On October 4th there is a soapbox derby starting at 6PM. They will race down Main Street under the lights. Event is scheduled till 10PM.
On October 5th is the Hilltop Fall Festival. It is one of the longest running events in Western North Carolina. That will begin at 11AM and go till about 6PM. There will be music, performances. vendors, and food.
There is the Purple Martin 7K run that starts at 8:30 am and a Tour de Pumpkin bicycle race 50k or 100k that starts at 9 am on the 5th.
7K is equal to 4.3 miles. 50k is about 31 miles 100k about 62 miles.