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All Treats: Halloween Events in Asheville

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Don’t be afraid; Halloween in Asheville is all in the name of good fun, especially for the kids. Asheville is a safe haven for children when it comes to this time of year. The whole city makes it a point to treat children well and not to trick them.


Then again, if you’re an adult, maybe you should be a tad afraid as you venture out of the safety of your cabin at Asheville Cabins of Willow Wind. There are creatures and features in Asheville that just might stick on you and make you move here — permanently. It must be true because it happens so often around this hallowed time of year.


Families fortunate enough to schedule the October 31 holiday in Asheville will enjoy the true spirit of the occasion in a variety of local events:


Neighborhood Treats

Parents and children who enjoy the spooky side of Halloween in Asheville head to the neighborhoods known for really going all out for the occasion. One of the more popular destinations is Kenilworth, where homeowners outdo each other every year with extensive decorations and costumed candy-givers. Kenilworth lies just south of downtown, stretching from Biltmore Avenue all the way to Tunnel Road.


Residents in the historic Montford district of the city also take their Halloween décor seriously. In the homes that participate, you’ll see scary lighting while ghouls and goblins shriek from inside. The holiday draws hundreds of trick-or-treaters every year. And the Montford Neighborhood Association provides security to ensure everyone has a safe time going door to door. Montford lies just northwest of downtown, starting at the Asheville Visitor’s Center.


If the weather doesn’t cooperate, head over to the Asheville Mall for indoor fun for the whole family. Stores participate in the holiday too — they take care of everyone wearing a costume with snacks and goodies.


Haunted Haunts

Asheville will not be outdone when it comes to memorable haunted houses, either. Just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, get your socks knocked off in the 8,000-square feet of terror known as the Haunted Farm on Townsend Road in Hendersonville. Prepare to be scared — you have been warned — as you spend 50 minutes walking through one of the spookiest experiences of your life.


If you have small children, another option is Howl-o-Ween at the WNC Nature Center (although on October 25). They’ll have snacks, games, spooky crafts, hot chocolate, a hay maze, and of course, animals! It’s perfect for little ones, as you can attend anytime throughout the day.


Nationally renowned occultist Joshua P. Warren leads Haunted Asheville tours all around the city. Learn about the city’s mysterious past occurrences and visit the Asheville Mystery Museum as part of the package. It’s guaranteed to raise goosebumps. Schedule your tour here.


Your Halloween experience will not be complete without a trip to Pinhead’s Graveyard, a must-see for fans of blood and gore. On October 16–19, you can even meet the original Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie franchise: R.A. Mihailoff.


Party Adult-Style

Halloween in Asheville is not just for kids; adults get into dressing up and trick-or-treating every bit as much as the younger set. (Sometimes even more.) Asheville has a thriving zombie culture, believe it or not. And Halloween in Asheville wouldn’t be complete without an all-out haunted pub crawl that you can join at most downtown venues. Dress up and join costumed partiers at the Grey Eagle, the Grove House or Tessa’s. Prizes are handed out for the scariest and most original costumes.


Top off your Halloween fun with a ride on the LaZoom Haunted Comedy Bus Tour. You’ll join a rowdy crowd to explore Asheville’s darker side, driving through neighborhoods while the tour guide thrills you with tales of ghosts, scandals and mysteries that abound in this mysterious mountain town. Tour guides guarantee you’ll see a ghost on this hilarious (and adult-only) ride through Asheville. Book early because it’s one of the most popular trips in town.

Sandy McLeod

Where to Find the Best Leaf-Viewing

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So far, 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for leaf viewing. The Asheville leaf season should prove abundant in color because of the ample moisture over the summer and the subsequent sunny early autumn days and cool nights — sans freezing. These are ideal conditions that make a colorful autumn nearly a sure thing. You’ll be able to get in a grand tour of the autumn colors all along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or you can take in the foliage from the porch of your cabin at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.


Asheville leaf season starts in early October at the highest elevations. Ironically, that’s when most of the popular spots are less crowded. Peak colors start at 2,000 to 4,000-feet elevations in the second through fourth weeks of October. To help you plan your visit, here are a few of the best places for optimum leaf viewing on the Parkway near Asheville:


At Milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a short ride from Asheville, leaf season may be at its best. The 1,243-foot concrete bridge is the last segment of the Parkway to be completed and stands as an internationally-recognized engineering marvel as it hugs Grandfather Mountain. Walking trails start at the Linn Cove Visitor Center, which also hosts a museum dedicated to the bridge.










Tanawha is Cherokee for fabulous eagle or hawk. It’s a fitting name for the hike on Grandfather Mountain where you increase the odds of sighting one of the great birds as you take in one of the most unobstructed and amazing views of the changing leaves. The 13.5-mile hike takes you from Beacon Heights to Julian Prince Park over diverse terrain and walkways. Not up to the trek? Just stop by the Beacon Heights overlook for a magnificent view at Milepost 305.















Save the strenuous hiking for shopping in downtown Asheville; instead, visit Devil’s Courthouse with its 360-degree panoramic view of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. Stop at Milepost 422.4 to walk a half-mile paved path from the Parkway to the summit at 5,720 feet. The rock formation you’ll stand on is quite sinister looking, which may be why the spot got its name. Cherokee legend has it that the giant, Judaculla, used the caves under the ledge as a private dancing chamber.










Milepost 320 boasts a really small sign for Chestoa, which means rabbit in Cherokee, but keep your eyes open for it if you want to experience one of the best leaf-viewing spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway in October. At 4,090 feet elevation, the view is spectacular in mid-October. There’s a rock-walled viewing area just one-third of a mile from the parking lot that affords amazing views of the Linville Gorge. Bring a picnic — picnic tables are available — and enjoy the view of Grandfather Mountain and Table Rock, highlights of the Pisgah National Forest that serves as a holy canvas for the gods in the fall Asheville leaf season.


















Make reservations early for accommodations to ensure you have a place to stay; when the hoards flock to the mountains, the hotels fill up quickly. Better yet, stay with us at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Instead of viewing the leaves from the Parkway, you’ll be surrounded by them.




Sandy McLeod

Fall Events Even Kids Will Love

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Small children can play for hours with an empty box, a pot and a spoon. They don’t appreciate the lengths you go to plan your family vacations. But you still want them to have fun wherever you go, so you try to find appropriate activities for the whole family while you enjoy your vacation in Asheville. In addition to the games and playgrounds on the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds grounds, the little ones will enjoy these fall events — right along with the rest of the family.


  • Hey Day Fall Family Festival

October 11, 2014: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Western North Carolina Nature Center presents a family festival with live animals, local food, educational games, live music, clogging and free crafts. The WNC Nature Center’s regular admission rates of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for kids 3–15 apply. Little ones 2 and under are free. Get the details about the day.







  • Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express

Weekends in October 2014: Trains depart at 3:30 pm

It’s worth the hour drive to Bryson City, Tennessee, to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, where all month long, you’ll hear a narration of Charles Schulz’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as the train travels to the Pumpkin Patch. Once you get there, you can have a photo op with Snoopy, Lucy and Charlie Brown. Entertainment at the Pumpkin Patch includes hayrides and campfire marshmallows. Each child gets to take home a pumpkin.









Coach class is $55 for adults and $31 for kids age 2 to 12. Crown class, which includes a refillable souvenir mug, is $67 for adults and $38 for kids. Learn more about the Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express. 



  • Take a Child Outside Week

September 24–30, 2014: Daily Programs and Hikes

Turn your kids into leaf aficionados with games, trails and activities at Chimney Rock State Park. They even have a talking groundhog! Enjoy hikes and nature education programs that introduce children and families to the wonders of the outdoors during Take a Child Outside Week. All the activities are free with park admission, which is $15 for adults, $7 for youth 5–15 and free for kids under 4. Find out more about the programs.











  • Cherokee Indian Fair

October 7–11, 2014

You’ll find something for everyone at this 100-year-old carnival and agriculture show. Enjoy the food, music and rides with a unique Cherokee touch that includes stickball, a Ferris wheel and fireworks. It’s great fair entertainment with a Cherokee twist. While you’re in Cherokee, learn about the culture of North Carolina’s natives at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and take a tour of the Oconaluftee Indian Village Tour. Tickets are $18.40 for adults and $10.40 for children 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. Discover what’s going on. 












All the events are within an hour’s drive of your cabin in Asheville, giving you plenty of time to get the little ones back home to bed, while you sip coffee or cocktails on your private patio and prepare for the next day’s adventures.


Sandy McLeod

Mountain Cabins: Perfect Inside and Out

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Mountain Cabins: Perfect Inside and Out


At the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, our luxury cabins make for a perfect getaway vacation. They are modern, clean and comfortable. Each one features a hot tub and a working fireplace. Best of all, they are all located in a popular vacation destination: Asheville, North Carolina, the gateway to outdoor adventures and home to a foodie and craft beer revelation.








But there’s more to our cabins than that. Let us explain why we think our cabins can make your vacation perfect whether you stay inside or go out.


Perfect Size

If you’re escaping your regular life with just your spouse, you can rent a cozy one-bedroom cabin that perfectly matches your needs. Our single-bedroom cabins are anything but cramped. They have spacious living rooms and kitchens.


Suppose you’re taking your whole family on vacation. Then one of our comfortable two-bedroom cabins would be perfect. These cabins offer one bedroom for you and one for the kids. You get the privacy you want with the space you need. Everyone’s happy.


Our three-bedroom cabins can sleep up to six people comfortably, which means you can bring your spouse, the kids and the in-laws. (And if you do, you’re a marvelous human being.) These large cabins have wide decks and multiple levels. There’s a large common area to share meals, games or conversation.


Perfect Amenities

All our cabins are outfitted with modern amenities. In addition to the modern kitchen, every cabin has an electronic barbecue grill for your use. You’ll find all the electronics you need — wireless Internet access, high definition cable television, thousands of movies available at our video library, washer/dryer and iPod/iPhone sound docks.












Too hot? Turn on the air conditioning. Too cold? There’s the heat or the fireplace, if you’re in the mood. Too rainy? Snuggle on the couch to read or watch a movie. Too sunny? There is no such thing!


Perfect Surroundings

First of all, our cabins are nestled in the mountains below the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our grounds cover a wooded 40 acres, lined with flowers (in season), intersected by walking trails, and dotted with fountains, hammocks and game areas. Our fully stocked trout pond makes the perfect spot for a fishing lesson.


We offer many on-site amenities, including an exercise room, a water balloon station, the game porch, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and an outdoor chess set. A gurgling creek runs through our property, and no matter where you are, you can hear the water or the fountains.


Perfect Views

And when you stand or sit on the deck of your cabin, you look over forested terrain, wooded hills, or beautiful gardens. Your view depends on which of the 25 cabins you rent, but they are all designed to put you at ease.









Everything about our property — from the delightful cabins to the exquisite surroundings — will make you wish you could stay longer. No matter how active you are during your stay with us, you will always look forward to returning to the comforts of your cabin. In fact, you won’t feel homesick … until you leave Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.


Sandy McLeod

Bring the entire family and enjoy the Corn Maze

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Most folks come to our Asheville luxury cabins to get away, but some folks go to the Eliada annual corn maze to get lost.

Should you go right or should you go left? And hey, haven’t you been here before?

Don’t worry – this corn maze comes with a map and checkpoints, so you won’t be stuck there all night.


The Eliada corn maze has become a huge draw and a major fundraiser for the Eliada Homes, a children’s residential and foster center.

To make the adventure even more fun for children, they have incorporated two story lines into the maze for children to follow, one of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and another of Ciderella.

The fun doesn’t stop with the corn maze, however.

They’ve added corn cannons – that’s right, corn cannons – with pumpkin men targets and a cornucopia of family activities, including a pumpkin patch, hayride, cow train, a corn kernel “sandbox,” a haybale maze and a children’s play area.

Children enjoy the tractor pull


Love the “corn” sandbox!





Admission costs $9 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-11.

The maze will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Eliada corn maze is a perfect activity to add to all Asheville romantic getaways, too.

Eliada Homes’ 200-acre working farm is located just outside of town, so you can pair the trip with a shopping excursion or lunch downtown.

a peak at the haybale maze


If you are booking an Asheville resort cabin, put this on your list.

Sandy McLeod

NC Mountain State Fair starts Sept 5th!!!

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Take in a concert, enjoy some thrill rides and then relax in our Asheville resort cabins.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair will attract people from all over the region, from families looking for fun, to couples looking for an Asheville romantic getaway.

The fair starts today and runs until  Sept. 14th.

This showcase for entertainment, agriculture and mountain arts begins on each morning with events as varied as the Heritage Crafts Demonstration, pig racing and acrobats from Kenya.

Each night, the Heritage Music Stage will host bluegrass bands and cloggers while the Bojangles Music Stage offers more of a variety, from the Vinyl Brothers Big Band to the bluesy vocals of Leigh Glass.

That kind of eclectic schedule is the hallmark of the state fair throughout its nine days.

No state fair would be complete without an agriculture competition, and mountain farmers will bring their finest livestock and produce to show off.

Many of the competitions, such as wood turning and hand weaving, reflect the historic culture of Western North Carolina.

Of course, the timeless midway offers carnival games and rides, as well as classic treats such as cotton candy.

Tickets only cost $8 per adult, and this value provides hours of entertainment. Seniors age 65 and older and children ages 6-12 only cost $4.

With so many days to choose from, you can easily plan a trip around the state fair. Get in some Asheville trout fishing, or see the sights on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

So, book one of Willow Winds’ Asheville luxury cabins and get ready for some good ol’ fashioned fun.



Ride at the fair












Sandy McLeod

Best Things to Do in Asheville in September

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September is one of the busiest festival times in Asheville, North Carolina. The weather is close to perfect, the coming autumn sparks all kinds of events, and you may even get a sneak peak of colorful foliage. The best place to stay in Asheville for your vacation is the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds because your vacation cabin is in the woods while being less then ten minutes from downtown Asheville. Here are some of the best things to do in Asheville in September:

Trout Pond

Trout Pond










1st Annual Harvest Conference

On September 5–6, the Organic Growers School celebrates urban and backyard growers with more than 25 workshops at nearby Warren Wilson College. Janisse Ray (“A Field Guide to Hope”) delivers the keynote and teaches a writing seminar. Learn about the Harvest Conference.


Grandfather Mountain Kidfest

Looking for a full-day field trip for the kids? On September 6, Grandfather Mountain (a worthwhile experience at any time) has kid-friendly events from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. From animal Olympics to face painting and storytelling, your children will be enthralled and delighted all day long. Check out the scheduled events.








OrganicFest 2104

September 7 brings the return of OrganicFest to Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, this free event highlights “everything organic, sustainable, healthy, and fun,” including cooking classes, samplings, music, arts & crafts … in short, everything that makes Asheville so weird, wacky, and wonderful. Learn about OrganicFest.













RiverFest Concert

From 5:00 to 10:00 pm on September 12, Fruition headlines a free concert — The Fireside Collective open the show — on the banks of the French Broad River. Fruition plays bluegrass/Americana music with a host of rock influences. Food and beverages are available. Learn more about RiverLink and its concert series. 









34th Annual GOOMBAY Cultural Arts Festival

GOOMBAY is a free outdoor weekend festival in downtown Asheville. This year’s event takes place on September 12 to 14 during regular business hours. The fest celebrates African and Caribbean culture — and its links to Asheville. Expect food, music, and more. Get the details about GOOMBAY. 









Shining Rock RiverFest

On September 13 in nearby Canton, this concert event ($10 entrance fee) features nine bands from Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. All the bands have musical roots in Appalachian mountain music. The fun starts at noon. Get more information about Riverfest.


“…The Blessed Place”

Asheville is known for many things, including its hometown author Thomas Wolfe. On September 13, from the front porch of The Thomas Wolfe House, Wolfe’s words combine with Appalachian string music from 1:00 to 5:00. The program is free. Find out more from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.


Downtown After 5

September 19 brings another free concert to downtown Asheville from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. The Asheville All-Stars — made up of members from various Asheville bands —headline the show, and students from Asheville’s Rock Academy open. Learn about the Downtown After 5 bands.










18th Annual Brewgrass Festival

This famous Asheville fest combines excellent live bluegrass music with even better local beer. Lasting from 1:00 to 7:00 on September 20, Brewgrass gets bigger every year, yet still it sells out. This year’s event features four bands and beer from 53 different breweries. Get your tickets while they last. Get details about Brewgrass and buy your tickets. 


Art in Autumn

Weaverville, just north of Asheville, hosts a juried art festival on September 20. You’ll find art, crafts, food, and live music at this outdoor event, which runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Enjoy small town life on Main Street. Discover Weaverville. 

ASAP’s Farm Tour

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project puts on an annual tour of regional farms. This year’s event occurs on September 20 and 21, when 37 farms open their barns and fields to the public. It’s all part of ASAP’s goal of connecting farmers and consumers. Learn more and sign up for the farm tour. 




Asheville Greek Festival

You don’t have to be Greek to enjoy the food, music, demonstrations, and more. On September 27–29, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Montford neighborhood comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of Greek heritage from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm most days. Find out about the Greek Festival events. 










When you vacation in Asheville, you not only get the chance to tour the Biltmore Estate and enjoy the fine dining  of our beautiful mountain city, but you get to partake of the special events. Check back with us at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds to learn the latest goings-on around town.

Sandy McLeod

September….The Best Month for Summer Vacations

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According to a CBS News poll, September is the best month for a summer vacation. If you’re planning a September vacation, consider coming to Western North Carolina:











  • The weather in the mountains is still warm, with comfortable, cool evenings
  • The crowds are much lighter at our popular venues
  • More adults populate the tourist spots, since kids are back in school


At Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, our summer premium rates don’t apply in September, so you get the same comfort of a vacation cabin in the mountains for less. Our wooded grounds are still in full bloom, especially with our double knockout roses and crepe myrtles. September is also the best month to hike the Mountains-to-Sea trail — which runs right by our property.


Crape Myrtle at Willow Winds

















If you need more convincing, consider all the area festivals and special events you’ll discover in Asheville during the month of September, such as:


Rides, concerts, games, fair food and livestock provide the backdrop for a fun day a whole month before the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh begins. Beat the crowds and the high prices at the Mountain State Fair, which is held at the WNC Agriculture Center across from the Asheville airport, just 20 minutes from your cabin front door.


Ferris Wheel at the Fair






Pig Race at the Fair!



















The maze has earned a reputation as one of the best in the state; it covers 12 acres! It’s a fun trip for a good cause, open Thursdays through Sundays. If you’re bringing your kids on your vacation, you shouldn’t miss it. The maze is located within Asheville city limits, so it’s only minutes from your mountain cabin.


Sky Shot of Corn Maze






















Catch national bluegrass acts like the Steep Canyon Rangers at this two-day festival. The renowned Brevard Music Center’s open-air auditorium is covered in case of rain. Besides the music, the fair features local artisans and plenty of local food and drink. Take a beautiful hour drive to attend this cultural event.


Dance your heart out to the rhythm of the drums! This free music-and-food event in downtown Asheville celebrates the West African roots in North Carolina. Experience a little of the diversity and exotic culture Asheville is known for.


Venture onto the Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 382 for the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s 34th Annual Heritage Weekend. The event features traditional mountain crafts, dancing and music. The World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday will give you something to write home about. The drive is a gorgeous 20 minutes or so.


Whether you attend the events or prefer the solitude and beauty of our grounds at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you’ll feel at home in your luxury cabin. Our property is within the Asheville city limits,

Sandy McLeod

Labor Day Getaway

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Labor Day Getaway


When making your Labor Day vacation plans, there are a few things you might look for, if you’re like most people:


  • A destination that’s not too difficult (or expensive) to reach
  • A place that’s not too crowded but not too deserted
  • A location that offers a variety of activities
  • A Labor Day celebration that provides a mix of events for the whole family
Pat's Place Living Room

Pat’s Place Living Room









It’s a good thing you’re not asking for too much! Fortunately, Asheville, North Carolina, provides just the right combination of events and options, and if you book your weekend at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you’ll be exactly in the right place at the right time.


Asheville Events

There is so much going on in Asheville over Labor Day weekend, we can’t list every single one. The events below have nothing to do with the Labor Day celebration, but everything to do with the celebration of life in the Appalachians, Asheville-style. You’ll find food festivals, music festivals and more. For instance:


  • Baconfest Asheville
  • Beech Mountain Kite Festival
  • RiverLink/RiverMusic Concert Series
  • Asheville’s Ultimate Foodie Tour
  • Shindig on the Green
  • Bend and Brew Yoga at Wicked Weed Brewing
  • Boston (the band) at the Biltmore Estate
  • Asheville Wellness Tour at Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave and Salt Spa
  • Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour in Black Mountain
  • Rock Fest at Emerald Village
  • High Country Half-Marathon









In addition to these special events, there are the usual (and unusual) offerings around town, such as the LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour, ziplining adventures, the Friday night drum circle, farmer’s markets, art exhibits, rafting and tubing, fine dining, bars and nightlife, theater productions, contra dancing and Latin dancing. Furthermore, Asheville serves up more fresh local beer than most cities twice its size.


Labor Day Events Around Asheville

While Asheville doesn’t have a water park, we do have Splashville, a playground of water fountains for the kids. Here are several more special festivals going on just for Labor Day weekend:


  • Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF)
  • Labor Day Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park
  • North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville
  • Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show









No matter what your preferences and regardless what your family likes to do, you will find activities to please in and around Asheville. There’s so much going on that you may want to extend your stay. You can; just plan ahead of time, as the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds tend to fill up at this time of year.


Labor Day Weather in Asheville

If you choose Asheville for your Labor Day vacation, you can be assured of beautiful weather. Rain or shine, the city is nestled in a valley, surrounded by protective mountains that give Asheville a climate unparalleled in the South. It’s cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter and just lovely come Labor Day.


So this year, avoid the overstuffed parades and come to Asheville, where you can find all kinds of activities, from craft shopping to museum-hopping, from whitewater rafting to craft beer drafting. Listen to live music and visit with live animals. It’s a vacation you’ll never forget.


Sandy McLeod

Top 10 Asheville Events in August

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Top 10 Asheville Events in August


If you’re traveling to Asheville in August, you’re in luck. There’s so much going on in Western North Carolina, that it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Here are the top 10 August events in and around Asheville:


The Taming of the Shrew

Asheville prides itself on its arts, and we have a successful Shakespeare troupe in the Montford Park Players. They perform this play on their outdoor stage at 7:30 pm every Friday to Sunday from August 1 to 23. Go early and bring a picnic. Learn more. 


Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party

Forest conservation began here. On August 2, the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Smokey’s 69th birthday with songs, games, firefighting equipment and cake! Join the fun from 11:00 to 2:30. Pack a lunch and come out to meet Smokey and his live animals friends. Learn more. 


Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

On August 3, one of the largest craft brewers in the country, Sierra Nevada — which is also building a plant near Asheville — is hosting a monumental beer tasting featuring as many regional craft breweries as possible. Learn more. 









Asheville Tourists Baseball

The Asheville Tourists, a class A minor league team, start their home schedule this month on August 7 with its popular Thirsty Thursday. If you’ve never experienced minor league baseball, do it in Asheville. There are special events all month. For ticket prices and a schedule, visit the Tourists website. 


Shindig on the Green

Starting on August 9, the Shindig takes place every Saturday evening in the heart of downtown Asheville. Free mountain music and dancing. Bring a chair and settle in for great entertainment. Learn more.









WNC Battle of the Burger

From 3:00 to 7:00 on August 10, this inaugural competition pits 15 local restaurants against each other in a battle to determine once and for all who makes the region’s best burger. Occurring at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville, this event lets you be the judge. Eat and drink your way to burger heaven! Buy tickets. 


Laugh Your Asheville Off

Our 8th annual comedy festival provides a lineup of comics headlined by Comedy Central’s Chris Porter. From August 13–16, you can see six shows featuring nearly 60 different comics. Catch one show or catch them all. Get details. 


Downtown After 5

Come downtown on August 15 to hear The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker at the city’s free monthly music concert. The Dynamites play powerful soul music, as does Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, who opens the show. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Learn more. 









Asheville Wine & Food Festival

August 21–23, this foodie event brings together the best food and wine of the region in a series of celebrations, all happening around downtown. The festival culminates in a Grand Tasting at the US Cellular Center. Tickets for all the events are on sale now. Learn more. 












Start from Seed Garden Party

National known restaurant Sunny Point hosts a benefit in their on-site garden on August 28. The soirée offers small bites from the restaurant, beer samples and local small talk. This summer evening event lasts from 6:00 to 9:00. Learn more. 


This list represents just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events in Asheville. Please stop by the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds office to ask about other happenings you may enjoy!