Events Calendar

Sep
2
Fri
North Carolina Apple Festival @ Downtown Hendersonville
Sep 2 – Sep 5 all-day
North Carolina Apple Festival @ Downtown Hendersonville | Hendersonville | North Carolina | United States

The four-day celebration includes a street fair, arts and crafts, apple products, children’s activities, food vendors and the King Apple Parade. The Apple Festival’s street fair covers nine blocks with more than 150 vendors.

Sep
3
Sat
RockFest at Emerald Village @ Emerald Village
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
RockFest at Emerald Village @ Emerald Village | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

Join your friends Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th, 2016 and enjoy RockFest at Emerald Village, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland. Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! Enjoy free live music in the tent both days from 11 to 4, featuring ten of the best musical groups in the area, including Pete & Kim McWhirter, Glen Nance & Lennie Ski, Paul Thomas, Kirk Banner, Jesse Smith, and the Typical Mountain Boys.  Delicious food & ice cream will be available both days and at the Evening concert too!

On Saturday and Sunday listen to a 15 minute geology talk in a real mine at either 11:30 or 2:15. Then enjoy a free guided hike up the mountain to a hidden mine at either 11:45 or 2:30. Children (12 and under) will enjoy the free Kid’s Treasure Hunt both days. A special treat Saturday will be demonstrations of rappelling from the mine cliffs by area rescue squads. You’ll have an opportunity to watch them up close! At 4:00 Saturday local mining expert Lowell Thomas (author of “Mines, Miners, and Minerals of Western North Carolina”) will share fascinating true stories of miners and mining in our area. Both days will also include underground mine tours, gem mining at the flume, gold panning, and mineral collecting on the dumps.  Be sure to visit the free multi-level Discovery Mill exhibits.

After a day of fun, enjoy a free concert by the “Typical Mountain Boys” under the tent Saturday from 6:00 till 8:00 PM. You will enjoy their authentic mountain blue-grass which will get your toes tapping!  Good food will be available at the concert!   Enjoy the food and the music; then come to the unique underground Black Light Mine Tour at 8:30 PM ($15 Adults/$10 Students).  RockFest is a great way to celebrate the end of summer in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Sep
4
Sun
RockFest at Emerald Village @ Emerald Village
Sep 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
RockFest at Emerald Village @ Emerald Village | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

Join your friends Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th, 2016 and enjoy RockFest at Emerald Village, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Little Switzerland. Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! Enjoy free live music in the tent both days from 11 to 4, featuring ten of the best musical groups in the area, including Pete & Kim McWhirter, Glen Nance & Lennie Ski, Paul Thomas, Kirk Banner, Jesse Smith, and the Typical Mountain Boys.  Delicious food & ice cream will be available both days and at the Evening concert too!

On Saturday and Sunday listen to a 15 minute geology talk in a real mine at either 11:30 or 2:15. Then enjoy a free guided hike up the mountain to a hidden mine at either 11:45 or 2:30. Children (12 and under) will enjoy the free Kid’s Treasure Hunt both days. A special treat Saturday will be demonstrations of rappelling from the mine cliffs by area rescue squads. You’ll have an opportunity to watch them up close! At 4:00 Saturday local mining expert Lowell Thomas (author of “Mines, Miners, and Minerals of Western North Carolina”) will share fascinating true stories of miners and mining in our area. Both days will also include underground mine tours, gem mining at the flume, gold panning, and mineral collecting on the dumps.  Be sure to visit the free multi-level Discovery Mill exhibits.

After a day of fun, enjoy a free concert by the “Typical Mountain Boys” under the tent Saturday from 6:00 till 8:00 PM. You will enjoy their authentic mountain blue-grass which will get your toes tapping!  Good food will be available at the concert!   Enjoy the food and the music; then come to the unique underground Black Light Mine Tour at 8:30 PM ($15 Adults/$10 Students).  RockFest is a great way to celebrate the end of summer in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Sep
8
Thu
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival @ Burnsville Town Center
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival @ Burnsville Town Center | Burnsville | North Carolina | United States

Burnsville, NC – As part of the North Carolina Humanities Council Pulitzer Initiative, the Carolina Mountains Literary festival welcomes David George Haskell, Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book The Forest Unseen. The annual festival is held in Burnsville September 8­10, 2016.

Haskell’s appearance is made possible by The North Carolina Humanities Council as part of Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative.

Journey Out Journey In is the theme for this year’s festival and covers stories of road trips and walks, journeys to self-discovery and identity, drawing from the literary wealth of our region.

Festival director Kathy Weisfeld says, “All of this year’s authors take a journey. For example, David George Haskell journeyed most days to a square meter of old growth forest to search the layers to understand the nature of us all.“

In addition to Haskell’s Saturday night keynote, North Carolina’s former Poet Laureate (1997-2002) Fred Chappell will be giving the Friday night banquet talk. Chappell’s literary awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Over 25 authors — 10 from the Asheville area — will give free readings and discussions as well four ticketed workshops. The Festival begins Thursday night with a free concert and presentation of “Wayfaring Strangers: Musical Journey from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia” with musicians and authors Doug and Darcy Orr. Joining them via audiotape from her home in Scotland is Fiona Ritchie, co-author and host of NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock.”

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Burnsville, NC is on September 8­10, 2016. The weekend includes four ticketed events: four ticketed writing workshops ($30), the Friday night banquet ($35) and Saturday’s keynote ($20). For a complete list of authors and events go to http://cmlitfest.org.

Sep
17
Sat
Art in Autumn 2016 @ Main Street, Weaverville, NC
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Art in Autumn 2016 @ Main Street, Weaverville, NC | Weaverville | North Carolina | United States

The tenth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival takes place Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Weaverville, North Carolina, located in Buncombe county 7 miles from downtown Asheville.

The festival features 114 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as food and live music. Artists will be juried by our esteemed judge to receive awards of $1000 for best of show, $500 for second place, and $300 for third, as well as 4 $50 honorable mentions.

Weaverville has established itself as a culturally rich destination point, with its’ now well-established street festival each September. It has earned a reputation for its’ quaint atmosphere, artistic spirit, and distinctive shops and restaurants. The annual Art in Autumn festival brings a jovial celebration of community and fine art and craft to the Main Street of this lovely small town. All are welcome. Admission and parking are free.

Oct
8
Sat
Fall Festival @ Fall Festival at Tryon Arts and Crafts School
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm
Fall Festival @ Fall Festival at Tryon Arts and Crafts School | Tryon | North Carolina | United States

This annual arts and crafts exhibit is located in picturesque Harmon Field only a mile form historic downtown Tryon. The event is free to the public and features artisans and their wares, demonstrations of crafts taught at the school, food and children’s activities.

Oct
20
Thu
43rd LEAF Festival @ Lake Eden
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day
43rd LEAF Festival @ Lake Eden | Black Mountain | North Carolina | United States

Celebrating 21 Years!  LEAF Festival, featuring Carnival of Wonder
October 20-23, 2016

Music, art, and culture has the power to inspire our minds, enliven our hearts, and awaken our souls. In this powerful time of transformation, may we never forget the importance of living our creative dreams and sharing what we love with the world. For the 43rd LEAF Festival, we dare you to come experience the magic, the mystery, and the magnificence of a Carnival of Wonder! Be prepared for sights that astound, performances that ignite your imagination, and a family adventure that you will remember – forever.