Things to Do This Weekend

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 17-19, 2021

Downtown Asheville

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:

NC Mountain State Fair

Friday - Sunday, September 17-19, 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
WNC Ag Center

From fair rides to mountain music, livestock shows to arts competitions, the North Carolina Mountain State Fair offers something for people of all ages! The 10-day fair is also a celebration of the agricultural traditions of Western North Carolina. Check the NC Mountain State Fair’s website for hours, ticket information and special promotions.  

Art in Autumn

Saturday, September 18, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Downtown Weaverville

Celebrating its 14th year, this outdoor arts and crafts festival is help on Main Street in downtown Weaverville, located just north of Asheville. The festival features the work of 114 juries artists and craftspeople, as well as live music and food.

Art in Autumn

ASAP's 2021 Farm Tour

Saturday - Sunday, September 18-19, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Various Locations

Choose from approximately 20 WNC family farms to visit over two days. Experience the sights, tastes, and stories of farm life through guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The tour is family-friendly and a great adventure for visitors of all ages and interests. Participating farms, all located within an hour drive of Asheville, showcase the diversity of farming in the region, from berries to livestock, vineyards to creameries, fiber to flowers. You'll need to buy a pass through the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to receive a map of participating farms.

13th Annual Flock to the Rock

Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Grab your binoculars and get ready for an annual feathered frenzy. Birders of all skillsets can enjoy one of the country’s fastest-growing hobbies – bird watching! Multiple events are planning all day long including live bird demos, guided walks, activities for kids and the annual hawk watch. As a bonus you'll get to enjoy the stunning views from atop Chimney Rock.

Asheville Off Road Series

Sunday, September 19, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ride Kanuga, Hendersonville

This series of sporting events provides outdoor enthusiasts with the ability to explore, either by foot or by two wheels, the Western North Carolina trails, gravel roads, and scenic country paved roads. The events include the Asheville Duathlon, the 5-Mile Trail Run, and the Gravel Grinder bike event. Registration is required to participate.

Asheville Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 18, 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Pack's Tavern

Follow the footsteps of 9/11 hero, New York City Firefighter Stephen Siller, and ensure we never forget the sacrifices of our nation's first responders. This is a 5K Run/Walk from downtown Asheville through the Beaucatcher Tunnel. Professionally timed event. Run for your best 5K time or walk for fun.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Asheville Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Asheville's booming and diverse music scene takes center stage this weekend with bands set to perform musical styles from bluegrass to jazz to rock & roll. And, get ready to laugh! The live performance schedule also includes comedy shows.

Symphony in the Park: A Celebration of the Arts

Sunday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Pack Square Park

Enjoy a free concert in downtown Asheville as The Asheville Symphony returns to the stage this weekend — a much-anticipated return to live performance. Music includes classical favorites by Gershwin, Brahms, and Copland, Broadway hits by Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as music from James Bond and Star Wars.

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Tailgate Markets

A woman shops for farm fresh vegetables at an open air tailgate market in Asheville, NC

Shop fresh and local at the Asheville area's numerous farmers markets and tailgate markets. Here's a look at some of the markets you can enjoy:

  • WNC Farmers Market: Open 7 days a week, year-round, at 570 Brevard Road
  • East Asheville Tailgate Market: Fridays, 3-6 p.m. at Groce United Methodist Church (954 Tunnel Rd.).
  • ASAP Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AB Tech Campus Bailey Student Center (340 Victoria Road).
  • North Asheville Tailgate Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon at UNC Asheville Campus (1 University Heights).
  • Black Mountain Tailgate Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to Noon at First Baptist Church Parking Lot (130 Montreat Road)

Visit an art studio or art exhibition

Woman admiring glass artwork

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:

Go for a hike

Experience incredible layered mountain vistas, thundering waterfalls and lush green forests on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Begin browsing hikes with our Asheville Hiking Guide. And, find the hike just right for you by checking out our Asheville Hike Finder tool. The tool gives you the opportunity to filter hikes by length, difficult, popularity and distance from Asheville.

Summer Hike

Hike for Habitat

Friday, September 17, 8:30 a.m.
Mount Mitchell State Park

Join renowned outdoor adventurer and record-shattering trail hiker, Jennifer-Pharr Davis, for a guided hike along the ridgeline trails of Mount Mitchell State Park to reach the highest peak in the east. This hike is a fundraiser for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Woman Build program. You'll need to register here.

Leave No Trace

As you're out exploring the trails and waterfalls that make the Blue Ridge Mountains so special, it's important to leave everything as you found it. Follow these seven principles of Leave No Trace to ensure you and future generations can enjoy these mountains for years to come.