Balloon Festival, Craft Fair and More in Hendersonville May 8

Events are starting to return to Hendersonville, with a big weekend downtown.

Closed streets, the opening of farmers’ markets, a new hot air balloon festival and more are planned for Saturday, May 8. Here’s everything you need to know.

LoveHendo downtown

Main Street will be closed to vehicles from First to Sixth Avenue all day on May 8. Side streets will remain open.

Parking spaces will be available near Main Street and disabled parking spaces will be available at the Courthouse Square and City Hall.

Public restrooms are located at the Visitor Center on the south end of Main Street and at 125 Fifth Avenue on the north end.

LoveHendo returns:Lots to do for all ages in downtown Hendersonville on May 8

Ship shape and navigation! Hot Air Balloon Festival

This event is a fundraiser and celebration of the 10th anniversary of the ECCO Aquarium & Shark Lab team. A team of balloon artists from across North Carolina will create gigantic balloon sculptures.

A cast of characters and sea creatures will travel from the aquarium at noon to the “Balloon Build” at the historic courthouse for the unveiling and celebration of the balloons.

Activities will include a Tap Snap photo booth, wind tunnel prize machine, craft table, face painting, mermaid encounter, hula hoop with Michele Simpson, Overmountain Vineyards table and more.

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Visit the Bee Mural and Pollinator Garden

The Bee mural is painted on the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum in the Azalea parking lot at Third Avenue East and King Street by muralist Matt Willey.

A demonstration pollinator garden was planted last fall in areas adjacent to the Azalea parking lot, where the mural work is most visible. Landscape architect Tricia King of TTK Design transformed the traffic islands on the site into a diverse habitat to serve as a functioning pollinator garden and demonstration ground for the community.

In addition to butterfly weed and coreopsis, for example, spring visitors will see indigo, sage and white wood aster. All plants are labeled for easy reference, and King designed the pollinator-friendly garden to be beautiful year-round.

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Mother’s Day Market at Johnson Farm

Historic Johnson Farm will host a Mother’s Day Market Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This outdoor craft fair will feature over 20 local vendors. A wide range of handicrafts will be available including jewelry, greeting cards, ceramics, leather goods, wooden decorations and more.

The event will take place entirely outdoors at The Farm, 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Event parking is available across the street at Rugby Middle School.

“Mother’s Day Market”:Outdoor craft fair planned at Historic Johnson Farm

Hot dogs, fries and drinks will be available for purchase. Stop by the Johnson Farm table to purchase a gift certificate for a visit to give to a special mother or grandmother. There will be a wrapping station to wrap all purchased gifts.

Event parking is available across the street at Rugby Middle School. Masks will be required and hand sanitizer and sinks will be installed throughout the grounds.

Masks will be required and hand sanitizer and sinks will be installed throughout the grounds. Call 828-891-6585 for more information. or visit or

Hendersonville Farmers Market

Held every Saturday through October 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, the Farmer’s Market is home to more than 30 vendors selling produce, meat, eggs, produce, bakery, coffee, crafts, food trucks, live music, children’s activities and Suite.

More information:Hendersonville Farmers Market will open the season with 45 vendors, food trucks, music, Kids’ Corner

Even more info:A Guide to Henderson County Farmers Markets

The market is held at the Historic Train Depot at 650 Maple St. and is presented by Pardee UNC Health Care. A Double Dollars program to match SNAP/EBT purchases will be offered this year.

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Henderson County Tailgate Market

The market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at 100 N. King St., Hendersonville. It’s the 42nd year of the weekly tailgate market, where vendors sell freshly picked seasonal vegetables, blueberries, fruit, local honey, cut flowers, plant sprouts and more.

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Mills River Farmers Market

The market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Mills River Elementary School, 94 School House Road in Mills River. This is a SNAP/EBT retailer with the Double Dollars program.

The weekly market is a farmers-only market, selling only produce raised or produced within a 50-mile radius. Special events include live music, educational stations, a demo station and a kids’ zone. Vendors will sell items such as vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, high quality crafts and more.

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Closures of downtown streets for May 8

All day Saturday for LoveHendo – Main Street will be closed to vehicles from Allen Street to Sixth Avenue. Side streets will remain open to vehicles. Handicapped parking is available in the City Hall parking lot on Sixth Avenue.

During Saturday morning for the Jump Off Rock Half Marathon and 10K – Fifth Avenue will be closed to Main Street; Fourth Avenue will be closed between Main Street and Church Street. These avenues will reopen around noon after the race.

Saturday for the Hendersonville Farmers’ Market – Maple Street will be closed at Seventh Avenue and will extend under the Highway 64 bridge. Maple Street will reopen shortly after 1 p.m.

The Street Farmers Market closure will take place each Saturday from May 8 to October 30, with two holiday market closures scheduled for November 20 and December 4.