Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Labor Day Holiday Highlights & Events in Asheville

Photo Submitted by Denise Knoppel
We are gearing up (and oh so ready) for the Labor Day holiday and the chance to enjoy a nice long weekend. Are you?

Have you made any travel plans yet? It's not too late to make plans to come to Western North Carolina. 

Asheville and the surrounding areas offer a plethora of fun and adventure for everyone of all ages and interests. 

This is true on any given day, but with Labor Day on the horizon there's even more to see and do.

We don't have time or space here on this blog to tell you everything (though we'd love to), but we'd like to give you some of the highlights. Here we go.

Labor Day Weekend Event Highlights for Asheville and Western NC (in no particular order):
  •  2012 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup #2 at Nantahala Outdoor Center Adventures: From Tuesday, August 28 through Thursday, August 30, world-class freestyle comes to the Pigeon River at the Grove Park Inn. The competition is fierce and visitors can see all of the action firsthand for free! Visit the website for event times.
  • Foreigner Performs on the South Terrace of the Biltmore: Sing along to your favorite hits by this epic band while taking in the stunning surroundings. Concert begins at 8p.m. on Saturday, September 1. Tickets run from $55-$70 and can be purchased in advance here. Don't forget to check out the remaining performances slated for the Biltmore Concert Series.
  • Labor Day Beach Music Weekend at the Grove Park Inn: Celebrate Labor Day on a grand scale at one of the hottest annual happenings in Asheville where music and mountains meet. In addition to live beach music, enjoy a coastal seafood buffet, dance, and all sorts of fun family activities to help bring in the Labor Day holiday with style. Join in shag dance lessons, pool games, crafts, and grilling demonstrations. Festivities run from Saturday, September 1 through Tuesday, September 4. Don't worry, you don't have to stay at the Grove Park Inn (unless you want to) to partake in the celebration. You can find other Asheville and Western NC accommodations here. Visit the event website to purchase individual event tickets. 
    Photo Submitted by Stefani Pereira
  • Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville: It's the last weekend for Shindig on the Green in 2012. On Saturday, September 1 bring blankets and lawn chairs (as well as some instruments) for this stage show and jam session. Be ready to experience the music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia. The event begins near sundown, usually around 7p.m. It's free, and a lot of fun.
  • Wild Things Weekend at the Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center in Downtown Asheville: On Saturday, September 1 from 10a.m.-5p.m. experience a one-of-a-kind family event featuring live animal shows, award-winning films, and a wide range of exhibits from local businesses, environmental educators, and conservation groups. A $5 donation per person supports Wild South's wildlife education initiatives and is greatly appreciated.
  • Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF) in Downtown Asheville: Lexington Avenue shuts down once a year for this large, independent street fest. Enjoy wild street performers, unique artwork, a wide variety of music, and tons of fun. LAAFF runs from Saturday, September 1 through Sunday, September 2 from 11a.m. to 10p.m.
  • CLAP! Asheville Live Arts Performance Festival in Downtown Asheville: More celebration of the arts can be found throughout various locations in downtown Asheville this weekend from Friday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 3. Some of the best of the city's arts groups are set to perform, so don't miss out. It's another free event that's sure to please. Visit the website for locations, times, and performance schedules.
  • Concert in the Park at Biltmore Park Town Square: This free concert series is open to the public and occurs from 7-9p.m. on Saturday night, September 1. The Kay Williams Trio are the featured performers for that night. Bring a blanket and some friends and enjoy the music in Cecil Park.
Photo Submitted by Kat Marcotte
We hope this helps with your planning. Don't forget that you can find a comprehensive listing of local events at the website ExploreAsheville.com.

We'd love to see you here this weekend. If you've spent the Labor Day holiday in Western NC in the past, tell us what you did, what you saw, and what was your favorite.


 If you're planning to be here this weekend, tell us about your plans. Our comment section is always open and we enjoy hearing from you. Happy Labor Day!



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