Festival Season is in full swing in the Asheville area as the temperature starts to drop and the days are filled with that “Carolina Blue” sky. The last few weeks have seen Goombay, a celebration of African and Caribbean culture, and the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), held over Labor Day weekend. LAAFF expanded to two days this year. LAAFF is a slice of Asheville’s whimsical, artistic and downright freaky side. All food, drink entertainment and artwork are sourced locally. Both these festivals are located an easy 5-8 block walk from the 1889 WhiteGate Inn, the closest Inn to downtown Asheville.
The NC Mountain State Fair opened September 9 for a 10-day run and has expanded this year.
The second annual Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure runs September 16-18. Perfect your mashed potato while reliving the romance of Baby and Johnny at Lake Lure, where the film “Dirty Dancing” was set. Dance lessons, film screenings and watermelon carrying contests are just a taste of what the festival entails.
There are two events scheduled the weekend of October 20-23 that bring a lot of people into the Asheville area. This is also the peak leaf color time for Asheville, so rooms are hard to find. The Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain always sells out and that is no surprise. Fall colors, gorgeous mountain surroundings, a wealth of roots, world beat and eclectic music, cultural and healing arts, dancing and tons of family-friendly activities all come together in a perfect setting around Lake Eden.
And Finally, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will be in downtown Asheville at the Civic Center. Over 160 craftsmen will be demonstrating or displaying their wares. This high quality show is now in it’s 60th year. Stay at our historic Asheville NC Bed and Breakfast and you can walk to the Craft Fair.