

2020 Virtual 5K
October 2-4, 2020

Autumnfest will host a “virtual” 5K the first weekend in October. Choose your day and from three course options: Traditional Downtown Southern Pines course or a greenway trail at Reservoir Park or Nick’s Creek.

Register Online Only at, with early registration ending on September 24 ($15) and late registration ending October 4 ($20). Registered participants can pick up their commemorative Autumnfest 5K t-shirt, road maps & other race day essentials at Downtown Park (145 SE Broad St., So. Pines) on the following dates:  Thu., Oct. 1 (5-8p) or Sat., Oct. 3 (9-11a).

Complete your run by 5p, Sun., October 4, take a screen shot of your running app and submit via email by 9a on Mon., October 5 to Trophies will go to the fastest runners! Visit the Southern Pines Recreation’s Facebook page for race results.

Autumnfest was first held in 1978 and is one of Moore County’s largest annual festivals, bringing thousands of people to the Southern Pines Downtown Park on the first Saturday in October. The festival features live entertainment, arts & craft booths, food, a 5K road race, a 1 mile Fun Run & Health Walk, youth sprint races, and other children’s activities.

Save the 2021 date!

Saturday, October 2, 2021 – 9a to 4p
Downtown Park
145 SE Broad St., Southern Pines, NC

For questions about Autumnfest, please contact the appropriate person below:

For questions on Vendor booth & General Autumnfest Information:
Please contact Bridgett Sampson – 910-692-7376
NOTE: Autumnfest vendor applications & other information for 2021 will be available June, 2021

For questions on Autumnfest Entertainment:
Please contact Kate Curtin – 910-692-2787

For questions on Autumnfest 5K Race, 1-Mile Fun Run & Health Walk (all ages):
Please contact Tyler Carter – 910-692-2463