Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 29 - October 1, 2023

Love is Love at Wicked Weed in downtown Asheville, NC

Ready to make your weekend plans? Experience some of the best events happening all around the Blue Ridge Mountains. As you plan your getaway to Asheville, check out our easy-to-use accommodations search tool to find room availability and rates.

Here are ideas for what to do this weekend:

Beer City Comic Con

Friday - Sunday, September 29 - October 1, 3 p.m.
Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville + Other Venues

Get ready for a weekend jam paced with events celebrating comic books, sci-fi, cosplay, pop culture, science, psychology, philosophy and social justice. This is where geeks of all fandoms can gather to revel in the wonderful weirdness that unites us all! Aside from the main event here are some of the other happenings taking place around town.

Eliada's Annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze

Friday - Sunday, September 29 - October 1
Eliada Homes

Join Eliada Homes for an annual Asheville tradition offering fun for the whole family. You'll enjoy an 8-acre corn maze, corn cannons, a bouncy pillow, a spider climb, lawn games, hay rides, and food trucks. 100% of proceeds benefit the children at Eliada Homes.

39th Annual Asheville Quilt Show

Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WNC Ag Center - Davis Event Center

Enjoy an exhibition of over 300 quilts from across the country. This event features ore than 25 vendors, a gift shop, silent auction, and quilts for sale. There will also be live demonstrations, special exhibits, and a kids sewing station. Food available on site and free parking.

15th Annual Flock to the Rock

Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chimney Rock State Park

Break out the binoculars and get ready for an event designed for birders of all skill sets. Bring the whole family for live raptor programs, birding activities, intro to birding hikes, and the annual hawk watch from the Chimney.

Blue Ridge Pride Festival

Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Pack Square Park - Downtown Asheville

It’s time for some Inclusion, Y’all!  That is the theme of this year’s Blue Ridge Pride Festival. This is Western North Carolina’s largest Pride event, a celebration of the estimated 75,000 LGBTQ+ people who make their home in Western North Carolina.

Sow and Grow Fest

Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Smoky Park Supper Club

Organic Growers School is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the Sow & Grow Fest. Indulge in local delicacies from food trucks and sip on local craft beverages. Stomp your feet to the Bluegrass and Americana classics with Junction 280. Discover the joy of growing with a seed and plant share, and check out the extraordinary offerings from local vendors.

Cider Festival

Saturday, September 30, 12 - 9 p.m.
Turgua Brewing Company

Join in on an afternoon of fun, celebrating all things cider! There will be a cider press, guest cider taps, live music and food trucks.

Cease and Desist: Panda Excess

Sunday, October 1, 5 - 10 p.m.

Every Sunday, Cultura presents a special dinner that pays homage to the nostalgia of our favorite chain restaurants. This weekend they present Panda Excess, featuring a menu based on a popular Asian eatery. Cease & Desist is a family-style tasting menu that consists of 4-5 courses. Reservations are recommended.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Lyric and Josh Blake perform at the Connect Beyond Festival in Asheville, NC

Friday (September 29):

Saturday (September 30):

Sunday (October 1):

* Starred events are part of the Beer City Comic Con.

Tailgate & Specialty Pop Up Markets 

Shopping in Black Mountain

Shop local at the Asheville area's numerous farmers, tailgate, and holiday markets. Here's a look at some of the markets you can visit this weekend:

Visit an art studio or art exhibition 

Man standing on a ladder using spray paint to create mural of Native American

Asheville is home to hundreds of artists, galleries and studios making creative expression a way of life here in the mountains. Here is a look at some of the current art exhibitions in the city:

Free Things To Do In Asheville This Weekend

Fall moon

Stretch those vacation dollars a little further by taking part in these activities that cost nothing to attend.

Packages and Deals

Save some money this weekend with these special offers from area attractions and accommodations.