Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Chow Chow Culinary Festival: RECIPES FROM RABBIT’S MOTEL
Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Smoky Park Supper Club

Opened in 1948 by Fred “Rabbit” Simpson, Rabbit’s Motel was a crown jewel of Black-owned
Tourist Courts for African-American travelers in the segregation-era South, and provided
lodging and soul-food dining for many Black travelers. Rabbit’s Motel sat in the heart of
Southside, a flourishing African-American community that was one of many early-Asheville
vibrant Black communities in Asheville. [email protected]’s, opened in 2020, will create a
creative arts hub in Asheville including music rehearsal studio space, soul food kitchen and
artist studios, and will promote historic pride while embracing a model of diversity in the most
authentic way possible, through music, art, community, and food. Join us for a lively event
featuring music, drinks and bites inspired by the original Rabbit’s Motel and Cafe

Friday, September 24, 2021
Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sep 24 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests standing outside looking at canoe

Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 24 all-day
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The Gathering Festival At Paint Rock Farm
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day
Paint Rock Farm
12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival 2021 Kick-Off Party
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lake Lure

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Experience The Time of Your Life at the 12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, NC!

Whether you have been coming for years, or always wanted to see what the hype is all about, we have a chance for you to WIN a weekend getaway to the namesake film’s backdrop where It’s all Crazy for Swayze.

Join us for singalongs, watermelon carrying, Lift Scenes, lots and lots of dancing, and much more on September 24-25, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and festival organizers, The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.

Show-stopping Dance Performances

Live Music  by The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra

The return of Hot Lake Lure Nights dance lessons
hosted by Coach Natalie Foreverland

A Message from PanCAN

Nighttime Lakeside Screening of Dirty Dancing

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sep 25 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests standing outside looking at canoe

Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 25 all-day
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12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival 2021
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lake Lure

Experience The Time of Your Life at the 12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, NC!

Whether you have been coming for years, or always wanted to see what the hype is all about, we have a chance for you to WIN a weekend getaway to the namesake film’s backdrop where It’s all Crazy for Swayze.

Join us for singalongs, watermelon carrying, Lift Scenes, lots and lots of dancing, and much more on September 24-25, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and festival organizers, The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.

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Professional Dance Lessons to the Original
Movie Soundtrack

Film-Inspired Dance Performances by the Asheville Ballet

Top-notch  Live Music by  DJ Michael Sprouse,  Envision, and ACE Party Band.

Watermelon Races for PanCAN

Selfie  Portraits with scenes from Dirty Dancing filmed here in Lake Lure

A Car Show featuring the 1957 Chevy Bel Air “Swayze” look-alike car

A variety of Movie-inspired Games

The Lake Lift Competition

And much more!

 

Chow Chow Culinary Festival: BURTON STREET GARDEN GATHERING
Sep 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
PEACE GARDENS & MARKET

The past, present, and future of African-Americans in Asheville is a story of resilience. Join
DeWayne Barton and Hood Huggers International for a Garden Gathering in the Peace Gardens
& Market in West Asheville. Hood Huggers builds greater communication, connection and
wealth in systematically marginalized neighborhoods in the Affrilachian region through
the arts, environment, and social enterprise. The Peace Gardens & Market–a labor of love in
the heart of the Burton Street Community–is a sanctuary for positive action, designed to
create neighborhood food security, community cohesion, and a vibrant, sustainable local
economy. The Gardens are also a vibrant sculpture park, featuring installations created by
DeWayne Barton and other artists, telling a compelling story of social and environmental
justice and black history. The Gardens will be activated with food, drink, art, music, poetry and
performance

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sep 26 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests standing outside looking at canoe

Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 26 all-day
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Chow Chow Culinary Festival: FOOD STORIES
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FUNKATORIUM

Food is universal and central to all our lives. Chow Chow brings together diverse community
leaders who will be paired with chefs to tell their stories through food. Each lived experience
will inspire a multi-course, paired beverage tasting dinner, interpreting the personal stories
through food. The Chefs & Narrators will share with us their stories, and the process for
transforming a life story into a meal

Monday, September 27, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 27 all-day
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 28 all-day
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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 29 all-day
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Thursday, September 30, 2021
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Sep 30 all-day
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Friday, October 1, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 1 all-day
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Saturday, October 2, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 2 all-day
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Ross Farm and Appalachian Standard’s Harvest Fall Festival
Oct 2 all-day
Ross Farm

Harvest Fall Festival + Meet and Greet with Lauren and the App Standard Family!
October 2nd, 2021 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Explore our beautiful greenhouses and enjoy games, live music, food trucks, curated vendors selling art, craft, CBD products, and much more in one of Asheville’s most remarkable locales.

It’s our favorite time of the year! Harvest season is quickly approaching, and we at Ross Farms want to celebrate by inviting the Asheville community to our very own Harvest Fall Festival. We will have an exciting line-up full of great live music, including bluegrass, Buddhagraph Spaceship, and Appalachian Standard’s very own Substandards. Food will be available, with Ciao Y’all joining us and providing delicious Appalachian-inspired Italian cuisine as well as New Orleans Cusine sharing traditional New Orleans style cuisine. We will also have a ton of fall-themed games, including pumpkin tic-tac-toe and a mechanical bull. In addition, different featured artisans will be selling their wares and the greenhouse will be open and selling seasonal plants!

Some of our feature artisans include Red’s Resin Relics, Early-Zald Photography, and twentyfirstlotus.

The Harvest Fall Festival is free to the public. Parking is available on site, however can be limited so it is recommended that groups carpool. This is an outdoor event. Masks are encouraged. The first 100 people to join us will win a goodie bag!

Appalachian Standard is a veteran-owned, craft hemp farm and greenhouse nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Our hemp is greenhouse, field, and indoor-grown in small batches year-round by a team of experienced growers. Come experience music in one heck of a unique venue!

Just Brew It
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pisgah Brewing Company

Just Brew It is a homebrew competition and tasting in Asheville benefiting the work of Just Economics. The festival features close to 100 different beers and more than 40 amazing homebrewers. The competing homebrewers are some of the finest specialty homebrewers in the region.

You must be an individual member of Just Economics to attend Just Brew It.

Sunday, October 3, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 3 all-day
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Asheville Veganfest 2021
Oct 3 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Pack Square Park

We are thrilled to announce that Asheville Veganfest will be held again this year in Pack Square on October 3 2021 from 11am-6pm. We will have food, clothing, and artisan booths showing the best there is on the vegan market. Our 2021 event is being presented by Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge!
There will be a DJ on the stage and live music performing in the back section.

Mountain Makers Craft Market
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Haywood Square Plaza

Mountain Makers Craft Market is a monthly indie art fair designed to cultivate community in Western NC. Located in Downtown Waynesville, we bring together 20+ artisans selling handmade and vintage goods that’ll make you smile! Join us on the first Sunday of each month from 12p-4p at 308 N. Haywood Street, and visit MountainMakersMarket.com

Monday, October 4, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 4 all-day
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 5 all-day
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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 6 all-day
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Thursday, October 7, 2021
LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Oct 7 all-day
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