It's best to start planning now: autumn is one of -if not THE- most popular season to visit western North Carolina. The weather is starting to change, allowing for a much needed crispness to cut through the humidity, and everything is buzzing with anticipation. So let's take a look at some events and activities that embody the arts and natural beauty of Western North Carolina during this fantastic season.
September 11-13th Asheville will celebrate the Goombay Festival in Pack Square, located in the heart of downtown. The free festival celebrates the arts and music of the African-Carribean culture, and bring your appetite because there will be lots of delicious food vendors, There is also workshops for the kids! Hours will be Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and finishing up Sunday 1-6pm. For more information, visit the Goombay festival website.
It's hard to believe it's been a year..that's right, the Apple Festival is just around the corner! The North Carolina Apple Festival will be held September 2-5th on Main Street Hendersonville, NC. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, a 4k and fun run, car show, and of course -- apples! Recipe contests and apple products to taste and purchase. The Street Fair will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 8pm, with live entertainment and festivities until 10pm. Monday, there will be a mini street fair from 10am until the end of the King Apple Parade. Parade starts at 2:30pm. For more information, visit the Festival website.
Get lost for a good cause! At 12 acres, the Eliada Corn Maze is the largest corn maze in North Carolina. From September 14th til October 23rd, you'll be able to attempt the maze with 4 miles of twisty trails utilizing a checkpoint system--so you'll know if you are retracing old steps. The most recent addition to the maze is a giant jumping pillow that has to be seen to be believed! All proceeds benefit Eliada Homes, a nonprofit serving the women and children of Western North Carolina. Hours of Operation are Wednesday & Thursday 9am - 3pm, Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 8pm, and Sunday 10am - 6pm. Find out more at the Eliada website.
Lastly, but not least, is the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. The fair will be held September 9-18th, and will be held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. You won't be disappointed if you are a fair afficianado, as there are the standards (thrilling rides, pig races, contests, etc) but with a affection towards the arts and crafts scene of WNC. This event takes place Monday through Thursday 3pm - 11pm, Friday & Saturday 9am - 12 midnight, and Sunday 9am - 11pm. Adult admission is $6 in advance versus $8 at the gate. Child and senior admission is $2 in advance compared to $4 at the gate. Visit the official Fair website.
Weekends at Asheville Cabins are booking fast, so don't wait to experience all these great events - then come "home" to your luxury cabin!