When you come to Asheville, North Carolina, in September, you can look forward to local festivals, touring farms or viewing the first fall colors. While peak leaf-viewing season changes year to year, you’re sure to find activities in Asheville that inspire excitement and yes, even love.

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North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville, NC

What Asheville Festivals Happen in September?

Festivals are designed to bring people who’re interested in the same thing together. Several fall festivals near Asheville include:

  • NC Apple Festival. Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. No admission, so expect crowds.
  • Flock to the Rock Birding Festival. September 17 to 18 at Chimney Rock, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free with park admission, although there’s an additional charge for the Early Bird Walk at 7:30 am.
  • Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest. September 25 at the Oak and Grist Distilling Company in nearby Black Mountain, NC. Buy your tickets in advance, as admission and activities at the event fill up fast.
  • Smokey Mountain Elk Fest. September 30 to October 1, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm in Maggie Valley. While no elk are expected, this family-friendly festival marks the beginning of elk rutting season. Five dollars per person.

North Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival

There are always events in and around Asheville during the month. Plan your visit in advance to include one or more of these activities.

Are There Food-Related Events in the Area?

If you’re interested in one particular kind of food, check out a food trail to sample the variety that the area offers, such as:

  • ASAP’s Farm Tour. September 17 to 18. Choose to visit four or five of 17 farms that aren’t usually open to visitors. The tour route is free to all, but bring cash to purchase local products.
  • WNC Cheese Trail. Experience the handcrafted cheeses of Western North Carolina.
  • Apple-Picking Fun. September is the prime apple-picking season in Western North Carolina, and the area has many orchards you can visit, pick apples and taste some cider as well.
  • Wine-Tasting Tours. If you enjoy wine, visit the area’s excellent vineyards, open for tastings and sales.

Where Can I See the Fall Colors?

Typically, the fall color season lasts from the end of September to early November, but it changes year to year. Check ahead of time for the best dates and places, if that’s your goal. The higher reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains turn color earlier. Color also changes earlier with sun and cooler weather; it lasts longer with rain and warmer weather.

Many overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway let you view the glory of autumn in Western North Carolina. If you’re athletically inclined, follow some local hiking trails for fabulous views with or without waterfalls. Several spots worth viewing include:

  • Linn Cove Viaduct
  • Chestoa View
  • Mt. Mitchell
  • Mills River Valley Overlook
  • Mt. Pisgah
  • Pounding Mill Overlook for migrating monarchs
  • Waterrock Knob
  • Rough Ridge
  • Fryingpan Lookout Tower
  • Black Balsam Knob Hike
  • Devil’s Courthouse

Start making plans to fall in love with Asheville. Book a vacation rental and decide which activities you prefer. Welcome to Asheville, the vibrant mountain hub of Western North Carolina.