September Events in Asheville
The countdown to Fall has officially started! Soon air will be filled with the smell of pumpkin spice and everything nice. Don’t miss out on all of the unique Fall treats that Asheville has to offer. Here are some of the events happening in September.
Apple Orchards Open to Public: There are many apple orchards in the surrounding areas of Asheville. These orchards open to the public starting in late August/early September and it is a one of a kind, family friendly experience. While strolling through the orchards you can pick your own apples or simply sip on a sample of homemade apple cider. Some of the orchards are: Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard, Grandad’s Apples and Country Store, Lyda Farms, Justus Orchard, and many more.
Don’t forget to check out the NC Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville, NC on Labor Day weekend! It is one of our local favorites. This is a free entry festival focused on local apple orchards, local artwork, and live music. At this event you can try samples from many different orchards. Anything from apple jams to apple pies and even some local honey are on display for the public to enjoy. To see a complete schedule of festival events please visit: http://www.ncapplefestival.org/
Another popular event happening in September is the Mountain State Fair! Starting Sept. 9th and going through Sept. 18th this fair has a good mix of rides, exhibits, craft demonstrations, and multiple food vendors. Some of the things you might want to see while at this fair are the chainsaw sculptor, the blacksmith (not open on Sundays), and the Bojangles music stage always has some great local acts.
On September 9-11th in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park there will be a culture festival to remember. The Goombay Festival is a free festival that celebrates the African-Caribbean cultures through the arts of music and dance. The festival start on Friday evening from 5pm-10pm and starts up again at 10am on Saturday morning with a parade that includes stilt walkers!
Folk Art Center Heritage Weekend will be held on Saturday September 17th and continue through Sunday the 18th at the Folk Art Center located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This event is all about getting back to the mountain heritage through folk music, tradition dancing, and many different demonstrations throughout the weekend. Some of the demonstrations you might see at this event are furniture making, toy making, and spinning to name a few. This is a great way to experience some of our mountain history.
Also happening on September 17th is the 20th Annual Brewgrass festival. This festival will be held in Memorial Stadium in downtown Asheville. This is a 21 and older event only where you can sample brews from over 50 different vendors. You can get advance tickets to this event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewgrass-festival-2016-tickets-23183946809?aff=RomanticAsheville
Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Guest Appreciate Weekend takes place the weekend of September 23-25th and it is their way of paying if forward to their guests. This event is an end of season blow out that includes live music and other entertainment, discount rentals and guided raft tours, and much more.
Also, taking place on September 24th at the campus of Western Carolina University is Mountain Heritage Day. If you haven’t been to this festival before it is well worth the drive. Mountain Heritage Day is a huge celebration of the Appalachian Mountain culture. There are many craft demonstrations, multiple music stages, many different food vendors, and other entertainment like the Cherokee stickball game.