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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.

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