The Hilltop Festival is held the first Saturday of October in our historic Downtown. It is our favorite way to usher in fall and one of the most popular festivals of the year. A true family-favorite, it all begins on Friday night with the annual Race for the Gold Soapbox Derby. Individual teams compete under the lights for the trophy and bragging rights for the next year!
Bright and early Saturday morning cyclists and runners line up to compete in the Tour de Pumpkin bike ride and Overmountain Victory Trail 5K. The Overmountain Victory Trail 5K provides participants an opportunity to follow in the brave footsteps of the Overmountain Men and their historic Revolutionary War march through Rutherfordton and runners take a similar path around downtown.
After the race you'll fall in love with this annual festival as a number of events take over the streets including handcrafted one-of-a-kind arts and craft vendors, promotions from downtown merchants, a kids activity center and amusement rides, plus live bands and amazing local food vendors. Bring the whole family down to Rutherfordton for a full day of Fall festival fun!
Hilltop Fall Festival
- Main Street
- Rutherfordton, NC 28139