The month of September is chock full of festivals in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Here are the top four festivals we think you should have on your radar!
The first big festival is September 2-5 is the North Carolina Apple Festival happening in Hendersonville, NC, just outside of Asheville. This family-friendly festival celebrates everything apples and the community! You’ll find fresh-picked apples, apple desserts, and apple beverages for the whole family. You can enjoy the street fair where food, beverages, arts, crafts, and entertainment abound! This year there’s a unique entertainment focus of “The Music and Dancing of Dirty Dancing,” for the fans of this classic movie! The Parade happens on Monday.
The Asheville Goombay Festival is the following weekend, September 9-11, 2016. This long-running celebration is presented by Asheville’s YMI Cultural Center. In case you’re wondering, the West African word Goombay means “rhythm or drum” and true to its name, there will be plenty of music and dancing at this festival. Expect tons of food from West African and Indian cuisine to Asheville favorites, as well as arts and craft vendors, and even a block party, contests, tours, to name a few parts of the festival. Read more on WLOS about Goombay Fest.
Craft beer lovers can’t miss the famous Brewgrass Festival in Asheville! 2016 is the 20th anniversary of Asheville’s original beer festival. This festival boasts over 55 breweries that will be sampling local, regional, and national craft beers. Check out the brewery and music lineup. This can’t-miss beer festival even donates a portion of all proceeds to the Big Brother Big Sister of Western NC program!
At the end of the month on the 24th, Hot Springs Campground and Spa hosts the French Broad Brew Festival featuring regional craft beers, regional and national music artists, and arts and crafts vendors. Being that this event is at a campground, camping out is allowed and encouraged. This beer festival is also for charity, with proceeds benefitting the Hot Springs Community Learning Center.
Your September calendar is probably now full of Asheville events, but be sure to carve out some time to visit our property in-between the festivities!