September 6–15, 2019
The NC Mountain State Fair celebrates the people, agriculture, art, and tradition that make our region great. The fair hosts an array of livestock animal exhibits, crafts, agricultural farm products, food vendors, live concerts, and more! Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets: adults $10 at the gate (bring cash!), $8 in advance; children and senior citizens, $4 in advance, $6 at the gate. WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. For more details, visit ncstatefair.org.
September 13 & 14, 2019
Swing, sway, dance, and play at The Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure where much of the 1987 motion picture was filmed. Fans relive their favorite moments with a screening on Friday night followed by a family-friendly festival on Saturday with live music, dance performances and lessons, watermelon races, and the popular Lake Lift Competition. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the organization fighting to defeat the disease that took Patrick Swayze’s life. The festival takes place at Morse Park Meadows, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746. For more details, visit www.dirtydancingfestival.com.
September 20–22, 2019
The theme this year is “Bringing it Back to the Block.” The free three-day event will feature all-local vendors and performers. Held on Market Street in downtown Asheville on Friday from 5–10 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit ymiculturalcenter.org. Read more >>
September 20–22, 2019
Good music, good art, and good times await you in Charlotte, NC. The sounds of big band music drift across Freedom Park’s lake, whose still surface reflects the lights strung from Camelot exhibit tents. This is a great place to let the kids run, play, and jump. There is a large lake at one end that attendees can walk around or just sit beside and watch the local wildlife. For more details, visit festivalinthepark.org.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Established in 1913 by E.W. Pearson to celebrate the homegrown harvest and handmade products of the African American agricultural community, the fair was held annually from 1916 to 1947 in Pearson Park in West Asheville. The Agriculture Fair was revived in 2012 by the Burton Street Community Association. This year’s fair takes place from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at the Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton Street, West Asheville. This is a free, family-friendly event featuring food, arts & crafts, children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more! Read more >>
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Experience the sights, sounds, pageantry, colorful costumes, and extraordinary talent of Latin America in downtown Hendersonville, NC. More than 20 countries will be represented with a parade, food, music, art, and culture. Stroll through the vibrant marketplace which includes art from locals and Latin America. Come ready to eat and dance! The festival takes place in downtown Hendersonville on Main Street between Allen and Caswell Streets. Hours are 12 noon until 8 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.holacarolina.com/events.html.
September 27, 28 & 29, 2019
Enjoy fellowship, food, dancing, tours of the church, and an all-around good time. Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville at 227 Cumberland Avenue in the Historic Montford District. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (828) 253-3754, or visit holytrinityasheville.com/greek-festival. Read more >>
September 26 – October 6, 2019
2019 marks Charleston’s 36th annual MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s top 20 events for many years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites. Nearly half of MOJA’s events are admission-free and the remainder are offered at modest ticket prices. For more details, visit mojafestival.com.