The 33rd Annual Festival



On the fourth Saturday in October, Hart Square bustles with over 300 knowledgeable artisans and docents demonstrating and sharing the craftsmanship and subsistence of the pioneers. To enter the village on festival day is to enter the early 1800s. Here, visitors will witness everything from flax making, cotton baling, and tinsmithing to apple butter making and the sweet sounds of old time music. We boast the most talented and authentic demonstrators in the country and know you will agree with us when you come visit.

Date & Time
October 27, 2018 (always the fourth Saturday in October), and it runs from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Rain or shine! *No pets please*

Tickets ($45.00 each; free for age 5 and under). They go on sale Monday, October 1 on our website:  Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (828) 528-5029.

We will open the gates for parking at 8:00 a.m. to preclude the mile-long line of traffic in years’ past. Festival goers are welcome to drive in and park on the runway, where coffee and breakfast items are available for purchase. At 10:00 a.m., the ropes drop and the village opens!

There are several places available to purchase food on the day of the festival. However, festival goers are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy it on the grounds. Soda, coffee, and water are available in the Roberts’ Barn near the Arbor.

How to Get There
5029 Hope Road, Vale, NC 28168

Please keep in mind that walking shoes are needed and unpaved roads can make for difficult travel. Most of the structures are not accessible by wheelchair.

This is a rain or shine event.

Please direct all questions to