Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - September 8, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Lovers of reading indulge their inner bookworm at the 13th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in downtown Burnsville. The three-day festival includes more than 50 free and ticketed events, such as readings, talks, discussions, book signings and workshops.
This year’s Saturday night keynote speaker is Gail Godwin. She is the author of 14 novels and is a three-time National Book Award finalist. Godwin, who grew up in Asheville and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, sets many of her books in Western North Carolina. Several of Godwin’s novels involve central characters overcoming challenges, which makes Godwin a natural fit for this year’s festival theme, “Surface & Rise.”
Friday night’s banquet speaker is culinary and cultural historian Michael W. Twitty. Twitty’s work focuses on African-American foodways and their legacy. His 2017 book, “The Cooking Gene,” won two James Beard Awards this year for Writing and Book of the Year.
The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a free performance by Kane Smego, a National Poetry Slam finalist and hip-hop artist.
Readings and discussions take place at businesses, churches and event spaces all day Friday and Saturday. These events are free and open to the public. Four workshops — poetry, nonfiction, fiction and memoir — require registration and a $30 fee. Friday night’s banquet, $35, and Saturday night’s keynote, $20, also require registration. Preregistration closes Aug. 31.