There are so many things to do in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains during Labor Day Weekend. In addition to endless outdoors activities like hiking, waterfalls, rafting and zip lines, there are some free festivals to enjoy:
August 29-September 1, 2014: NC Apple Festival
Downtown Hendersonville features four days of fun including one of the most best known street fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts and crafts, food and plenty of entertainment on eight blocks of Main Street. The King Apple Parade is held on Labor Day. After the festival, visit nearby apple orchards. See our NC Apple Festival Guide.
August 31, 2014: LAAFF Festival
This popular downtown Asheville festival is back to celebrate local culture and creativity along Lexington Avenue from 11 AM to 9 PM. Enjoy plenty of great local music, art, food, and beer and plenty of fun for the whole family. With three stages of music, fire dancing, belly dancing, and break dancing, circus acts, pop-up theatre and other interactive arts and kids’ activities, there will be plenty to see and do. See our LAAFF Festival Guide.
August 30, 2014: Shindig on the Green
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening of mountain music and dance at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Local groups perform a couple of numbers each, so there’s a big variety of talent. Walk around to enjoy jam sessions away from the main stage. It’s definitely a showcase of Southern Appalachian culture. Read more about Shindig on the Green.
August 30, 2014: Spruce Street Market
This small art market in downtown Asheville features a variety of local art from 10 AM until 6 PM near Pack Square Park along Spruce Street.
August 30, 2014: RockFest
Emerald Village near Little Switzerland has free live music 11 AM-4 PM, guided tours of hidden mines, gem mining, gold panning, and the one-of-a-kind underground Black Light Mine Tour at 8:30 PM. This unique attraction is home to seven real mines and has been featured on the Travel Channel.
August 30, 2014: Founders Day Fair
Have fun while learning a little about local history at The Museum of Transylvania County Heritage in Brevard with music, clogging, food, crafts, art, authors, Civil War encampment, walking tours and more. The museum is located at 189 West Main Street.
August 31, 2014: Kite Festival
The 12th annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place in the Beech Mountain town meadow. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level – with one area for demonstrations and one for visitors. The festival includes kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite. Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors. There’s also a street dance Saturday from 7-9 PM in front of town hall.
For many more things to do on Labor Day Weekend, go to www.RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide.